Laugharne Castle

Actually the view from the B&B we stayed at, minus a roof or two and some TV aerials. Seen on a pleasant autumn evening when the sun chose to come out briefly. .

laugharne

David Harley
Small Blue-Green World
ESET Senior Research Fellow

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Wrong directions, (Melton) Constable

This is an odd one. This pineapple-topped post can be found in Holt, Norfolk. However, it was moved here from Melton Constable – nearly 5 miles away – where it was a gatepost, so the distances are wildly inaccurate.

holt distances

David Harley
Small Blue-Green World
ESET Senior Research Fellow

Hindringham Hall

A lovely morning spent looking round the gardens at the Hall.

tree poppy

Tree poppy (Matilija poppy) or Romneya, a flowering plant belonging to the Papaveraceae.

across the moat

The house, seen across the moat.

Hindringham Hall moat

Moat and garden.

legs

Fancy footwork.

black swan 4

One of the permanent residents.

David Harley CITP FBCS CISSP
Small Blue-Green World
ESET Senior Research Fellow

Contour Chasing

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Contour chasing dragonfly and shadow at Hindringham Hall. At least, I think it’s a dragonfly: comparatively stout body and eyes close together. Taken with a compact camera, not so great for this sort of shot.

This is a bit clearer: Jude has better dragonflies at rest. I’ll try to steal some. 😉

dragonfly3

Also at Hindringham.  And here’s a damselfly (briefly) at rest. Unmistakeably. (I hope.)

damselfly

Eyes well apart, wings folded lengthways, and characteristic electric blue.

David Harley CITP FBCS CISSP
Small Blue-Green World
ESET Senior Research Fellow

East Window Arch, Walsingham

east window 1

In 1061 the Virgin Mary appeared in a vision to Richeldis de Faverches in Walsingham, who built a shrine there: her son Geoffrey initiated the building of the Priory, for which the responsibility passed to the Canons Regular in the 12th century. Henry VIII was the last of many English kings to visit the shrine, but that didn’t prevent him from having the Priory dismantled in 1538.

And, on a whim, a version run through Photoshop’s watercolour filter.

east window 2

Not sure about this…

David Harley
Small Blue-Green World
ESET Senior Research Fellow

The Knight’s Gate, Walsingham

knights gate

The story goes that in 1314 Sir Raaf Boutetout was trying to escape from his enemies, and (understandably) praying to Our Lady of Walsingham for deliverance. Suddenly he found that he’d miraculously passed through this tiny wicket gate into the grounds of the Priory, where he was given sanctuary. Actually, this gate is a replacement, not the original. But it is pretty small. If there’s any truth in the story, then (miracles excepted) either the original gate was bigger or he was a very short knight riding a Shetland pony.

As Baron Ochs might have said (but didn’t),  ‘With me no knight is too long.’

David Harley
Small Blue-Green World
ESET Senior Research Fellow

Doves

doves

Talk about getting yer ducks in a row… I don’t know that I’ve ever seen so many white doves at once. Which prompted me to remember that I’d never resolved the difference between pigeons and doves. It turns out there isn’t much: they’re both Columbidae. However, the smaller species tend to be referred to as doves, and it’s hard to think of a white dove as a pigeon. The larger specimens tend to be referred to as pigeons. But the Rock Dove is actually an alternative name for the Feral Rock Pigeon, all too familiar to city dwellers.

David Harley
Small Blue-Green World
ESET Senior Research Fellow