Thursday, 20 November 2014

Thatched Roof Thursday #80 - Shottery Village

The photo above is how I first saw this 
cottage from the road (just down the street from Anne Hathaway's Cottage).

Luckily I was able to get a little closer (below).

My favorite photo is the one below taken on our walk back to the car.  
The addition of the 2 horses (and there is a cat too) 
just makes this thatched roof home look extra special.

Shottery Village is located just outside Stratford-Upon-Avon.
Well worth a visit.  Only 30 minutes by car from Coventry.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Warwick - Spot The Castle

Today the sun came out so we abandoned all our 'to do' list
jobs and went for a walk at St. Nicholas Park, Warwick.

How exciting it is for me to look across the park 
and see a real castle. Love it!
(iPhone shots)

Hope your week is going well :).

Participating in Our World Tuesday

Monday, 17 November 2014

Framed (Again)

 Taken last week from inside the bird hide at
Coombe Country Park.  I love sharing photos from this location.

I now know that what looks like a fishing rod next to the lake
is designed to be a perch for birds, like kingfishers.

The photo below was taken yesterday.  
No fog and no sunshine either.

This is the path we follow to the bird hide 
which is to the right of where I am standing.

It's Monday.  Have a good week!

PS.  Happy Birthday, Nadine, for last Saturday.

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Thatched Roof Thursday #79 - Anne Hathaway's Cottage

Anne Hathaway's Cottage
Shottery, Warwickshire

It was here that William Shakespeare courted his future bride
before they married in 1582.

Follow the link HERE for the whole story.

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

RAF Ansty Airmen

Ansty Village, Warwickshire

Commemorated on the memorial in the Village of Ansty
are six Royal Air Force trainee pilots as well as
PTE R Nason, killed in action in Italy.

Taken on Remembrance Sunday, 9th November, 2014

If you have a moment, let me show you how I
came to be at this memorial last Sunday.

The story goes a little bit like this:
During the summer, Mr LOL and I went for a walk outside 
Coombe Country Park to find an airfield next to
Rolls Royce engine works.  It was a beautiful day.

Almost directly behind where we are standing now is the 
former site of the Royal Air Force Station, Ansty.
With a little help from my phone, we
were able to navigate our way through the fields
to see what was left of the airfield.

Not a lot.  A shame that some of this has not been preserved.

RAF Ansty opened in 1936 and closed in 1953. It was used mainly for
training new recruits in navigation skills and flying
using a variety of planes like the Tiger Moth.

 The blue dot is where I am standing 
to take some of these shots.
 In the photo below you can see a buildings belonging to Rolls Royce.

When I got home, I looked at my photos (as we all do) and
then started doing a little research.  It was then that I remembered
seeing some graves of airmen at St James Church, Ansty.  
I went back last week to take some more photos.

St James Parish Churchyard, Ansty, England

From left to right:
Flight Lieutenant R G Burke, AFC,  Pilot Instructor, Royal Air Force, 20th April, 1941, Age 33
Pilot Officer D N McCarthy, Pilot Instructor, Royal Air Force, 20th April, 1941, Age 24
Leading Aircraftman J Scholes, U/T Pilot, Royal Air Force, 20th April, 1941, Age 26
Pilot Officer C C Brackenbury, Pilot Instructor, Royal Air Force, 16th May, 1941, Age 24
Leading Aircraftman I S Forbes, U/T Pilot, Royal Air Force, 7th July, 1941, Age 24
Leading Aircraftman R A A Miskimmin, U/T Pilot, Royal Air Force, 27th July, 1941 (No age)

View just over the hedge:

The photo I used for November's City Daily Photo Theme Day,
Three Spires of Coventry.

Today all around the world tributes are being paid to servicemen and women
who died in service to their country since the start of World War I,
100 years ago.