Author Archives: Kate

Anniversary Trip to Central Oregon

A few photos from our trip to Central Oregon. I have some work to do to identify the wildflowers.

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SLWS Special Edition – UK Final and The End of Our Adventure

I ended up with a handful of photos that didn’t quite fit in any particular post but were still worthwhile. I hope you enjoy them.

The lion and unicorn at the Main Gate of Hampton Court Palace.

Hampton Court Palace  Hampton Court Palace

A London Police Box (I was hearing the Doctor Who theme song in my head.)

London Police Box

We spotted some lovely wisteria in the Cotswolds. I like the pull chain for the door bell on the right.

Arched Door And WisteriaThis art nouveau door knocker added polish to this green door.Art Nouveau Door Knocker Green DoorI believe these purple flowers we found in Broadway are aubrieta.

Tiny Purple Flowers BroadwayThese corbels were carved with great dragons.

Corbel Cotswolds

I’d really like to figure out what these flowers are. They looked so vivid in their stone planter.

Broadway Flowers

Growing up, I had a neighbor who forged ironwork like this for his doors.  Iron and Wood Door BurfordThis roadside garden bed in Burford was packed full with tulips and other flowers.

Streetside Flowers Burford

I’m not sure this lion door knocker in Chipping Campden is the most welcoming I’ve ever seen.Lion Door Knocker Chipping CampdenAnother, slightly less aggressive lion was in Burford.

Lion Doorknocker BurfordBut maybe if you wanted people to stay away and the scowling lion wasn’t enough, you could install this imposing horned creature we found in York.

York Jester DoorknockerI like the stone planter with the crimson tulips at Plum Tree Cottage in Burford.

Plum Tree Cottage BurfordWe found a similar fox door knocker on a different door in Burford. Fox Doorknocker Burford

We saw sailing ships on a number of doors. Now I’m wondering if, historically, there was a correlation between the profession of the resident and the design of the door knocker.

Sailing Ship Door Knocker CotswoldsAlthough a pharaoh probably never lived in Chipping Campden.

Pharoh Door Knocker Chipping CampdenThese vivid pansies outside the Lygon Arms in Chipping Campden would make a nice addition to my garden.

Container Pansies DetailThe Great House in Burford had a handsome front entrance.

The Great House Burford I can’t decide if this is supposed a jester of some sort or maybe a soldier. The handle appears to read “reeping Tom”. Google doesn’t turn up any reliable reference and asks if I meant “peeping Tom”. (I suppose it could be a cultural difference but I don’t think even that would explain why someone would want a peeping Tom door knocker.) Tom Door KnockerThis was a pretty front garden in Chipping Campden.

Flowers Chipping Campden   I liked this clever woodpecker knocker. Woodpecker Doorknocker

Tiny flowers like these found a footing wherever a bit of soil had collected on the stone walls.

Pink Flower Stone Wall Burford     Forget Me Nots Burford

Hertford Bridge at Oxford University, also know as the Bridge of Sighs.

Bridge of SighsAnd finally, my stalwart traveling companion and me on our anniversary at the Uffington White Horse, Oxfordshire, England.

Uffington White Horse

So that about wraps it up. We are heading out again in a few weeks – this time to Amsterdam, France and Italy. I’ll be back in school when we return home but I will write up our travels as I am able. Thanks for traveling along with us and thanks for reading.