Sunday, January 08, 2017

Pink castle and a dog

It is a story about a friendly dog and pink castle. 

Once upon a time Anna decided to go on a trip. She took her family and friends with her. Her friend came with Sisi - red haired cocker spaniel who is always very lively. They all got into small Mini and started the journey to pink castle. As Tom Tom never fails Anna put the post code and left London behind for the day full of adventures. Usually when they all go to the new place there's some adventure on the way. It was all going smoothly until Tom Tom asked the driver to go into a very narrow road - very typical - but luckily they arrived to the destination where they saw a sign "STAFF ONLY - NO VISITORS ALLOWED AT THIS GATE". Seeing no other gate they trespassed... Everything ended well cause the pink beauty was waiting for them just around the corner - Herstmonceux Castle. 

Be patient I won't show you the pictures of the castle just yet. First see those beautiful colors (green and ginger) - I just love them.

Blonde beauty.

And here it comes - Herstmonceux Castle which in fact is not as pink as in the pictures I watched before but it is still amazing. It's a castle not as popular as Buckingham Palace or Windsor Castle which is making it much peaceful. The small cafe sells good coffee and I've got a very important information for you - if you want a tour around the castle buy the tickets after you arrive - if you fail to do it you might be quite surprised that the tickets were all sold out like it happened to us. Although if you arrive at the right gate you will be informed that tickets are sold at first come first served basis. People who trespass do not get a chance to hear that so they need to be punished somehow. 
No regrets - the gardens are very pleasant and the castle itself is different than other castles so we spend time wandering around.

You will find a sculpture exhibition ("shop") in the gardens - that's for art lovers.

Cookies - that's for sweets lovers.

A couple of hours later another adventure awaited - we were told about the beautiful view from a hill in Hastings. The driver decided - let us go to Hastings and see the neighbourhood. The hill is few steps up or for tired wanderers there's a lift which takes you there. Come I'll show you...

Our Sisi found a friend and it was a very happy time for her.

The view's not bad as well. In fact I would say it's cool and the small ice-cream van is tempting with Magnum and so on...

Sometimes people are surprised...

... and dogs tired.

Sadly, here the trip is coming to an end - that was a wonderful day...

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Christmas time in London part 2

"As twilight falls the magic begins..."

My absolutely Top 1 on the Christmas to do list. 

Since I started working in Kew and saw a poster "Christmas at Kew" I wanted to go there. It didn't happen first year but second year was planned better when it comes to ticking off the places to visit during Christmas period. The ticket for night entrance to Kew Gardens to see the lights will cost you about £20 but in my opinion it is worth what you pay for. The garden is partly closed and you can only use the "light trail" which is bright, colourful and there's always something new around the corner. I would say everyone will find something interesting there. My favourite was mistletoe corner, hanging lights and palm house lit up with different colours. Actually, I can say I liked everything and I think I didn't meet a person who wouldn't like Christmas trail in Kew. This year the attraction will be open until 2nd January 2017.

From the technical point of view tripod is quite necessary to take sharp and good quality pictures. I did not take it because I was supposed to enjoy the views but I ended up enjoying them through the viewer in my camera. 

I hope you will enjoy at least some of those pictures. 


Ho, ho, ho Merry Christmas everyone!

My favourite type of carousel in any funfair. I love the fact that they look so vintage and in fact they are. It was always my dream to ride one of those - I guess I need to make my dream come true this year. I would say it is unfulfilled childhood dream because they have different types of attractions in funfairs where I was brought up so I could never ride this one. At least I've got another thing to tick off my list of things to do.

Not really my favourite one but I think children will be delighted to see those vivid colors.

Huge Christmas tree. So big that it didn't fit in the frame.

Mistletoe - couldn't miss that. 
Unfortunately rain was hitting my lens and the wind was moving the mistletoe.

My bonus (and my favourite spot - it's pretty cool to pass under those lights):

Ann by S

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