Cee’s Which Way Challenge: Passageway

Cee’s Which Way Challenge: There is no specific theme given.  It just needs to be some sort of  ‘Which Way’. The possibilities are endless.

Shropshire has an odd name for its alleys or passageways, particularly those that pass through a building from one street to another – shuts – derived from shoots as in ‘shoots through‘. In Ludlow there are a few of these as well as several cobbled lanes and hidden courtyards which date from the medieval period.

Join in with the challenge or view other ‘Which Ways’.

A Word a Week Challenge: Yellow

Every week Sue from ‘A Word in Your Ear’ dips into her English Oxford dictionary and picks a word on the page that it falls open at. The challenge is to post a photograph, poem, story – whatever the genre you like best to describe what that word means to you.

Yellow is an unusual colour for houses to be painted, but here in Ludlow there are two. Both timber-framed buildings with the frames revealed.

Sunday Stills, the next challenge: Bridges

Ed is a truck driving photographer from Tennessee who hosts a photography challenge blog called Sunday Stills here on WordPress.

This week Ed would like to see Bridges

Above: The Ribble Viaduct. It is the longest and most famous viaduct on the Settle-Carlisle Railway, a railway line passing through some spectacular British scenery. The viaduct is curved, and so may be seen by passengers on the train.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Beginning

Cheri’s first post of the year is about  Beginning.  She wants to see what we see through our lenses.

snowdrops in pencil 2As someone who divides the year into seasons I see  the beginning as spring, when nature awakes from the cold of the winter and new life appears. Snowdrops are usually the first flowers to raise their heads above the frozen ground, so it is an obvious choice for me to choose the common snowdrop or Galanthus nivalis.

If you would like to see what others have come up with for this challenge then go to the Daily Post @ WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge 

A Lingering Look at Windows: # 1

This weekly challenge is hosted by Dawn from The Day After’ who invites participants to post pictures of any windows that  they find curious, inviting, photogenic, or in some way tell a story.

“Summoned by Bells”, by John Betjeman

Down the drive,
Under the early yellow leaves of oaks;
One lodge is Tudor, one in Indian style.
The bridge, the waterfall, the Temple Pool
And there they burst on us, the onion domes,
Chajjahs and chattris made of amber stone:
‘Home of the Oaks’, exotic Sezincote. 

Sezincote (pronounced seas in coat) is a British estate, located in Gloucestershire, England. It was designed by Samuel Pepys Cockerell in 1805, and is a notable example of Neo-Mughal architecture, a 19th-century reinterpretation of 16th and 17th-century architecture from the Mughal Empire. At the time of its construction, British India was becoming the “jewel in the crown” of the world’s largest empire…. Wikipedia

It was also the inspiration for the Brighton Pavilion.

This extraordinary Indian house set in the Cotswolds hills has a central dome, minarets, peacock-tail windows, jail-work railings and pavilions. The main photo above shows the curving Orangery which frames the Persian Garden of Paradise with a fountain and canals. A more in depth post about the gardens is on my flower blog: Earth Laughs in Flowers

Orangery
Orangery