Visit to Dorset

Last week we had an overnight trip to Dorset. We Dorset152015Dorset162015visited family in Bridport while there, but stayed in a Travelodge in Ilminster.




Rain was forecast for both days, the journey down Dorset122015was dry, but there were showers and it was overcast as we spent an hour at West Bay.



Dorset112015We had a wander round the fishing port and had aDorset102015 locally made ice cream. The weather did not stop the tourists or locals enjoying themselves.






Dorset82015The next day after a night of heavy rain we drove Dorset72015along the coast, we stopped for coffee at Abbotsbury subtropical gardens.



Dorset62015The colonial restaurant overlooked some very attractiveDorset52015 gardens.




I was obviously drawn to take photos of the birds,

Dorset32015some in an aviary, others just wandering or fluttering  around.



Sadly, because of poor visibility we were unable to see the wonderful views of Chesil Beach. We had a drive
Dorset22015 around Portland, I managed to get an image of Portland Bill Lighthouse.




Dorset2015We stopped for a delicious lunch at Jackson Gallery where at the moment Michael Chappell is having an exhibition of artwork until mid-September. We loved  the view of the sea from the back of the building.


Chelsea Flower show 2015

What a way to celebrate 400 posts!

I was fortunately given a ticket as a Christmas gift to attend the Chelsea flower show. Eagerly anticipated I had enjoyed seeing the live programmes on the television. Although warned that seating was in short supply, after a superb lunch at a hotel, we walked in through the entrance of the Royal Hospital grounds. I was keen to see in person all the prize-winning exhibits, I also wanted to experience the atmosphere of this important event. It is truly a feast for sight, sound and smell.

and secondly in the pavillion.

Morning in London



Out of bed just after 6am to catch a train. The weather was dry, cool and cloudy. smethic1




I arrived at Euston station and headed to the Underground.





Emerging onto the street level at the Embankment, I began walking along the river Thamesemban towards Parliament Square.









I was particularly looking to capture images of interesting shapes. London is naturally very emban3photogenic.









The London eye, Big Ben, Portcullis House.emban6










Winston Churchill’s words under this war memorial.



I headed towards St James’s park Horse Guards parade ground prepared for an event.white1










The lake, trees and flowers were beautiful.white2