Portchester castle

While I was in Gosport near Southampton in England I decided to visit Portchester castle. This castle is seen from Portsmouth harbour and it had a role in the defence from the stretch of the water. All the Romans, Normans and Saxons were protected from raiders and pirates in this location.

The castle has great for royal residence and It’s where armies departed off to the Continent. By the 17th century the castle became a prison.

This tower is called the keep and It is a great masterpiece of architecture on the castle. The thick walls are well presented with small cut stones. It was built on a square plan and the tower is about 30m high.

On the walls of the castle I found some lovely flints attached to them to take photographs of.

This is the drawbridge that goes into the gatehouse.
This design is the entrance to Richard ll’s Palace.
These are the four windows that are in the great hall.
This is the stairs that goes up to the top of the keep

These are birds on the second floor in front of the beams that were used for the prisoners hammocks during the Napoleonic wars

A close up image of one of the birds with some writing on it.
A birds eye view of the second floor.
A view of Portsmouth from the top of the keep.

This church is called Church of St Mary which is a building in the Outer Bailey. Weddings are so popular in there as you see the wedding couple in the photo. This church was part of the Augustinian monastery within the castle grounds.

These are the perimeter walls of one side of the outer Bailey.

This is the landgate which stands within the forecourt.
I couldn’t believe how high it was when I took this photo.

It is amazing how you can see the whole site of Portchester castle from a very high view.

Watercress Line

I haven’t written a blog in over a week as I went on a holiday to England to see some relatives and friends. While I was there on my holiday I went to Watercress Line which is located in Hampshire for my very first chance to go for a ride on a steam train. The four train stations located there are Alton, Medstead and Four Marks, Ropley and Alresford.

First the drivers of the train let me go up to the steam engine to get some photographs of the fire and all the controls. It was very hot from the fire while I was up there.

I was very excited to go onto one of the carriages and the whole interior felt like The Hogwarts Express in Harry Potter. I looked out the window and I took photos very quickly of other trains and carriages as the train moves very fast.

Normally I am sensitive to noise and I can’t tolerate certain sounds. While I was riding in the train I really enjoyed listening to the engine noise and the choo choo sound of the steam. It was a very nice sound to listen to and I didn’t bother listening to music.

I also got photos of the wheels, parts of the different stations and the whole train from the middle of the crossing bridge.

Mailbox
Ticket box and door into station.

Towards the end of the steam train tour I was allowed to go up to the signal box where they change the signals.

Photographs of endangered species

I used to have a fear of bees because I thought they might sting me. In order to overcome this fear I went outside with my camera to search for bees and take photographs of them on flowers. This helped me to stay calmer around bees because they won’t sting me randomly. Bees are very good pollinators and they take nectar from each flower. We have a lot of flowers in our garden and we wouldn’t want the population of bees to decrease and disappear.

Stupid people who spray chemicals all over the place are killing the bees and they are killing themselves.

Little Big Blooms

Sorry that I haven’t written in a while as I spend the last two weeks doing the leaving certificate. During the weeks leading up to it I took some photographs of the Aeonium plant, also called the tree houseleek and made a series of pictures of the plant growing.

Please click on the arrows to look at the photos.

Beautiful flowers and leaves

Now that it is almost summer time I decided to go outside in the garden to see lots of flowers growing in each bed. I really like all the colours of the flowers so I took lots of photographs close up to them. After it rained today I found some leaves with water droplets on them. I have photos of leaves with the most droplets that fell onto them.

Abandoned old buildings

One day when I went for a walk in the woods I discovered some old houses that have been abandoned from many years ago. They are mostly built from stone with some moss, ivy and tree branches growing on them.

The first stone house I discovered was an old forge that was once used for blacksmiths.

Then I decided to take some photographs of a wall with a lovely tree branch texture on a barn, a farmhouse and some parts of it.

forge entrance
The chimney above the forge.
A window in the big barn.
The corner of the barn
some stones sticking out of the broken wall.
Shelves built into the wall.
Between the barn and the house
Another building with animal shed below and hay loft above
A window into the animal shed.
Chimney on the old farmhouse.
The steps up to the hay loft.
A wooden door which might have been the entrance.
Two windows corresponding to each other.
A small window.