Houses from Tiny Ireland

During Christmas time I had lots of fun building cardboard 3D houses from Tiny Ireland that were made in West Cork. When all the houses were put together I decided to go outside to take photographs of the houses in beautiful spots in the garden.

As I took the photos I had my camera screen tilted upwards to get some good shots.

When I saw a hill of sand I decided to line up all the houses up there and get some photographs of them. It looks more like Wales than Ireland as it looks like the houses are on top of a mountain.

To look at more cardboard houses from tiny Ireland you can look at this website

https://tinyireland.ie/

Autumn leaf colours

Today I went outside for another photography session on Autumn leaves changing colours. I looked around the whole garden for the best colour change of leaves on different bushes and trees. I have found lots of leaves that are beautifully coloured from green to brown, orange, red and yellow.

some red and green leaves with berries on them.
close up of one section of bush.

This photograph is a whole area of bushes and trees which I looked for beautiful leaves.

Autumn Leaves and Butterflies

During the start of Autumn I found some Leaves and Butterflies. I find it very interesting how the leaves on the plants and trees in the Autumn change colour from green to red, yellow, brown and orange. Today I found some beautiful butterflies in the garden to take photos of.

Here are some of the photos of the leaves changing from green to brown.

There are lots of butterflies in our garden. They landed onto flowers today so I took some close up photos of them before they flew off.

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.