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#999838 - Thu Aug 01 2013 04:37 PM Hello August!
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Welcome all! July was as wonderful as ever.
Lets see what August brings.
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#999845 - Thu Aug 01 2013 05:26 PM Re: Hello August! [Re: ren33]
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I can't believe it's August already. Here's dinner in Chincoteague, VA.


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#999847 - Thu Aug 01 2013 05:34 PM Re: Hello August! [Re: ren33]
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A view of the Cotswolds on the way to Cheltenham

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#999865 - Thu Aug 01 2013 07:16 PM Re: Hello August! [Re: ren33]
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Satguru, you often refer to cotswolds. You often refer to places in England, where I don't have a clue where they are. Could you please, for the people across the pond give a more detailed description? For example, where is Cheltenham? Yes, I could Google it, but it would be much nicer for you as a Brit, to explain. Did I offend by calling you a Brit? One never knows these days. I plead ignorance. I never know if I am PC.
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#999870 - Thu Aug 01 2013 08:23 PM Re: Hello August! [Re: ren33]
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Forgive me for jumping in here. David's area is North of London and he knows that like the back of his hand. Mine is the Cotswolds, so maybe I can tell you a bit. Although my family is Cornish( and fiercely proud of it. You will find most Brits are proud of the place they are most familiar with), I know Gloucestershire very well having been brought up there from 8-18. The Cotswolds is an area of outstanding natural beauty(AONB), one of the largest in the British Isles. I would say it stretches from Oxfordshire to Wales , Gloucestershire,Somerset,Worcestershire and Herefordshire are all part of it Its main claim to fame is the area including the Cotswold Hills. Cheltenham is in Gloucestershire and is well known for its beautiful Regency built sweep of houses and its rather gentile atmosphere, Bath in Somerset echoes this too. I would say the Cotswolds is loved for its gorgeous landscapes, its lovely villages (with incredibly quaint pubs)and its friendly people. I never tire of going back there and revisiting, or discovering new,towns and villages, churches and manor houses and the gardens are to be seen to be believed. If you look through the photos from July you will see a few examples from my recent trip. Also notable is the stone that is used in the villages and this butter coloured locally quarried stone is not seen elsewhere. Buildings using other stone in the towns are in many places, banned.
You would love it, everyone does. Ask 'Jane Marple' her favourite village and she will say Bourton on the Water, she visits it a lot.
I love Gloucester itself , the cathedral is to me outstanding in its glory. The ancient buildings are fascinating. My friend's family owns a hotel called the New Inn where Shakespearean companies came to perform his plays. Stratford on Avon is in Warwickshire and practically in the Cotswolds.
I am debating opening a new thread called My Home where people, not only Brits can describe their part of the world, with maybe a photo or two, after all this is the Photo Forum.
Yes I will. And No, David will not be upset at being called a Brit, that's what he is His nationality is English and he lives in Britain, no doubt when I open the new thread he will be one of the first to tell you about his home.
Thanks for your interest.

This is the best example of Fan tracery in the world: The cloisters in Gloucester Cathedral in Cotswold stone.


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#999873 - Thu Aug 01 2013 08:30 PM Re: Hello August! [Re: ren33]
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I love the Cotswolds too, particularly Stow on the Wold, where one of my great-aunts used to live and several cousins still do, and Cheltenham, and Gloucester. The first time I visited the area (I was 21) my migraine miraculously disappeared and I felt like I was "home" smile

Second the idea of the "My Home" thread! (May I post pics of several?)


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#999888 - Thu Aug 01 2013 09:47 PM Re: Hello August! [Re: spanishliz]
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Shall we have a few photos from inside the Akershus Castle and Fortress in Oslo. Construction of the castle began in 1299 under King Hakon V to defend the city. It has been a royal residence and also a prison. This is the sheriff's chamber.


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#999925 - Fri Aug 02 2013 04:42 AM Re: Hello August! [Re: ren33]
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Another fact about The Cotswolds, it can be a costly area in which to buy property as many wealthy people either live there or have a second home there, including Prince Charles and Princess Anne, oh and host of celebrities.

And a little known fact, I spent the first night of my marriage there but don't know where! It was a secret and we arrived at the hotel, a very pretty village but I still don't know the name of the place. smile


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#999928 - Fri Aug 02 2013 05:27 AM Re: Hello August! [Re: ren33]
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Meet "Iznogoud", our new kitten, hiding out behind the curtains:

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#999932 - Fri Aug 02 2013 05:50 AM Re: Hello August! [Re: ren33]
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How adorable Toni, awwww.
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#999965 - Fri Aug 02 2013 07:06 AM Re: Hello August! [Re: ren33]
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Oh Toni that is the cutest thing!!
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#999974 - Fri Aug 02 2013 07:30 AM Re: Hello August! [Re: ren33]
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What a sweetie!

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#999984 - Fri Aug 02 2013 08:34 AM Re: Hello August! [Re: ren33]
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I think there should be a 'like' button because I kept looking for one! Spent too long on facebook, obviously! The Cotswolds description (info and photos) were lovely and reminded me of some wonderful holidays we had there when the children were small. The other photos are also wonderful, I love the sherrifs place! smile Here's my offering for the start of August, taken yesterday in Tyneside.


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#1000049 - Fri Aug 02 2013 10:56 AM Re: Hello August! [Re: ren33]
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I'll add a little location details in future, I didn't realise anyone would be that interested in exactly where they were but happy to do so.

This is the only proper view I got of the Cotswold hills on Monday, taken behind the houses in Charlton Kings which is on the east side of Cheltenham, as the A40 skirts round the edge of them.



It's 85 miles WNW of London. My latest hobby has been collecting spots on the UK Ordnance Survey map site www.geograph.org.uk so when I've got one area I go for the next until I'm entirely worn out. This was the final planned trip as it got me into the furthest west territory so far, and any more will be thankfully optional as it took me well over two years to get this much.

Other regular photos in the past have been on the North Downs, which stretch from Farnham 30 or so miles SW of London to the coast in Kent 80 miles SE or so. I've also done the South Downs, 30 miles or so to the south in Sussex just before you hit the south coast. Plenty more are taken in Surrey, due south of London, and Hertfordshire and Essex are the two counties directly north of me.


Edited by satguru (Sat Aug 03 2013 05:15 PM)
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#1000052 - Fri Aug 02 2013 11:16 AM Re: Hello August! [Re: satguru]
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A restaurant in Lexington, Virginia has one room where hanging from the ceiling is a few dozen child pedal cars. I imagine there's a lot of money involved with most of these antiques.

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#1000055 - Fri Aug 02 2013 11:41 AM Re: Hello August! [Re: ren33]
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False Bay, near Cape Town, taken in 1977.


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#1000135 - Fri Aug 02 2013 06:23 PM Re: Hello August! [Re: ren33]
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Thank you Ren, David and Sue for the explanations and great pics. I have not posted pics lately, but am on the sites daily. I love seeing places around the world. I get to travel vicariously. Thanks all
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#1000201 - Sat Aug 03 2013 03:19 AM Re: Hello August! [Re: ren33]
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Love those cars, ClaraSue!

From me today, another shot of our Iznogoud, looking rather regal for a chit of a kit:



I'm hoping to upload some pics of our trip to the south of France over the next few days. Will share them as soon as I get the time to tweak them to the right dimensions.
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#1000208 - Sat Aug 03 2013 03:50 AM Re: Hello August! [Re: ren33]
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He really is gorgeous! I hope you went to Antibes. I worked there in the 50's and would love some memories. Vallauris too.
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#1000211 - Sat Aug 03 2013 04:57 AM Re: Hello August! [Re: ren33]
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Gandalf enjoying it in his box...


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#1000212 - Sat Aug 03 2013 05:40 AM Re: Hello August! [Re: Howie72]
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Cats are such camera hams! Very cute kitties.

Swallowtail butterfly in Haubstadt, Indiana.

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#1000236 - Sat Aug 03 2013 06:59 AM Re: Hello August! [Re: ren33]
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Gorgeous kitties and beautiful butterfly!

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#1000293 - Sat Aug 03 2013 01:21 PM Re: Hello August! [Re: ren33]
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Sorry if I've posted this before. Here is a crab we saw in Egypt by the side of a jetty.
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#1000294 - Sat Aug 03 2013 01:23 PM Re: Hello August! [Re: ren33]
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Mum and babe. I couldn't do anything about the ropes, she wasn't going to move to a better spot just so that I could take a photo.

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#1000303 - Sat Aug 03 2013 04:29 PM Re: Hello August! [Re: ren33]
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Lovely photos so far, love the kitty, she looks so cute and hasn't Gandalf grown.

Here's Susie on a walk having spotted something the other side of the field that is far more interesting than the camera.


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