Saturday, 2 May 2015

More photos! ….and a look back on the 2nd

We are away for a couple of days but I though you might like to see the rest of the photos from last weekend.

Bowes Castle - built for Henry II as a defence against the Scots - he also had a village built alongside it
Fabulous views - you would have seen the enemy miles away

It seemed quite a way down - hubby thought it funny to take snaps of me finding my way!
We passed this churchyard on the way back to the car 
On to Eggelstone Abbey - built in the 12th century in quite an isolated spot at the time and sacked by Henry VIII - a lot of the stone was removed by locals for building.

Barnard Castle - quite a lot of this castle still standing - built by a noble man

A sensory garden has been added

Some shots of how our caravan garden is progressing - this is one of the chimney pots we found when we took the hedge back a few years ago

This border is what we thought was just a Hawthorn and Ivy hedge
Our new bench - for sunny days!!!
Have I been crafting? Well, I made a few quick cards…

…and two years ago I did this Journal page

You can see the post here

Thanks for looking, Chris


Pamellia Johnson said...

Beautiful photos Chris, looks like you're having a wonderful time! Love those cards and your throwback page! hugs :)

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

These photos are fantastic. I always love traveling with you, because you find so many wonderful places to explore. Simply beautiful photos of the various castles, and how, even though they are in disrepair, they are well taken care of, like mowing, etc.

Thanks for sharing your look back page as well as your castles with us for the Second on the 2nd.

see you there! said...

I enjoyed the pictures of the castles in ruin. I was happy to see your art as well, it was new to me. That's the advantage of a 2nd look - great for those of us who weren't here the first time around.


Valerie-Jael said...

Wonderful photos, love all the castles and the abbey. Your garden is looking good too! Hugs, Valerie

~*~Patty S said...

Oh what great photos of all those amazing ruins and relics.
All of those gothic arches make my heart go pitter pat!
Your garden certainly is lovely with such great views as well.
Beautiful journal pages for Elizabeth's second is a first for me to see them!
Happy May!

chrissies said...

Wonderful photographs and a real trip down memory lane for me. It is has made me want to visit the area again

Love Chrissie xx

Mrs.B said...

Great photos Chris, I only live about 40 mins. from Barnard Castle and we often go for a day out, but I've never visited the castle, on the list since seeing your photos.
Hugs, Avril xx

Margik said...

Great photos and beautiful cards. I also love the fantastic page!
Hugs, Mar

Halle said...

Gorgeous photos! Someday we'll make it to Europe and experience the vast history!

Redanne said...

Love your wonderful photos Chris - and your amazing page too! Hugs, Anne xx

Helen said...

I love the photos of the castles!! gorgeous stone work..

froebelsternchen Susi said...

Gorgeous photos! Wow!
Great to see your second on the second... lovely page!

abby j said...

Wonderful photos, currently GREEN yet so ancient! Beautiful...your art, too!!

Zue said...

Your photos are really good,Chris. Do you use a phone or a camera?
Zue x

johanna said...

a beautiful Journal page - which i see for the first time. this 2nd look challenge is such a good idea!
love your photos... an Environment after my own heart - swoon!