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Middle aged and surrounded by loving friends and family. People who don't sit in judgement and people who care. Well most of the time they do.... Happy to be part of the independent thinking group and a person who refuses to follow others like proverbial sheep. As the saying goes... If you're allergic to bullcrap, drama, head games, liars, & fake people, keep the sneeze going.........I can't wait to see who does all of this next!!!

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Taken by Ashley Ryan – Canon EOS 600D, f/5.6, 1/250 sec, ISO 100

After our visit to Mottisfont near Romsey in Hampshire, we drove to Buckler’s Hard. We have been to Buckler’s Hard before, in fact this was our third, maybe even fourth visit.

Within Buckler’s Hard is the Museum which has the history of Buckler’s Hard along with waxworks of how life was before, in the days of Nelson.

Two of the cottages were open for viewing, with the rooms showing exactly how life was back in those days.

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Taken by Ashley Ryan – Canon EOS 600D, f/3.5, 1/30 sec, ISO 400

Then came the water adventure… oh yes a trip down the River Beaulieu.  Now I don’t do water as I am a non-swimmer… you know the sort.. two strokes, three bubbles and a funeral type. :D But in true British stiff upper lip (and making sure I sat near the life rafts) I got aboard the boat that took us down the Beaulieu River.

I’m not going to tell him, but I did rather enjoy it.. oh damn if he reads this post then I am bound to be hauled onto some boat or other and get those sea legs… :D

As we sailed down the river, we saw many yachts, luxury boats and a Police boat.

Taken by Bren Ryan

Taken by Bren Ryan – Canon EOS 1100D, f/5.6, 1/500 sec, ISO 100

It was a lovely day…. two beautiful places we visited… god how I don’t want to go home. All there is now is to continue the dream… and do all I can to move to such a lovely part of the United Kingdom.

Buckler’s Hard After our visit to Mottisfont near Romsey in Hampshire, we drove to Buckler’s Hard. We have been to Buckler’s Hard before, in fact this was our third, maybe even fourth visit.

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My ideal world, would consist of these two things.  They say when you live in places of such beauty, you tend to take it for granted and those nights of sitting on the top of a hill in the summer, watching the sunset become less and less.

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Taken by Ashley Ryan – Canon EOS 600D, f/5.6, 1/320 sec. ISO 100

Believe me I couldn’t  take these sunsets for granted.  It was so peaceful sitting there, watching the sun go down… which was the end of a perfect day.

I loved the sighting of the New Forest, but my love had to be the Ponies.  Every chance we got to photograph those wonderful animals we did… thank go The New Forest has plenty of places to pull over and lay-bys specially designed so that you see the fantastic views and watch the animals graze.

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Taken by Bren Ryan – Canon EOS 1100D, f/5.6, 1/2000 sec, ISO 1250

The above picture was taken at Hatchet Pond… where there was a lake and and this pony just strolled in to grab a drink… so peaceful.

Ponies and sunsets… My ideal world, would consist of these two things.  They say when you live in places of such beauty, you tend to take it for granted and those nights of sitting on the top of a hill in the summer, watching the sunset become less and less.
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Finally some dignity

copmsos-1-626x352At last the repatriation of those who have lost their lives due to the downing of Flight MH17 by a missile attack on the plane that was supposed to be safe in the skies above Ukraine.

We have all seen the news on our televisions, mobiles, computers and tablets.  We have witnessed the carnage and we’ve been appalled by those first images of victims bodies being shown on social media, as they lay…

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Up for Discussion – Street Photography

Thank you Leanne and Shane Francescut for this informative post… I have always fancied doing street photography but don’t have the courage.

Up for Discussion – Street Photography

Thank you Leanne and Shane Francescut for this informative post… I have always fancied doing street photography but don’t have the courage.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Containers

Entered as part of the Weekly Photo Challenge: Containers - Taken at Upnor Castle, Near Rochester in Kent.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Containers

Entered as part of the Weekly Photo Challenge: Containers - Taken at Upnor Castle, Near Rochester in Kent.

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Taken by Ashley Ryan – Canon EOS 600D, f/4.5, 1/320 sec, ISO 100

On our second day in Hampshire, we decided to visit Mottisfont House and Gardens which is owned an maintained by the National Trust, and situated in Romsey and sits beside the River Test.

Ancient trees, bubbling brooks and rolling lawns frame this lovely old house. Crafted from a medieval priory, it is full of surprises, with art that intrigues and delights. Come back throughout the year to see different exhibitions in the gallery and the latest installations by our artists in residence.

We have visited many National Trust places, but we were totally astounded by the beauty of this house and its gardens.  As we strolled by the River Test on the riverside walk, it was peaceful, tranquil and made you fell glad you were alive.

Taken by Bren Ryan

Taken by Bren Ryan – Canon EOS 1100D, f/6.3, 1/40 sec, ISO 100,

Mottisfont is a beautiful place to visit and one of our favourites now, and most definitely will be returning, hopefully in the spring as the spring bulbs start to bloom.

The walled gardens were spectacular and the house was so impressive… and on the ground floor (which also hosts the cafe) there are the remains of the monastery.

Taken by Ashley Ryan - Canon EOS 600D, f/3.5, 1/13 sec, ISO 3200

Taken by Ashley Ryan – Canon EOS 600D, f/3.5, 1/13 sec, ISO 3200

The way the lighting was done was fantastic.  Unfortunately you can’t use a flash in the house and monastery part, which is rather a shame as there is some noise in the above photograph, which I can’t remove without losing some of the clarity.

Anyway we had a wonderful day there.. and could have spent more time there but we also wanted to go to Buckler’s Hard near Beaulieu that afternoon and take the river boat down the Beaulieu river.

Mottisfont… Romsey #nationaltrust #mottisfont #photography On our second day in Hampshire, we decided to visit Mottisfont House and Gardens which is owned an maintained by the National Trust…
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Feely grumpy with PMR at its best and then SKY tops it off.

Feely grumpy with PMR at its best and then #SKY tops it off. #badcustomerservice

Only if you remember your password

grumpy_popGrrrrr why is life full of friggin idiots that don’t listen to what you say?… And why is it they decide to rattle your cage on a day when you are not feeling your best and the symptoms of PMR are rearing their ugly head?

I went back to the hospital early in July and I am now on the steroid cut down routine… gradually reducing them every two weeks.  First of all it was fine… but today I woke up…

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Earlier this month we visited Penshurst Place, in Kent…  (Picture One)

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Taken by Ashley Ryan – Canon EOS 1100D, f/5, 1/125 sec, ISO 100

I liked the photograph and I liked the way the arched framed that old tree, especially the knobbly bits on the tree… so I decided to play around with the photograph, in Lightroom.

First I wondered what the photograph would look like if I made the outside of the arch black and white and the tree was in colour.. (Picture Two)

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Taken by Ashley Ryan – Canon EOS 1100D, f/5, 1/125 sec, ISO 100

Then I wandered what it would look like if the outside was coloured and the tree was black and white (Picture Three)

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Taken by Ashley Ryan – Canon EOS 1100D, f/5, 1/125 sec, ISO 100

Then I thought what if the Photograph was cropped and only showed the Arch in colour and the tree black and white (Picture Four)

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Taken by Ashley Ryan – Canon EOS 1100D, f/5, 1/125 sec, ISO 100

Of course the final option for this photograph, has to be the cropped arch in black and white and the tree in colour (Picture Five)

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Taken by Ashley Ryan – Canon EOS 1100D, f/5, 1/125 sec, ISO 100

So which do you prefer…

One Arch …. Five Takes Earlier this month we visited Penshurst Place, in Kent…  (Picture One) I liked the photograph and I liked the way the arched framed that old tree, especially the knobbly bits on the tree…

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Bayham Old Abbey sits on the and the Kent and East Sussex border. We visited there back in September 2013 and the ruins are very impressive.  It is owned and maintained by the English Heritage who say:

The impressive ruins include much of the 13th to 15th-century church, the chapter house, and a picturesque 14th-century gatehouse. Now set in grounds designed by famous landscape gardener Humphry Repton, who also planned the grounds of Kenwood House in London. Rooms in the ‘Georgian Gothick’ dower house are also open to visitors.

Everywhere you looked you could see arches within the ruins… here is a selection of photos showing those arches.

The Arches of Bayham Bayham Old Abbey sits on the and the Kent and East Sussex border. We visited there back in September 2013 and the ruins are very impressive.  
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Decided to put music to some photos.

(Source: youtube.com)

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