Blog: September 2007

The Church Photography Workout

Posted on September 25, 2007 by Holly Hayes
After a stormy and cloudy weekend, Monday turned out to be remarkably sunny. Motivated by the ever-present fear that the sun is about to go away (which is quite justified in England), I just had to go out and enjoy it. So I took my camera for a walk through Great Milton to Great Haseley, a village about 2 miles southeast of us. Having things to take pictures of seems to be the best motivator for me to exercise these days, so thank goodness there are some old churches around here! And boy, did my trip ever turn out to be a workout, as I'll explain below...

Anniversary Dinner in Oxford

Posted on September 19, 2007 by Holly Hayes
Yesterday was our three-year anniversary, yay us! I'm happy to say that after three years of marriage, two of which have been spent in a foreign country with pretty much no one else to hang out with, we still really like each other. And we arrived in the UK just a few days before our anniversary back in 2005, so we celebrated both milestones with a nice evening in the "Big City" for dinner (that'd be Oxford, not London)...

Walk to Little Milton

Posted on September 17, 2007 by Holly Hayes
Saturday afternoon we had a nice walk into Little Milton. This neighboring village is actually prettier than Great Milton, with a main street lined with lovely stone cottages. I'd been wanting to take pictures of it for awhile, so it made a good goal for a country walk. We took shortcuts through a couple different fields and footpaths, and it was just lovely...

Three English Cathedrals

Posted on September 15, 2007 by Holly Hayes
Last Tuesday morning David had to be in Leeds for a meeting, which required staying Monday night there. So I decided to take the opportunity to do my own "business trip" that I've long been planning, but with some difficulty given my current lack of a train station - a photographic tour of the cathedrals of Peterborough, Ely, and Lincoln. They are all grouped fairly close together on main train lines near the east coast, and are all on my "must-see" list before leaving England...

The Dingle Peninsula

Posted on September 9, 2007 by Holly Hayes
The Dingle Peninsula, on Ireland's southwest coast, was another highlight of our trip. We left from our B&B in Tralee in the morning and did a clockwise loop around the coastal road, stopping at a few sights along the way. View from the Conor Pass, where was it quite cold and misty but the scenery was still spectacular. Our first stop for sightseeing was the Dunbeg Fort, on the south side of the peninsula...

Glendalough, with Photos

Posted on September 4, 2007 by Holly Hayes
Glendalough was our first stop after Dublin early in the trip and was one of our favorite sights in Ireland. We had such a fun time walking on the nature trails and exploring the old ruins, and we even had some intermittent sunshine for the photos. Here's what I said about it in my brief post from the road: Tuesday our main stop was in Glendalough ("Valley of the Two Lakes"), which is only about an hour south of Dublin...

Back on the Farm

Posted on September 2, 2007 by Holly Hayes
We got back from Ireland around 6:30 this evening and it is really nice to be home. We ended up spending the last two nights in Dublin, where we had a nice relaxing time, and took the ferry back over this morning as planned. More info and photos tomorrow!