Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Monday, August 29, 2011
|They walked up the street to the start of the parade.|
|Their feet looked as if the hair had been blow dried.|
|Then they walked back down the street in the parade.|
|The First Place winner in the Big Horse Competition. Bill says they were called Shire Horses, but the horses were all really big.|
|The Reserve Champion of the entire competition.|
|The Grand Champion and winner of the Perpetual Cup.|
|The gray horse did not want to be loaded on the trailer. No one ever wants to leave the Fair early.|
The last of the summer Bank Holidays is a weekend for festivals and fairs. Knighton's Fair started with a parade. Knighton isn't very big, so everyone in the parade knew everyone watching the parade, except for us. Nothing fancy about the floats or costumes, but boy were they having fun!
I don't know what the theme of the parade was, or even if there was a theme. There did seem to be alot of Americana involved. Cowboys and Indians. Cowboys and Saloon Girls. Indians and Teepees. Hawaii. Walt Disney World. No matter, they were having a good time!
|First came the Band.|
|Baby strollers, and babies, decorated for the different holidays.|
|Hawaii comes to Wales.|
|The pilots, Moms, with their airplanes. Each stroller was a different company.|
|Who are these guys?|
|This group reminded me of the Rodeo parades with Redding Co-op Preschool.|
|How did that Saguaro Cactus get to Knighton?|
|This band had a militay insignia on their shirts.|
Sunday, August 28, 2011
The day had turned cold and wet. The horses came running, a first, when we called them to come in. Clarence and his hens had put themselves to roost. Inside, I shed my raincoat, removed the wet shoes and socks, then sat down at the computer. I looked out the window. Wow!
|The sun was below the cloud cover and produced this magnificent rainbow. It filled the whole eastern sky, so Bill had to take two pictures and put them together.|
Saturday, August 27, 2011
|Offa's Dyke from Springhill.|
|We parked our car and Bill walked out to take the picture. The Dyke stretched off across the horizon.|
If you are feeling energetic, there is a trail you can hike, Offa's Dyke path, that follows the ancient earthwork for about 30 miles. The entire trail is 177 miles, crossing the border more than 20 times, so one gets to see beautiful landscapes in both countries.
Friday, August 26, 2011
|Bill and his newest toy, The Rayburn.|
Everyone knows Bill loves to cook. Everyone knows Bill loves to cook over a fire, although it is usually charcoal in one of his Webers. Meet The Rayburn. A wonder really, as it cooks your food, warms your water and heats the house with radiators. It also burns wood, but can work with peat or coal, as well. A very versatile stove.
|The cooktop with the cover down.|
There is also a propane burner off ot the side for when you don't want to build a fire.
You know, on those blistering hot days!
|Covers up, ready to cook.|
|Inside the oven. The firebox is the other door.|
|They have a little firewood, just in case. This is only one very small section.|
Thursday, August 25, 2011
|A Town Cryer ready for the competition.|
The Ancient and Honorable Guild of Town Cryers held a meeting and competition in Knighton, Wales last Saturday. Everyone was dressed in their best. The competition was fierce but friendly. One could tell where the Cryers lived by their closing statements. If from England, they ended their speech with "God save the Queen!". If they were from Wales, "God bless the Prince of Wales! God save the Queen!"
|Many of the men were accompanied by their lovely Ladies.|
|"God Save The Queen!"|
|This gentleman was one of my favorites!|
|The competitors watching the competition.|
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
|Powis Castle as seen from the Gardens. The building in front is a pavilion used for entertaining.|
|The Herbert Coat of Arms, an elephant and a dragon.|
|Everyone should have a statue in the front lawn.|
|The yew trees at the top are part of what make this such a unique garden. Most are original to the garden.|
|The second "layer" of the garden. They are terraced down to the playing fields.|
|The gardens just go on and on. A view of the lower gardens from the terraced area.|
Inside the castle, while very elegant, was extremely dark. This is due to dark wood paneling, dark paintings on the walls instead of wall paper, and all the curtains being pulled to protect the dark paintings. All in all a bit gloomy. The Grand Staircase, which took 13 years to build, is off limits to our feet, but still very Grand to behold. We weren't allowed to take pictures inside, even without a flash.
|Entrance to the Castle.|
|The door knob on the main castle door is a dragon.|
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
|Window into the dining room with beautiful roses blooming. There is something in bloom everywhere you look.|
|The range side of the kitchen.|
|The rest of the kitchen. The stone floors show well in this photo.|
|The dining room with the original fireplace where cooking was done. Now it has an efficient wood stove to keep us warm.|
|Stairs to the master bedroom and the loft with the lounge area underneath.|
|The lounge, the stairs lead to the dining room. The split door to the left goes to our bedroom.|
|Standing on the floor of the bathroom, with the large step in front of me.|
|Standing on the step, but behind the doorway. My head is up against the beam in the room and behind the doorsill.|
|Now I'm in the dining room, standing in front of the door. I'm about 5'7" so you can tell it's a very short doorway.|
|The brick end is the original house, with the stone end the old barn. That's a climbing rose on the wall. It smells really nice.|
Doune Castle was rebuilt by Robert Stewart, the Duke of Albany, a man who was the power behind the throne as Regent for James I of Scotland,...