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Cambridge

Leanne and I spent Friday night and Saturday in Cambridge.

The first photo is from the Fitzwilliam Museum. Apparently the building itself looks really impressive but I couldn’t see this as it was covered in white sheeting and scaffolding.

Fitzwilliam Museum
The rest of the photos are from the King’s College Cathedral. I noticed the architects loved to design buildings with parts jutting out of the top of them.

King’s College Cathedral 1
King’s College Cathedral 2
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King’s College Cathedral 4
King’s College Cathedral 5
King’s College Cathedral 6

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(V) Cornwall Adventure – Stonehenge

Our last destination on our way home from our cottage in cornwall was Stonehenge.  Both Leanne and I felt strange paying and going to see some stones in the middle of a field but it is one of the most iconic wonders in England, so felt like it had to be seen!
Stonehenge 3
Stonehenge 1
Stonehenge 2
Coach loads of people turned up all the time to stare at these peculiar rocks.
Stonehenge 4

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(IV) Cornwall Adventure – Kynance Cove

Our first view of Kynance Cove. Stunning.
Leanne & I Edge
Leanne on the edge!
Leanne Edge
I think this photo does a nice job at showing the sheer scale of the rocks/cliffs/mini islands in the background.
Leanne Scale
The landscape is nothing like what we have in Upminster where I live, it looks alien. I think the photo below looks like it could have been taken on another planet.
Rocky
View 2
Yellow Rock
One of my favourite photos of the whole holiday. Beautiful landscape.
House with a viewThe rocks were really interesting. The sea was really rough and you didn’t have to look at it to tell. The rocks were all carved and sliced up, most of them jutting upwards in layers. They also had a red tinge to them which made them interesting as a texture.
Red Rocks & Water
Red Rock texture small
Rock & Water
Island Rock
View 3
Standing on the edge of these jutting rocks next to a sea that was in turmoil maybe wasn’t the best idea but I wanted to get interesting photos! Needless to say this shot shows the moment I got wet. My luck run out, I was on the edge taking photos for a while and the past two times I had kept my eye on the sea and managed to spot when a big wave was coming twice before (not so easy when you have to spot a bigger bump of water than the rest as I was a bit further out than the beach) and managed to hightail it out of there, quickly jumping across the jutting rocks as best I could. However this one got me and I had to walk around for the rest of the trip with wet feet/socks/boots, not very nice! Just as I took this photo I ducked down and held onto a rock just incase it was a really big wave (did not want to be dragged on and into that sea, pretty sure you wouldn’t stand a chance) but it wasn’t too bad, albeit cold and wet!
Got Wet
Foot Prints

Another beautiful place in Kynance Cove. The sea coming from both sides of this beach area that you couldn’t get to.
Double Sides Sea
Next we visited Lizard Point,  the most southerly place in England. It was by far the most disappointing place that we went to all holiday. The most southerly point consisted of an eye sore of a gift shop and then down by the sea and even bigger eye sore of a broken down and disused concrete jetty. Usually I like abandoned places and things but not this. It was disappointing that because it is the most southerly place they tried to capitalize on that or… once did, now it’s just sad.

We also found the most southerly lighthouse which might have been a little bit more interesting if it was open or you could get near it, the stone wall was easily jumpable but we had lost interest in the whole place by then, disappointed by it all. Two saving graces however, when we was walking up hill on the edge of the cliffs to see the lighthouse we saw an eagle on the cliffs not far from us which we saw took flight. The second being the one and only photo I shot at Lizard Point, part of the lighthouse buildings.
Two Horns

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(II) Cornwall Adventure – Local Walk

A view of our temporary home at the Lower Pentire Barn from across the River Loe.

Lower Pentire Barn
Our colourful boots ready for adventuring!
Boots
Leanne kitted out for a great photo session.
Leanne Kitted Out
Off to the far right is where we were staying. We went for a long local walk to see what was around on. I am standing on the ‘Loe Bar’ which seperates the river Loe (which I am looking at) and the English Channel.

River Loe
This is the other side of the Loe Bar. There was this one smooth flat rock on the entire beach which Leanne took advantage of!
Leanne Beach
Sadly I got too close to the waves trying to get a good photo. A few frames on and the water fooled me with a double wave and went over and inside my boots, not the most comfortable thing to happen mid adventure on a cold day!
The English Channel Sea
I decided to bring my Totoro with me, taking inspiration from Leanne’s Eric adventures.
Totoro Cliff Edge
To the left is the river Loe, the middle the Loe Bar which seperates the Loe from the English Channel on the right. It is unusual to see two lots of water one on either side of land, at least I think it is! The Loe Bar’s terrain is a curious mix of grass and sand.
River Loe & English Channel
Continuing further around the river Loe.
Reeds in the River Loe
Tree roots normally grow below the ground, this tree must be rebelling in its teenage years!
Tree Roots
One of my favourite parts of the holiday was the fire we had. We had filled my car boot with wood so that we could use it every night and we ended up burning through all of it. We hardly turned the tv on, much more interesting to sit and watch the fire dance. Being a converted barn and an old style one at that with cold stone floors it felt amazing to have a roaring fire burning through the nights.
Fire 1
Fire 2
Fire 3
Fire 4

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(I) Cornwall Adventure – Eden Project

To break up the long six hour+ journey to our cottage in Cornwall, Leanne and I stopped off at the Eden Project. Click here to view her photos! We brought our tickets online and printed them off but when we got there the normal ques were huge, we looked for a pre-paid ticket section which we found to be closed and decided to just walk through the nearest doors, which in fact led behind the tills and we walked casually through without showing anyone our tickets……nice security…. kind of a shame it cost us nearly £40 when we walked in unquestioned but hey!

Eden Bubbles
The Eden bubble/dome structures were what drew me to the Eden Project.

Eden Bubble 2
Above the forest floor, 50m up (which is taller than the tower of London!) is the rainforest lookout platform.
Looking Up
I found the patterns that the biome structures made fascinating.
Looking Up 2
Looking Up 3
Looking Down
Looking Up 4

The first place we visited was the Rainforest Biome. Our lenses took a good 15 minutes to clear of condensation but after that it was pleasant to be in the warm. Around 20 minutes later however it become more uncomfortable as the thick hot air took it’s toll especially since we were dressed for winter!

Jungle & Waterfall
Waterfall
Next up the mediterranean biome. We expected it to be at least kind of hot but I didn’t feel any kind of heat at all in the place. It wasn’t cold, it was just slightly warm…. It was an odd place to say the least. Not so odd were the beautiful tulips!
Tulip
Tulips 2
Next up the odd……
Moon Head
Didn’t think a person with a moon for a head would be as scary as it is.
Moon Head 2
I wasn’t sure what this was but because of the moonhead person I am going to guess it represents the sun.
Sun Spike
I have no idea why there were rabbit heads on sticks….
Rabbit Heads
Going outside of the biomes didn’t end the weirdness either. This guy is called the ‘WEEE Man’ sculpture. He weighs 3.3 tonnes and was made to represent the amount of waste electrical and electronic equipment te average British household throws away in a lifetime. The WEEE man is made up of this.
Junk Robot
The huge bee sculpture was really interesting. It looked a bit lost because of the season we are in and how bare the outside grounds were of flowers but still it was cool. The sculpture is there to remind visitors how important pollinators are to grow our food.
Bee Back
One of the only plants that was in bloom were the daffodils!
Dafodil
daffodil 2
On the way out I found this really really weird plant. I haven’t see anything like it. It had very small orange dots all over it too. Weirddddddd.

Weird Plant

The Eden Project was interesting but it disappointed me a little. Maybe it was the season we went in. There were hardly any flowers outside (kind of to be expected, though because you are missing half of what it’s about they could reduce ticket prices for off season?) Comparing it to the incredible Kew Gardens I would pick that over Eden Project every time. However I am still glad I went and experienced it, the biome structures alone were interesting enough to go and see. It made a good break for our six+ hour journey to our cottage in Cornwall.

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London Walk About

Seemingly one of the first mostly sunny days of the year, also by far the windiest day too! Only a smatter of rain fell too, compared to the bucket loads we seem to get every other day, this put Tom and I in higher spirits! The first interesting thing we found was the London Hydraulic Power Company’. It’s former use was to install a hydraulic power network of high pressure cast iron water mains. It closed in 1977 and is now used as a restuarant and arts centre.

Fan Edit
Fan 2
Fan 4
Sand exsists on the Thames shore?
Sand & Stairs
After going down a platform that we technically shouldn’t have been on (when has that stopped us before!) we found a curious red crane attached to the side of the building that was labelled ‘A & B King Henry’s Wharves C & D’.
Red Crane 1
Red Crane 2
I was challenged by my girlfriend, Leanne, to take a photo of something green. So here is that photo!
Green Photo
This was a strange one. This was attached to the building offscreen to the left. From what I could work out, each level was the persons ‘terrace’ or ‘garden area’, very strange! I wouldn’t be a fan of the structure to actually use it (if that is what it’s used for) but it’s an interesting structure for a photo!
Spikey Gardens
The Blue Bridge. Tom has a lot more information in his post on this bridge – here. We were standing in the centre when it started beeping at us so we made a hasty retreat and started snapping away!
Blue Bridge

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Langdon Hills Nature Reserve

Another weekends wandering captured.

Langdon Hills
is a very local park and nature reserve to us, we walked through just a fraction of it as in total, it is over 400 acres.





Misty loved the extended walk.

My girlfriend and partner in crime.




Texture, texture. Email me if you want a full rez version of this texture. chillcleal@hotmail.co.uk

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