News vs views





As a contrast to the terrible events in Boston this week, the photos above are of the beauty in my week.  

The striking white building top left is Danesfield House hotel, so named because of long ago Danes that built a fort on the hilltop.  It has spectacular views of the Thames Valley below.  I took the picture as a tree had come down on the front lawn.  It was only when I downloaded the photos from my phone that I noticed the soft, gray blanket of cloud contrasting so starkly with the pristine, diamond white stone of the hotel.  

Bottom left you may just spot a helicopter coming in to land. It was a very windy day.  On the ground adjacent to the giant white H where the helicopter was to land, was anchored a marriage proposal printed on a large  sheet.  We waited to see if the proposal had been accepted, or whether the would-be-wife was berating her would-be-husband for organising a helicopter trip on a day of such high winds.  The couple dismounted when the blades stopped whirring, both were smiling broadly.

The other two photos are of a walk I do down to the river when I need a quick burst of exercise,  fresh air and a new perspective.  The Magnolia looked elegantly defiant in the sharp, cold air. I was glad to see my favourite Oak tree had survived intact, the winds of recent days. 

Happy weekend.





18 comments:

  1. I love the stories behind each picture. Happy Weekend to you.

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    1. Thank you JHD, back stories - to anything and everyone, are always fascinating to me.

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  2. I wonder that if she said yes they will hold the ceremony in that hotel, the magnolia looks so pretty, I hope it held out against the wind:)

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  3. I wondered that too Rosie, the proposal was a bumpy ride, so maybe that was propitious?

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  4. Thank you for visiting.
    You noticed the magnolias, it made me smile. :)

    We also share the same sky.

    Have a wonderful week.

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  5. Like what you said about walking to find a new perspective. Hope you enjoyed the weekend.

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  6. this is a great collage, isn't it lovely to be warm again! lets hope it stays

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  7. Hello from Ronda at lilacsinmay.blogspot.com. I did not realize there as another blog loving Lilacs and May!

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    1. Ronda I salute your excellent taste!

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  8. I do love a magnolia in bloom!!

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    1. Frankly after the winter we've had I'm grateful for anything blooming, long live spring/summer 13!

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  9. Magnolias are definitely one of my favourites, they always lift my spirits and remind me that summer is around the corner. Beautiful pics! x

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    1. Summer is now peeking round the corner. I hope she come out to play.

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  10. How very beautiful your blog is! The white building is stunning!

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    1. Thank you Stephen, I was there again at the weekend, the white stone glows giving it an ethereal quality.

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