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WPC – It is easy being green.. when your a weeping willow tree

WPC – It is easy being green.. when your a weeping willow tree

I must remember that the Weekly Photo Challenge set by WordPress has moved from Friday to Wednesday.. anyway this week’s topic is about being Green. Green is everywhere, in landscape and floral photography.. so this week’s images were easy to find. Especially when it came to a weeping willow tree.

My first two images are flowers where the stems and leaves are green..

A photograph of yellow flowers taken within the gardens of Hall Place.

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Owl are you? An owl from Jambs Owls

Owl are you? An owl from Jambs Owls

Owl photographed at Jamb's Owls

Photograph of an owl taken at Hall Place in Bexley – Powder Paint Effect without Box Outline

Saturday was the first time in ages that I have been out and our little trip took us to Hall Place.  Anyway as we were leaving we saw a sign for Jambs Owls and decided to pay a visit.  Believe it or not the above photograph of this owl straight out of the camera was bland and boring even after cropping. Continue reading →

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Flowers from the greenhouse at Hall Place

Flowers from the greenhouse at Hall Place

A photograph of a vibrant orange and purple flower in the Greenhouse at Hall Place in Bexley

Saturday was so lovely being able to walk without excruciating pain in my hips and being able to visit places and above all being able to hold my camera and take photographs.  The flowers in the greenhouse of Hall Place in Bexley are exquisite to photograph.  Hubby took the above photograph of this beautiful orange and purple flower.  I couldn’t believe how large the blooms were. Continue reading →

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Visiting Kent – Hall Place

Visiting Kent – Hall Place

Are you looking for somewhere to go, which doesn’t cost you an arm and a leg… a place where children can run around… well Hall Place is the place for you.

Situated just off of the A2 in Bexley Kent… Hall Place is  a place where you can have a picnic… view some glorious gardens, visit a greenhouse full of exotic plants… sit by the stream and feed the ducks and geese.. or just simply watch their antics.

Just like this Canadian Goose…

Taken by Bren Ryan

Taken by Bren Ryan

 

There he was all puffed up and these two ducks were just looking at him..

 

Taken by Bren Ryan

Taken by Bren Ryan

 

You could just image what they were thinking … ‘He’s off again on a strop’.

Here are a selection of flowers taken from inside the Greenhouse…

 

Taken by Bren Ryan

Taken by Bren Ryan

 

 

Taken by Bren Ryan

Taken by Bren Ryan

 

 

Taken by Bren Ryan

Taken by Bren Ryan

 

And of course if you want to visit the house you can… for a fee.

Admission

Entry to the historic house at Hall Place costs £8 for Adults, £6 for under 16s/concessions, and £24 for a family (two adults and up to three children).

If you Gift Aid your ticket, it will be valid for unlimited repeat visits within a 12-month period.

Bexley Government Website

It is an ideal place for family fun… and we have visited several times and our little grandson loves playing there and feeding the ducks.

Location

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WPC – Express Yourself

WPC – Express Yourself

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Express Yourself.”

Taken by Bren Ryan

Taken by Bren Ryan

I was just about to take Dumplings photo and she decided to stick her tongue out… talk about express yourself about my photography. 😀 😀

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Delicate, Intricate and Purple

Delicate, Intricate and Purple

Taken by Bren Ryan

Taken by Bren Ryan

This photograph was taken within the gardens of Hall Place, near Bexley in Kent.

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Rock Garden….

Rock Garden….

At Hall Place…

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Taken today…

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Return to Hall Place….

Return to Hall Place….

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Revisited …

We were undecided on where to go this weekend and neither of us fancied a long drive… so after a bit of what about this place and what about here, we opted to return to Hall Place in Bexley.

We have been there twice before, but when the weather was not so good… but today was glorious sunshine and it was nice not having to worry about getting soaked to the skin. 😀

As we strolled by the River Cray which runs through Hall Place I spied this little group of baby chicks, all nestled by their mother….. One little chick thought he would take a dip and then decided against it and run back to his brothers and sisters.

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It was nice to sit there by the river and watch the water fowl…. the ducks, the geese and a few Canadian geese all claiming their rights over the water.

We never went into the house, but will do so, when we return… because it is one of those places that you can go to over and over again and enjoy the beautiful scenery…. Mind you on saying that the humdrum noise of the A2 is a little to contend with… but the beauty of Hall Place is so spectacular that you can forgive the traffic noise.

Here is a selection of flowers we took as we strolled around the gardens…

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When Stuart met Tudor

When Stuart met Tudor

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When Stuart met Tudor

From Wikipedia

The house dates back to around 1540 when wealthy merchant Sir John Champneys, Lord Mayor of the City of London in 1534, used stone recycled from a nearby former monastery, Lesnes Abbey, to build himself a country house on a site where a manor house was recorded some 300 years earlier in 1241.

Alterations to Champneys’ house were made in 1560. In 1649, the house was sold to another wealthy City merchant, Sir Robert Austen (1587–1666), who added a second wing built of red bricks, doubling the size of the house but without trying to harmonise the two halves built in highly contrasting architectural styles. He was created 1st Baronet, of Hall Place in Bexley, on 10 July 1660 and briefly held the office of High Sheriff of Kent.

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