Tuesday, July 9, 2013

How I spent my summer vacation

Me, on top of St. Rule’s Tower, St. Andrews, Scotland
You haven't heard from me in a while because I’ve been in Great Britain for the past two weeks. When I travel abroad these days, it is usually to teach, but this time it was an actual family vacation. We hadn’t had one in years, and it was so nice to be together. 

Next week, I’m off to teach in New Zealand at the Taupo Symposium, and I’ll try to blog from there. 

In the meantime, I thought I’d share with you some of the photos I took in England and Scotland. Just a few (I took more than 2,600!). Photography has become so much a part of my artistic process. I'll be working from some of these photos in the future to make sketches and fiber art. I’d love to know your thoughts… which ones you like the most, and which ones you think have the most potential. I am partial to the sheep... I think there is a definitely a sheep art quilt in my future.
Little Moreton Hall, Cheshire, England
Performer at Little Moreton Hall, Cheshire, England
View from an upstairs window, Little Moreton Hall, Cheshire, England

Courtyard at Little Moreton Hall, Cheshire, England

Roof and window, Little Moreton Hall, Cheshire, England
Vines and wall, Little Moreton Hall, Cheshire, England
Ferns at Little Moreton Hall, Cheshire, England
Wonderful window at Little Moreton Hall, Cheshire, England
Mow Cop Castle, Cheshire, England
View from Mow Cop Castle, Cheshire, England
I took many shots of the iconic British sheep; I just love them! The year I lived in Scotland I was told that there were more sheep in Scotland than people. I can believe it.


Sheep shot #1
Sheep shot #2
Sheep shot #3
Sheep shot #4
Sheep shot #5
Sheep shot #6
Sheep shot #7
Sheep shot #8
I spent my junior year of college at University of St. Andrews in Scotland. I studied Old English language, English literature, and Scottish history. It was a fabulous year in a truly magical place. I hadn’t been back in almost 30 years, and it was wonderful to get reacquainted.
 
Road out of St. Andrews, Scotland
University of St. Andrews, Scotland
Royal & Ancient, St. Andrews, Scotland
Castle ruins, St. Andrews, Scotland
Cathedral ruins, St. Andrews, Scotland
View to the sea, St. Andrews, Scotland
Castle ruins, St. Andrews, Scotland
West Port, St. Andrews, Scotland
View from St. Rule’s Tower, St. Andrews, Scotland
Graveyard at St. Andrews Cathedral ruins, St. Andrews, Scotland
Sea view from the castle ruins, St. Andrews, Scotland
Cathedral ruins, St. Andrews, Scotland
Southern view from St. Rule's Tower, St. Andrews, Scotland


7 comments:

  1. Wonderful photos!! I love the castle ruins and views of the sea. I am also partial to the sheep. Scotland is beautiful! It looks like you and your family had a wonderful vacation.

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  2. Great pictures! Scotland is on my "one of these days" list! I love the window and the ruins - that window could make an interesting background in a quilt.

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  3. You are becoming quite the world traveler, thanks so much for sharing your photos with us. I love the front photo of Little Moreton Hall, would love to see this in person. The side view of the ram's head would be a good tread sketching opp.

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  4. What an amazing place to visit, love all of the old buildings and the beautiful landscapes.

    Debbie

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  5. Wow, NZ is so young compared to other parts of the world. Love those old ruins. We have a fair few sheep over here too, but I don't think they are quite as photogenic, although you'll get lamb shots at this time of year. We have 3 lambs jumping round our paddock from our 2 ewes. Very cute. Only a week to go till Taupo!!

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    1. I'm packing for NZ right now, Lottie! Can't wait to see the lambs... and some of NZ!

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  6. Such beautiful photos. I love Scotland and all the sheep. It's been a long time since we've been to Scotland or Ireland ... thanks for sharing your travels with us.

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