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Within the Walls of the Ancient Palazzo

The Maltese nobility assembles within  these walls! And how I’d love to be a fly on the wall when they do!   This ancient Palazzo in the 16th century fortified city of  Mdina, also known as the Silent City, is now a 5-star hotel called XARA PALACE. We nipped inside Read more…

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Knock, Knock, Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door.

There’s not much in the Mediterranean island of Malta which isn’t ablaze with colour. This will show in all my next posts about the island. But as this week’s CFF Challenge is “All in One Colour”, here’s a few (fairly) monochromatic  iPhone shots from our trip there. We only got Read more…

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From Booze Moor to the Land of the Prince Bishops

Booze Moor, Whaw, High Faggergill, Low Faggergill, Hoove and Stang…. ….how I love Yorkshire Place names. This small section from my road atlas covers an area of about 5 square miles (that’s out of the 4,500 square miles which the County of Yorkshire covers): The dotted line at the top Read more…

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Ambleside’s Bridge House: a 17th Century Survivor

The Bridge House in  Ambleside has stood over Stock Beck  for  400 years.     The growth of old Ambleside is associated with a succession of families dating back to the early 14th century. The Braithwaites were an incredibly influential family and originally built Bridge House to access their lands Read more…

16th century Townend Barn in Troutbeck Lake District

17th Century Barn Doors in Troutbeck Village

Townend Barn in the Lakeland village of Troutbeck  has remained essentially untouched for over 350 years. The oldest part was built in 1666, with a newer (!) extension which dates back to the 18th century. It is still part of a working farm. The farmer uses it for lambing and Read more…

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