Blenheim, Bampton and Burford


Earlier in the year, we had the rellies over from Oz. During their stay we traveled up to visit Blenheim Palace, stayed overnight in Woodstock and did a small vaguely Downton Abbey related tour of the locale. The following are a few photo’s taken over the weekend.

Winston Churchill - No visit to Blenheim is complete without an acknowledgement to the great man himself.

Blenheim Palace – Winston Churchill – No visit to Blenheim is complete without an acknowledgement to the great man himself.

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Blenheim Palace – Water Gardens

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Blenheim Palace – Main Entrance

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Blenheim Palace – The view below the Water Gardens

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Blenheim Palace – Tranquility

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Blenheim Palace – Rose Gardens, a blousy pink.

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Blenheim Palace – Rose Gardens, I can still smell the scent.

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Blenheim Palace – Rose Gardens, a luscious red, which is just how I like my wine.

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Blenheim Palace – Rose Gardens, for shear exuberance. Reminds me of the Can Can

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Blenheim Palace – towering, or is that lurking, above The Boat House

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Blenheim Palace – Hidden Treasure

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Blenheim Palace – Dainty

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Blenheim Palace – view of the lake, from The Boat House

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Blenheim Palace – Butterfly House, resident.

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Blenheim Palace – Butterfly House, fancy some fruit ?

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Blenheim Palace – Butterfly House, cheeky chappy.

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Blenheim Palace – Butterfly House, this cheeky chappy followed us around and harangued us from every perch.

Bampton

Bampton in Oxfordshire is the “real” name of  Downton, a name familiar with all Downton Abbey fans. As one would expect the real thing looks very different to the images presented on screen.

Bampton - Church View  appears regularly in the series. It is here that two pubs, The Grantham Arms & The Dog and Duck are located.

Bampton – Church View appears regularly in the series. It is here that two pubs, The Grantham Arms & The Dog and Duck are located.

Bampton - Church View - Apparently No. 2 gets quite a makeover to become a pub in the series.

Bampton – Church View – Apparently No. 2 gets quite a makeover to become a pub in the series.

Bampton - Church View - A real cottage garden.

Bampton – Church View – A real cottage garden.

Bampton - The old Grammar School building, which now houses Bampton Community Archive, served as ‘Downton’ hospital. Unfortunately closed when we were there.

Bampton – The old Grammar School building, which now houses Bampton Community Archive, served as ‘Downton’ hospital. Unfortunately closed when we were there.

Bampton - St Mary’s Church, renamed for the series as St Michael and All Angels

Bampton – St Mary’s Church, renamed for the series as St Michael and All Angels

Bampton - Cottages

Bampton – Cottages

Burford

Burford is a small town on the River Windrush in the Cotswold hills in west Oxfordshire, England, about 18 miles west of Oxford, 22 miles southeast of Cheltenham and only about 2 miles from the Gloucestershire boundary.
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Burford – With a name like Huffkins and the crooked windows this place looks like something out of a Harry Potter film.

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Burford – Going down to the shops is a doddle. Coming back is the real issue.

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Burford – Just popping out to the shops is part of the local fitness regime.

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Burford – Alms Houses, Founded in 1457 by Richard Earl of Warwick. Rebuilt in 1828.

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Burford – Nearly at the summit. The locals must feel like planting a flag each time they make it to the top.

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Burford – Minutes just fly by here. So much so that the minute hand has flown away. Obviously the right place to sit and while away the hours.

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Burford – Hope you have left the handbrake on.

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Burford – I wonder what’s down there ?

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Burford – Something quaint and interesting round every corner.

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Burford – Nothing is straight.

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Burford – Hidden charm.

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Burford – More Wonky Windows

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Burford – I was holding the camera straight, honest I was.

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Flash Sale – Glam & Glitz Boutique of Southsea


Glam & Glitz Boutique of Southsea A unique Ladies Boutique in the popular location of Albert Road. Offering a selection of high fashion and classic ladies wear in sizes 8 to 26.

Glam & Glitz Boutique
of Southsea
A unique Ladies Boutique in the popular location of Albert Road. Offering a selection of high fashion and classic ladies wear in sizes 8 to 26.

A unique Ladies Boutique in the popular location of Albert Road.

Offering a selection of high fashion and classic ladies wear in sizes 8 to 26.

Aubergine – Bangladeshi & Indian Cuisine Restaurant


Last evening we popped down to see how my daughter and her husbands new venture was progressing. They have just opened Glam & Glitz Boutique in Albert Road, Southsea. Since it was near closing time we all decided to go out for a meal. Albert Road is a great place to go if you are hungry. There are eateries catering for just about every taste imaginable.

We chose to try Aubergine, a small Bangladeshi and Indian Cuisine restaurant. aubergineWhat a good decision that was. There were six of us and we hadn’t booked. This didn’t phase them and very quickly they shuffled some tables and chairs and we were quickly seated.

I ordered a starter, “Luck Now Ke Seek Kebab” described as “Minced lamb with chefs own spices, coriander, cheese, moulded on to skewers” which was quite tasty. This I followed with “Juicy Gosht” which was effectively a lamb shank in a spicy sauce. My description is probably doing it a disservice but it is not on the internet version of their menu so I couldn’t plagiarise their description. However, it really was juicy and the meat was oh so tender. This was the star of the evening, and, ably supported by  Pilau Rice and Bhindi Bhajee was a meal fit for a king.

Two of our family group kicked off with the the mandatory “Onion Bhajee” and two more decided to try the “Tandoori Champan”, which comprised “Tender of lamb chops marinated with fresh garlic, ginger and other spices”. For their mains two brave souls, including my wife, went for the Lamb Jalfrazi.

All agreed that the service was good, the staff friendly despite my introducing confusion by ordering a refill beer brand that they didn’t sell.

I would say that Aubergine stands out as one of the good restaurants in the area and I heartily recommend a visit. I for one will certainly be going back.

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Hollywood Legend Lauren Bacall Dead At 89


siskinbob:

A beautiful lady. Another star will be missed. What a legacy.

Originally posted on K-EARTH 101:

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Legendary film star Lauren Bacall has passed away at the age of 89.

The verified Twitter account of Humphrey Bogart’s estate, run by their son Stephen Bogart, posted a message confirming the news Tuesday, after he said the actress died in her New York apartment upon suffering a stroke.

“With deep sorrow, yet with great gratitude for her amazing life, we confirm the passing of Lauren Bacall,” the message read.

Read the complete story on CBS LA.

Click here to see photos of Lauren Bacall through the years.

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Union Jack


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Union Jack – A Newfie

Union Jack was a Newfie, a Newfoundland, and he has sadly passed away. He was a big friendly pooch.

Sadly missed by his family and those of us who only knew him briefly. Keeping company with Robin Williams and Lauren Bacall.

His passing will have left a huge void in his home and he will certainly be missed.

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Ten Classic Movie Clips Featuring Robin Williams


siskinbob:

Says what many of us are thinking and says it better than I ever could

Originally posted on K-EARTH 101:

The loss of actor and comedian Robin Williams undoubtedly is a huge loss in the entertainment world. His skill brought smiles and tears to millions of people around the world.
Below are just some of the many movies he starred in throughout the years.

Mrs. Doubtfire – 1993
Played Daniel Hillard, who dresses up as a housekeeper named Mrs. Doubtfire, who wants spend more time with his kids after a divorce from his wife.

Good Will Hunting – 1997
Played Sean Maguire, a mathematical genius who lacks life experiences.

Patch Adams – 1998
Played Patch Adams, a medical student in the 70s who treats patients illegally through humor.

The Birdcage – 1996
Played Armond Goldman, a gay cabaret owner in Miami Beach.

Dead Poets Society – 1989
Played John Keating, an English teach who inspired his students through poetry.

Hook – 1991
Played Peter Banning, an adult Peter Pan who…

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