Friday, June 22, 2018

Bucklers Hard.

While we were staying in the New Forest we visited the old ship building village of Bucklers Hard, and after walking around the village and museum we took a river trip.











Gypsy Moth IV in which Sir Francis Chichester was the first person to sail solo around the world in 1966.



Thursday, June 21, 2018

Percherons.

As I said in my last post, I am taking a short break in my Baltics posts to catch up with more local trips.
I am already 4 years behind with my cruise posts so a week or two more won't make any difference.
Earlier this year an online friend said she would be taking one of her regular trips to see her handsome Percheron horse who is being trained in England.
As he is kept only 3 1/2 hours away from our home it would be an ideal time to travel up and meet her and the magnificent Vidock. She was coming over for the Southern Counties Heavy Horse Event.
We decided to make a 3 day break of it and stayed in the New Forest.



There were many different breeds of heavy horses, but the highlight for us was the team of 12 Percherons pulling the roller and chain harrows.




After that we were taken by Virginia to see Vidock at the farm.




After seeing so many photos of him on their blog, it was a treat to see him face to face.
The weather that day was awful and Vidock had made the most of the rain and the mud, and although not looking at his best he still stood proud and magnificent.
We were to meet him again a few months later and this time he would look very different. Hopefully that post will follow in a few days.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Baltics Cruise July/August 2014 Russia Pt. 5 The Hermitage 2.

I was originally going to do The Hermitage all in one post but as there are so many I decided to split it into two parts.
This post includes some of the huge amount of art. There is some blur and reflection as a lot of it is behind protective glass.


The Great Throne Room.

Catherine's Hanging Gardens which are at second floor height and link the north and south wings.
















Well that is it from inside The Hermitage.
I still have more photos from St. Petersburg as well as some more places we visited on that cruise but I need to take a break from them and post some more recent trips we took in the UK first.


Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Baltics Cruise July/August 2014 Russia Pt. 5 The Hermitage 1.

It has taken a long time coming, but here are my photos of The Hermitage and there are a lot of them! There are so many that I think it is better to let the photos speak for themselves.