3.20.2007

A Castle A Day

The Gates of Windsor
March 2007

What I'm Listening To: Fix You by Coldplay

We had a homeschooling trip today. We traveled to Windsor, England to visit Windsor Castle. Our HomeEd group was participating in a workshop on Armour and Weaponry. It focused on the Medieval Times when knights were jousting in tournaments and a bow and arrow were the weapons of choice. It was fascinating. If you would like to see more pics of the boys and their day at Windsor...please click HERE. There are some good ones I think!

Windsor is the official residence of the Queen. It has been a favorite residence for over 900 years in the royal family and they open parts of it to the public. Imagine who lived here...Queen Victoria, Henry VIII, Queen Mary...the list goes on and on and on. That is some family home! I have been here a few times before and I always enjoy it each time I go back. This has been one of the great things about living in Britain. There is so much history right at our fingertips. I plan on soaking up as much in as I can!

I snapped this top image as we went through the gates this morning. The sun was peeking through the clouds as I looked up. The bottom image is of the Round Tower of the castle. William the Conquerer built the first wooden castle back in 1070 on this exact spot. The garden you see, used to be the moat that surrounded the stone walls for protection from enemies. Isn't the sky a wonderful backdrop for this picturesque setting? Don't let the sky fool you though...it was cold, windy and it even started sleeting later in the afternoon. Hope you enjoyed another small history lesson! :)

Take care all...I am off to plan another day tomorrow!

The Round Tower(r), Windsor

14 comments:

bluemountainmama said...

love "fix you"...i was just listening to that last night! i love the Round tower shot...the sky definitely adds to it....it looks like something out of a fairy tale.....

Tracy said...

We are very envious. We want to live in London and visit a castle, too! Great pictures, as always!

Sarch said...

The pictures are just unbelievable!
That sky...wow! I went to look at your kiddos on their field trip. It looks like they had fun and I'll bet they learned a lot as well. Weaponry and armor, how cool is that?

It is a joy to read and sense the excitement and motivation you were feeling today.

Lori Schmidt (LoriProPhoto) said...

HI Anna ... I am still lurking around LOL ... not enough hours in the day.

Great photos of the roses, I like the soft focus and I am not normally a fan of soft focus!

I did go to Windsor once, but we didnt get to go into the castle or grounds. I do remember the crooked house, that is a T-house if I remember correctly, what a quaint place. I wish I had been able to spend my time in England more constructively.

Thanks for bringing back the memories.

Hope you are well and coping okay.

((((HUGS))))

Lori

Beverly said...

How wonderful to be able to study history with your boys and see it in real life.

photowannabe said...

You give us the best tours and a fresh history lesson to boot. Great shots. Have a great day.

Melody said...

I love Windsor/Windsor Castle. It is a magnificent part of Greater London... Your hotos are brining back my memories of my trip there 7 years...

Bob-kat said...

I visited Windsor Castle many years ago and loved it. I must go back sometime! I love the sun just peeking out in the top pic.

eurorebs said...

Gorgeous! I love history. And just last week I was on a "Fix You" kick...I kept playing it over and over...have you ever seen them live?? Amazing. We're going together (in London, of course) the next time they tour!! :)

Love ya!

Mike said...

Great shots. I really like the castle shot and your other pictures of the event are great too. What a treat and what a lesson!

Babystepper said...

Oh yeah! Well, here in Oklahoma we have. . .wheat. . and, ummm, . . .oil derricks. . and, ummm. . . grass. So there.

=)

srp said...

Do they tell you about which part the family actually lives in? I'm sure that area has undergone major modernization... granite countertops and top of the line cooking spaces? Well, someone might talk to the cooks? Can you imagine having a cook?

That is a lovely sky. Yes, looks can be deceiving... it is the first day of spring and the high only in the upper 40's. Yesterday it was 70; that felt like spring.

Marty: said...

I love this photo tour of all things English. This is a great medium for sharing. We lived for a year in England twenty years ago, and the photos are still in their envelopes waiting to be organized!

sari said...

I love the photos.