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Snowdrops at Colesbourne Park

Took a trip out of London to see snowdrops. The venue is Colesbourne Park in Gloucestershire and for 3 weekends a year, they throw open the turnstiles and you can wander amongst acres of carpets of galanthi (the Latin name for showdrop is galathus) with a fair sprinkling of snowflakes (looks a bit like a snowdrop), hellebores, crocus and cyclamen thrown in for good measure. A real Victorian garden extravaganza if ever there was one and all thanks to man by the name of Henry Elwes, an all-round naturalist during the 1800s who took advantage of the ever-increasing fashion for travelling at the time. On one of his many trips found himself in Turkey in 1864 where he chanced upon a new form of sn

Victoria has her eye on you!

Rather lovely shot of the Queen Victoria Monument which stands directly in front of the Eastern facade of Buckingham Palace – that’s the one with the balcony on which our Royal Family stand during national celebratory events. It is the centrepiece of a monument that includes the Dominion Gates (Canada Gate, Australia Gate and South and West Africa Gates) and the Memorial Gardens. The overall scheme was conceived by the most famous architect of the day, Aston Webb although the actual monument itself was created by Thomas Brock. There is an awful lot going on in this monument, including statues representing courage, constancy, victory, charity, truth and motherhood. Victory is the golden statu

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