Visiting Whitby, UK {part 3 - the surroundings}


  My final installment of our trip...

One of the days, we took a double-decker bus to Pickering, about an hour from Whitby across the moors,to visit the heritage site of Pickering Castle.  This a great place to visit with kids because there are open fields and tumbled down walls to run and climb on.   Naomi had a blast keeping up with her fellow travelers :)

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Here are some images of the Northern Yorkshire landscape, some of the tilled land and the more wild moors.


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Visiting Whitby, UK {part 2}

Whitby is located on the mouth of the River Esk as it flows into the North Sea.  The coastal region experiences significant tidal variations, so the harbor area has tall seawalls and the waters are subject to very strong currents. It was amazing to see how low the water would get a low tide and then a few hours later the water level would be close to twelve feet higher. The city center hugs the River Esk, and is down in the valley.  A lot of the lanes are narrow and steep walking paths, cobbled and quirky.

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{River Esk at mid-tide}

The newer parts of the town (19th century and beyond) are built on the headlands, which were high above the seashore and river level.  So everyday when Naomi and I would head out from our cottage, we would head downhill.  Making the walk seem like a breeze.

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The Whitby Coast seen from the top of the headlands at low tide.  At high tide the water would be all the way in and several feet deep at the seawall.

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{our cottage for the trip}

In this post, I want to share some of the charming features we encountered in Whitby... how beautiful the gardens were and how the local architecture was so diverse and adapted to the terrain.

Along the harbor, some homes carved out their own private paradise... flowers grew everywhere, in cracks and crannies, lovingly in well-planned boarders, and in some gardens untamed and wild.

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Whitby also had its share of grand homes... can you imaging having tea in this beautiful garden? I think it would be like stepping into a Jane Austen novel...

Visiting Whitby, UK {part 1}


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We arrived home from our trip to the Northern Yorkshire coastal town of Whitby.

Before leaving for the trip, I had some pretty grand ideas about sketching multiple times a day… and I packed lightly in regard to art supplies, I did not want to be burdened with too many choices, the goal was just to sketch.

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The plan was to gamble around with Naomi until I found something interesting, sit down and whip out a quick sketch while Naomi soaked in the sights and/or played safely nearby… however this is not how in reality it turned out.

So I took a ton of photographs and made the most of the time I was sharing with S. and Naomi…

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Monterey, VA {part 2}



I have been somewhat preoccupied with things around the house since returning home.... here are more of my photos from Monterey, VA.


{I loved the texture found during my walk on this gray morning...}

{the architect in me is drawn to this stone building while cringing at how they current owner replaced the first floor windows with significantly smaller doublehung windows and blocked off the upper story windows all together...}

Washington State {Part 1}

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Our visit to Washington State was a like a mini road trip. We landed in Spokane and stayed with my sister and her husband. Had a lazy Friday morning and early afternoon before heading out to Lake Roosevelt. There we met up with the rest of my family.

These were taken along Highway 2 west of Spokane.

This was the view of Lake Roosevelt as we descended a 5% grade to the Columbia Basin.

Scenic Sunday: Lake Roosevelt Washington State

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Hello ~

I took a break from this blog earlier this month and am now back. Last weekend I was in Washington State vacationing on Lake Roosevelt. This was the sunset of the first evening at the lake. The haze was from two large forest fire up in Canada, it was smoky but did really add some visual depth to the scenery.

For more scenic views please visit the Scenic Sunday blog.

Walking around Boston: Churches

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View of Richardson's Trinity Church through the transom window of the Boston Public Library.
Detail of Trinity Church.
Richardsonian architecture was the first architectural style to originate in the USA, previously architects would take architural queues from Europe and assimilate them to the demands of their clients here in America.

Not certain what the name of this church is. I just liked the strong gothic lines, if feels very Northern European to me in style, except for the bell tower.

Walking around Boston: Brick

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Hi there,

While in Boston I took a lot of pictures and am only now able to go through them and organize some common themes. I really enjoyed the variety of architecture, especially the late 19th and early 20th century residential buildings, the architects used brick in such interesting ways back then, simple coursing, decorative bricks, sometimes incorporating stone and terra-cotta. Here are few examples that caught my attention.

More pictures of Boston to come tomorrow. Have a good night. Liz

Boston Public Library

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Hi ~

I am in Boston this week. Yesterday I spent the entire afternoon at the Boston Public Library, participating in an art and architecture tour of the McKim building, admiring the lovely architectural details, and taking advantage of the great art folios found in the library's collection.

Some interesting notes about the building:
} The original building architecture firm was McKim, Mead and White (the later addition was designed by Phillip Johnson.)
} construction of the McKim building was completed in 1895
} the courtyard was modeled off the Cancelleria Palace in Rome
} the mural in the main gallery was painted by Puvis de Chavannes.