I had the pleasure of seeing Carol Ann Duffy, Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom, open the 60th Stratford-upon-Avon Poetry Festival on 30th June 2013. Carol Ann read for an hour from a selection of her humorous and serious poetry to a receptive audience in the Queen Elizabeth Hall of Stratford-upon-Avon’s Shakespeare Centre. Frankly, I’m […]
These photographs of roses, taken in Hall’s Croft Gardens, Stratford-upon-Avon, remind me of the lines from William Shakespeare’s 15th sonnet: “When I consider every thing that grows Holds in perfection but a little moment,” (Click the images below to see the larger versions).
Pink peonies photographed in the gardens of New Place, Stratford-upon-Avon, this afternoon. (Click the image to see the larger version). New Place is the site of the former home of William Shakespeare. Regrettably, the house was demolished in 1759 by the owner, Reverend Francis Gastrell, in a fit of pique, following a dispute over local […]
Swan photographed today in Stratford-upon-Avon. (Click the image to see the larger version). Swans have been an integral part of Stratford’s scenery since Shakespeare’s time and probably a long before. Waterside gardens on the banks of the River Avon in Stratford-upon-Avon, provide ample opportunities for sitting and watching the swans, and for feeding them and […]
(Click the image to see the larger version). Hall’s Croft was at one time, the home of Dr John Hall, a physician. He was William Shakespeare’s son-in-law. The famous Victorian authoress Marie Corelli also lived briefly at Hall’s Croft when she first moved to Stratford-upon-Avon. The types of herbs Dr Hall used for treating his […]