Monday, December 28, 2009

Happy Birthday Tony on your 60th birthday and the day you officially retire!

Today is my husband's birthday and after having a relaxing morning, we went out in the pocket rocket for a spin! We had great fun, roof down, wrapped up tight and touring all over Putney, Dachet, Windsor, Runnimeade, Weybridge, were we stopped to have lunch but our favorite place was shut , so we had something to eat in Giraffe! Must admit we did get some very weird looks from was bitterly cold but we were all wrapped up and heater on full!!! Then home for Tony to blow out his candles, have some cake and tea and a warm evening in! Anyway below are some images from todays adventure!

I am still using a point and shut camera because my Nikon is still in hospital! l don't think this image of a Virgin plane going over us, is too bad!

This marble staircase and fountains were quite near the castle in Windsor. The staircase didn't seem to be going any where that we could see but then this is Royal country isn't it..who needs an excuse to spend money. I find myself becoming more and more Republican and believe me that is a shock. It is just we do seem to be spending our money on minor royals as if the money was water! One of the Daughter of Fergie  (Prince Andrew's ex-wife)  had a flat  done up for her in the St.Jame's Palace for two hundred and fifty thousand pounds!!!..a minor royal..what does she do for the country or its people? End of rant..sorry!

Just before Christmas, l was talking about mistletoe and how expensive it was this year!. While we were driving round Windsor and out towards Old Windsor, l saw loads of trees with bundles of Mistletoe on them. The image below is not brillent but it does saw some 2 bundles up in the trees.

As we left Winsor we went along a very long straight road, past Windsor Great Park with small houses spaced every so often along the road, l think belonging to the Estate. Then as we came to the border with Windsor and Old Windsor, it was marked with an amazing gateway with a large ornate pillar on each side.

In Weybridge we came across a small graveyard, were we saw gravestones that neither of us (my husband) had seen before.

This is the first gravestone that caught our eye. We think it is about a century old and l think must have been made for someone with money. It is very unusual and also a very beautiful mosaic.

This is also an unusual sarcophagus, l have never ever seen one made with bricks before. Once again there no words or images and as the church was closed,  l could get no further information.

The above image is also a grave marking that l had never seen before, although my husband had. It seems excessively long and too narrow to be a grave. I must go and do some more research! As we were walking around the graveyard, we came across ( image below) this rose stuck in the ground. I think it was meant to be in the Memorial Garden but had either been moved on purpose or by accident! Shame!

Next there are some images of other stones we found, which l found interesting. The first image is of gravestones leaning against the church wall. They must have been taken from their original place and placed here, when the church needed more space.

The next one had me puzzeled for a while then l realised that they are the top and bottom of a grave. They have been moved together to save space!

As l was leaving the graveyard, l noticed behind a gravestone, a thrown away coffee cup and a few cig ends! Party time?
Then, on our way home, we decided to stop off at Halfords in New Molden and while my husband went in, l stayed outside to see what images might catch my you do!. The first thing that caught my eye was a purple plastic bag full of pulled crackers!

Then, behind the Recycling bins was a huge pile of cardboard boxes...all that is left of the Christmas Rush to buy bikes, and more bikes!!!!Glad cardboard is easily recycled!

Behind the piles of cardboard was a sad sight......loads of very wet and soggy toys. soft cuddly toys, a doll's pram, dolls and adult clothes and shoes! All perfectly good, why not give them to Charity..ugh..makes me so angry.

And l promise, l did not stage this above image! Someone with a sense of humour, placed Sneezy (from Snow White and the 7 dwarfs) and a trainer together! Rather fun but sad for the soft toy!!

A very soggy and sad looking hedgehog! I wonder who he used to belong to? Now who will love him? Shame! As we went to go back to the car, l noticed this coffee cup thrown away in the rycycling idea..where is the nearest Nero's!? Ha!

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