Another day spent dodging the showers down in Cornwall. It does seem to be one of those places that if you don't like the weather, you just wait 10 minutes and it'll be completely different.
This is St Michael's Mount which is a tidal island off the southern coast of Cornwall. It is accessible by a causeway at low tide and the castle on the top of the mount dates back to the twelfth century.
Been a year since I became an Englishman. But still, I'm terrible at speaking and faking that British accent. It's ironic that English was one of the subjects I don't like and here I am working in a country with many different "English" accents which mostly add up to the struggle of understanding them. Good thing people here don't judge you by how good or bad your English is. A lot of things happened and took a couple of experience and adjustments obviously. From being able to witness that the London Bridge isn't falling down, to being able to step on land where the first few pre-historic civilizations took place such as the one behind me in this photo. Neighbouring countries have also shared a great part of my life. So much fun meeting people from different walks of life and understanding their tradition. I had so much regret why I didn't take the History subject seriously back when I was in high school. Now I have too much information to catch up every time I travel but it's a good thing to learn it from where it came and originated. Life here has been very peaceful compared back home. But still can't ignore the fact that being away from home would be a bit depressing. It's a part of growing up they say and I'm still taking my time. Overall, it was still a great first year! On to the next one. Cheers!
Valentine’s Day: Do you ❤️ it or loathe it? Comment below! I’ve picked this flowery classic from Canterbury as there is a lovely Valentines link to this place. Sadly my letterbox was empty this morning, but I'm (@timholt) accepting unwanted Valentine's choccie donations. Lovely shot by @ersyersy
Did you know the first real association of St. Valentine’s Day with romantic love, or ‘love birds’, derives from Geoffrey Chaucer’s Parlement of Foules (or, ‘Parliament of Fowls’). Geoffrey Chaucer known as the Father of English literature, is widely considered the greatest English poet of the Middle Ages. Dating from 1382, Chaucer celebrated the engagement of King Richard II to Anne of Bohemia via a poem, in which he wrote: For this was on St. Valentine’s Day, when every bird (fowl) cometh to choose his mate.
Chaucer is of course famous for writing The Canterbury Tales, a collection of 24 stories that runs to over 17,000 lines written in Middle English by Geoffrey Chaucer between 1387 and 1400AD. One of the reasons Chaucer is so important is that he made the decision to write in English and not French. In the centuries following the Norman invasion, French was the language spoken by those in power. The Canterbury Tales was one of the first major works in literature written in English.
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What colour house would you pick in lovely Notting Hill, London? Love this unique angle of this famous posh place. If I had a lot of dosh, this is the place I would live in the capital. How about you? Super shot by @graymalin
We all know this area from Richard Curtis' film "Notting Hill" and "Love Actually"...and it's such a beautiful place to visit. I would say half of the major London feeds seem to come from this area, and no wonder! Now the origin of the name "Notting Hill" is uncertain although an early version appears in the Patent Rolls of 1356 as Knottynghull while an 1878 text, Old and New London, reports that the name derives from a manor in Kensington called "Knotting-Bernes,", "Knutting-Barnes," or "Nutting-barns". We really are quite daft over here.
Talking of bonkers, you should see the house prices! For example in 1968, when Tim and Penny Hicks bought the dilapidated 157 Portland Road for just £11,750 ($15,000) the latter's mother was shocked that they had chosen to move their family from up-market Chelsea into an area more known for rag and bone men than bankers.... but 50 years later, their house is now worth more than £2 million pounds ($2.6 million!)... what a fab investment!
Wonder if my garden shed will increase in value one day? I may need to fix the leaky roof first. Lovely shot by @graymalin 🇬🇧 To be featured, follow and tag us. 'Ta! 🇬🇧
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Sunset at Honister Pass by @cleeve_04_ - To be featured here, follow and tag us! 🏕
Happy Sunday ❤ .
Can't wait for these storms to be done with. I'm getting rather tired of being stuck at home more often than I can get out exploring. I just want to go take some photos of thatched cottages and snowdrops..is that too much for a girl to ask for?