Scavenger photo hunt – November

It’s almost the end of November and the monthly photo challenge has arrived again – where does the time go? This month’s topics are – House plants, Ring/s, Harbour, Window, Sky, and as usual, my own choice, so here goes –
I’ve mentioned before on this blog that I’m not a gardener in any way, shape or form, and that goes for indoor gardening as well as the outdoor stuff, so although I do like house plants I very rarely have any. I’ve had lots of various ones in the past and though I start off with good intentions and they look nice for a while I eventually forget to water them and they just die, so when I wanted to make a certain corner of the bathroom look a bit nicer I got an artificial trailing thing which does the job nicely.
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House plant – the artificial trailing ivy
Over to Anglesey now and while on a camping holiday there in 2015 I came across the ‘Time and Tide’ bell, installed on Cemaes beach the previous year. It was sculpted by Marcus Vergette and is known locally as St. Patrick’s Bell as it’s situated not far from where St. Patrick is said to have founded his first church in 440 AD after being shipwrecked close to the shore. There’s an inscription on the bell in the form of a poem by Glyndwr Thomas – “Above the waves, melodiously, Sounds the name of a saint so fair, A bell whose knell is here to tell, Patrick’s eternal prayer” – and it rings twice a day with the waves at high tide.
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Ring/s – St. Patrick’s Bell, Cemaes beach, Anglesey
Although Cemaes is only a small village with not much there it’s also a nice little place with a very photogenic harbour, especially when the tide is in. I can never resist paying a visit and taking a few photos whenever I’m camping on Anglesey so it was hard to decide which of the many to use for the next topic, however I finally decided on this one taken in May 2013.
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Harbour – Cemaes, Anglesey
The next photo is one I used in a post twelve months ago but it’s so nice I couldn’t resist using it again. Walking through a local park one evening on my way home from an afternoon out I passed the back of a nearby church; the lights were on in the building, lighting up the stained glass windows, and while most of them looked quite plain the one behind the altar was something else. In the dark of the evening the deep colours of the stained glass really stood out and though I was looking at it from the outside it was certainly worth taking a photo.
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Window – Stained glass window in a local church, seen from outside
Choosing a ‘sky’ shot for the next topic wasn’t easy as I have quite a few photos which would lend themselves, however while searching the archives I came across this one taken on the last day of November 2017. I was on the second day of a five-day break in Ireland and had been to Kildare and Portlaiose; the late afternoon shot was taken from the window of the moving coach as I was on my way back to Roscrea.
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Sky – somewhere between Portlaoise and Roscrea, Ireland
I had no difficulty at all in choosing the final shot, in fact I decided to use two as they are so topical. If anyone is watching this year’s I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here you’ll know it’s coming from Gwrych Castle in North Wales; a derelict and dangerous ruin for many years it’s now in the slow process of being renovated by the Gwrych Castle Preservation Trust. I’ve camped several times at a lovely site just down the lane from the castle and in August 2016 I went on a guided tour of part of the grounds during a special open day, however three years previously, before any renovations began, I found a path round the back of the castle and managed to sneak into the grounds through a gap in the security fence. Although most of the actual buildings were boarded up I was able to wander freely up and down the paths and steps of the inner grounds, and as the place is built on several levels I got some good shots looking down from one of the upper turrets.
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Gwrych Castle, setting for I’m A Celebrity… 2020
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Incidentally, I’m A Celebrity isn’t a programme I would normally watch – I saw the very first one years back and decided it wasn’t my type of thing so haven’t seen it since – however I’m making an exception this time just because of the location, and sad person that I am I’m actually finding it quite entertaining.
Well that’s just about it for my selections this month, I hope everyone likes what I’ve chosen for the topics. As usual I’m linking up with Kate’s blog, time to make a brew now then I’ll hop across to see what everyone else has chosen this time.

19 thoughts on “Scavenger photo hunt – November

  1. I definitely recognise the castle too, after camping at probably the same campsite just down the lane, quite a few years ago now. Only caught a few glimpses of the show, but it’s good to know that the castle is being renovated. Your stained glass window shots are always superb so good choice for window. I am not great with plants either, so I find that cacti and succulents are perfect for me. Your artificial trailing one looks great in your bathroom. X

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    1. The camp site is probably quite a bit different now to when you went there – I first went in 2012 and they have made several changes and improvements since then, especially over the last four years or so. It was great to be able to wander round the castle on my own that time, even if I was technically ‘trespassing’ πŸ™‚

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  2. I do like your photo choices. The bell in Anglesey is fascinating and the stained glass window is lovely. I’m enjoying watching I’m A Celebrity too and did think I would go and take a photo of it at night but haven’t done so as it’s on such a busy stretch of road. As you know I live nearby and I have memories of enjoying a medieval banquet there in the 1970s. It’s a shame the castle is a ruin now and so pleased it is slowly being renovated. The show has certainly put Abergele on the map.

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    1. I would love to have been to the castle when it was fully in use – I’d like to see it lit up now but I read only the other day that a lady had been killed on the road while trying to take photos. I see on the credits at the end of the programme that the camp site is named – I wonder if any of the crew are staying there?

      When I was at Cemaes a couple of years ago one of the locals told me that at one point the local doctor had tied up the bell clapper as he was fed up of the ringing disturbing him at night. I’m not sure if that was true but if it was it makes an amusing story πŸ™‚

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      1. I’ve been told that security is tight around the castle and the footpath alongside has been closed with barriers in place. I believe the fatal accident was much further away from the castle nearer to Llandulas, so tragic and very sad. It is tempting to go at night to take a photo but I’m not going to risk it. I’m hoping Jordan wins the title to become King of the castle.

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  3. Having never watched I’m a celeb before either, I did this time see the first couple of programmes – one coz of the castle, we’d seen it going to Anglesey to visit friends there and secondly one of the celebs is a local lad and a rather popular DJ as well as a genuinely nice bloke. But as it was not something we really ‘gel’ with, we stopped watching. thank you for joining in and have a nice weekend πŸ™‚

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  4. I thought Jordan was too much of a wimp to start with but he’s really ‘manned up’ as the programme has gone on and accepted all his challenges – I can see him winning this as he does seem to be a nice guy. Vernon Kay and Victoria Derbyshire are both local to me so as well as the castle that’s the other reason I’m watching it.

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  5. We visited Anglesey a few years ago and loved exploring the island. We’ve never visited Gwrych Castle but are hooked on I’m a celebrity … the drinking trial the other night had us in stitches (whilst also feeling more than a little queasy) … Don’t think I will be drinking Zinfandel any time soon πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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  6. Anglesey is a beautiful island, I class it as my second home as (up to this year) I’ve been camping there at least twice a year since 1997. I admit to watching the drinking trial with only half an eye, it looked gross – I’m not surprised Jessica didn’t want any supper afterwards 😦 😦

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  7. Great photos. Years since we’ve been to Angelsey and it’s hard to think when we might go there again. The castle is wonderful. I do hope they manage to restore it. I do like the idea of the high tide ringing the bell, clever. Best photo for me was the stained glass window, fabulous colours.

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    1. I don’t know if the castle will ever be fully restored. Renovations only started about four years ago and it will take many years and an awful lot of money, but various parts of it are being done bit by bit so it’s getting there slowly. Would you believe the guy who started the Preservation Trust in 1997 was only 12 years old at the time! The Time and Tide bell is one of seven dotted around the UK, it’s hoped there will be sixteen eventually. I’ve never seen that church window lit up before so I was just in the right place at the right time for that shot πŸ™‚

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    1. I was lucky to get that sky shot when I was on a coach going at 50 miles an hour. i haven’t been to the castle for a couple of years so I’m looking forward to seeing what changes have taken place by the time I visit again.

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  8. Great selection & love the castle ones & the stained glass window. Good to see you use the bell, as that is what I had in mind, but found each time I thought about getting a photo, it was raining. The harbour is so typically English & nothing like ours. Take care, stay safe & huggles.

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    1. I came across the bell photo while I was looking for a harbour one and seeing as a bell ‘rings’ I decided to use it. We have some very pretty harbours in the UK and although this one is in North Wales I think it looks very much like somewhere in Cornwall, maybe Clovelly πŸ™‚

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  9. The stained glass window really showed up in the darkness, it’s the first time I’ve seen it lit up so I was lucky to get the shot when I did. I was lucky to get the sky shot too, the colours were really lovely πŸ™‚

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  10. I love the beautiful stained glass window and the idea of the bell ringing in the high tide is brilliant. Your sky and castle pictures are excellent. x

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  11. Thank you. I’ve never managed to get to Cemaes when it’s been a full high tide so I’ve never heard the bell ringing – the idea is that as the direction and force of the waves change then so does the ringing of the bell. The renovated parts of the castle are open to the public now but when I took the photos everywhere inside was very overgrown – I got several photos from different levels and was quite pleased I’d been able to explore even though I shouldn’t really have been there πŸ™‚

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