Monday, January 10, 2011

Barbican Love


I hate it when my mind won't shut up when I'm trying to sleep. But there are times I love lying down at night thinking about those moments you just want to re-live. 

How about you? Do you feel this way sometimes?

Here are a few highlights of my favourite pictures from my last
trip to Plymouth Barbican, Devon, England, if you'd like to see. 
Barbican is the name now given to the western and northern
sides of the old harbour area of Plymouth, Devon, England.
It is such a spectacular area, preserving the medieval street layouts and many of the Tudor Dwellings.

I fell in love not just with the town, but with Plymouth people as well; they are unbelievably polite and inspiring in the way they live their lives.
The sky is grey, there's a chill in the air, the fresh, salty scent of the sea...is all around; and the songs of the seagulls fill my ears.    
Plymouth Barbican Swing Bridge.
Here's a beautiful song. Jonathan Livingston Seagull-Sky Bird
by Neil Diamond...I found this video to be quite peaceful and
inspiring. I feel refreshed just watching it. xx

                               

67 comments:

Sir Thomas said...

god yes, all the time...

life at times is so beautiful

blueviolet said...

It's really quite a spellbinding place so I can see why you dream of it at night. I would too!

shah wharton said...

Hey, great pics and post. Thanks for following from the hop - I'm following back and glad to be here. Please come back. Shah. X

ritsa said...

Beautiful pictures!
The Barbican looks like an amazing area.
Tahnks for sharing.
Ritsa
xo

Susan Deborah said...

Betty:

Cannot get enough of your drool-worthy pictures. My mind also resembles yours. Most of the times I am in some far away land visualizing people, food, cultures and love. The secondary world is so tantalizing and lovely!

Joy always,
Susan

Emm said...

Wow Betty. What stunning photos! I have taken the first one and set it as my desktop background here at work! When did you visit there? We are planning to visit south west England too this year.

Betty Manousos @ CUT AND DRY said...

Emm, be my guest! I'm so flattered!!
Thank you so much. The Barbican is hauntingly beautiful!
xo

ΕΛΕΝΑ said...

Looks so nice!!!
Beautiful pictures!!!
Have a nice week Betty!

Betty Manousos @ CUT AND DRY said...

...and visited there last November.

5thsister said...

your photography never ceases to amaze me. I absolutely adore the splash of yellow in an otherwise grey scene of the tugboat photos. You are a master!

jennyfreckles said...

I especially like that first photo. And do you know, I've never been to Plymouth. There is a train goes all the way from Edinburgh to Plymouth and it passes through Leeds but I have never travelled on it all the way to its terminus.

One with many names said...

Those are some great pictures. Thank you for sharing!

Georgia said...

Great place for one to visit.
Great photographs!!

yonca said...

Great place to visit! Pictures are beautiful as well. Happy Monday, Betty!

Wind said...

Wonderful series !
I like the atmosphere and also the music!
Thank you!
I wish you a great week!

Cloudia said...

I know I will dream about this place you have shown us!



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Snuggle Wasteland said...

Yes. Sometimes I can't shut my mind down at night. I love your pictures! Looks like you had a fabulous weekend.

flutietootie said...

Nice photos. I agree with you about the night time thoughts. Although it is fun at the time, it totally kills the next morning.

The Blonde Duck said...

The only time my mind shuts off is when I'm asleep!

Crystal said...

Those pictures are beautiful! And yes I struggle shutting my brain off all the time. But it isn't full of breathtaking pics like these....more like to-do lists, stressors, worries, random thoughts. Makes me need naps w/the babes during the day.

imac said...

I reckon you cant beat the south coast, beautiful shots my friend.

Christopher said...

Great photos as usual. I'm off to go reminisce about summer.

ΑΘΗΝΑ said...

Nice memories!
Sometimes I am thinking the parties of my old friends when we were 10 years old.

Jennifer Fabulous said...

These photos are beautiful! I wish I could go to England. Maybe some day. :)

And staying awake at night, thinking of happy memories, sounds a lot better than what I normally do: stay awake and stress out about everything. Ha!

Happy monday! xoxo

Pat Tillett said...

A fantastic group of photos Betty! Someday....

ρομπερτ said...

oh ! those deeper than the night thoughts ...


thank you for this nice escape, in the middle of the night, me usual time. please have a good tuesday you all.


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wenn said...

wow..fantastic capture!

George said...

Thank you for sharing this fascinating place with us. You got some great captures.

Nevine said...

Oh, my dear Betty. What a beautiful beautiful post! The photos... your words... all one big poetic gift-wrapped delight you have shared with us. Yes, I would stay awake at night dreaming those memories over and over again! I entirely would.

Thank you for another gorgeous post, my dearest!

Big hugs,
Nevine

Miss Sara said...

Eh, I don't like to re-live I like to dream... hope... am expecting somethings great in my life. I know it... one day. ;) I love to come get lost in your photos, Betty. Thank you.

♥The Sweet Life♥ (Alessandra) said...

Hi! Thanks for your sweet comment, hope you have a wonderful week too! Fantastic photos, thanks for sharing! ♥

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

I think I'm in love too. These pictures are exquisite, Betty.
xoRobyn

Koco & Viking said...

What a beautiful story in pictures! Ahhh. They, honestly, relaxed me from what seems to be a never-ending day. We are always haunted by our millions of thoughts that will not shut up. They'll keep me up tonight for sure. Thanks for stopping by our little bloggy world, we were happy to have you! Visit us often. We're now following you :)

your new friends,
koco & viking

kocoandviking.blogspot.com

Rizalenio said...

Reading the first paragraph of this entry esp the question made me stop and think of the moments I want to re-live. Wow, there are lots. Thanks for this positive flashback instruction. I'm smiling as I recall those moments.

Your photos are fantastic.

Red Nomad OZ said...

What a wonderful place! Thinking of places visited always makes me want to revisit them. But then, that can be at the expense of somewhere new!! I've yet to resolve this dilemma!!

michael said...

Great place to visit!
Thanks for sharing those beautiful pics.

Willoughby said...

I often think of my favorite vacation while I'm falling asleep. It's on the Atlantic Ocean and the waves are so beautiful and calming. I wish I could be there all the time.

Your photos are gorgeous! I think I'd like to visit there, too!

presious said...

Absolutely! The advantage you have are your photos. Just looking at them takes me somewhere else, somewhere away from my own presence.

The places in your photos makes me want to day dream, to just stop the daily toil of my day and just...day dream....sigh*

Beautiful....

Bitch said...

Thank you Betty,
for your pictures and the song
just coming right from Neil Diamond.
And yes I love too thinking over
in bed the moments of the day!

Hugs coming to you from Greece.
Monika

Naqvee said...

wooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooow.. cant tke my eyes off

Unknown Mami said...

Beautiful images.

My brain likes to go on and on like a broken record at night and I find that harnessing it and focusing on something pleasant really helps.

Kristin said...

I often deal with a racing mind!

Pastor Dennis said...

I hadn't thought about walking, in my memory, through a fond place. That's a very good idea. "The Barbican" the old defenses, how amazing! When my mind races, I pray a mental list of everyone I know and have ever known; just asking God for his blessing of each one, thinking of them with thanks and love.

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Lynette said...

Stunning photos! I hate it when my mind wants to think and I want to sleep!

Melissa B. said...

My mind is always humming right along...sometimes I just can't sleep. Love your snaps!

Ryan said...

Fantastic pics of Devon one of my favorite English counties, it's just so tranquil down there.

Shalet Jimmy said...

You always have amazing shots...

Misalyn said...

Yes I do, most of the time. There are times that I need to take a pill for me to sleep, especially if the following day is a day shift that I need to focus on taking care of a critical patient.

You got lovely photos Betty! Thanks for sharing.

By the way, happy new year! Better late than never :) . Thank you for visiting me. Apologies for not visiting you for quite sometime.

Have a nice day!

KrippledWarrior said...

you, Missy should think about becoming a travel/vacation consultant. In 22 years of travel in the Navy I've been literally everywhere. But coming over and reading of you excursions makes my traveling Bone begin the itch.
=)

SquirrelQueen said...

I can see why your mind wants to relieve the images from this beautiful place. Stunning photos as always Betty.

Hugs,
Judy

Robyn Campbell said...

Gorgeous pics. Thanks for posting. This summer we are going to Ireland! With short trips to England, Scotland and Wales. I have talked to a travel agent. I am SO excited.

I can see why your mind wants to travel again. :) <3

Carla said...

Gorgeous post, I am like you some nights I wake and relive the excitement of the day.. Beautiful pictures and wonderful words. Carla

covnitkepr1 said...

Wonderful pictures. Thanks for the visit and the comment you left on my blog.
I am already following you(and for a very long time now). Look for me on the 26th page of your follow wedgit.

Kelly's Lucky You said...

Thanks for stopping by Kelly's Lucky You! Following you!

Georgia said...

Really amazing picks!
Great post, Betty!

Cletis L. Stump said...

Soft summer longings
Chase Venetian blind shadows
Across the far wall

You have inspired me. Cletis from Ky.

Cletis L. Stump said...

I meant to tell you earlier. There's a great short story by William Saroyan called, "The Parsley Garden". The protagonist (Saroyan as a child I'm sure.)thinks so loudly in bed at night that his Armenian immigrant mother leans her head in the door and says, "Shadup, shadup...go to sleep now. Brilliant story from a great writer. Each Sunday on my blog I publish creative writing. Drop by on Sundays. By the way, do you write as well as you photograph? Do you have friends who would like to be posted? Thanks for droppinng by earlier.

Ted said...

Gorgeous pictures of Devon!
Thank you so much for sharing.
hugsTed

Highton-Ridley said...

Your composition and framing skills are still improving nicely Betty! 1 and 2 and the third from last are really good. Have a look at them and see what makes them different from the others. Lead in lines, balance, simplicity, telling a story - these are all the things that make them work. Nice!

Betty Manousos @ CUT AND DRY said...

Mark, thanks for sharing these great photography tips.
I'll implement at your advice.

This is extremely helpful for all of us.:)

Pat Tillett said...

Hi Betty! I was surprised and happy to see this on the Weekend Reflections list. These are beautiful photos (and so many of them)! I loved them then and I love them now!

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