Friday, 18 July 2014

Sunshine and Castles

The time between ending university and beginning my masters degree has really been quite strange for me. In many ways, it's nice to have finally finished my undergraduate degree and it's exciting to be starting a new university and a new course, but I've also been feeling like my life has been rushing past and I've just been watching as it slips through my fingers. In an effort to feel more in control of my life, I've decided to start setting myself little goals and to use my time more productively. Right now, England is going through a little heatwave, and it's incredibly hot. Unfortunately, it isn't a nice sort of heat. It's heavy heat that's incredibly uncomfortable. Nevertheless, I thought it would be a good idea to go out and enjoy the sunshine before the school holidays begin and interesting places are flocked with children.

Elvaston Castle is one of those places I've always loved. I used to visit Elvaston all the time when I was little, and it will always be special to me. It's a beautiful, peaceful place and  it's perfect for a quiet walk. Unfortunately, the castle was undergoing maintenance and the scaffolding ruins a few of these photos, but I think you can still see how tranquil it is. Some of you may remember that I've posted about Elvaston Castle before here.



My favourite part of Elvaston is the lakeside walk. It's incredibly serene and it was surprisingly empty. We did meet a cute little squirrel who became quite attached to my sister after she started feeding him crisps (I was not aware that squirrels like crisps). Some of the flowers were spectacular, and seeing everywhere in bloom is my favourite aspect of summer. 



Today is testament to the fact that I should truly make more of an effort to visit places with my camera, because I had forgotten how much I love exploring even familiar places with my camera. I'm hoping to get out and visit a few more places before summer is over and university begins! I also graduate on Wednesday so I'm hoping the sunshine lasts!

Have you been anywhere interesting recently?

10 comments:

  1. LOVE THE PICTURES :) Oh gosh, that sounds like a big-ass transition. I actually admire you since you pursued an English degree and that's something that I'm thinking of doing, heh. *blushes*. Good luck with everything; I'm sure you'll be awesome! x

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    1. Thank you lovely! It's a very big change but I think change is good for me as I get quite set in my ways which makes it hard for me to leave my comfort zone. Thank you! If you do decide to study English, let me know what topics and things you are covering as I've saved all of my essays, notes and references! It's a wonderful subject to study!

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  2. Oh my goodness, how absolutely enchanting! I love these pictures. : )

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    1. Thank you! It is a beautiful place. Perfect for walks in the sunshine!

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  3. Beautiful photos of a lovely place. I think it's easier to see the beauty in details with a camera in hand.

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    1. Thank you! That's incredibly true. The flowers in one of the photos were actually so high up that I couldn't see how beautiful they were until I zoomed in with my camera!

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  4. Your pictures make me yearn for English Gardens!

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    1. Thank you! I love visiting gardens, especially in summer. I love autumn and winter but it's wonderful to see everything in bloom!

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  5. These beautiful photos made me want to go out and explore some old buildings too. It is a pity, but I learnt that most castles here in Romania are located in the Transylvanian ring, rather than in the south, where I'm currently living. Nonetheless, I am planning to visit Peles Castle in Sinaia next month, as the place is breath taking and well, you never need a real excuse to explore the Carpatian area, do you?

    Apart from that, as I already said on Instagram, I am glad you graduated and hope you are lucky on the new stage of your life as a MA student :-)

    Cheers, dear!

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    1. Thank you! It is a shame that you do not have any castles near you. Sinaia looks absolutely wonderful! I hope you are going to take some photos, I would love to travel and visit some interesting places around the world, but I'm stuck with England until I can raise the funds for travelling.

      Thank you! It's a strange feeling to know that I'm an MA student as the past three years have gone so quickly!

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