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I took very early retirement from teaching in '06 and did some traveling in Europe and the UK before settling down to do some private tutoring. As a voracious reader, I have many books waiting in line for me to read. Tell me I shouldn't read something, and I will. I'm a happy, optimistic person and I love to travel and through that believe that life can be a continuous learning experience. I'm looking forward to traveling more some day. I enjoy walking, cycling, water aerobics & and sports like tennis, volleyball, and fastpitch/baseball. I'm just getting into photography as a hobby and I'm enjoying learning all the bits and bobs of my digital camera. My family is everything to me and I'm delighted to be the mother of two girls and the Gramma of a boy and a girl. I may be a Gramma, but I'm at heart just a girl who wants to have fun.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

C is for CHEPSTOW CASTLE


Welcome to C week of Round 20 at ABC Wednesday! I'd like to show you Chepstow Castle that I visited last summer while I was in Wales. It is the oldest surviving post-Roman stone fortification in Britain and construction began in 1067 under the Norman Lord William fitzOsbern. Those of you who remember your history lessons may recall the 1067 was the Battle of Hastings under the leadership of William the Conqueror and fitzOsbern was one of his pals.

What really impressed me was that it is built on a high rock above the swirling waters of the River Wye, standing guard over a strategic crossing point into Wales (from England). From the outside, it appears to be in good shape, but upon entering, one couldn't help but notice the views over the ramparts, over which I leaned in order to get photos of the outsides of the stone walls. Across the river were cows contentedly munching away at the green green grass of Monmouthsire, Wales. Outside overlooking the river was a straw replica of a horse mounted by a Welsh soldier holding the Welsh flag (see photo).

All photos are mine unless otherwise stated as "courtesy of Mr. G)
Click to play this Smilebox slideshow

16 comments:

Roger Owen Green said...

Thanks for the tour!
ROG, ABCW

Melody Steenkamp said...

wonderful tour Leslie, thank you for letting my come along

In 'ancient' times, the builders did know what to do... very creative minds they must have had... no internet to turn to like nowadays people do

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photowannabe said...

I am always amazed by the architecture created in ancient times.
Beautiful photos. I especially like the one peeking through the rampart wall.

Rajesh said...

Beautiful tour.

Hildred said...

Oh yes, Leslie, - I remember the book "1067 and all That" long out of print I am sure. Wonderful photos, - thank you for sharing....

Photo Cache said...

Love all the tours here.

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carol l mckenna said...

Beautiful and creative photo tour of the castle ~ such history! thanks,

Wishing you a peaceful week ~ ^_^

K V V S MURTHY said...

Have a great Wednesday.

Pheno Menon said...

Constructions always makes me excited...and cough :D

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LindyLou Mac said...

Calling by from ABC Wednesday, so happy you enjoyed Wales.

jeannettestgermain said...

Beautiful castle, Leslie! The smilebox feature was great! Also, thank you for your comment on my blog:) Have a happy week!

Ann said...

Such lush green grounds--so spectacular. I can just imagine the horse and and knight coming alive.
Ann

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Su-sieee! Mac said...

That's a cool slideshow. The music was quite rousing and had me imagining soldiers on guard, ready to go. Your #10 shot is beautiful. Awesome framing.

Gattina said...

It's funny ! I just have seen the castle in the series "Escape to the country" and found the area and the place so beautiful. The castle is very interesting ! Beautiful slide show !!

Klara S said...

Wonderful tour.