Thursday, August 27, 2009

Hever Castle and other stuff

Making the decision to not go to London for a day (because we needed a break from all the walking), Hazel took me to a place called
Hever Castle
which was once the home of Anne Boleyn.
So much for the "less walking" plan...
Still, it was a neat place to visit.

This is not the castle itself.
It's just part of the gardens, but I thought it was cool.
So I took a picture.

Pocket Edward and Pocket Bella, who are all into that mushy romantic crap thought the gardens were another great place for a cute little couple picture.
get a room guys!

This is just a walking area to get around.
We couldn't just make a beeline for the castle.
That would have been way too easy.
So we admired all the splendor and beauty of the outside world at a fairly quick pace.
Seeing that Hazel and I are both fairly disinterested at "stopping to smell the roses" we made it around pretty fast (well, as fast as our extremely sore legs would take us).

Here's a body of water.
There were ducks somewhere.
I don't know.
I suck at landscape photographs.

So here are some statues doing something with the water.
Oh yeah, naked statues.
People in the UK aren't quite so offended by artwork.

I'm quite excited that a strong gust of wind did not knock over my little pocket friends or send them careening into the semi-cold water.
Like I was going to stick my hand in there!

Now we're getting closer to the castle.
We just walked past the gardened areas with signs that said
Please Do Not Walk On The Grass.
Don't worry.
I took pictures on the way back.

There we are!
Standing in front of a moat, a yew maze, and the castle.
This castle was special.
It had two moats.
I suppose Anne Boleyn should have protected herself from Henry VIII better.
That man was sicknast to the extreme!

We have now zoomed in just a little with the camera.
Who doesn't like exploring old castles?

Just in case you were wondering what it looked like directly from the front, you can now stop wondering.
I know you were concerned.
I thought about that when taking pictures.
Chill out!
There is Hever Castle in all its...glory...

Check it out!
Koi fish!
They lived in the second moat.

Okay, we have now left the castle.
We went inside.
We did a quick look around.
They did not allow photography.
I suppose if you're dying to know what the inside looks like, you could visit the website or just travel there yourself.
There was a lot of old furniture in there.
And I think some pleasant (NOT) torture devices from back in the Dark Ages of torture.
Anyhoo, this is just a home on the castle grounds.
That's pretty much it.

It's a...shrubbery!!
Shaped like a pig!
Oink oink!

I hope I look this good when I get to be 108.
I'm just sayin'.
There were a couple of old men taking their pictures with this sign.

And here we are.
We've reached the dreaded Yew Maze.
Pocket Edward tried to tell us not to go through it.
He kept mumbling something about Dark Wizards and creepy graveyards.
I don't know.
Since we outweigh him by like...a lot, we went in.

When we first entered the maze we thought it was going to be a piece of cake.
There were not many directions to choose from at first.
So onward we tread.

Ummm...needless to say, we ended up getting hopelessly lost.
We managed to find our way back to the beginning and then going the other way to find the end.
It was a little more complicated than we originally anticipated.
Well, good thing, considering it's a freakin' maze!!

We finally did make it to the center of the maze.

We survived.
We were starving.

Pocket Edward and Pocket Bella cheered because they survived.
Way to go, little peeps!
Now it's time to leave!
Keep in mind, if you ever go into a maze, it's probably good to remember which direction you came from to begin with, or you will just end up lost again.
We made it back to the center of the maze twice before finding our way back out into civilization.
It was a miraculous thing!!

Moving right along.
It was "old as dirt" car day at the castle.
There was apparently some sort of competition.
I don't know.

I took pictures because that's probably the closest I'll ever get to old ass cars still in operation.

I think this was part of the first moat, but it was way on down the line.
We were in search of food.
And a place to sit.

Here are some flowers.
I told you I took some pictures on the way back out!
Like I said, I'm not great at landscape type photos.
I just like colors!
So now you can chime in with an "ooh" or "aah"...

I thought these white plants were neat.
I think Hazel said they were called "icicle" or something like that.
What do I know?
I don't keep gardens.
I'm perfectly capable of killing fake plants.

Again, just thought they were pretty.
I have no clue what I was actually taking pictures of.
I'm like a baby with a shiny object, except it was bright and colorful.

Poor Pocket Edward.
He was drunk in this picture.
I don't know why.
He just couldn't manage to stand up.
And we thought Pocket Bella was the clumsy one!
And so goes another day in merry old England.
Hever Castle was pretty much the only thing we did that day.
Next time I go to England, I'm taking hiking boots for the London visits!
Random Thoughts of the Day:
1) I really miss Buffy the Vampire Slayer...

2) I almost vomited when Caleb poked out Xander's eye.
*Lucky for you, gentle viewers, I'm not going to post the picture of Caleb's thumb in Xander's eye socket.*
I just have one word:
Poor Xander.

3) Where has my Pocket Edward gone?
I can't find the little guy anywhere!!
I'm also unable to locate Pocket Spike, Pocket Illyria, and McCheffy!

Where have they run off to?
Did my nephew get them?
Did I leave them in my car?
I'm so stressed out about this!! :(
I remember taking the pocket pouch out of my purse one day!
Now they've disappeared!!
4) Summer needs to end like right now!!
5) I am so glad that tomorrow is Friday!

Well, loyal readers, it is now my bedtime.
One more day of work this week!
I think I can, I think I can!
I'm sorry for my lack of tweeting lately!
I don't have the capacity for several conversations at the moment.
I'll be back to my old, over-talkative, twitter jailing self soon!
Kellebelle1981 :)

Sunday, August 23, 2009

HBP, Shakespeare, Bridges, and TRUE BLOOD!

After an exhausting week back to work...
I am now ready to update my tale!

Right after we left Madam Tussaud's,
Hazel and I decided we wanted to do some more walking.
Okay, so I just wanted to walk across the Millennium Bridge.

Now, keep in mind, when you do not realize how big London is,
it's easy to say "Hey, let's go to the Millennium Bridge now!"

My legs and feet were screaming at me by the end of the day.

Does this picture dazzle you?
Here it is!
Millennium Bridge!
Does it look familiar?
It should!
The Death Eaters destroyed it at the beginning of HBP!
So naturally, I had to walk across it!

After completing our walk across the bridge we stopped at
The Globe Theatre.
Okay if you're not familiar with this theatre,
just watch Shakespeare in Love.

we could have paid to take a tour of the inside of this place
there was a show the night we went
we went inside the museum area and had a little fun.

Pocket Edward wanted to stand in front of the Romeo and Juliet display for Pocket Bella.

Then, Pocket Edward thought he would try being helpful by showing patrons the line-up of various Shakespeare plays.

He actually got bored of that pretty fast, so we walked into the gift shop.
Pocket Edward wanted to pose with his old chum Willie Shakespeare.
Puh-leaze little dude!
You're not that old!
Not even Carlisle was alive during Shakespeare's time!!
Moving on!

Pocket Edward, understanding my limited funds, attempted to draw in donations for my vacation cause.
I don't think people donating to the theatre would have appreciated us taking the money for my recreational purposes, but you never know.

We decided to sit on the wall by the river for a minute.
I took this picture.
Pocket Edward jumped right on in.
Apparently he wasn't getting enough attention!

the name on the building says it...

Pocket Edward didn't jump in this time!
Isn't it pretty? :)

Here is an old looking pub.
I just thought it looked cool.
So I took a picture!

The Clink Prison Museum...

There is another church.
I can't remember the name of it though.

The Tower Bridge!!!

Pocket Edward got really excited!!

He told us that we "have to walk across Tower Bridge!!"
Look, just because he has an endless amount of energy doesn't mean that we humans don't need our rest!

I wanted my picture taken in front of the Tower Bridge.
Pocket Edward wanted to join me.
Aren't we so cute?!?!?!

Okay, here we go.
We're walking.

This building was also in HBP!

I referred to this building as
The Bullet.
I think it's called The Gerkken, but I honestly don't know how to spell it.
You saw the reflection of this building in HBP as well!
Look at my vast amount of nerdy knowledge!!!
I'm not a Harry Potter freak at all! :P

Walking under a tunnel at the London Dungeons.

Here we are on the Tower Bridge finally!

A tiny door!
I took a picture! :)

Omg this bridge is seriously long!!!

Okay so after we crossed the bridge, we were pretty ready to head back home.
We walked and walked trying to get to the nearest tube station.
Unfortunately, we were walking in the wrong direction.
So we walked some more to find a taxi to take us to the train station.
Taxis are everywhere in London!!
Unless we are trying to find one!
We walked for ten minutes before we were able to flag one down!
And our sore legs finally got to the platform at the train station.

Pocket Edward still had tons of energy left.
Hazel and I were about to pass out.
And we had to wait about an hour for the next train to arrive!

And here endeth another day in London!!
As an American I have to say that we really don't know the meaning of walking.
This trip to England had my legs hurting in places I didn't realize muscles existed!

All right, so here is the part where I take a moment to talk about things that are getting on my nerves.

1) Ashley Green's Nude Photos
Why do we need to criticize her one way or another??
Is it our business?
Is it our job to look down our noses at her?
Who freakin' cares?!?!?
Stop talking about it!!!

2) Sex Videos
Again, I don't care!
Stop acting like the latest scandal is the first sex tape scandal ever!
And while you're at it, GET OVER IT!
Celebrities are people too!!!

3) KStew and RPattz
I don't give a flying f*** if they are together or not!
Quit worrying about what the magazines are saying!
Let them have their damn privacy and stop making it
They are actors!
If they don't work out, they will still work onscreen if they are good at acting!
That is what actors do!
Jesus H. Christ!!!
This subject has me ready to rip my hair out.
I'm so tired of hearing about it!
If they are together, be happy for them and deal with it!
Then move on with your life!
I don't care about the kiss that did or did not happen!

Okay, that's all for my Bad Attitude Rant.

It's a rainbow!

Okay, so maybe I'm just crazy.
The latest Hurricane...

Hurricane Bill.

Bill Compton.
I hate you.
Go play with your hurricane!

Eric Northman.
I love you.
Hurry up and steal Sookie away from Bill!
He annoys me!

Bill instead of Eric?
Do you need glasses??

The Maenad.
Bitch, I hate you!
You were NOT this annoying in the books!
Stop trying to kill Sam dammit!
And stop picking on Tara and Eggs already!
We get it!
You make people come to your orgy parties and do your bidding!
Okay, gross!
Sam shapeshifted into a stupid fly just to hide from you!
When are you going to die?!?!

I love you!
I'm so glad you didn't die on the show like you did in the books!
Can you be the one to off the Maenad?
Have I mentioned that I hate that character??

I might be a little excited about tonight's episode of True Blood.
I'm sad there are only three episodes left in the season.
I am so ready for Eric to get on with his pursuit of Sookie though!
And I think most people agree with me when I say
We demand more Eric!

I must go out into the real world for a few minutes.
Things like showering and eating and socializing with my family...
you know the drill.

I will be back with more England pictures at a later date!

Kellebelle1981 :)