At the centre of your being you have the answer, you know who you are and you know what you want ~ Lao Tzu

Saturday, May 18

Focus on Life - Week 20

How the weeks fly by... week 20 already!!

Sally's prompt this week was Looking Up - all about changing perspective by lifting our eyes!!

Now, we have very little worth looking at on our ceilings at home(!), so I was thrilled when Thursday morning was bright and sunny (the weather in the UK has been cold and wet and damp and grey for sooooo long!), and I could venture out on my scooter...

Grantham, like many UK market towns has a rich history, and some wonderful architecture, most of it well-preserved above street-level.


A 16th-century building, which now houses an acupuncturist on one side and a café on the other...


Some Victorian houses, next to a rather grand Edwardian creation, which now have charity shops and a night-club on their premises...


... a close-up on the night-club - I just love that honeyed stonework against the blue sky (could be in Oxford!!).

And this splendid art-deco building is now a recruitment agency! I wonder if it were ever a cinema... it has that old glamour vibe - but only if you look up!!!


And, to finish off, a neighbour's cherry tree, which overhangs the pathway, provided a pretty picture as I rode underneath it on the way home (I couldn't resist the boost feature on Picasa for this one!)


Thankfully, I made it home before the clouds rolled in again, and it started to rain again *sigh*

I can't wait to see the wonderfully inventive, looking-up photos you've posted over at Sally's Studio Sublime, each week is a rich mine of inspiration!

Till next week xxx

23 comments:

Mary K. McGraw said...

Love all the great old architecture you have captured in your photos. Plus the cherry blossoms are gorgeous.

Mary K. McGraw said...

Love all the great old architecture you have captured in your photos. Plus the cherry blossoms are gorgeous.

Mary K. McGraw said...

Love all the great old architecture you have captured in your photos. Plus the cherry blossoms are gorgeous.

AntiquityTravelers said...

what a lovely view through your neighborhood! I love the old stone work on that Edwardian! and what lovely cherry blossoms!

Becky Pancake said...

Thanx Claire for sharing a part of your world. I like to learn about other places. Your architecture shots are great. My favorite is the nightclub building.

Sandi Volpe said...

I am glad you got some clear weather to share the great architecture, beautiful photos.

Paula, Chief Bead Officer said...

Hi Claire, What great photos. And how different from what I am accustomed to seeing. When I have the chance to visit cities, I am always taken by the beauty of buildings whose features are so easy to miss since they are above eye level. Really love the cherry blossoms too!

Shel said...

I'm really loving all this architecture - I would love to travel to the UK one day! And, the building w/the old 'glam' feel you spoke of with the cool 'art deco' designs etched into the windows - very cool. And the cherry blossoms,...an all time favorite of mine. Awesome shots!

Debi said...

Hi Claire! One of many reasons I would like to visit England is for the architecture! Looks like an interesting neighborhood for sure.

Love the cherry blossoms and the special effects. :-)

Islandgirl said...

We have your weather here too! No cherry trees blooming yet here either.. actually the first trees that bloom here are some sort of ornamental pears... We almost have green leaves. Lovely buildings... always like looking at old architecture!

Katherine at Terra Beadworks said...

The detail of each building is so different and interesting. Glad you were able to get out and enjoy. Love the cherry blossom too!

Patty Woodland said...

I'm with on the rainy weather. We've had it for a week now.

Lovely shots of the buildings.

Alicia said...

Lovely architecture - and beautifully preserved. Now I wish I was visiting back in the old country and 'feel' the old around me :) sigh :)

Janet Bocciardi said...

So wonderful to see all of this great architecture. It must be cool to live in a country with such a long history. Great shots!

Alice said...

Gorgeous photos!!! I'm so glad the weather cooperated for you photo shoot. Those buildings are wonderful.

glassbead, isinglass design said...

Wonderful photos of those old buildings. Lots of history there.

Beti Horvath said...

Love your picks to show us what you saw, looking up.

Laura said...

lovely photos!

Lynn Holland said...

Hi Claire I was so impressed with your blog page I decided to join you at Focus On Life.
Lynn x

Adrienne said...

That Cherry tree is divine!

Birdie said...

I had no idea Grantham had so many architectural treats, thank you for sharing them. The windows in the Art Deco building are amazing - I'm a big fan of Art Deco.

Courtney said...

Your shots of the various architecture are wonderful! thank you for sharing!!

LoriF said...

Oh, such wonderful old architecture being featured on our blogs this week! I LOVE that Art Deco building...and your beautiful cherry tree too! :-) Hope your skies clear up for you.