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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Looking Up - Five on Friday

Can't believe Friday has rolled around again. Yikes. I am running out of crafty time. I have my Mum's stitching finished, matted and am still deciding whether to buy a frame before I leave or wait until I get there. I am leaning towards buying before I leave and carry it in my carry-on. I still haven't got her card done - I'm getting really frustrated with it and time is running out. Next Friday I will be flying over to England to visit Mum and family and have some good ol' food (and chocolate, yum). I'll be there for seven weeks so have got to start planning soon. I'm more of a procrastinator so I probably will be washing and packing on Thursday. Decisions, decisions. It's quite a while to be there and Mum says it has rained a lot - so what to pack?

Anyway, on to the point of this post. It is Friday and it is time to join with Amy over at Love Made my Home. I might waffle on a bit so please forgive me or ignore me! I hope this post somewhat makes sense.

This week I'm going to share some things I've been seeing when I look up. I started doing this last year when I was visiting Mum. I think sometimes we concentrate on what we see at eye level or below and we don't always look up to see what's going on above us (sort of like my hubby when he cleans - sparkly at eye level, above not so much!).


I can't remember exactly where we were - it was some seaside place - when I saw a whole flock of birds flying above us. They moved all together from one lot of roof tops to another and settled on these chimneys. It was quite a sight to see.




I have visited Norwich lots of times - more than I can count - but I had never seen these carvings on the gate to the cathedral. Last year Norwich had loads of dragon displays around the city. I was in a lovely little shop called Inanna's Festival (great shop!) and the lady behind the counter told me about the dragon on the cathedral gate. I should have looked up sooner!


And another dragon I spotted when looking up!




The above wer my absolute favourite finds looking up last year. There is such character in the faces. So beautiful. All the years I lived there and visited and I never knew they were there! It's really quite sad in a way. All the things I must have missed over the years!


 Spot the Lion on top of The Golden Lion Hotel on the Cornhill in Ipswich. English Heritage thinks the hotel was constructed in the 1700s but apparently prior to that there was a pub and hotel on the site called The White Lion since 1570. Sadly this has now closed. It is a Grade II listed building so hopefully not too much change. While looking into the history of this place I found out that when renovations were done around 2000 the mummified remains of a cat under the floorboards - apparently placed there for luck!



The next time you're out and about take a look up at the buildings. There are such wonderful details above us. Our lives now are so busy that we seem to hurry along without taking time to relax, look around us and look up!



Thanks for reading my Five!

16 comments:

  1. You definitely need to pack for rain but please can you bring some sunshine with you? I bet your mum is excited to see you. I do try to always look up, indeed I get on my husband's nerves because I don't always watch were I am going ha! Have a safe journey xx

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  2. I agree it is so easy to forget to look above our eye level and we miss some wonderful things. I love the details you have chosen to photograph. It is always hard deciding what to pack for time away from home but it is all part of the excitement of planning a journey:)

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  3. I LOVE this post! so often the most beautiful architecture is hidden away above our heads waiting to be discovered by those eyes that dare to venture up there

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  4. Great details - thank you for sharing. Have a lovely weekend!

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  5. Blogging has made me look up more and look back, too. Lovely details you captured looking up. What fun to anticipate your visit. Hope your packing goes well. I always pack too much stuff!

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  6. Such a great post, we miss so much because of not looking up. Rain is the never ending story for this season. Hope you have a great visit.

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  7. Love this post. The only drawback I can see to not looking up is not seeing something and tripping. I enjoyed your photos. My husband signs his letters "keep looking up." I hope you have a great visit with your mum.

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  8. Super pictures and details. There is so much to see above our heads and I love the chimney pots. I hope you bring some sunshine with you to chase away the rain we have had so far this summer. Have a safe journey.

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  9. You've always got to look up, there's so much to see! Have a good journey and enjoy your holiday. I look forward to seeing your photos. :-)

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  10. You spotted some great things by looking up, especially the Lion! You sound a bit frazzled about your travels, remember, we still have shops here, so don't worry about what you are packing too much because you can pick up things you need and you are staying family so doing laundry will not be a problem. I have to tell myself that sometimes! I hope you have a great time over here!! It has been a bit wet, so a raincoat and good shoes won't go amiss if you can fit them in. Travel safe! Thank you for joining Five On Friday, I hope you have a great weekend! xx

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  11. I so agree about looking up! Norwich is a wonderful city. I think they have a dragon parade every year as the dragon is their cities emblem. I saw them everywhere too. Hope you have a sunny holiday when you visit :) B

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  12. You are so right that there is a lot to see when you look up. The architecture you shot is just wonderful to see. I enjoy seeing things you don't normally notice.

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  13. I will certainly try to look up next time I am out. Great photo's. My advice on what to pack would be an anorak and an umbrella lol xxx

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  14. Looking up is a good idea.. as an artist I try to look up, down and all around and usually see all kinds of interesting things. I'm visiting via Amy's Five on Friday - from an old farm in Oregon. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  15. I realized that if I go 10 x to the same place I still discover something new. Often it is only by looking up !
    I love old buildings, old villages and architecture. Not so much the modern one !

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  16. When I look up I think it is most often to see the clouds, but I shall try to pay more attention to buildings now as well since you pointed out such interesting sights. xx

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