Posted by: DG MARYOGA | 10/10/2014

I didn’t Know that Trees Grow on Castles until …


 

Thriving at the top of the Castle

Thriving Sycamore at the top of the Castle

I didn’t know that trees grow on castles and write history until …

Until … I saw a thriving sycamore at the top of Colchester Castle,planted on the ramparts in 1815 by the gaoler’s daughter to commemorate victory at Waterloo.

Colchester Castle was built around 1076 by the Normans as part of their defence system, following their invasion of England in 1066. Impressive structure,built by King William the Conqueror and the largest Norman keep in Europe. It was constructed on the foundations of the Temple of Claudius when Colchester was the first Roman capital of Britain.

Old Castles

Old Castles

Proudly Soaring skyward ...

Proudly Soaring skyward …

The castle is built from Roman materials, stone and brick,quarried from the old town of Colchester.It is surrounded by a Victorian park with beautiful gardens and lovely flower arrangements.There is also a band  playing  sweet classical melodies which are pleasantly mingling with flower fragrances.

Victorian Gardens and Sweet Melodies

Victorian Gardens and Sweet Melodies

Picturesque Grounds

Picturesque Grounds and colourful Flowers

Picturesque grounds with  lovely flower beds and benches creating a most relaxing ambiance connecting the past with the present.

Colchester is a fascinating town with a glorious history and this awesome Keep in the town centre helps you to really understand how the town has evolved over the years.The Town Hall in High Street and just in the heart of Colchester,is a superb example of Edwardian architecture.Designed by the architect John Belcher and built from 1898-1902. It is adorned with outstanding round-arched niches containing fine statues and three big stained glass windows depicting Roman History.

End of the Victorian era and beginning of Edwardian

End of the Victorian era and beginning of Edwardian

Statues writing History

Statues writing History

Statues and Colchester History

Statues and Colchester History

 

The clock had turned back and opened many pages for the historic town of Colchester,the oldest town in England.

Old Towers and Clocks

Old Towers and Clocks

The day softly turned to another twilight and the town was almost empty … History and Time go together and never come back … ,but we can relive the moments.

Romans and Normans

Romans and Normans

Mixture of Ancient and Modern

Mixture of Ancient and Modern

 

Tufa stone and brick Wall reminder of the town’s Roman past when Colchester was the first Roman capital of Britain.

Ancient always meets the Modern and History starts its relay race …

 

 

 

 

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  1. Awesome beautiful photos. I love them. Happy day!

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    • Oh,do you?So many thanks for your kindness.Happy Tuesday!

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  2. Doda.. you have been to a place in the UK I have not been to.. I have been near it but not actually in Colchester.. Beautiful photo’s.. I hope you are well… sending thoughts your way.. Love and Blessings.. Sue xox

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    • Oh ! What a surprise dear Sue ! Thanks for remembering me and for your kind thoughts;much appreciated ! Love & Blessings right back to you :))) xxx

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  3. That is simply gorgeous!
    Have a nice day!
    Photographer Gil Zetbase
    http://www.gilzetbase.com/

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    • Thank you my friend ! It was very kind of you to come by ! Enjoy your day !!!

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  4. love the history!!! and wonderful photos of this area.

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    • Thanks kindly for dropping by and commenting,glad you enjoyed the photos 🙂

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  5. Delightful post, Doda. History itself and historical architecture captured so beautifully in your photographs. I suppose some of the castles over there are big enough to sustain a tree but I wouldn’t have thought of planting one on top! Bravo! 😀

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    • Hi dear friend Linda ! I am so glad you appreciated my Colchester post and the historical architecture in the photos ! Yes,it’s really funny to see a huge tree on a castle and with so much history behind.
      Thanks a million my sweet friend for your nice words and for dropping by ! I do appreciate it. All my love to you as always ❤ & kisses 🙂

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  6. What a lovely post, Doda, and sharing the magic of nature, too! A beautiful place indeed and gorgeous photos! So happy to see you post and I wish you a marvelous Monday and a wonderful week ahead! Sending hugs and much love, my friend…♥

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    • I’m so glad you enjoyed it dear Lauren ! Many thanks for appreciating the photos and for getting into the Colchester spirit.Have a brilliant Monday too ! Lot’s of love and hugs to you in return ❤ xxx 🙂

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  7. Danke wünsche auch eine gute neue Woche liebe Grüße Gislinde

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    • Es war mir eine Freude Liebe Gislinde ! Vielen Dank auch für die kommenden durch und für alle, die Ihnen gefällt! Herzliche Grüße von Griechenland ,Doda 🙂 xxx

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  8. the tree growing there makes it even more beautiful 🙂

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    • Indeed,dear Joshi ! It is totally originative.Thank you my friend for coming by 🙂 xxx

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  9. Fabulous post Doda I’ve never been to Colchester it looks lovely, I didn’t know it was the oldest town in England either.

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    • Thank you so much dear Charlotte for liking my Colchester post ! I feel really delighted that a pure British Lady like you appreciated it.Stay well and keep shining in your demanding professional sphere 🙂 ❤

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  10. Wow, Dear Doda, the architecture is stunning and your photos are excellent! I really love to see all that historical stonework. The tree is quite a puzzle, though, how does it find enough water? My husband shared with me a new (for me, lol, but it’s probably quite old) egyptian quote today that applies so well to your sentiment about time and history, translated it goes something like “they leave us as today leaves us, and neither will ever be back.” How amazing, we are riding on the same brainwave! Lots of hugs and luv, dear friend! ♥♥♥;^)

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    • So glad dear Aisha you enjoyed the Edwardian architecture and the old stonework of the castle.I don’t think the sycamore is a puzzle because the castle is situated in the Castle Park which borders with the River Colne and I suppose it gets the benefits of a natural underground irrigation since it is very,very old and its roots must be very deep in the ground.I’m not an expert,but I find it quite logical.Besides,the surrounding Victorian gardens are thriving and that shows that the soil must be very wet since they never have long hot summers like Greece and Egypt.
      I like the Egyptian quote that your husband gave you and I’m thinking that if we just put a few ordinary words together we express big truths.
      Thank you so much for dropping by and for your pithy and rich comment which is now part of my Colchester experience ..
      Love and hugs back 🙂 ❤

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  11. Oh how I enjoyed this visit to Colchester, thank you Doda. I appreciate the research and information on this special place in the world that is steeped with history and life. I also like your wisdom re history and time. Wonderful post, Doda, thank you. ♥ 😀

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    • Can’t thank you enough for your rich and approving comment dear Jet ! I’m so glad you found it interesting and that you appreciated my humble wisdom … Have a brilliant and creative day my friend 🙂 x ♥ x

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  12. Nature is beautiful, isn’t it? The Colchester Castle is very dignified looking! I love seeing a new post here from you, Doda! HUGS to you xx 🙂

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    • Thank you so much for your approving comment dear Christy and for coming by.I love your poetic work too and it gives me great pleasure to read your wonderful poems! Hugs and kisses 🙂

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  13. A tree planted purposely so very long ago. How charming that it has lived to tell the tale. Yours photos are very rich and beautiful.

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    • Thank you my dear friend Gretchen for coming by ! I am really glad you liked my Colchester photos.Have a brilliant and creative day 🙂 PS : Your recent paintings were real masterpieces !!!

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  14. Great pictures dear Doda and I love that tree growing on the castle. I didn`t know that Colchester was the oldest town in England, I thought perhaps it was London (learning something new all the time).
    Have a wonderful weekend.
    Hugs 🙂

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    • Delighted you like my Colchester photos dear Aditix ! Yes, Colchester is Britain’s oldest recorded town according to a reference by the Roman writer,Pliny the Elder AD 77. It was also for a certain time the capital of the Roman Britain.Enjoy your weekend Aditix and many thanks for your comment ! Love and hugs 🙂

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  15. How wonderful to see you and your beautiful post, dear Doda! I really enjoyed reading the history and these special photos of the majestic castles and the town. Thank you so much for the fabulous tour! 🙂 ❤ ❤ ❤

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    • Oh my dear and sweet friend Amy ! How dilighted I feel as I am reading your wonderful and rich comment and see you enjoyed the tour around this very old and historic city ! Thank you my friend !
      Love and kisses to you 🙂 ❤ ❤ ❤
      PS : I copied your lovely red hearts and pasted them on a message I sent to my sister on skype and I was amazed to see them throbbing there !!!!!!! Thaaaaank you 🙂

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  16. wonderful post dear friend! kisses!
    Simi

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    • Thank you dear Simi ! Looking forward to your delicious recipes to make my weekend tastier !!! Love and hugs 🙂

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  17. Doda, Great spotlight… Marvelous photosl, as always…
    The Colchester Castle looks majestic and beautiful.
    Thanks for sharing the magic. Happy weekend ahead to you,
    Aquileana 😀

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    • Thank you Aquileana for dropping by and for your nice words ! Hope you have an enjoyable weekend 🙂

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  18. Well, lookie who popped up in my inbox and with such a nice post filled with great pics! So good to see you again in my inbox, Doda. I pray all is well with you. Thanks for taking me along on the adventure of yours. Hugs and love, N 🙂 ❤ ❤ ❤

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    • I have just come back from your Cosmos and my eyes are still dazzled by the radiant Rose Galaxy … Thank you for your warm welcome,glad you enjoyed my travel “adventures” .
      Love ~❤️ ~ and kizzzzzzzezz 🙂

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