Tuesday, 18 November 2014

The Drottningholm Royal Palace and Park



               Late autumn, here the weather is cold and rainy. Sometimes is sleet. At such moments, I recollect the warm and sunny days of this year. These memories are always pleasant and especially nice to look at the photos.
Today I want to tell you about my visit to the Drottningholm Royal Park in Stockholm, Sweden. It was September warm afternoon. 



Despite of St. Petersburg and Stockholm are not so far away and nature is very similar, however in Sweden there are a lot of cliffs and bays, small islands and lakes. 
On one of the small islands the Drottningholm Royal palace and the park is located. The palace was originally built in the late 16th century, served as a residence of the Swedish royal court. Apart from being the private residence of the Swedish royal family, it's a popular tourist attraction.


The palace has been the permanent residence of the present Royal family since 1981. In 1991 Drottningholm was the first Swedish attraction put on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites.


The oldest part of the gardens a Baroque garden flanked by thick tree avenues was created right outside the main palace at the end of the 17th century. There are many statues scattered throughout this area. Later the Baroque garden was neglected along with the rest of the grounds and was restored in the 1950s -60s.

 
A large terrace adjoins to the palace. I saw dahlias, asters, red leaved perennials that were planted at the other side of terrace wall. 


In the park a few urns of flowers were set, they were decorated with royal symbols.



There are many big and small fountains in the center of the front part. All trees and bushes were pruned, they reminded me artificial installations.


Then I noticed that other wall completes a front part of the park, along which small waterfalls are set. I liked their design and a pool shape.


If you're surprised that visitors of the park are not visible, I've written that the palace and the park is the permanent residence of the present Royal family and the tourists may walk along certain paths of the park.

I've made the video about this park:




To be continued....

Monday, 10 November 2014

The Last Leaf


Fall is outside the window. Here in North it's cold and dark time of the year, but as wise people say: Nature has no bad weather'.
I've dug out Internet and found poems. Here are the poems that I liked and I added my pictures of autumn.

The Last Leaf
by Harry Behn

A few leaves stay for a while on the trees
After their color begins to turn,
And no other leaves seem as gold as these
Not even the ones our bonfires burn
With golden flames in piles on the ground.
A few leaves stay so long that I found

 


The one last leaf on a tree in the snow,
And when a galloping wind came round
The edge of our house and started to blow
Snow dust to sparkles floating free.
When the wind ran away, almost with me,


And sunshine settled quiet and cold.
There, like a bird, still on the tree
Was that lonesome leaf, no longer gold
But curly and brown and dry and old.


Autumn
By Judith Viorst


One by one the petals drop
There's nothing that can make them stop.
You cannot beg a rose to stay.
Why does it have to be that way?




November
by John Updike

The stripped and shapely
Maple grieves
The ghosts of her
Departed leaves.


The ground is hard,
As hard as stone.
The year is old,
The birds are flown.


And yet the world,
In its distress,
Displays a certain
Loveliness---


What do you think and feel in fall season? Would you see the loveliness of these cold days?
Thank you!