Monochrome Madness 3-8 and London

Please visit Leanne Coles Monochrome Gallery! The theme this week is “closed.

 

I only recently was able to watch the full series of The Tudors( gorgeously filmed) on Shomi and resurrected an image I took on a tour of London with my daughter.

I can only imagine what it must have felt like to hear the Traitor’s Gate closing behind you as you are ferried through the moat to the Tower of London, there to await your trial and sentencing which was more often than not, death by beheading or something equally as gruesome.

Traitor's Gate
Traitor’s Gate

 

London
Old London on the Thames

 

Henry's Hunting Lodge
Henry’s Hunting Lodge

 

windsor castle
Windsor Castle

This is an old folk song ( one of the Child Ballads)  about a woman who goes to London to plead for the life of her husband Geordie, a nobleman, who for some reason, stole sixteen of the King’s royal deer and has been sentenced to hang.

and in case you haven’t noticed, my musical tastes are quite eclectic and I’m very fond of old and obscure folk songs.

44 Comments Add yours

  1. Dear Cybele, I just came upon your blog as I was googling the phrase “heathered hills” in relation to a sculpture by that name in our village in Saddleworth (UK). This post was written on my birthday June 1st, when I was on Iona (Scotland) with my family. Felt a real connection with you, noticing that we have visited many of the same special places… Glendalough… say no more. Stone circles, Mayan temples, red earth landscapes are among my particular loves. I’m an artist and urban/rural sketcher. Do check out my work on Flickr (meerkatsmiles). Blessings, Judith

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    1. many thanks for visiting and I have just joined you over at Flickr!! Yes to Scotland and Ireland!! I have visited many times!

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  2. Emilio Pasquale says:

    Everytime I visit I am just amazed at your artwork. Beautiful and moody.

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    1. Oh thank you Emilio! I’m honoured!

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  3. Adrian Lewis says:

    Beautiful, Cybele – especially “Old London on the Thames”. A

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    1. thanks Adrian!

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  4. Stunning photos once again, my friend. I just read that London is the most visited city in the world. I know I’ve always wanted to go there! LOL! Oh, and I saw you mentioned a show called Outlander. Just looked at it on Netflix and ordered the discs. Hey, it’s filmed in Scotland so what else do we need?! 😀

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    1. Yay!! I just started watching too. London is wonderful- and huge! but I still love Edinburgh lol.

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  5. Maria F. says:

    I love all of these Cybele, well done!

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  6. lauramacky says:

    I binged watched that when I was recovering from my last knee replacement! It was so entertaining and I’ve always loved the history of the kings and queens. 🙂

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      1. lauramacky says:

        Have you been watching Outlander? It is SO GOOD!

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      2. just started!!

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  7. Amy says:

    I love the transformation you made for these photos. It really tells stories and history of the city. The lighting of these images is incredible!

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    1. Many grateful thank you’s Amy!!

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  8. Lovely mood (pictures and music) for the history. You do this so well. Thank you for a pleasant moment.

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    1. Thank you too Sherry!

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  9. Maverick ~ says:

    Stunning images and wonderful song choice.

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    1. pleased you like them! Thank Maverick!

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  10. It feels as though you have travelled back in time to take these lovely images, Hanna. ❤️❤️❤️

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  11. sheldonk2014 says:

    I’m old folkie myself
    They look like those old post cards of yesteryear
    As always Sheldon

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    1. many thanks Sheldon!

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  12. afairymind says:

    Gorgeous pictures as always, Cybele. 🙂 I can’t play the song right now unfortunately (I’m on my laptop and the speakers don’t seem to want to work again) but old folk songs are the best type of music!

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    1. thanks Louise, yes they are, hope it will play for you!

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  13. I just noticed your community, Cybele — I guess I should say our community since I recognize most of the pictures! I guess I should also think about updating my profile someday. That pink shirt now has a couple of holes in it and I don’t wear it anymore. And I lost that hat while sitting on a Paris sightseeing bus a couple of years ago!

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    1. awww, love your posts Crow!! Glad you are part of the blogosphere. A few of my pics are a few years old now too!! lol

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  14. You make them look suitably imposing Cybele! Love ‘old London’.

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    1. I’m pleased since that lovely comment comes from someone who knows! Thanks Andrea!

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  15. DG MARYOGA says:

    History through the lens your post Cybele.The Traitor’s Gate photo is a masterpiece of art depicting the anguish of the moment.And,your eclectic music tastes travelled me to another era …

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    1. so glad you liked the music piece too!! Thanks Doda!

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  16. Gorgeous photos! They really evoke a long gone era.

    Whos was the singer of that song? I would like to hear more songs like these.

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    1. many thanks Christel!! I have a few of these folk songs in my library. I will be posting one to my next chapter of the Siren’s Bones. Look up Child Ballads- there are many in that collection, some very old. Paul Austin Kelly is the singer here.

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  17. The Tower of London is one of my favorites places to visit. I love the history, and stories.

    I also like Windsor Castle! The images are lovely, and haunting.

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    1. thank you Deb!! Yes and very compelling stories go with them!!

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  18. Laura Bloomsbury says:

    sensational shot of Windsor Castle – and the moon over Westminster a painting p.s. going to listen to that song again –

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    1. many thanks Laura!! and thank you for popping by!!

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  19. Rajiv says:

    Love it!
    What is this song?

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    1. Thanks Raj! The song is called Geordie and is one of the compilation of “Child Ballads” named after the man who collected them into a song book in 1860, some dating from before 1600’s and on through 1700’s.and mostly from Scotland and England.

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      1. Rajiv says:

        Oh… Now, I am going to go back to your site tomorrow and listen to it again

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      2. thanks for visiting!! and so glad you like it!

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  20. Pieter Navis says:

    Oh that image of London on the Thames… incredibly beautiful Cybele 🙂

    And great entry to the MM! Forgot to enter this week, so i’ll check what you guys have entered 🙂

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    1. thanks so much Pieter! yes it’s a fun challenge!

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