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June 2009
The blog page, a place where I can record and then archive my monthly updates and what's new in our hunt for castles UK.
This months castles are from Cornwall but there not that new, just updated with pictures taken by friends from work.
In May we took a break and went on holiday, which was fantastic but it puts me behind with the website. Looking at this months wallpaper I don't think I like it but the castle spotter does, for me it's too dark and the picture quality isn't that good but that's what you get when using old pictures. With 18x optical zoom, 7 megapixels, the Olympus SP-55OUZ I'm using at the moment takes a good picture and the camera feels nice in the hand but soon this won't be good enough, so I better get looking for a new one. I've updated my wallpaper page, there are now 9 jpg pictures, 7 different screen sizes, 5 with a calendar, 2 without and 2 for mobile phones, so I hope there's something for everyone.
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Helmsley Castle Wallpaper
Helmsley Castle, OS 100/SE 611-836 Yorkshire England, is this months wallpaper.
The picture was taken in July 2004, one of my older snaps. The view was taken from in front of the outer rampart looking south-east on a nice sunny afternoon. On the left are the remains of the east tower, which was sadly blown up after the Civil War and to the right stands the Tudor mansion, which was not destroyed even though its owner, the second Duke of Buckingham was a royalist. To the fore are the modern wooden bridges, which cross the inner and outer ditches and telephone lines cut across but I don't think the wall helps the picture.
 Bossiney Castle
Bossiney Castle, OS 200/SX 066-888 Cornwall England, is a late 11th century earth and timber ringwork fortress, founded by Robert, count of Mortain, a half-brother of William the Conqueror. With no identifiable bailey and an eastern entrance, the large sub-circular ringwork, defends a slightly raised triangular-shaped area. The site is visible from the road.
 St Michael's Mount
St Michael's Mount, OS 203/SW 515-298 Cornwall England, a monastery existed on St Michael's Mount in the 8th century and in 1042 it became a Benedictine alien priory. In the mid 11th century, it was granted to the French, Mont Saint-Michel, which was an independent Benedictine order. In 1193-4, it was seized and fortified by Henry de la Pomeray. The site is owned by The National Trust and is open, Sunday to Friday April to June, September and October 10:30-5:00pm, July and August 10:30-5:30. In winter entry by guided tour only, Tuesday and Friday 11:00am and 2:00pm, subject to weather conditions.

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