Our secret garden...

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Comments (57)

Rhitamvar Ray on March 12, 2009

Panoramic landscape....Great shot!!

greetings ,Rhivu

Valerie on March 12, 2009

You have found one of my favourite shots here in my Pan's gallery and one of them whom I am more stuck to...:) My very good friends, Nick and Eleni, sometimes meet here, in this garden in Tuscany...it must be a really peaceful place to stay actually! :))

Greetings, Valeria

Nick Weall on March 13, 2009

nyte nyte Aspros and Artemis ~ I hope that you are feeling better now and I wish you good night.

Nyte nyte to Eleni and Tomas too, maybe see you over the weekend, I'm not sure ~ I may go down the Gosport tomorrow. ciao, hugs and kisses

Valerie on March 13, 2009

Goodnight dearest Nick, thank you for your nice thought: today I have felt better and I have took the chance to study more! :) This evening I went out with a friend and I have come back home one hour ago...:) Thank you so much for your kindest words and your wish.

Goodnight dearest Eleni -I will answer your lovely mail tomorrow ;-))- and Tomas.

I hope to see all of you my friends tomorrow! Sleep well and sweet dreams... Many Hugs & Greetings to all of you!

Nick Weall on June 27, 2009

Yes the garden calls and beckons nymphs and shepherds to the cool shade of its walls ~ and invites a rug be spread upon a smooth and level piece of ground. Wines and cheeses tumble out of a basket, with tomatoes and fresh baked bread, glasses must be filled and plates set out for the feast ~

Nick Weall on June 27, 2009

HMS Artemis is one of the AMPHION class of submarines built at the end of world war II. ~~ They were designed for use in the Pacific, having a high speed to transit long distances. ~~ Many ‘A’ boats served in the Far East, the last returning in 1968, but Artemis never left the Atlantic. ~~ She served in the Home Fleet for most of her life with a few excursions to the 4th Submarine Squadron at Halifax, Nova Scotia. ~~ In 1950 Artemis was refitted with snort gear and her guns removed. In 1959 she was streamlined and six years later fitted with persiscopic snort mast to replace the folding one previously fitted. ~~ After her stream lining Artemis made a Training film ‘Voyage North’ which included a diving sequence often used in television films**. Two of her sister ships had more famous parts: HMS Andrew took part in a film of Neville Shute’s book ‘On the Beach’ and HMS Aeneas featured in the James Bond epic ‘You only Live Twice’. ~~ It was a submarine of this class which became the first submarine to cross the Atlantic submerged.

Artemis was a proud veteran of the Royal Navy.

In her last commission, she would have completed twenty-five years service but for her demise alongside HMS Dolphin in July 17, 1971, she was sold to Pounds of Portsmouth for scrap in 1972.

Built by Scotts Ship Building and Engineering Company, Ltd., Greenock. She was laid down in 28 February 1944, launched 26 August 1946 and completed 15 August 1947. ~~ She displaced 1120 tonnes in standard trim, 1385 tonnes, surface ready for war, and finally 1620, submerged. ~ Her length was 283 feet, beam 22 feet with a draught of 17 feet. ~ Speed 19 knots on the surface and 8 knots dived. ~Complement of 5 Officers and 62 ratings. ~ Armament: 4 torpedo tubes forward and 2 torpedo tubes aft.

Nick Weall on June 27, 2009

Valeria ~ Read the above two comments please immortal one ~ Ciao nick

Valerie on June 27, 2009

Thank you for this interesting explanation! I am sorry if I am late in replying but I have had to look for some words on the dictionary as I didn't know them...:) anyway, it is a very interesting history HMS Artemis's one: I am surprised and curious...it is nice to discover that Royal Navy used some mythological names for its HMS Ships...I like History and about this part of it I didn't know anything before your explanation...thank you very much, my friend!!! You are always so kind!!! :))

Lots of hugs from Artemis to Hermes, Valeria

P.S. and thank you also for your lovely comment above..I don't understand well metrycal questions, but reading I thought it was almost a poetry...:) it sounded so sweet and soft...:)) This little secret garden is ready for you and our Eleni whenever you want! :)) Hugs & kisses, my friend.

Azzy Baby on May 9, 2010

Lovely capture Valerie, there are two photo's here, the secret garden in the foreground and the beautiful landscape in the background. Nicely done, best wishes. Azzy.

Valerie on May 9, 2010

I really thank you Azzy for your nice comments and appreciation :) It's so nice also that you found two old photos of mine. Thank you again and best wishes to you from Italy, Valeria

Azzy Baby on May 9, 2010

Thats OK Valerie, I always look at peoples earlier work to see how they have progressed over time. Some people on here don't take the time to look at anything but the first page and leave a comment, just for the publicity and own selfish gains. Best wishes, Azzy.

Valerie on May 9, 2010

I understand you perfectly :) I don't like publicity or standard comments with the same words...I try to say something deeper in my comments, at least to explain why I like a picture. Anyway, thank you again for passing by here..."See" you soon and best greetings from Italy, Valeria

Azzy Baby on May 9, 2010

Hi Valeria hope I got your name right this time :-)) Yes I completely agree with your comments. I will enjoy looking at your gallery. Best wishes, hope you had a nice weekend. Azzy.

Valerie on May 9, 2010

Oh yes, but don't worry, my name is Valeria but I also like Valerie ;) Best wishes to you and have a nice week, Valeria

IgorMazalica on December 10, 2010

... in a heart of Italy (I saw position of this excellent composition)...Beautiful, Valeria!!! Greetings to Italy from Bosanska Krupa, Bosnia!!! Igor

Valerie on December 21, 2010

Yes, Igor, this the heart of Italy (I like this definition! ;) Tuscany is really a beautiful paradise..Friendly Greetings from Pavia, Italy to Bosnia! Valeria

Javeed Iqbal on August 10, 2014

Fantastic composition.

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    by Valerie
    • Camera: FUJIFILM FinePix A500
    • Taken on 2007/12/08 03:18:02
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