Blogging England: A French Inspired Valentine's Date

This is probably the only year we'll ever spend Valentine's Day in England.  (I hope!)  My husband works long hours during the day but he made plans to leave work early and take me to dinner.  He came home dressed in his suit from work carrying a dozen roses.  This was perfect because we've been married for 12 Valentine's Days. It's our 23rd year celebrating this holiday together.

2018 Valentine's Day Roses

He picked a French inspired restaurant just a short walk from our flat.  It is nestled on the River Thames and features a view right on the river, of the Windsor/Eton Bridge, and Windsor Castle.  We were seated in a cozy table for two right next to the window.  It was a rainy evening but on a nice day, they have seating outdoors right next to the river.

 This was our view from our table by the window.

This was our view from our table by the window.

 It was dark and rainy on Valentine's Day, so I went back and took this image of the restaurant a few days later.

It was dark and rainy on Valentine's Day, so I went back and took this image of the restaurant a few days later.

Want to read more?  Check back for a follow up post for our dinner date at a French Restaurant in England.

Blogging England: An American in Windsor

 Queen Victoria's statue stands near the entrance gates to Windsor Castle.  Read more about Windsor Castle and the history of the area  here ...

Queen Victoria's statue stands near the entrance gates to Windsor Castle.  Read more about Windsor Castle and the history of the area here...


Disclaimer:  Some photos are taken with an iPhone and some with my Canon 5D IV.  These are documentary style photographs meant to capture a moment at that moment.
All images belong to Kat Tankersley and can not be used for any purpose without my written permission.

I don't blog often, obviously.  But recently some photographer friends suggested I blog some experiences.  My husband and I are in the U.K. this year while he works on a project.  We are living in a small flat near the Eton/Windsor area.  We are a short walk from Windsor Castle where you'll often find the Queen's flag up on the weekends. 

Since we aren't living here permanently, it's hard to be all in.  We don't have a U.K. phone number or bank card so many services aren't available to us.  We don't have a car, so traveling around the area is usually places within walking distance.  If we do need to visit or go touring outside of our little area in Windsor, we need to take taxi or the train.  We should maybe save the train conversation for another day.  0_o

Among the best... the food, Sunday roasts, the history, the architecture, the lifestyle, tea.

 I never drank milk in my tea before coming here (I'm allergic to it!) but I tried adding soy milk to my English breakfast tea and was very impressed.

I never drank milk in my tea before coming here (I'm allergic to it!) but I tried adding soy milk to my English breakfast tea and was very impressed.

 A look down Eton High Street standing at the Windsor/Eton bridge.  This is the walk we take to go to the shopping district, the market, the train stations, pubs and restaurants.  It's just minutes from Windsor Castle.

A look down Eton High Street standing at the Windsor/Eton bridge.  This is the walk we take to go to the shopping district, the market, the train stations, pubs and restaurants.  It's just minutes from Windsor Castle.

Among the worst... my husband's work hours, no dogs, no car, the lifestyle, tv programming, combo washer/dryers, learning the "lingo"

It's amazing how different it actually is here.  

what inspires you...

Originally written on October 3, 2013 

For as long as I can remember, I’ve had a love of photography.  Always trying to capture the best images, unique angles and even tone my images to a sepia tint.  My husband bought me my first digital camera in 2000 or so.  It had a floppy disk and it captured about 5 pictures per disk.

Fast forward through the years and I upgraded my camera several times.  Then in 2010, we got a bit of a surprise.  Our akita mix, Azure, probably had cancer.  She was only 10 years old, so we didn’t see that coming.  Over the last month of her life, I spent a ton of time sitting in the floor with her and taking pictures of every detail I could.  Her feet, her eyes, her nose, everything.  On the day we made the decision that it was time, I took her outside and used my canon point and shoot to get several photos of her and set up the tripod to get as many of us with her as possible.  She almost didn’t even look sick.

What I realized, was that the moments with have with those we love are short.  This wasn’t really a new lesson to me, I’d lost my grandparents, and my son by this point.  I understood, but I hadn’t fully understood the concept of capturing as many of those moments as possible while they last.  I wanted to have those images documented and kept forever.  I decided I wanted to be a photographer.  I wanted to take that passion I have for creating beautiful images and share that with others and help them capture their moments.

It was 8 months later when my husband bought me my DSLR camera and I began the journey of learning photography.