Hot Air Balloon after landing
After the first aborted attempt to land, due to too many horses, and missing a nice school playing field with an open gate, we finally came down with a bump in this freshly harvested field. The ballon is quickly gathered up ready to be packed back in to a bag that looks far too small!
View over Watership Down taken near Sydmonton.
The Oakley Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday. This was taken in the afternoon following the morning serv...
The Esseborne Herb Garden, situated to the side of the main hotel. A number of herbs and flowers are ...
Courtyard of the Esseborne Manor Hotel. Scene of many drinks receptions and relaxed afternoons.
The Eadt Lawn Gardens of Esseborne Manor Hotel. Located between Andover and Newbury, once referred to...
The east lawn of Esseborne Manor Hotel. The Eastern side, front door and main car pak a visible.
The West Lawn of Esseborne Manor Hotel.
The front lawn of Esseborne Manor Hotel. Here can be sen the driveway to the main road and the main e...
Highclere Castle in Hampshire, plays host every year to a Battle Proms Concert in the grounds. The Co...
Europe is generally agreed to be the birthplace of western culture, including such legendary innovations as the democratic nation-state, football and tomato sauce.
The word Europe comes from the Greek goddess Europa, who was kidnapped by Zeus and plunked down on the island of Crete. Europa gradually changed from referring to mainland Greece until it extended finally to include Norway and Russia.
Don't be confused that Europe is called a continent without looking like an island, the way the other continents do. It's okay. The Ural mountains have steadily been there to divide Europe from Asia for the last 250 million years. Russia technically inhabits "Eurasia".
Europe is presently uniting into one political and economic zone with a common currency called the Euro. The European Union originated in 1993 and is now composed of 27 member states. Its headquarters is in Brussels, Belgium.
Do not confuse the EU with the Council of Europe, which has 47 member states and dates to 1949. These two bodies share the same flag, national anthem, and mission of integrating Europe. The headquarters of the Council are located in Strasbourg, France, and it is most famous for its European Court of Human Rights.
In spite of these two bodies, there is still no single Constitution or set of laws applying to all the countries of Europe. Debate rages over the role of the EU in regards to national sovereignty. As of January 2009, the Lisbon Treaty is the closest thing to a European Constitution, yet it has not been approved by all the EU states.
Text by Steve Smith.