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This is it! I've given up work -retired from the rat race and am about to start on a 10 year adventure, doing all those things I've been meaning to do but never had the time to do them. I've offloaded my responsibilities and it is now my time. So follow my adventures and see whether I actually manage anything!



Sunday, 30 June 2013

Floating seagull

Couldn't quite make out what this was at first. A seagull fallen from a miniature surf board perhaps?



Watched with interest to see if it would right itself as I couldn't get down to the shore line.








Then yes, right side up and the inflated seagull could continue catching the waves.

Friday, 28 June 2013

Weekend reflection of the O2

This building is next to the O2 (previously called the Millennium Dome).  One wall of the building is covered with these porthole shaped windows. I could just see a little of the Dome reflected in them.








The building is part of Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication which has recently moved to the Greenwich Peninsula. I loved seeing the bright blue sky reflected in all those windows.


Click to see the rules and to take a badge for yourself.

Greenwich Fair 2013

The annual  Greenwich Fair festival took place this week in different parts of Greenwich. Here at the Old Royal Naval College there were a number of different performances happening from dance, theatre, circus and other forms of street art. The festival is free and with the sun shining it was a great place for a picnic.












On the previous day this whale was in the Thames with rescue teams practising the best way of getting it back out to sea but today it was having a rest on the lawn.
 

Thursday, 27 June 2013

Vanishing acts

This was a display of work by the artist Lalla Ward in the National Theatre on the South bank of the Thames. The exhibition was called Vanishing Acts. Inspired by nature the textiles were beautiful but difficult to capture because of the reflections from the glass display cabinets. This was my favourite. Can you spot the frog?













Also displayed were wood turnings by Nicholas Kettlewood




Wednesday, 26 June 2013

A sign of things to come

An electric car plugged in to a recharging post.

These recharging posts are becoming a more familiar sight in and around London. I have even noticed them in a supermarket car park. Electric cars do not have to pay the congestion charge of £10 per day when entering the congestion zones in London. Trying to keep a large city free from car emissions is not easy and charging to enter the city is one possible way of restricting  traffic flow but there is still so much traffic you hardly know the difference. Do many cities charge for driving a car into their centres? 

Monday, 24 June 2013

Leadenhall market


 
Leadenhall Market can be found in the City of London. It dates back to the 14th cent and was originally a meat and poultry market. This continued well into the 20th cent and then gradually a variety of retail shops began to trade in the market. If you visit during the week, especially at lunch time, it is full of city workers enjoying their lunch at one of the many restaurants, cafes or pubs. These photos were taken on a Sunday when the market is closed.





In 1881 the market was redesigned and the stone structures replaced with wrought iron and glasswork.



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Art deco

Walking down Cornhill towards the Royal Exchange in the City of London, I came across this wonderful art deco building. I haven't been able to find out its history yet. It is currently a bar/restaurant.





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Sunday, 23 June 2013

Saturday, 22 June 2013

Eastbourne

I have just returned from a couple of days in Eastbourne. This is a small town on the South Sussex  coast. The main reason for visiting was to watch yet more tennis and also to look a t a couple of National Trust properties in the Sussex area.

The beach at Eastbourne is a pebble beach, so I never brought the children here when they were young as sand was a must.

But it does have a pier. Piers were built at many seaside towns during the Victorian era to provide a landing stage for the passenger ships from across the channel.




I love the Victorian iron work that is still evident around the seating areas.



Some of the original  pier, where I assume the passengers used to disembark.






A couple of paddle boarders enjoying the last rays of sunshine.

 

Friday, 21 June 2013

Weekend reflection BT Tower



 This building is a communications tower near the centre of London. It was called the Post Office tower which then became known as the British Telecom (BT) tower. At 581 ft it used to be the tallest building in London many years ago.

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Thursday, 20 June 2013

Thank-you

 I  would like to say a huge thank-you to all of you fellow bloggers who took the time and trouble to answer my query with  regard to reading my posts. All seems to be well and I don't have to worry about changing the way I post.

 

The Royal College of Physicians

The college of physicians was established in 1518 by the royal physician to Henry VIII. The purpose of the college was to grant licences to those qualified to practise medicine and to punish those who were unqualified. Unfortunately the original building was destroyed in the Great fire of London in 1666 including a large library donated by William Harvey who discovered the circulation of blood. The present headquarters was built in 1958.



The panelling in this room is made from 350yr old oak which had been used in their previous building.

The Dorchester library which had a photographic display in there, showing plants and there medicinal uses.








This plant was the source of opium for 2000 years.

House leek: multiple uses in herbal medicine from removing warts and treating shingles




Pacific bleeding heart: herbal remedy for toothache and worms


Other things of interest included the medieval illustrations of the human body.


The college also holds a rare set of six anatomical tables which are the oldest surviving human anatomy diagrams. They display veins, nerves and arteries arranged on varnished wooden panels.

The College is not often open to the public so it was a rare opportunity for me to see these treasures.

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Highlights from London Squares

Here are some of my favourite views from the squares I visited last week. The Squares are all part of the Grovenor estate which is responsible for the landscape and maintenance  of these squares.

History of the Grovenor estate taken from its website: The family's ownership of the London Estate dates back to the marriage of Mary Davies to Sir Thomas Grosvenor in 1677.  Mary inherited an area known as the Five Fields (500 acres situated north of the Thames and to the west of the City of London) which today are occupied by Mayfair, Belgravia and Pimlico.


This landholding remained largely untouched by the family until the 1720s when a decision was taken to develop the northern part - now known as Mayfair – around a new Grosvenor Square.  A few generations later, in the 1820s, the focus shifted to what is now Belgravia, and work began to develop Eaton Square, Chester Square and many other famous London addresses

This is the laburnan archway in full flower in Warwick square. This and many other squares was designed by Thomas Cundy.



                                                                 A very secluded seat




Chester Square.
These rules apply to all the private squares.


This tree with its bottle shaped trunk is the Oriental Plane.

In Eaton Square there was live music from a steel band





















There were many sculptures in this large square.