Welcome to my blog

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!



Friday, 7 March 2014

Reflections in the city



The church of St Andrew Undershaft. The first recorded church on this site was in 1147. This present church dates from 1533. It has managed to survive the great Fire of London in 1666 and also the bombing during WW2. Towering above the church is 30 St Mary Axe, commonly referred to as the Gherkin, which opened in 2004. I doubt this building will be still standing 500 years from now.
Across the street is the Leadenhall Building due for completion sometime this year. This building is known as the Cheesegrator due to its wedge shaped top.


















Sharing with James at weekend reflections

21 comments:

  1. I love seeing the Gherkin and it's come to be a quickly recognisable feature of London's skyline. I don't think the Cheesegrater will reach quite the same status.

    ReplyDelete
  2. the church is old and quaint compared to that giant easter egg behind it! :)

    ReplyDelete
  3. i prefer the heritage architecture but I love the gherkin too.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Fascinating contrasts in architecture! Thanks for sharing your part of the world and for dropping by my blog. Happy weekend!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Wow! The Gherkin really dwarfs that church, doesn't it. But I love London so much that I'll forgive even the architects of that building. :-) Great shot!

    ReplyDelete
  6. The reflections enhance the skyline, although as a lover of older architecture, I wish that there were fewer new buildings to be seen. Warm regards
    P.S. I looking forward to reading about the exploits in your bucket list.

    ReplyDelete
  7. I doubt these new buildings will still be standing too but perhaps that's what they said of timber houses in Tudor times and some of them are still standing! Cool photos!

    ReplyDelete
  8. We liked the mix of old and new....but the gherkin is odd.

    ReplyDelete
  9. I really like the way building acquire names - "Cheese Grater!"

    Also glad to see that it has stopped raining - at last!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

    ReplyDelete
  10. Beautiful shots. But blue skies in London - these photos must not have been taken this year :)

    ReplyDelete
  11. I love the look of the Gherkin. Thank you for taking me into your world! :-)

    ReplyDelete
  12. This area has certainly changed since I used to bring students to London in the summers. That Gerkin building always makes me smile. I really enjoyed all of your photos.Thanks for the visit to my blog tonight.

    ReplyDelete
  13. Impressive shots! This reminds me that I should have some reflections from London somewhere on my hard drive. :-)

    ReplyDelete
  14. There are so many cool reflections to catch in a city, and even more in THE city... Nice work !

    ReplyDelete
  15. Nice reflection shots with architecture. I like that very much and thanks for showing.

    ReplyDelete
  16. The cherkin has become an reflecting icon now in London.

    ReplyDelete
  17. Fantastic architecture and reflections.

    ReplyDelete
  18. What a selection! That last shot makes the building look almost invisible, really cool :)

    ReplyDelete
  19. I have to say I can definitely see why that building is referred to as The Gherkin. ;)

    ReplyDelete
  20. Cities can be wonderful places for reflections. Love these!

    ReplyDelete

Thank-you for reading my blog. I would love to read your comments.