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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!



Friday, 12 September 2014

Weekend reflection in Hampstead

 This is Whitestone pond in Hampstead, North London. It is one of the highest spots in London and was the site of  an Armada Beacon. In 1588 when the Spanish Armada was first sited off the coast, beacons were lit across the country to warn the Navy. There is now a flagpole marking the spot of the beacon.
 A short walk from the pond leads you onto Hampstead Heath but here was a surprise for me as I had never visited this section of the Heath before with its Pergola and Hill Garden.
 It is beautiful with all the trailing plants and vines. It was built by Lord Leverhulme in the early 1900s.

 He also bought this huge house known as 'The Hill' but it has now been converted into luxury apartments.
















The spiral staircase leading down from the Pergola and into the gardens.

























Sharing with James at Weekend Reflections

22 comments:

  1. You have some beautiful estates with gardens there. Must be nice to live in an appartment with the gardens around.

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  2. What a delight to see these pics. I walked through here in June this year ... down the pretty spiral staircase and along that gorgeous pergola. I couldn't believe how quite and peaceful it was.

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  3. It is a very pretty area in London. My daughter lived in Hamstead for 8 years.

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  4. Beautiful! I love that spiral staircase especially. :-)

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  5. Nice reflections on your first shot. What beautiful gardens.

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  6. The reflected clouds are beautiful!

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  7. You find so many interesting things to see!

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  8. lovely images and wonderful reflections

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  9. What a beautiful place to visit !

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  10. For some reason The Hill reminds me of the episode of Keeping Up Appearances where Hyacinth and hubby buy an estate apartment, she tries to show it off, and of course, everything goes wrong.
    It would certainly be a lovely place to live.

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  11. Nice serie... I'm in love with the first pic : I find the compostion and the light so harmonious... It is a real pleasure to come on your blog and enjoy what you share with us.

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  12. Beautiful pond reflections. What a lovely place!

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  13. Pretty clouds - and I love that staircase!

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  14. Great reflection here and also a great park. Great place.

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  15. Very nice images of a beautiful place. Love the spiral staircase.

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  16. I have never been to Hampstead and really should. I love the staircase to go down to the garden. Looks beautiful x

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  17. Tall ships are here in Baltimore for the War of 1812/Star Spangled Banner Celebration. We are going down there after church to see them.

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  18. Hampstead is beautiful. We went there on our last full day during our London stay and were very sorry we waited so long. Maybe someday .....

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