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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, 29 January 2016

St John's Gate

This is an old photo of St John's Gate, Clerkenwell London from the Museum of St John( more about that in a later post). The Museum window is reflected just where the gate used to be.  


 This is how the gate looks today.

Sharing with James at Weekend Reflections

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Hercule Poirot's home

In Charterhouse Square on the boundary of the City of London is this block of art deco apartments.

Some of you might recognise it as 'Whitehaven Mansions', Hercule Poirot's home in the TV series  'Poirot'. Built in the mid 1930s it makes the perfect location for Poirot which is set during that period.













Monday, 18 January 2016

Bury St Edmunds

Bury St Edmunds is a small market town in Suffolk. Named after Edmund the last King of East Anglia who was martyred here at the hands of the Danes in 870AD.

In the centre of the town are the extensive remains of the Abbey which was founded in 1060. It became one of the richest and largest Benedictine monasteries in England. Access to the Abbey church itself was through the Norman Tower(pictured here) which dates from 1120-48.



You enter into the gardens and the first thing you notice are these post medieval houses with a statue of St Edmund in front.



The Abbey was mainly destroyed in the 16th C with the Dissolution of the Monasteries.
It was here in 1214 that King John was persuaded to accept the Charter of Liberties, the forerunner of the Magna Carta.












Friday, 15 January 2016

Lumiere London

Over this weekend a umber of London buildings and streets have been transformed with a variety of light installations by different artists. Last night I went into the West End to have a look. It was bitterly cold but well worth the effort. There are many more installations around London so maybe I'll get to see more over the weekend. Where there's light there is usually a reflection to be found.

 These dresses were in the windows of Liberty's store Regent Street.

Dresses,Tae gon KIM








Keyframes  Groupe LAPS/Thomas Veyssiere









London. Janet Echelman/Studio Echelman























Shaida Walking,2015,  Julian Opie













Front view from Regent Street
 Elephantastic  Top'la Design/Catherine Garret










Back view seen at the other side of the arch in Piccadilly.















Les Lumineoles Porte par le vent












Piccadilly, NOVAK


 The travellers Cedric Le Borgne








Neon Dogs, Deepa Mann-Kier




 Plastic Islands,  Luzinterruptus