Friday, December 24, 2010

Trafalgar Square

Christmas Eve and the wind caught the spray and got you wet if you went too close to the fountains in Trafalgar Square.
Judith and Alex look through the glass fronted crib.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Summer Holiday in Corfu

We have been off for a weeks holiday and I had a full week without taking pictures or blogging.

These pictures are by my wife. She also did lots of pencil drawings.
One day we caught a coach to the capital of the Island of Corfu. All the church bells were ringing. Bands were taking part in a ceremony as priests paraded the remains of a Saint round the town.
This is one priest on his mobile after the event.
Another shot of the same town - its old quarter was built by Venetians.
Over the other side of the island we stayed in an isolated resort and so most of the time we just stayed put and had a restful holiday.

Sunday, April 04, 2010

South Lakes Wild Animal Park

It is quite a few years since we last visited this animal park. We used to go when our children were young, but today we went without the children who have grown up. Entrance fee was £11.50 each, and £1.50 of that went to a charity for Samatran Tigers. It was a lovely sunny Easter Sunday. The following are probably my best pictures ....

Giraffe.

African Lion.

The emperor tamarin from South America - thought to have been named after Emperor Wilhelm II of Germany due to their distinctive long, white, drooping moustache.

Saturday, April 03, 2010

Not Finding The Egg

The Beatrix Potter museum have put some eggs round the Lakes. You must understand the cryptic clue to find the location, then find the egg and claim a prize. One clue pointed to Conishead Priory, near Ulverston, so we looked round the grounds for a couple of hours but did not find the egg...
I looked in a tunnel under the road near the overflow carpark.
down near the shore line at Morcambe Bay...
along many tree lines pathways.

Afterwards I went to the buddhist temple at the priory, took off my shoes and walked on their soft new carpet looking at the golden Buddhas and the votive offering which even included packets of crisps, fizzy drink bottles, and penguin bars. Things have moved on since a previous visit where people left mostly candles, fruit, and flowers.

We heard that somebody else did find the egg today as it was marked as found on the internet. I'd love to know where.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Otmoor Revisited


A bird watchers paradise and near this area of wetland a large hide is being built so we can watch without being seen.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Day Trip To Plymouth

The weather forecast was for heavy rain, but as things turned out, while my daughter went to an audition and interview at Plymouth University, I got a good look round a City I do not know.
The harbour wall has a number plaques commemorating early settlers going off to America.
The lighthouse, called Smeatons Tower, was originally built on Eddystone reef, and moved stone by stone in the 1880s, to its current commanding vantage point, when the sea was undermining the rock on which it stood.

Saturday, January 02, 2010

Mr Hopkins Revisited

I recently signed up for Friends reunited, and uploaded an old class picture from when I was 8 or 9. And these are the interesting things (for me anyway) I've found from other people... A picture of Mr Hopkins our English teacher from about aged 13 to 15. His comment on my first essay in his class was "5/10 : All very sad. Your story is too breathless to make much sense".

The next one was "8/10: A lively imaginative piece of work."

But a little later..."At present you are trying too hard for the unusual word and your writing is strained. However I expect you'll come to terms with it.'

Cowley Road

Before moving to Abingdon I lived in Oxford, just off the Cowley Road. To me it is still the most amazing road in Oxfordshire.
Most street end houses have a splendid wall mural - as do the public loos. Expand the image to see "When you mentioned Street Art did they look at you like This."
Shops like Bead Games are like going into another world.

Friday, January 01, 2010

Mr Pepper Revisited

This picture would have been taken about three years after I was in Mr Pepper's Class. But the style of the clothes, the mix of children, and variations in size, and the setting are the same.

Mr Pepper was quite unlike any teacher I had known before. The lessons were fun, but a little scary because he called on each of us to take part. Up until then I managed very well to keep in the background.

Taken at Whitehall junior schools in Evington, Leicester - another from Friends Reunited