24 April 2018

Exploring

At Old Street tube station
There was a time when, very deliberately, I never took any photographs. Nowadays my camera is like a third eye, capturing images from the fascinating world around me, capturing Ordnance Survey squares too. You will not be surprised to learn that our recent trip to London was, for me, another great photo opportunity.
Statue of Amy Winehouse at Camden Market
On Friday, we had a late breakfast in the exclusive, members only, Shoreditch House. It was the morning after the night before as our beloved son reflected on Bosh!Fest. Friday was a beautiful jacket-free day.
On Primrose Hill
After breakfast we jumped in an Uber cab and headed for Primrose Hill through the grinding London traffic. Our driver was a lunatic from Mumbai who had clearly never heard of The Highway Code. There were U turns, wrong turns and failed attempts to mow down pedestrians but thankfully we made it to Primrose Hill with its unparalleled view towards central London. I had never been there before.
Reflections at Gasworks Park
Then it was on to Camden Market before following the tow path of  Regent's Canal all the way to King's Cross. It was so nice that Frances had managed to get a day off work and was able to join us on our metropolitan exploration. A family day out in this nation's buzzing capital. Selected pictures accompany this post
Loved ones on Primrose Hill
By Regent's Canal
"The Enterprise" pub in Camden

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  1. I love the photo of Primrose Hill. It looks so pleasant and relaxing!

    You have a beautiful family.

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    1. The most beautiful member of that family is not shown in the photo but his bag is visible.

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  2. Lovely photos, Yorkie...and particularly the one with your much-loved family gathered together in it.

    I always enjoy your pics...so keep them coming!

    I never remember to take my camera with me when I go out. (I never remember to keep it charged!)

    I like to get where I'm going to; get done what I need to get done, and then get back home again, pronto! lol I'm a hopeless, eccentric case...no hope for me whatsoever!

    That Uber driver must have thought he was still in Mumbai!

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    1. Yes that is what we thought about the Uber driver too! I know that the traffic in Mumbai is very crazy but in England we have rules and in London you have to be especially patient.

      P.S. Get that camera charged and let's see some more pictures of Tamborine Mountain! That is your homework young lady and no answering back!

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    2. Me? Me answer back? You have me confused with someone else, Mr. Pud! :)

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  3. I've just read Edward Rutherfords "London"
    It's a bit of tome but excellent.
    Your pictures are wonderful, so atmospheric. I particularly like the third one, you can almost feel the warmth!

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    1. 829 pages? That is a huge tome and well done for finishing it Christina. London has so much history and so many stories to tell.

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  4. Sometimes I long for a visit to the National Gallery or the Tate or to see Grays Inn and remind myself of what might have been had I not given up my bar studies or to browse round the places and pubs I used to visit when I went there in my younger days. On the whole though I had my fill of London and haven't been there since our elder son died in 2006 (he lived in London and died in the Royal Marsden). I've got a feeling, though, that I shall manage just fine without becoming part of that seething mass of humanity again. That doesn't stop me appreciating your experience and your pictures though.

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    1. I am pleased that you can experience London once again if only vicariously through my words and pictures. You may have mentioned this before in your blog but what made you give up your bar studies Graham?

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  5. It's cool to see your photographic eye trained on parts of town that I frequent so often! I've photographed that wall at the Old Street tube station myself! Somehow I've missed the Enterprise pub, though -- gotta check that out. Glad you had a good ramble around town, and a madcap taxi driver, and such perfect weather for your visit! (It's cloudy and cold again today.)

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    1. Same up here Steve but at least I managed to get my seed potatoes in the ground this morning - much later than usual. That blue station wall just made me stop in my tracks with the sunshine on it.

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  6. What a beautiful spring day you had for your visit. I can't believe that the grass is SO green already in the parks. Here, my mountain is white again today.

    Your family looks so relaxed and loving and warm. Happy that Camden Market is peaceful once again.

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    1. The "Bosh!" launch evening enjoyed magical, warm weather... as if the event was somehow blessed. Ian is flying to New York on Sunday so I guess they will be on "Today" early next week.

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  7. The family picture is the best - with or without you ;)
    Greetings Maria x

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    1. Thank you Maria. I liked the fact that our son was pointing at the view and not posing for the picture.

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  8. How nice that your family was able to be together! I find that as our kids grow up those times with everyone together become quite rare. Do you know what day Ian will be on the Today show next week? I will be sure and record it!

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    1. He is flying to New York on Sunday. I will be seeing him later today (Wednesday) and will ask if he knows yet. Could be Monday or Tuesday.

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  9. Don't you love London? We used to often get the train up from Brighton to London when the kids were young. I think we did all of the Museums and parks but never got to Primrose hill.

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    1. London is okay as far as cities go but it pales into insignificance when compared with Yorkshire.

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  10. Looks like a wonderful day for such an outing. I like that reflection photo, it's an intriguing piece of art in itself!

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    1. It was the polished steel canopy of a walkway. People were sitting on the grass.

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  11. Good that you do use your camera. I bought a bigger camera which is awkward. My old smaller camera is handier.

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    1. My camera is very versatile. It's called a bridge camera and it is by Sony.

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  12. Very nice to have the whole family together for an outing. That is something I miss. Did anyone recognize your son? :)

    Primrose Hill is lovely.

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    1. We stopped at a small vegan cafe in Camden Market and the waitress recognised him. We got a free reuben sandwich to test - the owner was hoping he would get a shout out on the Bosh! website.

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