Thursday, May 19, 2011

The Strand and Trafalgar Square, London, UK


These shots were taken in March. The first 10 photos were on a cloudy evening. The rest were on a bright sunny early morning two days later. The place? A walk down the Strand to Trafalgar Square. I don't want to live in London anymore, but I do love it.

Opposite the Strand Palace Hotel where I stayed
is the Savoy, where I didn't stay! I remember
some great meals at "Simpsons in the Strand"
years ago

The RSA tucked away.
Lovely building

Inexpensive coffee to keep you warm on a chilly
March evening

The Icon. The red London Bus. Despite threats
of extinction, still to be seen on the Central
London bus routes

Charing Cross Station

This was new to me. Bikes for rent. The scheme
is, by all accounts, very successful

The famous red phone box and the
Metropolitan Police light,
with just a touch of graffiti

Big Ben

The Mall - the driveway to Buckingham Palace

Trafalgar Square as a concert venue for a
Russian festival

St Martin-in-the-Fields

The base of Nelson's column

Another view of St Martins-in-the-Fields

Now you can see Nelson

The National Gallery

The art piece of the moment. A replica of
Lord Nelson's ship Victory, set inside a
giant bottle. It was made by artist Yinka

.......up close. The 'glass' is plastic and was
made in Italy

The fountains are a special feature of the square


Nelson standing proud

Last minute preparations?

Thursday, May 05, 2011

A Spring Day, Central Park, Plymouth, UK

Hi and welcome!

I went to the UK in March and was very fortunate to have some stonkingly good British weather.

In Plymouth there is a large park called "Central Park" It was my playground from when I was 11 to when I left to go to Liverpool University at 18.

I hope you enjoy these shots of how gorgeous everything looks under a blue sky!

Pounds House above is a Grade II listed building.
It was built in the mid 19 century. If you click
on the link you can see it situated in the park
as a bird would!

A splash! The little cottage is the guard house
at the top of the drive leading to Pounds House

The house is now used for wedding receptions
Great if the weather is like this on your wedding

The park immediately surrounding the house
is called Pounds Park. It used to be the
gardens of the house

The trees are quite old. I remember them well
from my teenage days

Most of Central park is not
"ornamental" but in Pounds
there are a few cultivated

There used to be six of these trees in a circle.
Now there are only four. They were always
known as "six trees"

The path to Pounds House. The trees
that line the pathway are cherry trees.
The blossom is gorgeous, but it was a
bit too early when I was there

One of the "six trees"

Looking towards a cultivation of beautiful
camellias (close ups coming soon!)

I love this tree

Now for some....


....camellia flowers

A white splash

Just waiting....

 be photographed

Spot the crow!

Lovely shapes.....

.....trees have

and spring wouldn't be complete without
the daffodils

Come back next for some shots of Trafalgar Square in similar weather