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The treasures of London

If you get me started on London, you’d be hard pressed to shut me up again LOL

I love nothing more than going walkabout through the streets. I couple of months ago I spent the night in London at the YHA Hostel in Earls Court. I had some time to kill in the morning so went for a ‘stroll’ from Earls Court to Kensington Palace. On the way I stopped at the V&A Museum. I love this museum, so many amazing items and rooms filled to the brim with treasures and awesome artefacts. You need repeated visits to be able to visit all the exhibits and collections. The first indication of these amazing ‘things to see’ is the fabulous Dale Chihuly chandelier in the foyer. It always takes my breath away.

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Dale Chihuly at the V&A Museum

I spent a short while visiting a temporary exhibition featuring John Lockwood Kipling, Rudyard Kipling’s father and his time in India.  Fascinating. I then meandered over to Kensington Palace. My Historic Royal Palaces membership was due to expire the following day and since I had just been to visit Osborne House on the Isle of Wight, I felt a visit to KP, the childhood home of Queen Victoria was in order. It never fails to impress me. There is a newish exhibition featuring Victoria over the years just above the foyer on the 1st floor. I’ve visited KP many many times and this is the first time I had seen this particular set up. I tried to find out when it was first opened, to no avail. But nonetheless it was a stunning exhibition and as always I had to capture at least another of many images of the statue of Victoria at the front of the palace. Her daughter Princess Louise (Duchess of Argyll) designed the statue in 1893. The marble statue shows her mother, Queen Victoria, in her coronation robes in 1837 at the age of 18

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March 16, 2017 Posted by | famous people of the uk, history of the uk, london, my life, places that I've been, travel | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sunrise over The Solent

I recently travelled to the Isle of Wight for a job. The house was delightfully close to the seafront, so on days when I could see it was going to be a great sunrise, I was able to slip out for a few minutes and enjoy the privilege.

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It reminds me of a quote that I love:

When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love. Marcus Aurelius : 121-180

March 6, 2017 Posted by | islands, places that I've been, sunrise, travel | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

spring flowers

I have had such fun this spring, taking photos of every flower I see….well almost every flower. My plan was to catalogue the flowers in the area.  It is the first spring since I have been in the country that I have had the chance to do this, it has been fun.

These are a few of my favourites:

April 29, 2010 Posted by | flowers, london, my life | , , , | Leave a comment