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Canary Wharf

 

The Emirates Airline cable car gives some wonderful views over East London

O2 Arena

Riverside development

 

Riverboat Station

The area on both side of the river which was once industrial is now being developed for residential, commercial and leisure uses

An old Lightship moored on a wharf

Olympic Stadium, Stratford

The emirates airline cable car allows wonderful views of East London.

O2 Arena

Thames Flood Barrier

East India Dock (now a nature reserve)

Excel Exhibition Centre

Docklands Light Railway

Amazing! What is still to be discovered elsewhere in London?

Stephen Liddell

As the residence of the Archbishop of Canterbury for centuries, Lambeth Palace, which sits on the south bank of the River Thames in London might be expected to have its fair share of graves of prominent people in history.

However, recent building work at the now deconsecrated church of St Mary-at-Lambeth has unearthed some incredible and totally unexpected findings.    Despite every corner of this old church being carefully examined and renovated over the years, builders have just discovered the remains of several Archbishops of Canterbury from the 17th century beneath a medieval parish church in south-west London.

The renovation team were lifting flagstones and exposing the ground in the church when they uncovered what looked like an entry to a tomb.   To search the void, located next to Lambeth Palace, they used a mobile phone camera as their guide.

Incredibly the builders had discovered an ancient crypt that…

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Aphrodite with Santa Maria Manuela in the background

Aphrodite is a brig from the Netherlands which when not attending Tall Ships festivals cruises in the North Sea and Baltic carrying up to 16 passengers.

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Aphrodite

Santa Maria Manuela is a 4-masted Lugger from Portugal. Built in 1937 as a fishing boat, it worked as part of the Portuguese Newfoundland Fleet until 1993. It was then demasted and partially disassembled. It lay unused until 2007 when a new owner embarked on a 3-year restoration programme and since 2010 it has been used as a training and cruise ship.

S. Maria Manuela

S. Maria Manuela

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Standing on a site adjacent to St Paul’s Cathedral, the first reference to St Augustine’s is found in the 12th century. The original church was destroyed by the Great fire of London and was rebuilt to a design by Christopher Wren shortly afterwards. This building was destroyed by bombing during the second world war and the decision was taken not to rebuild it. The tower was restored in 1954 and was in 1967 incorporated into the buildings of the new choir school of St Paul’s Cathedral.

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The following interesting tale was found on Wikipaedia:

The church cat, named Faith, became quite well known after the air raid which destroyed St Augustine’s. Days before she was seen moving her kitten, Panda, to a basement area. Despite being brought back several times, Faith insisted on returning Panda to her refuge. On the morning after the air raid the rector searched through the dangerous ruins for the missing animals, and eventually found Faith, surrounded by smouldering rubble and debris but still guarding the kitten in the spot she had selected three days earlier. The story of her premonition and rescue eventually reached Maria Dickin, founder of the People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA) and for her courage and devotion Faith was awarded a specially-made silver medal. Her death in 1948 was reported on four continents.

Allen’s Hummingbird #10

Posted: November 9, 2016 in Uncategorized

Reminds me of my trips to Texas and California. Fond memories

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An Allen’s Hummingbird picture that I got on my 2013 October trip to Ojai, California. This one here is starting to regrow his beard feathers and is about the same size as our Eastern Ruby-throated Hummingbird.

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A fantastic Steam Gala!

Posted: October 31, 2016 in Uncategorized

Didn’t manage to get to this one, but it sounds a fantastic day.

Loco Yard

22-10-2016-watercress-line-autumn-steam-gala-2016-1-ex-lms-46100-royal-scot-at-ropleyThe Watercress Line’s Autumn Steam Gala 2016 was an excellent three days for those who love to see a lot of steam engines in action.  There were three visitors to the railway, with the headliner being 46100 Royal Scot on its first visit to the line.  It was joined by the only surviving Ivatt 4MT, no. 43106 from the Severn Valley Railway and ex-S&DJR 7F 53809.  Unfortunately the latter failed and was unable to perform, but sat in the yard in Ropley where visitors could get up close and even explore the cab.

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Butterfly #44

Posted: October 26, 2016 in Uncategorized

AS it begins to get colder and winter draws in this great photo is a reminder of Summer

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A Pearly Crescentspot Butterfly that was at the farm.

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Crimson Finch

Posted: September 28, 2016 in Uncategorized

Now this is an impressive little bird.

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This impressive little bird is the Crimson Finch, native to Australia, West Papua, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. They come in two races, the black-bellied and the white-bellied.

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Threadneedle St facade (Soane)

Threadneedle St facade

The Old Lady of Threadneedle Street has become known as a nickname for the Bank of England, but what is the origin of it.

In 1811 Phillip Whitehead, who worked at the bank, was found guilty of forgery and executed. His sister, Sarah, suffered a breakdown as a result and every day for the next 25 years she would make her way to the entrance of the bank and ask to see her brother. She became known as the Old Lady of Threadneedle Street. When she died she was buried in a nearby churchyard and it is said that you can still see her ghost making its way along the street towards the bank.

Soane's new banking hall

Soane’s banking hall

Sarah Whitehead’s tragic story has been forgotten but her nickname  transferred to the institution she used to visit daily.