England

Jay

The jay has become a regular visitor to our garden over the last month – even appearing on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. He seems particularly fond of the peanuts I regularly leave out for the squirrel.

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Throwback Thursday: The Guild Church of St Margaret Pattens, London

St Margaret Pattens is a church near the Monument to the Great Fire of London. The current building was designed by Sir Christopher Wren in 1687 though records date a previous church on the site from 1067.

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Throwback Thursday: The Rangers, 12th County of London Regiment Memorial

Unveiled in 1923 this memorial on Chenies Street, Camden, is inscribed to “The Memory of 1193 Rangers who died for the Empire.” It also lists the battles in which the regiment fought in the First and Second World Wars. The memorial is close to the former 1882 drill hall from which the battalion departed in August 1914.

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Throwback Thursday: 20 Fenchurch Street, aka The Walkie-Talkie

Nicknamed The Walkie-Talkie because of its distinctive shape construction finished in 2015. It was designed by architect Rafael Vinoly and cost over £200 million to build.

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Jay

Last week I chanced to look out into our garden and saw this wonderful jay. I was taken a bit by surprise as we’ve never had one in the garden before but it was lovely to see it hopping around the trees and even taking a big chunk out of the fat balls!

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Nottingham Christmas Market

Last week I took a walk around the Christmas Market in Nottingham’s Market Square in order to take some photos. There’s no ice rink this year for obvious reasons and it’s also supposed to be more spread out than usual (after last year’s debacle), though it honestly didn’t feel any more spread out than usual to me. There are some familiar sights however such as the tree, the wheel, the helter skelter and the flashing snowflakes on the front of the Council House and the lights certainly do brighten up the gloomy evenings.

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Christmas at Wollaton

Last weekend we attended the Christmas light trail at Wollaton Hall which was really very good. This is the second year the hall has put on a trail through its grounds – we didn’t go last year for obvious reasons. The trail takes around an hour to explore and is simple to follow with each section having its own theme.

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Throwback Thursday: Numen (Shifting Votive One & Two) by Thomas J Price, London

Just by the Leadenhall Building in London were a series of sculptures of heads. Made of aluminium they are the sculptor’s exploration of Greek, Roman and Egyptian traditions for the 21st century. They were part of the Sculpture in the City programme, an annual sculpture park that uses London streets as its gallery. You can learn more about the programme and this year’s sculptures here. The heads are currently on display at Hauser & Wirth Gallery in Somerset.

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Autumn at Woodthorpe Grange Park

Just over a week ago I took a walk around Woodthorpe Grange Park as I wanted to photograph the changing of the leaves. A surprising number were still green but there were also some beautuifl reds and golds on display.

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Throwback Thursday: All Saint’s Parish Church, Leamington Spa

Built in 1842 this Grade II listed church designed in the Gothic Revival Style, is close to Jephson Gardens and the Royal Pump Rooms. It is one of England’s largest parish churches.

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