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Last photo until next year

Unremarkable but here it is; photo from today’s New Year’s Eve afternoon walk in the local fields between Radlett and Letchmore Heath. Here’s hoping that 2022 is a big improvement on its predecessor!

Happy New Year – and I’ll post another photo from here if we get snow over the coming weeks….

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So 2021 goes out with a whimper…..

What a year it has, and hasn’t, been…. Certainly the photo-mojo has not been at the forefront as Covid continued to be the dominating theme of the year both at and away from work. I’m cautiously optimistic things might perhaps just be starting to get better and that Omicron might even mark a move towards more transmissible but hopefully increasingly less dangerous variants, which oddly could be just what we need to emerge out of this ongoing mess.

In the meantime, there were still some lovely moments – such as the featured photo above of a typical British summer afternoon (windy) at Hunstanton beach on the North Norfolk coast. Also some nice scenes to and from work in London recently, such as this one as I emerged from St Pancras station on the way to work – this is the Crick Institute in lovely morning light:

The same evening, I walked through an eerily quiet city on my way to the South Bank and caught my first sight of the city lights from Thames for really quite some time:

Let’s hope 2022 turns out to be a good year of renewal. Although it had its highlights, I’ll be largely happy to see the back of 2021 and hope that anyone still reading this has a much better year to come!

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It’s been a decade

Or more or less a decade, since I submitted photographs for inclusion in the Ricoh Pentax Photo Gallery. Pleased to have a couple taken recently in my back garden accepted and now up there, and hoping to get some more published in the future – which does rather mean I need to get out there and use the camera more…..

I did feel guilty when I got the lawnmower out…..
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Storms ahead

Quite a deluge the other evening. I managed to dodge rain showers and thunderstorms as I walked across London from Elephant and Castle to St Pancras, sat down snug, smug and dry on the train home from there, and then….sat in a tunnel going nowhere for the best part of an hour.

With these clouds, it almost looks like a replay of the Great Fire of London….

A train journey which would normally take around 25 minutes lasted over 2 hours. Made so much less stressful by listening to the guy in the seat behind me phone just about everyone he knew to tell them he was running late, having a dreadful journey, should’ve got an Uber, etc. At least he kept his mask on while he was talking…….

Interesting brickwork up the side of a lovely Art Deco building near work

The following day, no trains – so back on my bike, which is currently a much nicer way to travel. I’m a fair weather cyclist though, so let’s hope this type of weather doesn’t make a habit of occurring too frequently.

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Good to be back

First time in the office for four months and great to be back. This view over Elephant and Castle has changed since I was last here; the old shopping centre has been closed and large chunks of it removed, and the view will change even more drastically over the months to come as the new University of the Arts London development begins to take shape.

Although the old shopping centre was certainly tatty, the development is tinged with sadness – another part of London which used to benefit from an incredible social mix, colour and diversity will no doubt end up being more gentrified, more expensive and more homogenous.

I’ve not yet ventured back on to the Tube, so it was a walk back across the River to St Pancras at the end of the day and a chance to see another view I’ve missed for months – these couple of photos have been taken by millions of people so nothing new, but it was the first time I’d seen this view for months and I’m happy to share….

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On your way out post Brexit….

Can the last person out please turn off the lights and shut the gate?…..

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Steaming pile of

Sort of what I feel about all kinds of things currently, so perhaps the less said the better. Will let the photos do the talking instead, all from recent local lockdown wanders.

And for those who prefer to see things in black and white:

Keep safe,

Jon

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Before the storm

Beautiful day today so another opportunity to get out for a local walk in what I think Vermonters refer to as ‘mud season’. It’s just here that season appears to precede the snowfall, rather than following the melt…. so we spent rather a lot of our time today either ankle deep squelching through the scenery, or trying our best to avoid that from happening. Lots of discussion about pro’s and con’s of dog ownership during this walk – everyone has them around here. I think the con’s won. This time. We have not yet consulted the cats for their views.

Heavy snow showers in the forecast tomorrow so I think the next set of local photographs may look quite different.

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Neigh-bour

One of our “neighbours’ from post too much food walk this morning. His face is nowhere near as muddy as our boots are now, and that’s before the promised storm and rain to come….. we are discovering the joys of living in the countryside!

I’m hoping that we’ll get some decent frost soon – not only will that dry up the mud, but I think with all of these trees nearby it has the potential to look spectacular.

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Greetings from tier 4

Not sure there’s much new to be said really; we knew things were getting worse and now it’s more about quite how much worse and quite how long for. At least today is the Winter solstice so we’ve got some longer days to look forward to.

In the meantime, some images from yesterday’s sunny lunchtime walk around the Wall Hall estate in nearby Aldenham. At the start of the 20th Century the estate was leased by JP Morgan (yes, that one) and after his death it was used for the residence of the USA ambassador (Joseph Kennedy). Subsequently used as a teacher training college it has now, inevitably, been redeveloped into very expensive apartments – offers in excess of £3.5m for a 3 bedroom one currently on the market. Thankfully, the estate has been preserved for anyone to walk through, without charge.

The light yesterday was lovely too – really nice warm tones and a combination of blue skies and dark clouds which lifted nice but unremarkable scenery into something quite dramatic.