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Brighten the Day

Self-isolating may bring on a form of Winter Blues or general depression,  clicking on this⇐⇐⇐⇐ may help.  And, you can Brighten the Day by clicking on any pink⇐ text below (or blue⇐ in the WP Reader).

Brighten the Day 13 with Flowers and a very cheery song anda very happy dog.


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Brighten the Day 12 ⇐ with The Sugar Plum Fairy and flowers and Beatles.

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Brighten the Day 11 ⇐ with flowers and perhaps the best guitar solo ever and song and the wonderful Sandy Denny.

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Spring 2017 ⇐ with squirrels and The Sultans of Swing. 😀

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Brighten the Day 10 ⇐ Flowers, squirrels, quips and red-rose-3new-river-squirrel-2Sachmo sings. 😀

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Brighten the Day 9 ⇐ Some flowers and the brighten-the-day-chelsea-physic-garden-flowers-dsc_6682-sharpened-centrebrighten-the-day-blue-wisley-flower-dsc_0175-sharpened-croppedMuppets do Bohemian Rhapsody with explosions. 😀 😀 😀

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Every Reason to Hope ⇐ A message of good news and hope for the future6

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A Lament for The Ancient Code Wrangler at Xmas ⇐cordwangler

Twas the night before Xmas
And through all WordPress house,
Not a creature was stirring,
Because they’d eaten the mouse ~

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A Christmas Ode to the WordPress Reader ⇐.sam the eagle

Twas the week before Christmas,
And through all WordPress house,
Not a creature was stirring,
Not even a mouse ~

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Brighten the Day 8 ⇐ Flowers and a lady sings at wisley-flowers-dsc_0186chelsea-physic-garden-flowers-helienthus-annuus-dsc_6662Martha’ Vineyard while some youngsters tell the tale.

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There Is Nothing You Can Sing That Can’t Be Sung ⇐

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Brighten the Day 7 ⇐ Some Flowers and the Ballad of BeakerWisley Flowers DSC_9722Ballad of Beaker – Sounds Like Somebody Punched a Goat, Burnination and Roflcopters. 😀

The thing I like about beaker is he’s daft enough not to give up. There’s a lesson in that somewhere.

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Park Life ⇐ Some Ducks and Geese and SwansSt james park FlowerRuddt Duck 2 and Flowers invite you to sing along. 😀

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Brighten the Day 6 ⇐ Having a Bad Hair Day. Wisley Flowers DSC_0245Try Teddy in PCsome silliness, pictures, flowers and videos including Beaker from the muppets . 😀

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The Great Nut Heist ⇐ Squirrels take the Squirrel by FlashSquirrel up LegMichael, followed by squirrels climb my leg and squirrels in the park. 😀

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Brighten the Day 5 ⇐ Flowers and Thomas .Bekonscot Play Trainhttps://freedfromtime.files.wordpress.com/2016/02/horniman-flowers-dsc_4057.jpg

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Goslings and Ducklings ⇐ a sing along and a little Clissold Park Mallard Duckling DSC_4017Clissold Park Egyptian Goose Gosling DSC_3928humour (allegedly). 😀

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Brighten the Day 4 ⇐ Flowers and song lyrics Wisley Flowers DSC_0279for your minds ear.

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The Dog and Swan ⇐ A daft tale of animal SwanDog 2humour. 😀

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Brighten the Day 3 ⇐ Flowers, Ducklings, a cheery Song and Alice in Wonderland.

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A Flower With No Name ⇐.Unknown Flower-3

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Brighten the Day 2 ⇐ – Flowers and Animals and a little humour. 😀

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Brighten the Day 1 ⇐ – Some Flowers, a View and a Duck. What elseJaunty Duck

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Extremely Rare ⇐ 😀April 1-2

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Brighten the Day ⇐ – one flower.flower-horniman-museum-res-2

 


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Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey is founded upon a religious site of the 7th century.  A monastery until 1539.  Then an abbey and had the status of a cathedral until 1560. Although it is still referred to as an abbey, it currently has the status of a “Royal Peculiar” and is directly responsible to the monarch.  It has been the place of royal coronation and burial since 1066.

Sited next to the Houses of Parliament ⇒, it is open to the public (for a fee – see the Abbey website ⇒ and history ⇒) but photography is not allowed inside.

The interior photographs that follow are taken from the Abbey website’s photo-gallery ⇒ that provides downloads for personal use.



Apsley House – The Wellington Museum

Apsley House (Wellington Museum) is one of the most ornate houses in London with a stunning collection of artwork.  Unfortunately it is also one of the few places where photography is not allowed.  Some photographs can be obtained from flickr or from the archives and are permitted for personal use.   Their website is here ⇒.  And the Wellington Collection is here ⇒ and fabulous house interiors here ⇒

Attributed to Elliot Brown on Flickr licensing at Link ⇒

Attributed to Craig Morey on Flickr licensing at  Link ⇒


Leighton House

Photograph provided by kind permission of Leighton House – Courtesy of Will Pryce

Leighton House is one of the very few venues featured on this blog where photography is not allowed. But is surely worth a visit.  There is much more to see at Leighton House, and the Leighton House website is here ⇒.  Viewers may also be interested in nearby Holland Park (inc Kyoto Gardens) and the extraordinary victoriana at 18 Stafford Terrace.

Photograph provided by kind permission of Leighton House – Courtesy of Kevin Moran

Photograph provided by kind permission of Leighton House – Courtesy of Keven Moran

Photograph provided by kind permission of Leighton House – Courtesy of Will Pryce


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Brighten the Day 13

What needed is a little – whaa

but then a soothing and cheerful song

and then calm and pretty

and sweet

and something silly, but the dog doesn’t care – lives in the moment. Worth a try.

Dog & Flowers

This one is from the internet

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Cartoon Museum, London

The Cartoon Museum is moderately priced and hosts exhibitions, events and workshops for both children and adults (see website ⇒ ) and is very close to the British Museum ⇐ which is free to enter.  Cartoons and single frame caricatures  have been an integral part of British life and included political, satirical, sarcastic, social commentary, humour and the downright bawdy.  Earlier cartoons/caricatures, than those here, can be found at the Queens Gallery ⇒.

? but it is quite fascinating.




Although often irreverent, cartoonist could also be patriotic especially in times of war.

The infamous Andy Capp by Reg Smythe

And, a little social commentary from an unlikely source.

And, something to read.

And, learn how to draw cartoons.

Or the easy way, which made me hungry.


Vestry House Museum, Walthamstow And

To the left is the Vestry House Museum (website ⇒) and to the right is a quaint corner ⇒ and a church with some stained glass.

The vestry House Museum history and artifacts.

There are always accusations of corruption.  Both true and manufactured.



Edwin Alliot Verdon-Roe built and flew the first British working aircraft.  It crashed, but only a little bit.  He went on to produce the Avro 504, the most used British aircraft of of WWI.   Initially WWI was called the Great War, they didn’t know there would be another.

 







The more modern style of bicycle had a chain and gearing so that the big front wheel of the penny-farthing was no longer needed.  Bicycle clubs became very popular.

And, a pleasant garden out the back.

And, then there is a history of poverty and how it was dealt with.

Slowly, slowly it gets better.  The desire to help keeps on being born, unstoppable and defiant.  More at Wheels on Fire ⇐ .

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The Boat Lift.  Re-titled the the True Nature of Humanity by blogger Cindy Hope and worth knowing the truth it speaks.

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And, be strong and be defiant and great each day new day as a gift.


Stained Glass and A Quaint Corner in Walthamstow

Not far from here is Walthamstow Street Market ⇒ which dates from 1885 and is the longest street market in Europe. Also in Walthamsow is the William Morris Gallery ⇐ and just behind that is beautiful Lloyd Park ⇐.


This spot is up St Marys Rd or by bus up Church Hill.  The sign post is rather whimsical as the only place open to the general public is the Vestry Museum and the church (for services and events).   There is of course a pub with a garden.  

Down the hill is Walthamstow.  Behind the tree is the Vestry House Museum (in another post).  To the right is one of the Alms Houses.

The Ancient House.  And, there’s that pub again.  Did I mention that it has a garden ?

And a n ancient Pillar Box for post.

St Mary’s Church is open for services and a number of events.  I managed to sneak in while they were preparing for a concert.

The above can be expanded for reading. Click on the image and then again to expand.

There wasn’t a lot of stained glass but it was of good quality.




So it’s goodbye from sunny (sometimes) Walthamstow