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Brighten the Day 12 – Here Comes the Sun

Before we say goodbye to winter a little applause for the sparkles and glistens of frost and snow and yuletide festivities. 🙂

 – all three videos are worth seeing in HD at full screeen – with thanks to Lady Fi for making me think of Sugar Plum Fairies with her Frosty Views ⇒

And this version, by Lauren Cuthbertson, for the extraordinary elegance and precision . 🙂

And, then:-

A wash of colour

 

With spring there is the inevitable silliness (I insist upon it).  🙂

More Brighten the Day  ⇐


Lloyd Park, Walthamstow and a Mystery Tune

Lloyd Park is right behind the William Morris Gallery ⇐ which has a some outstanding exhibits.  Lloyd Park ⇒ has some pleasant lawns amongst trees and is surrounded by a very pretty moat.  Further down there is a quite beautiful mystery tune but I have no idea who created it.  First the moat.




At the far end is the Delice café and some more park with an art gallery (next time).  Meantime more of the moat.

Add a little whimsy and the mystery tune.

This tune has been passed around for years but nobody knows who created it or where it came from.  So, if anybody can identify it, I would be grateful.   Meantime it is beautiful, calming and very suited to the pictures.



And, back to reality, perhaps.  🙂


Crossrail Place Roof Garden

Slightly to the east of central London there is the the high rise complex of Canary Wharf.  Amongst the tall buildings there is the new roof garden of Cross Rail Place beside West India Quays station on the Docklands Light Railway.   The garden is only a short distance from the Museum of London Docklands⇐ (not to be confused with the larger Museum of London ⇐).

The garden is quite new and doesn’t have a lot of colour yet but is a pleasant place for a short stroll or just quietly sit.






There are two piano’s for anybodies use.

A view of the rood garden on top of an area of shoperies and eateries as seen from West India Quays station.  The building in the distance isn’t really leaning to one side, it’s just a peculiar perspective.  🙂


Peckham Rye Park and Flowers

From stop V across the road from Peckham Rye rail station the numbers 63 and 363 buses travel south along the west side of Peckham Rye Park.  About half way along the park’s length is the easiest way to it’s centre where all the trees are.  The Café on The Rye is to the left by the car park, whilst straight on is :-

Peckham Rye Park Japanese Gardens




and :-

Sexby Gardens


If this is early April then summer must be amazing






and :-

Peckham Rye Park Lake

The lake is at the east side of the park and is a short distance to Nunhead Cemetery ⇒, but it is uphill so please see the directions ⇐ for a bus route.


Chelsea Physic Garden

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The Chelsea Physic (for healing) Garden ⇒ was established in 1673 and is the second oldest botanic garden in the UK after the Oxford University Botanic Garden ⇒. The garden has approximately 5,000 plants including those with exotic scents. It is a very peaceful and pleasant walled garden hidden away in west London. 

There are some free tours upon entry but there is an entry fee and charges for the workshops, courses and special tours. Please see the website link above.

The easiest approach is by the 170 bus (bound for Roehampton) from Victoria Station to Chelsea Physic Garden. On alighting, just outside the gardens educational center, walk back a short way along the bus route to Swan Walk and the main entrance is little way down that road.  Map of the Garden ⇐.

The garden is next to the the Royal Hospital Chelsea ⇒ (home of the Chelsea Pensioners).

Chelsea Physic Gardens Views and Flowers

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In the Greenhouses

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Pelargonium Rosa

 

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Pelargonium Milfield Gem

 

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Pelargonium Bute

 

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Pelargonium Copthorne

 

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Around the Gardens and Outdoor Flowers

Chelsea Physic Garden Statue of Sir Hans Sloane

Statue of Sir Hans Sloane

Sir Hans Sloane ⇒

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Chelsea Physic Garden Flowers Helienthus Annuus Ring of Fire Sunflower

Helienthus Annuus – Ring of Fire Sunflower

 

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Sweet Pea


Farmopolis

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Farmopolis ⇒ is an ambitious project very near to the O2 arena on the Greenwich Peninsula.  At present only a very small part has been built and is still a work in progress.  It consists of a small café/restaurant with some indoor and outdoor seating and surrounded by plants rescued from the Chelsea Flower Show.  These plantings should be complete by the end of August 2016. 

Like many such venues I found the food and drink rather pricey and pretentious, but there are plenty of places nearby where a picnic can be enjoyed. There are events ⇒ at the site and the flowers are worth seeing.

Below is a view from the United Emirates Cable Car ⇐.

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A Flower Without a Name

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Whilst this world was young,
Before names could fall from human tongue,
There was no I, nor thou, nor thee,
Only flower and grass and tree.

No sound but sweet refrain,
Of wind and sea and rain,
No less a flower without a name,
A living beauty just the same.

🙂

 


Dulwich Picture Gallery and Park

Saints Amandus and Walburga; Saints Catherine of Alexendria and Eligius by Peter Paul Rubens at the Dulwich Picture Gallery

Saints Amandus and Walburga; Saints Catherine of Alexendria and Eligius by Peter Paul Rubens

The Dulwich Picture Gallery is not very large but does contain works of significance with occasional exhibitions and events.  Ticket prices and more information can be found here⇒.

The photographs here have been a little enhanced to compensate for low lighting and the age of the paintings, nevertheless they are realistic and show why, in their time, they were so well thought of.

Girl at Window by Rembrandt van Rijn at the Dulwich Picture Gallery

Girl at Window by Rembrandt van Rijn

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Vase with Flowers by Jan van Huysum at the Dulwich Picture Gallery

Vase with Flowers by Jan van Huysum

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Still Life by Jan Van Huysum at the Dulwich Picture Gallery

Still Life by Jan Van Huysum

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The Bucentaur at Molo on Ascension by Canaletto at the Dulwich Picture Gallery

The Bucentaur at Molo on Ascension by Canaletto

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The Penitent Magdalen by Cignani at the Dulwich Picture Gallery

The Penitent Magdalen by Cignani

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The Flower Girl by Bartolome Esteban Murillo at the Dulwich Picture Gallery

The Flower Girl by Bartolome Esteban Murillo

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The Dulwich Picture Gallery

Whilst one can always admire the patient efforts of an artist, ever changing nature provides its own special fascination.  Across the road from the gallery is Dulwich Park.

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The park has a number of facilities including a pleasant café and hire boats on the small lake at weekends and holidays.  More information⇒

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Burgh House and Hampstead Flora

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Burgh House provides space for the small Hampstead Museum⇐ and a pleasant indoor/outdoor tea-room (The Buttery).  It is close to the charming Fenton House⇐, not far from Kenwood House⇐ and the outdoor seating area has some nicely kept flora.

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The above orchid is from inside Burgh House and the flora below is from picturesque Hampstead.

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Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park, Fox and Flowers

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Tower Hamlets Cemetery was opened in 1841 and its last use was in 1966.  It is now a lightly managed woodland, a nature reserve and has an ecology center.  It is the only woodland for miles and comes complete with many cheeping birds, squirrels and the occasional fox.  About Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park ⇒.

The park is located just south of Mile End underground station (on exiting the station turn right then second right onto Southern Grove and the park gates further down on the left).

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The above are artificial (fooled me).

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These are just outside the southern railings.

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More from Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park in spring with squirrels ⇐.