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Waddesdon Manor Interior

Thaïs, companion of Ptolemy, by Joshua Reynolds at Waddesdon Manor

20 pics. Waddesdon Manor is an extraordinary display of the Rothschilds wealth, the skill of the artisans who created it and the dedication of those who restored it.

The beautiful gardens and exterior are here ⇐ and for more information and visiting please see the website ⇒.

The manor is near Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire.  It was completed in 1898 as a sumptuous weekend residence for Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild and has passed through four generations of Rothschilds until 1958 when it was bequeathed to the National Trust.







The elephant is more silvery than gold but difficult lighting had an effect.





The Bachelor Apartments are part of the second floor

I don’t think the implements were an encouragement to bachelor mayhem.





So it’s goodnight from him.

And, what-ho from him.

I hope you enjoyed your visit and the beautiful gardens and exterior ⇐.


Waddesdon Manor and Gardens

Waddesdon Manor North Fountain

17 pics. Waddesdon Manor is near Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire.  The manor was completed in 1898 as a sumptuous weekend residence for Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild and has passed through four generations of Rothschilds until 1958 when it was bequeathed to the National Trust.

The extraordinary interiors are here ⇐ and for more information and visiting please see the website ⇒.

Above is the North Fountain where the estate shuttle stops.  Turn around and there is the manor house.

Waddesdon Manor House



The sloping balustrades of the turret follow the line of the internal spiral staircase.  For a closer look at an image; right-click on an image, choose “Open Link in New Tab” and then left-click on the opened image to magnify.


A view back along the drive from the south-west corner of the manor house.  The grounds are a little short of flowers at this time of year (early May) but it is a quiet time to  visit. 

The house has an extensive wine cellar that is open to visitors.  The two black towers on the right of the above picture are modern art made of wine bottles.   I suppose the artist had to have something to drink whilst musing on the composition and then found inspiration in the empties 🙂 .

A view of the rear and the parterre garden.

A view of the parterre garden from a rear second story window.

From the south-west corner of the house there is path that leads to the aviary.

Rothschilds’ Mynah Bird – A critically endangered species from NW Bali.

I’m not always comfortable about caging animals but these are well kept and have an easy and extended life.  Many of the birds are rare and colorful.  Unfortunately most of the them were playing find the composer, otherwise known as Haydn Seek.

The grounds are extensive and a great place for a picnic.



The rose garden was not quite in bloom (early May).


So it’s goodbye from me.

And, it’s goodbye from ‘im.  Biscuit, what biscuit ?.  It twasn’t me guv.

I hope you enjoyed your visit and enjoy the remarkable interiors ⇐.


Canal Boat Cavalcade 2017 at Little Venice

There is a pool at the junction of the Regents Canal and Grand Union Canal that is now known as Little Venice.  Every year there is a Festival and Cavalcade of canal boats.  Some have traveled hundreds of miles using the vast network of canals that were once the lifeblood of Britain’s trade and industry.

There is a pleasant waterbus ⇐ between Camden Lock and Little Venice. At Little Venice there is a floating café and an enchanting puppet theatre ⇒ for all ages.

Canal boats became ornamental even as working boats.


A Small Sample of the Cavalcade



Some of the Characters



The ugly duckling.


“One likes to be a good sport, but if one more reveler refers to me as loofah neck I shall scream”.


Nunhead Cemetery

Nunhead is one of the “magnificent seven” privately owned cemeteries built during the 1800’s to accomodate the needs of a rapidly expanding London.  The others are Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park ⇒, Kensal Green, West Norwood,  Highgate, Abney Park and Brompton Cemetery.

Nunhead Cemetery is on quite a steep hill so there are bus route directions ⇒ to the top of the hill and include some other venues in the region.

To view the cemetery map, please click on and then again to magnify.

There are various routes with lots of ivy covered ancient gravestones but it was a sunny day so I kept to the cheerful.


Inside the old chapel there is some art work both modern and ancient.  There are occasional exhibitions and tours.  Please see the Friends of Nunhead Cemetery ⇒.






At the lower end exit/entrance of the cemetery turn left and then past the Waverly Arms are the bus stops.  It is not far to One Tree Hill, the Oak of Honor and St Augustine’s ⇐, but it is up a steep hill so please see the directions ⇐ for a bus route.  The same link shows a route to Peckham Rye Park.


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.


St Augustine’s, One Tree Hill and the Oak of Honor

One Tree Hill is named after the Oak of Honor ⇒ and is a small nature reserve with St Augustine’s Church, the oak and a fine view across London.

The easiest way to get to One Tree hill and St Augustine’s is by the P12 bus from Honor Oak Park rail station to the top of the hill by road.  There is a path on the opposite side of the road which passes the Maha Lakshmi Vidya Bhavan.

There is an alternative route via Peckham Rye Park and Nunhead Cemtery here ⇐.

The path leads first to :-

 

 St Augustine’s Church

The church was built between 1870 and 1900 and has some fine architecture and stained glass.  It is open in the afternoon during the summer months and is always open on a Saturday morning.  More ⇒.  Please check the website for services and events before you visit.


St Augustine ⇒ (354 AD to 430 AD) was an early Christian theologian and philosopher.




These walls aren’t really speckled.  The effect is the consequence of an unusual mix of ambient light and a high ISO camera setting necessary for the dark alcove without flash.  I thought it was a pleasing effect so I left it in.





One Tree Hill

On retracing one’s footsteps there is a set of steps leading to the top of the hill and the Oak of Honor. 

If you think I’m climbing up there just to get a few photographs, then you must be ~

what ! no, stop that, get off.

Pesky elves. I wish they wouldn’t do that.

Oh well, since I’m here.


The Oak of Honor

This Oak of Honor ⇒ was planted in 1905 and is the third on that site.  The original oak marked the southern boundary of a region known as the Norman Honor of Gloucester ⇒ which began its existence in 1166.

Legend has it that Queen Elizabeth I took rest under an oak on the hill when she went a-maying in 1602.  Alternatively she had a picnic with Sir Richard Bulkeley on 1st of May. A-maying could have a variety of meanings including being quite frolicsome. 🙂

As an aside: The spelling of Honor, rather than the usual English spelling of Honour, derives from the antiquity of the place.  Early English favored “or” rather than “our” for many words.  These earlier spelling were transported to the Americas and remain in use.  England seems to have developed and favoured the alternatives due to a continued influx of languages.

Near to the oak is a fine view across London from One Tree Hill’s southern position.


The oak and view are at position 1 on the map.  To enlarge the map please click on and then gain to magnify.

The park proceeds down the far side of the hill to Brenchley Gardens where one can board the P12 bus again.  The bus can be used to go back to Honor Oak Park rail station (traveling West and then back up the hill) or the other way to Nunhead Cemetery or Peckham Rye Park (later posts).

Thank you for visiting and I hope you enjoyed the tour.


Mudchute London City Farm

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Mudchute London City Farm ⇒.  “Set in 32 acres of countryside in the heart of East London, the Mudchute is a community charity, with a working farm, stables, a children’s nursery and a wide range of education activities. We are open every day, free of charge”.  There are also miniature ponies, goats, lamas, alpacas, donkeys, ducks, geese, sheep, a pets corner, a small aviary, a nature trail, a shop/café and a restored WWII ack-ack gun.

The area originally acquired its name from being a dumping ground for the mud/silt being dredged from the Millwall Docks during the 1800’s.  History ⇒.

I started from the Pier Street entrance/exit and only had enough time to photograph some of it.

The farm is very child friendly.  Whilst there I saw some little ones, with spades taller than themselves, cheerfully moving earth from one place to another.

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mudchute city farm ducks and geeese

The top of the fence is open but it keeps out the foxes and the farm’s cat who, of course, thinks he owns the place.

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The farm is just a little south of the greatly regenerated London Docklands.

mudchute city farm goats

“Well hello, good evening and welcome”

mudchute city farm woodland sheep

Some breeds of ewes have horns.  I think that these are a mix of Jacob sheep and White Face Woodland sheep.

At first they were very interested in visitors, but it didn’t last long.  Loss of interest was quickly followed by a lot of very loud baaing.  I finally realised that nibbles, bought from the shop, were expected .

mudchute city farm ewe

“Nibbles ?”

mudchute city farm white faced sheep

“Baaaa.  This one ain’t got no nibbles,  Baaa”.   “Baaa, you tell ‘im Agnes”.  “Yeaaah baaa, can’t come around ‘ere with no nibbles, the cheek of it, baaa”.

mudchute city farm sheep

“I’ve had my nibbles and I’ve got a rhythm stick”

mudchute city farm ack ack gun

Fearing the firing squad, I departed.

mudchute city farm llamas or alpacas

These are either llamas or alpacas. I’ll avoid the obvious joke of not wanting to stick my neck out on that.

mudchute city farm horses

“Just having lunch at the moment”.

mudchute city farm horses

“Oh yummy the gourmet table”.

mudchute city farm horses

“Carrot, what carrot !”.

mudchute city farm horses

From the other side of the farm looking south.  There is an exit/entrance near here to Mudchute Docklands Light Railway (DLR) station.

I hope enjoyed your visit.

In East London there is also Hackney City Farm ⇒ and Spitalfields City Farm ⇒.


Westminster Cathedral

Westminster Cathedral (Wiki) ⇒ was built in the Byzantine style and completed in 1903.  It is free to enter and photography is allowed, although perhaps best to avoid when used for Mass ⇒. The Cathedral is on Victoria Street, very near to London’s Victoria Station.

Westminster Cathedral should not be confused with Westminster Abbey ⇒ which is much older (1089 AD).  The Abbey is worth seeing but does charge for entry and does not allow photography.

The lower part of the Cathedral is very ornate but the upper ceiling and walls are bare dark brick.  I found it best not to look. 

There is a small museum of religious regalia and a lift up the tower to a viewing platform.  There is a small charge for each of these extras, paid for at the Cathedral shop.

     

Inside Westminster Cathedral







   

Westminster Cathedral Museum




  

Westminster Cathedral View from the Tower

There are views in every direction from the tower.  I thought this one, to the East, was the best. One can see the Palace of Westminster ⇐ in the centre and just beyond is the Shard of Glass. There is a tremendous view from the top of The Shard ⇒ but they do charge (it is worth looking for the online and half-day saver tickets).

Westminster Abbey (the white building with two towers) is just to the left of the tallest crane.  The tall brown building is Transport for London which is not presently open to the public (information thanks to comments by Simon J Kyte).


Museum of London Docklands

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14 pics. The Museum of London Docklands ⇒ is in the Docklands region (nearest rail being West India Quay on the Docklands Light Railway) and is all about the history of the Docklands as distinct from the more extensive history of London at the Museum of London ⇐ at 150 London Wall. 

The Museum of London Docklands is full of historical information, is free to enter and non-commercial photography is allowed.

There is a lift that goes to the top floor, which is a good place to start.  I do prefer stairs that go down.

The Sailors Walk

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More Exhibits

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In Commemoration of the Great Strike Sept 1889 ⇒.

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Tobacco Weighing Station

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The First Bantamweight Lonsdale Belt

For a closer look of the history please click on the image and then again to enlarge.

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Steel Consul Shelter

There is an extensive area covering the war years during which the docks were a prime target..

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Incendiary Attack by William Ware 1940

London Docklands Now

Dockland Cranes

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Woodscaper

For more of the Past That Made the Present there is Wheels on Fire ⇐, a timeline at the Science Museum ⇐ and the History of Navigation ⇐.