Tag Archives: Greenwich

Botany 3.0

O WERE my Love yon lilac fair,
Wi’ purple blossoms to the spring,
And I a bird to shelter there,
When wearied on my little wing;
How I wad mourn when it was torn
By autumn wild and winter rude!
But I wad sing on wanton wing
When youthfu’ May its bloom renew’d.

O gin my Love were yon red rose
That grows upon the castle wa’,
And I mysel a drap o’ dew,
Into her bonnie breast to fa’;
O there, beyond expression blest,
I’d feast on beauty a’ the night;
Seal’d on her silk-saft faulds to rest,
Till fley’d awa’ by Phoebus’ light.
– Robert Burns

IMG_0894Dreamy Pond (New Orleans, 2012)

IMG_33421Standing to Attention (Kent, 2010)

IMG_48601Keeping Busy (Olympic Park, 2012)

IMG_45241Stamen Envy (Montreux, 2013)

IMG_33263Gently Does It (Canterbury, 2010)

IMG_06282Seemingly Perfect (Basel, 2013)

IMG_42582I like Lilies, So Sue Me (Lake Maggiore, 2013)

IMG_5373Folk Woodland (Yorkshire, 2014)

IMG_0782Pushing Through (Greenwich, 2014)

IMG_0673Painting With Orchids II (Kew, 2013)

Springtime in Greenwich

I’ve waxed lyrical about Greenwich before (see I Heart LDN post), but given it’s one of my very favourite places in the city I thought it only fair it should get an entry all of its own. The recent “heat wave” (easy now, over-zealous weathermen!) provided the perfect opportunity for me to grab my camera and head over. I followed a well-trodden route, starting at the top entrance to the park on Shooter’s Hill Road and making my way to the lookout near the observatory, where I stood for a good hour taking in the view (and eating ice-cream).


Having satisfied myself that London was all present and accounted for, I made my way down through the park, admiring the spring flowers, chasing squirrels, dodging rollerbladers and smiling at happy picnicers, until I reached the National Maritime Museum, in the former home of the Royal Hospital School, and the equally impressive buildings of the Royal Naval College. I wandered around for a while, appreciating the architecture, popped in to the Painted Hall and the Chapel, and waited patiently for tourists to get out of the way of my pictures. If you wait long enough you can get sit in perfect silence admiring how the shadows fall on the columns and how the light dances off the glass. I love it!

Next came the familiar stroll along the riverbank and a quick circumference of the mighty Cutty Sark, before I decided I deserved a banana milkshake and some sushi from the market (yes, the combination works well). I concluded my visit with another pass through the park at dusk – a beautiful time and the colours that day were perfect – before dipping down for a view of the Millennium Dome across the water. Another lovely day in my favourite borough! *Contented sigh*

IMG_6090Gates to Paradise

IMG_6002Light and Shade

IMG_6012Observing the Scene

IMG_6102Primitive E-mail


IMG_6026A Field of Daffs

IMG_6076Silence Descends

IMG_6108Cutty Sark

IMG_6094Tunnel Under the River

IMG_5978Parklife (not by Blur)

IMG_6070Impress Me

IMG_0932Cyril Mark III

IMG_4072Early Blossom

IMG_0987All the Way to the Shard

IMG_5954Best View in London

IMG_1001Observatory at Dusk

Marksleaving 120Sunset on the Thames

Portals and Passageways

I’ve seen some great doors this year, so thought it was about time for another post.  Here’s a selection of the best from my 2013 collection

IMG_06382Basel, Switzerland

IMG_45731Lisbon, Portugal

IMG_43951Lake Maggiore, Italy

IMG_45961Belém, Portugal

IMG_0979Kent, England

IMG_35101Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts

greenwichGreenwich, England

jen ny doorNew York, USA (Credit: Jennifer Robson)

IMG_31131Rhodes, Greece