Final entry from the Greenwich trip of the skyline in January 2014 versus the one taken in November 2017 showing the enormous sprouting of buildings during these years
Thursday, November 30, 2017
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
It is great that the Queen's House is now free to enter and is a treasure trove of paintings and architecture. Designed by Inigo Jones in 1616 it is filled with works of art representing the 400 years by artists including Gainsborough, Canaletto, Reynolds, LS Lowry, Stubbs and Hogarth. I enjoyed the Tulip Staircase, the first centrally unsupported helical stairs constructed in England, and the Great Hall in particular.
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
I stopped off at Rainham Marshes on the way back from Kent - beautiful sunny day but very little about in the way of birds - hoping to see the firecrest (or even goldcrests) but no luck. Anyway, here a record of what I did see for the diary: juvenile Chiffchaff, Magpie, Pied Wagtail, Lapwing, Little Grebe, Teal, Snipe and Ruff.
Sunday, November 26, 2017
Comparison of the skyline as seen from Greenwich Park in 1953 and yesterday. The park itself is little changed except for fences to stop kids rolling down the hill (our favourite game as children)
Saturday, November 25, 2017
As I was south of the Thames, I decided to spend a day visiting some of my childhood haunts, starting with Shooters Hill. Oxleas Wood is one of the few remaining areas of ancient deciduous forest in southeast London. Some parts date back over 8,000 years to the end of the last Ice Age. It is also home to Severndroog Castle, a folly built to commemorate Commodore Sir William James who, in April 1755, attacked and destroyed the island fortress of Suvarnadurg on the western coast of India. James died in 1783 and the castle was built as a memorial to him by his widow, Lady James of Eltham. From its elevated position, it offers views across London, with features in seven different counties visible on a clear day.
There were lots of Green Parakeets in the woods.
I stopped for a couple of hours on the Isle of Sheppey on my way to give a talk at Ashford PS. Mainly spent the time bird watching but first a few infrared landscapes followed by some of the birds.