London – Brentford

While my wife and my youngest were having screaming fun at Chessington World of Adventures, I went for a walk. Well, drive, then walk, then drive, and walk. I went to my old stomping ground of Brentford. More precise, Boston Manner, then onto Brentford. I grew up in Boston Manor, and remembered that there was a park with a manor house at the end of the street. So went back there after, hmmm, at least 20 years, to see if it had changed. It hadn’t, the road I lived in has changed a bit, but the park is still the same as I remember…











That squirrel just seem to pose for me. Shows how tame they are around the London area. But as he modelled, I took the pictures.


Next, we have Brentford. The Butts is a rich area I remember. So had to take some pictures of that, although I didn’t get to the really big houses. I was a little rushed for time.



The Grand Union Canal meets the River Thames in Brentford, so this is really the first lock and area on the Canal after it has left the Thames. As I didn’t have enough time, I couldn’t get to the Brendford Docks, and Thames area… Another day.

This next picture, I couldn’t decide how I wanted it, so you have all three versions of the HDR image…







Final pictures, are of a pub and interesting lamp post just off of the Butts as I was returning to the car.


I wish I had taken my 16-35mm zoom, as some things would have been better at a wider angle. But the 24-105 did well. But with the squirrel I really needed more zoom and the 70-200 would have been better. The moral of the story is that you do the best you can with the tools you have available at the time. I also wish I had given myself another 30-60 minutes to wander around. I misjudged the time it takes to drive around London. I will give myself more time in future.

London – Edgeware

I went for a walk today, and went into the town of Edgeware. As I am currently staying in Mill Hill area, walking to Edgeware was only a short 2 mile or so walk.

First we stopped at a local pub that has been closed for some time, but the architecture I thought was interesting, so had to take a couple of pictures. Note the chimneys, and the carvings on the wood of the surround shop that was once part of the pub.














Finally we went onto the main Edgeware Road, and saw a memorial stone. Had to take a picture of that too. Originally it was part of the church, but now it appears around the corner from the church. This church, St Margarets, though is the oldest building in Edgeware, and lies midway between Westminster and St Albans.

Here’s some history I found about Edgeware from other sources:
The old village developed from medieval times along the old Roman road of Watling Street, now Edgware Road; Church Lane, renamed Station Road in 1931, had been the route to Mill Hill, which crossed Watling Street. Until the station was built in 1924 the village was surrounded by fields and in 1900 the parish consisted of some 870 people. The old parish church has been much added to over the years but retains some remnants of the earlier building such as its late medieval west tower, ragstone with Reigate dressings. By the mid C18th the poor state of the church fabric actually discouraged the congregation from attending, and it was largely rebuilt in brick in 1763/4. In 1854 sanctuary and transcripts designed by Charles Barry Junior were added, and further additions were made in 1928. In the church is a brass showing a baby in swaddling clothes, commemorating Anthonie Childe who died in 1599.

In the churchyard is a railed neo-classical tapered sarcophagus for Francis Day (d.1826), whose almshouses of 1828 were built further north on Edgware Road; a headstone to Ivy Glen McSweeney (d.1943) has a ‘good relief in the (Eric) Gill tradition’ (Pevsner). A monument of 1908 marks the re-interment of those previously buried beneath the church, removed here ‘for sanitary reasons’ after closure of the church in 1907 due to flooding in the crypt when coffins were found floating. The churchyard is bounded by walls, the wall onto Station Road has a plaque on the gate pier commemorating George William Whitehouse (d.1932), in whose memory his widow had the wall and wooden gates erected. At the western end of the churchyard is Truth Hall built in 1833 as a church school, now the church hall, a rusticated building with the word ‘Truth’ in large white letters. Below is a flower bed with a plaque commemorating the Aberfan disaster.


Moved to London, England

For anyone who didn’t know. We have now moved to London. We have lived in Layton, Utah for 17 years, and it has come time to part ways and head back home. It wasn’t easy as we left our oldest son, Matt, in Layton. Not by mistake, but more that he didn’t want to move back to London. So he has moved in with some friends, and we headed back. It is difficult when the family starts to leave home, and we probably caused it to happen sooner than it would have done by deciding to move back to London.

With my father being sick for some time, we felt we wanted to be with him, but for those of you that know us, he didn’t wait for us to move, and passed away in February.

As the plans had already been made, and have been cast in stone, we still moved back. Right now we are as usual split between my Brother-in-law’s house and my parents-in-law’s house. We have been looking at some property over the last few days, and hopefully will find something soon, so that the whole family can be in one house (all except Matt of course, unless he ever decides to join us). London is an expensive place. Lots to do here, but to live houses don’t come cheap. To get a decent size house with 5 bedrooms, we are having to look at spending close to £1/2 million. That’s a lot! More than we want to spend.

Anyway, we are here now, and searching for a house, and a job. We will also have to register the kids into schools as soon as we have sorted out the house part.


Queen’s Jubilee

I know this is a late post, considering it has been almost a week since the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, but I have been away and haven’t had chance to look at these until today. So here it is, one of a decorated house, and the rest were in Golders Hill Park, in North London.


Next up is the Golders Hill Park, in North London. What a sunset! We walked around the park where there were some deer that I just had to get a picture of. Then the fireworks started soon after. You wouldn’t believe how close I was to those fireworks, I had to strain and lean back to get them in the viewfinder.







Explanation is needed for the next photograph. You see there was a young girl who was going to light the beacon in the park as part of the Jubilee celebrations, but every time she tried to light it, it wouldn’t work. I think someone forgot to pay the gas bill. Anyway after about 5 attempts, they then released this Chinese Lantern instead. So, that is why it is a Chinese Lantern floating in the sky and not a picture of a huge beacon.