Went round the back of my Parents-in-law’s house where there is an abandoned railway track, beside which there is a walk that is opened on the last Sunday of the month. So that would be today, and we went for a walk down there with the 70-200mm zoom, and took some pictures of the nature around the area.
Well we weren’t going to go out today, on the day of the Opening Ceremonies but we decided to go to Wembley Stadium and see what it looked like. I haven’t been here since the early 1990’s, and it has changed a lot since then. It is a lot easlier to get around.
Wembley is also where a lot of football (soccer) games are played. I used to come here for concerts. Band Aid was held here, and all the bands want to play Wembley. A sense of achievement when they do. So, here is the stadium, and I also saw a group of Olympic Volunteers wanting to get a photo of themselves.
We start off with the home of the London Olympics in Stratford. A lot of areas were closed off from the public, so we weren’t able to get the shots we wanted, but we were able to get some of the local area, starting with the Tube Station.
The next stop was to Tower Bridge, to see the Olympic Rings. At the same time we saw some Olympic symbols in the City Hall Building so got a shot of that too.
Over to Trafalgar Square for the Count-down clock. There was a Torch there that people could use to model with for photographs, but it wasn’t lit. Boring! Just Kidding. Anyway, I think it is a good way for everyone to get into the spirit of things, but of course, you’d need to pay in order to do so. Didn’t ask how much, I’d rather be on the back end of a camera. I did like that on one side was the countdown to the Olympics, and the other side had the countdown to the Para-Olympics. Position yourself correctly and you can get the clock and Nelson’s Column (monument) in the same picture.
This was also in Trafalgar Square. There is one plinth that is changed on a monthly basis and this one had a child on a rocking horse. Other times, I have seen a Ship in a Glass Bottle, People Standing and touting something or other that is important to them, and all sorts of other things.
I just saw the flowers over the Silver Cross pub, and thought how fitting, even though it wasn’t really Olympic, but this is placed just off of Trafalgar Square.
This final set of pictures, was taken by my wife. I just couldn’t make it to the Flying Angels in a local park. So, instead of my Canon 5D Mark 3 doing the work, it is just a little Canon P&S camera. So, she wasn’t able to up the ISO (she doesn’t know these things) and get better night shots, but some came out OK, and continued the story of the Olympics, so worth including.
So, let’s get on with it… Here’s Harrow.
More in the Mill Hill Village… Well, today we went back to the village and found more of it. My father-in-law said there was a different pond and village main street. This is one of the most quiet main streets I have ever seen.
Yes, we are still in London. But look at that blue sky!!! 85ºF today. Hot and humid, but not a cloud in the sky.
We found this sign of Mill Hill Village, and had to get a picture. It is old and rusty. Perhaps I should have HDR’d it to bring out the rust. But decided I liked it the way it was.
The sign was right on the village green, and behind it was the village church. It appears that the residents in Mill Hill used to have to walk for 90 minutes one way to get to the nearest church in Brent, but the local Vicar wouldn’t allow the Mill Hill residents to have their own church for a long time, and made them walk 90 minutes to his church, then have an hour service, and walk back the 90 minutes. This was done 3 times a week. It was all to do with control… Eventually of course, the little village of Mill Hill was allowed to have their own church. I can’t imaging having to take 4 hours out of my day, 3 times a week just to go to church. But that is what it was like in the 1600s.
I love the reflections in the pond, and yes there was some ducks. I only photographed one that was close to me, but there were several there. I just couldn’t decide on which of the reflection pictures I liked most, so you get them all. I still find it hard to believe that London is made up from little villages all over, but it is true. Of course Central London is a bit different, but the City of London is really just a square mile. The rest of London is made up of villages just like this one.
I normally hate taking pictures of telephone cables, but the lines in this one just got my attention, and thought it made for an interesting photograph with leading lines. One of these cottages is up for sale. If the kids had all left home, I could just see my wife and I living in a little place like this.
Gotta have a phone box in the village, but I didn’t see an old fashioned post box. What’s more, being in a little village, the phone box is not vandalised. I didn’t check to see if it still worked, but I’d put money on it that it would work.
The Rosebank Barn had a lot of character to the cottage, and the front door was lovely, unfortunately, you just can’t see that front door from the picture. The barn was used as a Quaker Meeting House from 1678 to 1719. So much history around here.
My Parents-in-law live in the Mill Hill area, more like Burnt Oak (yes, that is a name of a place in London). But we went for a walk in the old Mill Hill Village. You really wouldn’t realize that you are in London. The sun was out and it was a glorious day. Didn’t have my shorts on though, so no one had to run for cover. Here’s what the village looks like. We did miss the local pond so we will have to do it again, and get that pond.
Another in the Glastonbury series. The last for now. Just a few shots of what the town looks like. Glastonbury is a bit of an “alternative” place. It is common to see people dressed up in period costumes of the Druids, in gypsy clothing, and all sorts of other costumes. Can be a very amusing place. This time though, I didn’t see much of the costumery, so I didn’t get to take any pictures of them. Next time, I promise… It might be more of a street photography next time.
Notice the overcast day? It seems that every time we go to Glastonbury it rains. Don’t know if King Arthur or Merlin has something to do with that, but at least it didn’t rain on us this time. Even during the Glastonbury Music Festival, it seems to rain a lot… But this is England.
Yes, we went back to Glastonbury again. That’s the problem when you have relatives that live in a tourist place. You tend to go there regularly. This time though we decided to go up to the Tor, and not only that, go the long way (the very long way). It took us an hour to walk up that way, across muddy fields, over gates, and on a little road. Then the circular route up the steep hill to the Tor.
Firstly, Daisy had her beedy eye on me… I had to be very careful taking her picture. Probably was watching us because she had some young calves there too.
Today we went for a picnic in Regents Park. What I neglected to mention in the prior post was that it was raining when we got there, so went into the Pavillion and had our picnic in there. But after eating the rain stopped and we were able to get a couple of pictures of the park and the wildlife.