Macdonald Hotels – Elmers Court – New Forest

Had the opportunity to spend the week at Macdonald Hotels Elmers Court, New Forest. It was all part of my work. But we did get chance to wander around the grounds and take a few pics. Some were Infrared, which I was just playing with, those would be the ones that show golden leaves, and grass. The infrared filter was a 590nm filter on a converted camera.

London Loop – Almost

Another walk of the London Loop. Almost, because we went to Rickmansworth and walked to the Coy Carp. This was not actually on the London Loop, but a little side trip. Rickmanswort, down to the canal, then around the Rickmansworth Aerodrome, and back to the canal, to the Coy Carp pub. Lovely walk, I really enjoy walking along the Grand Union Canal.

London Loop – Hayes & Harlington to Hatton Cross

Next part of the London Loop. We jumped a few sections because the Metropolitan Line is out around Uxbridge so it was decided to do a different section so as not to have difficulty getting to and from it. Anyway this stretch is Hayes & Harlington to Hatton Cross. Not many photos from the first part, even though it was a nice day, the sky is very wishy-washy, as you’ll see in the other photos. But there was some interesting areas around Cranford Park, and the River Crane. There are also a couple of the planes coming into Heathrow Airport. And finally the Green Man Pub in Hatton Cross which dates back to the 1500s. Lovely pub, good food, worth a visit, if you happen to be in that area.

Roof Garden, John Lewis, Oxford Street London

After the buses, we headed to John Lewis, as they have a roof garden open to the public on a trial basis. We were in the area, so had to do it. The views weren’t spectacular, but was worth a visit. They have a coffee shop on the roof as well. It will be interesting to see if they make this a permanent feature.

Year of the Bus – Bus Cavalcade – Regents Street

All the cliches come to mind, like “Hold tight please”, and “Move down the bus”. When you want a bus, they are nowhere to be found, but today, go to Regents Street in London, and they are everywhere, but with a difference. They aren’t going anywhere. Yes, some you can climb into the cab, some as a passenger, top deck, bottom deck. Standing, Seating. The Year of the Bus has come to Regents Street. Buses that were horse drawn, from the early 1800’s right up to today’s Boris Bus.

The colourful yellow bus below was used in 1829, and was horse drawn. Although that would be pretty obvious from the looks of it. This bus was right by the exit from Piccadilly Circus underground station. The buses proceeded from this point getting steadily younger.

The bus below, or ones like it were used during the 1st World War to transport troops to the front line. That means that this bus is over a hundred years old. This was also London’s first mass produced motorbus.

I couldn’t resist taking a photo of these kids, typical street urchins, as we would have called them. Grubby, and playing in the street with their toy bus. That bus has seen better days, but they were in the right place to play busses. I am sure if they asked for 10p for each person to take their photos they would have come away with quite a nice amount of money.

I saw these guys lying on a sofa bed, and thought to myself, yeah. I bet you’ve been waiting a long time for the next bus… Did you just miss it by some chance. Close by there was some foam where you could make you own comfortable seat for when you are waiting for the bus. Don’t tell them, but there’s a bus behind them.

Have you ever played with Legos? Silly question I know. They have been around for ever, and what do you know, right outside one of the biggest toy shops in the world, they have build a lego bus shelter. If for nothing else, the trip to take some pictures is now complete seeing this. This is what I mainly came for. But man! it was crowded. There was more people wanting to photograph or inspect the lego bus shelter than there was wanting to get onto the oldest bus. Even the map (three images down) was made of lego.

London Loop – Hatch End to Moor Park

Another London LOOP walk with the London Appreciation Society. This time we met up at Hatch End where we left off last month, and walked to Moor Park. Well, actually it was to “Ye Olde Greene Manne” pub. By the end of it I think some of us were crawling to the pub. But what a gorgeous day! Definately the sun had got his hat on today. Some images are of course below. I still find it incredible that you are still walking around the London area, but you see fields, forrest/woods, muddy lanes (I have to put a “LOL” in here). Some paths were very overgrown, added to that, some of us were wearing shorts (yes, England short weather!), it was just as well that someone thought to bring some cutters so that we could cut through the brambles and stinging nettles. I realised when we came out at the end by the pub, that I was only about 2 miles or so from where I work in Rickmansworth. This time I remembered to turn on the GPS unit, so you have location information on the images. Next section in another month.