Cee’s Black and White Photo (CBWC) Challenge: Matching Things

Cee Neuner: This week our topic is Matching Things. You can enter a single photo that has matching things in it or have a theme with matching things.

Self found this neat portrait of the writer Aldous Huxley in the National Portrait Gallery in London. His glasses/spectacles are pretty fab! Oh, and the lens match.

Is it just self or does anyone else find the author of Brave New World smoking hot? Like Benedict Cumberbatch, only with glasses?

Aldous Huxley, 1894 – 1963

Photographing Public Art Challenge (PPAC) # 15: Window Displays, London

Catching up, slowly but surely, in the Photographing Public Art Challenge (PPAC) co-hosted by Cee Neuner and Marsha Ingrao!

Display Windows: Harrod’s, Teatulia, Jenny Kate

Photographing Public Art Challenge (PPAC) # 14: Christmas Decorations, London, December 2018

Still playing catch-up with the Photographing Public Art Challenge (PPAC) co-hosted by Cee Neuner and Marsha Ingrao. From Marsha’s blog, Always Writes:

  • Public art encompasses any form of art you see in a public place, large or small, statues, murals, graffiti, gardens, parks, etc. The art should be visible from streets, sidewalks, or outdoor public places. Let your imagination and photographic eye show us diverse samples all over the world.

Self has been feeling quite nostalgic about London. She took these pictures December, 2018. Christmas decorations are public art, right?

She took the picture of gold paper chains through the front window of the London Review Bookshop, one of her favorite hangouts: It’s on Bury Place, off Great Russell Street in Bloomsbury.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Shapes and Designs 2

This is self’s second post on the same Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Shapes and Designs. Today, she is focusing on architecture.

The London skyline is endlessly fascinating. She took these pictures the last time she was in London, November 2019:

Self has a friend who lives in Manchester. In November 2019, self went to see her, and her friend drove to nearby Liverpool. What fun to walk along the docks! The Museum of Liverpool had a very unusual design.

Past Squares 22: London, December 2018

Self forgets. Memory is fallible. But photographs never lie.

She used to spend a lot of time in England and Ireland.

For Past Squares, her second post of the day: London, early December 2018.

Quote of the Day: England’s Magnificent Gardens

“The new king had plenty to do. He had to reestablish the monarchy, appoint his ministers and courtiers, call a new parliament, and cement relationships with the Anglican Church, which was still suspicious of his Catholic mother; not least, he had to pursue and put to death the men who had killed his father.”

England’s Magnificent Gardens, p. 23

Yet, despite all that, Charles II still found time to work on the Royal Gardens! “In St. James Park in central London, only a few hundred yards from Whitehall, he made use of unemployed soldiers to dig a huge rectangular lake, 850 yards long by 43 yards wide. He was soon “able to enjoy himself feeding the ducks on the new lake.”

He’d been king for less than a year.

Life in Colour: Late October, Hyde Park

She’s posting here for Travel Words’ Life in Colour Photo Challenge. Every month, Jude at the blog Travel Words announces a new colour for the challenge. This month’s is ORANGE.

Just look at these pictures she took in London’s Hyde Park. She was walking towards the Prince Albert Memorial. Even now, remembering her first sight of the monument, she can feel that visceral thrill. It wasn’t because of the monument itself, which is your standard royal monument. It was all the leaves she had to walk through to get to her destination.

How beautiul London is in the fall.

One-Word Sunday Challenge: Reflections

This challenge comes via Travel with Intent. Fun!

Carmel Airbnb, July 2021

Redwood City Public Library Seed Giveaway, April 2021

London Eye, November 2019

The Midnight Library, p. 91

London. Canary Wharf. About twenty storeys up.

The memories. Oh, the memories.

Canary Wharf is a fascinating place, a different London. Self’s pictures are from her last trip to London, November 2019:

Sentence of the Day! Definitely, the Sentence of the Day

  • It brought back all the things she loved about South London: murder, drugs, someone who carried off a “no comment” with a bit of panache. — The Thursday Murder Club, p. 90

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