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This is it! I've given up work -retired from the rat race and am about to start on a 10 year adventure, doing all those things I've been meaning to do but never had the time to do them. I've offloaded my responsibilities and it is now my time. So follow my adventures and see whether I actually manage anything!

Monday, 22 December 2014

The proposal

A number of skating rinks appear around London over the Christmas period. This one is in the courtyard of Somerset House, London.

 The ice had been cleaned and was waiting for the next session when I arrived. But before the masses were let out onto the ice, a couple were brought out with a photographer and I assumed they had paid extra for as they posed for photographs.

 But then, much to the surprise of his girlfriend, the young man got down on one knee and a huge cheer went up from all the spectators.

 I assume the answer was 'yes'.
 Then everyone was allowed onto the ice.

The young children who are not confident on the ice have their own area with these polar bear companions to help them keep their balance.

Sunday, 21 December 2014

Fortnum and Mason

 These are the windows of Fortnum and Mason's store in Piccadilly, London. This is the way to advertise your goods for Christmas. They sell handmade chocolates, biscuits, Christmas puddings and many other top of the range food stuffs. Their hampers must rate as one of the best on the market. The tiniest of them starts at £50 for just a couple of items and I don't think there is an upper limit.
 But whoever designed these windows certainly knows how to entice people into the shop. I love looking around this store but looking is all that I do as most things are out of my price range.

 Inside, the store is equally festive.

More from Christmas in London tomorrow.

Friday, 19 December 2014

Christmas in New Bond Street

This week I thought I would take you with me on a walk down New Bond Street in Central London and the surrounding streets. I hope it puts you all in a festive mood.

Piccadilly Arcade.
Burlington Arcade

New Bond Street

Reflections of Cartier's decorations in Ralph Lauren's shop window.


Inside the windows of Tiffany's

The Snowman family.Just look at Mum's amazing lashes!

Dolce & Gabbana's mouth watering window.

The Arcade

Outside the Connaught Hotel with the tree decorations reflected in the water sculpture.

Sharing with James at Weekend Reflections

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Transport Museum

For those of you familiar with Covent Garden you will recognise this building, The London Transport Museum
 The Museum is housed in the old Flower Market Building.  Markets selling flowers, fruit and veg were established in Covent Garden from 1670 by the Earl of Bedford who owned a lot of the land in this area. From that time on it became London's main market for fruit, veg and flowers. In the 1800s buildings replaced the stalls in the central square and then more buildings were built around the square.  This building specialised in flower trading and dates back to 1871. It traded for one hundred years opening everyday of the year except for Christmas day.

Due to traffic problems in and around Covent Garden, the market moved to Nine Elms in Vauxhall, South London in 1974. This building was restored and opened its doors as the London Transport Museum in 1980.

As part of the year of the bus (2014) these new Routemaster bus sculptures have been painted by well known and aspiring artists and can be found in various locations around London. The one above is 'Busby' by Oliver Dean.

This one is the accessibus and brings together ideas from the Accessibility Research Group. There are lots of ideas and key phrases printed on the bus. The  windows have been paintedwith blackboard paint so you can share ideas about accessibility and the buses.

 I cannot leave the square without showing you the Covent Garden Christmas Tree. This was taken early on a Saturday morning before the crowds gathered. I will try and get a night time photo as this one doesn't really do it justice.