A Lingering Look at Windows: In London

This weekly challenge is hosted by Dawn from ‘The Day After’ who invites participants to post pictures of any windows that  they find curious, inviting, photogenic, or in some way tell a story. Visit her blog to see more windows and/or to join in with the challenge.

Office Building near Tower Hillwindows-3

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Reflection of St Dunstan’s church tower

More Modern Glass (and a black cab)
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Reflections in the city
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and finally The Shard – lots of windows in that building!
The Shard

R for Rossio Railway Station

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Estação de Caminhos de Ferro do Rossio – located in Rossio Square, Lisbon, Portugal 

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This unusual building will attract your attention – it is built in the neo-manueline style and quite beautiful. The intertwined horseshoe portals at the front of the building are probably the most impressive features.

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But just admire the detail around those doors and windows.

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And as I often say, don’t forget to look up!

R - Rossio Station

Weekly Photo Challenge: Spring

Ash has asked us to respond to this week’s challenge by showing you signs of spring.

“Nothing is so beautiful as Spring”
~ Gerard Manley Hopkins

If you would like to see what others have come up with for this challenge then go to the Daily Post @ WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

Primulas
Primulas
Peony
Peony
Tulip
Tulip
Snakes Head Fritillaries
Snakes Head Fritillary (Fritillaria meleagris)
Azaleas
Azaleas
Bluebells
Bluebells

These are just a tiny few of the spring flowers I have had the joy to see and photograph over the past two weeks in the south-west and south-east. More spring beauties can be found on my Earth Laughs in Flowers blog as I begin a month of magnolias, camellias, peonies and azaleas and rhododendrons.

One Day One World Project: 12:00 to 13:00 hours

Lisa of the blog NorthWest Frame of Mind has decided to run a different project over the next 24 weeks. To try to show what is happening in different parts of the world (if you all join in) at a particular time of day. This week is the start of the project and photos are required taken between 12 noon and 1:00 pm (1200 – 1300).

So, being as I am quite curious to see what everyone else is doing around the globe I decided to contribute a photo or two from Ludlow where, as it so happens, the May Fair is taking place. Each year the Castle Square and Mill Street are taken over by a travelling fun fair. Lots of noise and screams and smells of hot dogs, burgers and candy floss – well, no actually that last bit isn’t true – the candy floss is pre-made and sold in sealed plastic bags 😦

A note was posted through our letterbox last week:

“On Sunday 4th May 2014 at 11:30 am, the Mayor of Ludlow, Cllr Jim Smithers and members of the Ludlow Town Council will attend the May Fair Service lead by the Venerable Colin Williams accompanied by the Choir of St Laurence. This special service will take place with the congregation assembled in the  Dodgem Cars and around the exterior of the ride.”

Now this I had to see. So I duly popped up the street, camera in hand to see what was going on and these are the results of what was taking place in Ludlow at 12:00 on Sunday 4th May 2014. Everyone having a jolly good time it seems!

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choiristersIf you would like to participate you have until next Saturday midnight to post a photo or write about what is happening in your part of the world between 12:00 – 13:00 this week.  I hope you’ll join in! See links above for more details.

 

Travel Theme: Close-Up

Ailsa of “Where’s My Backpack?” is looking at things in detail this week. Getting CLOSE-UP. If you would like to join in with her challenge then please do. Everyone is welcome.

On a visit this week to the British Museum I was thrilled to get close up to some very interesting objects.

(click on collage to enlarge)

close-up collage

Hieroglyphics from the Egyptian Rooms and Enlightenment Gallery. Excessive Zimbabwean currency notes from the Money Room, an Anglo-Saxon helmet from Early Medieval Europe, a beautiful ceramic bowl from Algeria and colourful painted decoration which was once painted above the column capitals of the Parthenon.

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(Above) Man’s Cloth – recycled foil bottle-neck wrappers, copper wire by El Anatsui, Ghana, 1988 – 2001 (A traditional narrow-strip woven silk kente cloth of Ghana)

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(Above) A close-up of a gold cape from Mold, Wales made from a single sheet of gold (c 1900 – 1600 BC)

I can’t believe that it has taken me until now to visit this astonishing museum and can’t wait to return to London and continue exploring the range of cultures, periods and objects it contains.