2015

It is hard to believe another year has ended. For the first time I am looking back over my travels, thinking about what was achieved, what I hoped to do and what I didn’t complete.

Bradshaw’s Hand Book to London continued to guide and delight my historical explorations in Southwark, Waterloo, Kennington, and Lambeth. I would like to return to the City of London with the new camera and another Victorian guidebook…

 St George's Cathedral, Southwark
St George’s Cathedral, Southwark
 Houses in Kennington Road
Houses in Kennington Road
The Old Royal Doulton Factory, Lambeth
The Old Royal Doulton Factory, Lambeth

Mr Bradshaw directed me to The Thames and I started visiting the bridges from London Bridge westwards. It was fun! And in 2016 I plan to walk from the source of the Thames to Hampton Court.

The Wobbly Bridge
The Wobbly Bridge
Vauxhall Bridge
Vauxhall Bridge

I walked the Ravensbourne Riveran unexpected rural adventure in south east London. This was in pursuit of a photographic project. However the New River Walk, started in 2014, remains unfinished… Perhaps in 2016…And perhaps some more travel in Suffolk…

The James Engine House in Lewisham
The James Engine House in Lewisham
The source of the Ravensbourne at Keston Ponds
The source of the Ravensbourne at Keston Ponds

Explorations in Portugal continued with a magical week in the Alentejo: Flor da Rosa, Castelo do Vide, Tomar, and the Monastery of St Jeronimos were all unforgettable.

Anta do Tapadao
Anta do Tapadao, near Flor da Rosa, Portugal
Castelo do Vide, Portugal
Castelo do Vide, Portugal
The Monastery at Tomar
The Monastery at Tomar, Portugal
The Monastery of St Jeronimos, Lisbon, Portugal
The Monastery of St Jeronimos, Lisbon, Portugal

My annual French Travel Fix was a few weeks in Brittany in September – absolutely wonderful! The Vannes, the Enclos ParoissialswalksParc Botanique de Haute Bretagne, Carnac – I will return in 2016…

Vannes, Brittany
Vannes, Brittany
Carnac, Brittany
Carnac, Brittany
The Church at Sizun, Brittany
The Church ceiling at Sizun, Brittany
Lampaul-Guimiliau, Brittany
Lampaul-Guimiliau, Brittan

The Enthusiastic Gardener brought together my gardening interests. And underpinning the travelling was a photography course at Morley College. I progressed from ‘point & press’ to using a Canon 600D DSLR and I discovered Ansel Adams, amongst others. Wonderful – thank you Lydia Evans! But what will 2016 bring?

Thank you so much for visiting and following, and for commenting and supporting – I hope you will enjoy my travels in 2016 with me.

 

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