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    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeSep 10th, 2010 6:59pm (Sep 10th 2010) edited
    Here are some of the pictures I promised you from my day out in London. I will do a few now and then as I have to resize them all. When I downloaded them on to my pooter I was amazed to see that Victoria had a nose job (and a new index finger). I have enlarged the middle bit so you can see it easily . I took three pictures of the statue and on the last one I see I managed to get a plane right in the middle there, couldnt have got it centered better if I had tried !!!
      a nose job.jpg
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeSep 10th, 2010 7:02pm (Sep 10th 2010) edited
    Of course you can not have pictures of London with out one of the famous Guards. Mrs Guard was a tad scary though,
      Mrs Guard.jpg
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeSep 10th, 2010 7:07pm (Sep 10th 2010) edited
    Loads of wild life in St James park, all of it well used to visitors. It is a lovely haven away from the traffic.
      London wasp.jpg
      St Jamses Park.jpg
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeSep 10th, 2010 7:15pm (Sep 10th 2010) edited
    Now we have Big Ben, it is really the name of the bell and not the clock or tower.
    The London eye we didn't go on it this trip as it is so expensive and we had all been on it before.
      big ben.jpg
      London eye.jpg
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeSep 10th, 2010 7:22pm (Sep 10th 2010) edited
    Last ones for tonight are of St Pauls, in the first picture it looks as if the crane is working on the top of the dome. In fact it is a delusion as you follow the bend of the Thames you can see from the second pictue the cranes are well away from it.
      St Pauls.jpg
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeSep 10th, 2010 9:00pm (Sep 10th 2010)
    Brilliant NN top class photo,s again what camera do you have NN ?
    The nose on Victoria looks a bit strange i must say!!!

    The detail on the Wasp is fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeSep 10th, 2010 9:06pm (Sep 10th 2010)
    It is one of Grandad Norths cast offs Lee, it says Cannon G9 on the front. You dont notice the nose usually as she is high up. I didn't notice it until I down loaded the pictures.
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeSep 10th, 2010 9:15pm (Sep 10th 2010)
    I have just Googled it and it has very good reviews NN 12 mega pixel and costs now £330 to £400 I only ask as i need a new camera and its good to get recommendations.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeSep 10th, 2010 9:19pm (Sep 10th 2010)
    Ohhhh I had better look after it a bit more I didn't realise it was worth that much. Cripes you have surprised me there Lee.
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeSep 10th, 2010 9:21pm (Sep 10th 2010)
    It still needs a good person to operate it though NN!!!!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeSep 10th, 2010 9:27pm (Sep 10th 2010)
    Well yes I spos so Lee. But I use it in the rain and have dropped ice cream all over it. It bobbles about under my jacket when I clamber up rocks and such.
    • CommentTimeSep 10th, 2010 9:33pm (Sep 10th 2010)
    Its not the equipment, its how you use it! I've tried to take photos with hubby's camera (an expensive one) but they come out just as bad as the ones I take with my little pocket size cannon!

    Your photos are amazing - I love the Big Ben one, and just look at the clouds behind St Pauls in the last one!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeSep 10th, 2010 9:37pm (Sep 10th 2010)
    Thank you I guess I have got to the stage in life when I have time to stand and stare.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeSep 10th, 2010 10:38pm (Sep 10th 2010)
    I do so love that statue of Bodicia and her chariot.
    I can remember being mesmerised by it as a small child when we used to visit London fairly regularly (relatives lived close by).

    Saint Paul's. I have been right to the top and walked round that little pergula thing on top!
    'Elf & Safey won't let you go up there now.
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 11th, 2010 4:28pm (Sep 11th 2010) edited
    Posted By: nanny northBut I use it in the rain and have dropped ice cream all over it. It bobbles about under my jacket when I clamber up rocks and such

    There you go, Lee; shake your camera hard, dip it in a bucket of rainwater then rub ice cream into it, and you too will be able to take amazing pics like NN...:tooth:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeSep 11th, 2010 9:14pm (Sep 11th 2010)
    Ha ha I would add not to be reccomended by anyone sensible CC. I did notice a programme comming up on Channel 5 on tuesday at 7.30 entitled...How to take stunning pictures. I thought I might have a look at that.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeSep 11th, 2010 9:18pm (Sep 11th 2010)
    I am so pleased that the pictures have brought back some happy memories for you Ollie. London is such a mixture of different things and although I am glad to go back and visit I really don't miss living there one little bit.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeSep 11th, 2010 9:20pm (Sep 11th 2010) edited
    Tonight we walk further along the Thames embankment and of course there are always the street performers
      tube arms.jpg
      tutu man.jpg
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeSep 11th, 2010 9:25pm (Sep 11th 2010) edited
    This next picture is of Shakespears globe theatre, they do every thing as authentically as possible for example no microphones. I spotted the graffiti on a pub wall and don't know if it is a Banksie. What do you think? It was very interesting looking at it close up.
      is it a banksie.jpg
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeSep 11th, 2010 9:37pm (Sep 11th 2010) edited
    The next picture is of the Golden Hinde it is a replica of Sir Frances Drakes Warship and a museum. Then as a contrast there is HMS Belfast which served in the second world war and the korean war. It is also a museum.
      gold hind.jpg
      HMS Belfast.jpg
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeSep 11th, 2010 9:41pm (Sep 11th 2010) edited
    Now we have come to the last pictures for tonight and they are both of Tower Bridge. One of my most favourite bridges it is so elegant and beautiful. We did want to do the tour but by the time we got there it was only open for half an hour so decided it was a good excuse to visit again !!
      Tower Bridge.jpg
      Tower bridge2.jpg
    • CommentTimeSep 11th, 2010 10:59pm (Sep 11th 2010)

    Keeper of the hens

    Some really nice photos NN! The female guard is terrifying!! I love the Big Ben one, that's really good, and the wasp is really sharp too. How freaky is that thing with the long golden arms?!
    • CommentTimeSep 12th, 2010 10:00pm (Sep 12th 2010)
    I have never wanted to go to London. I hate crowds (think I said that earlier). But your photos have made me think it might be a good idea. Its quite sad that we have such wonderful sights but have never been to visit any of them. Something to consider I think!
    • CommentAuthorShobhna
    • CommentTimeSep 13th, 2010 1:39pm (Sep 13th 2010)
    I worked in London for too many years to want to go back but don't mind the occassional visit every 2 years or so...though it takes 40 minutes by train from milton Keynes.
    I have always loved London, there is something about the place that is just lovely. I used to work in the City at one point and it is just lovely there in the evenings when everyone has gone home. In fact the building we worked in - Plantation House - was said to be haunted but then I think the whole of the City of London and many places around the city are haunted anyway.
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 13th, 2010 6:28pm (Sep 13th 2010)
    I trekked in and out of London every day for 3 years while I was at college. Hated it. Dreadful pubs. Mind you we were in the East \End, round the corner from Petticoat Lane and the Blind Beggar...not v. picturesque!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeSep 13th, 2010 8:52pm (Sep 13th 2010) edited
    Tonight we are having a look at the tower of London. Most important medieval fortress in Britain and home to the crown Jewels. It is having a bit of work done to it so not the best of pictures. In the first picture you can see the gerkin in the background, a forty floor skyscraper in the main financial district
      tower of London and the gerkin.jpg
      tower of London.jpg
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeSep 13th, 2010 8:59pm (Sep 13th 2010) edited
    Time was getting on so with legs aching we decided to take a boat trip back down the Thames. It was really enjoyable and there was a commentary as well which was real funny as well as informative.
      boat trip.jpg
      dark skyline.jpg
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeSep 13th, 2010 9:02pm (Sep 13th 2010) edited
    The light was starting to go but I still got a few more pictures to share with you.
      people on bridge.jpg
      big ben night.jpg
    • CommentTimeSep 13th, 2010 9:57pm (Sep 13th 2010)
    I love the picture after the one showing the reflection on the boat's mirror. On the right, by the crane, is a bird. The perspective makes it look like its a huge terradactyl! Is the 'thin' bridge the millenium bridge? It looks great with the light behind it.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeSep 13th, 2010 10:36pm (Sep 13th 2010)
    :zzzzz-chick:The Tower has it's jim-jams on!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeSep 14th, 2010 8:40pm (Sep 14th 2010)
    Ha ha thats a good one Ollie, it does look a bit like jim-jams as well.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeSep 14th, 2010 10:29pm (Sep 14th 2010)
    I was saying about going right to the top of St Paul's dome.
    There was a tv prog tonight and they went in between the walls of the big dome, brought back some memories.
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeSep 15th, 2010 11:18am (Sep 15th 2010)
    Oh my goodness NN these are truly magnificent pics, you are a gem with photography.
    Living way over here it is lovely to see these pics of your capital, so personal.
    • CommentAuthorShobhna
    • CommentTimeSep 15th, 2010 12:43pm (Sep 15th 2010)
    CC, I worked just round the conrer from Petticote Lane. Nice area once you get to know the people there and i bet is has all been jazzed up now. In those days I think we still got the 'yellow' fog in the winter times.
    I did enjoy my time there though, just hated the journeys into town every day..
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeSep 16th, 2010 12:43pm (Sep 16th 2010)
    I was thinking of you when I was posting them Julie as I know how much you love to see things over here. Have you ever visited the uk? Thank you for your kind comments it is lovely to share every thoing with you all.
    I missed that programme Ollie. I love programmes like that as well. I did see the photography programme I mentioned, but I wasn't over struck by it. Hopefully it will get better next week.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeSep 16th, 2010 12:47pm (Sep 16th 2010) edited
    These are the last pictures of the visit that I have chosen for you. The low clouds moved away and we got some of the precious golden light that sometime comes just before sunset. Here framed by trees we have the millenium wheel and a shaft of light over the Thames.
      wheel golden light.jpg
      light on thames.jpg
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeSep 16th, 2010 12:51pm (Sep 16th 2010) edited
    The last of the light on the clouds and then the glorious sunset
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeSep 16th, 2010 12:56pm (Sep 16th 2010) edited
    Time to find a roosting spot tells us it is time to go home. It was a lovely day out and so nice to be able to share some of it with you all xxx
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeSep 16th, 2010 3:58pm (Sep 16th 2010)
    Stunning NN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 16th, 2010 7:35pm (Sep 16th 2010)
    It was (gulp!) thirty years ago, Shobhna. As you say, not so bad once you're there - but GETTING there? Nightmare!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeSep 16th, 2010 8:15pm (Sep 16th 2010)
    There was a tube strike when we had the day out, but we managed with the buses they had put extra on which was a help.

    How time flies eh?
    • CommentTimeSep 16th, 2010 8:38pm (Sep 16th 2010)

    Keeper of the hens

    The crane one is brilliant, I love silhouettes against sky backgrounds :)
    • CommentTimeSep 16th, 2010 10:44pm (Sep 16th 2010)
    Its been lovely having a few pictures added each evening - I've really enjoyed seeing them. Thank you NN! (Oh, and I love magpies!)
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeSep 17th, 2010 6:54pm (Sep 17th 2010)
    Thank you Kate I am pleased you all enjoyed them so much. Lets hope I go somewhere special again soon !!!
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeSep 18th, 2010 1:50pm (Sep 18th 2010)
    You are a natural NN your framing of each pic is so well done.
    No I have never been anywhere o/s ( dont fly) just travelled around much of Australia.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeSep 18th, 2010 7:57pm (Sep 18th 2010)
    Thank you Julie you are very kind. Australia is a big place with plenty to do and see so it is nice you can travel about and get to see your Country. I love to travel although I havent been abroad for a while now. I still have plenty to see here and do love my days out.