Ponies galore…

I’ve taken my family to Burley in the New Forest for a break. For those who don’t know, the New Forest is a National Park in southern England. It covers south-west Hampshire and extends into south-east Wiltshire and towards east Dorset. There are many villages dotted around the area, and several small towns in the …

Northaw Church

The church of St Thomas a Becket in Northaw is a lovely example of a late 19th century neo-gothic church. Today we stopped there for some fresh air (I stopped there for some fresh air) because I’m still getting stomach cramps from my recent illness. I happen to like it because (when we used to …

Views from the Monument

I don’t know why I don’t walk up the Monument more often. Well, I do know, it’s because it costs £3 a visit, so it would get expensive if I visited regularly. The “Monument”, which is the monument to the Great Fire of London (and is known to Londoners simply as the Monument), is a …

Autumn at St Pauls

This lunchtime I wandered down to St Pauls with my X-Pro1. Perhaps it is because it has otherwise been so unrelelenting bad weather wise, but the colours of autumn have really cheered me up this year. I feel like I am stalking the city police horses! Honestly, they just seem to be around whenever I …

A visit to the Natural History Museum

I have been in love with London’s Natural History Museum in South Kensington ever since I was a small boy and I went on several school and family trips there. I developed a lifelong facination for Dinosaurs and other creatures as a result! Visiting it more recently, I began to appreciate the magnificent architecture of …

iPhone 5 vs X-Pro1

This is an immensely silly post motivated by no more than having some fun. Of course the iPhone will be worse than a camera with an APS-C sensor, it has a sensor about the size of a grain of rice… Nevertheless this is a fun comparison to show people why a real camera is worthwhile …

Christ Church Spitalfields

Yesterday, inspired by my walk past it the other day, I popped into Christ Church Spitalfields, the magnificent Church next to Spitalfields market. Christ Church was built under the Act of Parliament of 1711 which required the building of fifty new churches to serve the new populations on the fringes of London. The Act established …

Spitalfields Market

Today at lunchtime I walked through the churchyard of St Botolph-without-Bishopsgate and then on to Spitalfields. Old Spitalfields Market is a covered market in Spitalfields, just outside the City of London. There has been a market on the site since 1638 when Charles I of England gave a licence for flesh, fowl and roots to …

A walk past Rectory Farm

So this old, dead farm is coming very firmly back to life. To those who haven’t seen my other posts on this topic, there was a derelict farm not far from where I live in Enfield, North London, which has been planted up as an arable farm and “brought back to life”. Yesterday we went …