It is that post Christmas/pre New Year time for reflection, a chance to look back over my blogs from the last twelve months and to begin to think about next year’s posts…
It has a been a full year and I have visited lot of places, some old, some new, some great gardens, interesting houses, galleries and museums.
Coleton Fishacre in Devon is an old favourite of mine!
Poppies at Garden House Buckland Monochorum Devon
Curvaceous walls at the Garden House
I have walked for miles along the Thames path and through the streets of London and found history lurking around every corner.
Deserted street in the City
Unusual angles…the Shard and Southwark Cathedral
I have walked in the countryside and have found quaint sleepy villages, had the privilege of seeing some great views and of savouring some spectacular scenery.
Herefordshire countryside in Spring
Walking up on the South Downs
Sussex woodland floor; a carpet of bluebells
Still waters in Suffolk
I have found the quirky and surreal in the commonplace…I have so much to write about and share with you all!
An unusual hanging basket outside a Cornish fire station!
Sussex flint walls with added false teeth!
Bespectacled gargoyle! Chichester Cathedral
So to 2016…I think my first post next year will feature the Big Pit at Blaenafon in Wales. Given that Kellingley Colliery in Yorkshire, England’s last working deep coal mine closed for ever last week, it seems appropriate and a fitting epitaph to this once great industry, now lost forever.
The Big Pit Blaenafon Wales
I visit friends in West Worthing quite often and I have accumulated so many photographs of this part of Sussex that it seems time to put them together, so that may be my second post of 2016…
Windy seafront Worthing
I have a long overdue walk to write about…North Greenwich to Shad Thames…that was quite a walk but one packed full of interest at every turn!
The Dome from the Emirates Air Line
St Peter the great statue at Deptford creek
Limehouse from the South Bank…spot the Gormley figure walking on water!
Last September I was again in Southwold for a week’s holiday and my visits to Suffolk will be the subject of future blogs, including one on the Napoleonic Martello Towers which are a feature of the coastline.
Martello Tower Suffolk
Also a trip to the coastal village of Bardsey will feature with its strange man made Pulhamite cliff gardens.
I may write a piece on the sculptures of Antony Gormley, as this year I encountered two of his figures which were commissioned to celebrate 50 Years of the Landmark Trust.
I have still not written about the Nicholas Hawksmoor churches in London, nor about Postmans Park and George Watts…so perhaps these will finally get written, plus of course a few others from places I plan to visit…
Hawksmoor’s smallest and only City church, St Mary Woolnoth
A quiet corner of Postmans Park
I have posted some 16 blogs this year and I have received some great comments not only from family and friends, but also from complete strangers from around the world. I am touched that these people have come across my words and images online and have been kind enough to take a moment to connect with me.
My blogs have also put me in touch with other bloggers who now regularly correspond with me. Some of my new, virtual friends include…
Dan the very knowledgable and helpful Frustrated Gardener who gardens in London and Kent http://frustratedgardener.com/
David of A London Inheritance who revisits the places from his father’s archive photos and brings them up to date http://alondoninheritance.com
Isobel a London Blue Badge tourist guide and owner of an adorable ginger cat called Master Bosun who has his own Instagram presence! http://londonbyguide.wordpress.com https://isobelandcat.wordpress.com/
Vivienne who explores the beauty in the flora and fauna of her local patch in North London http://bugwomanlondon.com/
The enigma that is TheLadyTravels with her expert eye for the quirky and surreal http://www.theladytravels.com
As a result of my writing this year it has also been my good fortune to meet The Gentle Author of Spitalfields Life http://spitalfieldslife.com at the Hands Around Norton Folgate event in July.
I also met the talented artist Paul Bommer http://paulbommer.bigcartel.com whose exhibition I visited in the Autumn and whose Huguenot tiled wall plaque was unveiled in Hanbury Street this year.
Finally last month I met up with Candy the chronicler of Bradshaw’s London and gardener extraordinaire! http://londondiaryblog.wordpress.com and https://enthusiasticgardener.wordpress.com/author/candyblackham at the Sky Garden 20 Fenchurch Street.
Now I have written my new year “to do” list, the enormity of actually writing, researching and compiling these articles dawns…! I wish I could write a quick blog but I can’t, but I will begin the journey soon and hope that you will join me for the ride…
In the meantime, a Very Happy New Year to you all.