Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Pavement boards

Seen on my daily travels around east London.  I have seen these called sandwich boards, but I don't think that's correct: I think they are pavement boards.  Whichever, they display wit and fun by those who work in these businesses.

I think these two are sandwich boards 

Saturday, 21 December 2013

Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park are looking very bleak at this time of the year.

Friday, 8 November 2013


If I should die, think only this of me:
That there's some corner of a foreign field
that is forever England. There shall be
in that rich earth a richer dust concealed;
a dust whom England bore, shaped, made aware,
gave, once, her flowers to love, her ways to roam;
a body of England's breathing English air,
washed by the rivers, blest by suns of home.

And think, this heart, all evil shed away,
a pulse in the eternal mind, no less
gives back somewhere the thoughts by England given;
her sights and sounds; dreams happy as her day;
and laughter, learnt of friends; and gentleness,
in hearts at peace, under an English heaven.

The Soldier, Rupert Brooke, 1914

Friday, 4 October 2013

San Diego: the end of the road

Some other images from my five days in San Diego

Aircraft carrier USS Midway served 47 years at sea. Decommissioned in 1992, is now moored as a museum in San Diego.

My elderly Trek has been a great companion during this trip.  Many thanks to Recycled Cycles of Seattle.

This gallery at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego sits in part of the old train station. Disconcerting when a train pulls up outside the doors when I’m looking at Color Field by Liza Lou

Cooling off in Mission Bay Park

Apartment block

The Fish market, San Diego

Chandelier at the main entrance to the Salk Institute.  Designed by Dale Chihuly, whose work I saw four weeks ago in the Glass Garden, Seattle

A last look at the Pacific, La Jolla

My journey: Seattle to San Diego

And that’s it, the end of the road.  I’ve driven 2,200 miles, through three states, Washington, Oregon and California, spent time in five major cities, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego.  I have visited many much smaller places, and found lots to enjoy in just about all of them.

Probably the most enjoyable places have been those I’ve been able to explore on my bicycle. Buying it in Seattle was the best expenditure I made on this holiday: and now I’ve sold it in San Diego.

So it is time to fly home.  Thank you America, for 35 great days and nights, you've been very welcoming and very hospitable.  

If you travel BA Economy, like me, have a good meal and large glass of wine before you board the plane.  Then you can pass on the inflight catering
And do travel light.