Queuing to get on the blog this morning were:
the clematis Marie Boisselot;
more alliums, one with a sentinel spider, less than usually reluctant to be noticed. Click to spot it.
Firstly Church Path, NW10, in the London Borough of Brent. St Mary’s Church, dating from 938, has featured in a number of posts, such as that of 15th February 2013, when I found its grounds ‘Surprisingly Picturesque’.
A younger, rather more splendid, church is Saint Pancras Parish Church on Euston Road, NW1. Its website describes what I have photographed, thus:
‘The church is a prominent landmark. Built by public subscription in 1818-22, it replaced the derelict Old St Pancras as Parish Church. Old St Pancras was rebuilt in Victorian times as one of the 17 subdivisions of the Ancient Parish of St Pancras. St Pancras Euston Road is Grade 1listed as a fine example of the Greek Revival style. Its external features, based on temples in ancient Athens, include an octagonal spire and an impressive front portico with 6 huge columns. On either side at the rear are our famous caryatids – statues of Greek women supporting the porches over the two entrances to the crypt. Traditional iron railings enclose the churchyard, where the annual parish picnic and other celebrations are held on the lawns.’
Midland Road NW1, was still closed at the time of the London bombings of 7th July 2005, my 63rd birthday. The whole of Euston Road, and many of the side streets around were cordoned off, and people were pouring out of the underground system, as I took my normal walk from Beauchamp Lodge in Little Venice to North Road, a mile or so behind Kings Cross station. Midland Road is now incorporated into the development area around that station. On the morning of the bombs, oblivious of what was happening, on a forced pedestrian diversion, I came across an assembled swarm of many hundreds of men in the yellow hard hats shown in this picture.
The building against which the construction workers are leaning is the British Library, at 96 Euston Road. Opened in June 1998, its Brutalist architecture, designed by Colin St John Wilson, can be seen to better effect from Ossulston Street, NW1.
The proprietors of M.S.Tyres on the corner of Roundwood Road NW10 find it necessary to batten down the hatches against the ubiquitous graffiti that decorates this area of North London. At least the windows are protected.
It doesn’t matter where you are in our capital city, it is very risky to leave your bicycle unattended. Virtually outside Baker Street tube station leans an example of the skeletal remains that litter many of our streets.
Either from familiarity with my presence, or from a desperation to feed its brood, I was able this afternoon successfully to stalk the parent starling squatting behind our kitchen facia board.. The bird, carrying sustenance, now lands on our roof, a speculative distance from the hidden nest; gingerly makes its way along the eaves; stands on the corner fidgeting and uttering sharp cries, either of warning or encouragement; then drops down and makes a dash for safety.
Watching the poor creature dithering, popping its head down, lifting it up for a quick shufti, and eventually taking the plunge, was fascinating.
The skies were overcast today, but, it seeming to be the season for awards, the sun popped into my e-mails. I have now been nominated for:
Thank you very much, rameshwarir at https://rameshwarir.wordpress.com/page/2/ for nominating me.
You have asked me these rather profound questions, which I answer as follows:
- Do you believe that there is someone watching over you, someone you can just feel & not see? I do
- What is the purpose of life? As best I can to make other people as happy as I would hope to be
- What is the one thing that you would go to or do to relieve your heartaches? I have found it and have no more
- What makes you happy? Refer to my answer at 2 above
- What do dreams mean to you? Those we experience through sleep are a way of working through timeless issues. In another sense, dreams are what we wish for
- What about Nature do you adore? Its constant variety
- What is the one element, off the 5, that you would associate yourself with and why? Earth because I like to think I am pretty well grounded
- What is your take on birth & death? Birth is an opportunity to begin a good life. Death is a time of reckoning
- What have you learnt from Nature? That it is there to be admired; and that we can control none of it
- What part of the tree would you associate yourself with? The trunk
In no particular order, my nominees for the award are:
I will not set you specific questions, but simply invite you to tell us something about yourself as you wish.
This evening we dined on Jackie’s scrumptious chicken jalfrezi with pilau rice topped off by an omelette. Kingfisher was our chosen beverage.