These leaping fish border Regents Canal at the steps that lead up to St Martins University of the arts. A bit bigger than what I suspect you'll actually find in the canal. This is today's water pic. Have you entered yours into the competition?
Boys, water and pebbles - of course they will toss them into the water. But could they skim them? No. I think they have to be a special shape and size to be successful at skimming don't they? The stones that is not the boys.
A different take on water today. The spout of an old drinking fountain in the City of London. The fountain is thought to date back to the 12th century, however it has been moved a couple of times. The wolf's head is as a tribute to the last wolf killed n London. Appropriate for the financial district perhaps?
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An ornate building on the Strand with a statue of Mary Queen of Scots now houses a lunch bar of the Pret chain. The building was originally designed for a Scottish Insurance company, the developer was a great admirer of the young queen and commissioned this tribute to her.
A 15th century church, a
medieval market town, and the parish where the Queen Mum’s birth was registered
in 1900. A list of famous people from
here as long as your arm from antiseptic pioneer Joseph Lister to Oliver
Cheshire (the face of Calvin Klein). All
this just 23 minutes from London.
Described as a Royal Manor in the Doomsday Book the pretty town of Hitchin has oodles of history to explore. Plus, it’s fun and funky as well. Every summer the “Rythms of the World” festival of world music is held here. An extravaganza of music, dance, arts and cuisine from around the globe, and if that’s not enough a twice weekly market with fabulous wares for sale all year round.
What’s more, Hitchin is just one of the charming towns and quaint villages in the county of Hertfordshire.
The county’s close proximity to the capital and good transport links means it has long been popular with commuters working in London and looking for the tranquillity of a more rural location. In short, Hertfordshire offers the best of both worlds – a peaceful and eco-friendly environment whilst reaping the economic benefits of being so cose to one of the world’s financial capitals – yes folks London.
If sometimes you feel like escaping the hustle and bustle of the big city and would like to live in a more relaxing, greener environment then check out Linden Homes property for sale in Hertfordshire for ideas on price and the type of homes available.
I so enjoyed my day out in Hitchin last weekend that I’m off to look at some of the others of similar ilk in the area. Here’s what they say about themselves:
The largest town in Hertfordshire, Watford is only 20 minutes away from central London by train. A vibrant and bustling town, Watford is a hub for business and industry with excellent shopping and superb amenities. It has a fantastic selection of pubs and restaurants and all the trappings of London but you can find property much cheaper than in parts of the capital.
Hertfordshire’s only city, St Albans is a picturesque location with a rich historical background. Popular with tourists, it has spectacular architecture, excellent shopping and it is just 40 minutes by train from central London, making it one of the most desirable areas in the UK to live. Hertford
A town steeped in history, Hertford is home to the remains of Hertford Castle which was a royal palace for 300 years. In addition to being a picturesque town with a thriving community, the University of Hertfordshire’s business school is based just outside the town.
A couple of canons in Cousin Lane caught my eye the other day. Have they always been there or are they a recent addition? And what do they signify? The lane leads up from the Thames to Canon St Station, maybe that is why they are there.
Back when the banks of the Thames were all dockyards there was a steelyard here. During the second world war the area was severely bombed. During the great fire (1666) this spot with its combustible goods such as brandy and spirits, coal and tar, ropes and cloth contributed the spread of the fire.
None of this answers my question, what is the reason for the canons? Anyone know?
The other royalty of London. Dating from 1875 the costermongers sewed shiny buttons down the side of their trousers to stand out in the busy market streets. A young orphan street sweeper named Henry Croft went one step further and sewed the buttons on his hat. From there it grew until now the entire cloth of their garments are covered in buttons. Don't be filled into thinking anyone can become a Pearly by donning a shining coat, no to be a real Pearly your title is handed down from generation to generation. There are 28 distinguished Pearly families, one for each of the London boroughs.
Twenty first century Pearlies spend their time raising money for charities.