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Where people lose your name

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Walking home from the gym, my eye was attracted to the long shadows cast by the artificial lights of nighttime. In particular I spotted a man walking his dog and the fascinating composition it created. Of course by the time I had got my phone out to record the picture, they were gone.

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And by the way, which one’s Pink?*

It has been 3 months since one of our cats, Mackie, died and we have been thinking for a while that it would be nice to get another cat to keep our dear Grimalkin. Although she seems happy and settled, we think it would be nice for her to have someone to play with when we’re out at work.

So today we headed off to Battersea Cats and Dogs home to see if they had a match for Grimalkin (and for us). It was an open day, and because it’s the weekend and just at the beginning of half term, they had rehomed 16 yesterday and so there weren’t that many cats to see and none really that were suitable for Grimmy or for us. However, we will try again later on in the week – they have new cats coming in all the time.

As we were leaving, I took a few photos of my chimney of the day. For those who don’t know, these are the chimneys of the now decommissioned Battersea Power Station. This river-front area is being redeveloped and the latest plan for this protected building includes, I think, a cinema, a shopping complex, and homes. The world-famous chimneys (their fame partly due to their appearance on the Pink Floyd Animals album cover of 1977) have to be part of the design for the redevelopment, a challenge and a commitment for the developers.

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*yes, I know that the title doesn’t relate to the Animals album but I didn’t just want to call this blog post Dog or Sheep.

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All the fire-folk sitting in the air

I missed posting yesterday, because I was out having a grand time with some girls from work, at the end of what has seemed an incredibly busy half term. It has been a packed time in and out of work and I’m really glad that we have a week off to recharge our batteries.

Finding time to take a photo or two a day is challenging. My new camera is lovely but needs more dedicated time for me to gain mastery of it. I’m also not very keen to tote it around with me too much; instead I’m more comfortable with my bridge camera at the moment. Earlier on the week, I looked up and noticed some great looking chimneys, quite distinctive. Of course I didn’t have my camera, so decided to focus on looking up a bit more, to see what I was missing out on.

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THe station roof, Coulsdon South Station

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Taken from the heady heights of the platform at Beckenham Road Tram Stop

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Rain on a spider’s web

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Room with a View

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No chance at all to take photos today, as I was busy with school work in the morning and therapy work in the afternoon through to 7.30 p.m.

This was taken on Snowy Monday, a week ago, at Standen House. I can’t wait to go back, take a seat in this conservatory and admire the view.

(I’m really behind on looking at and commenting on all you other lovely people’s blogs, so forgive me. I will catch up, I promise. )

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Remembrance

This is not a good picture, but I was unable yesterday to get a better angle.

However, I like the subject. It is one of the Eleanor Crosses, this one standing 30 feet from the location of yesterday’s photo, outside Charing Cross Rail Station.

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I love the story of the crosses. Created in memory of the wife of Edward I, Eleanor of Castile, there are a series of 12 monuments (although only 3 remain fully intact) that were erected at each location that her coffin rested overnight on the journey from her place of death, Harby, near Lincoln, down to the final resting place of the coffin at Westminster Abbey. Sadly, this is not one of the original crosses, but a rather over-ornate replica. The original meaning is still there for me.

I delight in this demonstration of Edward’s love for his wife and keep meaning to visit the other sites sometime. I’m sure there are thousands of commuters that pass this monument every day, without knowing the real story behind it and what it represents.

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A little light

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We have no heating at home. Or hot water. The boiler has something wrong with its secondary heat exchange (????) which must be replaced. It’s a three-hour job that our engineer couldn’t schedule until Monday.

The girls had swimming lessons today and we used the showers at the leisure centre after lessons to ensure the girls were squeaky clean and shiny.

On the way out of the car park, I got the girls to stop. We’ve passed this window thousands of time, and in fact I’ve taken pictures of it before, but I wanted to have a go of getting a shot of them with my new camera.

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