Sunday, 25 February 2018

London Brick Lane

Sunday was cold but it was bright and many people dressed for the cold weather and enjoyed the sunshine. This area of London serves wonderful quality coffee.  Eight members of Saffron Walden Camera Club ventured out with their cameras, some more accomplished Street Photographers than others.  Food was high on the agenda and Brick Lane was certainly the place to eat curry!  Watch out for a BBC programme on Brick Lane, the propieter told us his restaurant featured in the feature film.

Lynne took us to the Nomadic garden, a place I would have not discovered on my own. A couple were playing the piano and a man was  sunning imself while he waited for his wife and daughter to bring some lunch.  He had travelled from Amsterdam.

The Columbia Road Flower market  was busy and street entertainment added to the colour of the street. Columbia Road began its life as a pathway along which sheep were driven to the slaughterhouses at Smithfield.  The pitch owners were friendly and it was interesting to meet Denis from Saffron Flowers who can be found on Saturday's in Saffron Walden market.  At the end of the day we walked back down Columbia Road and couldn't resit buying flowers especially as there were end of the day special offers!



After Bacon

Monday, 1 January 2018

New Year in Holland - Renesse

Renesse is the province of Zeeland is situated on the isle of Schouwen-Duiveland and has beautiful clean beaches and wonderful scenery. It is the perfect place to spend New Year and I love it. The village was built up around the James Church ring and dates back to 1244 when Count William II of Holland and Zeeland gave the Ten Duinen monks permission to be free of charges to trade and tolls. 
I visited the museum in Zierikzee, a small old city on the Schouwen Duiveland Island and is the capital of the Zierikzee municipality. Zierikzee with its many beautiful old buildings and gates is also known as a museum city. 

The city was founded in the Middle Ages and the town was granted town privileges in the 13th century.  This is a charming city steeped in history with three well preserved city gates.  Zuidhavenpoort  is the oldest and the Zeelandbrug bridge connects  Noord Beveland with Schouwen Duiveland. The impressive St Lievensmonstertoren tower dates back to the 13th century and is adored with an image of Neptune, the God of the sea. It rained when we were there so it was a chance to capture reflections on the pavements.