Daily Photo Digest: Week 2

I got a little over zealous last week and included this week’s Sunday entry on last week’s digest, so one of these may look familiar. Second week in and so far so good with finding things to capture.

The Birds, Rotherhithe
Sunday: Bird stencil on the lamp posts along Railway Avenue in Rotherhithe. They’ve since been painted over. (iPhone)


London Coliseum & Chandos pub, St. Martin's Lane
Monday: The top of the London Coliseum and the corner of the Chandos pub in St. Martin’s Lane. (iPhone)


Nicely Lined Up, Borough High Street
Tuesday: The Shard nicely lines up with a building in Borough High Street. (iPhone)


Awning Brackets, Charing Cross Station
Wednesday: Detail of the awning brackets at Charing Cross Station. I was finding it tricky to get an interesting photo of the station. Taken on the 148th anniversary of its opening. This one was a bit planned so it was taken with my camera rather than iPhone.


Gas Lamps, Charlotte Street
Thursday: Gas lamps in Charlotte Street. This day was the first one I nearly forgot to get a photo. Luckily seeing these lovely lamps on my walk to Charing Cross from Euston Road and got a snap. (iPhone)


St. Paul's Church, Covent Garden
Friday: St. Paul’s, a.k.a. the Actor’s Church. A shot from a lunch time wander around Covent Garden. I had my camera with me on this day.


Cressy Court Cat
Saturday: I went on a walking tour of Mile End and Stepney. While we were stopped at Cressy Court (where Vera Drake was filmed) this cat came around and investigated everyone on the tour. So fluffy ^_^. I reckon this is my favourite of this week’s lot.

Daily Photo Digest: Week 1

You may or may not have noticed dear readers that I’ve been posting a daily photo on Flickr since the beginning of this year. It’s a one two punch of keeping up with snapping photos and sharing stuff on Flickr and here. Ideally I’d take the photos with my proper camera, but this embraces the old adage of the best camera being the one you have on you, so a lot of photos are from my iPhone. I’m hoping at some point to get myself and iPhone 4S mostly because the camera is so much better than my old 3G.

Here are the photos from the first week of the project. If ever I start slipping, feel free to give me a nudge to get back at it!

Moon Jellyfish, Horniman Museum

Sunday: a moon jelly fish from the Horniman Museum.


Richmond Bridge Tunnel Vision

Monday: Walkway through Richmond Bridge.


Warhol'd Nutella, Camden

Tuesday: Warhol’d Nutella on the side of a food stall in Camden.


Any Amount of Books

Wednesday: Any Amount of Books in Charing Cross Road.


City Arms, Honourable Artillery Company

Thursday: City of London crest on the railings at the Honourable Artillery Company in City Road


Uncivilised, China Town

Friday: Helpful signage in Chinatown.


Waxing Gibbous Moon, Trafalgar Square

Saturday: A view of the waxing gibbous moon in Trafalgar Square between the National Gallery and St. Martin in the Fields.


144 Years Old, Still Younger Than The Underground

Lordy, lordy look who is 144. It’s my home country of Canada. When talking about Canada and how old it is to people in the UK, I usually mention that the Underground is three years older than Canada as a proper country. The Metropolitan Line was open for business on January the 10th, 1863. The British North America Act was signed in Westminster Palace on July the 1st, 1867. This usually puts things into perspective. Canada is still a very young country… and can’t hold a candle to the history of London 😉

This year I thought it would be neat to go around London and capture some of the places where Canada pops up. I’m sure I’ve missed some but I got a pretty good batch.

The entire Canada Water area is pretty good for this. The area is named after the Canada Water lake. There was also a Canada Dock, you know back when there were actual docks in the area.

Canada Water Underground station on the Jubilee line.

Walking outside the station you get hit with a lot of Canada-ness. And construction.

Catching a bus near Canada Street


Moving along from Canada Water we have the Docklands. Specifically the area around Canada Square. The story behind the naming of the area isn’t all that interesting. It’s because the original developers of the area, Olympia and York, are owned by a rich Torontonian family.


One Canada Square used to be the tallest building in the UK until the Shard came to town further west along the Thames.

One Canada Square from the inside. Can’t say I’m a fan of the decor.

And One Canada Square from the outside, looking up.

Entering One Canada Square from Cabot Place / Canary Wharf DLR station. I don’t get as properly lost in around here as I used to, but it’s still a bit confusing.

Off now to Covent Garden, where I don’t get as lost. Streets need to be at least 100 years old it seems for me to properly navigate them.

It’s the Canada (and other Commonwealth Countries) Shop! It’s where I get my Kraft Dinner, ketchup chips and Coffee Crisps. They have a window display at the moment for all things Canada. Well, all things they have in stock. I’ve cleared out the ketchup chips.

A short walk up Maiden Lane from the Canada Shop is the Maple Leaf Pub. I went here for the first time a few weeks ago and had a ridiculously large plate of potato wedges. They were very good. They had bacon on them. And chicken. However, I think I need to take issue with them not serving Canada Dry gingerale or chicken fingers.

Last stop is the at the moment empty Canadian high commission, Canada House, next to Trafalgar Square. All the flags have been down and the place locked up for a few months now while they renovate the place.

Let’s take a moment to hark back to March last year when there was a bit of a flag gaff at Maison du Canada…
Something's Not Right
Two New Brunswicks. No P.E.I.. Bizzarro World.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to queue up for a Tim’s doughnut and curly fries at the Canada Day in London do.

When Possible, Perform a U-turn

I was scrubbing up my trainers by the kitchen sink this evening (after an epic day trip yesterday, more on that later). I looked up and saw a snail slowly starting to make its way up the window. By the time I got my camera and a memory card it had started to do a u-turn on the window:

Kitchen Window Snail

And here’s a couple from outside:

Kitchen Window Snail

Kitchen Window Snail

It eventually made it’s way back down and is currently asleep (possibly) on the side of a flower pot on the window sill. Nature!