Ava enjoying a Sunday lunch out for Aunty Sadaf’s birthday.
I love this image of Anita and Orion waiting for their ceremony at the fantastic Bhaktivedanta Manor near Watford.
I’ve never seen the Thames so full as it is right now, the rivers side in Walton on Thames is a strangely eerie place to be at sunset. The rivers awesome power gliding past almost silently yet as we know so devastating if caught in it’s way. Prints available via the prints tab.
The peacock that used to live at Claremont Landscape Garden in Esher was fantastic, it’s colors were stunning especially from the front but also from the rear as seen in the earlier post.
The garden is really good fun and well worth a visit. Steeped in nearly 300 years of history, the eighteen-century garden is a green oasis in the heart of Surrey within easy reach of London. Once a Dukes’ retreat and a playground for princesses, Claremont has always been somewhere to escape everyday life and enjoy simple pleasures with family and friends. Many of the great names in garden history played a part in the creation and development of the estate. Over the years Sir John Vanbrugh, Charles Bridgeman, William Kent and ‘Capability’ Brown all put their own distinctive stamp on the pleasure grounds, which were part of the foremost royal residence in the country.
Friday night saw me shooting at a charity Halloween party in Old Street, London. The night was loud and colorful with everyone in truly great (evil) spirits. I really enjoy this time of the year the party was a highlight of the autumnal 2013 season. Below some images from the night.
Living near the Thames you can’t help noticing there are a lot of swans about. For those that don’t know there is a swan sanctuary at Walton on Thames, which may have something to do with it. The Swan Sanctuary was founded in the early 1980s by Dorothy Beeson BEM. It is the largest and only completely self-contained swan hospital in the UK. Each year thousands of swans (along with lots of other animals) are given some form of help – from bank side treatment to hospitalization, often involving major surgery. The sanctuary works with the full authority of the Lord Chamberlain’s Office to protect the Royal Swans from the dangers of modern society and is proud to have Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan as its principal patron. If in the area please support them wherever possible.
For more Swan type activities there is the fabulous Young’s Brewery ‘The Swan’ pub facing off onto the river at Walton on Thames.