A Weekend Diary

…words and images from England's green and pleasant land…

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Around Woodside Park, London N12

Sunset, Woodside Grange Road, London N12

Sunset, Woodside Grange Road, London N12

Sunset, Woodside Lane, London N12

Sunset, Woodside Lane, London N12

Woodside Park Tube Station, North Finchley, London N12

Woodside Park Tube Station, North Finchley, London N12

And again, in colour...

And again, in colour…

The Sports Bar, The Torrington House pub, Lodge Lane, North Finchley, London N12

The Sports Bar, The Torrington House pub, Lodge Lane, North Finchley, London N12

Inside the Sports Bar...

Inside the Sports Bar…

Watched the second half of the Arsenal game...

Watched the second half of the Arsenal game…

Interesting Korean artefact in the window of the North London Hospice Charity Shop. North Finchley High Road

Interesting Korean artefact in the window of the North London Hospice Charity Shop in North Finchley High Road

From the same shop window, something Japanese (incidentally, there is a significant Japanese ex-pat community in North Finchley)...

From the same shop window, something Japanese (incidentally, there is a significant Japanese ex-pat community in North Finchley)…

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Hambledon rambling…

When the emails come around announcing details of upcoming rambles for our after-work walking group, I’m sometimes indifferent to the offerings on the menu, but I certainly wasn’t indifferent to this one; Hambledon is seminal in the history of cricket, and with the game such an integral part of the English summer, I was always going say a big yes to this particular walk in the Hampshire countryside :).

Getting to the rendez-vous point, however, The Bat and Ball pub in Hyden Farm Lane, proved to be a bit of a magical mystery tour and challenge for the four of us travelling in one car, resulting in a couple of wrong turnings, and finding ourselves stuck behind a horse-box at one point, but eventually we joined the other half-a-dozen fellow-ramblers outside the pub…albeit half an hour late…;)

So here's the pub, and we ordered our food before setting off on the six or so mile route...

So here’s the pub, and we ordered our food before setting off on the six or so mile route…

And the pub sign...

And the pub sign…

Directly opposite the pub is a stone memorial to Hambledon’s place in the history of cricket…

The stone memorial, on Broadhalfpenny Down...

The stone memorial, on Broadhalfpenny Down…

It’s been a long, long time since I’ve watched any live cricket, but it once played a much greater part in my sport-spectating life, and, being a Kentish man, I naturally have some fond memories of Kent cricket matches. Here are two of the most memorable, both from my teenage years…

The first is from a three day County match against Yorkshire, played at the St Lawrence Ground at Canterbury, on August 9th, 10th and 11th, 1967. I was there with my Dad, on Wednesday the 9th, and I’ll never forget the thrill of watching Alan Brown, a Kent fast bowler, hitting Fred Trueman, the legendary Yorkshire and England fast bowler, for 4, 6, 4 and 4 off successive balls! Fred bowled him in the end, after Brown’s spirited knock of 33 runs, and Yorkshire eventually ran out winners of the match on the Friday. The game was also notable for the re-appearance of Godfrey Evans as Kent wicket-keeper, after his retirement eight years previously, since Alan Knott, the regular Kent wicket-keeper at this time, was away on England duty. Anyway, here’s a link to the scorecard for that match…

http://static.espncricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/1960S/1967/ENG_LOCAL/CC/KENT_YORKS_CC_09-11AUG1967.html

The other particularly memorable day watching Kent cricket, was from another County match, this time against Hampshire ironically, during that same summer of 1967. It was played a couple of weeks prior to the Yorkshire game, at Mote Park in Maidstone. Kent batted first, and won by an innings on the second day of the three days scheduled, with Hampshire being skittled out for 95 in their first innings, and for 31 in their second. ‘Deadly’ Derek Underwood did most of the damage, and I was there on the second day, Sunday 23rd July, seeing Hampshire collapse from 31-4 in their second innings, to 31 all out! Again, here is the relevant scorecard…

http://cricketarchive.com/Archive/Scorecards/28/28953.html

The wording on the Stone...

The wording on the Stone…

Okay, enough of this verbal rambling, and some images from the walk itself…;)

Sunlight through trees...

Sunlight through trees…

White horse, wearing a fly-mask...

White horse, wearing a fly-mask…

Appropriate somehow, that we encountered a white horse on this ramble, a long time symbol of the county of Kent…

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_horse_of_Kent

We also met a very friendly, and I think, elderly, she-cat on the way round...

We also met a very friendly, and I think, elderly, she-cat on the way round…

Another pub sign seen en route...

Another pub sign seen en route…

St Peter and St Paul Church, Hambledon...

St Peter and St Paul Church, Hambledon…

Yes, it was a lovely evening...

Yes, it was a lovely evening…

Some kind of thistle methinks...

Some kind of thistle methinks…

Some sunlit wheat...

Some sunlit wheat…

Nearing the end of the ramble now, and a western sky...

Nearing the end of the ramble now, and a western sky…

And with the sun about to set...

And with the sun about to set…

So, with the walk over, the ten of us retired to The Bat and Ball for an hour and more’s convivial chat over some good food and drink, amidst pictures and paraphenalia on the walls celebrating the history of cricket, and it’d be remiss of me not to end this post with a respectful nod to one of the great legends of the game…from a print on the wall in the pub.

Mr W.G. Grace...

Mr W.G. Grace…

Journeying across the years…

I spent much of today tidying up my flat in north London, giving a literal meaning to ‘The Way is gained by daily loss…’ ;). Whatever, it meant that I wasn’t much inclined to go out picture-taking today, and I decided instead to indulge myself by uploading some of my favourite photos from bygone years. That’s something that would have definitely been verboten with last year’s photoblog, when it was important to me that the images originated from the within the specific day of the 366 that they were assigned to :).

So here are half a dozen photos taken between 1982 and 2006, all but one of them naturally enough taken with 35mm cameras, and probably all taken on colour slide film, which I subsequently converted to digital images via a Nikon Coolscan film scanner.

The first, second and sixth photos below I’ve downloaded from my flickr account, while the other three I simply uploaded from the hard disk of my PC.

The first was taken ‘on a drizzly Wednesday afternoon’ in 1982, and the bloke with the bird on his head was actually feeding the seagulls at the time. Even so, I think I was fortunate with the combination of elements in this particular shot, and I especially like the two gulls sitting on the wall watching, and perhaps doing the bird equivalent of laughing at what they see before them ;). Incidentally, at that time in the early 1980s, I was working in a factory in south-east London, doing two 15 hour shifts at weekends, then having the rest of the week off, which gave me a great opportunity to do a lot of photography in central London, which I often took advantage of :).

Man with a seagull on his head...

Man with a seagull on his head…

As for the next picture, taken on 23rd July, 1984, I like the inherent paradox of militant vegetarians advocating the slaughter of butchers! I’ve been a vegetarian for around three decades now, but I can’t say I’ve ever had murderous thoughts about butchers ;).

Chapel Market, Islington, London

Chapel Market, Islington, London

I was born in the county of Kent and this sunset was taken around West Malling, which is the area in which my Mum still lives…the picture probably dates from the 1980s sometime…

Sunset at Luck's Hill, West Malling, Kent

Sunset at Luck’s Hill, West Malling, Kent

The following photograph dates from the summer solstice of 1992, when I travelled up to Scotland to run my one and only Marathon race, around Loch Rannoch. It took me just under four hours, but I remember it being a lovely June day, and I have fond memories of it all :).

Mount Schiehallion, by Loch Rannoch, Perthshire, Scotland

Mount Schiehallion, by Loch Rannoch, Perthshire, Scotland

Below is what is now known as The London Eye, but when it was opened on the 31st December 1999, it was still called The Millennium Wheel. There must now be billions of photographs of The London Eye, although very few of them will show it looking quite like this ;).

The Millennium Wheel, being raised to the vertical, in the summer of 1999

The Millennium Wheel, being raised to the vertical, in the summer of 1999

Finally, I have spent countless hours on London’s South Bank, and many of them in the Royal Festival Hall, where this photograph was taken on the 9th June, 2007. Xue Fei was playing (exquisitely!) Francisco Tárrega’s ‘Recuerdos de la Alhambra’, which she described that afternoon as her favourite piece of music, and it was just a real privilege to be there to hear her play it :). It was a free concert incidentally, in the Foyer, to celebrate the re-opening of the Royal Festival Hall after a two year closure for renovations. This photograph was taken with a Panasonic Lumix DMC LZ1 digital compact camera (which, ironically, I found today whilst tidying up the flat, and noticed that I’d last used it in 2009 ;)).

The Chinese classical guitarist Yang Xue Fei...

The Chinese classical guitarist Yang Xue Fei…

Late afternoon by the River Thames…

Arc of the London Eye, as seen from a platform on Waterloo Station...

Arc of the London Eye, as seen from a platform on Waterloo Station…

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The London Eye and a setting sun...

The London Eye and a setting sun…

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Two young men fire juggling on the South Bank...

Two young men fire juggling on the South Bank…

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The two said fire jugglers, as viewed from Hungerford Bridge...

The two said fire jugglers, as viewed from Hungerford Bridge…

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A caricaturist, plying his trade on Hungerford Bridge...

A caricaturist, plying his trade on Hungerford Bridge…

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The north bank of the Thames, between Hungerford Bridge and Westminster Bridge...

The north bank of the Thames, between Hungerford Bridge and Westminster Bridge…

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