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Historic Ham House

A 17th Century centre of fashion and power. In fact the house was shut when I visited, but the gardens were significant, consisting of 8 huge lawns that represent wealth & control as they had to be cut by scythe, by hand. Also an area known as a wilderness, which was less formal and designed for contemplation. A wonderful collection of flowers, foliage and shrubs. Reception rooms were situated on 1st floor, so guests could view the garden from above and be impressed

Channeling Churchill at Chartwell

Finally got to visit Chartwell House, the home of Winston Churchill and his wife Clementine. The house is fascinating, you can really feel that this was a family home. But for me, and also for Churchill himself, it was the grounds that was to prove so inspirational and I can understand why he stated that a day away from Chartwell was a day wasted. Lots of his paintings, including in his studio that he built after the war, probably I suspect at the insistence of Clementine who was probably tired of the smell of oil paint throughout the house. Also an original Monet painting too. Wow!! The guides there are amazing and so knowledgeable, definitely worth a visit.

The American Dream: Pop to the Present @ British Museum

The current temporary exhibition at the British Museum is all about contemporary printmaking from the United States. Over 200 works by 70 artists including Jasper Johns, Ed Ruscha, and Andy Warhol make up this significant collection. One of the most interesting pieces for me was Vija Celmins’s meticulous woodcut of the ocean’s surface, which took her a year to create, but some other really nice pieces too. It's on until 18th June, 2017

Energy and Vibration at Stonehenge

What an incredible afternoon at the awesome pre historic monument of Stonehenge that symbolizes mystery, power and endurance. It was a day of all weather conditions, sunny and windy to start off with but as I walked the 3 hour round trip from Stonehenge to Woodhenge, the heavens opened and I got soaked. But then the sun came out again and as you can see from the pics below, the monument was just stunning - honestly NO Photoshop required. The visitor centre (and shop) are fantastic and there is an amazing exhibition with the most powerful audio/visual display at the beginning. I found out today that apparently the circumference of the original Stonehenge is exactly the same size as that of t

David Hockney Exhibition at Tate

A NOT TO BE MISSED exhibition. Incredible to see the collection of his work from the very beginning, pictures that I grew up with all in one place. Reminded me of the first time I visited the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam, and in fact some of his later works are reminiscent of the great man himself. Although you are not left with the sense of desperation and strife that you do with Van Gogh. I never realised that he was so versatile, channeling Picasso amongst others. His Colgate picture totally sums up the chore that for me brusing my teeth every day. Still, has to be done...

Iraq and Afghanistan Memorial

Went to visit the latest memorial that was unveiled by Her Majesty last week, the Iraq and Afghanistan memorial. It was sculpted by Paul Day, who is pretty much in fashion now - he did the sculpture of The Queen Mother on the Mall, the 'embracing couple' statue known correctly as 'Meeting Place' at St Pancras and the Battle of Britain memorial on the Embankment. The design consists of two large stone monoliths which appear to support a bronze medallion. The stone is finely carved on three sides but left jagged and rough hewn on the fourth side to suggest the rocky terrains of Iraq and Afghanistan. The medallions consist of 2 sides, a military side a civilian side.

Guard change at Wellington Barracks

The 'new' guard leaving Wellington Barracks to take up position at Buckingham Palace and St James Palace, replacing the old guard. Was a bit nippy out there this morning, so they are wearing their grey overcoats. Today's new guard were made up of the Welsh guards, which you can tell because they have a green feather or plume in their hats, or bearskins as they are better known. Memory on my phone ran out, so only got the first few lines of cavalry, but at least a good view of the marching band

Osterley Park and House

A rather magnificent house designed by the famous architect, interior designer and furniture designer, Robert Adam. Gardens amazing, can't wait for a bit of warmer Spring weather...

The Red House, Bexleyheath

This was where it all started, or at least instrumental in the story of the Arts and Crafts movement. The home of William Morris and co designed by Philip Webb, it was a beautiful retreat for Morris and his wife Jane from his work in London. But I can't help thinking pretty impractical too - very cold and not suitable for his poor health. Nowadays it sits right in the middle of a very sub urban housing street.

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