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Monday, 25 January 2010


How brave you both are to go walking while the landscape, the weather and the light are so poor! And since you will mention your walking companion for the forthcoming 18 months or so, I hope he will show up on the comments side of the blog from time to time, and have his own say. It is quite interesting to have two points of view, and people sometimes notice very different aspects of the same event or fact.

In the last picture, what is quite puzzling, according to me, is the shape of the middle tree (the one with a bush at its bottom); it's a perfectly bowed tree, if my eyes are not deceiving me!

I once lived in a house like the one in the photo back when I was still in London.

In fact the sky was utterly colourless and dead, but bright: the colour of dead fishes' eyes - so I have put a bluey-grey in some of the pix to give a little contrast. Arty endeavours in the last picture have produced a result both unreal and deeply unconvincing. I do apologise - it was not Judgement Day when we walked round!

An interesting description of a part of London I know nothing about. Intrigued by the colours in your last photograph of Park Wood!

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