Sunday, May 10, 2015
A Walk to the Barbican
Yesterday was busy! I went to my French class in the morning -- that class moves fast, and I need to do some studying, but I'm holding my own pretty well -- and then I went out for a photo walk.
I decided to walk from Baker Street, the location of the Alliance Francaise, toward the Barbican, which is across Westminster and Islington at the western edge of the City of London. The weather cooperated and it felt good to get out with the camera and do my own thing, as opposed to Bleeding London's thing, although I feel a bit rusty. It's been a long time since I've taken my own photo walks with no agenda.
One of my goals was to photograph this entranceway. I've always found it amusing that Shakespeare and Defoe have their names on a parking garage, a structure they probably couldn't even conceive of. What would they think?
I came home with a pretty good haul. I thought I might go out again today, but Olga requires an outing, so maybe I'll focus on her instead. I'm also Skyping with my mom this afternoon. I'm eager to hear how the house and piano sale are going.
Meanwhile, Dave is toiling in the garden, planting things and moving things around. We had a low-level disagreement about the daffodils -- he wanted to cut off all the leaves now that the blooms are spent, and I told him to leave them because the plants need to gather energy. Well, his mom said on her visit that they always cut them off at their house, and that seemed to embolden Dave, because now all the daffodils are down to the ground. Hopefully they absorbed enough solar energy over the past couple of months!
(Photographs: All taken at the Barbican.)