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Less than three weeks until the end of this run, and since there’ll be the usual update of A Life In Pictures at the end of this year, I’m using today to do the last of my occasional

I’ve taken a lot of photographs during the #DailyConstitutional the past few months, noting the weather

posts, this run.

As I’ve said before, I really like the camera on my iPhone 12 Pro, and I’ve tried to at least make the shots more interesting visually. I don’t always succeed, I think I do on occasion.

So, here are some of the photos I like, ending with a pic I took earlier today


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Occasionally, though, I take some pics that aren’t just for what I call the #DailyConstitutional.

Like these, I took in Southall.

Usually, I don’t link to the huge original shots, but dammit, I like these in the huge size. So all of the shots below are linked to the originals…

Enjoy…

Let’s start with this panoramic shot

And then we have these shots


 

 

 

See you tomorrow, with… something else.

 

 

Sixty-one days. Sixty-one posts. One 2022 approaching.


I’ve signed up to ko-fi.com, so if you fancy throwing me a couple of quid every so often, to keep me in a caffeine-fuelled typing mood, feel free. I’m on https://ko-fi.com/budgiehypoth

This post is part of a series of blog entries, counting down to the new year. You can see the other posts in the run by clicking here.

As I’m coming towards the end of the ’55 plus…’ run, the rest of the week will run:

  • Tomorrow: the final ‘tale from the fiction vaults’ post of this run, a particularly silly one.
  • Wednesday: something else, which may be something on what I’m up to tomorrow night…
  • Thursday: final bit of new fiction in this run

And so I’m using today for one of my occasional

I’ve taken a lot of photographs during the #DailyConstitutional the past few months, noting the weather

posts, since the last one was the first of the ’57 plus…’ posts.

I’ve tried to make them more interesting visually, given the decent camera I have on the iPhone 12 Pro, and though I don’t always succeed, I think I do on occasion.

So, here are some of the photos I like, ending with a pic I took earlier today

Of course, sometimes I can’t take a decent pic because, well, because I live in London.

On other occasions, however…


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Occasionally, though, I take some pics that aren’t just for what I call the #DailyConstitutional.

Like these, the first rainbow I’ve seen in heaven knows how long…


 

 


And, then there’s the night camera on this thing…

Taken an hour after sunset…


 

 

See you tomorrow, with… something else.

 

 

Fifty-seven more days. Fifty-seven more posts. One fifty-seventh birthday just had.


I’m trying something new with this run. I’ve signed up to ko-fi.com, so if you fancy throwing me a couple of dollars every so often, to keep me in a caffeine-fuelled typing mood, feel free. I’m on https://ko-fi.com/budgiehypoth

This post is part of a series of blog entries, counting up from my fifty-seventh birthday on 17th August 2021. You can see the other posts in the run by clicking here. (And you can see the posts in the run counting down to the birthday here.)

Partially because I didn’t make up my mind to continue this thing into ’57 plus’ until the last minute, I’m still working out what the non-
• Old fiction
• New fiction
• Saturday smiles
• Ten Things
posts will be. I’ve three I want to do that didn’t make it into ’57 minus’ it as one of them involves me rereading Jews Don’t Count by David Baddiel, and then reviewing it (spoiler: it’s going to be an almost completely positive review) that’ll probably be next week or the week after.

So I’m using today for one of my occasional

I’ve taken a lot of photographs during the #DailyConstitutional the past few months, noting the weather

posts.

I’ve tried to make them more interesting visually, given the decent camera I have on the iPhone 12 Pro, and though I don’t always succeed, I think I do sometimes.

So, here are some of the photos I like, ending with some pics I took this lunchtime which have nothing to do with the weather, but I was by the Thames, so why the hell not?

Of course, sometimes I can’t take a decent pic because, well, because I live in London.

On other occasions, however…


You might – or might not – have noticed that there was a very distinct gap in the photos. This was because I was pinged. But I didn’t want to exclude the photos I took during the time when I wasn’t allowed out of my flat. So here they are, for completeness.


 
And although I don’t usually link from a pic to a high res copy of the photo, I’m going to make an exception here, because it’s a panoramic shot. So, yeah, click on it for the full pic:

 

See you tomorrow, with… something else.

 

 

Fifty-seven more days. Fifty-seven more posts. One fifty-seventh birthday just had.


I’m trying something new with this run. I’ve signed up to ko-fi.com, so if you fancy throwing me a couple of dollars every so often, to keep me in a caffeine-fuelled typing mood, feel free. I’m on https://ko-fi.com/budgiehypoth

This post is part of a series of blog entries, counting up from my fifty-seventh birthday on 17th August 2021. You can see the other posts in the run by clicking here. (And you can see the posts in the run counting down to the birthday here.)

My lad’s back from Wales for a couple of days, and today I managed to see him in person, for the first time in months.

So you’ll have to forgive me for both a) taking it easy today, and b) using today’s post as one of my occasional

I’ve taken a lot of photographs during the #DailyConstitutional the past few months, noting the weather

posts.

I’ve taken many more photos since May, but I’m particularly pleased with these fifteen shots, and even managed to use the ‘what the hell would I ever need an ultra-wide lens for?’ lens on occasion.

 

See you tomorrow, with… something else.

 

 

Fifty-seven days. Fifty-seven posts. One fifty-seventh birthday.


I’m trying something new with this run. I’ve signed up to ko-fi.com, so if you fancy throwing me a couple of dollars every so often, to keep me in a caffeine-fuelled typing mood, feel free. I’m on https://ko-fi.com/budgiehypoth

This post is part of a series of blog entries, counting down to my fifty-seventh birthday on 17th August 2021. You can see the other posts in the run by clicking here.

I joined Instagram a couple of months ago.

Unlike most social media platforms, I didn’t join it to grab the name “@budgie”. I’ve done that on more than a few, not knowing whether I’d use the platform, but fairly sure that if I did want to use it at some point, it’d be nice to have @budgie as my account name.

I’ve missed out on a few, obviously. And I used to use budgie_uk, but for the past few years, as with this blog, I’ve preferred budgiehypoth, a concatenation of my name, and, obviously, the hypotheticals panel I ran for a few years with Dave Gibbons.

Hardly anyone remembers hypotheticals any more, true, but I’m sentimental about it.

So, yes, on Instagram, while budgie – and every possible similar short name – was taken years ago, budgiehypoth was available.

I’m still figuring it out; there’s a lot I like¹ about it, a lot I don’t², a lot I understand³ why they do it their own way whether I like it or not, and some I have no idea⁴ at all why they do it the way they do.

¹ It’s easy, quick to use, very user-intuitive for the basic stuff, very little politics on there, and it’s – probably not a coincidence – very friendly

² the ads are intrusive, it’s owned by Facebook, the learning curve for anything beyond the simplest stuff is huge, and fuck me, more than a dozen hashtags per post is too many, shurely?

³ No clickable URL links inside the posts; cuts down on the fake news for a start, and makes it immediately less oppressive.

⁴ Stories. I have no idea what or how stories are, how useful they are for others, or for yourself.

Anyway, what I’ve been using it for, what I’ve been posting every day while I figure out whether Instagram is for me, is weather shots, from an app called WeatherShot amusingly enough. I’ve stuck with the basic default overlay, which I like. But it means that I’ve taken a lot of shots of areas local to me.

So for today’s entry, some pondering and thoughts about the pics I’ve taken, and where I’ve taken them…

Swiss Cottage

Perfectly appropriate that I took a shot in the rain, as it seems whenever I’m walking through Swiss Cottage it rains (a slight exaggeration, but not much) but also because what instantly springs to mind is the local swimming pool which I visit on an occasional basis. I’d probably visit more if I could afford it. It’s a great pool, and I miss swimming more often.

However, I know the prices are an excuse, not a reason. Even if I could visit every day, I probably wouldn’t, due to my buggered up foot. Its funny; whenever I tell someone that, I normally get two responses:

a) Oh, swimming’s very good excercise (which it is)
b) ‘hurts to tread water, I guess’ (it’s not that)

Nope, the reason isn’t me, but other people. If I’m swimming, or the aforementioned treading water, and someone swims swims past, the wake… well, the wake twists my foot in the water, and I go from ‘this is very nice, isn’t it?’ to ‘ohmygod who poured molten lava on my foot?’ in less than a second.

So, swimming in a pool when there’s hardly anyone about? Lovely. Swimming when there are lots of people around? Not a risk worth taking.


Kilburn

I’ve had an odd relationship with Kilburn over the years. A bookkeeping client had an office there – a hemp importer/exporter – and I always enjoyed going to the client. The area? Not so much. Then there was a girlfriend from my single days (my first set of single days, not the past few years) who lived ten minutes’ walk from where this photo was taken. But despite going to her place dozens of times, I can’t remember which street she lived on, let alone the house.

And though I’d driven though it hundreds of times over the decades, until I moved to Abbey Road, I don’t think I’d actually walked through Kilburn – from Brondesbury to Kilburn Park, though Kilburn High Road – more than maybe twenty times?

This pic was taken from outside Kilburn High Road train station. A few minutes’ walk from here is where I buy my vapes – heh, there should probably be a post about that – and one of my favourite coffee shops. Well, it’s a favourite now; had one of the few bad, horrible, genuinely lousy, experineces at a Costa Coffee there.

And it took a while for it to be sorted out… but, give them credit; I’ve never seen a coffee place, hell any business, respond so completely to a customer complaint. Now, I’m not suggesting that they reacted solely to my complaint. But the difference between how the staff acted, the politeness, the friendliness… everything switched from barely tolerable to flat out excellent in a couple of days.


St John’s Wood

This was taken about five minutes’ walk from my flat, on the way to St John’s Wood Tube. I’ve been in this area for coming up on two and a half years, and I love how down every street, every side road, there’s a story waiting to be told. Down this street, there’s a police station; down that road, there’s a ballet school; down that street, there’s a children’s nursery, the air ringing with laughter; down this road, there’s a charming little spot of green, surrounded by, almost covered by trees.

And each of them looks slightly different in bright sunshine than in the shadows of dusk, or with the rain bouncing off the pavement.

This is still London, but it’s not. It’s a little village in the heart of London, which delightfully reminds me in some ways of Ham and Richmond. A decent park being nearby merely highlights the comparison.


West End Lane

Two shots, taken 30 yards apart, taken two minutes apart. Two entirely different shots that sum up West End Green perfectly. A quiet road, and a quiet green, with people just relaxing on it.

Between Abbey Road and Golders Green, it’s a lovely place to spend an hour or two, walking, pondering, and enjoying the quiet. Both are attached to a main road, but you’d rarely know it. The air’s clean, the atmosphere lovely, and… hell, it’s lovely.


Teddington Lock

I’m back in Richmond, in Ham, every week or so, staying with close friends, crashing over the night. This, however, wasn’t a visit for that. I was attending a comedy gig at The Anglers. I’d even already taken my weathershot pic for the day, and had no intention of doing another. But as I walked over Teddington Lock, I glanced up, saw the scene above… and come on, how could I not take a pic of that?

I spent four years in Ham, ten minutes’ walk from the Lock. It remains a huge puzzle to me why I never spent more time taking photos of scenes like that.


Marlborough Place

And this is now about as close to my place as you can get. Have walked down this road any number of times, and it’s only ever a ‘problem’ when my foot is playing up. (there’s a more than slight incline). When it’s hot, there’s almost always a breeze; when it’s raining, no matter how hard, the walls on the road provide a break from the worst of it, and the walk is the perfect length to listen to one of my favourite [short] podcasts.

And I get pics like the one above.

Something different again tomorrow.

This post is part of a series of blog entries, counting down to my fifty-fifth birthday on 17th August 2019. You can see the other posts in the run by clicking here.