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Squirrel, Hyde Park, Garden, London




Day 244 of 365

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Day 244 of my "365 Days" project. Number four.



Day 243 of 365

Grass in Black and White


Day 243 of my "365 Days" project. Grass in Black and White.



Day 242 of 365

Peony in Black and White


Day 242 of my "365 Days" project. 


They say that when life hands you lemons, you should make lemonade. I should be making lemonade I guess, but it's hard when someone dear suddenly dissapears from your life. 

You can try kidding yourself, "she was old, she had a good life, it just ended her pains, time heals" and so on. But there's just emptiness. I'm thankful we could say goodbye. One needs closure. I'm just beginning to understand how terrible must be when you don't know, or could not say goodbye and the last memory is a mean word or gesture.

I'm giving up lemonade. I will get back to the traditions and arrange a moment of rememberance. At least this cliché rings true: our dears ones live for ever in our hearts.



Day 241 of 365

Parthenocissus vitacea, Parthenocissus inserta, Thicket Creeper, False Virginia Creeper, Woodbine, Grape Woodbine, Vildvin


Day 241 of my "365 Days" project. Thicket Creeper (Parthenocissus inserta or Parthenocissus vitacea), vildvin in Swedish.


Also known under the names False Virginia Creeper, Woodbine, or Grape Woodbine. It is a prolific climber, reaching heights of 20-30 meters in the wild. Most of them turn spectacular shades of red in the autumn. It is a good choice if you, say, need a pergola covered in no time and beautiful in the autumn sun.


No, this is not from my garden, even though I wouldn't mind to have one too. I snapped this in the neighborhood.


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Pink Rose Claire Rennaissance


Day 240 of my "365 Days" project. Rose "Claire Renaissance". Blooming in my garden right now.


This is another Hybrid Tea rose from the Renaissance group created by Pernille and Mogens Olesen in 1990, and introduced in 1995  in Denmark as "Lilliana". Their shrubby growth, rather shorter (1 to 1.5 meter high, and 1.2 meter width), makes them perfect for smaller gardens. They are pleasantly fragrant and flower continously all summer. Which is why I picked them.


Renaissance roses are the Scandinavian reply to English roses, and well suited to the Nordic climate. 


Pink Rose Claire Rennaissance




Day 239 of 365

Viking Line Boat and Dark Clouds and Rainbow, Sea, Lake


Day 239 of my "365 Days" project. A Viking Line ferry on its way from Stockholm to Finland.


Day 238 of 365

Elfvik Farm, Elfvik Gård, Lidingö, Stockholm, Sweden


Day 238 of my "365 Days" project. Elfvik Farm, Lidingö.



Day 237 of 365

Sorbus aucuparia, Rowan, European Rowan, Mountain-ash, or European mountain-ash


Day 236 of my "365 Days" project. Rowan (Sorbus aucuparia), rönnbär in Swedish.


The first sign of autumn. Rowan is also called Mountain-ash.



Day 236 of 365

Refuelling the boat at the marina Islinge, Lidingö, Stockholm, Sweden


Day 236 of my "365 Days" project. Refuelling the boat at the Islinge (Lidingö) marina.


Today's English Postcards


Piccadilly Circus, London


The Eros Statue, Piccadilly Circus, London


Piccadilly Circus, London


Piccadilly Circus Underground Subway Station, London


Piccadilly Circus, London


Piccadilly Circus was built in 1819 to connect Regent Street with the major shopping street of Piccadilly. In this context, a circus, from the Latin word meaning "circle", is a round open space at a street junction.

The Circus is close to major shopping and entertainment areas in the West End area.


Red Buss, London


Red Buss, London


Red Buss, London


Red Telephone Box, London


London streets …



Day 235 of 365

Red Admiral butterfly (Vanessa atalanta) on 
heliotrope (Heliotropium arborescens).


Day 235 of my "365 Days" project. Red Admiral butterfly (Vanessa atalanta) on heliotrope (Heliotropium arborescens).


Butterflies love heliotropes, but this year I havent't see many butterflies, I think they had a hard winter. 



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Red Rose Ingrid Bergman Close Up


Day 234 of my "365 Days" project. Rose "Ingrid Bergman". Blooming in my garden with huge, heavy flowers.


"Ingrid Bergman" is the exhibition name, the registration name is "Poulman". It's a hybrid tea rose with huge, dark red flowers and almost no fragrance. It was bred and introduced in Denmark 1984 by Pernille and Mogens Olesen, and it's well suited to the Nordic climate and very disease resistant.


Today's English Postcards


London Street with Fence and Flower Baskets


London Pub with Hanging Flower Baskets


London Street with Fence and Flower Baskets


Old Light Green Car, Renault


London Building with Hanging Flower Baskets on the Balkony


"London calling" London Car


Old Pink and White Car


Streets of London.



Day 233 of 365

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Day 233 of my "365 Days" project. Tabby in black and white.


One of the rare occasion my cat cares to pose. And even so, I suspect she was just lazy; normally she runs away as soon as she sees a camera.


Today's English Postcards


Hyde Park, Garden, London, People laying in the sun


Squirrel, Hyde Park, Garden, London


Flower bed, Hyde Park, Garden, London


Flower bed, Hyde Park, Garden, London


Squirrel, Hyde Park, Garden, London


Flowers, Hyde Park, Garden, London


Lawn Chairs, Hyde Park, London


People relaxing on the lawn, Hyde Park, London


Boy throwing bread to birds on the lake, Hyde Park, London


Man taking a photo in Hyde Park, London


Woman jogging in Hyde Park, London


Women fotographying birds on the lake, Hyde Park, London


Hyde Park, London, on a sunny summer Sunday. The park, which opened to the public in 1637, is the largest of several royal parks in London that are connected to each other, forming one large green lung in the center of the city. 


The other parks are neighboring Kensington Gardens, Green Park and St. James's Park. Hyde Park covers more than 142 hectares (360 acres) and hosts many large events, such as celebrations or concerts. The park is also a popular place for jogging, swimming, rowing, picknicking and even horse riding.


People relaxing on the lawn, Kensington Palace, London


People relaxing on the lawn of Kensington Palace.


Kensington Palace, set in Kensington Gardens in London, is one of the royal residences. The palace has been a residence of the British Royal Family since the 17th century. The splendid State Apartments and The Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection, which includes dresses worn by Queen Elizabeth II and Diana, Princess of Wales, are open to the public.


Kensington's best known resident in recent years was Diana, Princess of Wales (1961-1997) who occupied apartments in the north-west part of the palace from 1981 to 1997.



Day 232 of 365

Storm Clouds over Boat, Nybrokajen, Stockholm


Day 232 of my "365 Days" project. Storm clouds over Nybrokajen, Stockholm.


Today's English Postcards


Kensington, Chelsea Houses, Street, London


Kensington, Chelsea Houses, Street, London


Kensington, Chelsea Houses, Street, London


Kensington, Chelsea Houses, Street, London


Kensington, Chelsea Houses, Street, London


Kensington, Chelsea Houses, Street, London


Kensington, Chelsea Houses, Street, London


The streets of Kensington. Lovely houses. Expensive too. Not to mention the (expensive) cars that line the streets.



Day 231 of 365

People at outdoor terace, Skeppsbronkajen, Stockholm, Sweden


Day 231 of my "365 Days" project. People enjoying one of the last fine summer days at Skeppsbronkajen, Stockholm.


Today's English Postcards


Underground Sign, London


Red Telephone Boxes, London


Look Right Traffic Sign, London


Brewer Street Sign with Flowers Basket, london


Street, London


Hanging Flower Basket, London


Public House, Pub, London, Ye Olde London Pub


Hanging Flower Basket, London


Red Telephone Box, London


Hanging Flower Basket, London


Street photography, London.



Day 230 of 365

Soya III, Gåshaga, Lidingö


Day 230 of my "365 Days" project. M/S* Soya III, Gåshaga, Lidingö.


Soya III is a tanker built in 1936 by the Lövholms Shipyard in Stockholm. The ship had been ordered by the AB Soya Company to transport … yes, you've gusssed, soya! The Soya Company sold it in 1939, but the ship continued to operate as a tanker until the seventies when it was sold to a private person.


The ship is owned today by the Wallenius company and has been renovated in 2001 to function as corporate seminars and entertainment vessel. Its home port is Gåshaga on the Swedish island of Lidingö.


* = M/S stands for Motor Ship, a vessel propelled by an internal combustion engine, usually a diesel engine.


Today's English Postcards


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Buckingham Palace, London


Buckingham Palace is the official London residence and principal workplace of the British monarch, Queen Elizabeth II.

This is the principal façade, th East Front, originally constructed by Edward Blore and completed in 1850. It acquired its present appearance following a remodeling in 1913 by Sir Aston Webb.


Victoria Memorial, Buckingham Palace


Victoria Monument, Buckingham Palace


Victoria Monument, Buckingham Palace


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The Victoria Memorial was created by sculptor Sir Thomas Brock in 1911 and erected in front of the main gates at Buckingham Palace on a surround constructed by architect Sir Aston Webb from 2.300 tons of white marble. 

The original monument was completed with the installation of the final bronze statues in 1924.

The memorial formed the centrepiece of the stage for Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee Concert.


Buckingham Palace, Buckingham Place


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Gate Details, Buckingham Palace


Buckingham Palace - gates details.


Guard, Sentry, Buckingham Palace


Buckingham Palace - Queen's Guard. The Queen's Guard and Queen's Life Guard are the contingents of infantry and cavalry soldiers charged with guarding the official royal residences in London. The British Army has regiments of both Horse Guards and Foot Guards and since the reign of King Charles II (1649-1651) these have been responsible for guarding the Sovereign's palaces. They are not purely ceremonial as some may believe, they are real soldiers serving in the army.



Day 229 of 365

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Day 229 of my "365 Days" project. The ghost …


… or how creative one can get when one has to upload a photo a day. Exposure two seconds with some arms waving that sent my husband rolling on the floor, laughing his head off. This is the price to pay for art. 


Today's English Postcards


Westminster Abbey, London


Westminster Abbey, London


Westminster Abbey

St. Paul's Cathdedral, London


St. Paul's Cathdedral


Westminster Underground Station and London Eye, London


Westminster Underground Station and London Eye


London Eye, London


The London Eye


Millenium Bridge and Flags with the Olympic Circles, london, London 2012


Millenium Bridge and London 2012 Olympics Flags


Days 202 to 228

Tower Bridge with the Olympic Circles, London


Day 228 of my "365 Days" project. London Tower Bridge with the Olympic circles.


One thing I didn't really think about when I started this project was holidays. Somehow I assumed I'd have more time for the blog, but things didn't turn out the way I thought. We spent a a few weeks in England, first in London and then in Hampshire, and I did take lots of photographs. But I was either too busy (sightseeing, taking photographs) or too lazy, just enjoying the fabulous weather and doing nothing, so no blog …. it seems I needed a break. Even good things can become too much. And I'm not joking about the weather - it was gorgeous. 


In the end I did miss the blog, so I'll continue with day 229, and add a few pictures from England every day. Adding them in one post would be too much I think. Too much of good things, you know …


Tower Bridge with the Olympic Circles, London


Another view of the Tower Bridge with the Olympic circles ...


Tower of London, London


The Tower of London


The Palace of Westminster and Big Ben, London


The Palace of Westminster and Big Ben, London


The Palace of Westminster, London


Big Ben, Westminster, London


The Palace of Westminster and Big Ben, London


The Palace of Westminster and Big Ben.



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