London – Day 4 (Harrods, Hyde Park)

….day four was another busy day with lots of walking

Today my Andrea, Josie and I headed to Harrods and Hyde Park. We left Kevin at home to rest and agreed to meet up later in the afternoon.

Harrods is probably one of the most famous stores in London. It is not centrally located and is about a mile from Kensington in the area known as Knightsbridge. Knightsbridge is a very exclusive area, one of the wealthiest parts of London where some of London’s most expensive hotels are situated. Needless to say that we didn’t go there to shop but merely to look around. The food hall was most interesting and beautifully set up with gorgeous display cases of chocolates and pastries and the seafood was displayed on mounds of ice in the most  attractive way.

While we were there we were told about the Egyptian escalators that were built in 1998 to reflect the Edwardian style of the building. Harrods built the first ever escalator in the UK in 1898. Nervous customers using the contraption were offered brandy when they reached the top to help them recover from their “ordeal”.

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From Harrods we walked over to Hyde Park and walked along the Serpentine Lake. People actually swim in this lake along with the local ducks, geese and swans.IMG-8686
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The installation art that you see in the lake is from the world famous artist, Christo, who unveiled his work The London Mastaba (2018) earlier in June. It is a 20-metre-high floating sculpture on London’s Serpentine Lake, constructed from 7,506 oil drums.

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Stay tuned for part 2…….

November Photo a Day – Dark Red

…thanks to City Sonnet for hosting the November Photo a Day Challenge

Today’s prompt is Dark Red.

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365 Days of Art – Day 4

….decided to switch it up a bit

Today I found some leaves pressed in one of my sketch books and I decided to use it as a collage element. I was also inspired by Herma from Studio Mastarre who draws very whimsical portraits. I haven’t tried to copy her style with today’s post but at some point I’d like to try my hand at it. I did use pencil to start with and I added some watercolour to finish.

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7 Day Challenge – Day 4

….black and white photos

I received this challenge from my blogging friend Cee over at  Cee’s Photography  

Rules are

  • Seven days.
  • Seven black and white photos of your life.
  • No people.
  • No explanation.
  • Challenge someone new each day.

Today I challenge Joanne over My Life Lived Full.  If anyone wants to play, feel free to jump in and start your own Seven Day Challenge.fullsizeoutput_77e0

 

Seven Day Nature Challenge – Day 4

Becca Given over at On Dragonfly Wings With Buttercup Tea has invited me to join her in the Seven Day Nature Challenge. For seven days you are requested to post a photograph taken in nature and invite another blogger to join the challenge. Getting people to accept the challenge has been a challenge in itself so I’m putting it out there to anyone who wants to participate. I know that a lot of you take amazing nature photographs but I also appreciate that many of you are already involved in other challenges and are just plain busy in your everyday lives. Any takers? If you’re interested just go for it and let me know.

Day 4 of My Sketchbook Challenge

….and adding doodles around my Warhol sketch

Today I added some colour around my Warhol sketch during my art class with my grade twos. I was hoping to show some of their work here but they need a little more time to finish their portraits.

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Yesterday I bought a couple of new pens and some coloured ink. I was really looking forward to playing with them and when I got home tonight I was able to do just that.

I also managed to get in over 10 000 steps again.