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Archive for October, 2011

Vauxhall tower reaches half way

27 Oct

Slowly but surely…Vauxhall Tower has now reached the 25th of 50 floors. Now that the cladding is on the lower floors you get a feel of what the tower is eventually going to look like. The One Nine Elms developers were presenting to the Oval Partnership management committee tonight and mentioned that Market Towers was the tallest building inthe area. Not any more.

 

Taking Bookings for Christmas Dinner

18 Oct
Dan of the Roebuck

Dan of the Roebuck

 

New species of crocodile

New species of crocodile

Yesterday I was having Sunday lunch in the Roebuck (it’s in Ashmole Street off Claylands Road). Dan the proprietor and master chef (shown here)was on duty. I know it’s only October but their Christmas dinner advertising leaflets had just arrived which reminded me -if you happen to be arranging Christmas dinner with work colleagues this year, why not try arranging something at one of the numerous local pubs and restaurants. As at any time of year the more we support our local businesses the more the area will thrive.

Yesterday was important for another reason. I would like to thank a retired landscape photographer who pointed out a previously unknown species of crocodile near the Roebuck!! It is so well camouflaged that I’ve passed it by numerous times and never noticed it. Let’s call it the Claylandian Crocodile…perhaps it came from the underground river Effra. Check it out if you visit the Roebuck.

 

Vauxhall City Farm

15 Oct
Imogen making composting poster

Imogen making composting posterComposting bin at Vauxhall City Farm

If you have children you have probably already visited Vauxhall City Farm and if not you are missing something.  If you are looking for an idea for a birthday party for younger children then you should definitely give them a try.  Close encounters with animals is always a sure thing and I can certainly recommend this venue having used it for my daughter’s birthday. It has a few paid staff but relies mostly on the time of volunteers.

I have fond memories of Vauxhall City Farm and still find time to vist it.  Today I met Imogen who was creating a poster on composting (something we are all doing …are we not?….composting that is not poster making (:-) ).

It’s difficult to make a composting bin look exciting but I promised to take a photo so here it is

 

Tea House Theatre

15 Oct
Tea House Theatre interior

Tea House Theatre interior

Tea House Theatre
Tea House Theatre

The Tea house Theatre opened earlier this year on the site of the Queen Anne Pub.  The site has been completely transformed with views over Vauxhall Gardens.  I’m not a professional restaurant critic but I know a great place when I see it. Little touches like having a copy of the new ‘Vauxhall Gardens -a history’ for browsing, board games etc. make all the difference.

As you might imagine, with a name like ‘Tea House Theatre’ this is not a typical cafe restaurant.  If you are a tea afficianado this is definitely the place for you as they have an almost encyclopaedic range of teas.  Apart from teas they also have a wide range of cakes.  The rest of the menu was also of a very high standard.  I couldn’t resist the honeycomb and chocolate milkshake.

Once you visit this place you are certain to come back again and again.

 

 

Brockwell Lido -early swimmers kept waiting

09 Oct
Swimmers waiting for Brockwell Lido to open

Swimmers waiting for Brockwell Lido to open

Brockwell Lido waiting for lifeguards

Brockwell Lido waiting for lifeguards

It was pumping down with rain this morning so I was looking forward to taking a picture of early morning swimmers swimming in the rain – could have used some really bad jokes around singing in the rain but my plans were foiled. The lido hadn’t opened because the lifeguards hadn’t turned up. Never mind. I had a good chat with these early morning swimmers and we got in eventually -20 minutes late.

I broke my season record for 1500m with 26m 20s so all wasn’t lost. The world record, which is under 15 minutes, is not under threat from me just at the moment.

I hear that Lambeth are planning to charge for parking in the lido car park. Let’s hope they put back ALL of the money they earn from this back into the lido. Alternatively, they can put it towards a new swimming pool in the Kennington Oval Vauxhall area to make up for the Kennington Park Lido that closed years ago.

 

DIY waste removal at Claylands Green

08 Oct

It takes a few seconds to discard rubbish and a few seconds to pick it up.  It’s the bit in between that spoils the environment for everyone.  This resident kindly picked up rubbish that had been lying around the Claylands Green  bench for while.  A passer by later enjoyed the bench without having to negotiate any rubbish.

 

South Lambeth Market

08 Oct

South Lambeth Market had their second event today at the Cavendish Arms in Hartington St.

There were magnificent displays of cakes on show. It was also nice to meet a fellow photographer -Lucy Mosely. Unlike my own efforts, Lucy’s are good enough to turn into high quality cards. You can see some ofLucy’s work at her giftware website (http://www.moseleysgiftware.co.uk/)

 

 
 

Iron man and Oval Farmers Market

08 Oct
Iron man passes Oval Farmers Market

Iron man passes Oval Farmers Market

You can make your own headlines for this picture. Here’s my interpretation

There he was. Iron man himself passing by the Oval Farmers’ Market at lunchtime. I am impressed by any man that is so dedicated to sartorial elegance that he brings his own ironing board with him – it made for a nice flat back on the backpack on his back. I would have stopped him to get the real story but I was …pressed for time (:-)

 

South Lambeth Stockwell and North Brixton Pharmacy challenge

08 Oct
South Lambeth Stockwell and North Brixton Pharmacy Foundation Stone

South Lambeth Stockwell and North Brixton Pharmacy Foundation Stone

Surely it can’t be that difficult to photograph a foundation stone? That was the challenge I was set. Could I take a decent photograph of the ‘South Lambeth Stockwell and North Brixton Pharmacy’ foundation stone – It’s just opposite St Stephens Church.

It turns out to be extremely difficult even with the help of Photoshop. This is my best effort so far. I suspect it needs artificial lighting to show the letters at their best. Either that or wait until the sun is in a certain position on a certain day and cloud conditions are just so. The words are readable on the image -just click on it to see the full resolution version. Here are the words if your commputer is not up to it.

THIS FOUNDATION STONE OF THE
SOUTH LAMBETH, STOCKWELL AND NORTH BRIXTON DISPENSARY
WAS LAID BY MAJOR-GENERAL LAWRENCE CB ON THE 12 JULY 1866
I WAS SICK AND YOU VISITED ME
JOHN BURNETT ARCHITECT
JAMES SNELL BUILDER

 
 

St Marks Church Kennington unseen

07 Oct

Not everyone has a chance to look around St Marks Church Kennington properly.  Today I was down in the crypt, up in the roof structure and wandering around the roof.  Here are  a selection of images from my visit.