Out and about – week 14. Photographs.

Here are a variety of photographs taken on Saturday the 9th of June around the City of London, and Sunday 10th of June at the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew.
On Saturday, my Fiancé and I were on a Photographic Historical Tour of London, a Christmas Present from Louise’s Aunt. Unfortunately when we booked it we did not know it was the day for Trooping the Colour, World Naked Bike Ride, Mr. Porter Nocturne Bicycle event day and World Gin Day. We missed most of the former except part of the Fly Past, all of the second (I saw it 6 years ago at St. Paul’s when the cyclists were held for close to an hour. Luckily it was sunny and warm!) but did get to see the latter, which we returned to after the tour. We did partake of Gin at the Jim and Tonic van at the Guildhall. Would have been rude not to.
Sunday was my usual visit to Kew. Louise was taking her Guides on a day out so I was by myself. The day was warm, and I covered a fair bit of it, draining one of my batteries in the process.
I hope the photographs are of interest.

Top row: Left: But damselfly (Enallagma cyathigerum)  with water ropes, RBGK. Middle: Santander bicycle race, Mr Porter Nocturne, Cheapside. Right: Geranium ‘Rozanne’ with a self seeded Poppy, (Papaver rhoeas), RBGK.
Second row: Left: Geranium ‘Rozanne’ with a self seeded Poppy, (Papaver rhoeas), RBGK. Right: Grey heron (Ardea cinerea) by the Banks’ building, RBGK.
Third row: Left: Close-up of ‘Bert’, the sub-ordinate Chinese water dragon (Physignathus cocincinus) PoW conservatory, RBGK. Right top and bottom: European robin, (Erithacus rubecula) diligently looking for insects by the Botanical, RBGK.
Fourth row: Top left: Artificial rainbow near the Great Pagoda, RBGK. Bottom left: Red Arrows, part of Her Majesty The Queen’s Flypast flying over 1, Princes St, Bank. Right: Reflection of Ariel, rear of the Bank of England on the window of The Neds, Prince’s St.
Fifth row: Left: Rotunda, Bank of England, junction of Prince’s St and Lothbury. Top right: Detail of Ariel, Rotunda, Bank of England, junction of Prince’s St and Lothbury. Bottom middle: Ariel, Bank of England, junction of Prince’s St and Lothbury. Bottom right: Cr. Who’s T.A.R.D.I.S when he was a child? St. Lawrence Jewry, Guildhall.
Sixth row: Left: Ceramic City Bench, Maria Gasparian, St. Mary-le-Bow Church, Cheapside. (One of 10 bench sculptures in the City). Middle left: Reflection of ~St. Paul’s in the window of Mango, New Change, Cheapside. Middle right: B/W detail of a Yew (Taxus bachata), St. Paul’s Churchyard. Right: Cycist and modern ‘Ordinary’ bicycle, more commonly known as a Pennyfarthing, after the Mr. Porter Nocturne Pennyfarthing race, Cheapside.
Seventh row: Left: View of St. Paul’s dome from Paternoster Square. Middle: B/W St. Paul’s viewed down Millennium Bridge. Right: Handstand on a silver globe, Peter’s Hill.
Eighth row: Left top and bottom: Santander bicycle race, Mr. Porter Nocturne, Wood St. Right. Elite cyclist preparing for the Criterium, Mr. Porter Nocturne, Guildhall.
Ninth row: Left: Elite cyclist warming up for the Criterium, Mr. Porter Nocturne, Guildhall. Right: An original (modified) ‘Facile’, circa 1878, Mr. Porter Nocturne, Guildhall. The owner called it a Groathapenny’.
10th Row: Left top: Cyclist in the elite Criterium, Mr Porter Nocturne, Cheapside. Left middle: RML 2699, Cheapside. RML stands for Routemaster Long. This was built in 196, operating on the 207/A Hanwell service. Now owned by the Vintage Bus Hire company, Lee, Kent. Left bottom: Grey heron (Ardea cinerea) by the Banks’ building, RBGK. Right: Echinopsis candicans. RBGK.

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