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This has to be one of the most fun activities for a family: on horseback through the woods.  The weather was beautiful and so was the place.  The people (and animals) at the Riding Centre were very welcoming, which made the afternoon even more pleasant.  They managed to fit us in on a busy day , which was just as well since I had already promised the kids.

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Lines are not always clearly defined between work and life.  I’m a great believer in mixing the two to a certain degree – but not all the time.  Photography allows me to do this when I’m traveling for work.  On my current business trip, I’m visiting customers in west Wales; the first time I’m this far west on the British Isles.

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It’s more flying and less visiting, at least for this week.  I’m tired of Dubai Airport. This is not in any way a criticism, far from it in fact.  I’m just bored of it.  For this trip to France, I chose my old friend British Airways so I stopped at Heathrow – a refreshing change. Our local park is visible in the above photo, the green space behind the five tall buildings.  It was funny being so close to my family and unable to meet them.  I will, God willing, see them on Friday.

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I’m out of the snow and back home today.  It’s around 20ºc in Kuwait, which is a welcomed change for me.  This was London yesterday.  I woke up to a white blanket all over London Town.   Lucky my flight was late evening, and the weather calmed down considrable,  Apart from a twenty minute delay for de-icing, the rest of the flight was perfect.

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Last week, I was on the DLR looking out at great views of the place that runs the world’s money.  It had been a few years since I was in the City, so I stopped to take a couple of quick shots.  It still surprises me how much, and how little, this place impresses me.

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I lived in London for more than fifteen years, but this was the heaviest accumulation of snow I’ve seen.  My trip has changed and I’m back in London over the weekend for some meetings during the week.  Colleagues, new to London, were asking me what to do on Saturday morning.  I offered shopping, but they preferred to join me on my ‘photo walk’.

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If you’re looking for ideas and inspiration for your photography, read the flickr blog. Back in June, I read a post titled Past Present(ing), and I immediately started my research.  I looked for old photographs of Ealing, where we live(d) in London, printed them in Kuwait ready for this post.  Today, I took some time alone and went on a shoot walk.

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With a slightly better understanding of the focusing capability on my camera, I was able to achieve the above shot.  It was a best of twenty which is a significant improvement especially considering the motion of the horse – both the obvious rotation and the not-so-obvious up-and-down movement.

Our day started with a tube journey into Central London, followed by a walk by the Thames. Then we watched street performers near the Shell building (one named Richard was particularly good), and went on to see London through her Eye.  For lunch, we took the bus to Wigmore Street’s Wagamama (it’s bigger than the Picadilly one) – and had ice cream (99) just prior to taking the tube home.

The day was very much like this mary go round.  Nothing particularly new, nothing original, but loads of fun.

I’m always interested in the displays on the fourth plinth at Trafalgar Square. Because I’m in London once or twice a year, the art changes nearly every time I revisit.  This time exhibit is somewhat different.  It’s changing constantly.  When I was there earlier this afternoon, this man was reading various messages from the people at the square.

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Whilst I always try to capture my travels when on business, I am inevitably more focussed on the task at hand.  Phone-calls and discussions with colleagues mean many opportunities are simply missed.  Being on holiday allows me more concentration on my photography.

This post summarises my journey – looking out of my window seat.  My favourite shot is the one above of the Thames and Houses of Parliament.  Have a look at the larger version for more detail.

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I know the date of this photograph.  Since I can’t see any other clues, I’m testing your fashion knowledge. What year do you think the above photograph was taken?  

The location is Trafalgar Square in London.

I was standing in the cold trying to get the right settings on my camera; and without a tripod, I had to use a flat surface nearby to keep the camera steady.  While doing all of this to get “the perfect shot”, this guy stops walking, takes out his camera, points, shoots and walks on!

When I looked at this photograph later, I really liked it.

My warmest Eid greetings to everyone from a frosty cold London.  I wanted to have a photograph of sheep today, but a frozen meal of theirs will have to do.

Eid Mubarak to everyone.

On a frosty morning like today, one of the best feelings is to wrap up well and go for an early morning walk.  To be the first person across the crunchy frosted grass is a privilege worth waking up for – even during a holiday.

It was -5°C last night.  This was taken at our local park when there were only three other people there, all with dogs.  It was dry, crisp and there was no wind.  

Within an hour, the park was full of its usual Sunday traffic of rugby and football teams and their small crowds.

It’s freezing, it’s raining, it’s dark and it’s a week-night.  Let’s have a party!

I think all we need is an excuse and they’ve found a few and put them together at Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland.  This usually forgotten part of London during winter – especially at night time – came alive.  Lots of fun for children aged 1 to 80… Lights, skating, rides (including a roller coaster) and many little novelty shops.  The food and drink places looked good too – but we didn’t try any.

If you’re in the area, I recommend a visit.