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Gallery: a September selection

All the months are crude experiments, out of which the perfect September is made

Virginia Woolf

There is a theme emerging in these monthly round-ups, a theme of bookends! I’ve already pointed out that while July was bookended by happy gatherings of family and friends, August was similarly bookended with funerals. And now we come to September and we are back to happier bookends: city breaks.

We started the month with a long weekend in Paris, to celebrate our wedding anniversary. And we ended it with a few days in Sofia, the trip that had to be postponed when I caught Covid in June. I’ve already shared a lot of images from Paris and will be doing similarly with Sofia. So I’ve just thrown a few of each into the mix for my slide show and instead concentrated more on events and activities closer to home.

Happily we bask in this warm September sun, which illuminates all creatures…

Henry David Thoreau

You may just have noticed one significant event in the life of our whole country last month, the death of Queen Elizabeth II. I’ve written about that already, when I went into the centre of London to soak up a bit of the atmosphere as people laid flowers in Green Park and started to gather on the Mall for her funeral.

The remainder of my images come from more everyday activities but fun nevertheless. There was a visit to the BBC’s New Broadcasting House to hear a talk by the political journalist Michael Cockerell, who during his career has interviewed twelve different Prime Ministers. There were our usual walks in our local park, and also visits to Kensington Gardens and to Soho. Not included in the slide show are trips to the cinema (Moonage Daydream), lunch with my sister and her husband in Reading, and dinner with Virtual Tourist friends in London.

Technical notes

Some of the local shots were taken with my new Panasonic Lumix FZ330, which I’m still getting to know. But for the city breaks and London outings I relied on the convenience of my compact point and shoot Lumix, which is easy to slip into a handbag. And handful of the photos were taken with my phone; as someone once said, the best camera is the one you have with you. On one occasion this month that proved to be my husband’s camera! I wasn’t carrying mine and I knew my phone wouldn’t be up to capturing the heron, so he kindly loaned me the use of his (also a compact point and shoot Lumix). 

Again as usual, I’ve enjoyed playing around with some of these shots, using mostly Nik Color Efex. And as always I am linking to Ju-Lyn’s Changing Seasons challenge. Brian I know is having connectivity issues so I’m not (yet) linking to him.

  • Two red roses
  • Large fountain with carved lions and seated figure
  • Girl on a bench below a large advertising poster
  • Statue of a man in a suit
  • Small painting of a pink chihuahua
  • Large bird in a pine tree
  • Sash window with a small plastic model of Queen Elizabeth waving
  • Man in a dark suit and hat
  • Wide road with flags, gold statue and large stone building
  • Red flower
  • Purple and white flower
  • Small red breasted bird on a fence
  • View of an airport from a plane window with raindrops
  • Delicate wrought iron balustrade and white walls
  • Stained glass window with waterlilies
  • Building with green roof and golden domes surrounded by trees

I’ll finish with advance warning that we’re going to be away at the end of October, so I won’t be posting then. Instead I’ll do a two-month round-up at the end of November.


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