Not long enough at Longleat

Be prepared for a bit of a bumper post today. We have no self-control when it comes to animals [I've been waiting ages for a chance to try my hand at some nature shots], especially with a zoom this good…

We spent the day at Longleat as part of our Bath/South West weekend. I’d been there a few times before, but couldn’t wait to see the variety of exotic wildlife at this world-famous safari park. [I'd never been before, but it had certainly had its praises sung.] And it didn’t disappoint.

First on the trail – the giraffes, of varying ages and sizes…

Giraffes

They were being kept company by some zebras, sporting their fashionable monochrome.

Zebra

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Bath – guest photographer

[Normally I'm the one behind the camera, but in our "guest photographer" posts, I take a back seat while my other half upstages me using my old camera... these are the results]

…And my shots of Bath, with some different topics this time; maybe I’m getting more of a photographer’s eye?!

The stunning Royal Crescent, blurred behind one of the last summer roses:

Royal Crescent with rose

A typical Bath street.

Row of Georgian terraces

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A weekend away (or, Bath time!)

Last weekend we wanted a fun time away, so we decided to head to Bath. Not too far from London, and with plenty to see, it was an ideal place to spend a lovely weekend. We arrived, and went for a wander around the city. So much beautiful Georgian architecture:

Brock Street - Circus

We then went to the Assembly Rooms; although they were closed for an event we managed to sneak a couple of photos… [I might have been ushered out soon afterwards]

Ballroom - Assembly Rooms

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A short Royal Tour

Last weekend we fancied a trip to Spencer House, a Historic Houses Association property, as they were doing a National Trust member BOGOF offer, so we went while we had the chance! It was beautiful, although at £12 each not the cheapest option if you’re paying full price. However, there was a strict ban on photography [boo :(], so we thought we’d include some shots from the rest of our day.

From Spencer House we wandered down towards St James’s Palace, and saw this beautiful building – and many others! This was, in fact, an HSBC – one way to make that trip to see your bank manager more enjoyable…

HSBC lampposts

St James’s Palace was intriguing – quite different in look from the other royal residences, like Clarence House, I realised it had rather fallen under my radar.

Lamp at St James's Palace

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Hampstead walk

A recent quiet Friday evening we’d both been at our desks all day so decided to take a walk around Hampstead, with the last of the Autumn light. As we set off, the nearby train tracks looked dramatic and shadowed in the evening light:

Wires at West Hampstead

We just caught the end of the evening, wandering across the Heath and stopping to look back at the houses.

Homes on the Heath

Then we stopped at the Holly Bush pub [they do an amazing Sunday roast], near one of our favourite Hampstead streets, for a cosy drink before heading home.

Not much worth photographing, since it then got too dark, but we thought we’d share these moody Friday evening shots. As we’ve mentioned before, we’d really recommend Hampstead as a beautiful part of London for shopping, eating, drinking or just wandering. Happy weekend!

A visit to Kings Place

We were recently at Kings Place, near Kings Cross, for a concert. We were involved musically with the event, but what struck us (one of us in particular!) was just how stunning Kings Place actually is. It’s a fantastic venue, with multidisciplinary performance taking place in two Halls and an open-plan foyer. Often very reasonably priced, it’s definitely worth checking out for an evening of jazz, chamber music or whatever else strikes your fancy!

Kings Place entrance

A recent building [it was opened in 2008], Kings Place uses light and open space to produce a visual impact running from the top to the bottom of the building.

Hall Two at Kings Place

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