This is Richmond Bridge, built in 1777, the oldest bridge across the Thames. When it was built it was a toll bridge, and the tolls repaid the investors, who invested their money as a tontine. A tontine is a kind of a lottery where the last man alive takes the lot. Each year after theContinue reading “Richmond Bridge: The Oldest Bridge Across The Thames”
A friend and I were talking today about film speeds in the days of film. 3200 ISO was about as fast a film as one could get, and it was black and white. There may have been colour film at that speed, though I doubt it. So, a typical low-sensitivity film would have an ISOContinue reading “3200 ISO and Sufficiently Good”
Earlier today I was watching moorhens coming in and out of the water at the Botanic Garden. They were practically at my feet and not taking much if any notice of me. Later on Mark and I saw a fox, and again it didn’t take much notice of us although we were just ten feetContinue reading “Animals That Are Comfortable Around People”
How confusing to live at a village named Ham, as Tamara noted when we were on the road up to Ham House – a National Trust property not far from Richmond.
Most of the way uphill on the road named Richmond Hill there is a wooden board with information about Petersham Common. The board is just past an unoccupied building named Wick House. At one time is was used to house nurses who worked at the nearby Royal Star and Garter Home. The ground behind theContinue reading “Petersham Common”
They get the insects that he doesn’t want. What is he thinking as he looks behind him. How cognisant is he of the relationship with the jackdaws. Is he a willing partner, with both species knowing that they are working together? Or is he resigned to those bloody birds always sitting on his back andContinue reading “What Is He Thinking?”