In March I made the first of two trips this year to visit Bev in Newtown in Wales. Weatherwise it was a bit dreach but that's a poor excuse not to go out and appreciate the country side a little and if Wales has plenty of anything, it's countryside. The river to the right there is the Hafren (the Severn in Welsh). It is named after the princess Hafren who, legend has it, drowned in this river. Below, a suspicious character is photographed by the river (Bev's dog Giz can be seen there too having a bit mouch about)
The remains of the Bryntail lead mines and the Clywedog dam towering over them.
Behind the dam, the Clywedog resevoir
This half timbered house in Newtown is typical of some of the older buildings in the area - a lot of other buildings are painted up to look half timbered
Ye Olde Nat Weste
This morsel is a local cake called bara brithe - this particular piece was bought from Fiore's cafe on the Newtown station platform.
My second visit to Wales was in August and can be found here.
I can't quite remember when I took the following pictures but it was very early in the morning when I stepped out of Embankment tube station in London to see Cleopatra's needle. There was plenty of sunshine for that time of the morning so it must have been fairly far into the year - didn't stop it being chilly though.
The needle is flanked by a pair of sphinxes
The above sphinx was a victim of the first ever air raid on London on the 4th of September 1917 - you can see some of the damage below.
My new camera half way through the year enabled me to take pictures of things that were previously too far away. As you walk from the statue of Eros in Picadilly towards Leichester Square, just after you've crossed the road (not while please), turn round and look up and you'll see the following statues - I really need very little excuse to show you them again.
At Paddington station on the way home, a lost bear and me.