Took a walk to town this morning on my usual route following the old Roman walkway to the centre. I thought I would take a look at the restoration work around the Cathedral area, all the roads were blocked and security guards and police were keeping people away. So I walked through the market to the clock tower and then realised what was going on.
(no that’s not the Queen !)
I’ve since found out the Queen and Prince Philip were attending a Royal Maundy service at the Cathedral and according to the Leicester Mercury paper “Her Majesty will take part in the ancient tradition of handing out Maundy Money to 91 men and 91 women – the number representing her own age in years” As I walked back past the railway station the Royal cavalcade drove past, that’s the first time I’ve ever seen the Royals. I must have been one of the few people who didn’t know this was happening today.
It really should be Thursday Gates for my contribution to Norm’s excellent Norm 2.0 blog. The weather has been really temperamental in my part of the UK but I managed to gather a few gates on my travels over the last few weeks.
Some Attention Needed
This one belongs to a pub, a good real ale house.
I liked the colour and the bars above this gate.
24 Hour Access
I actually took this image 2 years ago, but have been looking for a reason to post it.
I haven’t been out and about much this week, taking the opportunity to do a bit of tidying up in the garden when the weather has been good. Did manage to get into town on Monday though and captured a few doors for the excellent Norm 2.0 blog.
Another former Hosiery factory, the stone and brickwork set the door off.
Former Police Station #1
Former Police Station #2
The police station was built in 1933 of Portland stone and is Grade 11 listed.
I couldn’t finish without a Blue Door.
Took this one in 1993 on my first visit to Riga, Latvia. I liked the old cannons embedded into the pavement and the two imposing faces. (The door has now been restored and to me at least doesn’t look anywhere near as good)
I took my Sigma DP1 with me on my walks to town over the last few days. It’s amazing what you can find left on the pavements and roads. I’ve gone all square for these images they just seemed to suit the format.
Solid Fuel and Me !
A load of Rubbish
At least they left it by the bin ! It was gone when I returned on my way back to home.
It was lovely and sunny in Leicester yesterday (for a change), so a walk to the cemetery seemed a good idea. Two reasons, to test out an old film camera, and to pick up some demineralised water for the final rinse when I develop film. 1 litre should be enough, but they only sold it in 5 litres = 5 kilos in weight, it felt very heavy after the 2 mile walk back to home ! Developed the film this afternoon, so we’ll see if it makes any difference, hopefully there won’t be so many hickies on the film.
Took my sigma DP1 with me to get some digital shots.
It was bright and cold this morning so off to the town. Decided to pay a visit to where I used to live in my childhood. Haven’t been back for many years, and when I turned down the old street all the memories came back even though one side of the street is no longer there. My old house is still standing and it was great to see it, shame I had just filled the memory card up !!! but got a shot on a film camera.
Lets Hope Not
Latvian, Lithuanian, Romanian, Russian, Polish, and Hungarian
Must give this place a visit, be nice to get some Latvian beer. The area has always been very cosmopolitan, one of the first delicatessen’s in Leicester was just around the corner, much to my mums delight.