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Sunday, 30 October 2011

Autumn at Hatfield, Rye Meads and London...

Saturday found me cruising up the M25 on it's birthday... yes.. the famed (or infamous) M25 was 25 years old on 29 October 2011... now itsn't that exciting!!

Good journey which ended at Hatfield Forest. I was hoping for birds - which were very scarce - but did have a wonderful walk in the sunshine and some beautiful Autumn colour (and a rather tasty Roast Beef and Horseradish Bap for lunch too...)

From their onto RSPB Rye Meads.. although lots of Teal, Gadwall, a Snipe, a Green Sandpiper and various other waterfowl, generally it was light of birds.

These horses were out grazing... I think they're Konicks.. (?)

So, after gaining a extra hour's sleep (the UK put the clocks back 1 hour on Saturday night) Pete and I set off for London. We were going for a concert but took advantage of an early start. The sun was shining as we set off for the tube... it wasn't to last!

A sojourn in Hyde Park which was busy with tourists.. ourselves included.

This horse's head is HUGE!!

And I really liked this... I've no idea what it's for (if anything) but somehow it reminded me of Jelly Babies.. it's very jolly and brightened up a dullish day.

And all around were the wonderful golds, browns and yellows of Autumn

Watching the birds on the Serpentine

and a rather wistful looking Black-headed Gull contemplating life.

and lots of statutory..

This final "attraction" left us confused.. I've no idea what it's representing. It looks as though it hasn't been fully built yet so perhaps all will become clear once it had.

and so onto Wigmore Hall..

We'd had some concerns about the first piece of music but those were entirely unfounded.. the "live" version was beautifully played and I didn, in the end, enjoy the music. The quartet playing today was the Pavel Haas Quartet and the piece I've just mentioned...was the Haas, String Quartet No. 1.

This was followed by some Beethoven... the energy expended to play these pieces was amazing and quite emotional in places. It was a shame that, on this occasion, the audience seemed rather noisy at times (a piece of a conversation was heard during the performance!!!) and, rather irritatingly a lady not far from me seemed to enjoy beating out some of the "rhythm" with her hands. Hey ho!

But nonetheless a very enjoyable weekend...


Midmarsh John said...

Wow, Tricia. Where do you get all your energy from? Oh yes, a Roast Beef and Horseraddish bap - sounds yummy. Looks like you had another great day out. Pity about the chatterers at the concert.

oldcrow61 said...

Beautiful autumn pictures. I love those horses. Great statues as well. The colourful family is so cute. Glad the concert went well.

Anonymous said...

Nice scenic photos, nice shot of the lone female house Sparrow.
The capture of the Goldfinches is
lovely and well caught.
Birds seem a bit thin on the ground at the moment here too!
Need a short sharp cold snap to liven things up.


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