27th July

A Bicycle made for two 2

Taken in Richmond Park, South West London
'A Bicycle Made For Two'

Last Sunday, we made a jaunt to nearby Richmond Park to enjoy a breath of fresh air. Richmond Park is like a Jigsaw puzzle, as there are so many varied segments that make up the whole. Although I have visited many times over the years, I still feel like there are hidden corners that I have yet to discover. You can explore woodland gardens with flowing streams and sheltering trees in the Isabella Plantation. Walk out on to blasted grassland with nothing but a dome of sky on the top of one of the hills. Or quietly watch a herd of deer and their young frolic under the ancient oaks. My favourite way to enjoy the Parks is on two wheels, as you can feel the wind on your cheeks while having a reel of beautiful scenes going past to enjoy. On this visit, we hired a tandem between three of us and took turns in riding it. It was my first time riding a bicycle made for two but it was immense fun. Once you have the knack of riding as one, you can enjoy all that the Park has to offer. I took this picture whilst I was walking behind the tandem. Everything seemed to be bursting into life with bright green bracken and baby butterflies.

6th July

Dragon fly 2

Taken at Barnes Pond, Barnes, South West London
'We're having a heatwave, a tropical heatwave' Irving Berlin

The weather has been transformed this week from below average summer weather to the hottest day in July ever recorded. Living in London when the weather is boiling is not as enjoyable as being in the country. There's so little air, it seems everyone and everything is sticky and sweaty. This is the only time in the year I yearn for a swimming pool or even a garden sprinkler to cool me down. During my primary school years, I had a game with my next door neighbours called school showers. We'd come home from school and, without changing into swimming costumes, would be drenched from head to foot with a hose or a watering can wielded by their mum. And it felt so good! On Wednesday, the hottest day since records began, we went out to Barnes Green to enjoy the unusual weather. All the world had obviously had the same idea as there were people all over the place, sunbathing, pic-nicking or relaxing in the unexpectedly warm sun! I took this photo of the Damselfly on the Pond. It is a flighty creature so I was pleased to get this still picture. He or She had obviously had the same idea as the humans around the Pond as it was chilling attached to this leaf!

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