New Year’s Day 2014: Happy New Year

Hello Hugo

Happy new year to you, my son.  A new year has begun.  Here is a collection of photographs for you, taken by me throughout the course of 2013, so as to mark the passage of another year.  I hope that they give you an insight into the UK and the places that I have been to.  I hope that 2014 might be the year when I can get to see you again but, whatever happens, I am here thinking of you in the UK and neither the passage of time, nor being 6,000 miles removed from you, will change that.

 

Snow in London, January 2013:  

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(NB:  Through the gloom, you can just about make out the BT Tower in the background (right in the centre); my late grandfather designed the old-style satellite dishes that were recently removed from it; you can read another article about it here). 

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Chartwell House, Kent (Winston Churchill’s home), May 2013:

Chartwell May 2013 (4)

Chartwell May 2013 (1)

Chartwell May 2013 (2)

Chartwell May 2013 (3)

Chartwell May 2013 (5)

Chartwell May 2013 (6)

(NB:  Churchill stood on these stepping stones and fed his goldfish whilst prosecuting the Second World War).  

 

Hastings, East Sussex, June 2013:  

Hastings June 2013 (1)

Hastings June 2013 (2)

 

River Thames and “Emirates Air Line“, East London, June 2013:

Thames June 2013 (2)

Thames June 2013 (1)

Thames June 2013 (3)

Thames June 2013 (4)

 

(NB:  The last time that I took a trip in a cable car was at Miyajima, just down the road from where you are living in Japan).  

Thames June 2013 (6)

Thames June 2013 (5)

 

Everton and surrounds, Hampshire (my childhood home area), August 2013:

Everton (3)

Everton (1)

Everton (2)

(NB:  View from my childhood bedroom window).

Everton (5)

Everton (4)

Everton (6)

 

Lincoln, August 2013:

Lincoln Aug 2013 (3)

Lincoln Aug 2013 (2)

Lincoln Aug 2013 (1)

 

Bradford, September 2013:

Bradford Sep 2013 (6)

Bradford Sep 2013 (1)

Bradford Sep 2013 (2)

Bradford Sep 2013 (5)

Bradford Sep 2013 (3)

(NB:  Posting a letter to you whilst in Bradford).

Bradford Sep 2013 (4)

 

Nottingham, September 2013:

Nottingham Oct 2013 (1)

 

Blackpool, Lancashire, October 2013:

Blackpool (1)

Blackpool (2)

Blackpool (3)

Blackpool (4)

Blackpool (6)

Blackpool (7)

Blackpool (8)

Blackpool (9)

Blackpool (11)

Blackpool (12)

 

York, November 2013:  

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Birmingham, December 2013:  

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Birmingham 3

Birmingham 4

Birmingham 5

Birmingham 6

Birmingham 2

 

Fog in North London, December 2013:

London Fog 3

London Fog 2

London Fog 1