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:
(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).
Chartwell House, Kent (Winston Churchill’s home), May 2013:
(NB: Churchill stood on these stepping stones and fed his goldfish whilst prosecuting the Second World War).
Hastings, East Sussex, June 2013:
River Thames and “Emirates Air Line“, East London, June 2013:
(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).
Everton and surrounds, Hampshire (my childhood home area), August 2013:
(NB: View from my childhood bedroom window).
Lincoln, August 2013:
Bradford, September 2013:
(NB: Posting a letter to you whilst in Bradford).
Nottingham, September 2013:
Blackpool, Lancashire, October 2013:
York, November 2013:
Birmingham, December 2013:
Fog in North London, December 2013: