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Old 05-01-23, 02:30 AM
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Originally Posted by botty kayer
I leave this oasis behind to play with the traffic again, countless traffic lights and many things not worthy of photographing later, I'm back south of river at bluebell spot number two, a quiet little square near Stockwell, where for another brief moment traffic is silenced and birds can be heard tweeting.


Cheers!
That's a goegous scene from my old stomping ground. My grandma lived in Durand Gardens, Stockwell where the road split to make a green space in the middle of the houses. What street is this?

Thanks for all the amazing London pics you share here .. much appreciated.
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Well well of all the roads in all of London, in the long odds game of name that road in a city of 9 million people, you have hit the jackpot...as my pic was taken at the very same Durand Gardens

To be precise I took it peering through the railings exactly where the Mercedes car in the centre of the pic here is, so my pic is the island in the middle of the square. Obvs that google pic was taken in January before the bluebells, and most other signs of life, were out:
https://www.google.com/maps/@51.4751...7i16384!8i8192

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Originally Posted by botty kayer
Well well of all the roads in all of London, in the long odds game of name that road in a city of 9 million people, you have hit the jackpot...as that shot was taken on the very same Durand Gardens.
To be precise I took it peering through the railings exactly where the Mercedes car in the centre of the pic here is, so my pic is the island in the middle of the square. Obvs that google pic was taken in January before the bluebells, and most other signs of life, we out.
https://www.google.com/maps/@51.4751...7i16384!8i8192
What a coincidence! Yes jackpot day - I need to show my Aunt this photo too as she lived there many years ago!
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I live not far from there myself, and Durand Gardens is a regular cut through for me on my bike on the way to my awesome local bike shop Brixton Cycles. If you tell me the number where your Gran they used to live in Duran Gardens I'll go and take a nicer picture of it now or in the next week or so, as its a lot greener and nicer looking with more trees in bloom than the dull Google January pic
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She lived a bit away from the green in the middle - No 2 just next to what was a jazz club. Thanks!
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Weekend rec ride

Where have you gone, Mt. Fuji?




citrus flowers
mikan, mandarin orange, #1 favorite fruit of we Japanese.
Nice scent!






A family grows beauties.








Hedge of teika kadzura, star jasmine or Asian jasmine, Trachelospermum jasminoides.
I haven't seen such a big and beautiful teika kadzura hedge.
They smell nice!
Yeah, I love nice scent flowers.






At a corner of Keisan-ji temple, founded 1642, there is a monument for Sun Wen or Sun Yat-sen.
The stone plaque at the left says :
After the failure of The Second Revolution, he was pursued by Yuan Shikai, he got away to Japan.
Sun Yat-sen landed the beach of here Tomioka, Yokohama, Aug 17 1913.

(This pic taken a week before)



And shiro bara yashiki, white roses house.
The roses are blooming gradually.



Fair weather, beautiful flowers and nice scent flowers.
I enjoyed today too, but only one thing missed.
Where are you, Mt. Fuji?
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I enjoyed a 50 mile ride yesterday on my 1982 Trek 614.
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Pardon the nostalgia interlude, but following on from our conversation above, I went there this morning, so here is MezzoLew 's grandma's old house, number 2 Durand Gardens.

And they too have bluebells out front. And unlike so many houses in London its not been divided into flats so still looks like its 1 family house after all these years. And here's the view from MezzoLew 's ancestral seat up to the garden in the middle where I photographed the bluebells yesterday.

The jazz club MezzoLew mentioned is long gone,and I can't find any mention of it on the internet. The building to the right of number 2 has only recently been finished and is now converted into apartments.

The little bluebell filled garden from yesterday seen again here from another angle today...

....was an old plague pit from the Great Plague of 1665, and later in contained a bomb shelter in WW2. Some more history of the garden here: https://www.brixtonbuzz.com/2020/06/...-in-stockwell/

There a number of other really nice houses here, and there's some more details here: https://ovalhistory.co.uk/a-guide-to...urand-gardens/
....and interestingly if you read down the comments in this link above, there is a comment from a lady who used to live at number 8, who remembered them all having to spend the night in the shelter when an unexploded 500lb German bomb dropped during the Blitz landed at number 2! So number 2 is very lucky to still be there.

Other notable local residents include famous artist Vincent Van Goch, who for a year lived around the corner from Durand Gardens on 87 Hackford Road, which I also popped along too, seen here:

And other side of Clapham Road, on the other side of Durand Gardens on Albert Square lives Purdey from the Avengers, also known as Patsy Stone from hit UK TV show Absolutely Fabulous,who is of course Joanna Lumley. I've seen her in our local Sainsbury;s supermarket a few times. Her husband owns a gorgeous 1970's Aston Martin Vantage that's parked outside.

Also literally around the corner from Joanna is 4 Aldebert Terrace, where former James Bond Roger Moore grew up. I love how there's so much history like this all over London just waiting to be discovered, it made an for an interesting pre-ride diversion
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...and after that I decided to head over east, and discovered some new artworks, the first of a child trying to fetch his ball stuck on the top of the railings...

A cool cat....

And this just as its crazy colorful, graffiti artists not so keen on beige, get yourself seen!

And from east I head into central London, swooping into Berkley Gardens when I cycle past and see this strange sculpture out of the corner of my eye. This mirror and light triacontahedron is by British-American artist Anthony James.

It had different effects from every angle and was like something out of the Matrix.


This Youtube clip of it shows it in some better lighting:

It was a bank holiday here in the UK today, and next week we are being given an extra day off, as its 'Ol big ears' King Charles, the patron saint of bug eyed spaniels, well its his coronation. Some of the streets on the coronation route, like this one Regent Street, have already been carpet bombed with flags as the nation braces for what will undoubtedly be a weekend of nausea inducing pomp and ceremony, even by our standards!

And my final pic of the day is alongside the Serpentine in Hyde Park, under typically threatening British skies that beg the question that most Brits ask every day.....is it going to rain?....

...it did rain, but it was too slow to catch us, and me and the bike made it home nice and dry, great success!
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Originally Posted by botty kayer

It was a bank holiday here in the UK today, and next week we are being given an extra day off, as its 'Ol big ears' King Charles, the patron saint of bug eyed spaniels, well its his coronation. Some of the streets on the coronation route, like this one Regent Street, have already been carpet bombed with flags as the nation braces for what will undoubtedly be a weekend of nausea inducing pomp and ceremony, even by our standards!
Would love to hear your comments on the Consort or whatever she is!

The US press also gets itself into a feeding frenzy on this stuff, as if we all care. When the Queen died (may she RIP), they all pulled their correspondents out of Ukraine to cover it.

I do love your posts, both the words and the photos; keep up the good (great) work!
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Originally Posted by dicktill
Would love to hear your comments on the Consort or whatever she is!

The US press also gets itself into a feeding frenzy on this stuff, as if we all care. When the Queen died (may she RIP), they all pulled their correspondents out of Ukraine to cover it.

I do love your posts, both the words and the photos; keep up the good (great) work!
Thanks, and I'd best keep any potentially treasonous comments to myself, those big ears are really good for hearing

Its like our press knows your press lap it up, so they ham it up even more. When the Queen died I had to turn the TV off for a week, the BBC was waterboarding us with grief and ceremony, like we were all expected to run crying to palace gates. Some did obviously, and that's fair enough if they wanted, I wasn't there boo-ing or throwing eggs at their windows, but from the press you'd think we were all there. There was the famous long queue of course, but us Brits love a good queue, and word probably got out it was going to be a world record breaking queue, and who wouldn't want to be part of that?

There was a funny,educational, truthful and at times savage alternative viewpoint to the one presented by the BBC, by national treasure Scottish comedian Frankie Boyle, that aired on the countries 'alternative' TV Channel 4 last night, called 'Frankie Boyle's farewell to the monarchy', I think you can find on Youtube. That reflects the views of millions of Brits the BBC would rather not acknowledge.

I'll be going for a ride somewhere next weekend other than central London,I figure there'll be enough cameras there to cover every conceivable angle if I want to catch up with it at any point in the future, but I'll be furiously pedaling in the opposite direction
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Originally Posted by botty kayer
To be precise I took it peering through the railings exactly where the Mercedes car in the centre of the pic here is, so my pic is the island in the middle of the square.
I recently read The Necropolis Railway which is set in the regions close to you (Waterloo to Lambeth) and on out into Surrey. Ive greatly enjoyed your photos in that part of London. I wish I could ride with you, though city riding would make me quite nervous.
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I recently read The Necropolis Railway which is set in the regions close to you (Waterloo to Lambeth) and on out into Surrey. Ive greatly enjoyed your photos in that part of London. I wish I could ride with you, though city riding would make me quite nervous.
Thanks. Yes city riding at rush hour can be a bit hair raising, but you'd be fine, the cycling infrastructure is getting better every year, and bike is still by far the best, fastest, cheapest, and most fun way to see the city, and with a little local knowledge you can find quieter routes pretty much anywhere.

And I went past the old Necropolis Railway this evening, the one in the middle. I'd guess over 90% of the people that go by have no idea about the its history.

And it was mostly cloudy all day today but the sun came out this evening and you can see our parks are getting greener, this shot taken in Archbishops Park.
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This thread keeps getting better and better! Thanks lads for the posts from all over, traveling the world from the comfort of my chair!

First time in this thread in a while and first time on the bike in a week today. Once again, for maybe the 3rd or 4th time, I pulled my cool weather gear back out after
putting it away until the fall. Temps in the 50s today with a stiff breeze. Im not complaining though as by this point were usually starting to see humid summer like weather. Stopped to listen to a jazz ensemble play at the amphitheater at south end of the UVA lawn. All in all, Id rather ride than try to play a guitar in these temps.



There were actually about 25-30 people watching - they just didnt make the photo.
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I usually drive on Wed. But the sun was shining this morning.


Kids!

Ive watched this building go up over the last 3 years. Now I need a tour of the interior.
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Originally Posted by Spaghetti Legs
This thread keeps getting better and better! Thanks lads for the posts from all over, traveling the world from the comfort of my chair!

First time in this thread in a while and first time on the bike in a week today. Once again, for maybe the 3rd or 4th time, I pulled my cool weather gear back out after
putting it away until the fall. Temps in the 50s today with a stiff breeze. Im not complaining though as by this point were usually starting to see humid summer like weather. Stopped to listen to a jazz ensemble play at the amphitheater at south end of the UVA lawn. All in all, Id rather ride than try to play a guitar in these temps.
That's why they call it May...may be nice, may rain, may snow...
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Originally Posted by Classtime
I usually drive on Wed. But the sun was shining this morning.


Kids!

Ive watched this building go up over the last 3 years. Now I need a tour of the interior.
Be careful riding that river basin. I see police chases in there on TV all the time.
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Down by the river...

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Holiday rec ride
May 3 : constitutional day of Japan, national holiday

Popular tourism spots are busy all over Japan and roads to those spots are congested.
So, the traffic of Yokohama ordinary roads are very light.


Mt. Fuji view point
faintly see her, hmmm.



You wanna see a better thing or two?
Ok, the best thing for Eddy Merckx.
Selfy shot is,,,,mhhh.
Peal Izumi jersey.
I bought it in circa 1980.
semi-skinsuit fit, but still serviceable and roadworthy.
I have kept it to ride Eddy Merckx Molteni team bike.
A dream came true last year, 2022.




nioi banmatsuri, Brazil rain tree or Paraguayan jasmine or yesterday-today-and-tomorrow or morning-noon-and-night or kiss-me-quick, Brunfelsia australis.
It smells nice, of course, hahaha.
The flowers change their colors, purplish blue to white.
They take two days to change colors, Wiki says.




A cherry blossom house is now a green shade house.




The drive way to Isogo Country Club golf course.
The cherry trees are cut down!
My gush!
I happened to meet care takers and asked why.
"The course was built 1960 and we planted cherry trees at the same year. So they are 70 to 100 years old.
Old cherry trees are weak against strong wind.
There is higher risk to fall down, hit by typhoons in particular.
We wanna grow and keep them, but no choice but cut down them.
We wanna plant new trees but not decided yet"




But shiro bara yashiki, white roses house, is beautiful today too.




That beautiful hill, the azaleas didn't blossom this year.
Because of overgrowth, perhaps.
They need trimming.
The pic taken in 2021, the place is at the top of the hill.
The road is trimmed beautifully like this.




Road side Italian taste.
Fiat and Abarth.
"I'm looking for 1977 Fiat jersey.
Yeah, that Eddy Merckx team"




100m/300ft from Italian taste, French taste.
Renault.
"Any Gitane team pro?
I'm looking for 1984 Team Pro, yeah, the year when Laurent Fignon won Tour de France.
That year's Team Pro"



It was another nice ride!
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Rode a little ride today:
Little sun
Little cloudy
Little rain
Little hail
Pick yer season!
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Rode this afternoon to my weekly volunteer shift at the Rusty Spoke co-op on my 20,000+ mile Ross "commutocruiser", with its comfortable ride and exterior finish courtesy of 3M Super 33.






Today's ride was mainly a test of a newly-installed crank. The colorful Deores I previously had on this bike worked fine, bit the combination of a 175 arm length and a very low bottom bracket resulted in a number of unexpected instances of pedal-diggin'. I happened into a scratched-up set of 170 mm XCEs, tossed some reflective tape on 'em to liven them up a bit, and installed.


They seem to be working out well so far, and I like the unique style of the spider. Hopefully they'll stay installed for a while.

Yes, I am aware that those PowerGrips are looking a bit... flaccid. But they still sorta work, and I'll leave them installed until one of them finally completely unravels.

The prior cranks are slated for installation on a teal Nishiki Pueblo that will likely be my back yard project after next, once I keep my paying clients happy and before it gets too hot outside.
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Originally Posted by Spaghetti Legs
Be careful riding that river basin. I see police chases in there on TV all the time.
These?
https://theculturetrip.com/north-ame...-the-la-river/
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I did 24 miles yesterday on the local trails on my 1993 Bridgestone MB 1. This has to be one of my better Craigslist finds. This bike had lived a creampuff life as a garage queen. I swapped out the tires for a set of Schwalbe 26 x 2.0 Marathon Supremes (these are puffy tires that ride nice) and installed new grips and pedals. Other than that, the bike is original.

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This bike is back home sporting new low rider racks from Gugie!
New Racks! by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr

I took it out this morning for a 30 mile shakedown ride in the Valley. Chipseal, dirt trail, gravel road and smooth asphalt. A few short climbs and fast descents.a little bit of everything.
Sporting a full touring load, the bags fit neat and snug with no need to make any finicky adjustments.
The bike took the weight well, riding nice and smooth. There was no shimmy at speed or when spinning at high cadences and no tail wagging when riding out of the saddle.
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Holiday rec ride

From the last Saturday of April or 29th to the first Sunday or May 5th,
it is Japan's golden week.

National holidays
Apr 29 : day of Showa, ex birthday of Showa emperor or Hirohito
May 3 : Constitutional day
May 4 : greenery day
May 5 : children's day

This year, taking days-off at May 1st and 2nd, it will be 9 straight days off.
Mini vacation.


Mt Fuji view point
Better than 2 days ago




It doesn't look so steep.
But, it is.
Grade 11
Slope 19.44%
Did I climb up?
No, climbed down a bit from the ridge road at the right.




For the baseball fans.
Yokohama koko, Yokohama high school.
It's the old school of Daisuke "Dice K" Matsuzaka, ex Boston Red Sox
and
Yoshi Tsutsugo, Texas Rangers, minor contract.



They must have been training in this artificial turfed ground.


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