The past week or so, we’ve been very lucky to receive some wonderful, summer-like weather in London, with brilliant sun and temperatures in the mid- to high- 20s (Centigrade, of course!). One of the wonderful things about Kensington is its parks and open spaces – and where better to go to enjoy the wonderful weather! Kensington Gardens is the largest park in the area, and is home to the Round Pond (near the entrances on Kensington High Street). There’s always a wonderful variety of birds enjoying the water there (or sunbathing – I suppose – just next to it), so I thought I’d pick up my camera and take a few snaps. There’s also a few photos for the parts of the park near the Round Pond, including Kensington Palace and the newly opened gardens just next to it!
Click on any photo for a larger version, or to start a slideshow – clicking on the left or right of any of the larger images will take you backwards and forewards between the photos.
I regularly, very regularly, walk in Kensington Gdns, mostly around the Round Pond. I returned from Scotland and walked around the pond yesterday for the first time for over three weeks and was dismayed and somewhat disgusted by the state of the Pond. I accept the algae, if that is what it is called, is probably unavoidable, but how often is the water ‘swept’ for debris, namely loads of plastic bags, bottles and the like. I noticed there was a family of ducklings – the last family I saw some few months ago disappeared pretty quickly, and such debris must surely be a hazard risk for young birds. I would also ask where the Egyptian geese are – there used to be a permanent pair with regular broods of goslings.
I saw the Egyptian Geese today with a large brood of healthy goslings huddled together for warmth.
I have a stone statue in my garden of a boy in breeches and an open jacket with a slouch felt hat on his head. His hands are in his pockets and his face is turned to something that obviously interests him. I bought it in a a second hand shop to put next to my round pond. I have somewhere at the back of my mind that this boy in the slouch hat was standing at the edge of the Round Pond in Kensington Gardens watching the toy sailing boats.
Where do I get this impression from? I have looked everywhere for this picture in the original but cannot find it! I thought of Christopher Robin but I think this boy may pre-date him looking at his clothes and his stance.
Anything you can come up with would be interesting.
Many thanks, Yvonne
Hallo, sind Sie oder wären Sie die Ehefrau von Karl Kirchgässer aus Köln. Ich gehöre zu den ehemaligen Volleyballern und wir hören nichts mehr von ihm,trotz Geburtstagsgrüßen. Falls ich hier vollkommen verkehrt bin, bitte ich um Entschuldigung.