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Title: Open Garden Squares Weekend: London 12/13 June
Post by: Eileen on June 04, 2010, 04:15:58 PM
http://www.opensquares.org/en/index.html

Hi all,

I wondered if anyone was interested in meeting up to look at some of London's gardens and maybe take a few snaps into the bargain? I've pasted in a link above. I am thinking this year of going to the Kensington/Mayfair area. I particularly want to see the roof garden in Kensington High Street. It's only open between 8 and 11am on the Sunday morning which may be too early for those who have to travel a distance, but there are a good number of other nice gardens in the and I reckon enough to keep us going until early afternoon.

I'm off very shortly to Kefalonia  :dance: so won't be keeping up with the threads much over the next few days. I'll be back late Wednesday and, if people are interested, will post a suggested itinerary on Wednesday or Thursday.   :)
Title: Re: Open Garden Squares Weekend: London 12/13 June
Post by: picsfor on June 04, 2010, 04:48:03 PM
as you know - you can count me in.
Have a great wedding and hopefully we'll get to see some fo the great pictures you've taken
Title: Re: Open Garden Squares Weekend: London 12/13 June
Post by: irv_b on June 04, 2010, 09:48:48 PM
This quite takes my fancy (gotta learn how to take those flower pics properly ) and who better to learn from  :)
Title: Re: Open Garden Squares Weekend: London 12/13 June
Post by: picsfor on June 05, 2010, 06:56:52 AM
funny thing is Irv - whilst it is a garden weekend, you'd be surprised what else you can see that takes your fancy
Title: Re: Open Garden Squares Weekend: London 12/13 June
Post by: Sandy on June 06, 2010, 09:41:23 AM
Hi

I hope the wedding goes well and Iam sure you will get brilliant photos. The Pentax group are at Dover Castle on that Sunday so at the moment Iam hoping to meet up with them.

Sandy
Title: Re: Open Garden Squares Weekend: London 12/13 June
Post by: picsfor on June 06, 2010, 10:39:06 AM
Suspect Dover Castle will be an equally great venue...

And no tube lines out of commission for engineering works like last year  :(

Suspect you'll get some great shots for the club...
Title: Re: Open Garden Squares Weekend: London 12/13 June
Post by: Sandy on June 06, 2010, 09:50:18 PM
Hi

I look forward to either trip on Sunday, this week I went to the jousting at Leeds Castle. It was very good and I might have got a couple of images for next season

Sandy
Title: Re: Open Garden Squares Weekend: London 12/13 June
Post by: irv_b on June 08, 2010, 04:18:16 PM
I may have to drop out due to having work on sunday (which I had forgotten all about) from 1pm in Victoria, unless we are starting early
Title: Re: Open Garden Squares Weekend: London 12/13 June
Post by: picsfor on June 08, 2010, 04:27:04 PM
That would be a shame Irv. You would have enjoyed it.
Though i note that Eileen wants to do the 8am to 11am section first - so you could make that part of it. Bite to eat and off to work?
Mayfair/ Kensington - not that far from i know  :tup:
Title: Re: Open Garden Squares Weekend: London 12/13 June
Post by: Eileen on June 09, 2010, 09:07:59 PM
I was thinking of starting early on Sunday to see the Roof Garden. I'll probably have to leave early afternoon anyway, to continue processing wedding pictures. I will post a suggested itinerary tomorrow evening (I'm just back from Kefalonia, and tired after a long journey and busy few days).  The wedding and picture-taking went well, by the way, but not without a few dramas on the way...  ;) I'll post a few snaps and tell the story by the weekend.
Title: Re: Open Garden Squares Weekend: London 12/13 June
Post by: Eileen on June 10, 2010, 09:35:08 PM
OK, here's a rough outline of options for the day. If anyone who wants to come along can let me know when you can get to the area I'll give a more detailed outline with some possible meeting places and times. I can't post links to every garden but if you use the general link to the open gardens organisation below you can see each of the gardens I mention.

I think the day need to start with the Roof Garden - arriving any time before 10 to get the most of it, if that's possible for you. After that we could look at nearby Iverna Court, then move on to the Sloane Square area, which will be handy for Irv's work, and which has some very nice squares, with some offering cakes and lunch. In that area we could tackle Cadogan Place and Square, Belgrave Square and Wilton Crescent. All of these are interesting gardens with a good range of plants and interesting architecture.

Hope to see a few of you on Sunday.  The weather forecast looks good for the day. :)

http://www.opensquares.org/
Title: Re: Open Garden Squares Weekend: London 12/13 June
Post by: picsfor on June 11, 2010, 05:02:19 AM
count me in - just tell me where and when to meet...
Title: Re: Open Garden Squares Weekend: London 12/13 June
Post by: Eileen on June 11, 2010, 05:19:49 AM
Look forward to seeing you. How early do you want to meet - is 9am OK or too early for you?
Title: Re: Open Garden Squares Weekend: London 12/13 June
Post by: picsfor on June 11, 2010, 02:31:42 PM
and i was thinking you wanted to do an 8am start  :tup:

9am is fine, but happy to be there earlier if you want.
Title: Re: Open Garden Squares Weekend: London 12/13 June
Post by: Eileen on June 11, 2010, 08:05:15 PM
You're travelling further than me so I didn't want to make it too early. I can get to Victoria for 8.40 quite comfortably - does that work for you?

Hopefully Irv may be able to join us for a few hours.

Have you decided between us and Dover Castle Sandy? It would be nice to see you though I can understand the attraction of the castle.
Title: Re: Open Garden Squares Weekend: London 12/13 June
Post by: picsfor on June 11, 2010, 08:12:48 PM
will see you at Vic at 08:40 then Eileen - where about?

WH Smiths near plat 9-12? That would also work for Sandy coming in off the Eastern side if she can tear herself away from Dover (i must admit i'd struggle)
Title: Re: Open Garden Squares Weekend: London 12/13 June
Post by: Eileen on June 11, 2010, 09:06:13 PM
WH Smiths is fine for me. See you, and anyone else who can make it, there at 8.40. If anyone wants to join a bit later on let me know and I'll arrange a 2nd rendezvous point.
Title: Re: Open Garden Squares Weekend: London 12/13 June
Post by: Sandy on June 11, 2010, 10:21:00 PM
Hi

The roof garden does sound very interesting, but Dover Castle is calling also there have mobility scooter which is great. I hope to meet up again soon. Last night there was a program at 1830 about train journeys and they went to the lost gardens, and it brought back lovely memories.

Sandy
Title: Re: Open Garden Squares Weekend: London 12/13 June
Post by: irv_b on June 12, 2010, 12:48:00 PM
WH Smiths is fine for me. See you, and anyone else who can make it, there at 8.40. If anyone wants to join a bit later on let me know and I'll arrange a 2nd rendezvous point.
I'll see you both at Smiths then  :tup: I'll have to drive up and find somewhere to park,near the job, then get a travelcard for the day :)
Title: Re: Open Garden Squares Weekend: London 12/13 June
Post by: picsfor on June 12, 2010, 04:08:13 PM
don't think it's very far away Irv. I know there's a car park at Victoria Station - but i suspect that will not be the cheapest place in town.
Title: Re: Open Garden Squares Weekend: London 12/13 June
Post by: Eileen on June 12, 2010, 10:09:07 PM
It isn't too far from Victoria. I think it's worth getting the tube to High Street Ken to start off with, but after that we might well walk back in the direction of Victoria. The later gardens are near Sloane Square and it may not be worth getting public transport between stops.

Sorry I've not been keeping up much with pictures and postings. I am slowly working my way through some hundreds of wedding pictures. Getting into the groove now.

See you both tomorrow. Hope you have fun at the castle Sandy, and enjoy the scooter!
Title: Re: Open Garden Squares Weekend: London 12/13 June
Post by: picsfor on June 13, 2010, 06:38:40 PM
A thank you once again to organising this meet - and again finding the hidden treasure in the roof top garden - and good to see Irv again.

Have just had a bite to to eat and am now going through the pics with an early look showing some that didn't work, and a few others that may have.
I hope to post some shortly once i've had a proper look.

Quick one of Flamingos posted...
Title: Re: Open Garden Squares Weekend: London 12/13 June
Post by: Eileen on June 13, 2010, 10:01:04 PM
It was a pleasure. Very impressed with your speedy processing. Looking forward to Canterbury now.
Title: Re: Open Garden Squares Weekend: London 12/13 June
Post by: Sandy on June 14, 2010, 07:16:33 AM
Glad you had a nice day the roof top garden sounds a great place. I enjoyed Dover Castle and was able to get some photo without too many people, because I think they stayed at home to watch the football.

Sandy