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Saturday, 16 July 2011

Vauxhall Farm

The first few pages of Mark's Book (see yesterday's post) walking the Victoria he walked through Spring Gardens near Vauxhall station. I decided to take a look at the park known as Vauxhall Pleasure gardens in the 1660's. Where one could commune with nature and be entertained, listening to a bit of Handel.

In the 21st century communing with nature is ball games, horse riding and communicating with the animals in the city farm.

10 comments:

Adullamite said...

Good shot and the farm looks good.

Steffe said...

A fun portrait.

nonchan said...

Wow, interesting bird.

RedPat said...

I am going to look for this book!

Oakland Daily Photo said...

As with clowns, people walking around with birds or monkeys on their shoulder creeps me out a little bit. Although she is a sweet looking girl with a look of affection on her face.

Jack said...

Beautiful portrait today.

Montreal Photo Daily said...

That's quite a bird! Just wondering whether it was "dolled up" for our pleasure. Good to see that you will the book a good scanning.

Hello from Montreal!

IleDuLevant said...

One of my favourite facts is that the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens were so popular that they spawned imitations throughout the world, one such imitation being in Pavlosk, just outside St Petersburg. When the railways reached Russia, their first line had two stops, starting in St Petersburg and finishing at this equivalent of the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens. If you were going to the St Petersburg train station it would only have been to reach the Pleasure Gardens which is how the modern Russian word for train station became 'voksal' (transliterated from the Cyrillic 'воксал'). That little fact is probably in Mark Mason's book which I have now added to my reading list.

Jenny Woolf said...

Is that really a bird? it looks like a strange wizened old man! weird but interesting.

A Daft Scots Lass said...

see redhead do have more fun!!

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