Wandering Around The Hood

Today we stayed in Acton. This old Irish neighborhood has undergone considerable change into an multi-ethnic area that is now becoming more gentrified. We walked through some residential areas and saw a good number of remodeling projects underway. It’s a mix of well kept houses and gardens and some more run down.

Then we stopped for some time at Acton Park. This small park has a beautiful flower garden. Many roses are done blooming already! Lots of flowers, herbs, and greenery. Huge maple, oak, and beech trees. We met and chatted with a friendly Kiwi who has been living here for 10 years and now she’s ready to return to New Zealand.

Then we walk down Acton’s High Street. It was a busy Saturday with a market going on in one square, lots of folks walking the street, and few tourists. One friendly Irishman approached us to advise Jean to put her camera away because it would be attractive to snatch thieves. We chatted with him for several minutes. Lunch was at a nearby pub. I had chicken tikka masala and Jean had Thai curry Chicken. How’s that for pub grub? Those lunches and 1 1/2 pints of bitter cost us only 10 GBP.

Late in the afternoon I sketched in the front garden of our B&B, trying to capture the rows of 100 year old row houses along the street. This was a good exercise in perspective that didn’t render any keepers.

About Paul

I'm retired, but working at painting, photography, and song writing. We like to travel and paint plein air in new places. Of course that's also where photography comes into the picture, so to speak. Sometimes I get inspired to write songs about the people and places we visit.
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