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One of them he spelt wrong or is it different garries?

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It’s different gravy mate! :laugh2:

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Slightly further afield today as I had to go for an MRI scan in St John’s Wood. Walked there and back and took a few quick n’ dirty (ie poor quality) phone cam pics.

The Grace Gates at the home of cricket

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Some people may recognise this rather well-known zebra crossing

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There are lots of large, expensive and attractive mansion blocks in this area but this one in Abbey Road is probably my favourite 

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I’ve always wanted to contribute to this thread, but since we’re trying to isolate it makes it kind of hard to get some new pictures around town. I thought I would highlight some very different landscapes all within close proximity to Albuquerque, NM. I hope these fit the theme of the thread somewhat. 
 

This is the Rio Grande river that runs right through our town, and the “forested” area surrounding the river is know locally as the Bosque. There is all different types of wildlife that can be found here. Sorry about the picture quality, but below you’ll find a very blurry horned owl, porcupine, and a bald eagle, all seen on the same day a couple months ago. Easier to spot the animals before the spring brought leaves back to the trees. 
 

The Mountains in the background are known as the Sandia mountains, and part of the Cibola National Forest. I’ll come back to those in the next post. 

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Just a couple miles from the city is the Sandia mountains. The peak is about 12k feet I believe, and the city itself is about 5k feet above sea level, as we are located in the high desert. 

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Every October(except this year, probably), Albuquerque has the International Balloon Fiesta. People from all over the world come to fly their balloons over the course of a week. It’s quite common to have balloons land in any open space across the city, including occasionally right in your back yard. 

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Also every october, we have several “burning man” type ceremonies. The most famous is in Sante Fe, known as Zozobra. 
 

This is a smaller one known in our community as El Kookooee. Everyone writes down their worries or fears on a paper, and they are burned along with the creation. Every year the children from the local middle school construct the figure to be burned. 
 

We also have a Dia De Los Muertos parade around the same time  It’s known as the marigold parade, to honor those who have passed on. The three pictures here aren’t too great, but most people paint their faces as Esquelitos or skeletons. 

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Posted a similar pic on denimbro a while back but cant find it 

This was my first home as a kid , a small 2 bed semi in north belfast . I was born in 1988 and my family lived here until 97 . The house didn't have central heating , only a coal fire in the sitting room ... I can still remember the condensation freezing on the inside of the windows in winter , plenty of happy memories though

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On 5/8/2020 at 8:12 PM, Maynard Friedman said:

There used to be one called ‘Garyland’ too not that far away.

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Found it! It was next door to that one with the orange elephant I posted a few pages back. Here’s the local colourful Hindu temple too. 

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You're going to have to knock at both Fort Garry and Garyland and see if it's the same person. 

If it's not, phew.  If it is, can you please ask why?  This unsolved mystery is killing us (well me, at least).

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Have been getting out on my bicycle recently, which means I can go further away from home. I don't normally like riding around on the road here (too many cars and not enough drivers paying attention) but I think i only saw 3 cars total last time. Anyway there is a local 2-year college in my neighborhood that has some scenic areas, and it's completely deserted right now. Note that in the one pic, I was trying to take a pic ahead of me but I was riding at the same time. It came out OK although I do actually have legs.IMG_0939.thumb.JPG.06fd981ef483cd79a96f34ce8ea0571a.JPG

 

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47 minutes ago, Double 0 Soul said:

Bumping this thread for all the new peeps who's signed up recently

Indeed I concur. I'd love to see @Hopethisoneisnttaken have a go at this when time permits. You always show amazing places in your IG stories and I have no idea of the sceneries in Israel. The more mundane the better

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29 minutes ago, volvo240thebest said:

Indeed I concur. I'd love to see @Hopethisoneisnttaken have a go at this when time permits. You always show amazing places in your IG stories and I have no idea of the sceneries in Israel. The more mundane the better

Thank you! I’d love to. 
here’s one from today. Went on a short hike with the dog. Was super windy. 
I live in a relatively rural area so might not be the best example of mundane. 

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that's some amazing scenery and so far from what I always had in my mind when thinking of Israel. Pup is a stunner too.

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2 hours ago, volvo240thebest said:

that's some amazing scenery and so far from what I always had in my mind when thinking of Israel. Pup is a stunner too.

Thank you! I’ll add some pictures of the neighborhood tomorrow morning. 
 

curious to know what scenery did you imagine in Israel? 

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1 minute ago, Hopethisoneisnttaken said:

Thank you! I’ll add some pictures of the neighborhood tomorrow morning. 
 

curious to know what scenery did you imagine in Israel? 

Just not so lush and green and more desertic, but pardon me I am an uneducated peasant

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7 hours ago, volvo240thebest said:

Just not so lush and green and more desertic, but pardon me I am an uneducated peasant

Haha don’t feel bad. I think that’s what most of everybody thinks. That is true to certain parts, mostly around the southern districts, but I live fairly close to the northern border and it’s very different. 
 

anyway took a morning stroll around the block and took some pictures. I live in what we call a “kibbutz” which used to mean a socialist settlement, but now a days they are all privatized and actually mean a small town where you say good morning to every single person that pass you by. 
 

I wear a Jamestown Revival T shirt with some Ciano farmers denim and sandals, since it’s a denim forum but it’s also 29 degrees outside at 8:30 in the morning. 
 

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Cool thread, I'll bite.  I've moved a lot, never really living anywhere longer than 5 years, although I claim the American Midwest as home.  The past ~15 months I've been in Cambridge, Massachusetts and I've gotta say...it's gorgeous here.

If you're unfamiliar, Cambridge is in the greater Boston metro area, and is just across the Charles river from Boston.  I took this during a January run along the Charles, looking over at Boston.

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The whole state (and really the whole Northeast) is much more arboreal and lush that I could have imagined.  Looking at the Boston skyline from a local preserve, the Middlesex Fells.

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Cambridge is home to two of the most prestigious universities in the world, Harvard and MIT.  I've been living smack dab between the two, which is a neat and occasionally surreal experience (going to lunch and overhearing a group of data scientists talking about removing bias in artificial intelligence, seeing MIT kids pointing a laptop with arduino and antennae at passing cars for unknown reasons, etc).  You can easily take the bike path along the Charles to run or bike between the two schools.  It's a very popular path with some pretty bridges along it, such as this one near Harvard.

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To me as a Midwesterner, the neighborhoods in this part of Cambridge are fascinating.  I've never seen so many home with so much history, elegance, and character.  This is my favorite house in Cambridge, from a few blocks over.

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Another favorite, until they removed all the vines last week.

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A park down the street.  The hydrangeas have been insane lately.

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Another neat house nearby, check out that window.

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Sadly, the gorgeous architecture and prestigious universities come with some truly shocking price tags (median home price in Cambridge is $1.45 million, making it the most expensive city in greater Boston).  With my wife and I planning on starting our family soon, we wanted to be closer to relatives and somewhere we could actually afford to own: we're happy to be closing on our new house in Illinois next week.  It's going to be a sizeable increase from our current 399 sq ft apartment, which has proven quite....cramped...in recent months.  Follow up pictures of the new neighborhood would be downright depressing in comparison, however. ;)

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Awesome post, @RunMountainDrew, and great to see Cambridge here. A lot of my friends moved to Boston for school and ended up staying in and around that area - one being in Cambridge. Visiting a few times its hard not to be in awe with the architecture and its scenic locations. It's nice to see that some places actually conserve and preserve their historic homes instead of leaving them to deteriorate. The city is too old money for me to ever feel at home, but being near MIT, Harvard, and all the universities in Boston during the school year is an invaluable experience. Look forward to the updated post in Illinois!

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Slightly further afield from my usual local jaunts, this is the former 1930s water tower by the canal at Ladbroke Grove, converted to residential use by Tom Dixon of Habitat fame (disclaimer, not my photo as I forgot to take one...)

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Maynard, we have one of those near me! It just recently became one of the most popular vacation rentals in Huntington Beach, CA.

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I’d say yours has the nicer view...unless canals, railway tracks and giant Sainsbury’s supermarkets are your thing!

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I’m looking forward to the Kirklees Council offices!

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HMP Armley for proper lockdown pictures!!

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On 4/21/2020 at 1:56 PM, Maynard Friedman said:

My son and I call this ‘Minecraft housing’ - the virtual world taking over the real one!

Some soon to be 'Minecrafting' around the corner from us

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In this spot here^ between these charming old houses they're plonking this monstrosity

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...only £995,000

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