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2021 summary

By David Howard

As the season draws to an end here is my annual summary of my photographic activity. Lockdown held back my usual routine till the end of March, so again sent me in a small circle around home covering less-visited areas until I was set free again TQ2284 : Villiers Road, Willesden by David Howard TQ2284 : Shops on Willesden High Road by David Howard TQ2496 : Union Street at the junction of Barnet High Street by David Howard TQ3294 : Firs Park Avenue, Winchmore Hill by David Howard, plus our bagpipers who put on a performance for charity TQ2187 : Bagpipe players on Kinloch Drive, Kingsbury by David Howard. Over the winter three pre-Worboys signs had turned up, so as soon as March ended I was off to get them all including one in Thetford TL8782 : Castle Park, Thetford by David Howard TL8682 : The Chase pub, Thetford by David Howard TL8784 : Admirals Way, Thetford by David Howard which turned up here. As I already have a patch around there I took the opportunity to increase it, and used the map here to find two squares with only one image either side of a road, which needed GPS to locate as one was limited by hedges TL8880 : The A1088, Euston by David Howard and the other was in a field TL8981 : Field in Euston by David Howard.

Twyford SU4824 : Queen Street, Twyford by David Howard SU4824 : High Street Twyford at the end of Hazeley Road by David Howard SU4724 : Queen Street, Twyford by David Howard and Trumpington TL4454 : Bidwells offices in Trumpington by David Howard TL4454 : Conifers by Hauxton Road, Trumpington by David Howard TL4555 : New flats by Long Road, Cambridge by David Howard were the other two, and once completed was free to roam wherever I wanted to. The only aim now is new territory, as it would need a tremendous effort to reach any further locations without a reluctant overnight stay. I may next year, as covid prevented it since 2019 so anything more ambitious was so hard as to be practically impossible, including the Eurotunnel to France. The routine this year turned out to be major A roads to their conclusions, the A10 to King's Lynn TF6424 : New house on Manor Road, North Wootton by David Howard TF6423 : Park by Nursery Lane, North Wootton by David Howard TF6523 : Ling Common, South Wootton by David Howard, the A41 to Solihull SP1480 : Seven Star Road, Solihull by David Howard SP1580 : Lode Lane at the corner of Grove Road by David Howard SP1579 : Arbury House on School Lane, Solihull by David Howard and the A34 to Birmingham SP0281 : Iris Close, Weoley Castle by David Howard SP0179 : Northfield Leisure Centre by David Howard SP0478 : Granshaw Close, Kings Norton by David Howard, albeit with very few sections using the designations nowadays. I ended the serious journeys with Uttoxeter SK0934 : Starbucks off Derby Road, Uttoxeter by David Howard SK0933 : Domino's Pizza, Uttoxeter by David Howard SK0933 : Bull sculpture on Derby Road, Uttoxeter by David Howard, to fill in the yawning gaps in SK myriad, having attempted Nottingham earlier in the year and got so stuck in traffic I turned off and headed west instead SP4888 : House on Main Road, Claybrooke Magna by David Howard SP5387 : Cauldwell Lane near Bitteswell by David Howard SP5485 : Houses on Central Avenue, Lutterworth by David Howard.

Locally I use my phone to keep track of wherever I am, and followed the progress of the wild flowers in my local parks where I go to run TQ2187 : Going to seed by David Howard TQ2187 : Brent Reservoir, Kingsbury by David Howard TQ2088 : Flowers in Roe Green Park, Kingsbury by David Howard TQ2088 : Marigolds on Church Lane Recreation Ground, Kingsbury by David Howard. There is also a series around Golders Green TQ2488 : Hallswelle House, Temple Fortune by David Howard TQ2488 : Planter in front of Yew Tree Court, Temple Fortune by David Howard TQ2588 : Temple Fortune Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb by David Howard and Hampstead Garden Suburb TQ2588 : Rosebed in Northway Gardens, Hampstead Garden Suburb by David Howard where I do my mother's shopping. Otherwise the trips have been to green patches in between the red on my map, becoming further and further away after 15 years, and generally around Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Essex SP9853 : Houses on Court Lane, Stevington by David Howard TL1749 : Floral display on Market Square, Sandy by David Howard SP8638 : Marlborough Street, Milton Keynes by David Howard SP8438 : Shopping centre by Silbury Boulevard, Milton Keynes by David Howard TL1407 : St Albans Museum and Gallery by David Howard. More pre-Worboys signs turned up on the east coast, meaning a first visit to Great Wakering TQ9487 : The Co-op, Great Wakering by David Howard TQ9486 : Electrical transformers at MoD Shoeburyness by David Howard TQ9387 : Little Wakering Road, Great Wakering by David Howard and a visit to Mersea Island TM0615 : Thatched cottage on East Road, East Mersea by David Howard TM0113 : Field by Colchester Road, West Mersea by David Howard TM0115 : The Mersea Channel by David Howard for the first time in about 40 years. One memory is always revived now as my current road map was bought last year on a trip to Leicester SK6200 : Harborough Road, Oadby by David Howard as the last one was coming apart and is now indoors for reference. However it came back to life when I went to Birmingham SP0180 : St David's Church, Shenley Green by David Howard as it has a huge town plan which guaranteed I reached the exact spot I had to get a sign in.

It was a slightly different year due to lockdown, but less than 2020 as the restrictions didn't last as long, but having three signs to get as quickly as possible (many are gone if you wait, as I've experienced too many times) used up any ambitions to bag a distant myriad this year, and plan a trip to Wales again next year for that purpose. My other trip planned is into the far side of Staffordshire, and everything else is flexible.

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