We went on a Treasure Hunt x

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As we are away, a few trips coming up from memory lane..


I am a bone-fide Londoner, in truth I was born within the sound of Bow Bells inside the City mile, which officially makes me a Cockney, and once-upon-a-time this bestowed the privilege of being buried within the City Walls..if you visit City churchyards you’ll find them banked high either side of the path as they had to stack the bodies due to lack of space..but I digress:  So I am a true City chick..but it wasn’t until a few years ago I learnt there are gas lights still in use in London.  1,600 to be precise, covering 200 miles…

To find them we went on a Treasure Hunt..for four lions, a nose, some lights…and a few knights..

IMG_2175 IMG_2176Lions first.  Good ol’Trafalgar Square.

IMG_2179Sitting on a Lion’s bottom.

IMG_2181IMG_2182 The building you can just see with the clock? Is where the first telegraph from the Titanic arrived to say she was sinking..

IMG_2177Then the search for the elusive ‘Nose’..apparently to be found in Admiralty Arch, a stones throw away..


Can you see it? in the middle of the plain stone under the first dimpled stone..

IMG_2184A side view..Made of pink granite and 7 ft up, rumour has it that it was once the spare for Nelson’s Column in case his was broken on the way up…


Others think it’s here  in honour of the Duke of Wellington – it’s at waist height for anyone on a horse and they say the soldiers rub it for luck as they ride through..

IMG_2186The truth? It was put up by the artist Rick Buckley in 1997 as part of a campaign against ‘Big Brother’ society…stop being nosey..

IMG_2188 Through Admiralty Arch to The Mall. Lined with gas lights (the majority are around the Palace, Mayfair and Covent Garden).

IMG_2190With appropriate ‘Admiralty’ ships on the top!

IMG_2189IMG_2191Central London..and it’s like being in the countryside.

IMG_2192All the way down to the Palace.

IMG_2193IMG_2196 IMG_2208 The beautiful lock on the gate…must have a story..

IMG_2209 IMG_2201 IMG_2197IMG_2199To look at the knights..

IMG_2195 IMG_2200And more gas lights – six Gas Lighters work the stretch around Buckingham Palace.

IMG_2206Then Charlie spotted a badger (as you do) and wanted to ask him if the Queen was in and if he was invited for tea..The badger turned out to be an soldier who had done sentry duty himself at the Palace and was a trove of knowledge. Not enough guards he said.  She was away and unfortunately unavailable.

IMG_2203 This is the better picture of said Badger.  But I did debate about whether to post it or not – the anatomically correct part of said Badger was purely unintentional…although his girlfriend seems perfectly happy..

IMG_2204So Charlie then asked a Policeman! He explained that her standard – looking like one of his badges – had to be flying if she was home..

IMG_2205 IMG_2207Charlie was a bit disappointed. But we promised to come back another day..maybe next weekend for the rehearsal of Trooping of the Colour..just as good as the real thing, but much less crowded.  We then got the train home from Victoria.

A simple day in London.  But a lovely one.

Laters, Kate x


  1. Laura Lynn

    I just LOVE your photography! You seem to zoom in on exactly the correct detail to illustrate exactly the correct thing to bring a photo to life. And the captions are pithy and interesting and funny. I don’t know how you do it but I know it’s a gift.

    I think today I am going to try and take some detail pictures and see if I can capture something of Island life. I guarantee it will be nothing like as exciting and interesting as London life…no Big Brother noses, or elaborate locks or gas lights, not even a Trafalgar square lion-which I actually have a picture of myself standing beside. Was I really that close to the Palace? Darn it.

    • MasonBentley

      Bless you luv. I enjoy taking them – if my subject stand still long enough to be photographer without too much bribery. Also on Trafalgar Square is the building where they received the first telegraph about the sinking of the Titanic..Good luck with the pictures..look forward to seeing them! xxxxx

  2. Alex

    Absolutely fascinating do you know I just love the idea of researching to see if any are left in Birmingham. I have had a sneak on google and there are a few doubt whether my pics will be any good!!!

  3. whenlifeisgood

    Your children are gorgeous! You have a great eye for catching details. I enjoyed your treasure hunt. May I join the next one, too? I may start posting my own photos soon. 🙂