The peacock that used to live at Claremont Landscape Garden in Esher was fantastic, it’s colors were stunning especially from the front but also from the rear as seen in the earlier post.

Peacock Front

The garden is really good fun and well worth a visit. Steeped in nearly 300 years of history, the eighteen-century garden is a green oasis in the heart of Surrey within easy reach of London. Once a Dukes’ retreat and a playground for princesses, Claremont has always been somewhere to escape everyday life and enjoy simple pleasures with family and friends. Many of the great names in garden history played a part in the creation and development of the estate. Over the years Sir John Vanbrugh, Charles Bridgeman, William Kent and ‘Capability’ Brown all put their own distinctive stamp on the pleasure grounds, which were part of the foremost royal residence in the country.

Living near the Thames you can’t help noticing there are a lot of swans about. For those that don’t know there is a swan sanctuary at Walton on Thames, which may have something to do with it. The Swan Sanctuary was founded in the early 1980s by Dorothy Beeson BEM. It is the largest and only completely self-contained swan hospital in the UK. Each year thousands of swans (along with lots of other animals) are given some form of help – from bank side treatment to hospitalization, often involving major surgery. The sanctuary works with the full authority of the Lord Chamberlain’s Office to protect the Royal Swans from the dangers of modern society and is proud to have Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan as its principal patron. If in the area please support them wherever possible.

For more Swan type activities there is the fabulous Young’s Brewery ‘The Swan’ pub facing off onto the river at Walton on Thames.




I took the chance to be at London Fashion Week again this year with Canon CPS, the showcase venue typically held at the stunning Somerset House, how the organizers manage to transform this stunning 1550’s building into what they do for Fashion Week in sense of the catwalk and numerous outlets is incredible. At the final weekend there was a ‘trends’ show incorporating a number of designers pieces which was excellent though somewhat eclipsed by Julien Macdonald’s Saturday evening show.




Being involved in one of these shoots really is something else, the waiting seems to last an eternity before the noise and lights, elbows from the other photogs, the looks, glamour & the timing of the steps. Apparently Macdonald was inspired by the color and nightlife of Marrakesh when putting together his Spring/Summer 2014 collection, having visited the city for a friend’s 40th birthday. The designer said silks, satin and crystals were at the heart of his collection, which he insisted was “for everybody”, adding: “I celebrate women”.