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Nosing around Admiralty Arch

Admiralty arch nose 2











Yesterday I posted a picture of a nose on Admiralty Arch in London, but didn’t explain it, which I hope didn’t lead to too many of you having a sleepless night wondering what it’s all about.

The nose appeared in 1997 and here’s what Wikipedia has to say about it –

“The London Noses or Seven Noses of Soho are an artistic installation found on buildings in London. They are plaster of Paris reproductions of the artist’s nose which protrude from walls in an incongruous and unexpected way. They were created by artist Rick Buckley in 1997. Initially, about 35 were attached to buildings such as the National Gallery and Tate Britain but now only about 10 survive.

The artist was provoked by the controversial introduction of CCTV cameras throughout London and installed the noses under the noses of the cameras. The prank was not publicised and so urban myths grew up to explain the appearance of the noses. For example, the nose inside the Admiralty Arch was said to have been created to mock Napoleon and that the nose would be tweaked by cavalry troopers from nearby Horse Guards Parade when they passed through the arch.”

London Walking Tours has a great article about where the other noses (or some of them) can be found. I haven’t looked for any of the other ones, but I think it might be fun!


weekly photo challenge: trio

A trio of tall arches in London.

This is Admiralty Arch at the opposite end of The Mall from Buckingham Palace.

Admiralty Arch

On the inside wall of the tall right hand arch there is a little known addition …

Admiralty arch nose 3

…  a nose!

Admiralty arch nose 2

Weekly Photo Challenge


Final autumn flourish

I took these photos of a couple of shrubs in my garden about ten days ago, but forgot to post them.  The second photo is a little blurry for some reason, but the effect of all the colours is what I was looking for.  Sadly the branches are almost bare now.




Ice cream cake

It’s a while since I posted a favourite recipe (and my Lemon Drizzle Cake one is still the most popular post I have written!), so here’s a delicious ‘cake’ I made recently.  It is really just a lot of chocolate and ice cream – who could resist? What I particularly like about this (apart from the ingredients!) is that is is very adaptable and can be made well in advance and just kept in the freezer until required.

ice cream cake

I don’t think my picture makes it look as appetising as it is in the flesh and as the eager hordes were waiting to eat it I couldn’t spend time trying to take a better one, so here is the photo from the recipe book (and you will see why I was tempted to try making it originally!). I also forgot to take a photo of it after a slice had been cut out.

ice cream cake book photo

Ice cream cake

(Ingredients to fit a 7″ tin)

1 litre of vanilla ice cream

6 or 7  Bourbon biscuits (save one to use for the top of the cake if you like)

3 chocolate flakes

3 Crunchie bars

ice cream cake ingredients1. Take the ice cream out of the freezer and allow it to soften slightly for a little while until it is just workable with a spoon but not at all runny.

2.  Line a 7″ baking tin (or similar) with cling film so that the bottom and sides are covered and you have some overhang at the top.

3. Break up the biscuits until you have some crumbs and bigger pieces. I find using a rolling pin and a plastic bag is the best way.

step 1

4. Break up 2 Flakes and 2 Crunchies into dust and shards.

step 2

5. Put the softened ice cream into a bowl and mix in the biscuits.

step 3

6. Add the Flakes and Crunchies and mix in.

step 4

step 5

7.  Scrape the mixture into the prepared tin, making sure it goes right to the sides, and flattening the top like a cake.

step 6

8.  Fold the cling film over the top to cover it and put it into the freezer to firm up.

9.  Serve the cake straight from the freezer by taking it out of the tin and removing the cling film carefully before putting it on a plate.

10.  Sprinkle the top of the cake with the remaining crumbled Flake and Crunchie, and/or Bourbon biscuits.

It is delicious served with a hot chocolate sauce (no picture I’m afraid).


If you like peanuts, you could add about 50g of honey roast peanuts and leave out one of the Flakes and/or Crunchies.

Instead of serving with hot chocolate sauce you could try butterscotch, or peanut.  Or, if you are throwing caution to the wind make all three!

You could replace the Bourbon biscuits with any other kind of biscuit – I thought Oreos might work well, but I haven’t tried them yet.


Bench Series: November – benches with messages #4

For the month of November, Jude at Travel Words has asked us to share benches which have messages, or are autumnal.

I saw this one during my walk in Wendover Woods recently.  I thought the sentiment behind the words was lovely.

Wendover Woods bench with plaque 2

Wendover Woods plaque 2

“For Celia & Peter Kendal, two people that shared special times and are now re-united forever to sit and watch the world go by.”

This is their view which, on a clear day, would have been wonderful.  Just out of the shot, on the left, is the Gruffalo.

Wendover bench view

Bench Series


challenge going well


I am nearly three quarters of the way through the challenge to post something every day in November.  So far, so good.



Have a good Saturday – whatever your weather.

To read more sets of six words for a Saturday head over to Cate at Show My Face.


Friday letters – the wordy edition

Dear Oxford Dictionary,  How can a picture be classed as a word?  Your ‘Word of the Year’ is an emoji – chosen, you say,  because the “face with tears of joy emoji” best represents “the ethos, mood, and preoccupations of 2015”  You say that “Emoji culture has become so popular that individual characters have developed their own trends and stories”. Maybe so, but a Word of the Year, really should be an actual word in my opinion!

Dear limpets,  I heard on the radio that, if threatened, you could rush away from me at the rate of 2 inches an hour.  I had no idea you were so fast!  I’d better start training if I hope to get away from you.


Dear Christmas Day,  Five weeks from today and you will be here.  How did that happen??

Dear Yankee Candles,  I really like your new Gingerbread Maple – it’s not too strong and fills the room with a warm and comforting scent.

Dear innocent smoothies,  My little knitted hats for your BigKnit campaign are on their way to you.  Only 103 this year, but every little helps.

little hats 2015

Happy Friday everyone!


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