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Autumn in the City

Last weekend I went up to London for some autumnal fun, making the most of the best leaves, deer, and Halloween pop-ups that the city had to offer.

First off, a trip to the park to take some pretty pictures. I chose Richmond Park cos it's famous for its deer...




It wasn't long after we entered the park that we came across some of the fabled wildlife...

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Ok, I know it's a squirrel and not a deer but this was too cute not to share. I am annoyed that the picture isn't quite in focus, but unfortunately the squirrel didn't want to pose long enough for a second attempt.


A bit further in and we found the main event...

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Deer!


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Lots of deer.


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Deer that perhaps think I have taken enough photographs of them and I should move along now.

(Seriously though, my camera has a 30x zoom so I wasn't actually that close to the deer. Just in case you were worried I was actually disturbing them.)


This time of year is rutting season so I was hoping to see some stags duelling for the hoof of a fair doe...

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This was the only rutting I saw though, and it was a bit half-hearted. I think they were just putting on a show for the tourists.


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"Was that good enough?"


A bit later on we came across another deer, this time just laying by the side of the path looking pointedly disinterested in the people walking behind him.

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"Yeah, I know I'm fabulous."


The trees themselves were disappointingly green. There were some that were turning, but it wasn't the amazing display of autumn colours that I'd hoped for.

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Still pretty though.


And the weather was good, despite Storm Brian promising to blow us all away. But it did rain a bit later on, which produced this lovely rainbow...

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So annoyed I wasn't able to get it all in shot.



After that, it was time to head into central London and Carnaby Street...



The Newburgh Quarter of Carnaby Street is putting on a two week Halloween celebration, so of course I had to go visit. Unfortunately I wasn't able to go to any of the workshops (Potion Cocktail Making would have been so cool!) but I still wanted to see what they had.

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The decorations did not disappoint.


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Spiders!


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Spooky spiders.


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And, of course, Choccywoccydoodah went all out with their decorations.


We had dinner at Kua 'Aina specifically because they promised a special Halloween menu, but they'd run out of everything on it so that was a bit of a disappointment.

But going to Brewdog and discovering Collabfest2017, which I didn't even know existed, was awesome.

All in all, a most excellent weekend. =D

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