parliament hill


i keep hearing that we are going to have a hot summer this year – its hard to believe with all this rain and wind and its so cold!

Parliament Hill, formerly known as Traitor’s Hill, is the gateway to London’s Hampstead Heath. it’s a natural haven to the north of London. the 791 acre heath is an amalgam of the grounds of several large houses that once were in the area.  it’s thought that Parliament Hill took its name from it being a point of defence during the English Civil War – a place for the troops loyal to Parliament.

sixty years ago, Hampstead Heath was host to livestock, and in the 1930s, the cattle were reared to be sold through the London meat markets. the upper parts of the hill are still unmown in summer, and is crisscrossed by a network of pathways.  the grasses on Hampstead heath are in fact specially bred farm grasses, a legacy from the time when the heath was an agricultural resource.

i had to take a portrait on parliament hill for a friend Anna – not only is she a talented film editor, but can also teach meditation.  i always forget that  the views from the top of parliament hill are wonderful, but when that wind blows up there, it nearly knocks you over.

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