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jeremai
Dec 31, 2006, 11:30 PM
It's been a while since I last posted on here. I have now got a job and am renting a house in the UK town of Crawley. Crawley has a thousand or so year history but was designated a "new town" after the Second World War and was developed over the following decades to become a town with a population of 100,000.

My two year old son Jacob got a kiddie digital camera for Christmas and tried it out in Crawley yesterday. OK, so he'll be three at the end of January, but it's probably still a first for SSP. :) Here are his photos:

http://images3.fotop.net/albums3/jeremai/JacobsCrawley/IMG_0029.jpg

http://images3.fotop.net/albums3/jeremai/JacobsCrawley/IMG_0032.jpg

http://images3.fotop.net/albums3/jeremai/JacobsCrawley/IMG_0035.jpg

http://images3.fotop.net/albums3/jeremai/JacobsCrawley/IMG_0038.jpg

http://images3.fotop.net/albums3/jeremai/JacobsCrawley/IMG_0041.jpg

http://images3.fotop.net/albums3/jeremai/JacobsCrawley/IMG_0042.jpg

http://images3.fotop.net/albums3/jeremai/JacobsCrawley/IMG_0046.jpg

Market stall detail!
http://images3.fotop.net/albums3/jeremai/JacobsCrawley/IMG_0051.jpg

A sampling of local houses for sale. Amusingly, I often take shots like this, but didn't prompt Jacob to take this. He must have been watching me. :)
http://images3.fotop.net/albums3/jeremai/JacobsCrawley/IMG_0056.jpg

http://images3.fotop.net/albums3/jeremai/JacobsCrawley/IMG_0062.jpg

http://images3.fotop.net/albums3/jeremai/JacobsCrawley/IMG_0063.jpg

http://images3.fotop.net/albums3/jeremai/JacobsCrawley/IMG_0064.jpg

http://images3.fotop.net/albums3/jeremai/JacobsCrawley/IMG_0065.jpg

http://images3.fotop.net/albums3/jeremai/JacobsCrawley/IMG_0089.jpg

http://images3.fotop.net/albums3/jeremai/JacobsCrawley/IMG_0090.jpg

http://images3.fotop.net/albums3/jeremai/JacobsCrawley/IMG_0091.jpg

http://images3.fotop.net/albums3/jeremai/JacobsCrawley/IMG_0092.jpg

Now, here are my shots from the same walk.
http://images3.fotop.net/albums3/jeremai/Crawley/100_4324.jpg

http://images3.fotop.net/albums3/jeremai/Crawley/100_4326.jpg

http://images3.fotop.net/albums3/jeremai/Crawley/100_4328.jpg

http://images3.fotop.net/albums3/jeremai/Crawley/100_4332.jpg

http://images3.fotop.net/albums3/jeremai/Crawley/100_4333.jpg

http://images3.fotop.net/albums3/jeremai/Crawley/100_4334.jpg

http://images3.fotop.net/albums3/jeremai/Crawley/100_4335.jpg

http://images3.fotop.net/albums3/jeremai/Crawley/100_4339.jpg

http://images3.fotop.net/albums3/jeremai/Crawley/100_4340jpg

http://images3.fotop.net/albums3/jeremai/Crawley/100_4341.jpg

http://images3.fotop.net/albums3/jeremai/Crawley/100_4353.jpg

http://images3.fotop.net/albums3/jeremai/Crawley/100_4355.jpg

Finally, here's the young budding photographer himself (and, well, part of the older one too):
http://images3.fotop.net/albums3/jeremai/JacobsCrawley/IMG_0022.jpg

Ex-Ithacan
Jan 1, 2007, 1:05 AM
So you left Baltimore for this? ;) j/k

Looks like a pleasant place. Are the housing prices reasonable? Do you like it? Enough questions, I enjoyed the tour of a city I'd not heard of before. Thanks.

btw, I threw my camera away. Your son takes better pics than me. Guess I better stick to postcards from now on. :rolleyes: :D

jeremai
Jan 1, 2007, 11:58 AM
So you left Baltimore for this? ;) j/k

LOL. Yep, I left Baltimore for a place with a 1000-year history, clean streets, not a boarded-up house in sight, no potholes in the roads... and yet I still miss Baltimore! ;)

Looks like a pleasant place. Are the housing prices reasonable? Do you like it?

Yes, it's nice enough. I'm not a huge fan of new towns but it still has density and walkability like the rest of the country. I have a five minute walk to work and we can walk to the town centre which is what I wanted. Selling the second car this month! Also, the wonderful villages and countryside are never far away here.

The house prices get very slightly cheaper as you move away from London (we're about 30 miles from London) but they are still very high so we're renting for now while we build up our down payment.

Thanks for the comments!

Jonas
Jan 1, 2007, 12:25 PM
Looks ok but I've heard not-so-nice responses about this town from my friends who've been there.
Anyway it's good to start practicing photography from 2 years of age. By the age of 5 a dSLR will be essential ;)

Btw, Jeremai, are you living in Crawley? Is it still in Surrey? I am in the outer suburbs of Greater London (Kingston, Sutton) and it's still under the name (only historically I suppose) of Surrey county.

jeremai
Jan 2, 2007, 6:54 AM
Btw, Jeremai, are you living in Crawley? Is it still in Surrey? I am in the outer suburbs of Greater London (Kingston, Sutton) and it's still under the name (only historically I suppose) of Surrey county.

Yes, I'm living in Crawley. It's in West Sussex, but covered by most Surrey atlases! The Surrey-Sussex border follows the border of Gatwick Airport, with Gatwick being on the Sussex side, and Crawley is just a couple of miles south of the airport.

It's interesting to see the towns that Surrey "lost" to London in 1965 like Chessington, Kingston, Croydon, etc. They are now so dense and busy. I do think it's about time Surrey County Council leave Kingston - it hasn't been Surrey for over 40 years - and relocate to Woking, Guildford or some other large Surrey town.

LSyd
Jan 3, 2007, 11:34 PM
great pics, both of you. that kiddie camera looks cool, sort of a digital Holga look. what's it called? do you have a link?

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jeremai
Jan 4, 2007, 7:08 AM
great pics, both of you. that kiddie camera looks cool, sort of a digital Holga look. what's it called? do you have a link?

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I was thinking the same thing about the Holga look! Here's a link:
http://www.fisher-price.com/us/products/product.asp?id=37019