Monday, 1 January 2018
So we went to Dulwich Park, as the SW runs in Brockwell Park at least twice a week and is tired of it. I hadn't been there for many years - probably at least 30 - and have little or no memory of it except that it's a nice place. It's one of the Victorian parks laid out by the Metropolitan Board of Works, like Battersea Park and Southwark Park. I vaguely remember, when I was last there, that there was an aviary that still had birds in it, but that, of course, has long gone. There is the obligatory lake
Next to the café was what was called a "Dry Garden"; we didn't know what made it dry, as the beds looked as though they had recently been mulched, and some of the plants obviously longed for a drink. But there was a lovely mosaic in the middle of it:
We still weren't quite sure what the point was, so made our way back to the car. I'm sure the SW would have liked to have walked for twice as long and at twice the speed, but as it was probably the furthest I've managed to walk since July, and the first time in a very long time I've really wanted a walk, I was very pleased! And now home and a well-deserved cup of tea. Happy New Year to you all!
Monday, 25 December 2017
On Christmas Day, of course, there is no public transport in London, but one can park, so we drove up to Westminster and found a parking-space behind Westminster Central Hall, about ten minutes' walk from the pier. Boarding was supposed to start at 11:30, but when we arrived, about ten minutes earlier, they had already begun - and we were glad we had not been much later, since the queue behind us swelled to alarming proportions! In fact, there were three boats making the cruise.
We had booked a window table, and, once our ticket had been checked, were escorted to it with a glass of sparkling wine.
Thursday, 21 December 2017
Tuesday, 19 December 2017
Monday, 18 December 2017
What a difference a day makes! This time yesterday, we were shivering in bed, clad in our warmest pyjamas, bedsocks, jerseys or bed-jackets and hot-water bottles, and taking what felt like forever to warm up (although once we had, we were very warm and snug!). Now we are sitting round the table in our day clothes, vaguely thinking of heading off to bed. Yes, the heating has been fixed. It was, as we suspected, the thermostat, and the man showed us how to do a temporary fix should it happen again!
However, the place (recommended to us by the farmer's wife where we had spent the night) didn't open until 2, so we went into Sedan and did a bit of shopping and had lunch, and the SW went to have a quick look at the castle there - I found just walking round the supermarket reminded me too vividly of yesterday's fall - and we then had to think what to do next.
We could have resumed our itinerary and gone to Mons, as planned, but it would have been dark by the time we got there, so no point, really. So we came to the aire in Landrecies, where we have stayed before (the place where the fishermen talked all night, and where we stopped for lunch and found we'd forgotten the picnic table), and parked up for the night. Tomorrow we will revisit Cambrai before heading to Calais and a massive Christmas shop!