City Wall Trail which is a self guided walk round the various parts of the wall which remain - 70% of it is still in existence.
This lovely mosaic was near the end of the walk - isn't it beautiful? Do click on the photos to enlarge them as then you can see the details better.
This information board was at the South Gate which had at one time been a prison and I was fascinated to see where the phrase "living on a shoe string" came from! You learn something new every day!
Having completed the trail we had lunch in the Real Food Shop which I would definitely recommend.
Then yesterday we took advantage of South West Trains offer of £15 day returns to anywhere in their region on Saturdays and Sundays till beginning of September and went to LONDON
I liked the monochrome scene with just a little dash of red in the boat. I tried later to get the same view with a couple of red buses crossing the bridge but ended up without St Pauls in the frame!
here where I purchased a pair of sandals and from there we walked along the Brompton Road towards Knightsbridge passing Brompton Square where at one time my aunt had worked in one of these houses and I wanted to see it again - I remember visiting her occasionally when she lived here (watch out I feel another memories post coming on!)
this shop having been unable to do so last time I was in London. This time I was in luck and spent a happy time browsing and finally left with a purchase. Everywhere I saw so many flowers like this - wonder why it is mainly pubs which do this though?
It had been on my list of places to visit for a while and I will have to go again as I have just discovered that there is more than we saw as it has been extended over to the Hayward Gallery as well!
We were lucky with the weather as although there was a shower it was whilst we were inside but on the way home the skies darkened and it began to rain but by then we didn't care!
On Tuesday we went for a walk - an AA (as in Automobile Association and not Alcoholics Anonymous!) walk Mr M had found on the internet which sounded just our cup of tea being about 5.5 miles and taking around 3 hours. I made us a picnic and filled a flask with tea and we set off for Minterne Magna.
We had printed out the instructions and a diagramatic map but fell at the first hurdle as the path stated had been closed and now it started back at the car park. So we had wasted a quarter of an hour before we got going!
The route was lovely although at times we couldn't understand the instructions nor the map and indeed we met a lady with a couple of dogs who happened to be doing the same walk who was also having difficulty.
We reached The Cerne Giant about 1.30 and made use of one of the benches in the little viewing area there to sit and have our lunch. Not every lunchtime that we spend viewing a naked man whilst eating our sarnies!!
After lunch we set off again and soon reached the pretty village of Cerne Abbas. Where I enquired at the Village shop whilst buying a bottle of water where we would find the Pottery mentioned on our instructions only to learn it had closed 10 years ago!
This path was quite difficult to walk along being so narrow and I felt a bit like a mountain goat or sheep but less agile. There were many lovely wildflowers including delicate pale blue harebells which I haven't seen for many years along with soft mauve scabious and lots of bees and butterflies flitting about. We met a group of about 20 ramblers going the opposite direction and had to scramble to one side where the bank was a little wider to let them pass! It did give us a few moments to get our breath back though.
On Wednesday we had thought of going to Salisbury for the day but after our tiring day on Tuesday we stayed at home though I did walk into town to pick up a library book I had reserved.
Speaking of library books here are a couple of recommendations you might like:
If you are still with me - you deserve a medal! And to think I said I was giving up blogging!