My diary during August was pretty empty apart from an occasional meeting in town for a coffee with a friend but once September arrived things seem to have gone mad. I need to learn to pace myself and to take a page out of Monty Don's book and go to Norway now and again - I read somewhere that when he was feeling overwhelmed one time he told everyone that he was going to Norway for a week and then just holed up at home doing the things he wanted to do at his own pace and without any pressures - I don't need whole weeks off but must allow a day or two at home to catch up with things each week.
None of the things in the diary were particularly onerous and some have been really enjoyable including days out with friends, having a friend to stay, having a visit from the Wanderer who we hadn't seen since May along with appointments with the opthalmologist, optician and hairdresser and a couple of days further afield. It's been a while since I took you on a jolly with me isn't it so perhaps you'd like to join me now?
Courtauld Gallery I have got out of the habit of taking photos but this one was seen as we walked across Waterloo bridge from the station. I hadn't know that this bridge is sometimes nicknamed The Ladies Bridge because it was largely built by women duringWorld War II. See this link for more on the story about how in Britain women's invaluable role in the war efforts were largely forgotten.
Then yesterday Mr M and I met up with a couple of friends for a day out - I wonder if you can guess where we went from these pictures?
Who would have thought that the above photos were taken just a few steps away from Kings Cross station in London?
We had taken a bus from Waterloo to Kings Cross where we
wanted to see the Skip Garden and the Natural Swimming Pond before
having lunch and then planned to visit the London Canal Museum.
Do check out the links as they show both places in sunshine whereas my photos were taken on a rather grey day.
Kings Place an interesting mix of visual art, music and offices and this photo was taken looking up from our table in the cafe. Once again it is the patterns in the structure of the building which caught my eye rather than any of the paintings which were on show in the basement area passed en route to the toilets!
anal Museum a small but interesting museum filled with fascinating details about canal and life on the canals and so on. This is Battlebridge Basin
an area where boats could turn and unload their cargoes without blocking the canal itself back when much cargo was carried on water and now an area where people live on board converted narrow boats.
Camley Street Natural Park
Just inside these gates we found a lovelygreen oasis of calm sandwiched between the busy railway lines into St Pancras Internation station where the Eurostar trains arrive and leave from and the canal. Check out the link for a photo showing an aerial view and you will see what I mean.