Floating Gardens which had been featured on BBC Gardeners' World back in June but which are only open to the public once or twice a year under the national Gardens Scheme and that was also in June however I did wonder if it might be possible to see them from the roadway.
I did manage to see one garden though through the railings of some flats opposite!
We met with the Wanderer and had a lovely catch up chat over lunch in an Italian restaurant in Shad Thames just back from the river. We sat talking for nearly 4 hours - well it had been the end of May last time we saw her! Then we parted company and she went on her way as we made our way back over the Bridge to get our bus back to our hotel.
Monday dawned dull and damp - not exactly raining but not exactly dry either - such a shock after the blue sky and sunshine of the day before! We wandered along to Marylebone High Street where we whiled away an hour or so in the lovely Daunt Books if there had been more seating we'd probably be there still! But time was passing and so we went to Paul Bakery again for a coffee before setting off for Battersea Park. We walked along the Chelsea Embankment to the Albert Bridge seen here - as you can see it was still somewhat murky although the rain had stopped.
Peace Pagoda if you check out this web site there are plenty of photos of it.
Along side was an information board and I couldn't help thinking that this quote from the Most Ven, Nichidatsu Fujii was particularly apt just now with the state that the world seems to be in!
Single Form by Barbara Hepworth overlooks the boating lake - it seems that Single Form was constructed as a memorial to Dag Hammarskjöld, secretary general of the United Nations from 1952 up until his death in 1961. Hammarskjöld, a good friend of the sculptor, had been speaking to Hepworth about a commission for the UN site just before his tragic death in an airplane crash. Single form was first exhibited in Battersea Park in 1963. Over the next year, Hepworth recast the sculpture in three parts for the UN site, scaling the sculpture up from 10 feet to a gigantic 21 feet high.
Time to go home - am I the only one who is always ready to go home even after a short break? Longer holidays find me counting the days till I can be back where I belong even when I am enjoying myself.
Anyway we had our last breakfast in the hotel's breakfast room,exchanged e-mail addresses with the couple from California we had been speaking with each morning and then returned to our room to finish our packing before checking out. We left the bags at the hotel and set off for a last look round in London this time walking to Regent's Park.
Look here is one of the gardeners!!
There was an exhibition of sculptures displayed in the park and this one caught my eye - it's called The Invisible Mother as I have already said I am a bit of a Philistine when it comes to art and couldn't for the life of me see the connection between mothers and this although I seem to remember sometimes feeling a bit like this when the Wanderer was young! To me it spoke more of the dangers of a sedentary lifestyle but then what would I know?
By now it was almost mid-day so we walked back towards the parish church of Marylebone behind which runs Marylebone High Street where we had lunch before continuing our walk back to the hotel to collect our cases. We got the bus to Waterloo in good time for the 3.20 train and were home and indoors by 6.00 pm.
By the way the name Marylebone apprently comes from the fact that the original parish church dedicated to St Mary was built alongside a small stream or "bourne" thus the name St Mary at the bourne now shortened to Marylebone.
In case you haven't had sufficient reading I leave you with a book recommendation: