Tuesday January 13th - Well this morning I walked through Alexandria Park which is in North London - somewhere I barely knew existed. There is a palace there as well but not a royal one - it was built for the people and now houses an indoor ice rink and is host to community events. Anyway I saw a bunch of dogs as in six tied up to a post outside a cafe so had to stop. The lady came out and we struck up a conversation - turns out she is a dog walker/sitter so I told her so was I. She was dumbfounded but excited so she has given me her number and wants me to call her when I get back to London in early Feb. Maybe I will get a connection to my dream of dogsitting (and free accomodation) in London yet!! The cafe was amazing too and the smells coming out of there were to die for - I wasn't hungry so had a cup of tea but must time my visit with a meal the next time. I guess the area is a haven for dog owners and Janet, the dog walker told me I should come at the weekend when there are maybe 30 dogs there. My idea of heaven!
Later that afternoon I visited the British Library which was amazing. The original Magna Carta, original manuscripts of Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, etc. Not to mention words of famous Beatles songs written by hand by Paul McCartney and John Lennon! It was a treasure and a place I have never visited before.