Friday, May 15, 2015

Ticking things off my London bucket list

I've been keeping busy working away on my "list".  I  have a written list of things I must do before I leave London...I made this list before I left home but with less than three weeks less in London (eek!) the pressure is on!  Windsor was on "the list" so that's crossed off.  I have waited for the "good weather" for most of it. 

The other day I visited Holland Park...as you might recall I visited it in the winter...but wanted to see it in the Spring.check it out now....



 



 
These photos were taken in the Kyoto garden which is so very beautiful.  Holland Park Mews in the photo above...how the other half lives! 
 
Another thing on the bucket list?  Walk along more of the Regents Canal...so that I did....from Lime End where I was staying to Haggerston...
 
 



I stopped at Victoria Park for a much needed coffee

A coot and her babies - was fun watching them. 

Pagoda in Victoria Park

Back on the towpath - loved this Irish wolfhound who obviously lived in a barge with its owner and would not move for anyone including the aggressive cyclists on the path - way to go!  This is MY path!  :).

 
After this walk I took the overground to Wapping where I walked a bit of the Thames path and had lunch at the oldest riverside pub in London, the Prospect of Whitby...
 
 


My view while I was having lunch (just a sandwich..)


As the tide was out I walked down the steps and onto the "beach" of the Thames...after all we are pretty good friends by now! 
I carried on walking to Canary Wharf....then I got the DLR to Mudchute farm - something else on the list.  I had my heart set on a cuppa and a cake in their cafe but it was closed...ah well I had a raspberry magnum bar instead.  Oh yeah..I did see some animals too!!!  It's a lovely oasis in the docklands...



Yes I indulged my sheep obsession

The lamb in the foreground with the black legs was a real character and a  bit naughty. 

Today I went to tour Bletchley Park which is where encrypted German messages were decoded during the second world war.  So very interesting. Being able to decode these messages reduced the length of the war by approximately two years.  I didn't realize what an important part carrier pigeons played in the war. MI14!!  I spent four hours there.
 
I am now living in the north of London in an area called Southgate...in a two bedroom cottage.  I do like this area more than the Limehouse area I was in previously.  Ann, the host is great fun.  Speaking of airbnb hosts my Paul ticket arrived at Claudia's so I went over on Wednesday and we had Chinese take out in the back garden as it was such a lovely day.  Yesterday was pouring so once I arrived here I stayed in for the rest of the day (except for an afternoon cooked breakfast that was delicious in the cafe opposite)and called it a rest day.  Ann generously said I could use her washing machine so now I have clean clothes again .  Yay!   
 
So I wonder what tomorrow will bring - how many things will I tick off my list?  Stay tuned!!
 
 
 
 
 


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