Mmmm. Its been a busy week, this Easter break. With the wife Alicia being home, we’ve done a lot, both local to London and away in the country… I managed to remember to take pictures and so on, so I’ll share some of the better ones.
We started off by having a visit to Highgate which turned into a damp squib! Not literally of course, but we got to Highgate Cemetery to find that there was an entry charge to enter the site. Ok, it was only £3 but there was no way we were going to do that, just because it was a site with many famous people buried there… I mean, charge to view the last resting place of folk? No chance.
So instead we moved into the neighbouring Waterlow Park, which was much more our scene, with plenty of open space, and interesting nooks and crannies to explore. Unfortunately the mixture of warm sunshine and wine disagreed with me, so I was glad when I got home.
This image shows part of the park, with the church of St Joseph in the background. I have to admit, it IS an imposing building when viewed from afar, and from the park. If it wasn’t so far from home, I think we’d go more often.
After this we pottered around as we got caught up, I attended the college for some revision practise on the Wednesday and then on the Friday, I went to my last Hampton & Richmond home game of the year versus Braintree Town, champions-elect, who won by a disputed goal, 1-0. All I can say about the visitors performance is that they’ll have to improve an awful lot to survive not being relegated back in 12 months time!
After getting caught up by the weekend, we decided to visit the Wildlife & Wetlands trust site at Barnes. This is a world-famous nature reserve, some 10-15 miles from the centre of London. In spite of it being the hottest day of the year so far (about 27C if memory serves) we had a great day, as we meandered about the spacious site.
This image is of the highlight of the day. If you look closely you can just see a chick, close to its parent, centre right. It was obvious it had hatched that morning, the fragments of shell were still close by the nest and it was still unsteady on its feet. It was a beautiful sight to see, looking like a little white powder-puff…
Sunday was spent preparing for an open house party in the evening, which family and friends dropped in to enjoy the evening, with wonderful food and plenty of wine… The success of the night was assured as all the food, and most of the wine vanished by the time they all departed for home. Its exhausting work, this entertaining lark, but its worth it to know that everyone had a good night out.
Yesterday. and the wife’s family decided we should all go out for the day. never a bad idea, I enjoy spending time with the kids and so we all piled into the minibus and off we went. Most of the time, we never know where we’re going but we ended up travelling towards Eastbourne, and we discovered a rather nice pub, the Barley Mow, on the A27, just before Eastbourne itself. Well, the food would have justified the journey alone as I couldn’t remember eating as well as that for a long time. The vegetable Thai green curry was marvellous, even though I’m not vegetarian. Everyone else’s food was similarly praised, and the selection of cheeses was something I would want to revisit, it was altogether wonderful.
This image shows one of the captions in the bar… I couldn’t help but smile, with Alicia’s mother just behind me!
So, the holiday is over and its back to a messed up college timetable. There’s lectures tomorrow, but then nothing til next week, thanks to the Wedding on Friday. The exam draws nearer (May 5th), and I know I’ll have to put plenty of revision in to make 100% certain of passing. I’m almost sure I could pass now, but I do want to post the best performance I can possibly do.
I for one, am glad to see the back of the unseasonal weather. To be out in temperatures of 25C+ at this time of year isn’t something I enjoyed that much. I think I have an ancestral fondness for cooler climes deep in my bones, which rebels against anything like heat, or what might be classed as heat here!
PS Comments always welcome, good or bad…