Thursday, 1 May 2014

Thursday.


 On Monday we motored to London to view, and eventually bid at, Bonham's Arms and Armour sale.  On Tuesday and Wednesday a tube strike took place so that grandson Matthew and meself, made our way from Chiswick to Knightsbridge by 'bus. There is, as you can see from the photos, a lot to be said for travelling by 'bus. I would recommend bagging the front seats on the top deck of a double decker. Don't know where the above photo was taken - somewhere in London.
 The above and below photos are  of Hyde Park.

 The above photo is of the Albert Memorial, with some trees in the way (the more trees the better, as far as the Memorial is concerned). I told Matthew of Lord Peter Whimsey's reported remark when the blackout started during the early days in the last war:-  "If only the Albert Memorial could be floodlit for the duration, we could, with the Luftwaffe's assistance, be fairly sure of getting rid of the damn thing. It's an eyesore!"  Matthew was astonished  to hear of his Lordship's outspoken views. Matthew, is a complete Londoner, and can't understand anyone not liking it (or even bits of it).

   

The above photo  was taken yesterday morning. We had about an hour to spare before the auction, so wandered along to the V. and A. museum, and pottered around it for half an hour.  Glad to report that we purchased six of the lots back at the auction, and that  Ann and I arrived home safely in Suffolk just after ten thirty yesterday evening. It had been an enjoyable, and, I hope, eventually a profitable trip.

8 comments:

Nea said...

Don't panic, I know where you were. The first photo was taken on Kensington High Street at the corner of Kensington Church Street :)

Mike and Ann said...

That is incredible, Holmes! Your knowledge of the geography of our Metropolis is encyclopedic...... encycleopoedic....... Er, well, it's pretty good.

P.s. Innit.

Nea said...

Not really, it was the power of the Internet and Google Earth: the bus in your photo is the 328 and I knew the direction your bus was taking. The rest was elementary my dear Watson.

Mike and Ann said...

Well...... I'm still not certain. As I said there had been a tube strike, so that all sorts of 'buses had been pulled from their usual routes and all sorts of veteran and vintage buses had been pulled back into service (we saw three or four Routemasters)- to cope with the underground being out of action. But you may well be right - you know lots of London better than I do.

Mike and Ann said...

Do you know Nea, I think you ARE right. I used to regularly comb the Kensington Church Street antique shops in the sixties, and it does look familiar.

Liz said...

At the risk of getting myself barred from this blog - I like the Albert Memorial.

Mike and Ann said...

Hello Liz. We're all entitled to our own opinion, but in mine the thing's a touch O.T.T.

Crowbard said...

Hi Liz,
Help yourself to dear old Albert's memorial any-time you're in its vicinity.... but please don't set it up in your front garden. As a British tax-payer I must have some degree of ownership and I am content to invest you with my share of it. Keep collecting such rights from all your acquaintances and you'll soon own it freehold!