Bonkers for conkers

They (not sure who) say it’s good luck if a bird poos on you (although a seagull once did it’s business above my gran-gran and broke her nose… I don’t think she felt particularly lucky that day!). They also say it’s lucky to catch a falling leaf.

Today a conker fell on the hood of my buggy. Now this might not be an unusual occurrence in the depth of Devon, but I think it’s got to be a fairly uncommon thing to happen in central London! But low and behold there is a horse chestnut tree slap bang on the Pentonville Road.

I reckon that’s got to count for a bit of luck.

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What’s the time Mr Wolf?

As you might be able to tell by today’s title, we visited the home of time – Greenwich. The big D supported local trade by having a swift half of Meantime beer, whilst the Big M had a great time browsing the crafts at the covered market.

An interesting fact about Greenwich is that the World’s first weather forecast was issued from the Royal Observatory in 1848 by James Glaisher.

I also expanded my art education by spotting John Reardon’s Monument to a Dead Parrot, which was somewhat different to the old masters I saw last week at the National Gallery.

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However, the highlight of the day for me, despite missing the tall ships by a day, was getting there and back by boat. We took the clipper down the Thames from Blackfriars Pier to the Cutty Sark.

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It was fab, watching the sights float by, including seeing St Katharine’s Dock, where we were a few weeks ago. It was really easy to manoeuvre the buggy on board and I was also able to sit at the front window and have a bit of a crawl around.

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I’ve decided when I’m a commuter in about 21 years time I’ll definitely catch the boat to work.

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Hidden Gems London

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Having a bit of a disaster today. I missed the train I was supposed to be on by 1 minute, so found myself cooling my heals for an hour in Waterloo. We decided to go for a wander and happened across some beautiful mosaics in a back alley near Lambeth North.

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It’s amazing what you can find in London. So many hidden gems. I look forward to discovering more!

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