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.
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.
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.
I’ve decided when I’m a commuter in about 21 years time I’ll definitely catch the boat to work.
Yesterday I apparently spent a pleasant morning strolling the august corridors of the National Gallery in good company amongst Monet, Van Gogh, Degas, Stubbs etc. I say apparently as The Big M and D stupidly coincided the visit with my nap. Luckily, even when dozing pram-cam was on hand to capture the moment! Here I am with Hans Holbein the Younger’s The Ambassadors masterpiece. Personally I think the perspective of the pushchair is off, but what can I do, my parents are amateurs!
Now I was awake for a visit to the cafe. The Peyton and Byrne team were really friendly. The cakes were apparently delicious. I’m still too young for cake, but I did enjoy a carrot and tomato rice cake. Allegedly it was just as good as the sticky chocolate gateau, but I’m not convinced. The nice lady at the till gave me a ‘high-five’. I’m not sure what one is but I reckon it’s pretty cool.
The gallery was a good place to visit with the pushchair as there were loads of lifts, nice wide corridors, lovely clean baby changing facilities and its free, meaning I still have enough pocket money for Farley’s Rusks. Winner!