Red triangles? Red triangles anyone?

Don't fancy working in here much

Don’t fancy working in here much

Saw this on my way in this morning. Turns out it’s all part of the PR for Clerkenwell Design Week. I don’t mind a bit of PR if it’s like this. It brought to mind something else I saw on my travels the other day that was London based. Check it out.

Stop me and buy one

Stop me and buy one

Ooh. Artisan ice cream out of a cab. It actually looked quite nice. I didn’t buy one though. You can’t cycle and eat a slab of hand churned gelato served in a brioche bun. You constitute a driving hazard.

And if you want to see something else out of the ordinary this week, apparently, Air BnB are celebrating some law about being able to rent out your house by floating a house down the river thames. Could be fun to see. W

Another sunny spot

A patch of green for a lie down - sorry about the pic quality

A patch of green for a lie down – sorry about the pic quality

It was sunny last week. And on a little jaunt past St Paul’s and down to the river I walked past this little church. It’s St Benet’s Metropolitan Welsh Church right by Queen Victoria Street. I didn’t get a chance to go in but did see that there was quite a lovely little patch of green out front that one could lay out on should they wish. I promise that it was definitely sunnier than this picture shows. W

There’ll be bluebirds over the white cliffs..etc

Red Cross tent

Red Cross tent

Morning all. On my lunchtime yesterday, I passed through St James’ park and all the VE celebrations were gearing up. I must say it was quite impressive to see a Spitfire close up and all the people who were around the vehicles seemed lovely and chatty.

Nneeeeooowwwwwww

Nneeeeooowwwwwww

Wicka wicka on the ones and twos

Wicka wicka on the ones and twos

needs some under lights

needs some under lights

If you’re up that way it would seem a shame to not have a look. W

The joy of repetition

Chill out - there's loads of room

Chill out – there’s loads of room

I pretty much run the same route every week. Normally I go up to Vauxhall Bridge and back. My mind is usually just concentrating on not coughing up my guts but as the sun begins to shine a bit more, I find myself looking around and noticing the good things about London. Like the glut of unused green spaces there seem to be. Places where you can eat a sandwich in peace and watch the world go by. In this very busy city I like to find the little nooks and crannies where people don’ t tend to congregate (for whatever reason). One of these places I ran through yesterday. It’s right by the Palace of Westminster, at Victoria Tower Gardens.

Sure, sometimes it might have a school party in but generally, people don’t tend to walk West past Westminster (you’ll also find it’s very quiet on the opposite bank of the river). So if you’re looking for a place where you can enjoy more than a postage stamp of grass in the sunshine, I thoroughly recommend it – there’s even boris bike stands nearby if you’re looking for that sort of action. And if you have nippers in tow, there’s a little park that I’ve only ever seen being used in the school holidays. Worth a look anyway. W

Cracking slide

Cracking slide

Have a go on the swings

Have a go on the swings

 

Balls of London

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Walking down one of the roads off Kingsway, Holborn the other lunchtime, I thought I’d walked on a film set from The Prisoner as I spotted lots of mini-Rovers everywhere!

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They were all around from windowsills, in doorways and plonked by those little patches of soil you get around trees. Was I losing my mind at 1.30 on a Wednesday afternoon? Or was I being watched by some advanced surveillance device, making sure I would be back at my desk on time rather than nipping off home early for an afternoon of gardening?

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Needless to say I was wrong on both counts as I spotted a Surveyor’s tripod nearby with a couple of rods propped up against a wall.  There was also a chap in a high vis waistcoat laying another ball on a windowsill and I just had to ask him what they were all about.

Turns out they are called Reference Spheres used by Surveyors who use Tacheometry to determine their positioning. And now you know. Me, I’d rather they were Mini-Rovers! P