Thursday, August 4

Camden Market - August 2016


One of my quartet of lovely nieces has been down for a few days. On Sunday we went down to Camden.



It must be at least twenty years since I last visited the market.


It's as fun and vibrant as ever...


...with lots of great shops and stalls.


I was very taken with this chandelier...


and this sign.


We'd have bought this programme for Prof Pete, but we didn't know i) whether Sheffield Wednesday had won or ii) if he had it all ready.


More than anything else, it's a great place to sit and people watch. We had a great lunch at Honest Burgers.  The onion rings are out of this world, and their beer is great.

I won't leave it another twenty years.

Monday, July 25

Buscot Park - July 2016


Last week I had a trip to Buscot Park with my lovely friend Lindsay. In my opinion the house isn't anything special (although there's some amazing art), but the garden is lovely.


The old kitchen gardens have been set out in a more formal way...


...with a few vegetables left in the borders...


...and some statues peeking out through the flowers.


Sweet peas always remind me of my Grandma Gertie, and m-in-law, Lin. They both loved them.


This rose, Ferdinand Pichard, absolutely blew me away, fabulous.


Now if I had a swimming pool like this...


...I'd have some nice murals too.


I hope they restore them.


There are also lovely formal gardens...


...(anyone know what tree this is?)...


...and water gardens...


...I've never seen a dark red waterlily like this before.


There are a fair number of statues, including this chap with a strange animal on his head...


...a cat, a ferret, an otter?


Some very uncomfortable chairs...


...assorted Egyptian chaps...


...and assorted terracotta warriors, why not?


My faves? This smiling lion...


...these pink parasols...


...and this perky pup.

Monday, July 18

Shoes....

A couple of weeks ago I was feeling very down about my health and weight. I mentioned this to a student who said "Well, why don't you go swimming, running or zumba (whatever the hell that is)?". I was about to respond negatively, when I realised that I used to go running, completed two half marathons, and whisper it, enjoyed it (or rather enjoyed having done it).


Last weekend I bought my first running shoes in 11 years.


I downloaded the NHS 'Coach to 5K' podcast, and I'm now a week and a bit in. I feel very embarrassed when anyone I know sees me, but what the hell....

Sunday, June 12

France May 2016 - Fréjus


As well as hanging around at the golf club, we paid a visit to Fréjus. The town was created as a seaside resort by the Romans, but also thrived as a medieval town.


There are various Roman bits and pieces, a couple of nice churches and a cathedral. Well worth a visit if you're in the area.


This sundial outside the cathedral was nice, however...


...the cloister was beautiful.


Its wooden ceiling is covered with thousands of fantastic beasts...


...and scenes from daily life...


painted between 1350 and 1360.


If that wasn't fabulous enough, the cathedral also has a 5thC baptistery.


Wandering around the town, there's lots of lovely...


...door furniture...


...ranging...


...from the Romans...


...to odd.


Smurf flavoured ice-cream, there has to be wrong, surely?


We were reminded of this mournful dog...


...when we met this one at lunchtime. She begrudged us every mouthful!

Tuesday, June 7

France May 2016 - Vidauban


Leaving Burgundy behind (for now), we made out way down to Vidauban. The Boy was there to gather information for an article.


It's quite pretty isn't it (I can do this writing lark...nothing to it!)?


I didn't have to do anything...


...which was absolutely...


...fine by me.