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3 October

After the shopping, we had time to go in Danson Park in Welling. This huge tree has been cut down some time ago but obviously that is not the end of it at all, just what I like to see!

The English Garden has some pergola walks and I found this hop plant growing over one of the pillars. The hops look almost like flowers or maybe pale green pine cones.

I think this cover on the bin is to keep animals and crows out of the bin, so the contents are not scattered. This crow is eating the pieces of bread that I threw for him.

Once one crow comes down, it is not long before there are lots more. They stand around and get as close as they dare, but sometimes the bread not near enough to them, and they have to wait until we walk off. Then they rush in to clear up.

At the far end is my favourite secret pond, covered in duckweed. There were several piles of weed at the side where the park gardener has raked it out.


8 October

I just love riding on trains and seeing the countryside whizzing past. There is still a lot of work going on at London Bridge station, where they are rebuilding everything.

We went to Hyde Park where some Anglo Saxon re-enactors have gathered. They have walked from York and are on their way to Hastings on the south coast, to celebrate 950 years since the Battle of Hastings. they are going to re-enact the actual battle next week.

The weapons tent was very popular, with children trying on the clothing, armour and shields.

This food tent looked really delicious, even though the cooking equipment was very primitive.

This man is making small pots and was known as a crocker. He said a potter was the person who sold pots, and the crocker made them. This stall is making shoes and items out of leather.

Here is some basket weaving using fresh willow branches. This lady was making dipped candles and the visitors were allowed to dip the wick, taking turns, until they had a thick candle. That is how they made candles without a mould.

This is the medical table to treat soldiers who had battle wounds. It was not very pleasant listening at all! This man standing on the map went through all the events that led up to the Battle of Hastings, using apples and onions to represent the armies. It was very interesting and we stayed all the way to the end to hear the exciting happenings.


10 October

We went to see some Fire Brigade exhibits in Islington Museum. This section of hollow tree trunk was part of the water pipe system that brought water into the city.

There was a very old fashioned kitchen showing all the old appliances and pots and pans.

Then we went to All Hallows By The Tower Church, to see a photographic display of London's buildings. This fish is under the window of John Fisher, Bishop of Rochester who died in 1535. I always look for little animals and this crow is looking very pleased that he has found an anchor to play with.

This lovely stained glass window shows the church, the Tower of London, and a boat with the English flag. On the seats were some beautiful tapestry cushions, the River, Tower of London and Tower Bridge.

We went down into the crypt where we saw this Roman mosaic, and then a model of how London looked at the time. It was really a very small town compared with today and all marshes to the south.

This is the front of the crypt. I had a close look at the handwriting in this old book, it is very neat but a bit difficult to read. It is a list of Christenings from hundreds of years ago.

Brown Teddy did not know what this stone was but agreed it was very dramatic lighting! The stairs back up are narrow and quite steep.

To get back to Charing Cross Station, we got on an old Routemaster bus which has been kept going on one particular route for the tourists. It was rather bumpy as the suspension was not very good, compared with the smooth buses that we have now. But we still enjoyed the ride.


11 October

I saw this robin singing in the park, I think he must be making sure that patch belongs to him for the winter, when food will be scarce. The pigeons were having a soak and bath in the shallows and the water surface was quite quite powdery with bits of feather when they finished.

Someone scattered some bread for the birds, so bird baths were forgotten for the moment.

The magpies and crows are satisfied with worms from the grass.

13 October

I was amazed to see this Great Spotted Woodpecker in my garden. He had a go at the top of the tree stake and then moved on to the hawthorn tree. I hope he comes back again and makes regular visits.


15 October

Today we are going back to Kempton Steam Museum to see the engines in action! I like this name, Bear Road Flyover. The pedestrian bridge curls around at both ends, and we thought it would be very interesting if it was snowy and icy, but not if you are in a hurry to get somewhere!

I like this road name and finding out its origin would be interesting. These are the old chimneys from the days when the engines were run from coal fired boilers. You can see them from a long way off.

This is the starter engine. The cogs are engaged to the flywheel and start it all turning slowly, then after a few minutes the steam power comes on and takes over. These engineers know exactly what they are doing, although it was all a mystery to me and Brown Teddy.

This is the crankshaft, of which there are three on this engine. It is absolutely huge and weighs 3 tons. There is a lot of oil dripping off it.

Also in the engine house that weekend was a Marvels of Meccano exhibition and this one is a working model of the Kempton Engine. There were lots of different models, most of them working on motors.

In this glass case is a chocolate train full of chocolate buttons (Smarties) which someone won in the raffle. I wonder how long they kept it before starting to eat it!

More Meccano tables in the basement. I really like the Concorde and the red car.

We went over to the non-working side (Engine No.7) and walked around the plungers that are under the main engine. They are the part that pumped the millions of gallons of water. I think this is a water gauge, inside a long thin glass to protect it.

Brown Teddy gave up guessing what all the taps and levers were for. I like this handle, it is decorative as well as useful, and I am sure the flower shape made it easy to turn round.

We went home via Vauxhall Station, and these tiles are in the underground station part. The brick pattern tiles are in Brixton, which someone has turned into "Bricks Ton"! 

The stairs to the station have this wonderful mural, the left is the top and the right is the bottom part.

Another wall painting in the same place, of market food, but easier to get in one picture. The real market is just as colourful.

I like this road name and I am sure it must have an interesting story behind it.


17 October

This looks like it is going to be a fine day. I picked some apples from the garden, which are all quite small, and made up a plateful to go with our breakfast porridge.

We went back to Hall Place, to get some sunnier photos. The crab apples are looking ready to make into jelly, but I think they will probably leave them for visitors to admire and the birds to eat.

Inside the visitor centre is this barrow of colourful gourds in all different shapes and patterns. The rose beds still had a reasonable amount of flowers in them.

This rose is is called Britannia, yellow and pinkish at the same time. This amazing scene is where they are making a new daffodil bed. I shall go back and see it all smoothed off, and then again next spring to see the daffodils coming up. It will be wonderful.

I like little gaps to go through and discover things. Through here is more lawn, with the man collecting the leaves with his ride-on sweeper, and a long row of autumn coloured shrubs.

Under the tree were thousands of these fallen pine catkins, it looked like a lot of giant maggots or fat worms but I am glad it wasn't!

This weeping tree is a really good hiding place and Brown Teddy and I went inside to see. Later on we saw school children on a day out running in and out of it.

The sunken garden has been out of action for some time, with flooding, and now unsafe because the walls need repairing. I think it needs turning into a bog garden with raised stone pathways to walk on, as it is never going to be dry all the time. It will be interesting to see what they decide to do with it.

Another tree that you can hide under. The wisteria is climbing around the metal palings of the bridge, so it definitely does not need tying in!

This tangle of roots by the willow tree might have been the inspiration for this artwork made of reeds, that flows from the wall and curves down to the river.


18 October

Our first visit this year to the garden centre skating rink. There were not many people as it was early afternoon. The snowy-looking surface means the skates are doing a bit more scraping than usual!

I really like the pop-up cards but they are expensive. I will have to make my own.

I always look forward to the model village in the big glass case. My favourite item is this man shovelling snow. He will have to do it all again after the next snowfall.


23 October

We went to the October Plenty celebration in Borough Market which is under London Bridge Station. Here is the Berry Man dancing to the music of pipes and drums. The "Corn Queene" is on the left.

Even his face was green! I like this notice on the cheese stall.

Lots of Plenty everywhere. This fresh juice stall looks very inviting.

We stayed to watch a play called Reynard The Fox, with three actors doing all the parts. Reynard play tricks on the forest animals but justice is done in the end. The acting troupe is called Fabularium.

Afterwards we went on to the Foundling Hospital in Brunswick Square. This is Thomas Coram who started the Hospital. These are the books of names and details of children. The pink ribbon is a token from the mother.

These are displays of the tokens that the mothers left, so the child could be identified if she was able to return for it. It was sealed in an envelope and the person collecting had to describe it. This was so that anyone else would not be able to pretend to be the mother. It was a very sad sight to see so many tokens.

This painting is of a mother handing over her baby because she is too poor to feed it. The second picture is a child eating the special Christmas dinner.


27 October

Normally this means a good day ahead but this time of year the sun can soon disappear again behind grey clouds.

Not spider webs at the garden centre, but nets over the Christmas trees. These toys are Snomes, which means snow gnomes. Their hats look like snowy Christmas trees.

28 October

This is a stand at Waterloo Station with a screen showing mountains and a ski lift seat, so people can have their photo taken as if they are on a skiing holiday. They are hoping people will then book a holiday for real.

Waterloo Station is big and wide. Brown Teddy likes the fold down tables for people to work on, except he had nothing to put on it. Never mind, Brown Teddy, it's more interesting to look out of the window.

We went to New Malden and then on to Cheam where we saw this very old building, which was rebuilt in this position. Then we went on to Sutton. Their emblem is an apple tree and of course I greatly approve of that!

This is near the top of the hill. I like these cloud clipped topiary and the brilliant creeper on the wall. One or two pigeons thought they spotted a crumb, and within a few seconds all the pigeons came down and went pecking mad, even though there was nothing there. Peck first, think later!


29 October

We found this shop window in Welling, which has a Remembrance display of memorabilia from wartime last century. Then in Bexleyheath we saw this Remembrance display outside the church.

30 October

Just a few soggy flowers hanging on now. The holly tree in the tub is doing very well and I think I will plant it in the garden when the weather is a bit drier, so it can grow faster.

This is one of my new apple trees, Royal Gala. The fruits are quite small, but they look big against me. These pear tree leaves will all have to be collected up and disposed of in the garden waste bin, as they have orange spot disease on them.


31 October

A very wet and foggy morning and the garden is covered in these misty webs. But the forecast is for the fog to clear and then sunny.

We went to Sydenham and this is the beginning of the mile-long tunnel under Sydenham Hill.

We went though Sydenham Hill Wood. The paths are lined with the fallen and cut logs and branches from these woods, which are used for the fences and hurdles as well. This tree is safe I think as it is leaning on a big strong tree.

We saw bird boxes on some of the trees, and sometimes when there is no hole at the front it is a bat box. The ring-necked parakeets were very noisy and difficult to see but I am pleased with this good photo of one who was sitting just over the path, very high up.

Dino says the dinosaurs in the woods have been pushing the dangerous old trees down, in order to keep it all safe for walkers, and this slimy pond is where they go to drink. It is not really possible to check up on that story as the woods are so big and the dinosaurs could be moving around and hiding as we went through. We must listen out for crackles and breaking twigs though!

This panorama shot is of the middle bit where it is all wider and more open, all green above and all brown below.

We came to Cox's Walk Footbridge and Brown Teddy likes to know the history. These notice boards also tell you what wildlife to look out for. Blue Parrot said he doesn't need a bridge as he can fly across, but he decided to stay with us so we all keep together, which is very important if you are in a wood.

Then we went on to Dulwich Park which is big and open.

We had our snack on a bench in the sunshine. By the side was this self-filling water container, so that horses using the sand track can always get a drink. Further on there are several of these metal sculptures representing musical sounds. They are as high as a person.

There is a lake with an island in the middle and a boat hose and boats which I think must be available in the summer, but not today.

All these pigeons were sitting lazily on the dead tree, with a good view all round. Later on we found out why they like this perch, as they all fluttered down when someone came along with some food, which I think was the proper grain that is on sale in the café, rather than bread.

There is a walkway over the end of the lake through the reeds. We had a few oatcake biscuits and this bold wood pigeon had quite a few bits. That second pigeon was even bolder and he kept scaring the wood pigeon away. But they both had some, and the other birds got the tiny crumbs left in the packet.

These reeds would make good dusters! We saw a blackbird having a bath at the muddy edge, it made me feel a bit chilly, I like a warm bathroom for showers.




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