It’s been one of those London weekends. I’ve seen a banana on a tube. 3 bunny girls. A midget in a batman outfit (seriously). Two gothpunks talking about what to by from M&S for dinner. A large willy wind chime from the first century. You know, a random day in this strange, lovely city.
On Friday I was accosted by bananas on the tube. Yes bananas. They were telling me where to buy Fairtrade produce in London. Good for them.
Then today I dragged myself off the couch to visit the British Museum. I’d never been. It’s incredible!
The interior space is outrageously huge…and the roof is beautiful. I was wondering around with my mouth open staring at the ceiling. Not attractive.
And the stuff. The STUFF!
This, particularly, made me think of the lovely Nurse Myra. I even wrote down the card, so that she’d know what it was for! For you Nursie…
Bronze Tintinabulum, Roman, 1st century AD
Objects like this were suspended in gardens where the hanging bells tinkled in the wind. The winged Lion-phallus was believed to provide magical protection against evil and to bring good luck to the household
Walking back to the tube, I decided to lurk through the city to see one of my favourite places. Neal’s Yard is a tiny place in Covent Garden. It’s filled with health food places and crazy hairdressers. I love it because it’s hidden away. This tiny spot of calm and hippydom in bustling London.
Another thing I love is walking along the Thames. The South Bank is my fav, but today it was Temple and Embankment. One of the things I really love about London are the details that show it’s an old city. Beautiful old lampposts.
Gifts from around the world, built into the architecture.
And views of the old and the new.
So, apart from noticing every hand holding, snogging pair of lovers from Wimbledon to Holborn, and missing Mr Noord with every breath, it was a good day. Oh, and the black snot. I forgot about the black snot. That wasn’t so good.
*see what I did there…. 🙂