So, how did it go? Well, we did all of these things and a few more besides. We ate well and collapsed, exhausted, at the end of each day. We spent a large chunk of Wednesday walking with Ivy and Keith from the Tate to Trafalgar Square, exploring passageways and buildings, some of which I knew from my days as a child, when I regularly explored London on a half-crown 'Red Rover' bus ticket, and previous visits with Susan. The City of London is a wonderful place to get lost.
London, like Nottingham, is a series of parallel worlds. You either walk, or bus, between them. Nottingham will have to wait until another day, for this blog is about London. I could live in London, somewhere like Camden, or in the quiet squares and streets around stations like Euston, King's Cross and St Marylebone, venturing out for food and walks, with occasional sorties into the other world of museums, theatres and relentlessness. My pictures try to capture the flavour of both worlds. I will be putting more about the open spaces and private gardens I saw in the Parks section of my parkviews.org website in the next few weeks.
Susan took this picture of me posting this blog. There is nowhere like home.
But then, I have all this already in Lenton and Nottingham, in the Crocus and Rosie's cafés. Hyson Green is as close to Lenton as Camden is to King's Cross, even if I don't have a direct bus route to take me door to door. So, why at my age, hanker for something somewhere else which I already have where I am? No, Lenton suits me just fine. I might manage Beeston in a few years time. We shall see.
The Tories have responded to the Government's decision to allow a third runway at Heathrow Airport by promising to fight the plan 'every step of the way'. The Liberal Democrats have also expressed their opposition to the expansion, as have 50 Labour MPs.