Thursday, August 21, 2014

Day Out 4 - Maritime London

Well, so much for a day at home crafting again today... some twitter talk last night about journals from Cass Art (shop in Islington among others) and was I going anywhere near one ... no I said.. except then I got to thinking...
After I bought the required purchases I headed off for Cutty Sark at Greenwich.
I haven't seen it since they finished the restoration works
 the protective 'skirt' looks a bit like a glass  hovercraft, I think!

I stopped here for a bite of lunch

I popped into the shop from where you can see the hull.  As I'm on a cheapskate freebie holiday as far as possible I didn't go round it  - did it years ago, several times, it won't have changed!
 the river was looking good today.
 found another couple of book benches - this was the Railway Children ...
 though I'm not sure I'd have guessed from the front!
I suppose the red is meant to be the flannel petticoats they stopped the train with.

this is the Canterbury Tales.  I hadn't read the blurb by the side of them before, I didn't realise they're being auctioned off in October, I thought they were a permanent feature.

 the City from Greenwich
 information centre, lots of fascinating things inside.

the old Royal Naval College.

 National Maritime Museum - don't think I've ever been in here before, there were some interesting displays

 old figureheads from ships
 from the museum, I wanted to go on the Cable Car across the river, I started walking along the Thames Path, but it was further than I thought, so found a bus - the wrong bus as it happened and ended up walking a long way round to the O2 arena
 but I got there in the end - along with the dark clouds!
 it's quite a quick journey (ten minutes) but quite good - you get a commentary so you know what to look for, and a bit about the history of the area too.

 when I got off, I crossed the road to get the Docklands Light Railway back to Tower Gateway... so had to pop over and say hello to the poppies...
where it was a hive of planting activity again!

I really am having a day at home tomorrow, but I have had a great week, and you seem to have enjoyed the photos too!


Deborah Wainwright said...

Lovely photos again Helen. What an interesting few days you have had. X

sam21ski said...

Oooh fab photos again and I had no idea that there was a cable car there, just need the snow and the slopes now and I'd be set!!!

Cable cars are quite quick really, but usually they stuff so many people in you can't move let alone see anything, of course I am talking about being in Europe in a ski resort!!!

Great photos of the ship, not seen that before either!!

I thought the first seat was little red riding hood - lol

Bet you can't stay in tomorrow either!!!

Sam xxx

Anonymous said...

I'm very glad that you took some time to get out & about. Thanks for taking & sharing all the photos, they've brought back lots of good memories for me. Enjoy the rest of your holiday.

craftimamma said...

Another fab post and set of photos Helen. Thanks so much for sharing your day out. I love the pic of the city from Greenwich!

Lesley Xx

Hazel Agnew said...

Another interesting post Helen with fab pics. X