We weren’t the only ones to be out walking in the sunshine of the New Year. There was a constant stream of people using the Millennium Bridge between Bankside and St Paul’s.
It was a late night. I got to bed about three. MasterB had spent most of 31st December indoors while I was at work and then when I went out. So today, despite the sunshine, it only seemed fair to let him have the lion’s share of the day outside while I did exciting things like tidying cupboards indoors. I finally met up with one of the friends with whom I had spent the evening at around two. In unspoken agreement, we wandered over Blackfriars Bridge and headed into the City.
St Paul’s never fails to please.
The dome of the cathedral is one of the iconic images of London.
The whole thing is big and bold, and that makes it easy to overlook the details, things like the swags of fruit and flowers carved into the stone by the windows, the saints who watch out over London from high up on the building.
In the churchyard to the north and east is St Paul’s Cross. The sun was starting to go down by this time, and lit the statue of St Paul nicely.
And then there was just time to take a photo of the cathedral against the setting sun before my camera battery died. I made a New Year’s Resolution to buy a spare one for back up.
We joined the throng on the Millenium Bridge and headed away for a hot drink and some biscuits. Signs of last night’s revels were all too clear on the streets; empty beer cans, discarded bottles, the detritus of many takeaway meals and coffees. I caught the bus home, let MasterB out into the garden and prepared some food. My internal clock is awry after my late night, so I think that meal was lunch, just a very late one. I’ll be in my pyjamas and tucked up with a book well before midnight tonight.
Great shots Isobel, it looks like a lovely day to be out and about.
Thanks Georgia. yes it was. Were you not in London today?
Although it looks from your photo that the whole of London was on the Millennium bridge at the same time as you, no I wasn’t. Stayed at home trying not to spend money,
🙂 There were fewer people on the bridge by the time we crossed back over, and you know what, apart from two baus fares, I didn’t spend any money! A number of shops were open, but they looked pretty empty.
I kept looking in your shots – wondering if The Son would appear. How silly…I know, but he is in London right now.
Oh is he? Work or pleasure? Or both? I take it you didn’t spot him…
Nah…he is on holiday with his girlfriend. Her brother lives in London. She posted on FB that it was a beautiful day.
It was. I hope they are having a good time. I just sent you an email.
Got it – thanks. Just replied.
I love the kid in the Koala outfit in the first picture – a classic hidden gem in the photo!
Happy New Year my friend!
And to you Rumpy!
Wishing you a happy year filled with peace, health and happiness!
You too Ruth. I look forward to seeing more of your photography.
Beautiful shots!!! Happy New Year!!!
Thank you. And to you!
Happy New Year! I wish you and Master B much happiness in 2013!
Let’s meet and walk soon. Best to you and the household.
A lovely way to start the new year……..and I hope you and MasterB have a really wonderful 2013 Isobel.
Pam and Sam
Thanks Pam, and a very happy 2013 to you and yours too.
Beautiful pictures Isobel! I think I have already wished for you the best in 2013 but probably can’t say it too much. Happy New Year!
And a very happy new year again to you!:)
You know what I love about that first photo? Nobody is on a cell phone! They’re just walking!
I also am taken with the packed throng in the gloamy background, as if a traffic light had changed, releasing the horde.
You know I hadn’t noticed that, yes it is unusual.