The Coronavirus Diaries, 7th July 2020

Two days, two walks, two pubs, two glasses of draught cider, one exhibition.

This morning I went to Bloomsbury on a nearly empty bus, walked to the Oxfam bookshop through nearly empty streets, walked down to the Strand through a nearly empty Covent Garden and caught a nearly empty bus home to a much busier street. There’s an irony in that I think.

Not busy

Some punters

Preparing for business


Welcome to Covent Garden

Last night’s problem with the new laptop is fixed, but while I continue to find my way around it I suspect there’ll be others. I restrung the middle, much scratched, section of one of MasterB’s scratching posts, and Joe obliged by stapling the sisal to the post. I don’t think the boy has tested it out yet. He’ll probably ignore it for a few days in favour of the other one which will also need restringing soon.

Celia and I walked over to Vauxhall and the Museum of Garden History which is housed in the disused church of St Mary’s Lambeth. It was founded in 1977 by John and Rosemary Nicholson, who are remembered in this plaque.

In memory of John and Rosemary Nicholson, founders of the Museum of Garden History

It was all very quiet, very calm. The exhibition was great. Although I have never visited Prospect Cottage I have seen photographs, and parts of the cottage were recreated here. Our neighbour Cynthia had explained how Jarman came to adopt the term Modern nature, but annoyingly I have forgotten. I shall have to ask her again.

Enter the exhibition here

The garden

Look out at the view

But I also wanted to see the pedlar’s window, which at times has been covered up, but when the museum was refurbed has been made available to view again.

The pedlar’s window

In return for a promise that he and his dog would be remembered in perpetuity in the church he left his land to Lambeth, land where County Hall and the London Eyer now stand. I’d say Lambeth got a bargain.

On the way home we stopped at a pu, a different one to yesterday, and each enjoyed a half pint of cider and shared portion of chips.

Stay safe. Keep well.

6 thoughts on “The Coronavirus Diaries, 7th July 2020

  1. Great to have your photos of the exhibition showing what a good job they’ve done of recreating both exterior and interior of Jarman’s cottage. Loved the fact that there was shingle for us to crunch over to enter it.

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