My work took me out into the cold of the day. I didn’t make any money, today was prep, taking photographs, making the most of the blue skies. Rain is forecast tomorrow. I walked between Park Lane and Bayswater, traversing Hyde Park. London is rich in parks, and although I have visited Hyde Park many times, I can’t truly say I know it. It is vast. I walked through bits I knew, then bits I didn’t recognise to more bits I knew. It was lovely.
After Bayswater it was back through the park to Belgravia, a part of London I don’t like much. It’s all big white houses which look alike to me. A bit of luck as I left the park, the Horseguards, Lifeguards in their red, were making their way back to their barracks and stables. These are sights I missed during lockdown. The daily panoply of pomp with beautiful beautiful horses.
Belgravia is a housing estate on a grand scale. I can’t see much neighbourly popping in for drinks and nibbles there over Christmas. At least not drinks and nibbles served by the neighbours. They would have staff to do that. Round the back of Buckingham Palace with its Keep Out walls and wire defences. The Queen’s Gallery Shop was open. There are vast amounts of Corgi themed merchandise. I liked the pyjamas, but at £225 per pair they were rather out of my price bracket.
Then onto the Mall bathed in sunshine. A woman was walking behind me talking to someone on her ‘phone. Every other word was fuck. She didn’t sound very happy. Visitors were taking selfies in front of the palace. Green Park beckoned but I resisted. I needed my lunch. So then it was a quick detour by Carlton House Terrace, a nod to the statue of General de Gaulle, I find it hard to believe he died in 1970, and I caught the bus home from Trafalgar Square. The tree from Norway has evidently managed to escape being stuck in a container somewhere and stands in the square between and behind the fountains. I must go back after dark to see it lit up.
Lunch was quick too satisfy my rumbling tum, but tonight I took more time to make a Green Curry no Thai would recognise but which tasted wonderful. I made a lot, so there’s a portion for Celia and another portion for me. Charlie doesn’t do spicy.
I still have some work to do before bed, so I shall stop here and let you decide which corgi themed present you are going to add to your Christmas list.
Stay safe. Keep well. Get vaccinated.