However, today that is all that life was. Many beds of beautiful roses!
I have spent the day with some friends from abroad who are visiting London. Those of us who live in London, often avoid the tourist traps, unless we have time to be idle and a lot of patience with visitors wandering around taking photographs of phone boxes, buses, and monuments to people who are from the minds of every day Londoners. But I had booked the day off so that I could join my visitors and be a helpful tour-guide for them. That meant I would be in the midst of throngs of tourists (accept I knew where I was going, and knew the short-cuts to avoid being slowed down too much).
My friends had a list of places they wanted to visit and take many photographs of. You can imagine…the Her Majesty The Queen’s digs, Big Ben…which does not chime at the moment and has scaffolding all over it, the big Ferris Wheel that moves so slowly and yet charges a rate of over £1 per minute (cheaper to take an Uber I am sure), the tall pointy sky-scarper they put up a few years ago near London Bridge, and finally, Covent Garden (I was pleased about that because my favourite ice-cream parlour happens to be there). I have also agreed to take them down to Wimbledon as they want to take lots of photos of the tennis club, and they want to go to Grenwich. I am not sure if I will have the time to take them to Grenwich, but they can’t get themselves into too much of a pickle on their own in Grenwich…it is perfect for tourists and visitors to London.
My friends were also happy to take me up on a couple of my suggestions I offered to them. How pleased they were when they saw this feast for the eyes.
Suggestion Number One: If you are in London this glorious month of June – please make the time to visit Queen Mary’s Gardens in the middle of Regents Park. Little pocket of paradise that it is – you need to see it!
If you like roses…you cannot be disappointed. Just don’t wait too long. The rose season never lasts long enough for my liking.
I have told Goldfinch that next time he visits me, I want to take him. I can hardly imagine a more perfect day than walking hand in hand around this little pocket of delight…and I will take a pic-nic for us too.
I don’t think I want to clutter this post with too many words that will distract you from these lovely photos. But please allow me to recommend that you look for my favourite rose. It is a big fat bold joyful yellow one named “Keep Smiling”.
I will confess to you something that you may have already picked up on if you have being paying close attention to my posts. June… aaaaah… my favourite month of the year since childhood. However, it was a very hot June night that I went to the park on my own…and woke up the next morning on my way to hospital in an ambulance. It was not Regents Park…it was another famous London Park nearer to my accommodation.
I am already finding it hard…but I am keeping my chin up and keeping my head busy and my heart full of things that make me smile…like roses…and Goldfinch!
It will be alright… it will pass. We shall bear it on our chin, with a grin…like any true Northerner. We will get through this!
For the last two Junes I have found I had to work at not letting “flash-backs” from that night cause me distress. Usually I go away…but this time I will be delaying my vacation by a day or two. So the anniversary of the day I went to the park…I will be at work. We will find out if that is a good idea. Then the next day, the anniversary of my first day in hospital – I will be travelling across the country in a train. I hope it will be a journey unlike the one in my post “One Epic Day On The British Rail Network.”
Then I have two weeks of touring the country, seeing family and friends…I shall take photos and share with you wonderful tales of my adventure with you.
I have more photos from the day out with my visitors. Rather than one huge post…I will break up our sight-seeing trip around the “big smoke”.
You might not really like scrolling through other people’s “holiday spam”…so I will be kind to you!