A week in the life….or holiday time

So we are now two weeks into the summer break and generally I am relaxed. As previous posts have shown I have my ups and downs.

So, this holiday has one clear link to 2012 as eldest is in hospital once again. However, second time around is easier and there was a lead in before the hols. started this time. Which means when youngest goes away to camp for a week there is a chance to relax.

Day trip one – Sunday
Hatfield House, Hertfordshire

My wife has been before, but this was my first visit. We started with refreshments in the stables / yard – a good impression already. Into the grounds and we started with the gardens with some RA sculptors works. The photos are included are labelled by me, if inaccurate please correct me.

The garden has a series of these fabulous shaded pathways behind the Old Palace where Elizabeth I spent some of her childhood. Today the building was closed for a wedding what a fabulous setting.



The knot garden looked great and what a setting for photos.

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A frieze of the Elizabethan court apparently. Then into the section with the longitude dial (no picture) which was fascinating to read about.




Then the sculptures started to be found. Their settings were good as they complimented or contrasted with the manicured or wilder woodland sections.

Hammer – which except within a few feet appeared to be 3 dimensional.



The next, which from a distance was like a spacecraft from Dr Who had landed.


As we returned from the woodland the view of the main house could be seen.



No photos were taken inside the house. The guide, especially the gentleman on the Long Gallery was very informative. In the library were display cases about a ship called the Clove which had taken part in the first British trade with Japan and the 400th anniversary is this year. The linked website is http://www.japan400.com . An aspect i will investigate further as a possible project link for our pre christmas unit.

Lunch and then out to see some of the parkland with its grand avenue drives.


A nostalgic drive back along the A414 and my former commuting route from Harlow homewards, used for 10 years.

Tired but relaxed and a great day out.

Day Trip two – The Globe theatre, London

The first of two day trips to London with a promise to ourselves that we would not walk too much.

We took the train to Liverpool Street with a weather forecast where the afternoon could be muggy or rain. We took the bus for views of The City. Off at St. Pauls and over the Millenium bridge. The surface was slippery telling us we had just missed a shower.

A quick wander into Tate Modern but the Turbine Hall is shut off until 2014 – my favourite feature of the building.

A coffee then off along the South Bank towards Tower Bridge before lunch. Remember the not walk too far – well … Borough Market with new units since I last visited (? When).To soon to eat which was a shame with the choice on offer. Onwards, with lunch overlooking the River Thames between Tower Bridge and the London Assembly. On the north bank was the BMW launch of their new electric car.


Watching the window cleaners – there was a challenge and people watching as posed photos were taken with Tower bridge behind.



A view upstream with boats, buses and trains on or above the river.


Then the Globe. A second year in a row, we were impressed by Richard III in 2012. This year it was A Midsummer’s Night Dream. The play was fabulous and highly entertaining and again what a setting.


Inside – a poster for an English classroom?


Afterwards a walk to the South Bank Centre, over the river and along the North Bank back to the Millenium bridge – much much further walked than intended. Supper, bus,train and a walk home ended another full and memorable day


An arty pic of flooring at Oxo tower.


End of first post….part two soon


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