We had decided to spend a day in London on our way back home and as the weather was kind and Mrs Tootlepedal had long wished for a trip on the London Eye, we decided that this was an opportunity too good to miss. My sister Susan agreed to act as her companion as a trip in the Eye would be a truly terrible experience for me. We hadn’t booked in advance and wondered whether there would be huge queues as the South Bank was crowded with tourists but in the end, there was a wait of only twenty minutes so we got tickets and I waved them off on their circular journey.
While I waited for them to go round, I amused myself by taking in the ground based entertainments on hand.
From time to time I looked up….
…and this picture, taken by my sister, shows what it was like looking down from up there.
Mrs Tootlepedal told me afterwards that they could see for miles and miles from the top of the circle and they were lucky to have a very clear day even if it wasn’t sunny.
The mechanism of the wheel is interesting to me and I enjoyed watching these little tyres doing all the work of pushing the huge wheel round.
The hub and spokes set up is very similar to a cycle wheel.
I had time while they were in the air, to look at the fine buildings on the north of the Thames. Unless you knew, it would be hard to guess where this leafy chateau was.
Even though it is a very safe set up, I was pleased to see them nearing home on the way down.
It is not a particularly cheap trip but Mrs Tootlepedal had thought it a very worth while experience, enjoying looking down on familiar landmarks like Buckingham Palace from above and having the whole city laid out before her.
Susan then headed for home and we headed by bus for Brixton where our daughter lives and she took us round two covered markets there which were full of exciting things and delicious smells. We had a mildly middle eastern lunch in a tiny cafe and as we came out of the market, I was very taken with this building…
I don’t suppose that there would be much use for an insanitary steam laundry.
Then we walked back to Annie’s house where we were entertained by the varied wildlife in her small garden. I wished that I had my good camera with me but had to make do as best as I could with the little one.
I did manage to catch a spider at work eating a fly though.
There were many blue and great tits, with goldfinches and sparrows too but they were too far away for me and I had to wait till some bigger things came along.
You don’t get either of those in our garden. She gets woodpeckers too but not today sadly.
The day was rounded off by another excellent meal at my sister Susan’s. We have eaten very well during the holiday and there will have to be some serious weight watching when we get home.