I reduced my family contacts to just the three sisters today (without a cherry orchard in sight) and after a cup of tea with sisters Mary and Caroline, my sister Susan took me off to the National Gallery….
… for a lunchtime lecture on Samuel Courtauld, the art collector and philanthropist.
It was very interesting and after fortifying ourselves with a bowl of soup, we went to look at a small exhibition of pictures that he had found interesting.
We found them interesting too.
He seems to have bought or caused to have been bought every famous impressionist picture I learned about at school.
He took his work home with him.
… but gave a lot of it to the nation when he died.
I fitted a bit of sightseeing into the day and enjoyed this tiny 17thC church behind the gallery…
… and the views from beside the Thames as I walked along the south bank.
I struggled to find a view of St Paul’s which didn’t have a crane I’m front of it…
… but close by in a crowded field, there were any amount of contestants for the silliest building in London.
After my stroll along the river, I caught the train home from Blackfriars Station which sits on a bridge directly above the river.
The day ended with a meal with Susan and Mary as Caroline had gone back home.
I am going back to Langholm tomorrow and I will miss the excitement of the big city. It is very expensive down here though. I hadn’t been here for much more than a day when bang went two pounds just like that.
I did find a sitting bird of the day beside the Thames.