While Mrs Tootlepedal went off to visit her mother, brother and sister in law I went off with my sister Mary to view some London landmarks
We took a train down to Blackfriars Station which is perched on top of a bridge across the Thames ..
… and then walked along the south bank of the river in a downstream direction, noting…
…the world ugly building collection..
…and an empty hall at the Tate Modern art gallery ..
.. which was either a savagely perceptive comment on the vacuity of British politics today or just because they didn’t have anything to hand
St Paul’s cathedral could be seen across the river…
… and the Globe Theatre was on our side.
We gave our feet a rest and boarded a boat…
… on a busy stretch of the river until we came to HMS Belfast..
.. where we disembarked and walked past this fine arcade on a grand scale …
… and then past this more modest collection of nautical seats .
We admired the Tower of London and..
… the bridge beside it.
Once we had flowed under the bridge, we found ourselves in an area of heavily developed old warehouses which are now business premises and smart, ex pensive apartments..
…many still carrying names from their former glories
Rather than walk all the way back, we took a boat to the Embankment…
…and then Mary went to an art lecture and I had a snack and went south to drop in on our daughter Annie
I had hoped to visit her allotment but the weather was so hot and humid that we just sat around in her garden eating cherries instead.
Mrs Tootlepedal returned from her visit, I returned from mine and my sister Susan cooked us an evening meal to restore our strength.
The flying bird of the day is a gull which was posing on the wall beside the river for the benefit of passing tourists with cameras