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This is it! I've given up work -retired from the rat race and am about to start on a 10 year adventure, doing all those things I've been meaning to do but never had the time to do them. I've offloaded my responsibilities and it is now my time. So follow my adventures and see whether I actually manage anything!



Monday, 30 November 2015

Trinity House

This is Trinity House.
It is home to the  General Lighthouse Authority which is responsible for the safe navigation of shipping around the waters of the UK from small dinghies to supertankers.Trinity House was granted a Royal Charter by Henry VIII in 1514.

The building is in Trinity Square which overlooks the Tower of London. As the plaque shows this is the third Trinity House.

                                     
I was able to have a look inside the building during Open House weekend in September

                                                                  



                                                


                                                                       

This bell is from the Royal Yacht Britannia which was decommissioned about 14 years ago.
                                                
This meeting  room with its painted ceiling was beautiful.


                                               

The next room had two cut glass chandeliers which sparkled as the light reflected off them.
                                                                       



Also in this room  were wonderful stained glass and engraved windows.


                                           



                                                                      
These engravings from the 16th and 17th cent were rearranged when the window was repaired in 1829.



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Saturday, 28 November 2015

Another week!

Talktalk is my service provider and is responsible for my broadband and email. There in lies the problem. After the major hacking into the Talktalk system a few weeks ago, nothing is working correctly. During the last couple of weeks my email account has been very slow  to open and now I am not receiving any emails! Speaking to the helpline today I was told it would be another week before they can sort it out, Another week! I first reported a problem to them 3 weeks ago.As if to make me feel better they told me that many people were in the same position yet it is still going to take them another week to sort out the problem. And before you ask, yes I will be demanding a refund and yes I will be looking at moving my account.

Friday, 27 November 2015

Hainault country park


The rain clouds cleared away on Thursday so I took a trip out to Hainault to walk around the park. The day started off with a clear blue sky but didn't last for long.



 There were a number of different water birds on and around the lake. This heron seemed to be enjoying the brief spell of sunshine.

 The boats were lying idle waiting for the weekend visitors to take them out for a row round the lake.


 Looking closer at the boats I noticed a couple of cormorants who also seemed to be waiting for a lift.


Thursday, 26 November 2015

Thanksgiving

Wishing all my friends across the pond a Happy Thanksgiving Day!


Met this happy couple on the underground.

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Twinings Tea Museum (London Museum #23)


There has been a Twinings tea shop  on The Strand since 1706 when Thomas Twining bought Tom's coffee shop. At that time  London was full of coffee shops as they were the meeting places for business transactions. There was a lot of competition between the coffee houses but Tom's was different as it also sold tea.
Tea was an expensive commodity as it was highly taxed but it became very fashionable during the 18th Cent among the upper classes.


The shop is very narrow with shelves on either side displaying all the different teas. Above the shelves are portraits of the Twinings family who have been involved in the business since 1706.
Towards the back of the shop is a loose tea bar with a sampling counter where you can try one or two of the numerous varieties available. The assistant was very knowledgeable, not just about the tea, but also about the history of the building. The building had to be rebuilt after the war but they kept the same design.


















At the back is a small museum displaying tea pots and caddies as well as information about the Twining family. Although Twinings  is now owned by an American company there is still a descendant from Thomas Twining on the board of directors.
 The word caddy comes from the Malay 'kati' which was a measure of weight. As the tea was so expensive it was kept in a locked box.

 Lots of people think the bowl in the centre of the caddy was for sugar but apparently it was for the lady of the house to mix and blend her own tea.






This plaque can be found at the back of the building.

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Lincoln's Inn Fields

A very rainy day meant there was no point in my travelling out to Essex walking around my next Underground station (info here ) so I decided to stay in London and go to a museum instead. I am in Lincoln's Inn Fields, the largest public square in London.



Laid out in the 1630s, the centre of the square is a large park where I used to play netball many, many years ago. I came here today to visit Sir John Soane's Museum. He was an architect who is probably most remembered for designing the Bank of England.


 He bought 3 houses and rebuilt them from the inside out. The centre one is the light coloured stone  one above. The inside of the museum has been left just as he wanted it to be, crammed with paintings, sculptures and antiquities. Many of his architectural drawings as well as models are also displayed. Only 70 people are allowed in at any one time so there are usually queues outside. No photography is allowed so I can't show you anything. It is free entry and is definitely worth a visit.

One side of the square is Lincoln's Inn separated from the square by a brick wall. Lincoln's Inn is one of the four inns that make up the inns of court.to which barristers of England and Wales belong. It is such a pity the weather was so grey and wet making the buildings look dull.



Inside Lincoln's Inn. It was now pouring  with rain but I couldn't leave without taking  a few photos as quickly as I could of these 16th and 17th cent buildings.
                                                                   

                                                 


                                                      

                                                                  

                                                                                                   
                                 


                                                    
The chapel was open so in I went to escape the rain and have a look around.  The first chapel was built here in 1428. This chapel was built between 1620 and 1623 but there have been numerous renovations over the years.




I loved the stained glass window with the numerous heraldic shields.






Beneath the chapel is this wonderful 15th cent vaulted undercroft.
                                                                             




                                                   



                                                                        



With no let up in the weather it was time to go home. Of course one advantage of the rain was the abundance of reflections to share with James at Weekend Reflections