Project 365 2022 Week 30 Day 205-211 The first full week of the school holidays and we started it in London at Buckingham Palace
Sunday 24th July – Day 205
We got the train down to London and headed to Buckingham Palace. I’d been sixteen years ago and we’d decided that the Platinum Jubilee year would be a good time for my son’s first visit. We got to see part of the changing of the guard before we visited the Queen’s Gallery to see Japan: Courts and Culture Exhibition, the Royal Mews and the State rooms within the Palace itself. This was the first time that any of us had seen the Diamond Jubilee State Coach which had stunning details. We insisted my son made use of the free audio guides in all three areas so that he actually stopped and took in what he was looking at and it worked really well and meant we all got to enjoy the experience. Hopefully, he’ll be happier using them in future adventures now. The Palace was as stunning as I remembered and we all agreed that it was worth the money to visit.
From there we headed to the Tower of London to get a view of Superbloom from above before trying to ride on the Elizabeth Line for the first time. We got the tube to Whitechapel on the District Line only to discover the entrance to the Elizabeth Line was closed off. Turns out that it isn’t running on Sundays. I don’t know if this is permanent or just until the whole line is joined up next year.
We were all shattered and decided to head home.
Monday 25th July – Day 206
Yesterday we’d had blistering heat in London, today at home, it’s grey skies, wind, spots of rain and ten degrees cooler. Makes working easier I guess.
Planning ahead a bit and my son and I decided to book tickets for a tour of the Houses of Parliament for next month. Somewhere I’ve never been and I’m hoping we can visit Westminster Abbey too, which would be another first for both of us.
Was thrilled to see that the National Trust had picked one of my photos as a runner-up for their weekly photo challenge.
Tuesday 26th July – Day 207
Double trouble. These two seem to love sitting in the dirt, the grass on the lawn has pretty much died. Our hedgehog visitor returned in the evening for a drink and a walk around the garden.
Wednesday 27th July – Day 208
We headed over to Whipsnade Zoo for the day using our membership passes. We’d hoped to see the new cheetah trio but there was working being done on their enclosure in the morning and they still weren’t out when we did our second loop in the afternoon. I’m hoping to visit by myself when my son goes back to school so I should get to see them then.
Thursday 28th July – Day 209
Good old English summertime. Heatwave one week and then back to grey skies and no sun the next. After work, we walked down to a friend’s house to put their bins out for them and popped into the post office to buy some Euros for next month. My son showed me the route he and his best friend walk to school and back now. Not the route they’d agreed with us parents back in September, so I just have to hope that they are being careful when they cross the main road. All part of growing up.
I let my son stay up to watch the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham and we got to see Duran Duran closing the festivities. Funny to think that Planet Earth was released when I was nearly 13, the same age my son is now. He’s not really into music at all sadly.
Friday 29th July – Day 210
After work, we had to wait for a delivery and then headed to the garden centre to pick up a couple of plants and bring the bins in for our friend. Once home I got to enjoy the Busy Lizzies my neighbour gave us recently. She gave us three pots full of them and they are really starting to flower in all their glory now.
Saturday 30th July – Day 211
Another grey skies day. Not cold, but not exactly summer either is it?
My faithful bright blue Birkenstock’s are getting a bit old and they don’t go with everything so I’ve been on the lookout for a new pair in a more neutral colour for a while. Found these in ‘Toffee’ at a really good price and they arrived today so I think they may well end up on holiday with me next month.
My son is off to a railway exhibition with his Dad and I’m off for a gin tasting experience with my SIL that we had to reschedule when I got Covid earlier in the month. Hope you’re having a good weekend, whatever you have planned.