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A Wellcome back to Bluebird

Following an email invitation to visit the Wellcome Collection’s latest exhibition (why do I open them?) I suggested that the subject material might be of interest to Milly and her upcoming Psychology A Levels. As apparently everything on the invite was of interest, plans were made to visit the collection in the Euston Road. I have not been there before, despite a few near misses, and was hugely impressed with the exhibitions, facilities and atmosphere of the building. Certainly worth a visit if you haven’t been. Following a very brief stop at the latest Saatchi exhibition (Patek Philippe watches) which we continued down the King’s Road to Bluebird and a brief cycle round the opulent and surprisingly quiet streets of Chelsea. One very pleasant interlude was meeting cousin Jan on her way to a lecture quite by chance outside the Wellcome building – now what are the chances of that?

The reason for the visit.

The reason for the visit.

Interesting spiral staircase

Interesting spiral staircase

Significant machinery everywhere

Significant machinery everywhere

The evergreen Bluebird

The evergreen Bluebird

The chaise looooongue

The chaise looooongue

Chelsea by bike

Chelsea by bike

She's behind you

History repeating itself…

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Atop the Gherkin

Well, 30 St Mary Axe to be precise. Having been in a few times, but never to the top, it was good to get an opportunity to finally get there via Searcy’s, who have been opening a few slots in their restaurant on the 39th floor. The inside is perhaps even more extravagant than the outside (especially the view right to the top from the restaurant) and the food was excellent. Interesting to look across to the other towers we have visited recently. Just waiting for the Cheesegrater to open something up on their top floor…

Permission granted from Livi to use this - coffee stop in John Lewis

Permission granted from Livi to use this – coffee stop in John Lewis

With another sheep

With another sheep

Arriving at the venue

Arriving at the venue

View across the city

View across the city

Unusual view of the top

Unusual view of the top

A hour later...

An hour later…

Leaving the venue

Leaving the venue

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Walkie talkie birthday visit

Another birthday, another excuse to visit one of London’s newer towers, this time 20 Fenchurch Street. The Sky Garden at the top has recently been opened to the public along with two separate restaurants. After a slightly extended journey (change of trains at Basingstoke and a diversion around St Paul’s, as the Queen was attending a service to commemorate one year since the end of the British presence in Afghanistan) we went for a visit to the top, nipped into Leadenhall Market, took lunch in the delightful Darwin restaurant and went home via Borough Market. The views from the top of 20 Fenchurch Street were magnificent, with sloping glass helping. We even got to view the flypast of helicopters, a Hercules and a couple of jets looking down from Darwin. Worth a visit to the top.

 

#15 - as old as me

#15 – as old as me

Tower 42, Cheesegrater and Guerkin - oh, and Bex & Bry

Tower 42, Cheesegrater and Gherkin – oh, and Bex & Bry

Climbing gardens

Climbing gardens

St Pauls and BT Tower

St Pauls and BT Tower

Hanging gardens of Fenchurch Street

Hanging gardens of Fenchurch Street

Looking down at Bex

Looking down at Bex

Not many straight lines here

Not many straight lines here

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Victorias – Secret and Albert

Happy New Year – hope 2015 is good for you!

We had a last visit to London before work finally kicks off again. This time with Bex and Livi to the V&A, Bluebird and back to Waterloo via the West End. We split up in the V&A (allowing me to visit the amazing refurbished cast courts). We then went to another Victoria, this time the Secret one. A queue to get in (it wasn’t like that on the 23rd December!) – and Livi made various friends who spotted her bag and asked her where the store was. New Bond Street expensive as ever (we passed straight though) – but good window shopping (lèche-vitrines, apparently). Quick restorative at the Queen’s grocer before returning home.

The full size copy of David

The full size copy of David

Under the West End of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela

Under the West End of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela

Orchids at Bluebird

Orchids at Bluebird

Wings at Victoria's Secret

Wings at Victoria’s Secret

Busy at Piccadilly Circus

Busy at Piccadilly Circus

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Rembrandt and Alain Ducasse

Another birthday, another excuse to play hookey and do something else instead. This year consisted of a visit to the Rembrandt Late Works exhibition, another lunch deal at a noteworthy venue and a failed attempt to see the poppies at the Tower of London. Conclusions were (1) that the exhibition was rather overshadowed (much like the paintings) by the sheer number of people visiting the rather small galleries (not the case with Leonardo or Canaletto) and (2) the lunch deals at these wonderful restaurants really are worth considering. Although we missed the trip to the Tower on one of the old Routemasters still running, we did manage to catch a brief exhibition of new Routemasters in front of the National Gallery. I still hope to catch the poppies with a quick walk out from work one lunchtime.

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Overdosing on Cath Kidston

Overdosing on Cath Kidston

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Course #11 of our three course lunch

Course #11 of our three course lunch

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The Cider Press, Ottery St Mary

A first for us, taking two weeks holiday slightly apart. Having spent a splendid week in Dorset, I went back to work for two weeks, only to have another week’s holiday. Highly recommended – two bites of the cherry, two ‘end-of-term’ feelings, and the second week didn’t go nearly as fast as normal. Our second week was at the Cider Press on the excellent Cadhay Estate just outside Ottery St Mary. I hadn’t been there since Uni (and the infamous burning barrels on 5 November). We were fortunate that the main house was closed for the bank holiday, so spent a few evenings in the wonderful gardens as well as looking around the house. As we were by ourselves, a rather gourmet week, starting off in London at Le Gavroche with their amazing set lunch. Weather proved very sympathetic, providing warm dry weather when needed (such as in the middle of the River Exe for lunch).

The Cider Press

The Cider Press

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

View from the Cider Press

View from the Cider Press

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cadhay House

Cadhay House

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Outside Le excellent Gavroche

Outside Le excellent Gavroche

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Outside Le equally excellent Gidleigh Park

Outside Le equally excellent Gidleigh Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Onboard Le somewhat different River Exe Cafe

Onboard Le somewhat different River Exe Cafe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The imposing parish church at Ottery St Mary

The imposing parish church at Ottery St Mary

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BBC, Boris and Bluebird

A long overdue ‘dad day out’ with Livi took in a tour of the BBC, an Eenin Stannit offer at Bluebird and a whistle-stop tour of the Kings Road on Boris bikes. Great to look around the beeb, with time spent by the newsdesk, the One Show (never watched it), and the Radio Theatre. Also an opportunity to star in a radio play, the best that day (apparently) – well, we were the first tour. Bus and walk to the evergreen Bluebird and then 30 minutes playing on bikes with a favourite selfie.

One (doodoo, doo, doodoo) One

One (doodoo, doo, doodoo) One

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You're fired

You’re fired

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flowers at Bluebird

Flowers at Bluebird

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

She's behind you

She’s behind you

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