2016, London in May, week 1

We arrived on May 1 and wandered a bit in the Bloomsbury neighbourhood.

May 2 was spent settling in and trying to recover from jet lag. We went to dinner at a friend’s home.

On May 3, I went to see a friend who took me to the bluebell woods. A lovey drive through the English countryside.

On May 4, I ventured out on my own to the London Centre for Book Arts in Stratford City. To get there I walked through the Olympic Park which took time as I had no accurate maps. Several people helped me find the place to exit the park to find the street LCBA is on.

After the adventure of looking for and finally finding the LCBA, I walked along the canal in the sunshine to get to the Overground train station. Crossing at the locks, I noticed that people were living in boats tied along the edge. Many had bicycles and gardens on deck.

My second destination for the afternoon was the Geffrye Museum. The exhibition called “Swept Under the Carpet” showed a series of middle-class rooms as seen from the point of view of the servants from 1663 to the present day. The museum is housed in an old 19th century almshouse.

On Thursday, May 5, I went to see a friend in Putney. We walked through Bishop’s Park near her home.

On Friday, May 6, I walked to Liberty, one of London’s most famous shops. I bough fabric for quilts and had tea in the cafe. The first 16 photos are what I saw along the way there.

Saturday, May 7 was an agreeable day spent browsing Foyles Bookshop and watching a Canadian documentary film about the loss of songbirds.