As some of you may know, I’m currently working in the New Bodleian building two days a week. The Art Deco detail is wonderful…even down to the door knobs.
It’s a hard time of year to be a sheep dog…(I spotted this one when I went to get some veg. at Foxbury Farm).
Kipper always gets excited when she sees Jackie (the Queen’s Head landlady) – because Jackie = sausages.
Some friends of ours from university, who live in North Berwick, were down in London for the weekend. As we hardly ever get to see them, I had a quick dash down to meet them.
They were staying in the Marriott by Regent’s Park, so I decided to take the coach down to Hillingdon; then Metropolitan Line to Finchley Road; then one stop to Swiss Cottage on the Jubilee Line.
However, I hadn’t checked and turned up at Hillingdon to find that part of the Metropolitan line was out for repairs, and all of the Jubilee. If I’d been thinking straight, I’d have hopped back on the coach, but I wasn’t! So I took the Piccadily Line to Rayner’s Lane; bus from Rayner’s Lane to Wembley Park; one stop on the Metropolitan to Finchley Road (handy for the Freud Museum), and legged it down to Regent’s Park to meet everyone at the ‘Honest Sausage Cafe‘.
I stopped briefly to take this pic of the Swiss Cottage, at Swiss Cottage. It satisfies me on a very profound level that Swiss Cottage has a Swiss Cottage.
As well as catching up with Sadie, David and their girls – it was a chance to see Fr Weeping Cross and Toby.
Sadly, I could stay with everyone not much longer than an hour or so then make my way home (the return journey was somewhat easier: no30 bus to Marble Arch; then pick up the coach from there).
I shouldn’t have been surprised really – chaos normally accompanies any meeting with the Maskery-Hopkinson clan. 🙂
One of the best things about my life at the moment is working in central Oxford. Although I’ve lived a few miles away for nearly the last decade, I really haven’t spent that much time in the city. It’s lovely to have the chance to reacquaint myself with the place.