Even the lights in Bishopsgate are fabulous,
But the reason for being in this area......
Yes our very own street. My Grandad was a Peeler, a copper, a Policeman in this area (his surname was Franklin) This is Jack the Ripper area & he was involved in the hunt. Now I am married to a man who has a London street with his name. The reason is that this is very near to Spitalfields Hospital. Hospitals used to use Lavender, there is a Lavender grown in Norfolk called Folgate Blue.....we even have a colour. Exciting isn't it, I should do a piece of work based on the colour, but of course its my married name.... My children were with us & I refused to have my photo taken by the sign, they were cross when I said but I am not a Folgate, that had not occurred to them. I guess if these days were the days when I got married I would have retained my maiden name. I said this in class last week & some of the lovely ladies were really surprised, one said she had not ever thought about it, I said we didn't really have an option in the 1960's & 1970's did we ladies, in the UK it was the 'done' thing to take your husbands name. How times change
Here is a map of London, lovely patterns, I found this very inspiring, everyone wondered off tutting that I cant stop thinking about design & stitch even on a day out (well why should I change!)
I was being dragged around here as I felt terrible, I shall have to revisit with my DSLR camera to get some better photos as these are from my phone.
Here is the Gherkin, I sat on a cafe seat to watch the world go by, oh I love London, I had forgotten just how exciting the buzzing atmosphere is
We then went via the tube to The Tower of London, look at the incredible weather, the fabulous colour of the sky & the clouds. Lots of the tube lines were closed because of work for the Olympics, so the tube was crammed.
We were first got off the train at St Pancreas International station we went shopping, I went to Paperchase, which is my number one shop to buy yet more design books, I have a few A5 with magnetic clips that I use for inspiration & Paperchase do such fabulous patterned good quality tissue paper. Which will probably make an appearance in FOLLOW MY HEART as it is covered with flowers.
We decided to go on a river trip as I could walk no more & here is a Red London bus going over Tower bridge
The bridge opened & a Schooner came through, What a privilege, I tried to take a video but forgot which buttons to press, what a view
We sailed up the river to the Houses of Parliament
Passing the London Eye on the way, my son has been on this twice, but I don't fancy it at all but it makes a wonderful design for my new NOUGHTS & CROSSES series of workshops to come soon
Then onto Big Ben, whose dial is bright gold, the sun shine right on it & it chimed for us right on cue!!
I felt much better after the river trip & we turned into Whitehall & went into a London Pub for Sunday lunch right by the Cenotaph. We needed to explain to my daughters boyfriend who is Swedish just what the Cenotaph is!!!!
Then it was the main reason of the day, as we all said our farewells, DH & I went to the Royal Albert Hall for the first public performance of DIRE STRAITS who are now called THE STRAITS as Mark Knoffler is no longer with them
It was truly fantastic - a charity concert in aid of the Lords Taveners,
Here is the crowd, we are all SULTANS OF SWING lol
If you go to Youtube there are lots of videos of THE STRAITS, my video (yep had worked it out by now) is all shaky & the lad (yep there were some youngsters there) next to me was dancing & shouting, very funny he was, he was there with his 2 sisters in honour of his Dad who had died in January.
We had to leave before the encore to make it back to the station to get the last train
Another adventure that was
1. South Kensington station exits closed at 10pm
2. We arrived at 10.02pm
3. Accosted a really cool dude sauntering along
4. Followed dude to station
6. Crammed like a sardine into the tube, remember the lines are closed, worse than rush hour, great for me as I am a tad claustrophobic.
7. Got a seat as was guess what - coughing - lol
8. Made the train