Monday 25 April
We have only been home since 20 April but here we are off again this time by ferry to Liverpool, we have to wait to board for over an hour as the incoming ferry takes time to disgorge cars and a couple of coaches so surprised that we leave more or less on time.
Slow drive down M6 & M1 dodging hailstorms and impatient drivers without lights in an early dusk because of the hail. Temperatures down to 2C!
We have opted for a stay at the Holiday Inn at Brent Cross, just at bottom of M1, within easy reach of the tube for tomorrow.
Tuesday 26 April
Hotel’s free shuttle to Brent Cross tube saves a bit of a walk and we end up at Greenwich in the cold and sleet.
After a coffee & cake in a little backstreet café, we browse Greenwich Market, not well populated, but do buy a couple of prints of old London.
After a walk around the outside of the Cutty Sark we head to the Old Royal Naval College museum for some warmth and shelter from the sleet.
What a little gem of a museum with fascinating history of the college and the nearby painted gallery and the chapel.
The painted gallery is just that, every wall and ceiling is painted with, in the case of the ceiling and one wall in particular, magnificent murals.
Students of the nearby Music College occupy some of the adjacent buildings and we were fortunate enough to hear the end of a concert by a string quintet in, again, a magnificently decorated chapel.
This Museum complex is just a little gem hidden away from the bustle of the Cutty Sark and the majority of London’s tourist attractions.
My advice: go there and marvel at the wonderfully restored decorated rooms.
Now off to Canary Wharf for an early evening meal and then on to the O2 for a concert by Jeff Lynn’s ELO, their first tour for possibly 30 years?
Some children aged about 30 going on 10 sitting behind us did spoil the occasion a bit for us as they talked to each other over the music but with our hands behind ears, we did manage to concentrate on the music.
Some good visual effects and some wonderful playing of hits such as Mr Blue Sky, When I was a Boy and Telephone line just to name three. They still have the ability to entertain even after all these years and will feature at Glastonbury this year.
Crowded on the way out of course, and we make a wrong decision to get a cab to London Bridge station instead of battling with the crowds to get down the tube.
£32.80 later and sat in a traffic jam at about 11:15 pm about half a mile from the station entrance we decide to walk the rest of the way to avoid an even bigger and extortionate taxi charge.
No more London taxis for us, me thinks. Surprisingly crowded Northern Line for half eleven at night on a Tuesday.
Managed to walk virtually 4 miles today, despite knee problem, biting wind and hail storms.
For a video of Mr Blue Sky, try: https://youtu.be/3igc3vaieHk
Wednesday 27 April
A late start and a visit to the Brent Cross Shopping Centre, first time we had been there in probably 30 years, with special time spent at John Lewis to talk about cameras, not much else there that was of interest though.
Get stuck in North Circular road traffic jam on way to Flic’s so a bit late getting there. Dinner in Woodley with Gary joining us and a drink afterwards at Barbara, Gary’s mum’s flat before a more speedy journey back to the hotel.
Thursday 28 April
Breakfast in John Lewis after a new camera purchase as my birthday present and a drive up the A1 to Bedford for a catch up with John & Deirdre.
A drive out to a centre created to give employment to some homeless people by selling books and bric a brac donated to the centre and then back for a dinner out at The Three Tuns in nearby Biddenham.
Friday 29 April
It takes us over 5 hours to get from John & Deirdre’s to the ferry terminal, the penalty for travelling on the Friday before a Bank Holiday. Two hours to the M42 turn off for Birmingham Airport and another three + hours, with stops for coffee and fuel to Liverpool.
Stop start all the way up the M1 and on the single carriageway A5. Just as well we went that way as the M6 was apparently worse!
Ferry on time and back home after another exhausting but successful few days.