Monday, April 17, 2006

Talking and walking

My longtime friend G is visiting London over Easter and we met on Saturday morning for a talk and a walk along the south bank of the Thames, between the Millennium Bridge and London Bridge. The weather was dull and grey but we hardly noticed. It was the first time we had seen each other since Christmas and we did indeed talk. A lot.

Tate Modern

I visited Tate Modern briefly while waiting for G. An old power station, the former turbine hall is used to stage exhibitions on a grand scale, such as the current one, Embankment by Rachel Whiteread, consisting of 14,000 casts of the insides of different boxes. Yes, really. Take a look at the link .... the human figures in the photo give an idea of the scale.


Once G arrived we made our way eastward along the Thames, snapping the treasure seekers at low tide under Southwark Bridge.

We opted for this unique museum-cum-cafe when we needed a caffeine fix.

Tea pots

The window display.

Coffee time

Even the vases were teapots. The piano has a sign on it "Pianist only". Maybe they hold tea dances? In any event, it's definitely more interesting than Starbucks. G's right hand and my glasses are in this shot as well .....

Our final stop was a foodie's delight - the best market in London in my opinion.

Borough market

G bought some honey and I made a beeline towards the barrels of loose rocket and spinach leaves - the basics for a salad supper.

Market signs

Interesting signs ....

Borough Market

.... tomato heaven.

This will almost certainly be my last summer in the capital and I will be making the effort to have more days like this, to absorb the sights and sounds of what is after all one of the world's great cities. I hope to blog about at least some of these outings - it will be a way of keeping a permanent record of this transitional period. It would be good if the coming months could be lived with appreciation and mindfulness, and become a starting point for the next chapter ....


Blogger Sonia said...

What a great time you and your friend G had! So interesting this Tate Modern exhibitions.
Love all photos and links.
Thanks so much for sharing your promenade!

4:50 pm  
Blogger Pam in Tucson said...

What a lovely time! I enjoyed following it with you. We visited the Tate Modern three years ago, the last time we went home to the UK, but I didn't know about the Borough Market, which looks super. I'd have enjoyed the café, too. I look forward to your explorations of London, before you make the great move. All the best ...

6:02 pm  
Blogger justin said...

I'm fascinated by all this, Mary. It's a part of London that I've never seen. Marvellous to have access to a good market, instead of having to go to somewhere like Sainsbury's for some good green salad.

8:40 pm  
Blogger Jess D'Zerts said...

Thanks for sharing the great photos and tour, Mary. Herbs from heaven, spices from hell... gotta love that! The box thing seems just plain bizarre... what are the casts made of?

8:46 pm  
Anonymous pohanginapete said...

Mary, I really enjoyed this visual and verbal exploration of your (current) environment. People, and how they live...

11:17 pm  
Blogger LJ said...

I love walking with you. It's a funny thought, isn't it? Your readers hitch-hiking along on your walks, via pictures.
You have such an eye for beauty and I'm always so happy to be taken on one of your wanders.

11:45 pm  
Blogger MB said...

What a delightful visit this sounds like! I'm so glad for you and G. Thank you for taking us all along with you on your walk. Your photos are always of interest.

1:52 am  
Blogger herhimnbryn said...

Hallo from Oz,
I have just 'walked' with you ( hope you didn't mind!). A lovely post. We'll be back in the UK ( after 5 yrs away) in May. So I guess we'll be going to Tate Modern and some local market etc!

2:23 am  
Blogger Mary said...

Sonia: a pleasure! thank you.

Pam: thank you. Th next time you're over, do try the market, it's about 15 minutes walk from Tate Modern,very near London Bridge station.

Justin: sadly I live too far away from the market to be able to go there regularly. I'm normally a Sainsbury's girl by necessity ... one of the reasons I'm moving.

Jess d'Zerts: I'm not sure what they're made of, the link doesn't specify does it? I need to go again, spend more time and check it out.

Pete: thank you ... one of the wonders of the internet and blogs I think is that we can see so much more of how other individuals live their lives. I love it.

lj: I'm more than happy to hitchhike with you at anytime, at your place or mine.

MB: Thanks so much. This is nice to read because I wasn't actually terribly sure about these photos, quality-wise - I could have done better I think - but they do capture the mood of the morning pretty accurately ...

Herhimbryn: Thank you - you're more than welcome on any of my walks!If you're interested in visiting the market next year, check out the website I linked to because it is only open on certain days ....

10:35 am  
Blogger Mary said...

Herhimbryn .... and of course May isn't next year *sigh*. My typing fingers run faster than my brain at times.

10:42 am  
Blogger Endment said...

Fascinating picture tour - thanks for sharing -

12:07 pm  
Anonymous Apples said...

Wow, I love that pic with the teapots:) You know, I didn't get to visit the Tate Museum the last's such a huge city...thanks for sharing the pics, Mary:)Looking forward to viewing more snapshots of that other side of London...Enjoy your days while you can in that great city!:)

12:27 pm  
Blogger herhimnbryn said...

Thankyou for your kind comment on my dog post. I have left a note for you there.

3:44 pm  
Blogger g said...

I like the tomato heaven. And the bevy of human arms in the upper right hand corner of the image.

(not the same g)

8:27 pm  
Blogger MB said...

You manage to take the most intriguing self-portraits! I like this one.

9:46 pm  
Blogger Jess D'Zerts said...

I did finally find the reference to what those boxes are made of. She made plaster casts and then "had them re-fabricated in a translucent polyethylene." I wonder how much they weigh. At first I thought maybe they were styrofoam or something.

12:13 am  
Blogger Sky said...

thanks for the lovely stroll. whitehead's exhibition is fascinating!

we have "pike place market" in seattle, a partially fresh air market which is filled with fresh veggies and fruits from all over the world, baked goods, snacks, restaurants, handmade crafts and art. it is my favorite place to putz around in seattle! i understand your enjoyment of this kind of shopping. :)

10:09 am  
Blogger Mary said...

g: Welcome and thanks for your comment. It can get very manic at times around the stalls ...

Endment: Thank you, really glad you enjoyed it. ..

Apples: No doubt about it, you're going to have to visit again :-)

MB: Thanks! ;-)

Jess: Bravo for your persistence .. yes I am going to have to revisit the exhibition - I really want to wander around those box-canyons.

Sky: Markets like this one, and yours in Seattle, are a real joy I think.

10:18 am  
Blogger starnitesky said...

Lovely photos - makes me want to visit London again and especially the Tate Modern.

11:29 pm  
Blogger Patry Francis said...

You make the city look very appealing indeed.

3:32 am  
Blogger Mary said...

Starnitesky/Patry: thanks, glad you enjoyed the photos ...

8:53 pm  

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