Despite the rather unpleasant weather that was forecast for this weekend, we were spared on Saturday and it turned out to be a reasonably nice day, as days go. I began the weekend with a group of 6, for the walk from Trafalgar Square to St Paul's cathedral. We soon came across a gathering of people around the statue of Edith Cavell, which is opposite the entrance to the National Portrait Gallery, next to Charing Cross Road.
It soon became evident why they were there. If you haven't heard of Edith Cavell before, I shall briefly explain. She was a British nurse, who, during WWI, cared for, treated and saved the lives of soldiers from all sides, without distinction. She is quoted as saying "I realise that patriotism isn't enough. I must have no hatred or bitterness towards anyone". On October 12th 1915 she was executed by a German firing squad for assisting 200 Allied soldiers to escape from German occupied Belgium. So, as you can see, it was the anniversary of her death. In case you're interested, the statue was made by George Frampton and I discovered a short British Pathé film of it being hoisted in to place in 1920.
The group consisted of Vishal & Afroza from Australia, Adam & Veronica from the States and Bernie & Liz from Ireland. Here they are at the end of the walk outside St Paul's cathedral.
The afternoon walk was slightly different from every other walk I've done, mainly on account of the fact that we didn't do a walk as such. It was the first EVER Bowl Of Chalk 'Treasure Hunt'. It was for the birthday of Richard, and after meeting at Liverpool Street station, the intrepid explorers split in to three teams and set off, following clues around Spitalfields, Bricklane, Shoreditch and Hoxton and ended in a pub in Old Street. Here they all are, prior to setting off.
On Sunday, it rained pretty much non stop all day, but amazingly it didn't put off Vishal & Afroza (who'd been on the morning walk the previous day) and Meagan from the States. Here they are on Whitby Street in east London.
Double Whammy-ers - Vishal & Afroza
Birthday Boy - Richard (Del)
Best hat - Meagan
Youngest - Lucian
Treasure Hunt Winners - 'Stella Street'
Bowl Of Chalk
Bowl Of Chalk based shenanigans.