What a delightfully 'balmy' weekend as my friend Paul would say. The sunshine and showers we've had of late leaned casually towards the sunshine side of things, especially on Sunday. First however, we have Saturday to contend with.
Saturday morning was a small group of people, but not a group of particularly small people. There were 5 people altogether and strangely, although they didn't know each other, all seemed to have some kind of connection with Orlando in Florida and only took a few moments of meeting each other before they realised they either worked with or knew the same people. It's a small world as my friend Paul might say ... were he to say such a thing. Here they are having a breather outside the Royal Courts of Justice on the Strand. Behind them to the left you can see the world famous Twinings Tea shop, and to the right, some less famous scaffolding wrapped in a sheet.
Saturday afternoon was an entirely different kettle of balls, as the whole walk was commandeered by a 'hen doo'. I think it's the third hen doo I've done, and like Saturday's group they've all been impeccably well behaved I'm pleased to say. Here they are with the statue of Samuel Johnson's cat Hodge, who always seems to provide a good photo opportunity. Perhaps not surprisingly, after the below photo was taken, we stopped for a drink at Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese.
Sunday was a scorcher and my friend Paul (mentioned above) even made an appearance, along with his wife Sujata (see award below) to join a bumper group that was a mix of Americans, Canadians, a South African and a smattering of British folk. As ever, we explored around east London, stopped off at Columba Road flower market and finished up near Brick Lane and Spitalfields.
I didn't do a write up of the previous weekend walks, so would like to take this opportunity to congratulate or commiserate Denise, who came on her 4th weekend walk with me, which means she has completed 'The Trilogy plus 1'. Also, Steve (pictured above) sent me a photo today that he took of the Gherkin in the City of London, which has a really quite scary reflection. Bit weird, but thanks Steve. Great photoshop skills.
Best top, shoes and bag colour coordinated combo - Louise
Second quickest ever appearance on a walk - Sujata
Best moustache - No winners
Most Gladiator-esque sandals - Casey
Special award for bringing a big batch of home made brownies - Bee (think it was)
Most girls on one walk - Saturday afternoon
Most reluctant 'hen' - Keira
Bowl Of Chalk
Bowl Of Chalk based shenanigans.