It was a reasonably quiet weekend (walk wise) but kicked off November on Saturday morning with Krisztina an Cornelia from Hungary, who now both live in London. I've noticed that quite a number of people who join the weekend walks are foreigners who have moved to London and use my walks as a way of getting to know the city a bit better. They were joined by Nick from Australia, who is in the middle of a 6 month travelling extravaganza around the world. I took their photo with the statue of Samuel Johnson's cat Hodge in Gough Square.
In the afternoon I was joined by Kelly, Jasper and Miriam from the Netherlands, and took their photo as we walked over the Millennium Bridge (otherwise known as 'The Wobbly Bridge') which spans the river Thames between St Paul's cathedral and the Tate Modern.
On Sunday it rained pretty much non stop for the entire morning, and not surprisingly a few people decided they'd rather not get completely drenched. Juergen & Ulla from Austria however had their umbrella and waterproofs and seemed quite happy to do a mildly abridged version of the east London walk. The weather did eventually clear up, and by the time I took the photo of them outside the Ten Bells pub in Spitalfields ... it was positively glorious ... sort of.
Also ... whilst I think about it, the previous weekend, I just did two walks. On the Saturday morning Kate (from the States) was asking me about Sweeney Todd (the Demon barber of Fleet Street) as we walked down Fleet Street ... so we stopped off at Hen & Chicken Court, a tiny alley, generally regarded as being the site of Sweeney Todd's barbershop in the story which was first published under the title 'The String of Pearl's' in a Victorian 'Penny Dreadful'. Not surprising it's where I took the group's photo.
On the final Sunday in October I attempted to do an 'action shot' of the group as they descended the steps of Arnold Circus in Shoreditch ... which I achieved with limited success. Liz, Thomas and Anna were all back for their second walk with me.
Most Beardy group - Sat 25th Oct (Sebastien & Steve)
Greenest coat - Ulla
Curliest hair - Steve
Best moustache - No winners
Bowl Of Chalk
Bowl Of Chalk based shenanigans.