Friday, 25 July 2014

What He Did

It would appear that The Boy Child has had a wonderful time staying with Granny.
He got to go to the beach and hang out with the delightful Miss I.
There was also a visit to a water park, which the two of them absolutely loved.  Sadly, photography was not allowed. 

Little Miss I. is the grand daughter of my mum's best friend and she adores him. Naturally.
There was an outing on the river with Great Uncle B.
There was a visit to the City to learn some more about our Nation's history and to the museum to see all things Egyptian.

There was time for tennis and for relaxation.

All told, it's easy to see that he had a blast.
Summer 500: 397.

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Summer Sculpture | Photo Heavy

Another gorgeous day in London and another day for being outside.
The City of London, just like last year, is hosting Sculpture in the City.
Last year, we visited over the weekend when the City is quiet.  Today, I was astonished at how many people were eating and/or drinking al fresco on the terraces outside office buildings in the middle of the afternoon.  It has hard to imagine much work actually being done.
Secret Affair (Silver) by Jim Lambie
Stairs by Lynn Chadwick
Deadly Nightshade by Julian Wild
Flow: Edge: Flux: Within: Fall by Paul Hosking
Salvia by Julian Wild
Shapes in the Clouds I, IV, V by Peter Randall-Page
Box Sized DIE featuring Unfathomable Ruination by Joao Onofre
This piece seriously annoyed me.  It seems that each evening a band called Unfathomable Ruination (no, me neither) climb into the box to play until the air inside runs out or they pass out, leaving the "audience" to sense or feel vibrations.  Pur-leese. This is not art.
Work Scaffolding Sculpture by Ben Long
It appears that we were looking at this from the wrong angle.  Looked at the correct way, it spells work. Doh. 
High Wind IV by Lynn Chadwick
Southern Shade I; Southern Shade V by Nigel Hall
Kiss by Nigel Hall 
False Ceiling by Richard Wentworth
This was by far the piece that we liked best and Leadenhall Market was a perfect setting for it.
Time here becomes Space, Space here becomes Time by Cerith Wyn Evans
 Parallel Field by Anthony Gormley
This was the only piece that was still in place from last year.  You can find it on St. Mary Axe until October of this year. 
I'm still not really one for modern art; I do like art to have a point.  Having said that, we enjoyed an hour looking for and looking at these pieces.  
Modern art.  Does it do it for you?

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Weekday Walks: Soho | Zoom In: Zoom Out

Scroll down for Zoom In | Zoom Out.  I promise that you won't be disappointed.
My original plan for today was to visit the Imperial War Museum and their new Great War Galleries. However, with the weather forecast to be in the high 20s (centigrade) again, we settled on a Track the Plaque walk around Soho.  It's a great outing for just the two of us, as The Boy Child usually claims he is bored within 10 minutes of setting out to discover hidden parts of London.    

We also learned a few things.
For example, in this rather nondescript building, John Logie Baird demonstrated television for the first time in 1926.   
Trotting around the streets of Soho is thirsty work.
Rather unexpectedly, I came across the perfect Zoom In | Zoom Out for this week.
And I'm showing the Zoom Out first.
Because this is the Zoom In.
Investigation into this address, 7, Meard Street, found that the artist Sebastian Horsley lived here until his death in 2010 and his writing often revolved around his dysfunctional family, his drug addictions, sex, and his reliance on prostitutes.  French and Italian tourists often photograph the street sign due to the pun with the French merde and the Italian merda.  The street is actually named after John Meard, who developed the area in the 1720s and 1730s.
Zoom In | Zoom Out is Helena's idea and you can see more here.
Summer 500: 423.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Lazy Day of Summer

I'd like to tell you that The Brainy One and I enjoyed Day #1 of our The Boy Child-free-days by zipping around town, visiting all the galleries and exhibitions we've been meaning to visit for months.
But that would be a lie.
A big fat fib.
The reality was that we stayed close to home.
We watched three episodes of Breaking Bad back-to-back.
In the middle of the day.
While drinking tea and eating crisps.
 And cheesecake.
Late afternoon we walked down to the pub.
 For drinks in the garden
 And early supper.
And while today has been splendid in every way, I'm ready to do something with tomorrow and Thursday.
I have a plan.
Summer 500: 431

Monday, 21 July 2014

Hopes, Dreams and Goldfish

I've been on a 500 mile round trip today, letting the train take the strain.
The Boy Child loves the train, especially if we go First Class.
Free WiFi for him.
Unlimited mugs of tea for me.
Not to mention the whole calm-of-first-class experience.
The journey Up was uneventful and Granny was there to meet us.
"Bye, Mummy.  See you in four sleeps!"
And with that, they were gone.
A comfort break for me, a spot of browsing through Facebook and it was time to head Down again.
The story behind this post's title?
The rather surprising sign attached to the train's loo lid, accompanied by an automated voice-over.
As teenagers might say, whatever.

Summer 500: 436

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Water Load of Progress

He's been going to swimming lessons every Sunday afternoon for almost two years.
He hasn't given up.
He kept on trying.
Float on his back?  Tick.

Summer 500: 440.

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Water Load of Fun

The weather continues to be fabulous, with temperatures reaching as high as 30C.
What to do?
Strip down to your pants and have a water fight, of course.
But perhaps draw the line at going down the home-made water slide.
And when it gets too much, have a siesta.
The siesta was tempting, I can tell you.
Summer 500: 441.

Friday, 18 July 2014

Five on Friday

1) The holiday haircut.  Less is more in this hot weather. 
 But perhaps not this much less.
 2) Playing Shut the Box, a maths game that doesn't feel like a maths game.
 3) Flowers for a friend.
 4) The first Red Cross parcel sent to Texas.
5) The Boy Child having a playdate with The Good Friend and the first thing they want to do is play tennis.  In this heat.
How does your Friday look?
Summer 500: 444.