Crystal Palace Walk

Today we caught a bus to Crystal Palace and took a walk in the park. It wasn’t cold, although the wind could make it feel that way at times. We had lunch of soup and bread at a cafe (we are a bit sick of taking rolls for lunch).

The park seems quite degraded and the features which perhaps date from the time of the actual Crystal Palace are in disrepair. Apart from the rather nice old Railway Station.

We found some lakes and a Dinosaur Park, with workmen doing some maintenance on some of the exhibits. It was quite interesting for us as we kept making discoveries. There is also a farm which appears to be set up as a learning centre for school children. We met some of the walking tiny ponies and goats. The animals looks beautifully kept. I didn’t manage to get good photos, however, especially as I was trying to avoid focusing on the children.

Crysal Palace Dinasour
Crysal Palace Island
Lake with ducks
Crysal Palace Waterfall2
On top of the waterfall
Crysal Palace Waterfall
Crysal Palace Dinasor Park
Ancient Elk?
Crysal Palace Squirrel
Squirrel, of course
Crysal Palace Station
Elegant Railway Station (Crystal Palace)

We caught the bus home to a cup of tea and toast with Marmite. I had put on a meal in the slow cooker, so that was our dinner.

Tuesday – a walk and The Winters Tale

We took a little walk in the afternoon to reach the church that I photographed from our balcony a few days ago. It is about 100 years old, so fairly new by English standards. It was windy, though not very cold, but uncomfortable to be out for a long time. If you put your curser over the photos and click once, then slide over, you can see the individual captions. They are not exciting photos, but at least I am not recycling from outings on other days.

In the evening we went to see the film of the play The Winters Tale which is being put on by the Kenneth Branagh Theatre group starring himself and Judi Dench. The switch to jealousy in the early scenes was handled well. I had the enjoyable experience of having forgotten that Pauline had hidden Hermione all those years so that when her daughter is reclaimed by her father, she is able to rejoin them. The King has learned his lesson, or so we hope! I found it so moving that I automatically applauded with the audience in the film at the end.

Today, Wednesday, is mixed in terms of weather. We have had some rain, now we have alternate sun and clouds. We are going to go out fairly soon.

We have been cooking the sort of meals that last us for 3 or 4 nights, either some form of savoury mince, or meat dish in the slow cooker. Nothing very startling, but nice to have when we come home after an outing and don’t want to cook. We just add mixed frozen veggies, some pasta or rice, and are good to go. As well, we have lots of fruit, and, less healthily, creamed honey (which I never eat at home), marmalade, cereal and eggs. I bought some Marmite hoping that it would be somewhat like Vegemite, and I can’t really tell the difference now. I remember not liking it at all in the past. The texture is different to Vegemite, a bit gooey.