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Friday, 3 June 2005

This is the coastal town...

Christopher looking at the 'Gherkin'Christopher and I ventured 'down south' yesterday to see my Mother - it's something we like to do occasionally (actually far too rarely) since it doesn't cost too much with a Network Card and the train journey is always entertaining and not excessively long. We caught the first off-peak train out of Luton on Wednesday morning and arrived just before lunch.

We've still not done the touristy bits of London, although there was plenty to see from the train - especially since we crossed the Thames and could see the Swiss Re building, Tower Bridge, the London Eye and 1 Canada Square - four of the architectural highlights of the capital.

Maybe he'll be too young this year, but I would love to take him to London for London Open House - two days in September (the 16th and 17th this year) where 500 buildings in London are open to the public (including, excitingly enough, the Gherkin - wow.. the views would be spectacular, although a four hour wait could put me off a little!)

Christopher and his Grandma on the seafrontAfter we'd arrived and had lunch, there was no way I could resist a walk along the seafront - it was spitting a little, but we still spent a while on the beach, picking up pebbles and shells as 'souvenirs' and then returned via the supermarket (to buy tasty scones for an afternoon snack).

I went out for a drink with Jon that evening, revisiting some of the old haunts (so little changes in Bexhill.. it's a shame the pubs are still so smoky; if only more places would be a like The Wyvern round the corner) before returning back to Mother's to take a look at her computer.

Thursday was quite blustery and showery, so we stayed in for most of the day; Mother had gone to a lot of effort to reproduce (completely freehand!) some old Fletcher maths workbooks, so Christopher did some of exercises before we played with the family's childhood Lego collection.

We departed Bexhill Station just after 5pm and Beth picked us up, two train changes later, a little after 8, having had a picnic tea on our journey and entertained/irritated the commuters with our antics!

Links of the day (more daft games for the weekend...)

Posted by james at June 3, 2005 3:08 PM

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