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Friday, November 02, 2012

Today I go for a walk up Primrose Hill and then down through Regent's Park. When I set off from home it is cloudless blue sky but of course by the time I get to the top of Primrose Hill, the weather is reconsidering its options.

Primrose Hill is much loved by Londoners, because you can see the whole of the centre of London from it.

There's a belvedere at the top, with a line of poetry from William Blake:

‘I have conversed with the spiritual sun. I saw him on Primrose Hill’.

I have never noticed this before which I think is odd, as I am a bit of a fan of William (he wrote 'Tyger, tyger, burning bright/In the forests of the night'), but when I had a look on the net, it turns out this was only added this year.

William would have liked some of the clouds I saw up there:

Though I think this one is more Constable:

And that one is probably Turner:

I walk down, cross the road by the zoo, go over the canal and into Regent's Park.

We've been here together before haven't we? It's definitely autumn now, the trees are turning and most of the flowers have gone.

There are loads of people about as it's a nice day and not too cold.

I've got iPod with me and I keep stopping to take photos and wandering off on little tracks to look at plants and birds. The gulls are very funny as they keep squabbling over the posts, so one gull dislodges another, and that one flies to the next post and dislodges the gull on that one so it's like musical chairs.

The tower in the photo is the minaret on St John's Wood mosque. You can't see the dome because of all the trees, but it's shiny and gold and gorgeous.

Drop by the cafe for lunch. There's a bit with a 'please wait to be seated' sign up, clearly for people who don't want to mix with the hoi polloi, and with just two people in. And the other bit, which is self service, with 20 people in. I'm hoi polloi, myself, I have never had what you'd call class. Wouldn't know it if it bit me in the ankle.

I get some BNS soup and bread and pat myself on the back mentally. A year ago I would have had the soup, the bread, some sandwiches, a cake and a fizzy drink. Main reason for having the soup is the sandwiches all have mayo or cheese in and I think the soup's the least calories, though the bread is a huge piece. Still, better than spending calories on cheap mayo. The soup's lovely too.

So that's lunch and afterwards I wander off to the bus stop to go home.
Just before I get to the gate, I cross the water again and there is a heron right by the bridge, very unbothered by all the people. I love the frowny look that the black stripe on their head gives herons.

And then another one, right by the gate!

I have managed to put in about four miles altogether.

That's not it for today though. I was due to go to the gym yesterday and today and didn't go yesterday because I was feeling ill, so have to go today. So by 4pm I'm on the treadmill at the gym. 40 minutes' cardio and a few weights. While on the elliptical wossname I become increasingly aware that I really must buy:
some everyday bras that fit
a sports bra

I can feel things shifting about, you know.

So today I walked four miles AND went to the gym. They are right about exercise being addictive.

I'll tell you something else. Once I've had dinner I'll be feeling rested enough to walk another four miles. Fortunately it's dark now.

I don't want to overdo it.

That's because I'm planning on Epping Forest again tomorrow.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
FRABBIT 12/3/2012 11:55AM

  Gorgeous pictures

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KIMBOLEAN 12/2/2012 12:07PM


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DEBLYNN323 11/8/2012 8:35AM

    Love your blogs....such beautiful pictures!

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ANNE007 11/8/2012 7:01AM

    Beautiful pictures, gym bunny! Thank you for sharing!

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SERASARA 11/7/2012 9:57PM

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CFMOSS 11/7/2012 6:57AM

    smile - great pictures, great commentary, great walk.

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ROCKETGIRL229 11/6/2012 10:32PM

    Nice photos. Thank you for sharing!

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ARUSHING2 11/6/2012 9:34PM

Beautiful ! ! !

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    What a beautiful walk and wonderful photos. If I can't have a visit, this is the next best thing. More more!!

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BRUNELLIA 11/5/2012 3:33PM

  Good idea to post the pictures ! I did not realize that there is so many "green" around London. I enjoyed your blog!

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WHITEANGEL4 11/5/2012 3:25PM

    Thank you for sharing these lovely photos of your area with us. the bread and soup did look really good. this is one of my favorite go to meals.

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BUSMOM27 11/5/2012 11:36AM

    fun photos

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MOMOSG 11/5/2012 10:22AM

    Thanks for sharing. I enjoy the photos you include. You have a great sense of humour too. Keep it up!

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52114ME 11/5/2012 9:47AM

    4 mile walk and gym....You go girl!
yup addicting. :-)

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HLOCHRIDGE 11/5/2012 9:02AM

    Great pix!!!

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TRICIAE2 11/5/2012 8:33AM

    I've never been to London, but hope to get there some day! THANKS for sharing!

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MCJULIEO 11/5/2012 12:33AM

    Loved sharing your day... Thanks!

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JBEAUFORD 11/5/2012 12:06AM

    gorgeous! I loved London when I visited many years ago. I was there just before Princess Diana passed away. I hope to go back again someday.

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CHRISGORGME 11/4/2012 11:13PM

    Thanks for the photos, they surely traveled me and reminded me why I like London. emoticon emoticon

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KHALIA2 11/4/2012 10:28PM

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REENIE131 11/4/2012 8:55PM

    Great job! And love the photos!

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HYATTI1 11/4/2012 4:35PM

    I loved the photos...thanks for sharing.

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ANNE1123 11/4/2012 3:04PM

    Beautiful!! Thanks for the post!!

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LEXIE63 11/4/2012 12:47PM

    Did you know that William Blake was a Druid, and that Primrose Hill was a popular Druid meeting place in the 1700s?

I also agree with you about the clouds and the artists you assigned them to. :-)

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AJB121299 11/4/2012 11:29AM

    awesome, thanks for the photo tour of of a great part of London

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BARBANNA 11/4/2012 11:26AM

    Wow, fantastic, thanks for sharing!

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NEWMOM20121 11/4/2012 10:49AM

    Thank you for sharing. I love seeing the places I read about.

Good luck on the sports bra, I am having a hard time finding a good one.

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PEBBLES706 11/4/2012 10:14AM

    Thank you for this beautiful blog

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OFGREENGABLES 11/4/2012 8:56AM

    what a beautiful walk

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ORODEO73 11/4/2012 8:35AM

    Great pics! Great story!

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1935MARY 11/4/2012 7:46AM

    I felt like I was walking beside you and you were my guide. Thank you. Motivating. emoticon

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SKMINNY 11/4/2012 7:45AM

    I do love your walks! u always have something beautiful to see and say bout it.. I should send u a picture of the potato fields and sagebrush that is in my area! Or if u would like to visit, drop me a line, i would like to see the place thru your eyes!

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PENOWOK 11/4/2012 7:31AM


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CAM2438 11/4/2012 6:32AM

    Great blog and wonderful pictures.

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KRISUA 11/4/2012 4:28AM

    Nice photo blog!

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    Great photos

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TERRIJ7 11/4/2012 1:47AM

    Love your photos!

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BLUEJEAN99 11/4/2012 1:57AM

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L1ZB3TH354 11/4/2012 12:49AM

    Great blog and pictures Gym Bunny!

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VIMVIGOR 11/4/2012 12:44AM

  What a wonderful walk! Such beautiful pictures with descriptions that make you feel as if you are there! A marvelous walk. Thank you. emoticon

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DEEEBEE 11/4/2012 12:31AM

    Your blog makes me want to really, really go back to London.

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LAURIETAIT 11/3/2012 11:39PM

    Great pictures. I love going for a walk with you. If only I could burn the calories too. Is BNS soup beans and something else? Whatever it is, it looks delicious. Glad you had such a productive day. I'm looking forward to the walk through Epping tomorrow.

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CICELY360 11/3/2012 11:31PM

  Better than walking on a treadmill.

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AHAPPYLIFE 11/3/2012 10:03PM

    What a wonderful walk that I would not have otherwise been able to make! Thank you so much for the short vacation. I might just reciprocate - I live in a wonderful rural area.


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OSEGUEDA 11/3/2012 10:02PM

    Thanks those are beautiful pictures!

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BRAVELUTE 11/3/2012 10:00PM

    I love it when you take us on your walks!

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GOANNA2 11/3/2012 9:59PM

    Thank you for taking me along on a beautiful walk.
I really love the photos. Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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DANAPRIME 11/3/2012 9:56PM

    Thanks for taking us along!!! Well Done on your choice for food and exercise!!!!! Those small changes really do lead us on to bigger ones. CONGRATULATIONS!!!

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JMC155 11/3/2012 9:43PM

    Again thank you for the walk.

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