As many of you know, I am working on a book. A book which might never been published, it might even never been finished. But the writing gives me a lot of fun. At one time the main character in the books goes to London to work as a gardener in The Royal Parks, or may be she does........as the book is in progress, everything might change of course.
Terje and I spent yesterday morning in Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens. Having coffee at The Lido Cafe, lunch at The Kensington Palace Orangery, and when I saw this female gardener working in The Sunken Garden, I couldn´t stop myself taking a series of photos.
Looks like Terje was more interested in photographing me though...........
Years ago, before blogging (and I have been blogging for 10 years you know) yahoo groups were popular. I ran several of them, the most popular one being Armchairtravelling Yahoo Group. We had some lovely discussions, and from time to time we read books together. The book I remember best from that period is Edward Rutherfurd´s The Forest.
One of the members of the armchairtravelling group lives close to The New Forest and she sent us great photos. We are still friends on facebook and she still posts great photos.
These days I am rereading The Forest, and when my trip to England came up I started to find out if there was any possibility for me to go there for a visit.
I recommended The Forest for my friend Fran, who lives in Sussex, and soon both she and her husband wanted to come with us.
Yesterday we visited The New Forest, and Terje and I fell completely in love!
I do have more to tell from The New Forest, but the hotel wifi I am using is terrible slow, and outdoor London is calling my name, so..........
I am realizing, again......that the world is a big world, it is filled with so much beauty and there is still a billion places I have never been.........and I want to see it all.
Yesterday we woke up early, to be an early bird is essential when your goal is to see the world, and luckily, both of us are. We ate breakfast in the pub where we stayed, we took two tubelines into Victoria station, we took a southbound train for almost two hours......
......and all of a sudden....
.....we found ourselves in the Chichester Marina, bordering a sailboat.
Not to sail, there has to be a next time for that, but to have tea and to talk, talk, talk with Fran and Steve. A lovely British couple which have become friend through my blogging.
One of the tale Steve shared was about Cobb, his pet swan. "I found Cobb mny years ago, when he was just a tiny little baby. He was apparently left by his parents, he was up on the road and could be hust both my dogs and cars. I took him home, and for a long time he lived inside our boat"
I looked out the window, well, I guess it is not called a windown when you are in a boat, but.......and saw a beautiful swan swimming right outside.
"The main problem with Cobb when he lived with us" Steve laughed, "was his incontinence"
Cobb has lived outside the boat for many years now. he has a wife and they have had loads of children. Still Cobb is Steve´s pet swan, he comes knocking on the boat several times a day and Steve feeds him.
"A couple of years ago we moved the bout from one end of the marina to another" Steve continues. "It took Cobb 24 hours to find us, but there he was again, knocking on the boat"
"When I feed him, he says thank you in his special trumpet blow. And the best thing he knows is when I scratch him under his wings!"
To see the world and to learn all its tales, I need to live a million years.
We woke up to rain this morning. After a full English breakfast at the B&B pub where we stay for the moment, we walked over to the house where my brother and his family live (they usually live in Iceland, but stay in London from January till July this year), our umbrellas open, our spirit........no, I am not going to say that our spirit was low. We were in London, we were together, we were on our way to my family, we were happy!
Not long afterwards the rain stopped, and I, Terje and my brother were on our way to the botanical gardens. (my sister in law, my niece and my nephew were busy elsewhere)
And what a day it turned out to be.
The sun shone down on the plants and flowers fully awake after their winter sleep.
I am following #kewgardens both on facebook and instagram ansd have enjoyed their spring bulbs for a long time.
With some warm, lovely days in London lately, many of the spring flowers are already gone. But Kew Gardens has so much more.
Indoors and outdoors there are plants and flowers for every season.
During our hours in the park today, we breathed it in fully.
All texts and photos by Britt-Arnhild Wigum Lindland
I am living in a red house surrounded by a blue garden near Trondheim, Norway.
I love everydays and post about my steps through life.
Britt-Arnhild's House in the Woods is open to everybody. Wecome over!