Holland Park, Part 3 – The Unexpected Beautiful Thing

It was just a very short trip to Holland Park and I am writing about it in three separate posts. This third post is particularly the extra one and it is because I saw beautiful things in the park which I did not expect to see.

When I looked up a wall I saw some birds perched on top. Can you see what they are?

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Gingerbread City

I wandered into a little wonderland called ‘the Gingerbread City’.

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It was a miniature town made of many Gingerbread Houses by different designers and architects.

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They were constructed with all sorts of sweets and candies.

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My First Afternoon Tea Experience

I have been living in England for many years. During that time I have picked up several English customs such as having toast with Orange Marmalade and a MUG of Milk Tea for breakfast or Tea-time at 4:30 often with Earl Grey Tea. I also love Scones but it has to be with Clotted Cream and Raspberry Jam. However, I have never experienced having a set of Afternoon Tea in a Tea shop … until recently.

Last week I saw a friend of mine in Central London. We decided go to Patisserie Valerie for Afternoon Tea.

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The Walk along Cray Riverway & the Picnic

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Definitely summer has gone away from England. Each time we have some rain the air is getting colder and wetter. Autumn is here now and then … ‘Winter is coming’ … Huh? Are you from Winterfell?

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However, the Saturday two weeks ago had great weather. As it could have been the last nice day to go out, we did not want to miss the chance. We packed our ‘Bento’ Lunch box and left home for a walk.

PubThis time our destination was β€˜Cray Riverway’. There was a little walk from the station to the path. We had to ask the direction twice including the landlord of this little pub. I liked the interior of the pub. Very authentic.

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Shortly after leaving the pub we found the entrance to the Riverway which was a small river that went through dense woodland.

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The Visit to Moreton-in-Marsh

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St. David’s Church

I visited Moreton-in-Marsh in Gloucestershire. It is part of the Cotswolds in England. It was not a planned day trip. On the contrary it was a very sad occasion … unexpected funeral. But it was a lovely town in the lovely weather as if everything was celebrating my friend’s great talented life. I could not resist taking photos after everything was finished.

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Traditional Sandstone building contrasting well with Lavender

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What is this, underneath the Weathercock?

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Is this the Headquarter of the Hunger Games?

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Very British

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The sign is written in English and Japanese. Thank you! Very kind

It was a memorable moving service in a memorable pretty town. Please Rest in Peace, my Dear Friend. Love you forever xxx