Around Paddington

We of course performed our usual shopping run this morning. Sainsbury’s was not too busy and we had soon finished.

Sainsbury’s - not too busy
Sainsbury’s – not too busy

We have heard stories of empty shelves and people not being able to buy essential items but we fortunately managed to find everything we needed. A question mark hangs ominously over the future, though.

Fruit & Veg, Chapel Market
Fruit & Veg, Chapel Market

I passed through Chapel Market without seeing any signs of panic buying though I think that quite a few of the usual stalls were missing.

Inside and outside Mercer’s
Inside and outside Mercer’s

I bought our usual coffee at Mercer’s and found the place calm and quiet with customers sitting both inside and at tables outside. This purchase filled a loyalty card: free coffee next time!

Passing St Mark’s ChurchPassing St Mark’s Church
Passing St Mark’s Church

After lunch, we headed for the deli, passing a sunlit St Mark’s Church on the way. When we had nearly reached the deli, we could see that they had already taken in the chairs and tables so, we changed our plans.

Aboard the 205 Photo by Tigger
Aboard the 205
Photo by Tigger

We boarded a number 205 bus for Paddington as we had not been there for a while.

Paddington Station
Paddington Station

We left the bus at Paddington and walked through the station and out the other side,

Beside the Grand Union Canal
Beside the Grand Union Canal

This brought us out beside the Grand Union Canal. It was lined with barges, all of which, on the stretch, were restaurants and cafes.

Under the bridge
Under the bridge

We passed under a road bridge. The small boat coming towards us was one of several that can be hired to sail up and down the canal.

Houseboats
Houseboats

On the other side of the bridge the barges are houseboats, not business premises. There was a smell of coal smoke on the air: it seems that some boats still have coal-fired cookers and perhaps heating.

Stand-off!
Stand-off!

We encountered these two metal men facing one another as though in a stand-off.

Metal man

The metal men
The metal men

Here they are, both seen from the front. They were sculpted by Sean Henry.

Costa Coffee
Costa Coffee

After a stroll, we returned to the station building where we had seen a small Costa Coffee. We retired here for refreshments.

Coffee and biscotti
Coffee and biscotti

We had coffee and biscotti. In this branch of Costa, as is common in smaller branches, they serve coffee only in paper cups whether you take it away or sit in.

Pedestrian suspension bridge
Pedestrian suspension bridge

After coffee, we went back out to the canal and crossed it by the pedestrian suspension bridge.

Good views of the canal
Good views of the canal

The bridge of course provides good views up and down the canal.

The lane
The lane

The bridge led to a lane and…

Slope to the street
Slope to the street

…this led to a sloping path up to the street. At the top I could see a bus stop. Don’t think I knew where I was going. I didn’t: I was happy to follow Tigger who was following her Inner Pigeon, which usually takes us the right way.

Bus stop
Bus stop

This unprepossessing thoroughfare is apparently called Harrow Road. Not that it mattered because we soon had a bus, a number 18, to take us on the first stage homewards.

Aboard the 18
Aboard the 18

This bus took us to Euston Station where we changed to a number 30 which completed our journey home. While we were aboard the 18, my sister called from Canada and, not wanting to disappoint her, I continued the call. As the phone – not to mention yours truly – was fully occupied with the call, I took no more photos on this trip, but one bus looks very much like another and I expect you can imagine the scene for yourselves!

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To Colliers Wood and beyond

It’s a damp and dull day but we set out bravely, first calling at…

At the deli
At the deli

…Myddelton’s deli, where we had our usual coffee.

Cat in view Photo by Tigger
Cat in view
Photo by Tigger

On the way round Myddelton Square, we spotted the two cats. Tigger photographed this one.

Aboard the 30 Photo by Tigger
Aboard the 30
Photo by Tigger

Afterwards, we walked up to the main road and caught a number 30 bus.

Euston Station
Euston Station

This brought us to Euston Station where we are to meet a friend.

Flinders and cat
Flinders and cat

We visited Captain Matthew Flinders and his cat and…

Caffè Nero
Caffè Nero

…retired to Caffè Nero to await our friend.

Taking the tube
Taking the tube

We took the tube to Colliers Wood.

The sun shone
The sun shone

We left the tube at Colliers Wood and took to the streets. Unexpectedly, the sun broke through the clouds.

Singlegate School
Singlegate School

We passed this rather fine Arts & Crafts-style school, dating from 1897.

Christ Church, Colliers Wood
Christ Church, Colliers Wood

This is Christ Church Colliers Wood, built in 1874.

Electricity pylon
Electricity pylon

The local scene is dominated by electricity pylons though why they are needed I do not know.

Dunelm
Dunelm

We visited a store called Dunelm that specialises in products for the home. We had a good look around but didn’t buy anything.

The cafe
The cafe

At least there was a cafe where we stopped for tea and biscuits.

River Wandle
River Wandle

After tea, we set out again, crossing the Wandle river on the way.

Aboard a bus to Wimbledon
Aboard a bus to Wimbledon

We then boarded a bus to Wimbledon.

Patisserie Valérie
Patisserie Valérie

As it was becoming late, we looked around for somewhere to have lunch. Rather than hunt around, we chose Patisserie Valérie which was nearby.

Part of Wimbledon
Part of Wimbledon

We left the restaurant and walked in the street to find a bus to our next destination.

Aboard the 93
Aboard the 93

We boarded a number 93 for Putney Bridge.

St Mary’s Purney
St Mary’s Purney

We left the bus near Putney Bridge and walked across the bridge.

The Thames from Putney Bridge
The Thames from Putney Bridge

The bridge itself is not very beautiful but does provide fine views of the Thames. The sun had disappeared again and the weather was dull and cloudy.

Cormorant drying his wings
Cormorant drying his wings

We saw a number of cormorants, including one fishing, and spotted this one holding his wings out to dry in the cormorant manner.

Sir W. Powell’s Almshouses
Sir W. Powell’s Almshouses

We photograph these almshouses, originally founded in the 17th century but rebuilt in 1869.

Pre-prep School
Pre-prep School

This pre-prep school in Fulham High Street was built in the 1890s and still operates as a school.

Aboard the 14
Aboard the 14

I was glad when we boarded a number 14 bus for Russell Square.

The roads were crowded with traffic and progress painfully slow, making an already long journey even longer and more tedious. We reached Russell Square at last and from there walked to Euston Station.

Aboard the 30
Aboard the 30

At Euston, we caught a number 30 bus to the Angel. It was already pretty full but we found seats at the back. I was very glad when we reached our stop and could make the short walk to home.

If I have to chose a highlight of the day, it was seeing the cormorants on the Thames, fishing, flying and drying wings. They are fascinating birds.

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Connection restored

(For the context of this post, see this and previous posts.)

I didn’t mention it in the previous posts but this afternoon, while I was at home alone, the landline phone (which we normally never use and only have for our broadband connection) rang briefly. Intrigued, I went to look and, on trying it, found that the phone could neither make or receive calls. This suggested to me that someone somewhere was working on our phone line.

When we returned from our pizza supper, I tried the phone again and found it working perfectly. I then checked the router but it was still showing a red light and my iPhone was still reporting “No Internet Connection”.

We had just settled down for the evening when my mobile rang. It was someone at Zen. He told me that (as I had guessed) an engineer had performed the necessary work at the exchange and that our Internet connection should now be working. I pointed out that the router was showing a red light but I fired up the PC to try the connection. I was not surprised when it didn’t work.

Now followed a session of going through the router’s settings and checking what the lights were doing at various points. I had done this so often on Tuesday and had all the usernames and passwords written down on my notebook that the work proceeded easily and quickly. The first attempt ended in failure but a second attempt, plus pressing a particular button in the router at the right moment followed and… bingo! We have lift-off!

Yes, our Internet connection is working again. This evening, we were able to “stream” a video using the connection and without resorting to hotspotting from our mobiles. This post also comes to you via that Internet connection.

As you might have read in my previous posts, I was not expecting the problem to be solved so soon but I am happy to be proved wrong.

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