We had a mixed day today but it worked out fine in the end. First, I had to go and fetch Freya from the cattery. When I got to Liverpool Street Station, I found it closed because of engineering work, so we had to do part of the journey by tube. Here is Freya in her cage on the Victoria Line. She doesn’t like the tube much because it is so noisy and rocks from side to side but she took it quite well today.
Of course, she had to tell us all about her holiday and told me off for letting off the flash in her face. (That she managed to close her eyes between the flash going off on the shutter closing shows how incredibly fast cats’ reactions are.)
After brunch, we went down to the Thames and bought tickets for this cruise boat. With those tickets you can get off and on the boat as often as you like but we stayed on, going round and round (and dozing off a couple of times – well, it has been a busy week!) until we had had enough.
We disembarked at St Katherine’s Dock where this famous sculpture of a girl swimming with a dolphin is sited.
One of the reasons for coming here was the Mala Indian restaurant. They do the most beautiful mulligatawny soup and a lot of tasty vegetarian dishes.
Needless to say, we had a very enjoyable dinner.
We left by the gate of St Katherine’s Dock that is decorated by a pair of elephants, one of which is pictured here. They date from the days of the ivory trade but I prefer not to think of that. They are beautiful elephants and can be enjoyed for that reason.
We returned home, tired but pleased without day. Freya met us excitedly at the door, saying “ech-eck-eck-eck…”, which is her special greeting to us. On the way I took a few photos. There is something magical about the city at night when the lights begin to stand out against the dying sunlight. Here are two of those photos.