A mixed day

Freya on the tube

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.

Freya recounting

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.)

Thames cruiser

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.

Girl swimming with dolphin

We disembarked at St Katherine’s Dock where this famous sculpture of a girl swimming with a dolphin is sited.

Mala Indian restaurant

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.

Elephant, St Katherine's Dock

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.

The Gherkin Lights

About SilverTiger

I live in Islington with my partner, "Tigger". I blog about our life and our travels, using my own photos for illustration.
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2 Responses to A mixed day

  1. Chris says:

    The ‘days of the ivory trade’? Presumably, you meant the legal ivory trade. Sadly, a quick search of the Web reveals that the ivory trade is still very much alive today. Another campaign (alongside the tiger) suitable for your sidebar maybe?

  2. SilverTiger says:

    I take your point. I could, of course, add something in my sidebar about the illegal ivory trade. And about pandas, and whales, and orang utans, and… well, look on the WWF site, among others. If I included every endangered creature in my sidebar, no one would ever get to the end of it.

    But, happily, I am not the only blogger on the planet: others can pitch in. How about doing so yourself? Maybe ivory could be your cause.

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