A ramble with rain drops

Today is forecast to be cloudy with a threat of rain. We decided that a local walk was indicated, starting, of course, with coffee at the deli.

In Myddelton Square
In Myddelton Square

This picture of the square gives an idea of the conditions. It was quite warm too.

Abandoned painting
Abandoned painting

In Claremont Square we spied this fairly large painting of sea snd sky, apparently abandoned. Was it an amateur project no longer in favour?

The sun puts in an appearance
The sun puts in an appearance

We took our coffee outside Myddelton’s deli and at one moment, the sun shone. It was a brief interlude though welcome.

Lurking lions
Lurking lions

After coffee, we went for a walk. I’ve photographed these lions before but they always amuse me, seeming to lurk among the foliage for prey to happen by.

Community garden, always closed
Community garden, always closed

We passed this small community garden and I remarked that, being close to the deli, it could be a pleasant place to drink our coffee but, unfortunately, I have never seen it open.

A loud rushing sound Photo by Tigger
A loud rushing sound
Photo by Tigger

As we walked down Lloyd Baker Street, we began to hear a loud rushing sound. Looking around, we discovered that the sound came from this manhole cover in the middle if the road. What was causing it? One possibility that occurred to us was that it might be the Fleet River, one of London’s “lost” rivers, so called because they still exist but are now hidden away underground. We will have to try to find a map of its present course to confirm or negate the hypothesis.

“Pavement garden”
“Pavement garden”

Also in Lloyd Baker Street, we both photographed this garden that has been created around the base of a tree. There seem to be increasing numbers of these tiny gardens, made by individuals or the community, usually anonymously though occasionally accompanied by a notice asking people to respect it. What should we call them – “street gardens” or “pavement gardens”? I think I will use the latter designation for now, for the sake of consistency.

We met a one-eyed cat
We met a one-eyed cat

We had not seen the local cats in either Claremont Square or Myddelton Square so when we spotted this one, also in Lloyd Baker Street we made sure to greet him politely. He accepted our attentions with equal courtesy but preferred to remain seated on the doorstep. Cat score = 1.

Sunken pavement Photo by Tigger
Sunken pavement
Photo by Tigger

We walked along part of King’s Cross Road where there is this stretch of curious sunken pavement. I don’t know what the reason for it is. I will try to discover it.

Yard or workshop?
Yard or workshop?

We crossed into Pakenham Street and passed this interesting-looking though silent yard or workshop. There is a street-art-style painting on the wall at the far end. Was it commissioned or is it “guerrilla art”? Who can say?

The black cat Photo by Tigger
The black cat
Photo by Tigger

Now we met our second cat, a pretty jet-black one with yellow eyes that shone from his face when he looked up at us. He also greeted us in friendly style. I rather suspect that cats sometimes become bored during the day when their owners are absent or busy and therefore appreciate meeting people who show interest. Cat score = 2.

The black cat Photo by Tigger
The black cat
Photo by Tigger

Sadly, we thought is best not to stroke either of the cats as there have been warnings that pets can carry the Covid-19 though seemingly unaffected by it themselves. For now, then, our interactions with cats met along the day will be verbal only.

St Andrew’s Gardens
St Andrew’s Gardens

We had now left Islington and entered the Borough of Camden, though not very far into it. This park is called St Andrew’s Gardens and is the old burial ground of the Church of St Andrew Holbourn.

Sinking tombs
Sinking tombs

As is usual, most of the gravestones have been removed and the area landscaped though a few of the larger tombs have been left in place. What is noticeable is that most of these tombs are crooked and give the appearance of sinking into the ground, like leaky old boats becoming waterlogged.

Victorian drinking fountain
Victorian drinking fountain

Also apparently sinking is this Victorian drinking fountain. The inscription is barely legible but I can read the date: 1885.

Tigger declared this point to be the apogee of our quasi circular walk and I thought that this was an appropriate term for it. We now began our return home.

Great Percy Street
Great Percy Street

As we walked, the clouds thickened and as we reached Great Percy Street, raindrops began to fall. Fortunately, it was a very light shower and of short duration.

Percy Circus
Percy Circus

We began the trek up the hill to home. The outward walk had been downhill and now we had ti pay for that with a long, slow climb. We passed through that other favourite spot of ours, Percy Circus.

Passing by Bevin Court
Passing by Bevin Court

We deviated from the straight (steep) line to take the pretty path (longer and therefore less steep) through Bevin Court.

Cruikshank Street
Cruikshank Street

Here we are in Cruikshank Street, not yet home but not too far away.

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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