Booster and a bonus

Despite the dark clouds and threat of rain, I went out this morning to check the route to an important appointment later today. Along the way, I encountered this appealing creature and managed to snatch a photo before passers-by caused him to flee.

Squirrel
Squirrel

So where was I going and why was my destination important enough to persuade me to brave a possible downpour?

The answer is that, being classed as “vulnerable”, medically speaking, we have been invited by the dear old NHS to apply for booster vaccination against Covid-19 and that the vaccination centre where we have our appointments is one that we are not acquainted with. Our appointments are at 5:40 pm today and Tigger is at work in the City until 4 pm. She should reach the Angel in plenty of time for us to keep our appointments – always supposing there are no delays. Making sure we know how to reach the clinic, without getting lost and in the shortest possible time, is obviously a wise precaution.

My first attempt to find the location of the clinic was to open the Apple Maps app on my phone. This has previously proved effective in not only showing the location of a place but also in detailing the route and even the numbers of the buses to take us there. Alas, this time, Apple Maps flunked completely: it could not even find the street, never mind the clinic itself.

I also have Google Maps on my phone. Would this succeed in finding the clinic? Yes, it would, and it plotted the route for me on the map. It was this route, which is entirely on foot, that I wanted to check as well as the time necessary to cover the distance.

The route according to Google
The route according to Google

From the bus stop in St John Street where I shall meet Tigger, it took me 12 minutes 54 seconds to reach the clinic by Google’s proposed route. In fact, Google takes you on an unnecessary loop near the end of the route and we can by-pass this, saving several minutes. The rehearsal was a success and let’s hope the actual event is too!

Later…

Clinic entrance
Clinic entrance

I met Tigger at the bus stop and we set off for the clinic. After my morning explorations, I was able to lead us faultlessly to the unassuming doorway of the clinic. We explained that we were early and offered to go away and return later but they were happy to receive us. The clinic was virtually empty but for staff and we were seen to straightaway.

Everyone was friendly, polite and kind. Our details were recorded and this is where we scored the bonus: would we, they asked, also like a flu jab? Would we? We would indeed! We had been expecting to have to make an appointment for this at our GP surgery but having them now saved both time and energy.

I had dressed in such a way as to make it easy to bare my upper arm. Because of the extra jab, I had to bare both arms but that hardly mattered. The injections were delivered expertly and I hardly felt them.

Kennedy’s, Goswell Road
Kennedy’s, Goswell Road

Afterwards, we treated ourselves to an early supper at Kennedy’s restaurant, a little further down Goswell Road. It’s actually a fish and chip shop and fish restaurant but they have two vegetarian options, halloumi and chips or tofu and chips.

Inside Kennedy’s
Inside Kennedy’s

The restaurant wasn’t very busy and we were soon attended to.

Halloumi and chips with mushy peas (and salad!)
Halloumi and chips with mushy peas
(and salad!)

I wasn’t intending to have salad but when the waiter offered it, my conscience piped up and said yes! 🙂

St John Street
St John Street

We now made our way home, crossing St John Street and…

Spa Green Garden
Spa Green Garden

…entering Spa Green Garden. We crossed Rosebery Avenue and walked up Arlington Way to Myddelton Passage. You can guess what claimed our attention here.

The pub vine
The pub vine

We had watched the progress of the pub vine from winter bareness, through the bursting out of new leaves and the triumphal appearance of bunches of grapes. The grapes are now all gone, harvested, no doubt, and many of the leaves, once green, are turning brown, a strong hint that winter is approaching.

We continued on our way, confronting the hill that leads to home. The weekend starts here but first, we have a relaxing evening indoors.

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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