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.

Having crossed Putney Bridge, we arrived on the north side of the Thames in Fulham.

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.

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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