Around Paddington

We of course performed our usual shopping run this morning. Sainsbury’s was not too busy and we had soon finished.

Sainsbury’s - not too busy
Sainsbury’s – not too busy

We have heard stories of empty shelves and people not being able to buy essential items but we fortunately managed to find everything we needed. A question mark hangs ominously over the future, though.

Fruit & Veg, Chapel Market
Fruit & Veg, Chapel Market

I passed through Chapel Market without seeing any signs of panic buying though I think that quite a few of the usual stalls were missing.

Inside and outside Mercer’s
Inside and outside Mercer’s

I bought our usual coffee at Mercer’s and found the place calm and quiet with customers sitting both inside and at tables outside. This purchase filled a loyalty card: free coffee next time!

Passing St Mark’s ChurchPassing St Mark’s Church
Passing St Mark’s Church

After lunch, we headed for the deli, passing a sunlit St Mark’s Church on the way. When we had nearly reached the deli, we could see that they had already taken in the chairs and tables so, we changed our plans.

Aboard the 205 Photo by Tigger
Aboard the 205
Photo by Tigger

We boarded a number 205 bus for Paddington as we had not been there for a while.

Paddington Station
Paddington Station

We left the bus at Paddington and walked through the station and out the other side,

Beside the Grand Union Canal
Beside the Grand Union Canal

This brought us out beside the Grand Union Canal. It was lined with barges, all of which, on the stretch, were restaurants and cafes.

Under the bridge
Under the bridge

We passed under a road bridge. The small boat coming towards us was one of several that can be hired to sail up and down the canal.

Houseboats
Houseboats

On the other side of the bridge the barges are houseboats, not business premises. There was a smell of coal smoke on the air: it seems that some boats still have coal-fired cookers and perhaps heating.

Stand-off!
Stand-off!

We encountered these two metal men facing one another as though in a stand-off.

Metal man

The metal men
The metal men

Here they are, both seen from the front. They were sculpted by Sean Henry.

Costa Coffee
Costa Coffee

After a stroll, we returned to the station building where we had seen a small Costa Coffee. We retired here for refreshments.

Coffee and biscotti
Coffee and biscotti

We had coffee and biscotti. In this branch of Costa, as is common in smaller branches, they serve coffee only in paper cups whether you take it away or sit in.

Pedestrian suspension bridge
Pedestrian suspension bridge

After coffee, we went back out to the canal and crossed it by the pedestrian suspension bridge.

Good views of the canal
Good views of the canal

The bridge of course provides good views up and down the canal.

The lane
The lane

The bridge led to a lane and…

Slope to the street
Slope to the street

…this led to a sloping path up to the street. At the top I could see a bus stop. Don’t think I knew where I was going. I didn’t: I was happy to follow Tigger who was following her Inner Pigeon, which usually takes us the right way.

Bus stop
Bus stop

This unprepossessing thoroughfare is apparently called Harrow Road. Not that it mattered because we soon had a bus, a number 18, to take us on the first stage homewards.

Aboard the 18
Aboard the 18

This bus took us to Euston Station where we changed to a number 30 which completed our journey home. While we were aboard the 18, my sister called from Canada and, not wanting to disappoint her, I continued the call. As the phone – not to mention yours truly – was fully occupied with the call, I took no more photos on this trip, but one bus looks very much like another and I expect you can imagine the scene for yourselves!

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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