When Tigger is at work, I have to keep myself occupied. Today I had two activities to keep me busy. Both were local and so the photos are local too. You may have seen these scenes before.
My first occupation was to return my books to Finsbury Library and perhaps borrow some more. I passed through Myddelton Square where this cheerful sight caught my attention.
Heavy rain had left a large puddle on this corner as it always does but now the sun was shining and some of the local pigeons were taking the opportunity to enjoy a bath. Rather them than me in this cold weather! They seemed to enjoy it, however.
I walked through Myddelton Passage where the sun was shining on the houses but leaving deep shadows where it could not reach. I like these quiet streets where you hardly ever see another person.
The pub vine – is it dead?
The last time I came here, the pub vine still had leaves even though they were turning brown. Today there are no leaves and the vine looks like a dead thing. I shall watch it anxiously until the spring when – I hope – it will flourish anew.
I crossed Rosebery Avenue and entered the small park called Spa Green. The trees are bare of leaves but they seemed to gather and hold the sunshine in their branches, shining with a different kind of beauty.
A plume of steam
In St John Street I stopped to observe this tall building. It seemed to be breathing, its breath making a plume of steam in the cold air.
The campus clock tower
As I arrived, the venerable clock attached to the City University building chimed the first quarter (it was 11:15). This university has buildings all over London but few are as handsome as this one.
Aboard the 153
After visiting the library, I let myself be tempted to take the bus for the return journey – lazy, I know.
After lunch, I set out in my second activity – to collect the laundry that I had deposited on Monday (see Dentist and laundry).
The moon over the square
I again passed through Myddelton Square but this time noticed a gibbous moon shining palely in the sky above it. You may be able to make it out near the centre of the above photo.
Sunlit trees in Myddelton Square Gardens
Here too the bare trees seemed to collect the sunshine in their branches. Perhaps the vitality and warmth of the sunlight will encourage them to start growing leaves again. (Yes, I am in a hurry to see the end of winter and the return of more amenable weather!)
Sun shining through trees
The laundry, packed into the shopping trolley, was heavy and I took my time dragging it up the hill to home. I stopped to admire the sun shining through the trees of the gardens and making silhouettes of the trees and the church. Beauty is to be enjoyed wherever you find it.