pigeon toes and chummy squirrels

today was for wandering.

i checked the weather forecast before leaving my london flat, decided against an umbrella, and set out with my laptop, a pocketful of mixed nuts, plastic baggies, and my keepcup in tow.

keepcup, glass keepcup, keeping things out of the landfill, most coffee cups are not recyclable, cork, limited edition cork, barista quality, coffee every day, i love coffee, saving the planet

{ i love my keepcup. it’s the snazzy one in this picture, and it feels so much better to get my coffee in this as opposed to a paper cup that i will throw away just minutes, if not seconds later. }

alas, today was also a day for rain. as soon as i popped above ground in st. james park, sporadic raindrops began to slowly penetrate every square inch of my previously dry head. they were chilly, and methodical in their gradual saturation. i don’t remember a single moment of today when i was outdoors and not being rained on, but for one reason or another, it felt nice. i wasn’t glad for the rain, but the wetness was never bothersome. i could even say it was refreshing.

today was a day for wandering, and feeding squirrels, and balancing pigeons, and visiting garden museums, and drinking coffee, and walking, and royal parks, and rain. lots and lots of rain.

 

 

 

today i played the role of tourist.

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today i spent time with some friendly squirrels…

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and birds of all kinds.

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today i visited a museum.

knot garden, london se1, church of st marys, burial place, charles dowding, garden museum london, john tradescant, lambeth road, london museums, old church, british history

{ “The Museum was set up in 1977 in order to rescue from demolition the abandoned ancient church of St Mary’s which is the burial place of John Tradescant (c1570 – 1638), the first great gardener and plant-hunter in British history. His magnificent and enigmatic tomb is the centrepiece of a knot garden planted with the flowers which grew in his London garden four centuries ago.” – from the garden museum website }

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{ because i arrived later in the day, i wasn’t able to see everything i would have liked to see. i did purchase a few plants from the garden trolley, and eat some delicious cake, and browse through the beautiful books in the gift shop. i will be returning very, very soon. }

 

i have to be careful not to get frustrated when out-of-towners, the tourists, walk much more slowly than me, or stall in a crowded sea of people thus keeping me from getting to wherever i’m going by a few seconds more.

i have to remember to become a tourist myself sometimes. to walk slowly, stand in the constant drizzle from above and not care that my wrists are cold and my hair is wet. i should feed the birds, and stall on the walkway for long enough to take it all in, and remember that no one is forcing me to be here. i could pack up tomorrow and settle down elsewhere, somewhere with open fields and room to breathe, but i am here.

 

i’m doing my best not to take it for granted.

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