Morning from a very soggy Shoeburyness in England….it is a holiday weekend here which means lots going on and huge amounts of visitors descending upon Southend on sea, the nearest beach to London.We have had weeks of glorious sunshine and suddenly yesterday the heavens opened and it poured…and it poured….and it poured. A whole month of rain in a day! We are the driest area in England and we were flooded! The ground was so dry the the rain just ran off it…..attached photos to prove it.
Then, this morning it was gloriously sunny again and very little evidence of the floods, absolutely amazing. A couple of places were still out of action but nothing to speak of…and exciting time.
There was an annual barge race yesterday…a tradition since it was revived in 1964. These magnificent barges were. Used to carry goods up and down the river until more efficient and modern methods came along. They have all been lovingly restored and races go on throughout the year at different venues. They are magnificent boats as you can see, and against the backdrop of the blue sky with the reflection on the water they are a sight to behold!!!! The Notting Hill Carnival, the biggest in Europe, is a two day event spanning Sunday and Monday, thankfully not Saturday! It is so colourful and people come from far and wide. Despite the fact there are several thousand people attending each year, there is rarely any trouble, a great event!
My London trip for the alternative tour was fabulous, we walked all around the East End of London and looked at the buildings and talked about the history of the places. I loved the fact that the tour was also based upon the street art that exists around this area, covering previously blank and dull wall spaces. Artists come from all over the world and paint, the work in general never stays for longer than a couple of months, always evolving and changing, wonderful to see. I also include photos of The Boris Bikes, instigated by Boris Johnson,
The Mayor of London, these bikes are available all over and can be delivered back at your destination. You pay a nominal fee for the use of the bikes which can be obtained from the machine next to the bike. If there are any defects with the bikes, you press the button and that alerts the office and someone comes along and fixes it….amazing and very impressive. Some racks only had one or two bikes left, a good way of getting around to sightsee!
The Emirates cable car is a good way to see London from the air, you would not believe the superb views. It is situated next to The Millennium Dome, built in the year 2000 and now a venue for huge concerts and shows. It is huge and you can walk over it on foot, attaching yourself to various points along the way, would not want anyone falling off!
I hope you all have a wonderful week, enjoy and have lots of Lake Worth fun!!!