10 October 2016

Capital

Back from London. Though I have several talents, cleaning a daughter's flat is not one of them.  I would have only got in the way. Besides, it was my birthday so I left Shirley and Frances sorting the flat out and caught a bus to London Bridge. Like Steve, the mastermind behind "Shadows and Light", I was off to see the Georgia O'Keeffe exhibition at Tate Modern on the south bank of the Thames.

It was great - showing O'Keeffe's development as an artist through the twentieth century - her passions and her quest for beauty - seeking what she sometimes called "The Far Away". Maybe we are all looking for that. The one downside of this brilliant exhibition was the number of visitors. They kept getting in my way. But that's London for you. Crazy place.

Maybe I'll return to Georgia O'Keeffe another time but for now here are three pictures I snapped on Saturday afternoon, down by The Thames...
Bubbles with "The Walkie Talkie" building beyond
Under the arches at Borough Market
Tate Modern

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  1. Did you have your own little pot of bubbles? I like the Market photo.

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    1. Jeez. I am now 63 Sue. I can't go around blowing bubbles. See Frances's comment below.
      I was very pleased with the market picture. One of my best.

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  2. Smooth move to avoid cleaning which is not your strong point and contemplate good art.

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    1. Yup. Fortunately, I am quite talented at viewing art.

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  3. Happy belated birthday my friend! Forgive my lack of acknowledgment, things are rough over here. I hope you had a great day!

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    1. I was thinking about you over the weekend. I am pleased you came through the other side. Hopefully Gregg and your two furry sons are also okay.

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  4. Smart move, 99! Smart thinking! :)

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    1. Sadly, another talent that eludes me is ironing clothes. Ah well. you can't win them all.

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  5. All three pictures are fascinating glimpses of a world very different from the one we usually see on your blog. I think you did well in treating yourself to the exhibition on your birthday instead of scrubbing your fingers off.
    Hopefully, the move itself went smoothly, and your daughter feels safe and well in her new flat!

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    1. It is a lovely flat and her new flatmate is a young woman she knew at university in Birmingham. It will help to dispel horrid memories of the burglaries.

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  6. Gosh. The arches market. Such memories.

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    1. So busy at Borough Market these days.

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  7. I was in London on my birthday last week…..there was a man near the Tate making huge bubbles with a large dish of soapy water and what looked like thick string knotted into squares. They were beautiful in the sunlight. Is that who you saw?

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    1. Yes! The same man Frances. He didn't seem to be making money from this activity. If only our birthdays had co-incided. We could have drooled over Georgia O'Keeffe together.

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  8. Love the under the arches photo. Is that where you ended up sleeping after bunking off cleaning duties?

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    1. No but that's where I downed a couple of bottles of vodka with two Glaswegian gentlemen and sang "I Belong to Glasgow" eleventeen times.

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  9. Excellent! So glad you got to see the Georgia O'Keeffe show -- though the crowds can be a drag. Georgia is mighty popular. Love the photos, too! There's always somebody down there making bubbles with those huge bubble wands.

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    1. A "bubble wand"? Is that the technical name for a bubble-making instrument? Well - you learn something every day.

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  10. I used to go up to London a lot when I lived in the midlands - to exhibitions, to see my son who lived there at the time, to opera and ballet and sometimes the theatre (although we lived near to Stratford). But since moving to North Yorkshire in 1987 I have not been once. Can't say I really miss it these days.

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    1. When I left university, I fancied living and working in London but this never materialised. Now I realise that Yorkshire is and always was a better place to be.

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  11. Sounds like a very good way to celebrate your birthday YP. Hope your daughter is happily settled in her new flat.

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    1. Yes she is CG. Balham appears a much more peaceful, less edgy district than Camberwell Green and the new flat is lovely.

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  12. All three of my fav visits , Sky garden , borough market and Tate...I am back in London in Dec x

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    1. That's a surprise. I thought Nelson's Column would definitely be in your top three.

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