Knitting and London life. Not necessarily in that order.
Sunday, May 30
Geffrye Museum and the East London Line/Overground
A day out in East London today - north East London that is, rather than south East. We took our first trip on the newly-extended East London Line (or London Overground as it is now known) and went from New Cross to Hoxton to visit the Geffrye Museum.
The museum focusses on parlours through the ages - or from 1600 to the modern day, to be precise. A dozen or so rooms are set up to show how middle-class fashions and domestic life-styles have changed through the last four decades, and you can also visit the gardens and see how garden fashions changed too.
I really enjoyed the museum - from the details that brought to life how households used to operate to the reading rooms, where you could easily pass a few hours just browsing the bookshelves and gazing out into the gardens.
In the gardens we admired the pelargonium pyramid, and enjoyed the sensual pleasures of the herb garden. This striking flower caught my eye, but I couldn't find a label. Can anyone help?
We also discovered that although no pub was to found nearby, Kingsland High Street is a veritable mecca of Vietnamese restaurants - one of which provided a delicious bowl of noodle soup and a crispy pancake with prawns and chicken to stave off our hunger.
Anyway folks I won't be blogging for a couple of weeks as I'm off to the USA for a business trip. Back in time for the World Cup :-(