This weekend was "Open Houses" for Londoners to visit Houses and Mansions which are usually not open to the public and today we were lucky to be allowed to visit Lancaster House which is close to St. James's Palace and much of Lancaster House was once part of the palace complex (and it certainly shows!!!), but these days it is mainly used by the government and is managed by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to entertain dignitaries from all over the world. Lancaster House is one of the most splendid and beautiful palaces I have ever seen and it is so lucky that visitors were given a chance to visit it today on "Open House Day". Today was also the last day of the London Antiques Show and before we went to visit Lancaster House we had a walk through the Antiques Show at London Berkeley Square. We both love going to Antiques shows because visitors are allowed to take their time and study closely antique paintings by well known classical painters. All in all it was a very inspirational and happy day.
I've never finished a novel, and I've been doing Nanowrimo for about 10 years, but it's a lot of fun
I had the privilege of assisting on a moose hunt for a young man (12 years old) stricken with cancer. He, and his mother, went out everyday from Sat through Thursday. We got him in front of a moose but he did not have a good shot so he passed. However you may feel about hunting, this is what this young man wanted. We do it every year and have met some great youngsters. Unfortunately, some are no longer with us.
Today we went to one of the most unusual Vistorian places in London, a former Pumping Station built in 1865 called "Crossness" and it is most amazing!We went there because the inside is completely constructed in decorative Cast Iron plus decorative Wrought Iron, all painted in the most wonderful colours where the visitor truly enters a Palace."Crossness" is of course not used as a Pumping Station any longer and it is now a listed building and run as a Charity and open to the public on certain days. The construction of "Crossness" must have cost an absolute fortune at the time and to the onlooker it appears like a celebration by the Victorians to welcome the New Age where diseases like Cholera etc., were finally left behind and "Crossness" has been built as a wonderful Palace to celebrate this fact... ...The more I learn about the Victorians, the more I like them ... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crossness_Pumping_Stationhttps://www.theguardian.com/.../crossness-sewage-pumping-station-reopens-joseph-bazalgette-cholera
Sounds lovely Kristina, I really have the inspiration now to convince Hubby to visit London again. It was the first place we went after 'madly falling in love' to visit his sister nearly 30 years ago.
Quote from: cassandra on November 20, 2016, 02:20:48 PMSounds lovely Kristina, I really have the inspiration now to convince Hubby to visit London again. It was the first place we went after 'madly falling in love' to visit his sister nearly 30 years ago.What a great idea ... and would it not also be a great idea for us to meet there and I could show you those wonderful stained-glass-windows at the Victoria and Albert Museum ?Best wishes from Kristina