The perilous voyage of the Mayflower pilgrims of 1620

12 May and 10 June 2013 While we were in London, we had visited the Mayflower Pub in Rotherhithe Village. This is the oldest pub on the River Thames, having been established in 1621.  We went inside to have a bite to eat, and it was a very nice and cosy pub. From the outside … More The perilous voyage of the Mayflower pilgrims of 1620

Flying above and tunnelling below the Thames

31 May 2013 After our leisurely sightseeing cruise by ferry along the Thames, Morton turned to me and asked, “Flat Kathy, do you feel like another little adventure?” “Oh yes!” I cried. “I love adventures.” “Fantastic,” he said, smiling broadly. “Now that you’ve floated along the Thames, on the ferry, it is time for you … More Flying above and tunnelling below the Thames

The Cutty Sark – the last and fastest of the British clippers

13 May 2013 “Flat Kathy, you’re going to meet the Cutty Sark today,” Morton told me, as we arrived outside the Royal Museums of Greenwich. “Who is that?” I asked, never having heard the name before. “Not who, what,” Paula corrected me. “It’s a sailing ship.” “It’s not just any sailing ship,” explained Morton, as … More The Cutty Sark – the last and fastest of the British clippers

I learn about the resourceful Brunels who tunnelled under the Thames

12 May 2013 During our time in London, I soon realised that Morton and his son Roy were fascinated by the Brunels. I did not know who they were at first. Luckily, my friends took me along on most of their outings, and even when I was tucked into their rucksack pocket because of the … More I learn about the resourceful Brunels who tunnelled under the Thames

Admiring St Albans’ cathedral and ambling around a market

11 May 2013 “We’re driving up to St Albans today, Flat Kathy,” Paula told me as we climbed into the car on a very cold, overcast and blustery day. “St Albans is a pretty market town on the northwestern outskirts of London. It has a famous historic cathedral that has been a place of pilgrimage … More Admiring St Albans’ cathedral and ambling around a market

I am enchanted by the narrowboats on the Grand Union Canal near Denham

10 May 2013 We drove to nearby Denham, just to the west of London, to have a look at the narrowboats on the Grand Union Canal. I thought these canal boats looked so cosy! Morton explained that narrowboats like these were built in the 18th, 19th and 20th century, specifically to transport cargo along the … More I am enchanted by the narrowboats on the Grand Union Canal near Denham

We travel on the Tube

08 May 2013 “Flat Kathy, we’re travelling on the Tube today,” declared Morton one morning. “We’ll be sitting on a tube?” I asked, incredulous. “Won’t that be uncomfortable – and rather dangerous too?” My friends laughed. “No no, Flat Kathy, the Tube is another name for the London Underground Railway,” Paula reassured me. “It is … More We travel on the Tube