Day 498 – Friday 19th July 2019
A wet start to the day and there’s more rain forecast – in other words a typical English summer’s day 🙁 What to do?
Leaving Zippy outside Reigate station I dipped deep into my pension pot and bought a couple of return tickets to London…
The weather was really miserable…
First stop we popped in to Harrods to have a nose about; it was full of tourists like us.
Back in the 80s with their big ostentatious displays Harrod’s Food Halls seemed like fantastic places but now the whole place is just like an upscale deli and it’s a lot less impressive. On to the Natural History Museum.
Inside I didn’t really like the Natural History Museum…
I also think we’ve been spoiled by TV programs such as the Blue Planet…
Thankfully next door they have the wonderful Science Museum
It wasn’t crowded and was stuffed full wonderful old machines and also everyday technology so you could see the development of ordinary everyday objects, things we have left behind…
Outside the Science Museum the rain had stopped so we walked back to Victoria station. I was surprised how light the traffic in central London was compared to the A25 & A217 through Reigate.
Day 499 – Saturday 20th July 2019
The rain was torrential last night and it’s still drizzling with a forecast of thunder and lightning later. This British weather is fabulous isn’t it!
Braving the threat of rain we went to the open day at Reigate Fire Station.
Apparently for an hour’s pumping volunteers were paid a handsome one shilling plus all the free beer they could drink 😀
The highlight of the afternoon though was Julie trying to get in a fireman’s uniform as fast as possible. The record for the day was 16.9 seconds…
Sadly, for various reasons, most of the pictures I took have been deemed unflattering and out of 20 odd only 3 have passed the censor.
Day 500 – Sunday 21st July 2019
A dry and sunny start to the day.
While cutting through the park on my way to the shops I met a nutter 😀
I was just walking across the field when he theatrically ran around me then started to follow me about two steps behind. Of course having worked in System Control at NATS for 38 years, I am well used to dealing with strange people.
I stopped and asked him was he trying to be funny and he just repeated my words then repeatedly shouted “I like the look of your knife” and other random things in my face.
I wasn’t particularly intimidated but it struck me he shouldn’t be out in public alone so I got my phone out and rang the police to report a nutter in the park…
I followed him while describing him to 999 but he didn’t like me following him at all…
Anyway Surrey Police didn’t seem too concerned with this blokes behaviour; I don’t think they attend anything less than a mass stabbing these days. “It’s budget cuts mate init”
Day 501 – Monday 22nd July 2019
Spent the day working on my family tree.
Day 502 – Tuesday 23rd July 2019
A banging hot day. Watched Boris get elected PM on the TV then out for lunch.
The walk home through the countryside was draining in the heat.
Day 503 – Wednesday 24th July 2019
A banging hot day. Took Nelly for an MOT and a quick service then on to the Chalk Hills Bakery.
In the afternoon I sat inside in the dark and watched the Boris Show on TV. He is driving the BBC & other Remainers completely bonkers. Excellent!
Day 504 – Thursday 25th July 2019
Going to be an absolute scorcher of a day so up early and stocked up on beer and Magnums for the TdF’s 1st real mountain stage in the Alps.
Stage 18 of the TdF was a great bike race up a few mountains including up the Col du Galibier all 2,642m of it. That’s very very nearly twice as high as Ben Nevis!
The riders were pushed to their limits and after 3 magnums so was I 🙁