Honorary food truck, #2

Airstream Cafe, May 31, 2013

Airstream Cafe, May 31, 2013

The Airstream Cafe along the South Bank Walk and, below, seen from another angle.

Airstream Cafe, with sign, May 31, 2013

Airstream Cafe, with sign, May 31, 2013

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Swan family ~

Idyllic, May 28, 2013

Idyllic, May 28, 2013

There are actually four little cygnets here; the other two are hidden behind mama swan. Photo taken from the walkway leading to the National Archives, which are out in the wild west of London, right next to Kew Gardens — and most definitely directly under Heathrow’s landing path (which a person only notices walking to and from the Archives from the tube station, but then it’s definitely one plane after another!).

British pub signs, #7

Rosslyn Arms, May 26, 2013

Rosslyn Arms, May 26, 2013

This pub (which, though its sign is still up, is actually closed, alas!)  is right next door to the Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, pictured below. Both feature roosters (click on the photo below to enlarge it and find the rooster on the top of its turret)! Some folks say Rosslyn is the feminine form of the name Ross, but it seems, from the evidence of these establishments, that the name is also associated with French rossignol, which means . . . nightingale . . . aha! On closer inspection, I’d say that perhaps the bird on the pub sign maybe isn’t a rooster after all?

Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, May 26, 2013

Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, May 26, 2013

As this site here explains, there’s been a chapel on this site since 1682; the current chapel was built between 1862 and 1865 and seems, moreover, to have been built AS a Unitarian Chapel. It also has some windows that were designed by Burne-Jones and William Morris! I am going to have to go back and go inside!

Peaceful nook in a green shade ~

Church-side bench, May 25, 2013

Church-side bench, May 25, 2013

A pretty and quiet spot along the side of the church that’s just kitty-corner across the street from my “flat.” The color of shade has come up previously in these pages; then it was a red shade (here), which harkened back to a poetic green shade and forward to this one, as it turns out! And yes, much nicer weather today — ahh!