Good evening to you! I meant to blog earlier in the week, but just got caught up with other things. Anyway, better late than never! We had a wonderful time in London. We managed to pick the hottest weekend of the year so far! Saturday was spent at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew.
Despite the heat, we ventured into the Palm House, and emerged, a little droopy and bedraggled! It felt cool coming out in the 30 degree heat!
....... and admired the massive lily pads in the waterlily house. This was my favourite part, and I could have stayed there all day!
It's a wonderful green space for the people of London. It never felt crowded, despite all the visitors. We chilled out in the shade of a tree, and whilst Mr JK had a mini-snoozle, I made good progress on my Jaywalker sock!
On Sunday, we headed back into London, stopping off at the National Portrait Gallery so that I could take a look at the Tudor portraits (my mind's already planning for next year's curriculum!) Trafalgar Square was buzzing with activity - people dipping their feet in the fountains trying to cool off ..........
After lunch, we made our way to Hyde Park, and found a space to settle ourselves for the next 8 hours! It was Baking Hot, and there wasn't a scrap of shade anywhere! So we slapped on the suncream, donned our hats and drank gallons of water! There were people as far as you could see in every direction, listening to the various bands playing, watching England lose spectacularly in the World Cup, and relaxing in the sunshine.
Leading up to Paul McCartney were Elvis Costello, Crowded House and Crosby, Stills and Nash. I really enjoyed Crowded House, as they had a good rapport with the audience. It was great singing 'Weather with You' on such a sunny day! It was almost too hot to knit, but I did manage to finish sock number one and graft the toes whilst standing!
Finally the great man himself came on stage. Wow! What a concert it was! He played a good mix of Beatles songs, as well as Wings classics and some of his more recent material. Imagine 50,000 plus people all 'na-na-na-ing' along to Hey Jude, and it might give you a hint of the amazing atmosphere!