Further surreal adventures through town and country... September 8th - picked up the themes of religion for Russian London part 4... We then meandered along the Thames through Syon park with its early autumn colours and beautiful domed conservatory through Brentford and Isleworth, Richmond and Twickenham all the way to Strawberry Hill... September 9th - back to Hatfield Forest for a rural ramble through the woodland rides... joined by several canine walkers...Discovered several giant puffballs in the grass and took them home for tea... they lasted us all week (bag of sugar to show size!)Delicious fried on toastand in my new invention - puffball quiche.
September 13th - The most surreal day of all...
Back to London for more orthodox adventures... starting from Richard Temple's Icon gallery. An hour or more of brilliant insights into icons, their style and meaning and a mesmerising glimpse if Richard's gold on gold collection
going on through Holland Park the All Saints' cathedral in Ennismore gardens and the Merchant's Yard (again)
Got sidetracked in a search for the grave of Metropolitan Anthony - not helped by the fact that I confused Brompton Oratory with Brompton Cemetery ! (very stupid I know, but then they were both so beautiful, it was a happy mistake)... Brompton Oratory - catholic cathedral
Brompton Cemetery - full of overgrown churchyard atmosphere (with a neoclassical necropolis in the middle).
While I was there I had to check out Chelsea Football club for my up-coming piece on Oligarchic London...District line to Whitechapel to see a Rothko painting... the streets around also full of pulsating colour. Finally, a gallery opening in Mayfair - champagne, sushi and artists from St Petersburg...