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Today it was a very dreary day - drizzle everywhere! I learnt  via Instagram that it was similar weather in Portland, Oregon via  the wonderful John Plummer but I digress. We decided that due to the weather that we would go to the V&A to see their new Photographers Gallery as advertised on the Time Out website only to find when we arrived it was closed for a new installation. Not a great start! So instead I dragged OH up to the Ceramics floor which I posted about in Fragile Days earlier in the year.
But first we walked through the sculpture gallery which I'm not sure I've ever seen before. That's the problem with the V&A, it's so vast, and wonderful you're never quite sure if you've walked through some galleries and simply not noticed it's content as you're trying to get to something specific or whether it's completely new. 
But some of these pieces though quite small were quite astonishing.
Beautiful
And the attention to detail was mindblowing - just look how intracate this depiction of death is and it's only about 10 inches high! 
By the time we got up to the Ceramics Gallery on the Sixth Floor I think OH had lost interest but was still able to take a few snaps. I love these chess pieces. Yes I've photographed them before but how could you not love them!
With a lovely close up of a contemporary piece by Richard Slee who if memory serves me well won the Jerwood Prize for Ceramics one year. 
And I love the cabinets that have rows  upon rows of items go back at least 6 rows back.
And finally OH did spot this chamber pot with a wierd face at the bottom. That's what I love about the V&A, no matter how well you know the museum there is always something that you missed before. And for those that know me, I'm afraid I didn't go to the Hollywood Costume exhibition with the real, yes that's REAL, ruby slippers worn in the Wizard of Oz. I have to find another day to go without OH as it really isn't his cup of tea.....





St Paul's

I'd heard on the grapevine from a friend that there was a new shopping centre that had opened near St Paul's which has a roof terrace with amazing views of the Cathedral and it was free to get in. Music to my ears! And so off OH and I went via of course the millennium bridge. My original plan was to walk down from Borough Market, however due to problems getting the right bus we ended up coming up via Waterloo.
And so I came to this great view of the old Blackfriar's Bridge which as you can see is just the columns. I love that they are just left in the river, a ghost from the past.
I haven't been this was for sometime as there has been significant work on Blackfriars bridge which is a railway above. And look how wonderful this work is on the underneath of the bridge. Now I know you might not get excited about a bridge but this work will hopefully be there for over 100 years... Just think! A 100 year...

And this is the new entrance to Blackfriars on the Southbank. The station always used to be on the North Side of the river but you can now access the station from both sides of the river (I think) as the platform now stretches across the bridge. But I digress... we were aiming for Millennium Bridge
I love this bridge. First new footbridge in London for many years (I've been watching Dan Criuckshanks on BBC4) and how could you not fall in love with this view.
With some great seagulls posing for me on the bridge
And our destinations was quite a big shopping centre right next to St Paul's. I must admit I did find it a little odd  that these 2 things were sat side by side but that's the City I suppose, the old and the new sat side by side. 
But the view (which is free!) was great. Here is the Shard (my favourite new building in London at the moment)
And a new view (for me) of St Paul's. No looking up at that amazing dome but across to it instead.

Once we had finished enjoying the view we wandered over to the Barbican Centre. I find photographing the Barbican so difficult but finally managed to take a photo I was happy with. The Barbican is full of walkways that create interesting vistas. 
And this is  a new installation at the Museum of London which is on London's Old Wall. This was lots and lots of Lomo pictures and it looked amazing.
And finally an added bonus of the walk. We were going to jump on the tube at the Barbican but the tube was closed so made our way down to Liverpool Street and stumbled upon a Banksy which has been doctored by Robbo (all part of their bust up before Robbo's accident). A perfect end to a perfect walk. How I love walking through the City





Lambeth Country Fair


Oh blimey it's nearly a month since I last wrote! How time flies. Unfortunately the weather hasn't been great and then I came down with an awful virus which took ages to recover from on top of which it's the busiest time of the year at work. I know excuses, excuses.... Anyway in mid September (I know mid September, told you I was behind in blogging), it was the annual event of Lambeth Country Fair.

This is one of my favourite events in the Brixtonite calendar (Brixtonite = someone who lives in Brixton) as it's like country fairs I went to as a kid but with a reggae stage! And this year I think was the busiest I've ever seen it!
We first wanted to go to the Vauxhall City Farm area but there was a queue to get in so we wandered up to the Flower and Veg tent, usually a haven of tranquillity but this year even this was heaving with people looking at the vegetable sculpture. Above is a pastiche (is that even the right word?) of Antony Gomley's sculpture.
And here is an amazing Jarvis Cocker, yes him off of Pulp made from veg. I think this one.
 
And look at these amazing homegrown apples!

We then luckily made it into the Vauxhall City Farm which always makes me smile.
And has my favourite chicken called Guiness (OK I'll let you guess which one is which!)
 And how beautiful is this sheep complete with earrings!
Now you can't have a country fair without Morris Dancers. These guys are here every year and are fab. They were even in the Olympics closing ceremony so they're proper famous! And how do I know - because I spotted them on the TV - I'm not sure if this is good or bad....
Another regular of Lambeth Country Fair is Chucklehead cider. Now we went down on Sunday afternoon and my friend Gary was far from pleased to discover that they had sold out! Can you imagine!! He was gutted! Good for them mind, and probably his head as it's like rocket fuel!
But as you can see the sun was out, blue skies and everything
With young and old enjoying the reggae from the stage. Another year, another successful event! Roll on next year though if gets any busier it could be a nightmare!