After a delay of over an hour Ryanair flight took off and part of a rainbow could be seen as we flew over Lough Neagh-God keeps his promises!
The journey to my accommodation was fraught, with my satnav taking me to the wrong Salisbury Road! Eventually, having walked several miles, and having a Macflurry en route, I had to take a taxi and got there well after 7pm having seen two urban foxes in the space of half an hour en route. The room is a garret (top loft) with headroom only at one side but very warm, with two bathrooms and kitchen.
Woke with a sore stiff back-may it loosen off. How will trip across London to the Olympic park go? Race is 1440hrs at Olympic velodrome.
After a long wait, got the needed weight (under 75Kg) and raced….gave Eric, the Irish Record holder from Coleraine a good race and got silver medal in mens 65-69 lightweight men. For last 50-100m there was only 5 metres in it and so he finished a second ahead of my time of 1m37.9s.
Impressions of London-incredibly cosmopolitan-languages, shops etc, amazing infrastructure e.g. trains and buses, building projects with massive cranes everywhere, unseemly side-teenagers running around half dressed, peoples’ belongings thrown onto the street, people sleeping rough and begging, litter!
Lord’s Day-made it early to the vicinity of St.John’s Church of England (continuing) one of only four churches in that seceding denomination (1995). Did not realise they met in a small triangular room in an old folks home but I saw Rev. Peter Ratcliffe walking the short distance from his home and so I knew the satnav was actually true.
Blessed day in the company of Rev. Peter Ratcliffe and his wife Sandra, two services separated by a lovely lunch followed by wet and wild walk through Colliers Wood by River Wandle where parakeets could be heard and seen.
Peter and Sandra Ratcliffe.
Wetlands by River Wandle.
The small congregation of St. John’s C of E continuing included other visitors including folk from Doagh visiting to take care of issues after a family death. Now can I make it to SE15 to meet Marie Isabel at 8am tomorrow?
Monday viewed flat that Marie Isabel is in process of buying-small, but nice, warm, in a good area of Peckham. Afternoon took train to Brighton and dined at Kirsty’s vegan pub and spent some time with her. Took dog on shingle beach then back to London.
Tuesday-last day in London. “Where there’s a will”…… got free pass into DW Fitness gym in Harringay and rowed and pumped iron! Now to make my way to Gatwick and flight home tonight.