The Tall Ships Festival at Greenwich, North Greenwich and Woolwich is ending tomorrow but it has kept me entertained for the last few days while sailing home to Greenwich and Woolwich. I spent Sunday afternoon (7 September 2014) with some friends and their kids in Greenwich and we had a lovely day.
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Skeins of dyed wool and some bunting
Lovely ships, some in sail, some not. Just to the left of the red-hulled ship is one of the Thames Clippers ferries heading towards Greenwich Pier.
Pole lathe turning aka bodging
Different angle on the lathe
Painted tent-top. Made me think of mediaeval knights and jousting though they didn’t have that at the festival. I’m guessing boats and horses don’t mix, for a variety of reasons.
Childe Roland to the dark tower came… (link isn’t to the Robert Browning poem but the fairy tale I knew from reading Rosemary Manning’s Green Smoke as a child, with a dragon who’d probably have liked the tent top above).
This impressed me. Someone has had the brilliant idea of setting up a walled pool of water and two large fans to give it a bit of wind. It was permanently surrounded by excited kids (we only saw one fall in) launching these little seemingly-unsinkable boats. The walls were flexible so people were pulling and pushing on them to create waves. It was fantastic!
We also popped in to the beautiful Painted Hall at the Old Royal Naval College. It’s full of tables (it’s a working dining hall) on which sit lots of these lovely candlesticks.
Not this sort of duck 🙂 This is a drawing from 1842.
This Saturday (6 September 2014) there will be a free duck hunt for children, on Blackheath between noon and 2pm.
It looks like everyone gets a voucher for a free ice cream from Black Vanilla in the village and those who manage to find all the ducks will be entered into a draw for a chance to win an iPad mini. Pick up your entry form from Cluttons in the village (details in the link below)
More at http://cluttons.com/duckhunt
Nearest rail: Blackheath (trains from Charing Cross, London Bridge, Cannon Street and Victoria)
Below is a short film I took (poor quality, best to set your expectations low) of some ducklings on the Blackheath pond (the one on B212-Prince of Wales Road / South Row, we have a few ponds on the heath), they were pretty cute and they made me giggle.