Once again, I found myself alone in London for most of the day. I started by going over to Kingston and watching Cinderella in the cinema. There was the usual part of me that was a bit worried that it was weird to go to the cinema by myself, especially because I was seeing a family film, but I told myself that it didn't matter. And the only time anyone looked at me strangely was when I ordered my large popcorn and coke. But that's a non-negotiable part of the experience, in my opinion. I don't care that it's only 11am, I'm having my popcorn dammit!
And the film was really good, so I'm very glad I did go in the end.
I emerged from the cinema into lovely sunshine, so took a walk along the river before deciding to get a boat up to Hampton Court. I didn't go inside, but I did go into the maze. As soon as I went in I wondered if it was a mistake cos I had to be on the last boat back in 45 minutes and I started having visions of wandering the hedges for hours, lost forever in the Hampton Court maze! But fortunately I made it to the centre without much difficulty. I then went back and tried to work out if there's a knack to it. I think keeping hedge on your right hand side the whole time will see you through. It led me to a dead end just before reaching the middle, but other than that it seemed to work.
Wednesday evening saw me joining Paul's usual team for his local pub quiz. I absolutely love pub quizzes and it makes me sad that I haven't been to one in years, so I was very excited about joining this. And, best of all, I was actually useful! There were lots of answers I knew that other people knew too, but there were two that I alone gave the answer to (What item of clothing is named after an atomic testing site? Bikini. Which Roman emperor apparently tried to make his horse a consul? Caligula.) So I feel that I actively contributed to the fact that we won! Yay!
And now, because I don't feel that I have spammed you all with enough photos yet, I present some more than I took on my trip:
Evil looking swan:
Adorable swan family:
And some Hampton Court flowers: