Goodness Gracious Great Balls of Fire

Southwark Park fireworks display!

The Fifth of November

    Remember, remember!
The fifth of November,
The Gunpowder treason and plot;
I know of no reason
Why the Gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot!
Guy Fawkes and his companions
Did the scheme contrive,
To blow the King and Parliament
All up alive.
Threescore barrels, laid below,
To prove old England’s overthrow.
But, by God’s providence, him they catch,
With a dark lantern, lighting a match!
A stick and a stake
For King James’s sake!
If you won’t give me one,
I’ll take two,
The better for me,
And the worse for you.
A rope, a rope, to hang the Pope,
A penn’orth of cheese to choke him,
A pint of beer to wash it down,
And a jolly good fire to burn him.
Holloa, boys! holloa, boys! make the bells ring!
Holloa, boys! holloa boys! God save the King!
Hip, hip, hooor-r-r-ray!

Katie and I at Blackheath Fireworks (friend from SOAS)

Fireworks night (times 2)

Layer up, grab some hot coc0 and mittens! Its time to go watch fireworks! I had the privilege of going to see the fireworks shows twice, the Saturday before Guy Fawkes day and on Guy Fawkes day. If you read the poem above is the night when Guy Fawkes planned on blowing up Parliament, so every year the people of Britain celebrate by showing fireworks, making bonfires and enjoying the cold air.

I went with some of my friends from my housing accommodation, Dinwiddy House ( all of which go to SOAS) on Saturday to see the Blackheath Fireworks. We had a bit of a travel to get out there, but when we did there was a massive field with loads of people. We sipped our hot coco, and found a good spot to watch the fireworks. London does fireworks well. This was an amazing sight.I have recently become very intrigued in how fireworks reflect off the black sky and bounce into color, especially in photographs when they are either out of focus or the shutter speed is slowed down.

example of slowed shutter speed fireworks photo

 

On Monday night, I accompanied my friend Miro from canoe polo to the Southwark Park fireworks, which took us quite a long time to get there although it really shouldn’t have. ( Whoops!) Southwark allowed us to use sparklers so we played with them quite a bit! We laughed, and we watched an amazing fireworks show accompanied by music. If you haven’t seen a firework go BOOM! to gangnam style, you haven’t lived.

Southwark Fireworks Show, sparklers!

 

 

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Temple Church

Two Sunday’s ago… wow time does really pass quickly, I ended up searching to attend a service and visit Temple Church which is seen in the DaVinici Code. If you want to watch here is a  Video about temple church.  I probably should have watched this before my attempt to find it, because I ended up never arriving at Temple Church. I am getting ahead of myself though, lets go back to the start of my morning.
As all mornings commence, I left Dinwiddy House, found the bus I was supposed to take, hopped on and made my way towards Temple Church. The stop I was told to get off at, is quite close to St. Paul’s as well.

The route I was supposed to take.

Yet somehow, I did not follow these directions and they made no sense to me. I ended up getting off the bus around St. Paul’s, and then started walking hoping to find the Temple Church at this point I had about twenty minutes before the service started. I first started walking towards St. Paul’s and turned at this construction sight hoping that it was the right place to go, It wasn’t. I was actually walking away from the river which you can see I really was not supposed to be doing.

The 2nd route I should have taken

I ended up walking down Fleet Street, and ended up walking towards the river. At this point it was past 11:15 and I decided to take a photographic journey instead, enjoying some me time and taking a lovely walk. I didn’t end it with anything that I love, but I still was able to walk about and enjoy my time. So I walked down some creaky streets

a little pub in an alley way that was on an incline. I realized on this walk that I am really interested in store fronts and windows from around the world.

At this point I had not given up on trying to find Temple Church, I walked towards the embankment to continue my escapade. I was determined to get to this location.  I finally saw this:

I must have been close.

I know that I must have been quite close, so I tried to follow the signs towards Temple Church, walked down another little alley way, and this is what I ended up seeing:

Coming out of the Alley way

View from on top of the staircase looking out onto the river. I don’t think I walked past it ( although I must have)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So I never did end up finding the Temple Church, I did find the Twinnings Factory, some lovely sights, have an amazing walk and actually ended up for the first time in Covent Garden, Seven Dials and a bit of Soho. I ended up in areas of Central London I hadn’t ever ventured out to, which is what these trips are for- to make myself get out of the Kings Cross area and try to learn about an area that I don’t know much about. The Sunday ended up at this lovely arts festival in Bloomsbury that was filled with cute food pop-ups, little art booths and actually there were activities going around all over the neighborhood, we just ran out of time to participate in them. Time goes by quickly.

Covent Garden

Have a beautiful Sunday, remember every single day is an adventure and to enjoy it.

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