Thursday, 9 February 2017

London`s Fabulous Cheap Days Out


There is Free Entry into the Queens House at Greenwich. James 1st commissioned the house  in 1616 for his wife Ann of Denmark.

Inigo Jones’s architectural masterpiece has reopened after major restoration, with 22 spectacular rooms filled with great art representing 400 years.  

Queens House, Greenwich, London, House
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You really must see the famous fabulous spiral staircase.

The Queen's House is a quick and easy journey from central London by DLR, rail or boat.

While your in Greenwich do not miss the Cutty sark!

The legendary Cutty Sark is a 19th-century sailing ship.  It has been raised over three metres allowing you the amazing experience of walking directly underneath it. You can touch the original hull planks and iron framework which date back to 1869.


National Maritime Museum, Greenwich

The Royal Observatory Greenwich is the home of Greenwich Mean Time.  There is also a wonderful planetarium and the UK's largest refracting telescope.

Entry is free for the Maritime Museum though there is a cost for the planetarium.

Greenwich park is nearby so take a picnic and enjoy the views. The Thames is a few yards away so why not finish the day with a boat ride down to the amazing Tower of London.

Tower of London - by Anthony Reid

London Eye by Anthony Reid

This journey will take you past lots of London`s famous landmarks including the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye.

Big Ben, Houses Of Parliament, London
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With school half term next week what could be nicer a wander around Greenwich.

Greenwich, London, England, River
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#London  We usually stay overnight in a Travelodge

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London, Greenwich, Cutty Sark, Queens House, Thames, Tower of London, tower Bridge, Houses of parliament

Japanese ikebana Flower Arranging

Pretty flowers
I have been practising displaying my flowers following the Japanese ikebana style. . As ikebana has many different schools of thought, philosophies, and styles it can be a study that takes years to fully master.

I just want to follow some basic rules of displaying flowers beautifully.  The ikebana approach emphasises individual blooms in containers that enhance the overall look of the arrangement.

It can also be a very frugal way of flower arranging as you only need a few flowers.

If you have a garden just cut a few fabulous flowers rather than filling a whole vase of flowers.

I am looking forward to spring when the pink and white blossom is out. I shall be added some branches of blossom to my arrangement then.

feathery and lovely

The pink container I used in this display is from the poundshop in their homeware section. The flowers were from Marks and Spencers and cost £3.25.

 Here is one I made for £2 including the container 
ikebana £2 arrangement

There are some great youtube sites that show the basics of ikebana
I like this one by an ikebana master.

There are also endless books on the subject.  If you just want an idea of the impressive ikebana flower displays take a look on Pinterest.

Total cost including container £4.25


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