Day 92: Picnic Sunday
Kew Road slices through the northern tip of Kew Green. Like a knife skinning a finger; superflous perhaps in the big scheme of green that is the Royal Botanic Gardens this little triangle, a flat beige flap of the map is the destination for our Sunday afternoon picnic. In real life it green and despite the arterial traffic trundling through it has the hall marks of a country village. The fair is in town and on the other side of the road the cricketeers are at the stumps. The Greyhound with its mock-tudor exterior and leaded windows reminiscent of bygone time. And then in the topmost tippiest corner Kew Pond, a place that would have done Ophelia proud, and appropriate as it used to be a mooring place for King Henry VIII’s barge. The pond used to be a tidal pond filled from the Thames once a month on a particularly high tide. Nowadays it has to be filled manually once a month and this is the work of The Friends Of Kew Pond. A little corner of bucolic England the reedbeds are a draw for water birds including a clutch of cygnets the archetypal ugly ducklings, spiky, gangly and blending in to the mud.
I got very excited about this picnic and I had an urge to cook. It has been a long winter and Summer slow in coming. Solstice weekend and still we wondered if the weather will hold. Fortunately it did, not the brighest of days but warm enough for sitting outside. The occasion- a friend heading off on an adventure to Costa Rica. I thoroughly enjoyed Sunday morning listening to The Archers and Judy Murray on Desert Island Discs while pottering away with potatoes to make potato salad and a tortilla variation. With about 12+ turning up there was a cornucopia of food covering all tastes and delights with a special favorite of mine ginger beer. It really was a wonderful picnic and I caught a beautiful sky as the sun slipped down over the playing fields at Latymer Upper School.
100 Days of Awe is a playful project I set up to bring my attention to awe in my daily life. I see awe as wonder, a mixture of amazement and respect. I expect the experience of awe to be about perception shifting awareness and that demands a reframing of some sort. I am excited to see what will awe me on this journey.
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