Good journey which ended at Hatfield Forest. I was hoping for birds - which were very scarce - but did have a wonderful walk in the sunshine and some beautiful Autumn colour (and a rather tasty Roast Beef and Horseradish Bap for lunch too...)
From their onto RSPB Rye Meads.. although lots of Teal, Gadwall, a Snipe, a Green Sandpiper and various other waterfowl, generally it was light of birds.
So, after gaining a extra hour's sleep (the UK put the clocks back 1 hour on Saturday night) Pete and I set off for London. We were going for a concert but took advantage of an early start. The sun was shining as we set off for the tube... it wasn't to last!
A sojourn in Hyde Park which was busy with tourists.. ourselves included.
And I really liked this... I've no idea what it's for (if anything) but somehow it reminded me of Jelly Babies.. it's very jolly and brightened up a dullish day.
This final "attraction" left us confused.. I've no idea what it's representing. It looks as though it hasn't been fully built yet so perhaps all will become clear once it had.
We'd had some concerns about the first piece of music but those were entirely unfounded.. the "live" version was beautifully played and I didn, in the end, enjoy the music. The quartet playing today was the Pavel Haas Quartet and the piece I've just mentioned...was the Haas, String Quartet No. 1.
This was followed by some Beethoven... the energy expended to play these pieces was amazing and quite emotional in places. It was a shame that, on this occasion, the audience seemed rather noisy at times (a piece of a conversation was heard during the performance!!!) and, rather irritatingly a lady not far from me seemed to enjoy beating out some of the "rhythm" with her hands. Hey ho!
But nonetheless a very enjoyable weekend...