Dulwich picture gallery, or grab bars for the tub?

Trip Start Oct 02, 2011
Trip End Oct 27, 2011

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Friday, October 7, 2011

Well this was another day of tension between being on vacation and being a homeowner. Pretty luxurious options to have to face, really. 

Should we go to the lovely village of Dulwich and visit the art gallery which houses Rembrandts, Rubens, and Gainsboroughs? Or should I ride my bike to Homebase and buy grab bars for the shower and tub?  Hmm, a tough choice.  But in the midst of picking up my Oyster Card for the train to West Dulwich I remembered that the guests that will arrive here shortly after we leave are an elderly couple who are not in robust health.  So I pumped up my bike tires, which were a little on the flat side after a year of lying fallow, and pedaled to Penge. 

The grab bars are lovely, and there will be time to go to Dulwich another day.  By the way, I learned somewhat to my surprise that the British for 'grab bar' is 'grab bar.'  I don't make assumptions that words for things technical will be the same across the Atlantic--tools and kitchen implements and names of the anatomical regions of cars, for example, are notoriously different.

Then this afternoon, while Annie stayed home to do errands and prepare a wonderful dinner, I went in to Chinatown to meet a former client for a fashionably late lunch.  It was 2 1/2 hours of non-stop talking and Dim Sum--food for the soul and food for the GI tract.

Please see the photos for the World's superlative of the day, taken in Kew Gardens.  If you click on the image it will become much bigger and easier to see. 
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Andrew O on

thus the "Palm Wine Drunkard" which I've heard of (I think it's a novel) but never knew where the palm wine came from.

Julie on

Car lingo like "boot" and "bonnet". Learning lots of new "crime" words from Peter Lovesey's detective novels.

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