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Last few days of the British Museum’s Hokusai exhibition

The British Museum tells us:   “Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849) is widely regarded as one of Japan’s most famous and influential artists. He produced works of astonishing quality right up until his death at the age of 90″. This is an amazing exhibition which revealed what a wonderful man and artist he was.  I will go again before it closes.

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A self-catering flat in Bath available from October 2017

1411449791601_wps_1_Bath_Abbey_Bath_Wessex_EnI have a beautiful apartment in the City of Bath which sleeps 4 adults and will be available for bookings from October 2017.  We are just about to have the bathroom up-graded and then it will be ready for your holiday visits.

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Italian guests glad of some cooler Summer weather

We are having very changeable weather – one minutes it is glorious sunshine and the next it is raining.  The garden is very happy but the tortoise less so.  Recent visitors from Italy told us how relieved they were to get to the UK as temperatures in Italy had been reaching over 40 degrees and it had been totally exhausting.  What a reversal – tourists from the South of Europe coming to London for the weather!

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July celebration

On 8th July the Fancy Fair returned the The Green. This is was amazing community event. The roads were closed and we enjoyed music, dancing, children’s activities, street food and lots of wonderful stalls.  There was even a Big Wheel, providing spectacular views right across London. Well done the hard-working organisers at www.N21.net

2 Winchmore Hill N21 Fancy Fair July 8th 2017

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Crosuses on The Green in March 2017

Springtime on Winchmore Hill Green
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Found a wonderful gastro pub today – The Pig and Butcher

pig and butcher jpegThe Pig and Butcher is a 10 minute walk from Highbury and Islington station and so easily reached from The Old Bakery.  The cooking is superb and the wines excellent. The atmosphere is relaxed and welcoming. Highly recommended.

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The Larder re-opens after their holiday

THE LARDER COUNTER A0854AFF-F1C2-4117-83BC-FAF4C0C4CD4FWe have missed The Larder while they took a well-deserved holiday after the Christmas and New Year rush.  We all realized how much we miss their excellent coffee and great pain-au-raisen!

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Chalkley\’s apartment living room

Chalkley's apartment living room
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To mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death on April 23rd 1616, there is a wonderful exhibition at The British Library.   It shows both original manuscripts and the history of performances on film and in the theatre, both in the UK and around the world. The British Library (close to King’s Cross station) is in itself a great place to visit – a forbidding building when seen from the street but glorious once inside.  A great shop and a great café for hanging out in.

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Tortoise Octavius decides Autumn is truely here

Our tortoise, Octavius, who has live with us here at The Old Bakery since 1978, had removed himself from his Summer home to his Winter quarters beneath the roots of the Wysteria.  He is a very efficient weather indicator.  No need to feed him lettuce, tomato and strawberries again until he re-emerges in the Spring. Sleep well Octavius!

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