I'm soooo glad to see some Spring and blue skies,and was so glad to get back on the bike again yesterday after weeks of not cycling.
I've been going to the gym (ugh) and jogging in the rain. (I hate jogging so much it doesn't matter if I do it in rain or shine). In fact, as I jogged slowly down the road recently, feeling like a human sack of potatoes as usual, I slipped on a kerb and fell onto a parked car. I don't think I dented it but I twisted my shoulder. It's still hurting, so I've started to wonder if the statins I take are affecting the muscles, so I've stopped the statins. I hope that's OK to do. All that lack of exercise means my weight's crept up too so it's back on the lettuce leaves again. And there are also problems at work ....
Despite these niggles, I'm definitely counting blessings. A close family member fell ill abroad in early January, and has just managed to get home in an air ambulance. He is far from better, but we are so pleased he was well enough to leave the foreign ICU and travel home, and it's much easier now he isn't thousands of miles away.
The twins are adorable and I'm secretly sure I already know which one will be the boss, but I'm trying really hard not to typecast them when they're only 2 weeks old. I'm having fun planning the children's storybook launch, too.
Back on the bike again, the day before yesterday, I was delighted to pass this display of crocuses at Embankment Gardens.
I was on my way to a good exhibition at Two Temple Place, about normally unseen curiosities from the museums of Cambridge. The picture below shows a very old snakes and ladders board from India in mahogany and mother-of-pearl. It seems they've played the game in India for over 800 years - I never knew it was so exotic. How I would love to own this board.
I also liked this statue from the Nicobar Islands. It's over a century old, and apparently it was a life sized charm to protect the local chief's wife against illness spirits. When she died of an illness, though, the family chucked the statue out in disgust. Luckily it was rescued by a Royal Navy commander, who took it back to Cambridge.
There are all kinds of intriguing things in the (free) show, which is on till April 27. If you click the link, you'll see more of Two Temple Place. Even most Londoners don't know about this Victorian mansion at the Inns of Court which used to belong to billionaire Lord Astor. It only opens to the public in February, March and April.each year. I was very taken with this particular interior door, which leads from the grand salon.
Talking of doors, when I cycled through Clerkenwell yesterday, I spotted a dog which might have been grateful for any door at all. It had to use the window if it wanted to see what was going on in the world, and was watching everyone go by with great interest
I thought it looked rather fetching draped in that lace curtain.