Back in August, during the school summer holidays, St Luke’s enjoyed a trip to London, where participants explored the British Library, stood for a photograph under Paul Day’s famous The Meeting Place sculpture at St Pancras International, and took a tour of St Paul’s Cathedral from the man who designed it, Sir Christopher Wren. I’ve just finished editing the video from that trip (don’t worry, I haven’t been working on it solidly since the summer), and it’s now available to view online by clicking here.
Yesterday, I didn’t know that in the run-up to the Pope’s mid-September UK visit, 20,000 football shirts had been made. I wrote a blog this afternoon about the total flop that they had been, but in doing so I found out an incredible fact about the monetary cost of the trip.
The cost to UK taxpayers was £12 million, and the Catholic Church footed a further £7 million bill.
Today, my mum and dad and I drove to Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew in London to look at the gardens in Spring. The weather was glorious, and as I enjoyed the beautiful vistas, Dad and I came across a cherry tree, where he taught me a bit of rather poignant, yet beautiful, poetry.
LOVELIEST of trees, the cherry now
Is hung with bloom along the bough,
And stands about the woodland ride
Wearing white for Eastertide.
Now, of my threescore years and ten,
Twenty will not come again,
And take from seventy springs a score,
It only leaves me fifty more.
And since to look at things in bloom
Fifty springs are little room,
About the woodlands I will go
To see the cherry hung with snow.
Loveliest of trees, the cherry now
A. E. Housman (1859-1936)
There seemed to be some fighting going on in the duck pond, with some of the male ducks fighting over their potential mates! This was nice to watch at 11 am, while enjoying some elevenses Mum had packed.
The daffodils were like a carpet of yellow, with at least a few hundred in one area. We had a packed lunch which Mum had made, but a drink and ice-cream in the afternoon which we purchased.
The highlight of the day was – perhaps undoubtedly – the ‘Xstrata Treetop Walkway’. Opened in late-May 2008, it is 18 metres high, and 200 metres long, offering unrivalled aerial views of parts of the huge Kew Gardens site.
While I did grumble a bit, telling Mum and Dad how boring it was, actually it was a really nice day out. Thanks to them for taking me.