We have been here a week now and sweet Pablo is doing fine. He does not like the cone he has to wear but he gets lots of cuddles and scratches and so he does well.We have taken the tube into London for a couple of days. I love seeing the art and culture that are in London’s museums. The British Museum, the Victoria and Albert, the National Portrait museum and the National Museum are all free and full of interesting paintings and artifacts. Here are some of the photographs that I took in each of these museums.
Queen Elizabeth I
Queen Anne Boleyn National Portrait Gallery
Klimt Portrait of Hermine Gallia
Monet Water Lillies National Gallery
Of course it would not be London if there was not a picture of Big Ben.And the London Eye.
London is a fascinating place to visit.
We left Reading 3 days ago on the train to go to Ealing which is just west of London.The first day it was raining very hard, which was good because we got to spent a lot of time with poor Pablo the cat. It seems he got into a cat fight a couple of days before we got here, and he has several wounds on his body. So he has a cone around his head, to keep him from licking his skin. He needs some gentle nursing and some time with us. So the last few days we have been pretty much staying at home. He is such a sweet baby except when it comes to putting medicine on his wounds. Hopefully, he will heal quickly and be his normal self.
We have four days off between pet sitting assignments so we are now in Reading, England. Reading “was an important trading and ecclesiastical centre in the medieval period, as the site of Reading Abbey, one of the richest monasteries of medieval England with strong royal connections, of which the 12th century abbey gateway and significant ruins remain.” ( wikipedia) The Abbey is under a two year renovation at the moment. Here is a photograph of the 12th century gateway as it looks today.
Inside this gateway in 1539, Henry the VIII had Hugh Faringdon, the last abbot of the abbey, convicted of treason (a verdict delivered before the trial began) and had him hanged, drawn, and quartered . Here is a timeline for these medieval events.
This gateway is actually a tall medieval building where in 1783 Jane Austen and her sister went to boarding school. Jane was 9 years old. She spent three years there, learning sewing, dancing, spelling, French and music.
The renovation should be finished by 2018 and then you can walk through the ancient ruins of this important historical place.
We also took a river cruise on the Thames. We took the Caversham Lady toward Oxford with the trusty captain Ben at the wheel.
The day was overcast and soon turned to rain, but I did get some photographs of the river and the lovely homes that faced it.
The river is a favorite place for people to feed the swans, ducks and geese.
We have one more day here before we go to take care of Pablo the cat in London. Lots of rain is forecast, so we’re planning to visit the Reading Museum tomorrow.