As you can tell from the title, we have another exciting day planned. Tomorrow we leave for Bath, more about that later, which means today we need to bring order to chaos and pack. Hubby and I are both squirrels. We pack everything. You know, like ticket stubs and the receipt for the sandwiches we ate on the train, etc. Little snips of paper can be found just about anywhere, sometimes where you least expect them. We've been here just a little over two weeks and you'd think we'd lived here for a month. I'd take a picture, but I don't want to scare you.
Anyway, I'd like the place to be a bit more organized before we leave it for a few days, especially since we'll only be back from Bath for one day before we take off again, this time for Edinburgh. So, while hubby goes out to roam the streets of London, I'll stay behind and clean. Fun, fun, fun.
We have one glass-topped table in the flat and the bathroom walls are covered in mirrors. First discovery. Just because a product claims to be "smear free" doesn't mean it won't leave streaks. The flat had two cleaners that promoted a "streak-free" or sparkling shine. One left so many streaks I had difficulty seeing the mirror beneath it. That one is "Mr. Muscle" made by.... ta da.... SC Johnson (a US company). The second one actually did what it promised, "Tesco's Window and Glass Cleaner." So, I had to use Tesco to clean up what Mr. Muscle left behind. Typical. I'll bet Mr. Muscle is related to Mr. Clean.
The kitchen comes with a stainless steel sink, which shows water stains very easily. The sink polish did a fair job of removing them. Lastly, their Pledge product came in a liquid that need to be diluted with water, rather than a spray. Unfortunately, I really didn't have a good applicator for the wood floors, but I found a flat sponge cloth to use on the two wood tables. It also did a fair job of cleaning and polishing.
All-in-all, I'm pleased with the results. The place smells like Pledge right now, which isn't a bad scent to live with. So, on to what hubby managed to accomplish today as he ran amok and unsupervised throughout the city. Like many other cities, London is filled with numerous memorials and statues. His first stop was to take a picture of the Edith Cavell statue in St. Martin's place at Trafalgar Square.
|Edith Cavell statue|
Moving on, hubby captured a picture of the statue of George Washington in front of the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square. Don't think I need to tell you who he was. Right?
Next came a picture of the fourth plinth at Trafalgar Square, taken from an angle that included St.Martins in the Fields church and the National Gallery. Over the past several years the Fourth Plinth in the northwest corner of Trafalgar Square has become home to some of the world’s most innovative artworks. The plinth was originally designed by Sir Charles Barry in 1841 to display an equestrian statue, however due to insufficient funds the statue was never completed. In 1998 – over one hundred and fifty years later – the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce commissioned three contemporary sculptures. Since then the fourth plinth has been the base for many "unusual" creations. Not sure what the rooster is meant to represent. A wake-up call, maybe?
|The Fourth Plinth at Trafalgar Square|
Continuing his walk, hubby next captured the Crimean War Memorial that commemorates the Allied victory in the Crimean War of 1853-56. Unveiled in 1861, it consisted of the statues of three Guardsmen, with a female allegorical figure referred to as Honor. Like the panels on Nelson's column, the figures on this memorial were cast in bronze from the cannons captured at the siege of Sevastopol. The sculptor was John Bell.
|Crimean War Memorial|
|Mousetrap at St. Martins Theatre|