Thames Foreshore

10.Nov.17

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Pieces collected from the Thames foreshore near the OXO Tower, photographed on a glass table.

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I set off from Wool Station on a crisp November morning.railway station

 

arrived in Waterloo at about 11.50 and was delighted to find the tide out along the Thames ….

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a dear little footprint left by a gull

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Just a 10 minute wander along the beach on my way to Tate Modern.

I checked out the Members’ rooms. I went to the one in the new building for lunchlunch at Tate Modern

 

A very nice spacious room BUT!!!!!!! and this is a very BIG BUT

The room is in a new building, an Art Museum and Gallery, there are spectacular views from this room, BUT can you see the views as you sit and have lunch?????????

NO!

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How crazy is that!

So I ate my lunch, did a little crochet, and then realised that the grain of the oak table might make a perfect background for my beach findsbeach clean art

 

The Good Ship ‘Blue Cheese’. God bless her and All who Sail in Her!

And what about the black tray

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Then off to explore more of the Tate. You can see a post about my visit on my other blog: Wild Daffodil.

 

 

Thames Mudlark Event

I had a fabulous time yesterday picking up things along the Thames Riverbank near the Millennium Bridge

I joined The Thames Explorer Foreshore walk for a 2 hour forage along the shore. We met at the Glass Obelisk at 12noon. We were shown some items and given a short talk on the sort of things we might find.

The green rough pottery was said to be Medieval pottery, there seemed to be quite a lot of it to find amongst the stones.

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The beach was full of stuff: glass, pottery, masses of terracotta, and a multitude of clay pipe stems, so many that the lapping of the waves had a tinkly tune as the hollow pipe stems were washed back and for amongst the glass fragments.

We were told that some old wooden stumps were the remains of an Anglo Saxon pier, from a time when the water level was lower. (Click on any of the photos to see them larger).

To our surprise a wedding party scaled the steep steps for photos.

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I left a few of our party still searching, but my backpack and pockets were full, so I left at about 1.45pm – I weighed my backpack when I got home – it weighed just over a 16lbs!

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I put my bags in the cloakroom as the Tate Modern and had a look around … people were lying down in the turbine hall for a sound experience, dscf0005I went into the newly opened bit – The Tanks – the viewing level alone is worth a visitdscf0007

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Then I made my way (slowly!) along the South Bank towards Waterloo, noticing other historical piers

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a sandy beach

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other mudlarkers

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and a sand sculpture

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I do love wandering along the South Bank – always lots to see.