The Infant Crocodile

Jackie drove me to and from New Milton today, for me to take an uneventful journey to Waterloo and back, to lunch with Norman at Tas in The Cut.

Raindrops on Pansy

Fresh pansies in the station platform planter bore remnants of last night’s rain.

Alaska Street/Cornwall Road

I approached The Cut by walking across Waterloo Road and down Alaska Street to Cornwall Road where I turned right. The gentleman using his mobile phone was quite happy to appear in shot.

Infant Crocodile

Further along Cornwall Road a multi-ethnic infant crocodile was led under a railway arch,

Railway Arch

beneath which a pair of gentlemen in hard hats subsequently made their way, as the children filed through yellow cased scaffolding supports further up Cornwall Road.

Bus Station exitBus Station entrance

The bright red buses in their station, like Shakespeare’s players, have their exits and their entrances.

Conversation in uniform

A uniformed conversation took place in The Cut,

Young Vic restaurant

where the Young Vic restaurant encouraged alfresco custom,

Bill Posters

and Bill Stickers changed the posters advertising the new programme.

Norman and I both chose tender lamb casserole followed by perfect baklava for our meal, and shared a very good bottle of the Anatolian house red wine.

Waterloo Road

My return to the terminal railway station was taken along Waterloo Road where the foundations of the building alongside the old fire station appear to have been completed.


  1. I never heard the word “crocodile” used to describe a line of children. (Google tells me it’s an informal British term.) 🙂 I love the pansy close-up.

  2. Loved the busses’ entrances and exits quote – very clever. And an “infant crocodile” is a new on on me. I guess because they all hold hands and are like one entity? Very nice.

  3. We refer to the crocodile here too – being British to the core I suppose. It’s a good idea to keep potential little wanderers in check! Smiles for the buses being players! 🙂

  4. “Crocodile” used to signify a line of children walking, as they usually are made to do, in pairs, is a new usage to me, and so I’m glad to know about it. (I’ve always thought they looked like a caterpillar, with all those legs.)

  5. That’s a good one, Derrick 🙂 Crocodile vs. a line of children. In Romania, for people who walk one behind the other we have “indian line” or “indian succession”. I don’t know which one is the good one.

  6. I loved the crocodile of children all being careful to hold onto rope. I used to have one with my preschoolers for 9 years of teaching special education, ages 3 to 5.
    The photos show all kinds of fun places, Derrick.
    Your pansy puts my collection post of pansies later in April to shame! 🙂

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