Today I scanned a few colour slides from April 2007
When I was living in Leinster Mews, Michael, Heidi, Emily, Oliver, and Alice visited me. It was imperative that we should take a trip into Kensington Gardens, and
Heidi and Alice should stand beside the Peter Pan statue;
and Alice should climb it.
Emily probably took this photograph of me and my grin;
she stood with her brother and sister beside No.100 Bayswater Road with its blue plaque recording J.M. Barrie’s residence there.
James Matthew Barrie, a Scottish author, was the creator of Peter Pan. There is much available information on the internet. I have chosen a link to the Encyclopaedia Britannica site.
The Royal Parks website has this to say about the statue:
‘Celebrating Kensington Garden’s famous fictional resident, the bronze statue features Peter Pan surrounded by squirrels, rabbits, mice and fairies.
You can find the Peter Pan statue to the west of the Long Water, in the same spot as Peter lands his bird-nest boat in the story, ‘The Little White Bird.’
Peter Pan creator and local resident JM Barrie was inspired by Kensington Gardens. He commissioned Sir George Frampton to build the statue which has been a favourite feature of the gardens since 1912.’
The railings of the gardens along Bayswater Road W2 form a weekend art gallery where painters of varying quality market their works
The afternoon we enjoyed a visit from Margery and Paul. We had a good and entertaining catch-up.
I have always thought that Jackie’s splendidly spicy Spanish omelette was the real thing. This evening I learned that it is not. Apparently the genuine article merely contains potatoes and onions. Jackie’s however, contains no potatoes. But it is stuffed with peppers, onions, mushrooms, garlic, and whatever else takes her fancy. This evening it was served with sautéed potatoes and five varieties of baked bean. The Culinary Queen drank Hoegaarden and I drank more of the Merlot.