As often happens, the character of neighbourhoods changes quickly. Our route took us out of Finchley and into Totteridge & Whetstone, which seems even less urban, and more like a bit of the country. Lots of green space, and very large homes (dare I say mansions?). A peek out to the internet told me that conservation laws have indeed left much of this space protected (and green!), and that many wealthy people have their homes there, including Sir Cliff Richard. I of course "Suddenly" found myself "Dreamin" that I might see him on the bus ride, but maybe that was just the "Devil Woman"in me! :-) sorry for the musical references folks, but I am hoping that my sisters will be remembering the many summer nights laying on the beach under the stars singing along to those songs! Ah, sweet 70s!
Our route went past St. Andrew's Church. There has apparently been a church on the site since at least 1250. A wedding was going on, so we got to admire the tuxedos, summer dresses and plethora of HATS which we lounging around the front of the church. Again, my websearching told me that there is an ancient Yew tree in the church yard, one estimated to be between 1000 and 2000 years old (if wikipedia is to be trusted!) Couldn't help but think of the Yew tree at Arta's place at the lake (down by the stream). Now I am wondering how old our own Yew is! Anyways, there is a lovely photo of the church here.
|outside the flight simulator!|
|A Tiger Moth!|
We also went to see a short 4D movie, about B17 bombers (the chairs moved, the room filled with smoke, blasts of air came out at us, etc). Again, Alex wondered why the movie focused on US airmen since we were in a british museum, but.... there you go. I will confess that the movie made me cry. Couldn't help but think about Al and Norm. Indeed, the whole museum (with its emphasis on planes and pilots) left those two guys firmly in my mind. I got to see the Lancaster (which Al flew) and a Tiger Mother (which Norm OWNS... you occasionally get to see if fly over Victoria on special occasions).
|The DeHavilland Mosquito|
|Shot down in a bombing raid|
|Checking out the cockpit!|
Duncan was also impressed by the burned out carcass of a plane that had been shot down in a bombing raid on an aircraft carrier. Also, he loved being able to climb up to investigate the cockpits of several of the planes.
|off to the Sunderland...|
All in all, it was an interesting way to spend a couple of hours!