For Floss’s Funeral
The occasion for our second trip to London was the funeral of my Aunt Floss, my father’s elder sister. She died just a couple of weeks ago at the age of 92 after being in nursing homes for a few years. The ceremony was conducted at Eltham Cremetorium (still known locally as Falconwood Cemetery) by Reverend Bill Price who had known Floss for some sixty years.
I remembered the Cemetery myself as that was where both my grandfather and grandmother were cremated.
Of course Floss’s children, my cousins, and grandchildren were there and even one great-granddaughter. It has been many years since I had seen Simon and we had never met his wife, Val, or his sons Adam and David. Andrew and Sue we visited some years back when we were here on a holiday with Tom.
We also met Richard again, Christopher’s son, whom we had met in Australia several years ago when he was a post-doc at Melbourne University.
After the ceremony all repaired to the King’s Head at Bexley for lunch and drinks and much catching up conversation.
Done and Seen in Greenwich
We had driven up the day before, a Sunday, and were staying at Devonport House in Greenwich, right next door to the Maritime Museum and only a few minutes walk from the Thames and the Cutty Sark. Arriving early afternoon gave us time to have a walk around all town and to get a little off the tourist tracks at “Royal Teas” for coffee and cake:
While in Greenwich we had time to wander around and enjoy the old Georgian style together with the really grand buildings of Wren’s master plan including what are now the Maritime Museum and the Naval College. Greenwich University occupy part of what was the old Naval College. Down by the water it was possible to see all the new buildings on the Isle of Dogs at Canary Wharf and the various apartment buildings lining the river. There wasn’t time to cross over but maybe another time.
We stumbled upon The Union pub almost next door to Royal Teas.
This was the original pub of the brewery but it has now been superseded by The Old Brewery which is a larger establishment and actually has the microbrewery in the large hall where the main restaurant is.
We had some very tasty beers and good pub-style food in both. Needless to say I had Fish ‘n’ Chips in one and Sausage, Mash and Gravy in the other.
We were able to visit my Aunt Peggy who is my mother’s younger sister in Bexley Heath on our last day. She is still living in her own bungalow which has been well set up for her by her step brother Peter. He and David, her other step brother, take good care of her they being quite a bit younger than her. She has a lot of family around her from Norman’s family with nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
Finally, before driving back to Bath we sought out the road where my grandparents used to live in Welling and the road and house where I was born.