Friday 13 July

We decided this morning to visit the Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy on Piccadilly.  We’d watched some of the selection process on the telly with Grayson Perry before we came away and we wanted to see the art that actually made it.

From our mooring beside Victoria Park on the Hertford Canal we walked to Bethnal Green to catch the tube to Holborn and then to Piccadilly.

With over 1300 artworks on display there was plenty to see and we spent about three hours admiring the weird and the wonderful.  One of the most dramatic, and certainly the largest, was a piece called “Royal Valkyrie” by Joana Vasconcelos.  It was suspended from the ceiling and was a mix of handmade woollen crochet and felt appliqué.  You’d have had difficulty crafting something like that on a narrowboat!

It was fascinating to see what had sold and the prices people were willing to pay.  The most expensive generally had been produced by RA members.

We didn’t buy any originals but we bought three prints, in the gift shop on the way out, to hang in our hallway at home.

With Trump in town the afternoon sky was buzzing with helicopters and we saw more police on the ground than normal.  We spotted a few protestors with placards but we missed the tens of thousands who’d apparently gathered earlier to protest.

We walked along Regents Street for a while just window shopping and stopped for some chilled medication in Hyde Park before catching the underground back to Bethnal Green from Marble Arch while it was still off-peak rates.

Back on the boat we had a good TV signal so we spent the evening watching Nadal try to win his semifinal.

[I’m suddenly able to install photos again – not sure what I’ve done but I’ll try later to update past blogs with missing photos!].

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