"This is a picture of London just before we arrived at Victoria Station taken out of the train window. But a train came past from the other direction just as I was taking it"
Aaah. We could see it wasn't exactly going to be photos the quality of those in Hello or OK magazine.
An achievement indeed, we thought.
"Golly there were a lot of people on the train! And some were wearing Chelsea Football shirts." Mum took a breath.
"This is a picture of the sweet stall at Victoria Station."
Things were looking up.
"So we headed back to Victoria Station and caught the Underground. We had to change at Green Park and then get on the Piccadilly Line."
That Pekin again.
"And guess what, Gordon?"
I had no idea.
"At one point we were heading towards Cockfosters!"
Not a particularly favourite lager of mine. But heeey.
I'd say that was a miracle personally.
"Bella had maps. That was a great help. She led us into Chinatown. It was amazing. The very first shop sold beautiful scarves and Bella bought me one to match my top! I wore it all day. Mandy and Pauline chose some really pretty ones too. Not sure if they will be Christmas presents or they will end up wearing them themselves! Then we looked at the food shops. There was some pretty unusual fruit and veg for sale. This is a photo of some Moolis."
Looked like a box of batons for the 2012 Olympic Games to us.
"Mooli cames from the Japanese Daikon which means 'large root' - it is a mild flavoured, very large, white East Asian radish."
"There is a competition this month which is looking for budding photographers. It says: 'London’s Chinatown is looking for your incredible photos of the area to feature in our online hall of fame! Whether you are a passing snapper or a seasoned camera pro, why not show off your photography skills to the world?'
What do you think Gordon? Shall I enter the Moolis?"
Let's not beat about the bush here. No.
Like it? What?!! Has Mum finally taken leave of her senses? Like it? It is abhorrent!
"I didn't go in there. Of course," and Mum gave me a sympathetic look.
At this point Harvest the duck decided it was time to read the final chapter of her Library Book and ambled off to her stable.
"So we went and had lunch in a very nice pub and nattered and nattered and nattered until we had caught up on a year's news!
"With Bella to put us on the number 24 bus (going the right way), we eventually said our goodbyes and Mandy and I tottered up the stairs and sat on the upper deck.
That's as maybe. But you wouldn't get me in one!
"So we caught the train home again and I said goodbye to Mand as she continued on her way to the deep south, and Kizzie brought me home from the station. Still wearing my scarf! What an exciting day it was! But glad to be home with you all."
Pleased to see you home too Mum. Could you please get our breakfast now? Gordon xxx