Well …. I am a very determined person and so we did get to Greenwich Observatory today.
The very helpful man at the Canary Row railway station told me that if we got off at Cutty Sark station there is a "level" access to the Observatory which would be easier for me. It meant coming in from around the back and was a slightly longer walk but it avoided that steep uphill climb which every one else does and which affords a nice view for the able bodied.
This is the view we got as we arrived:
We met many of these nasty little things on our walk through the park:
This Red Ball on top of Flamsteed House is one of the world's earliest public time signals. It still falls at 13:00 (local time) every day:
The Meridian Line is the Prime Meridian of the World, Longitude 0 degrees:
Everyone gets a photo taken like this:
This was the view from the Observatory (note the blue sky again!)
The Weller Astronomy Galleries – inside are a series of interactive displays;
We investigated the Camera Obscura (though I did not like being in the dark with a walking stick – there is something very unstable feeling about that) – we watched boats moving on the river by a lens and rotating mirror projected onto a table top; we went to the Octagon Room designed by Christopher Wren to observe celestial events like eclipses and comets; we saw the apartments used by the Astronomers Royal and their families and we followed the development of the clock as well as some other interesting displays including the original telescopes used by Ramsteed, Halley and other Astronomers Royal.
On the way back to the station we stopped to admire King William IV
We stopped to see how much progress has been made on the restoration of the burnt Cutty Sark (hidden under marquees), explored the Greenwich marketplace, bought lunch from stalls (I had a really nice roast pork with apple sauce roll – the guy was roasting the pig there on a makeshift spit).
Then it was back on to the train for the trip back to our hotel and a well deserved rest for me. It was a lovely day out and quite a nice way to finish a trip to London…… oh, except for the fish and chips to be had in the corner pub for dinner!