Horniman Museum trip and picnic

On Thursday 1st August a dozen people met at East Croydon station in the morning which was starting to get very warm, and we set of on the 197 bus to the museum.

It has to be said that the journey was slow and hot and everyone was glad to be off the bus and starting to walk through the park, but it soon became much hotter!  As soon as we spotted a tree shaded area of grass, everyone agreed to rest and have our picnic. We later made a valiant attempt to walk to the museum (walking quickly along paths where the sun blazed down, and slowly on paths shaded by the trees). When we arrived at the museum we found it as hot inside as outside so we retired to the café for ice creams or chilled drinks!

We returned by the pleasantly aired-conditioned train, wilting slightly!

 

Morden Hall Park trip
Morden Hall Park is a lovely stretch of wooded parkland which is easily reached by the tram from East Croydon station. There is a garden centre and café and an old snuff mill, all lovely on a dry, fine day.

Unfortunately 22nd August was not a fine, dry day.  Of the 17 people who had said they would like to come, 10 cancelled having looked at the weather!   A small (dedicated) group set off on the tram to the park and as we arrived the downpour began so we headed off to the café as quickly as we could but not before we were soaked!

The people at the café didn’t seem to mind us having our picnic in the café with our drinks and we had a pleasant wander round the garden centre afterwards.
Sadly as the very wet weather looked set for the day we decided not to stay long and returned by tram early afternoon wet but fairly happy!