Last weekend, I went to London to watch the Olympics. Two years early, you might think, but this actually wasn't one of my more absent-minded moments. The Winter Olympics may be in Vancouver, but we went to London to watch TV with a friend. (Did I mention we don't have a TV at home?) I'm sure we could have found somewhere closer to home to watch the skiing, but we happened to be at this friend's house for the 2006 Winter Olympics, and we had a great time so we thought we'd do a reprise.
So I got to watch Amy Williams bring home Britain's first gold in the skeleton bob, and cheer on our curling teams (though they sadly did less well this year), and I have a new favourite sport in the shape of "ski cross".
Because of the time difference between home and Vancouver, we had mornings free for doing other things like playing cards and taking walks through Hyde Park. Our friend walks there regularly with a pocket full of peanuts, and has many of the small birds literally eating out of his hand.
Quite aside from our peanut-eating friends, Hyde Park is great for bird life. The RSPB even had a stall there, with scopes pointing at this tawny owl. It's always lovely to see an owl in daylight:
And although they're becoming very common in London's parks now, and probably shouldn't be exciting, I'm still in love with the parakeets:
We had a great and relaxing long weekend - I'm missing my daily dose of winter sports now I'm home again. Definitely hoping to see some live Olympics in 2012.