There was to be a combined Gillies and Bennion-Pedley trip to the Horniman Museum. Complicated by the fact that the two households operate on entirely different clocks: by 9am the Gillies have been up for several hours and this is the required hour for expeditions, while the Bennion-Pedleys normally get going an hour or two later. A further complication was that by now I was back in Bromar Road, while my scooter was still in Village Way.
Result: a preliminary walk by the Gillies, which meant that by the time they reached the museum (and Steve had rushed back to get my scooter), Ella and Ed had already done a museum tour and Jude (with Maddie) and I were ready for our second cup of coffee. So, it was decided that we would skip the museum this time and just tour the grounds.
I am not too disappointed by this. I have heard about the Horniman from both Deb and Jude and know I will be back to what is by all accounts a quirky but entertaining mixture of natural history and musical instruments. The gardens turned out to be delightful, even though the nature trail will be for another day as will be the animal collection, temporarily closed.