Tuesday December 1, 2020

By: GILDA PINEDA DIONELA KINGDOM ADVENTURE It was the middle of summer in London. The day was so bright and the sky was blue; the temperature reached more than 34 degrees for six consecutive days, which had only previously happened during the 60’s. I was delighted. People were wearing light clothes without several layers. Beautiful flowers were everywhere; all colours and variety of roses, vivid violet-coloured iris, sunflower, highly-scented magenta sweet peas, and not easily grown wisteria. It was during this time that I visited Mayfield Lavender Farm. It is a place where you could see carpets of lavender flowers up to the end of the horizon. Butterflies of different colours and sizes were my companions, and friendly bumblebees escorted me around. It felt like the heavy thoughts in my head were blown away by a cool breeze while sitting on a wooden bench, watching and smelling the sweet fragrance of dancing lavender in unison. As the sun was about to set, I took the train on my way to Clapham Junction. Clapham Junction train station is one of the places in South London I am confident to use to connect to different parts of England. I have been there countless times. Clapham used to be a small Saxon Village. The population grew when the refugees settled there from the Great Plague of London in 1665 and Great Fire of 1666. It became a high-end place for affluent families to live in the late 18th century because of its proximity to the luxuries of London. It is where the group called “Clapham Sect” (1790 to 1830) were rooted. They were the devoted evangelical Christians that radically changed Great Britain and the rest of the world. Its members included William Wilberforce, Henry Thornton, James Stephen, and Zachary Macaulay...... Read more on Full Issue!

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