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Wednesday this week was bright and breezy with no rain so we set off to see the revamped Kenwood. Just two short bus rides, it's well worth a visit.

It opens at 10am and entry is free, so not long after 9am is a good time to arrive and break your fast in the cafe next door. Full English for £8.75 - it may be organic for all I know, but I try not to care.

The house is still pretty much as I remember it, but maybe my grasp of some of the details has handed in the few decades since last I went. The library is still lovely and painted now in the Wedgwood palette. Throughout the house all the furniture is encoded - if it's black you can sit on it, if it has a teazel then don't touch.

As part of the renovation quite a bit of furniture and many paintings have been imported. There are a lot of portraits of characters who I suspect have nothing to do with the place, and anyway I find portraits pretty dull, but there are a lot of paintings well worth seeing. My own favourite on this trip was a 17th century view of London Bridge.

We got home via Parliament Hill having walked the length of the Highgate Ponds. The staff yard at Parliament Hill has an exhibition of the proposals to repair the dams. Apparently the legal requirement to make the repairs comes form a 1975 Act of Parliament which catches the larger ponds in the definition of reservoir. The consultation seems to have been fairly well managed and the choice is now down to a few barely distinguishable options. Given that 'do nothing' is not an option some conclusion should be reached, and as for the cost, well, the City of London is rich.

Tags: highgate, kenwood, ponds

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