I'm getting a bit fed up with the dull weather we've been having over the last few weeks, so I thought I'd cheer myself up by looking at the photos I took earlier this summer, when the weather was a lot more agreeable. These are some I took at St James's Park in the centre of London at the end of May.
As there's no seaside in London, whenever the sun shines, people rush to one of the parks for picnics and sunbathing. St James's Park is right in the centre of the city, so it tends to attract a lot of tourists, as well as locals. You can rent a deck chair or just lie on the grass.
There's a lake in the middle of the park and lots of different birds in and out of the water.
You can feed the ducks, but it's more fun feeding the squirrels. They are used to humans and will come and take peanuts from your hands.
I know they're just rats with tails, but they're so cute!
This type of squirrel is a grey squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) which is really a native of North America. Red squirrels (Sciurus vulgaris) are the native type in Europe. In 1870, a small number of grey squirrels were brought over to Cheshire and were subsequently released across the UK. They started to spread over the years, and as the grey squirrel spread, the red squirrel retreated. Today, red squirrels are only found on the Isle of Wight, in Scotland and North England. I've never seen a red squirrel in London...