But running the entire width of the building is a track carrying a massive lump of red wax that has been moulded as it travels through four doorways, back and forth, slowly and relentlessly. It now looks like an enormous loaf of red bread, and bits that have been shaved off form splatters of red wax by the doorways and up their frames. The 'loaf' must be 3m high and 5m long, at least! We waited for it to enter the first/last room and start reversing back again, which it did so smoothly it was hardly noticeable.
We now had a couple of bits of shopping to do, can't miss such a good opportunity before taking the tube down to Embankment from where we walked over the Hungerford foot bridge to the Festaival Hall. Here we dropped in to a favourite place for tea and cakes - Le Pain Quotidien. But it was time to walk down to Waterloo and the train home as one last treat was in store. This was dinner at Jamie's Italian which has just opened and if you don't go early you have to queue, which is very boring. We beat the rush and had a great dinner in in this up to the minute venue. And, yes, everyone was queuing by the time we were leaving, though not as badly as during the first few weeks.
So we walked home viewing the Christmas lights that were switched on last week. We passed the brand new Steamer Trading store that opened today. They will have a rooftop coffee shop and restaurant, but not until the new year. The new shop is in the style of the Bodum Shop in Copenhagen - very spacious and minimilist.
Home at last and one more surprise - a lovely bouquet of birthday flowers.
O, what a lovely day.
Anish Kapoor at The Royal Academy
Le Pain Quotidien