I really enjoyed this day at Walthamstow Wetlands.
There is an Exhibition The Woman Who Fell In Love With An Island about Tove Jansson and a Moomin trail.
I hadn’t been sure about going to this because the connection between Walthamstow Wetlands and the Moomins seemed a bit loose.
But once I was there, it was so apt. I really loved it. You could feel the tranquillity and sense of freedom Tove Jansson and the Moomins sought.
The exhibition explains beautifully where the title quote comes from, and I liked one photo in particular of her with a bird.
There are multiple reservoirs and islands at the wetlands, including Heron Island.
I went into the café and showed the man working there the Instagram picture I’d seen of the Moomin cappuccino someone had got there. He laughed and showed me the three different stencils – which one did I want?
On a coffee note I do wish they had Skimmed milk available but like quite a few cafes they only have Semi-Skimmed.
Trails can be confusing and disappointing but I would strongly congratulate the curators of this one.
Entry is free, you can make a contactless donation and there is a nice gift shop.
I didn’t sight many birds but I met @wilder_action around the site and he said it was a bit windy for them that day.
Walthamstow Wetlands hold a lot of free walks and tours and it’s a wonderful place to learn so it’s great to support them.