All the world is made of faith, and trust, and pixie dust.
– J. M. Barrie, Peter Pan
The character of Peter Pan originated in a book by J. M. Barrie, The Little White Bird, published in 1902. The first version of the Peter Pan play was performed in 1904. Several chapters from the original book were selected and republished in 1906 as Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens. Subsequent revisions and adaptations have resulted in the many films, plays, and books about Peter Pan. In 1929, Barrie gave all rights to Peter Pan to the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children here in London, providing a significant source of income through royalties.
This morning, I visited Kensington Gardens with the wife of one of Michael’s colleagues. I just had to stop and visit the Peter Pan statue. We also visited the memorial to Prince Albert (husband to Queen Victoria) and a beautiful memorial fountain to Princess Diana.
As you can see in the photo, the day was beautiful and temperatures were higher than they’ve been for a while. We strolled through the park, visiting some of the flower gardens near the Albert Memorial. At the end of the walk, we enjoyed some iced tea and a salad at the Orangery in the park near Kensington Palace.