It has been a bumpy 12 months. This time last year I still had labyrinthitis and I couldn't travel apart from on foot. Two holidays were cancelled and the weather was truly awful. Christmas was a challenge. There was a sudden, awful death to deal with that left us all reeling for months and months. After all that, this summer has been an utter relief.
|Prince Albert Memorial|
This time last week we were starting long weekend in London. A few days in a very comfortable, luxurious hotel, meeting up with my brother and getting our cultural top up. We are all pale, freckled types so sunbeds and pool holidays are out of the question, but we do all like museums and city breaks and London is a treasure trove of the most beautiful sights and experiences. Starting with my very, very favourite, The V and A.
|V and A Gardens|
|V and A Cafe ceiling|
|13th and 14th Century stained and painted glass, V and A|
|'The Seamstress', Russian plate 1924, V and A|
An afternoon of walking along the Southbank and over to Covent Garden with a little shopping for the daughter.
|View of St Pauls|
Sunday morning, over to Petticoat Lane for the enormously large market. Its mainly cheap clothing, shoes, bags accessories and is across many roads.
and then only a short distance away is Spitalfields market, we all loved this. Lots of cool stuff, vintage clothing, food and pretty nonsense.
We bought some of the best granola I have ever tasted ( I don't think I have written a sentence more yummy mummy and middle class than that, but it really is good).
We split into two directions in the afternoon. Lula and I went to The Foundling Museum, Damian went to The British Museum for us to join him later. I have wanted to visit The Foundling Museum for some time. The hospital collection is truly touching, the tiny tokens left by mothers and to help identiy their child should they ever be able to collect their child. The history was fascinating. We sat and listened to interviews from adults who had grown up in the hospital. I thoroughly recommend it.
The museum has a wonderful record of collaborations with artists including contemporary artist, the latest of whom is Clare Twomey and her ingenious and thought provoking 'Exchange: 1000 Good Deeds' project. Lula and I got to take part. We entered a room of tables laid out with white cups and saucers. We were told we could exchange our token for a cup of our choice; lifting the cup would reveal the good deed we would do in return. We were allowed 1 choice, if you feel you are not able to so the task, you replace the cup. There was some flexibility in interpreting the tasks.
We spent along time reading the saucers of cups already taken and tasks already given: 'smile at 10 strangers today', 'cook a meal for a friend', 'Write a message inside your favourite book and leave it in a place for someone else to find' and so on. So we chose. I have donated to MERLIN, £10 can vaccinate 30 children against life threatening diseases. Lula has made our bed (having no siblings) and we have the cups of a reminder of all the Foundling hospital stood for.
We had a wonderful time in London, we walked miles and the weather was incredible and made the sights look even more iconic than usual. And we came home to more sunshine and the last few days of getting ready for work, prepping for the Exeter Sewing Directory Meet Up on Sat 14th Sept and making the most of free time by a little trip to a local beach, this is Budleigh Salterton. I feel very lucky indeed.