What a lovely week away we had – lots of fun was had by all 🙂 .
1) On the way south, we dropped in on a colleague of K’s whom I had never met before. He has two very cute kids, and they live in a beautiful part of the world. We had a very pleasant time, and the weather was even (just) warm enough for us to have lunch outside in the garden.
2) Our next stop was a visit to one of my favourite online yarn stores. I discovered that they have actual premises (including a café) just a few minutes off our route south. So we stopped for afternoon tea and, of course, a browse!
3) We spent a lovely day in London on Monday. We visited the Gherkin and Buckingham Palace (to satisfy M, having completed her “Famous Buildings” topic at school). We walked through Green Park, and had a picnic lunch in Hyde Park. We walked along the banks of the Serpentine and saw the Princess Diana Memorial Fountain. We had numerous tube rides, and visited the Science Museum (which was a bit too busy for us to be able to really appreciate sadly). We had a delicious afternoon tea at a French patisserie. We wandered through the O2 mall, and then took the Emirates Airline (cable car) across the Thames and enjoyed a trip on the DLR (Docklands Light Railway, complete with driverless trains), before wandering past the construction site that was the Olympic Park!!
4) We took the kids to see the building where K works, when he’s in London, and had coffee in a particular coffee shop which gets mentioned in one of our favourite books.
5) A lovely couple of days visiting friends, including a fun afternoon out at one of the local parks – the kids loved hand-feeding the deer!
6) A very relaxed drive halfway up the country to visit my aunt and uncle.
7) The discovery of a fantastic yarn shop near to where my aunt and uncle live – the proprietress recognised the cardigan I was wearing as an FLS! She’s even knitted some of the patterns I’m working on 🙂 . And most importantly, she had the ball of yarn I was missing, and it was even the correct dye lot!
8) a) A visit to Butterfly World at Preston Park – there were some stunningly beautiful butterflies fluttering around, and I actually watched as not just one, but three, butterflies each emerged from its chrysallis! We watched as they slowly pumped blood into their wings, and then waited patiently while they dried. It was an incredible thing to see.
b) The kids had lots of fun playing in the playpark at the Preston Park, and then we went to the House itself, which has recently reopened as a museum. Some of the exhibits comprised the interesting and varied collections of previous owners of the house and some of them were about the house itself and its history. Then we “stepped back in time” as we walked along a recreated Victorian Street. And all that for only £4 – for the four of us. Well worth a visit!
9) To discover a great little café at our regular stopping point on the journey north.
10) Sleeping in our own beds 🙂 .