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      London and a crocheted bag!

      9th February
      There is always something to attract the eye,
      you must not forget to look down and up in the city!
      Last week I spent a day and night in London and for a few precious hours had time in the city ALONE! It was such a treat and so I took myself off with my camera and trooped around a small section of this vast and amazing city.
      I had decided in advance that I wanted to visit the British museum and pop into see what they had on the Aztecs, I don't know about you but I cannot take in too much information in one go and so always try to visit as few galleries in one day as possible, so thought just the Aztecs would be enough for one day!

      Along the way I passed...

      The most amazing frontage and the gigantic statue
      in the forecourt is also worth a look
      Kings Cross is now an up and coming
      area in London, with beautifully restored buildings

      Looking down in the Bloomsbury quarter there was much to see... as well as spotting many blue plaque buildings, including one where Kenneth Williams used to live!

      I had a beautiful surprise in Russell Square, where I was met by Spring...


      ...who would have thought with all this weather we have been having that in the first week of February there would be an abundance of daffodils.


      The architecture in London is so varied and mixed up and next to each other but sometimes a building just stops you in your tracks...

      Art deco at it's best, pristine white and green, just expect Poirot to walk out to complete the picture!

      Such intricate detail to the lighting for a tube station, how many people do not even notice?

      I loved the lines and patterns found on this building: 

      I love the iconic red phone boxes.

      And finally I made it to the British Museum, but couldn't resist taking a picture of all the railings outside.  Did you know that railings were traditionally all painted green in Victorian times, but when the Prince Consort, Prince Albert died, Queen Victoria demanded all railings be painted black to remind Londoners that the country was in mourning, and so the majority of railings in London today are still black.  Our own Queen Elizabeth had a similar demand on London and when her mother died, aged 101, the same number of London phone boxes were changed colour from the pillar box red to black.  There are still 101 black painted phone boxes around London to this day.

      I love the British museum as I do many others in London and am delighted that they are still free to visit, such a rich amount of learning and experiencing to be had for nothing.  In recent years the museum has undergone major transformation and I think they have made a sterling job of mixing the old with the new, just look at the roof now...

      Even detail to the windows within the building, look at the reflection from the museum's roof on the glass window.
      I finally made it to the Aztec section and have to be honest was a little disappointed, as there was very little, but I managed to find a fertility goddess that they prayed too back in the 1300's and discovered that turquoise was the second most valued commodity they had to trade with. 
       Look at the detail of the mosaic, all turquoise too.

      It was finally time to leave and head back to begin beautifying myself for my long standing dinner date, the reason we were in London, but couldn't resist a couple of more photographs on the way back...  Loved the reflection in the lamp.
       Such a grand building.
      Ready to leave to meet everyone for dinner I realised I did not have my bag with me, under normal circumstances this would not bother me, Mr H is very good at carrying my paraphernalia, but I had especially crocheted a little clutch bag for the evening and could not believe I had left it at home!  As it turned out, it was a good thing, as Mr H thought it would be great fun if, instead of hailing a black cab, we would Boris Bike it to the restaurant instead!  So in my high heels, newly hair dressered hair (!) I pulled on a knitted hat and off we pedalled!  London traffic is a little scary, especially along the Shaftesbury Road, but we managed it and afterwards it felt good!  We decided we would bike it back too!

      The clutch bag that I forgot to bring!
      Boris bikes, a great scheme, meant to be for everyone in London.  A survey conducted a couple of years ago, found that the majority of users were middle aged men who earned in excess of 150k!?!?!?
      Dinner was good and the company better, a great time was had by all. I remembered to photograph my starter as I particularly enjoyed it and them promptly took no more pictures.  The hoi sin duck roll was delicious though and well presented.
      Needless to say after a few jovial drinks with old school friends and their partners, our good intentions of cycling home faded away and we hailed a good old London cab!
      ♥I love visiting London, have you been?  What do you like to do?♥


      1. That sounds like such a lovely visit and the photo and details were fascinating ..I had no idea about the railings or the pillar boxes!
        Thank you for sharing! (shame about the purse but it sounds like you had a good time anyway!)

        1. It was a good visit. I love little easy snippets of information. A little insight into the history of our country. Just wish I had a better memory as I am sure I knew more...

      2. I didn't know about the pillar boxes either! Glad you had a lovely time xx

      3. Hello and thank you for stopping by. London is such a fascinating place, so many lovely little tit bits of information to pick up, just such a shame I seem to have a short term memory! Hope you enjoyed the blog and might pop back again, you will be very welcome x

      4. Glad you enjoyed your trip - and your freedom. I can't believe you forgot your beautiful little clutch bag after all that work, though! You'll just have to engineer another occasion to use it.

        1. I KNOW! I was totally taken aback myself! Could not beleive it, but when you have children to organise before packing for yourself, there was not much time left to think about me and just threw things in the bag and left for London! As you say, another London date soon....

      5. I love your blog, it's very inspiring! And I love London to, I've visited many times. When in London, I like to just walk around, look at people and feel the London spirit, stop for a coffee whenever I feel like it. Every time I've been to London I've stayed (by coincidence) in a different area of the city - Kensington, Holborn, King's Cross, Shoreditch etc - which have given me the opportunity to get to know more of the city. And what I love about being in a big city is the parks! :)

        1. I couldn't agree with you more Elin. Life seems to be so fast paced that to stop, have coffee and just observe us not only fun but I think good for the soul. Just wish I had more opportunities. Glad you find the blog inspiring that us kind of you to say so. Love receiving comments so we can "speak" with each other. After all that us what blogs are about, communication. Glad to know I am being 'read'. Welcome back any time x


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