London was full of things to see and do and with this trip being my sixth time over, I was able to tear myself away to enjoy days out in Bath, Cambridge, and Oxford. A cool, misty morning was perfect for the short train ride to Dulwich to experience the Ravilious exhibit at the beautiful Dulwich Picture Gallery. I shopped a bit, spent lots of time lazily browsing every bookshop I passed, enjoyed two London Walks, loved the Fashion on the Ration exhibit at the Imperial War Museum, went to see a film at the Odeon cinema in Leicester Square and a West End play. The icing on the cake was spending time with my favourite blog friends on the other side of the pond. It was baguettes with Mary, burgers with Rachel, and cake with Simon...and apparent from the first sight of a Patisserie-Valerie that my wheat- and dairy-free diet was out the window. I was so happy to finally meet Emily in the flesh but not for nearly as long as I was hoping due to a silly mistake with my watch, and even surprised an unsuspecting Verity, who used to blog under cardigangirlverity.
The past few days have been spent unpacking, reassuring Deacon (my eccentric Border Collie) I won't be very far away, sharing stories and gifts, fending off jet lag by uncharacteristic napping sessions, laundry, and going back to work.
Over the next few days I'll share some highlights and photos from my trip to London and look forward to catching up with your blogs. Hope everyone has been well and enjoying the much-longed for changing of the season!
Hatchards on Piccadilly