I'm writing this as I watch my washing dry in the sunshine. I didn't bend to the temptation of purchasing a whirlygig washing line as the sun moves so rapidly around my pocket handkerchief-sized garden, that I tend to reposition the line depending on where there's most sun!
Didn't work so well on Monday when the nail I'd banged into the shed wall fell out and so Sam's washing lay in the muddy grass until I got back from the supermarket… never mind eh 🙂
Dinner with Debbie and Kathy
It's been another sociable week really, starting on Saturday with supper out in London where we met Debbie Greenwood, Kathy Tayler and their respective spouses, and shared a very enjoyable Italian meal with them. Debbie snapped Kathy and I (photo above) trying to count how many pockets there were in my Charlie Lapson handbag!
On Sunday I made a cake, smoked a salmon (I lie, Tesco did) and chilled some fizz in readiness for the arrival of three of my old school friends – two of whom were about to hit the big 5 0! It was great fun, and we ended up playing a ridiculous game called snog, date or marry where you have to think of the most ridiculous collections of people and decide with whom you'd like to do what! It was a hoot.
My sister who is on half term holiday came to see me with her friend Linda and we spent a great day in London enjoying the sights and taking the same Thames Riverboat Cruise that I'd taken Mum on last year.
The sun shone warmly enough for us to sit up on the top deck and obediently wave at all the people crossing on the footbridge. Our cockney guide had told us to see if anyone waved back, and we were all rather smug when they did, until he told us that meant we would now have 10 years bad luck. You've never seen so many people sit on their hands so quickly!! 🙂
We spent a brief time in Greenwich (where the sun went in!) but time enough for me to take a photo of The Royal Naval college (below) which was designed by Sir Christopher Wren. He used this as a template for eventually building St.Pauls (note the Domes) but was asked to separate the initial building into two as whoever lived on the hill in The Observatory said it spoiled his view of the River!! Good job they hadn't started to build it but were just at the planning stage!
On the way back the Oxo Tower restaurant was pointed out and a very interesting fact about its history was given. Do you know why the name is created out of patterened tiles? Let me know your theory 🙂
We also managed a quick visit to the Victoria and Albert Museum where they had a special jewellery collection which was breathtaking! Gold, platinum, opals, garnets, emeralds as large as pigeons eggs and diamonds as far as the eye could see. Heavens!
It reminded me of my recent visit to the jewellery department here at QVC Towers where I was shown all that is to be featured on our Gem Day (Friday 23rd April). Dale and I will be starting it all off at midnight and I can't wait.
Look forward to hearing from you and hope that you have a restful weekend.
Love Ali xx