Four Days Away and a Funeral


Cor it’s been an up and down of a couple of weeks!

We have just celebrated our first anniversary and so managed to sneak away for 4 days which was a real treat! We ended up staying near Notting Hill as we had a rather particular list of what we wanted to create a good rest and time away together. This was the criteria:

  • Not cook
  • Not tidy
  • Sleep when we wanted
  • Step outside and be able to get coffee and people watch
  • Travelling distance less than 2 hours
  • Good mooching type shops that aren’t typical high street

Pic 1

Portobello turned out to be the perfect place to go! On our second morning we found a lovely little place for breakfast and opposite us we could see people taking photos of themselves outside a bookshop which we thought to be rather random ….until we realised that it was THE bookshop from “Notting Hill” so I of course joined the queue!

Pic 2

The weather wasn’t great which didn’t deter us and on Sunday we caught the tube over to Spitalfields market where we mooched for hours!! I popped by the new Percy and Reed salon and picked up some fabulous quirky bits and bobs from various fashion and jewellery designers which was very exciting!!! We stumbled upon Wahaca just at a time when our tummies were rumbling and being a foodie (Brian is more than me) we were more than happy to try out the menu created by Masterchef winner Thomasina Miers and weren’t disappointed.

Some time together was just what the Doctor ordered as the previous week we had sadly said goodbye to my second Mum who died earlier this month from cancer. It was a wonderful celebration of a life lived with gusto and grace, not to mention an immensely emotional day filled with sadness and at the same time the joy of being reunited with friends from over 30 years ago. It reminded me that whilst social media sites such as Facebook are a wonderful way to keep in touch, you don’t fully connect with someone unless your eyes meet and you can wrap arms around one another and be together.

Pic 3 Portobello

So happy days and sad days, that’s the stuff life is made of! Give someone a squeeze who you love, and don’t leave having a cup of tea with an old friend and telling them just how much they mean to you until another day as just because they are on Facebook with you, doesn’t always mean you are actually connected.

Hope you are doing well and I look forward to being back soon

Pipa x


  1. jilly July 31, 2015 at 3:32 pm -  Reply

    Big Congrats Pipa on your one year anniversary! How time rushes on at such a pace. So right to remind yourself that thoes around you need a hug from time to time ,and to tell them how much they mean to you. So sad that you lost your mum to cancer, remember the good times. Take care.

  2. Elaine Sallis July 31, 2015 at 9:00 pm -  Reply

    Pipa I was so sorry to hear your news. My mum died when she was 53 and I was 25. That was 34 years ago. Yes of course time heals but I still think of her every day. They are always part of our lives. Elaine x

  3. Helen August 1, 2015 at 6:51 am -  Reply

    Sorry for your loss Pipa xxx p.s. sounds like a lovely mini break

  4. Susan August 1, 2015 at 5:11 pm -  Reply

    Couldn’t agree with you more pipa. It’s quite sad the way people actually seem to have goals to get to certain numbers of ‘friends’ and followers on social media. It really means nothing. People are just nosey half the time! And lots of posts are pointless! Hope you and Brian had a great time away and feel rested for it. Love to your family x

  5. Jelena Novakovic August 2, 2015 at 9:32 am -  Reply

    Hi Pipa, so sorry for your loss. Sounds like Portobello and Notting Hill were a lovely bit of distraction. Lovely areas – know them well. Take care.

  6. karen August 11, 2015 at 5:24 pm -  Reply

    That is so true Pippa :)x

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