Well, what have I been up to? Quite a lot as it happens. The children finished school on 22nd July so it's been nice not having to be tied to doing the school run. The days seem so much longer when you don't have to down tools at 3pm. I try to take off as much time as I can over the school holidays so that we can have days out so I tend to go into the office for a couple of afternoons a week but stay until 6pm to catch up!
It was MrG's birthday at the end of July and our 25th Wedding Anniversary at the beginning of August so we had lots to celebrate.
We took ourselves off (just the two of us!) to London for a few days and although we had a fabulous time, I can't believe that we visited the Capital during a heat wave - it was incredibly hot, hot, hot!
We took the train on a grey Monday morning and arrived at sunny Euston by lunch time.
A short walk found us at Pret A Manger for a yummy lunch.
Then we set off to find our hotel - an elegant 4 star boutique hotel known as The Academy, Bloomsbury. As we were celebrating we booked a hotel suite! It was beautiful. It was a lovely large room with three tall windows, tastefully decorated and one of the biggest beds we've slept in! We had a large sofa, desk, stereo plus the usual TV, mini bar etc. How romantic!
We walked miles and miles. On the first day we visited China Town
We saw some amazing shops
We had a tasty Chinese banquet
...and some Chinese beer!
We bought MissG a very colourful bag (photo to follow)
We sat on a bench to watch the world go by and to appreciate the cooler air of the evening. MrG bought me a red rose from a Spanish street seller - how romantic!
Next day - Tuesday 2nd August. Our 25th Wedding Anniversary. On this day 25 years ago we were a mere 21/22 years old and were just setting out on married life. We've been together longer than we were apart!
Breakfast that morning - a hearty one to set us up for the day! Full English for MrG and this glorious fresh fruit and croissants for me. I only wish I could have this prepared for me every morning!
..and then off we go - a walk to Camden Market
...then to the Thames where we watched all the boats coming and going. We saw the London Eye but didn't go on as MrG's not keen on heights and I wasn't sure about the heat - do you think the pods are air conditioned?
...then we got a taxi to the Tate Modern. It was the one place I wanted to visit while in London as I hadn't been before and I thought I'd love it. I'd like to say I did but... I was very disappointed. There was only this one piece that I really liked - it lit up the room and made me smile.
A walk over the millennium bridge past the fantastic street musicians playing beautiful classical music - amazing. Then we headed back to the hotel for a very indulgent afternoon nap - bliss. The temperature reached 31 degrees so we had a siesta and waited until it cooled a little before heading back outside.
We found a Turkish restaurant for our evening meal - Tas in Bloomsbury. We sat outside between the pots of bamboo grasses to catch the evening breeze and to watch the world go by. The food was delicious - we couldn't have chosen a better place to enjoy our anniversary meal.
We had a thoroughly wonderful time - it was so good to be together. Relaxed, happy and all loved up! Here's to us growing old and grey together.