Literary London in August

We were away every weekend of August except for my birthday, then we moved in September, spent a week in Ireland, and then we were only home for 3 days before we were off again! Whew! Sorry it’s been a whole month since I last posted.  This week is half term break so I’m determined to get caught up. So where were we?  August!

York was a great start to the month, and it really was just the beginning of the craziest month! August also included my birthday, Loreen’s visit from Canada, our trip to Bath, our trip to Edinburgh, and Inga’s visit from Germany.  If you don’t know who those people are yet, you’ll find out 🙂  Loreen is a dear friend from uni, and a fellow teacher.  She was coming over to chaperone a student event which gave us two days for exploring the city together!

When one of your besties will be coming to London and is as much of a literature lover as you are- it gets REALLY tough to decide what to pack into 2 days in the city!  And then another dear literary-loving friend was also planning a trip here! How to prepare? How to make the most of their time?  Well, I did what any type A person would do and created two multi-page documents (one custom document for each of them, of course) including maps, a colour-coded list, and a chart listing each site, some details, opening hours and such.  So, I felt prepared by the time Loreen arrived and it was just a matter of planning how to spend each day to make the most of it without running ourselves completely ragged (umm.. I may have missed that “don’t get run completed ragged” part on the first day.  Sorry Loreen!)

In our two days, we walked Southbank (which is a beautiful walk, btw) and toured the Tate Britain, where we thoroughly enjoyed the Pre-Raphaelite work and the William Blake Gallery. We had a drink at the Lamb & Flag (connected to Dickens), toured the Globe Theatre (which was AMAZING), and saw Shakespeare’s Tempest at the Barbican (very modern sets and costumes, and really brilliant lighting!).

We had a proper afternoon tea in Soho, and recreated a photo from Loreen’s childhood so that was fun.  We had a lot of fun, but I think the highlight for me was the Southbank walk because we got so much time to properly catch up on life. She was headed back to Canada on Friday and my birthday was on Saturday.

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Together in London! Yay!

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Loreen’s first afternoon tea 🙂

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I live here! Yes, I am this excited that I live in the same neighbourhood!

My birthday was nice and quiet- and a far cry from last year in Paris!  We stayed in for a nice quiet day, then went out on Sunday to explore the Columbia Road flower market and Brick Lane market.  We tried lots of food, basked in the sunshine, found another wool shop, and came home with two lovely antique maps (one of our neighbourhood in Southwark, and one of Canada, both end of the 19th century).  We also brought home leaf art: two pieces by a very talented local artist, Irma Mercedes Pellegrini.  We both fell in love with them and they called for us to take them home!

Literary adventures, new artwork, and I turned 36!  Then we were off to Bath.

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