Wednesday, 20 August 2014

A Heady Trip

 The quilt that I am making for Makower fabric is from the new

Downton Abbey

"Downstairs"range.  They are pretty vintage designs and the quilt top is now complete ready for quilting. These fabrics are not in the shops until next month, so I get to play early!

 We had a trip to the big city with Son and his lovely wife, and of course the gorgeous "O"

The day started with a bit of a hiatus as Bedford station had no systems working so were unable to take payment for tickets by card.  I had a nice bunch of cash in my purse (well - I was hoping to do a bit of shopping) so I strode past the long queue waving notes at the nice young gentleman and purchased my tickets and hopped onto the next train

 We agreed to meet at the entrance to Tower Hill tube station as we arrive in London at different main line stations.
A call when we arrived found the other party already in the little park outside the station entrance.
So out we went - and no family?
 Another call. "right outside the entrance MOTHER!"
But so am I?
"Look MOTHER - can you see the Tower?" (getting frustrated with me)
"Which side of the road are you on"
 Station side
"Well, we are in the park!"
Not the park I am looking at...... Lets both go across the road to the tower and we will meet where the poppies are flowing down the wall. (trying to keep him calm)

"So meet there NOW?!" (calm not working - he must be hungry)

Well, I will get there when your Dad gets back - he's wandered off and he has no phone.

Hang Up....

Did we all know that there are THREE entrances to Tower Hill Station?   We do now.

But we did find them and the Poppies are a lovely sight
 The queue to go into the Tower was HUGE!  Remember not to do "the sights" when it is still school holidays.

We wandered across Tower Bridge

 and had a bite to eat
 before we made the trip up The Shard (we had been given the tickets at Christmas by some very good friends)

It was worth the wait
 The views are spectacular
though it made my knees a bit shaky 


And embarrassed myself just a little bit when listening to a man try to tell his wife where to spot Buckingham Palace

"see the London Eye?"
"well 10 o'clock from the Eye "
 "no still cant see it " 

"10 O'clock" 
'...eer no"  

"10 O'clock - 10 O'clock!! It's there!"

At this point I had to join in  - I cant see it either!!!

"10 O'clock like on the face of the clock!!" (he's getting cross... and we had drawn a crowd)

Oooooh! 10 O'clock (me) I was looking at 10 past!!!

(Wife) Oh yes! So was I!
we then had to listen to a short(ish) lecture on spacial awareness. 
He wasn't happy that we both couldn't stop giggling

can you spot it?

We spent a couple of hours spotting landmarks and trying to find all of the London football stadiums and trying not to show the family up.

And being entertained by a very cuddly little one

After which, we stopped here for a spot of shopping

it really is a beautiful building

even the entrance is impressive
 I bought a small gift for my new Son in Law (feels funny to call him that)

 then strolled down here before heady for home.
A long and tiring but really good day out

I have also started on a project which will be a gift.
 It is beautiful wool (Alpaca and silk) and was a silly price but I think the
recipient is worth it
 And I did get a shiny bag to carry it home in......

Have a great weekend


  1. Oh that trip to London looks great, I really want to get down there to see those Poppies. Love that knitting, and to use that special wool will make it so much nicer to knit and wear.

  2. Sounds as if you had a great time,I hope to see the poppies have you ordered one on line I have but will not get it until after remberance...Baby O growing she looks such a happy child.