On my visits to London I don’t often venture beyond the M25 so it was time to change that – obviously!
First stop was Durham to visit my friend Christine who is boldly doing an English lit degree there and seems to be loving it. First stop was a quick walk around the cathedral as the sun started to set. This is a highlight of a trip to Durham as it is pretty darn large. The pic bottom left is actually a Lego representation of the Cathedral and miniature poppies.
On the next day Christine took me on a mystery trip which turned out to be lunch at Raby Hunt near Darlington – a 2 Michelin star restaurant. I posted pics of every course on FB and Insta so below is just a sample:)
The Autumnal colors in the road by the restaurant were lovely. And I also loved the transparent representations of lost soldiers from the locations they originally came from which are dotted all over the UK at the moment – with a card giving the name of the person and when they died.
On the Sunday we headed to the local Farm shop and en-route we saw animals! Including cute piglets and the scary boar – Big Dave
Onwards and upwards after that to Berwick on Tweed where my cousin Cheryl lives. Her sister Gilly also came up from London and Cheryls husband Bob and daughter Rebecca were also there. Our family gets together about once every 20 years so this was an achievement – especially nearly in Scotland.
Scenes from Berwick on Tweed. This is where Lowry painted a lot of his most famous pictures.
Back in the UK and Autumn is in full swing. Had a few theatre visits but mostly catching up with friends. Lovely evening in London near Tower Bridge to watch (a very bad unfortunately) play at The Bridge Theatre (a very nice new theatre). Also a trip to the Churchill War Rooms was fascinating and really well done – gets my strong recommendation for visitors to London. The telephone box sculpture is in Kingston where I am stating on this visit with my friend Lorna.The braved the rail strikes to visit my friends Sue, Gary and Rebecca. Frome is a charming small town which has become very hip in recent times. Lots of quaint buildings in the old town
And then on to Southampton and Romsey to see Natasha. The Autumn weather was perfect for a nice long walk in Romsey and the Harold Hillier Garden. The English countryside at this time of year is hard to beat.
Enjoying drinks in various pubs with my friends!
Four snaps within the space of two minutes on Waterloo Bridge as the sun was setting – a real “Waterloo Sunset”. Iconic buildings and constant to and fro of people and vehicles.
And here are the mountains I have just flown over en route to my next destination – somewhere in Europe…..
Always something to see here as you just mooch around town.
This is what a £99 ice cream looks like. Salted caramel, edible diamonds(!) & the man at #selfridges let me taste it – gold leaf and all.
Not a Harry Potter convention just a bunch of people strolling
down the Embankment in their legal ceremonial robes – as you do.
And this is the lift in my hotel. Pretty fab eh.