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UK – I’m in the country part 2 and a shout out to all my friends and family who made my visit back so memorable. Last post from the UK.

Another long weekend in the country. First stop with Lorna and Sylvie was Cambridge. We visited Kettle’s Yard – a lovely house in the centre of town with an eclectic art and natural wonders collection. Really nicely put together and timed tickets so limited numbers allowed in at the same time – free though:). Yes that is a Lowry – the guy who owned this place – Mr Ede – was well connected but he chose to not include any labels so people could enjoy the home rather than focussing on the names.

After lunch we walked through Cambridge with Sylvie (who lives nearby and went to university there) as our guide. Such gorgeous buildings and so many famous alumni. Cambridge is well known for its science faculty in particular and it is where Crick and Watson discovered the genetic code (or the meaning of life as they liked to put it). In true British fashion on making this discovery they repaired to the local pub for a pint to celebrate – a blue plaque marks the spot!

Then to finish off the day it was a quick look around the Fitzwilliam Museum which has an impressive collection of middle European art and is housed once again in a fab building. We finished off with drinks and then dinner (with another friend Miriam) at Parker’s Tavern.

Then a long overdue visit to Mayfield in East Sussex to visit my lovely friends Barbara, Reuben and Claire (surprise for me as thought she wasn’t coming out) and not forgetting Billy Whizz (the schnauzer). Being Barbara our first stop was the local Xmas craft fayre – very nice things and I didn’t grumble about Xmas too much (for me). Then delish home cooked dinner at Barbara and Reuben’s beautiful home and nice long country walk on a very sunny Sunday morning before stuffing our faces at the local pub with a traditional Sunday roast. It was a lovely way to spend my last weekend and it is hard to beat the English countryside when the weather and the colours are this spectacular.

And finally the shout out and picture gallery of my friends who made my month in the UK so memorable. Firstly to Lorna who so kindly had me and my two suitcases in her house for the whole time – she is a saint! Then to those who put me up overnight at their abodes – Barbara and Reuben, Susan and Gary, Natasha, Sue, Miriam and Christine. And to all the others who fed and watered me but most importantly reminded me how lucky I am to have them in my life – Cheryl, Rebecca, Becky, Gilly, Chris, Jo, Sylvie, Merrilee, Jill, Mark, Joanna, Len, Jonathan, David, Viv, Peter and Hedy, Alistair and Susanna, Michelle, Nigel and Ellie (and for the eagle eyed, yes that is Yotam Ottolenghi in one photo – best buddies (for five minutes anyway).

And that’s it from the UK for a few months. Next stop – a month in Seville.

UK, Durham and Berwick on Tweed – I’m in the country (part one)

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.

UK, London, Frome and Romsey

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!

UK,London

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.