Last Tuesday my best friend and I were enjoying a trip to London. We went up to see the Diana exhibition at Kensington place, which was just lovely. Then we spent the rest of the day shopping and enjoying a spot of lunch at Harvey Nic's.
The only downside to the trip was they don't let you try Diana's dresses on...they were encased in glass or who knows, I might not have been able to fight the temptation - hahahahahahah ;). It was a wonderful day.
...And then last wednesday afternoon time stood still - London was under attack. An attempt to cause harm to as many people as possible and destabilize our belief that this is a good and safe country. He caused unending grief to so many families caught up in his twisted act, they are in our thoughts. We will always stand together when others try to tear us apart.
I had planned to go back to London on Saturday as Michelle and I had run out of time on Tuesday. There were a few things I hadn't had the chance to try on. Did we think twice about going up to London? Nope, not at all. The only difference was we bought bunches of flowers en route and went over to Westminster Bridge and Parliament Square to lay them and pay our respects.
London was as full and as vibrant as ever. Full of shoppers, workers and more importantly tourists enjoying the glorious spring sunshine and plentiful landmarks. If we stopped going to places because bad things sporadically happen, none of us would ever go anywhere. And what sort of life would that be. In the last year I've been to Paris - Twice, Madrid, London - countless times and we're off to New York in September. We will always carry on as normal.
We had a lovely day on Saturday, although tinged with the sadness we felt for the families of the murdered and maimed.
After we laid the flowers we walked along the Embankment, we managed to get lost on the way to The Savoy (don't ask, at least it was a lovely sunny day for a walk). After a minor detour, we found it but both restaurants in there were fully booked but they did find us a table in the bar so we settled in for the afternoon for cocktails and bar snacks (it did tickle my fancy that we were eating bar snacks in a 5 star hotel bar. Not a dry roasted peanut or chicken in a basket in sight sadly, but nice enough snacks for a quick impromptu lunch on a saturday afternoon.) The Savoy do a fantastic virgin cocktail menu, no, I still haven't had an alcoholic drink since the 24th September last year. It's been so long now and I've managed some huge parties and event's without it that I'm pretty sure I won't bother with drink again. Sadly I haven't seen any health benefits so far since I keep getting little niggly illnesses, so I'm really hoping now for long term health benefits at least!
After a booze-less lunch we headed off and finished our shopping trip. I bought a few tops for summer. I seem to pretty much be only buying navy these days, not sure what that's about. I must be going through a blue period.
Then on Sunday it was a fantastic day, it was Mother's Day in the UK, I know it's on a different day to a lot of other countries.
I told the boys that I don't need presents, but bless them they bought me two lovely books and some daffodils. But the most special part of the day was when we went for a walk in a forest near by, we met up with my mum and dad. It was lovely. I love walking my dog but sometimes I get a bit bored with just me and her, so it was lovely to have company. And then we all came back to ours for lunch cooked by the boys. Then once my folks had gone home in the evening we settled down and watched Love Actually, one of my very faves. I can't think of a nicer Mother's Day than spending time with my fantastic boys. I'm biased of course but they are incredible people, they make me proud to be their mum every day.