Thursday 24 June 2010

About time!

 I've been back just over a week, but haven't managed even a tiny little blog until now because
we'd only been back a day when a visitor arrived
- but that's another blog for another time.
Now it's quiet again
The journey south started first with an overnight stop in Manchester with Robin our oldest son
before driving to Wales to a little place called Rhiwbina (similar to Ribena, but not pronounced like that) Near Cardiff,  to celebrate the wedding of the daughter of some very good friends of ours we met many years ago while living in Denmark.
It was a delightfully simple and pretty affair, that was both formal and casual concealing the enormous attention given to detail ensuring a memorable and enjoyable day was had by all. We had a day to spare before leaving to visit friends in Sussex,
and so came to St. Fagans National History Museum. An incredible place.  We could only touch on some of the many historic buildings there were to see with the limited time available.
When I was a young girl I wanted to have a friend who lived in a prefab, so I could have a look inside. It never happened and when I saw this, nestling in amongst the iron workers cottages, I thought my wish was about to come true. Sadly it was locked and I could only peer in through the windows. It was tiny and furnished with utility tables and chairs and a chest of drawers I could remember from childhood
From  Sussex we came to London and stayed in Hackney with Jo our daughter and her boyfriend Matt.
They live on the 5th floor and we were able to look out over the mountains high rise buildings and enjoy the wonderfully big sunsets in the skies over Hackney.
We noticed much public display about some silly old game of football!
We walked through Victoria Park
and along beside the canal
and thought what fun it might be to live on a canal boat - but only for a short while.
We took in the free available art work on walls
and in galleries
We visited the V&A Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green where they do amazing things with chairs
and I found the perfect camera
and Jo found the dressing up box.
We met Ollie our youngest son and ate at Pizza Express.
and while waiting for the bus back to Hackney we took in the sights.
            And finally we came to Norfolk and stayed not far from Acle to celebrate a friends birthday
This is a game that men do. They're good at hanging up lighting and bunting
and organising the barbecue!
  They did a brilliant job. It was just necessary to censor these pictures a little!
And we waited for the party to begin.
I loved being away. I loved seeing family and friends. I took Jo and we spent the day in Harrow with my aunt and uncle. I just haven't got photos of everything we did and I know I haven't mentioned everyone we saw. I didn't 'bang on' as Jo says I do about the Highlands all of the time. I really appreciated the places we went to and I love the bigness and busyness and colour of London with all it has to offer  - but, it wasn't half nice to come back home!

3 comments: said...

Hi Ann

Pleased to see you had a great but busy time!! Next time you are down this way and want to see inside a prefab go to Tilford Rural Life Centre.

It is the only time I have been inside a prefab and I remember them from London!!


annie hoff said...

Hi Jackie.
Good old prefabs! I remember them from Straight Road near Gallows Corner. Driving by each morning on the school bus, just longing to peek inside!

S. Etole said...

For some reason I have missed your last couple of posts. Your images are always so beautiful. This looks like a grand trip.

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