Monday, 14 June 2010

I'm back......again!

Morning all!

Thank you all for your well wishes last week, it was really appreciated.

We had a great weekend in London starting off at Portobello Road.  Not having been there before, we weren't too sure where we were going - but judging by the mass of crowds all heading in the same direction, we could guess!



For those who haven't been there before, it's a haven for vintage everything and towards the end is fruit/veg/oils/breads/cheeses and stallholders cooking lots of tasty treats.



Have you ever seen so many vintage sewing machines.




Of course good old CK had to have a shop there and with my trusty Easy Living discount voucher I did feel it would have been rude not to use it before it expired.  (As I have yet to unpack goodies from Sussex and now London! - I'll share those with you on another post).

As there was so much to see at the market it was almost too overwhelming - but a good excuse to go again.

Then off, back in the car heading across London to the South of the river where our hotel was.  I hadn't realised it was Trooping of the Colour so it was so busy and a lot of roads had been shut-off.  The boys were fascinated by the volume of police around and lots of diplomat cars whizzing by!

The hotel was fantastic!  Our room was glorious and we had a snapshot view of the Houses of Parliment as well as a great view of the London Eye, which was even better at night when it was all lit up.


We timed our day by having an early tea at The Rainforest Cafe, a quick cab ride back to the hotel so 1 male member of the family could watch the England game.........

Yesterday was another busy morning on the Duck Tour bus which are WW1 vehicles transformed into yellow duck like vehicles which can also go into water!  For 45 minutes you get a great informed tour round some key London sights, then a drive into the Thames for 30 minutes. Brilliant!









Out again - visit to the Florence Nightingale museum, check-out of hotel, in the car to come home and 2 boys completely flat-out asleep for 2 hours!  Once we got home I opened my presents from friends and family and flaked out with a good bottle of wine and some chocolates!

Feeling a little tired this morning!

Bye for now.

20 comments:

Country Style Living said...

Looks like you have had a lovely weekend, I should really like to visit the Portobello market. Love the photo of the London Eye lit up...

Mummy Boo Bear said...

Sounds like you had a fab weekend and very busy! Those sewing machines are amazing.

Glad you got to enjoy your special birthday in style.


MBB x

Florence and Mary said...

Sounds like it was the perfect weekend... but you must tell us what you brought in CK!

Victoria xx

The sewing room said...

Wow one action packed weekend sounds like you had a great time, see it;s not that bad being 40 oh and that food looks amazing did you try any?.

Have a great week hugs Pat

KC'sCourt! said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful time.
Julie xxxxxxx

My Grannies Attic said...

What a wonderful weekend you have had!!! Portobello Road is fantastic isn't it - I spend many an hour there!!! The Duck Tours are good too and the children really enjoy them.
Cannot wait to see all of your goodies.
Kerry xxxx

Pink Feather Paradise said...

Glad you had an enjoyable and yet hectic visit to London...

I am not a lover of all the hustle and bustle but I would like to go to the art galleries and Natural History Museum again! lol

x Alex

bellaboo said...

Sounds like you had an amazing time! I must get up there one of these days...but I'm not too keen on the crowds either.I'm such a country bumpkin!You certainly got a lot done in the time.

Bellaboo :0)

Lyn said...

Sounds like you made the most of the weekend!
Love
Lyn
xxx

Serenata said...

No wonder you are feeling exhausted! Sounds like you had an absolutely wonderful action packed weekend.

Mother0fPurl said...

I love Portobello Road, but haven't been for years! Glad you had such a lovely time and happy birthday again x

Annie said...

Wow, what a weekend ! It sounds like you certainly had a memorable birthday trip. Portobello market is amazing but so busy. Like you I found it all a bit overwhelming.The duck tour sounds great, I have often seen them and wondered what they were like, I will perhaps give it a go next time I am there.
Ann x

harmony and rosie said...

Belated birthday wishes to you, it looks like you celebrated in style and packed a lot in. I haven't been to Portobello Market in years, I think I'll have to go again now you've tempted me.
x

VintageVicki said...

Looks like you had a great weekend :)

Love the sewing machine picture - never seen so many in the same place before.

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Your pretty photos show a real good time! Have a happy week. XX

sitting oh so pretty said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful time!!!So jealous!!xx

Suzanne said...

A belated happy birthday, Sarah!
Thank you for sharing your wonderful weekend, I would love to be there!!!

Emma said...

Lucky you, no rain lol, when I went it tipped it down.
Love the idea of a duck tour sounds fun..xxx

Carmel said...

Thanks for popping by my blog and leaving a sweet message. Your London post is making me homesick! Portobello used to be one of my hangouts in my youth. Looks like you had a fab weekend. Happy belated birthday.
Carmel

Andi's English Attic said...

You did some fab things. I only know Portabello Road from the Paddington Bear books. Will have to visit one day. And the duck tour...so much fun! xx