September 10, 2018

I've heard so much about Petersham Nurseries that I was determined to see the shop in Covent Garden. These hydrangeas grandiflora were having a collaborative show off in the centre of the courtyard. 

It's a very nicely curated collection of flowers, plants, fu...

September 10, 2018

Thursday was another miserably ghastly London day! -:) I took the circle line to Green Park, and on my way past, dropped in at the Ritz, pushing through the front door with all the confidence of a regular guest. Except it was actually the street door to the high roller...

September 7, 2018

Like Frida I've had two significant events since I wrote last. On Wednesday I went to Portsmouth, and on Thursday I lost my phone at the National Portrait Gallery. 

The first one was just delightful. I'll probably develop PTSD from the second.

This is my photo which...

September 4, 2018

I almost burst but not quite - 22,000 steps and 16 kilometres. I know because I looked at my watch. It's not easy being a tourist. I might run a marathon tomorrow.

Not quite sure when I'll fit  it in - I have to leave the apartment at 6am, only for a day trip, so I'd be...

September 3, 2018

I've always wanted to go to the Victoria and Albert Museum. It's only a five minute walk from here, so I left home early and wandered the neighbourhood to fill in time.

I was reminded of Soane's mausoleum when I saw the red telephone boxes - there seems to be one every...

September 2, 2018

I knew from my trip prep that the tube line I'd be using most in London is the circle line - it goes round and round the centre of London, so you can't really end up in the middle of woop woop. Which I'd prefer not to. But when I popped in to Gloucester Station on Frid...

September 1, 2018

I love London society! I think it has immensely improved. It is entirely composed now of beautiful idiots and brilliant lunatics. Just what Society should be. 

An Ideal Husband, OSCAR WILDE

I think I've met both today!

Sinking into my bed last night was like climbing...

August 31, 2018


With hanging flower baskets like this?

I've suddenly been transported into a game of Monopoly!  Mayfair and Pall Mall, The Strand and Marylebone are real places! A land of red telephone boxes and double decker buses, quaint black cabs and private garden squares w...

August 26, 2018

There's a lot to be said for the ease of having a travel agent put together an itinerary for you. On the other hand, from my perspective, there's more to be said for spending months roaming the internet, canvassing fellow Instagrammers, putting your own programme toget...

August 19, 2018

dying to see the Kensington apartment!

The last time I went to England was so long ago I can't even remember the year. And I only spent a couple of days there. This time I'm spending three weeks, plus a week in and around Cork. It's mainly for research, but I'll be show...

March 5, 2018

I slept like a baby last night under the pink toile bed head. The Grand Bretagne is a gracious old hotel with a huge high-ceilinged foyer and ballroom on the ground floor. The architecture suits the ornate swagged curtain decor and massive central ottoman. Like many gr...

March 4, 2018

Before I went to sleep last night, I set the alarm for 5am. That would give me plenty of time to have a coffee, maybe two, take the small bag of rubbish up to the bin around the bluff, shower, finish packing my suitcases and then pull them around the harbour to the fer...

February 26, 2018

The forecast said the rain would stop today by 10am. It did. A strong wind blew it away. I called in to say hello as I went past the archives to exchange emails with Eleni. She said she'll contact me if she finds anything. 

Then I set off for Mandraki Bay. 

It's east of...

February 25, 2018

I am lying in bed listening to the church bells ringing as they have for centuries. 

When I rose early to make a cup of coffee I seemed to have twice as many bones in my left ankle as I did yesterday morning. Where is Angelika when you need her? 

The walk up to...

February 24, 2018

This was the weather when I opened the shutters this morning. Luckily it's fined up to a blue blue day.

Did I tell you I texted Iliana a few days ago to ask where I'd find the apartment manual? I haven't been sure where to take my rubbish - instructions and how-to's, do...

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"I never travel without my diary.  

One should always have something

sensational to read on the train."  

                                - OSCAR WILDE

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