Across the pond in London this week……..

One of the window displays in Selfridges department store

Well this week I have travelled across the pond and I am in London – well also now up in Northamptonshire in the country….. Just me – and my credit cards ! Although the most dangerous spending opportunity has passed – I came over with a Bahamaian cold – yes really – the first in many years and that combined with the jet lag slowed me down considerably in the shopping department ! Never mind – while I was staying in town I met up with plenty of family.

Indi Vivi and Alba
Indi Vivi and Alba
Those all important dancing shoes !
Those all important dancing shoes !

Saturday afternoon I spent with Jessie and our three gorgeous grandchildren – Indi, Vivi and Alba. It was so lovely to just hangout with them at their home. Warm, cosy and being entertained with dancing shows by Vivi and Alba. And they have a wonderful little poodle called Clara – now if you think I over-indulge our boy Rudge – just take a look at Clara’s leather chesterfield dog bed !! Sensational…. She has never been a chewy dog so it is untouched and just fabulous……

Clara in her swanky bed !
Clara in her swanky bed !

Saturday night I met up with Sami – Bob’s daughter and her husband Billy and one of their daughters – Genevieve and her boyfriend James – for FISH and CHIPS – great culinary delight if very little sophistication – proper comfort food. Bob asked me not to take pictures of the fish and chips as it is one of the only things he really misses – so instead here is a picture of a traditional sit down – as opposed to takeaway – fish and chip shop. They are always tiled – don’t know why – and quite utilitarian……

Fish and Chip shop !
Fish and Chip shop !

London looked lovely – the first 2 days were sunny and blue sky although very cold – but then it turned windy, rainy and very overcast – gloomy ! The Christmas lights in the West End were terrific  although I can never get a good picture from my iPhone of things like that.

Santa looking very happy in another Selfridges window.....
Santa looking very happy in another Selfridges window…..

Selfridges department store did get a visit – I wasn’t THAT ill ! – and their window displays warranted a couple of pictures.  I also spend a good hour or more in a huge card shop called Paperchase – and stocked up on great greeting cards for birthdays and Christmas. I also found a few that will get framed for our apartments at Anchor Point  – a good cheap way to put in interesting pictures.

Very glamorous lights in Bond St London
Very glamorous lights in Bond St London
Christmas lights just off Oxford St
Christmas lights just off Oxford St

I rented a car on Monday and drove up to Northamptonshire where my sisters live and I also have plenty of old friends to catch up with. The guy in the car rental place told me that they didn’t have the car I had asked for but for an extra ten pounds per day I could be upgraded to a BMW !!!!! He seemed a little non-plussed that I wasn’t more excited but you forget about the prestige of car brands when you live somewhere like Eleuthera ! Anyway after driving out of London I did begin to appreciate the car. I must remember to tell him a big thank-you when I return it…..

The beautiful Japanese maple in Jane's garden at the Notting Hill flat where I stay
The beautiful Japanese maple in Jane’s garden at the Notting Hill flat where I stay

While I was in London I stayed in my dear friend Jane’s flat in Notting Hill. It is just gorgeous and I am very lucky to have such a kind, thoughtful and generous friend. Notting Hill is a great place to be based – there are lovely restaurants and cafes within easy walking distance and with Uber it was super easy to get rides to wherever I wanted to go to further afield.

Hyde Park from a taxi - still plenty of leaves on the trees.....
Hyde Park from a taxi – still plenty of leaves on the trees…..

So next week I will give you the following installment of meeting up with more friends and family and adventures in the countryside !

And of course Rudge is not forgotten – he is staying at Cupid’s Cay Celebrity Dog Spa and Rest Home in the loving care of Dan and Larry – thanks a million – again !! And is of course being spoilt rotten ! Eating popcorn if you please at cocktail time !

Plenty of cuddles with Larry and Rufus
Plenty of cuddles with Larry and Rufus
Popcorn frenzy !
Popcorn frenzy !

6 thoughts on “Across the pond in London this week……..

  1. Yes, well….curried popcorn, no less. Bob stopped for a drink that night and was a bit surprised, until he lit up watching them chomp away as he fed them also…frenzy indeed!
    Can you please smuggle back some fish and chips? Put then in a KFC box and no one will be the wiser! Safe travels!

  2. How nice to share your London trip! I would like to know if you receive my comments. Rudge seems to be having a nice vacation, as well.

    1. Hi Camilla – yes I got this one for sure….Have there been other comments that didn’t get posted ? Rudge seems like he is having a blast – plenty of remedial training when I get back I think ! Good to hear that you don’t mind blogs that are not about Eleuthera !

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