Travels with Kathy – to London and beyond !

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So here we are – travels with Kathy to London and beyond – wearing more clothes than I have done in a long time !  Actually they all are telling me that this weather is warmer than it has been all year – really ????

Anyway – the flight in was fine – I find it really hard to sleep on the plane so as usual I arrived feeling like a total washout – but this time I had a treatment booked at the hotel where I was staying that was described to me as a total body reset – perfect for those with jet lag . That would be me then !

Let me tell you it was like nothing I have experienced before. It is based in cranio- sacral therapy but the incredible Anastasia has an angel’s hands. It is a sort of massage but that is actually no way to describe it – it really is a total body clock reset. After 90 minutes of treatment I was tired but elated – elated enough to order a lovely meal from room service. And then I slept for 10 hours solid. I cannot remember the last time I ever slept for 10 hours – and I woke up feeling totally rested, relaxed and raring to go. It was magical ….. Just look at the breakfast I ate !

It tasted even better than it looks - fried bread - a really tasty unhealthy addition to fried eggs, field mushrooms and grilled tomatoes
It tasted even better than it looks – fried bread – a really tasty unhealthy addition to fried eggs, field mushrooms and grilled tomatoes

Then a little light shopping and an easy day followed of course by my own tradition of first meal out – Indian food …. Delicious ….

This is the statue of Queen Victoria outside Buckingham Palace - but you can't see her - only me !!
This is the statue of Queen Victoria outside Buckingham Palace – but you can’t see her – only me !!

Sunday morning I took a great walk with a friend down to Buckingham Palace – hordes of people to watch the changing of the guard and then listened to the Band of the Royal Guards playing in front of the Palace. I thought I was hearing things but they really did play ‘Our House’ by Madness !

The Royal Guards - in their grey overcoats so you cannot see their beautiful red jackets....
The Royal Guards – in their grey overcoats so you cannot see their beautiful red jackets….
The band of the Royal Guards
The band of the Royal Guards

A bracing walk back and then I met up with Bob’s son Cassius and our 3 gorgeous grandchildren along with Bob’s daughter Sami and her 2 daughters. It was a joy – the food for once was incidental – the catching up, kisses and hugs were the main event. So very good after not having seen them for over a year in the flesh – FaceTime is great – but you can’t hug them – to be able to get hold of them.

With the edible Alba !
With the edible Alba !
Our grandson Indi - keeping up the tradition of the very handsome Colman men !
Our grandson Indi – keeping up the tradition of the very handsome Colman men !
The equally handsome Cassius with Vivi
The equally handsome Cassius with Vivi …..

Now you may or may not be interested to hear about the Japanese style toilet in my room. It had a heated seat which really was the height of luxury and a control panel that meant you could have a wash and blow dry !!! Extraordinary and I defy anyone to use it with whooping with surprise ….

Looks pretty normal - but this was alongside it.....
Looks pretty normal – but this was alongside it…..
Oh my word !
Oh my word !

Monday I picked up a rental car and headed out of town up to Northamptonshire to start visiting friends and family. I have rented a sweet little barn conversion – a one bedroomed cottage – to stay in and have a little solitude. It is always interesting to be the renter myself rather than the person doing the renting – it is the best way to notice details that are important for everyone. Like a decent pillow – I went out and bought one !

I spent the day with my dear friend Jane – we met up at Bicester Village – one of the top outlet centers – had coffee first, then shopped a little and went for a very long lunch. We had so much to catch up on – it is about 3 years since we met the last time and despite regular emails and Facetimes – it was so good to see each other face to face.

Enjoying a very long lunch with my dear friend Jane....
Enjoying a very long lunch with my dear friend Jane….

OK better stop here as I am in danger of rambling on way too long !  Plenty more reunions to come and plenty more meals to enjoy !

Just had to be eaten ! Fish and chips - sorry Bob xx
Just had to be eaten ! Fish and chips – sorry Bob xx
This is where I am staying ....
This is where I am staying ….
Chocolate coated strawberries - in my room - now that's what I call a welcoming gift !
Chocolate coated strawberries – in my hotel room – now that’s what I call a welcoming gift !

13 thoughts on “Travels with Kathy – to London and beyond !

  1. Kathy,
    Glad to know of your happy travels and smiling as always. Who wouldn’t? The loo is a hoot…programmable no less like you with a special massage. Back here, Mary is well. Had a lovely delicious lunch at Bacchus with Bob and your mum. You are SO fortunate to have family and friends to enjoy. Windy and chilly here in GHB. We leave the day of your return. We feel your spirit here nonetheless and miss you.
    Hugs,
    Donna & Stuart

    1. Lovely to hear from you and sorry to miss you this time…. So fortunate in all sorts of ways I think……

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