From my Kitchen Window


Here I sit, coffee in hand and staring out my kitchen window. 
I still can't believe that it is 27 February and I am looking at Spring. 
There is no denying that it out there. 

It reminds me how the English love their gardens. 
I marvel at the enthusiasm and beauty of their creations.
One year on and I have to admit I am getting a wee bit excited too.

I have to remind myself to curb my enthusiasm as our
humble abode is an expat corporate rental which
I affectionately call 'The Rental' (original, I know).  
I am resigned to pottering and puttering 
until we can set our roots down once again.

Until then, I will embrace and enjoy the English seasons.
For on this day, at this time, it is home :) 


How about you? 
What can you see from your kitchen window?

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A Royal Charmer


Kate Middleton's first Royal engagement.
By all account, a successful one.
She is positively glowing!



Brings back memories of an other
Royal Charmer.


Images Daily Mail



From Waterloo to St. Paul's

The sun has it's charm around London but there is something 
about those grey skies that I find enchanting...almost Dickensesque.
On this misty morning, I made my way from Waterloo to St. Paul's.


I like to gather my thoughts after a long walk and this seemed
 like the perfect spot. From my chair I had the best vantage point.


St. Paul's Cathedral is so enormous that it is nearly
impossible to capture it in it's entirety.  
To me, the story is in the details.



I did not realise at this point in time that we were about to embark
to the top of St. Paul's Cathedral. When we did, it made for an 
interesting study as I looked up and then down.


I often find that far reaching views in a large cityscape 
can be monotonous. I like to look for the interesting features. 
The sun was peaking thru the clouds here...just barely.


For someone who does not like heights, I found this overwhelming 
yet was mesmerised by the detail...windows, people, 
lines, lines, lines, everywhere you looked.


It was so nice to come back down and rest my eyes 
on something peaceful.


Literally.....


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Winston Churchill and his Clementine


I can not think of a better way to end a relaxing day at home. It was a great week, a long week. I covered a lot of territory around London and I have to admit that this Hip Hop Happening Mama is plum tuckered out! My trusty pedometer was by my side, clocking up nearly 15km around the city.

I wasn't sure what I would write about today. I have so many thoughts floating around that it seemed impossible to decide on one. It then became clear when I saw an old photograph of Vanessa Redgrave at Chris Beetles Gallery yesterday. I wrote about her here.

As chance would have it, we picked a family movie tonight and it was The Gathering Storm. Vanessa Redgrave plays the brilliant Clementine and my next post was determined. I could not wait to come and tell those of you who enjoy English classics to see this film as it is wonderful!

The Gathering Storm was released in 2002. It is a love story of sorts between Winston Churchill and his Clementine, the love of his life. The period in time is just leading up to WWII with the majority of their time spent in their beautiful country home,  Chartwell, in Kent. You can watch the Trailer here.

via Wikimedia

Those of you who enjoy English classics will recognise this all star cast. Albert Finney, 
Vanessa Redgrave, Jim Broadbent, Ronnie Barker, Tom Wilkinson, Linus Roache and
 Celia Imre to name a few.
A fantastic performance by all and especially Albert Finney as Winston Churchill.



Winston and Clementine Churchill at Chartwell, Kent


If you have not been to Chartwell, I encourage you to see it someday.
I absolutely loved it and I am sure you will too!
I took the following photographs during our visit...







See the movie, visit Chartwell or both, I promise
you will not be disappointed!



You can read my post, 
Admiring: Vanessa Redgrave 


Images:
Top- Wikimedia
Second- Life
Video- You Tube
All others ~ me
with exception of last,
see post for details.


Winston Churchill and his Clementine

I can not think of a better way to end a relaxing day at home. It has been a great week, a long week. I covered a lot of territory around London and I have to admit that this Hip Hop Happening Mama is plum tuckered out! My trusty pedometer was by my side, clocking up nearly 15km around the city. My readers at B-Well take note!

I wasn't sure what I would write about today. I have so many thoughts floating around that it seemed impossible to decide on one. It then became clear when I saw an old photograph of Vanessa Redgrave at Chris Beetles Gallery yesterday. I wrote about her here.

As chance would have it, we picked a family movie tonight and it was The Gathering Storm. Vanessa Redgrave plays the brilliant Clementine and my next post was determined. I could not wait to come and tell those of you who enjoy English classics to see this film as it is wonderful!

The Gathering Storm was released in 2002. It is a love story of sorts between Winston Churchill and his Clementine, the love of his live. The period in time is just leading up to WWII with the majority of their time spent in their beautiful country home,  Chartwell, in Kent. You can watch the Trailer here.

via Wikimedia

Those of you who enjoy English classics will recognise this all star cast. Albert Finney, Vanessa Redgrave, Jim Broadbent, Ronnie Barker, Tom Wilkinson, Linus Roache and Celia Imre to name a few.
A fantastic performance by all and especially Albert Finney as Winston Churchill.



Winston and Clementine Churchill at Chartwell, Kent

If you have not been to Chartwell, I encourage you to see it someday.
I loved it. Here a few images taken during our visit...


See the movie, visit Chartwell or both, I promise
you will not be disappointed!


You can read my post, 
Admiring: Vanessa Redgrave 


Images:
Top- Wikimedia
Second- Life
Video- You Tube
All others ~ me
with exception of last,
see post for details.


A wedding, a gift and the man draw


I think I have the fever...the royal fever. I have never been one for commemorative items
but I have been known to get swept away in museum and gallery shops. I stopped in at
Kensington Palace yesterday and just had a little 'squiz' in the shop.  The saleswoman 
and I became great mates...talking expat assignments and travels to Papua New Guinea.
She is good at her job!

In addition to several other items, I bought two of the items below. 
She said one of them was the last one in the shop. 'It was so popular!' 
How could I not? Can you guess which one?

How about you, do you have any collectibles 
tucked away in your home?



Items available at Historic Royal Palaces



Do you think Prince William will have a man draw
or will Kate? I am the one with the draw in our house.
A spot of English humour
which has had me laughing for days :)




Get Up and Go to Wisley Gardens


Some days you just have to get up and go. 
When Mr. H mentioned that he wanted to see the butterfly
exhibit at Wisley Gardens on Saturday I have to admit 
I did not run to the door. 
I thought traffic, crowds, people...on a Saturday? No way.  

But then again, the sun was shining, the birds were singing, 
we had a few hours to ourselves and off we went.

I am so glad we did.

Exotic butterflies and tropical plants were waiting for us 
in the exhibit Butterflies in a Glass House. 
I can tell you now, it was the perfect outing.









I admit trying to photograph butterflies with a camera lens
that wanted to go into permanent fog mode was a bit tricky
but I managed a few none the less.

From there we strolled thru the gardens...






Best of all we managed lunch in nearby Ripley where
more butterflies were waiting :)



If you are looking for a fun day out and a casual lunch,
try Wisley Gardens and lunch at the Talbot Inn.

Just get up and go:)

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