Gardening at Hatchard's...on Piccadilly

 Every time I peep into my photo files, 
I come across another item I have been meaning to mention.
If you read along at any of my blogs, you will know that 
bicycles and bookshops run near and dear to my heart. 
Someday, I think I could create a book...
just dedicated to all my photographs on both subjects.

Hatchard's bookshop on Piccadilly in London is worth a visit.
In fact it is a must, for they have the best selection on everything and anything.
I was so overwhelmed by the selection of gardening books that I decided 
further investigation was required. If your a gardening enthusiast...
you may enjoy these as well.

Wonderful books can be found at 
Booksellers since 1797
187 Piccadilly, London
Phone: 020 7439 9921

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London Travel Tips...

I love coming across great travel tips and I have picked up many recently
from A Bloomsbury Life by Lisa Borgnes Giramonti.
She was on a trip through London recently and is sharing her experiences.
I highly recommend a visit, here and here.  

Another place I love to visit for ideas is Pamela @ From The House of Edward
Pamela and Edward live in the American South, dream of the Scottish Highlands
and when we are lucky enough, she travels to London and takes delight 
 every step of the way. Readers of her blog passed on wonderful suggestions here
I love what she wrote here and the story about her father's watch, here

My first list of London travel tips started with Vicki @ French Essence
Vicki spends her time between London and Saint Rémy de Provence in southern France.  
She created a list of all her favourite things to see and do in London and I was lucky 
enough to come across it. I wrote down every single recommendation in my London 
journal and have nearly seen or experienced them all. You can read Vicki's London list here.

To these three lovely ladies, I send my thanks. It has been a pleasure!

If you have London travel tips, please pass them on. I love to share! :)

mary's living and giving shop... London

I am one of those people who is easily distracted when she walks along the street.
People who travel with me often sigh in exasperation as they stop and wonder
where I have gone. I don't mean to is just that I am easily lured away.

Fortunately, I was on my own the other day when I wandered into 
mary's living & giving shop in London. It could have been the 
bucket of flowers out front. It could have been the colour of the building. 
It could have been the window display or it could have been 
that it is a store suppporting Save the Children. It required investigation.

 It was worth the visit. A cute little shop, it is filled with the essentials, clothes 
and accessories, books, china, silverware and home decorations. 
A bit of this and that, just enough to make you stay awhile.
I asked if I could take a photo and the manager happily obliged. 
I loved the book nook and was fascinated by the wallpaper in the changing room. 

The clothes are well selected and the prices are reasonable. It is one of those
places you need to pop into every now and again because you never know...
you just might find the perfect item. I walked away with four heavy silver soup spoons
to add to our collection. Just the right size. I was happy.

I later learned that Mary is of Mary Portas fame. It is a charity concept 
she developed for Save the Children. It is one of four mary's living and giving shops.

'With the local community at its heart, Living & Giving is not just a shop, 
but a place to inspire, share, create, meet and discover. Living and Giving is a philosophy, 
a fantastic way to contribute to the community, help some of the world's most vulnerable 
children and bag a designer bargain at the same time!'

So...if you are in the vicinity of Parsons Green and happen upon a grocer 
with a colourful bunch of flowers out front,
pop into mary's living and giving next door...and explore. :)

28 New Kings Road

I hopped off at the Parsons Green tube stop. Next time you are in the area,
be sure to stop in at The French House. Another great spot
that requires investigation. You can read about my visit to this store 
and my travelling chaise longue here.

41-43 Parsons Green Lane
London, SW6 4HH