We have a family tradition of visiting a new British city each February Half Term break. For the first time ever, Tim and I went without children! The two teenage boys in our lives preferred to stay at home, seeing friends and…. revising – yeah right.
So, we took a break from planning the coming garden tour season and spent a few days in London. We really got into playing the parts of visitors, rather than showing customers around, which was enjoyable and frustrating in equal parts! London is such an exciting, multi-cultural, busy, smelly, time-consuming place. It was so nice not to have any time constraints; mooching about in book shops, visiting Westminster Abbey and Tate Modern, catching a play at the theatre and having lazy breakfasts – but the crowded tube trains, long queues and hords of people was rather exhausting and we were happy to get the train back to Norfolk. We’ll have to see where we go next year!
The main reason for choosing London as our destination was an invitation to a private opening of an art exhibition by Scottish friend and hotelier Frances Macdonald. We have known Frances for as long as we have been visiting Crinan Hotel on our tours of Argyll on the west Coast of Scotland. Crinan is a very special place and we return year after year and Frances’s paintings immerse you with the special light, colours and wild beauty of the area. It was a lovely opportunity to see Frances, her son Ross and residents from Crinan and see a huge variety of her paintings – in a very stylish gallery in St James’s. We finished the evening round the corner at Chutney Mary’s, a well established and beautiful Indian Restaurant, were we absolutely stuffed ourselves with the most delicious food we have had in a long time! You can find Frances Macdonald’s website and picture gallery here.