On Saturday I had a fun day! DS1 and 2 had a reunion for one of their summer camps in Uxbridge, so we all drove down for the day. DH did a tour of some airfields and DS3 and I got the tube into London. It was lovely being back there – I lived there from 1984 to 1989 and although I was glad to move at the time because I was fed up with big cities and the rush and bustle, I do enjoy going back for short visits. We got the tube to Holborn and went to My Old Dutch, which does the hugest pancakes on enormous blue and white Dutch plates.
We then went to Blade Rubber Stamps (via a model shop and a hifi shop to keep DS3 happy), which sells gorgeous arty stamps. I bought one of those cube shaped rubber stamps which has four stamps in one:
I plan to make some Christmas cards with this one. I’ve already been trying it out!
This is on some of the tissue paper I painted a few weeks ago.
I also bought:
Those screw things at the top are for making books – I think they’re called Chicago screws and they attach pages together. I got those at the next shop, Falkiners, which is a bookbinding supply shop. It has the most gorgeous handmade paper. I bought a sheet of Japanese lace paper as well as a couple of other pieces.
The bottom two are smaller scraps which they were selling cheaply.
I love going to London for the way you keep coming across little squares and parks in the middle of built up areas. Here was one in the middle of Bloomsbury:
We paid a quick visit to the British Museum islamic art section (VERY quick – DS3 kept complaining he was bored…). I loved the animal motifs and was struck by how like medieval European art they looked – especially like the mille fleurs tapestries. Then we walked up Tottenham Court Road – which looks much smarter than when I lived in London – and saw this arty mural on the side of a house:
Sorry it is a bit blurred but I was in the middle of the road at the time!! I think the picture makes it look a bit eery and surreal, especially with the tree in front of it.
We also saw the Post Office Tower (now the BT Tower I think) which my brothers clamoured to go up every time we visited London when I was growing up.
And I love the way the light reflects off these glass office buildings:
And to Great Portland Street tube where we collapsed thankfully on the train back to Uxbridge (where, incidentally, I found a yummy art shop selling Golden fluid acrylics….mmmmm).
I never appreciated London half so much when I lived there.