Back home and resting my feet after a very enjoyable long weekend in London visiting two old University friends and enjoying some of the fabulous opportunities to feed the senses (and remember how much walking and waiting is part of a mega city).
My first treat was going to see Jersey Boys (no photos allowed) with plenty of wonderful songs and a smile on my face the entire time.
Next day I set off for some sight seeing (more on Wednesday) and then enjoyed the smells and tastes of the Borough food market with a lunch of Ethiopian beef and spinach, Danish pastry and iced tea plus samples of truffle butter, ice-cream and brownie
Then a nice sit in the park before I met my friend – watching children play in the water spurts which changed height every few minutes, taking some by surprise. Energising to watch how much the kids (of all ages) were enjoying running around the water and how fast they went from avoiding the water to getting soaked.
And in the evening the reason for the timing of my trip – in the studio audience for the filming of one of my favourite TV shows – The Last Leg (no photos allowed). Fascinating to see the bits and pieces before the cameras roll and the bits in the advert breaks but the rest really is live with no re-takes. Plenty of chat and jokes with the audience when not on air helps create a fun atmosphere. If I ever wrote a bucket list then being in the audience for a live TV recording of a show I watch would have been on it – so one less item to include if I were ever to write one!
Next morning I headed off for one more creative boost with a visit to the V&A museum and got there early to queue for on the day tickets for the very popular exhibition of Alexander McQueen creations – an amazingly creative fashion designer. After an hour of queuing I did get a ticket and was wowed by the exhibition which has lots of pieces all beautifully staged. Again no photos allowed inside the exhibition and the 12 postcards on offer were not of the pieces I particularly loved.
Then home again with sore feet but a big smile.
Waving and wishing you a good week at home or on holiday.