It’s been a busy few weeks and if you’ve been reading recent posts, you’ve probably gathered that Mum has been for a visit. The last time I saw her was on my bi-annual pilgrimage Down Under in December 2014 and, being rather a long time between familial drinks, we made a plan for her to have a three week sojourn at Gidday HQ.
Over Easter we had ourselves a three-night city break in Liverpool but this was just the tip of the iceberg – for three weeks we drank coffee, saw a few sights, did a bit of shopping and cooked some meals – Mum made some old favourites from my childhood and I added a few new dishes to my repertoire (so great to have the time and opportunity to try out a new recipe on someone else). But mainly we just enjoyed hanging out together. Here are some of the highlights.
We strolled along the Thames on a cool Spring Saturday and met some friends of mine for lunch at the Design Museum.
We took a short tube ride and spent a colourful couple of hours at Camden Market.
We also managed a Fab Four, post-Liverpool top up with Richard Porter’s Beatles In My Life walking tour which wound its way through John, Paul, George and Ringo’s London haunts and culminated in that crossing on Abbey Road.
We went to see Glenn Close demonstrate some serious vocal chops as Norma Desmond in the musical Sunset Boulevard and also took a trip into the world of Downton Abbey with a visit to three of the show’s most famous filming locations…
…Cogges Manor Farm (aka Yew Tree Farm) in Witney…
…the village of Bampton (aka Ripon in the series)…
…and of course “Downton Abbey” itself, Highclere Castle.
Then on Monday night I put Mum on a plane and that, my friends, was that. Three weeks – gone by in a flash.
It was busy and full and so fabulous to spend time with Mum. And even though it’s always tough to say goodbye, there’s only about 8 months (or 251 sleeps) to go until I arrive in Melbourne for Christmas. In the meantime, this weekend has been ‘going-out free’ and today, with the washing drying in the Spring sunshine, the patio might be beckoning…
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You really packed alot in. It’s no wonder it was all over in a flash!
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It’s funny Jack we spent 4 or 5 days hanging out at home not doing very much but it does read like we didn’t stop 🙂