First off a wedding on Saturday of one of my Rainbow colleagues. The bride looked beautiful in a strapless, white lace dress with her sister as bridesmaid in a lovely blue dress of a similar style. The 1st thing the bride said as she stepped from the car was "Is he here?" I haven't sought permission for sharing the actual pictures, so instead here's one of the co-ordinating floral arrangements which looked stunning.
After the service I hot footed it home to organise the family and have an early night ready for our big trip to London on Saturday. We left by 2 coaches at 7.30am, cold and pouring with rain. Lots of excitement and lots of nerves. We met briefly at Fleet services before heading into central London. The children's coach went straight to the Royal Albert Hall ready for rehearsals, costume fittings and photographs before the evening's performance. The parent's coach stopped outside the Kennsington museums just before 10am (we got stuck in traffic at Hammersmith) where we were greeted by an hour long queue for the Natural History museum.
There was no way I was up for that in the torrential rain so we fought our way against the crowds in the queue to the Victoria and Albert museum which had just opened and we were able to walk straight in. Here is SMO in the cast courts. I couldn't decide if I should take pictures or not, so i just took a sneaky few with the flash off.
We were getting proper hungry by now and with the doors to the show opening at 5.30pm we decided to get our meal at 2.30pm before doing a bit more sight seeing. They were queueing out of the doors in all the Brompton Road eateries, but then SMO spotted a side street (Beauchamp Place) with some cafe signs and when we investigated we discovered Escape and had a lovely meal.
After SMO had consumed a slab of cake we headed off to the Albert Hall to getting our bearings. They were still queueing for miles outside the Natural History museum as we passed on Exhibition Road. The sun finally decided to put in an appearance, and with a long evening sat down followed by a coach ride home we felt a nice walk in Kensington Gardens was just the ticket. Here's me in front of the Albert Memorial railings. My coat's looking a little bulky as I have my valuables in a cross-body bag underneath it, well that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it!
I think they were still being swept along on the adrenalin high from the event when they went off to school on Monday, but yesterday morning Small 'n' Grubby was looking worn out and complaining of feeling ill, so he had the day off, but was fine by the afternoon. His timing wasn't great though as this meant I missed the Queen's visit and I will probably be interrogated by the school today who will think I lied so he could go to see her Majesty!
** Kate **