As an end of summer holiday treat I took Jacob and his girlfriend Paige into London yesterday and we played at being tourists for the day. Being born in the capital and having spent part of my childhood in or around London it is easy to forget what a wonderful place it is.
Our first stop was the London Eye. Jacob was not keen but we did eventually persuade him to stand up and look out!
Back on firm ground we crossed Westminster Bridge and I got rather excited that we were passing St Stephen's Tower just as Big Ben chimed midday. (It doesn't take much to make me happy!)
Past Westminster Abbey and then down Whitehall where we walked past the end of Downing Street, past the guardsmen at Horseguard's Parade, peeking down to Buckingham Palace as we went.
In Trafalgar Square we stopped for lunch before heading to the National Portrait Gallery
Where we saw Glamour of the Gods... a small but beautiful exhibition of Hollywood studio photography.
Paige is studying photography, in particular portraits so we were combining some research with our day out.
We ended up touring the entire gallery, there was so much to see.
Today they are both back for their last year at sixth form college and so it was back to work for me too.
I've spent the day sorting out and making new machine embroidery samples.
Some will be used for forthcoming classes
But most are being put together in a box to be taken to be photographed later this week.
They will be used as promotional material because next month I'm going to making a DVD (about which I am also quite excited... okay, VERY excited!)
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