A Day in the Smoke,
The Victoria and Albert Museum
The day started early with my daughter’s alarm going off ~ she is back at work but I am still on holiday, so I linger awhile after she leaves with a mug of hot tea and my emails. I am planning to meet Jude (A Trifle Rushed) and Working London Mummy at the V and A for lunch today. It’s the first time we have all met and there is a flurry of texts and messages flying back and forth about times and places to meet.
I walk the mile to the station and am just in time to purchase an off-peak travel card for my journey to and from London with my tube and bus fares included ~ one ticket for all my journeys, what a good deal. London is as busy as ever and St Pancras is full of Eurostar passengers disembarking when I arrive……………I plan to visit John Betjeman but I am side tracked by a new Cath Kidston shop…..
I finally make my way upstairs to the John Betjeman statue, and as ever, I am moved at how animated and lifelike it is……the late Poet Laureate’s statue never fails to move me when I stand next to it. Next stop, South Kensington……..
……and then the V and A. We all meet up at the V and A Café and are astonished with the array of amazing meals on offer…..hot pies and meals, assorted sandwiches, salads, quiches, roulades, fritattas, cakes, scones, wine, beer and hot beverages……the choice and quality was top class and all very reasonably priced too. Two of us plump for the roasted butternut squash, caramelised onion and chilli croustade served with a choice of two salads, whilst one of us picks the spinach roulade with salads. We make our way to the stunning Morris Room white its beautiful stain glass windows and stucco columns….
Before I leave the V and A, I decide to visit the latest Post-modernism exhibition…..Postmodernism: Style and Subversion 1970-1990 (24 September 2011 – 15 January 2012) will be the first in-depth survey of art, design and architecture of the 1970s and 1980s, examining one of the most contentious phenomena in recent art and design history: Postmodernism.Postmodernism challenged the utopian ideal of Modernism favouring bold colours and patterns, historical quotation, wit and a new found freedom in design.
The jury is out for me on what I thought about that exhibition, there were highs and lows for me………………but, a great day was had in the smoke and it was wonderful to meet on-line friends at last. No recipes or food today, but normal service will be resumed tomorrow! See you later…….but before I go, I just wanted to say how wonderful it was to meet Jude and Working London Mummy today ~ two very interesting, charming and delightful people, and just how I imagined them to be after getting to know them through their blogs.
PS: On my way out I popped into the shop and was captivated with the fabric reindeer………….
….I may just have to have one of those! I also bought some of my Christmas cards from the shop…..