wk 24 – tates, piers & deepest bear

The last day in London didn’t quite go to plan, first stop at the Natural history museum for the wildlife photography, thwarted by huge queue of excited small children for half term, and after a lovely dinner and catch up with Cath and Dave, post midnight was too late to book our advance tickets for the next day…top of the list next week no doubt…second choice was the Satchi gallery in Sloane Square; private event only for the day, so after another trek across town we made it to the Tate Modern just in time for it to close on us…who said culture was easy?!!!

Quick trip back to one of my early London haunts, Richmond, for lunch, and can you believe the wombat warning in the windscreen of a car parked right outside my old house, was true…

Harrods was busy as always and seemed a little confused about whether it was halloween or Christmas…

And so to the SW on the start of our Mumbai week, Sydling St Nicholas was a tad quieter than Mumbai… made the call to delay the flight for a week, rent a car and head South West, Loc had not been to Brighton so had fun evening in the Laines and freezing morning stroll along the pier…

I write the remainder of this blog in the full knowledge that we can now depart the UK tomorrow, and with regret that this means continuing the fantabulous unexpected UK overstay cannot continue, we loved London and Cornwall, and had a superb time with everyone we were lucky enough to catch up with, what a way to spend a week waiting for a visa…!!

A few days near Falmouth with my friend Sam, with whom I shared many a live band and festival moment, as well as a house in Ealing in the past; Glastonbury ’97 the definitively most muddy festival of ALL time, Sam has threatened photos of us in our wellies, I say bring it on…! Sam’s deepest free diving bear was the inspiration for wombat, and they got somewhat cosy during our stay…with the best puffa ‘rubber duck’ I’ve ever seen…

We had an amazing day of sun, I actually paddled in England, and following Sam’s tips we saw some spectacular parts of Cornwall:

…and just loved Marazion, where the ocean seriously takes you by complete suprise and fills an entire bay EVERY day… we arrived for photo one late morning and walked out to the castle on the mount, and returned for photo two at sunset, these are taken at exactly the same spot, blew me away…

And the weekend in a tiny Cornish village on an inlet with my friend Anj from primary school in HK at her parents amazing house near Fowey, was gorgeous and huge fun despite the rain…we were trying our best to behave like primary school kids below…

A visit to the Eden project topped off the Cornish week, amazing place, particularly the rainforest biosphere, the honesty system for food was pretty cool too…

Final stop off on the way back to London and we lucked out with a B&B room practically on the Wells cathedral green, and a rather lovely cat named Charlie who quite liked the view as well…

And so comes to an end, a magnifico few months in Europe, filled with family and friends, thanks to everyone, can’t wait to see the famiglia again at CJ&N wedding in Trev next April xxxxxxxxx

new continent here we come (luckily not with qantas)!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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