Thursday, 9 April 2015

Easter treats

The sun came out eventually and we have enjoyed a wonderful Easter, full of treats!  

Easter Sunday, we travelled to London, booked into our Airbnb and then spent the afternoon and evening with daughter Katie and her partner Ed; exchanging Easter eggs, catching up on news, admiring the new work they have done on the flat and going out for a meal at a local gastropub, then sharing a bottle of prosecco before returning to the B&B.

On Monday morning, we all travelled into the City of London and zipped up to the 35th floor of the "Walkie Talkie" building to admire the breathtaking views over London from the Sky Gardens, as well as the terraced planting inside this huge glazed space.  

A walk through the city to Tate Modern for lunch, then another walk along the South Bank to London Bridge to catch the tube back to north London.  More tea and wonderful home baked banana bread to stoke up the energy levels before saying our goodbyes and driving back to Oxford.

Easter was officially rounded off by spending the evening with one of our neighbours, Jean - a good opportunity to catch up on news from the street and other matters of mutual interest over supper (including delicious home made cake) and more wine.  Thank you Jean!  

We extended the Easter break on Tuesday with a trip to Waddesdon Manor - our first visit to a National Trust house (and tea room!) in 2015.  This time, rather than explore the house and grounds, we donned the colourful capes provided and explored "Colourscape," an amazing inflatable labyrinth of 66 chambers full of light, colour and live music - like getting lost on another planet and great fun for all ages!  If it comes to a venue near you, be sure to go.

After a couple of "normal" days, we are gearing up for another busy long weekend, but making some time to enjoy the garden while the good weather lasts....and maybe think about who will win the Boat Race this year (come on Oxford!) and the Grand National on Saturday, although I think we may well be otherwise engaged when they are happening....

If you had told me back in early December that we would be enjoying a busy Easter this year, I would have found it hard to believe given the doctor's dire prognosis of a "small number of months" .... Well Steve is still here, still enjoying life and making the most of every day.  And long may it last!

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