Tales of walking, eating, watching and playing. Vintage treasures and simple pleasures ... the things that make her happy.

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

They wandered ...

the city ...
with their child's hand clasped in theirs,
his infectious enthusiasm bringing wonder to their eyes.
The noise and the smell of Christmas
at the pop-up market on the Embankment.
Enthusiastic hustlers drawing them in.
Silvered blades skating on ice.  
Exhilarated smiles on winter bitten faces.
Her wooden legs no match for her child's fearless abandon!
Watching mudlarks dig in receding waters.
Remembering Mandela ...
Inside St Paul's Cathedral ... 
a moment of hushed calm,
respite from the festive furore ...
She had to visit her favourite store ...
The Liberty clock and Father Time with his hour glass ...
"No minute gone comes ever back again take heed and see ye nothing do in vain"
The Royal Shakespeare Company's 'Matilda' 
collaboration installation in Liberty's central atrium.
She bought a few little goodies in Haberdashery -
gifts for crafty family members,
a birthday present for a special friend.
Under darkening sky and sparkling lights
they headed away from the bustle ...
to their rented bed.

Tonight her man is away ...
cheesy Buble will play and Christmas wrapping shall commence ... !




19 comments:

Vintage Sheet Addict said...

It looks wonderful, I need to go back to London again! :) x

rusty duck said...

I love Liberty too. Ages since I've been!

~Damita's Pretty Wrap~ said...

It all looks so lovely!! I would love to visit! Love the orange and fruit garlands! Very pretty! Happy Holidays! xo Holly

Jane Aston said...

I love Liberty's, haven't been for years. Haven't really had a proper day in London. It all looks very glitzy. Thanks for the tour. Happy wrapping.

Rosemary said...

A lovely pre Christmas trip to London - Liberty's is one of my favourite stores. Have you been watching the super programme about the shop on Channel 4?

Maria said...

Ooh Christmas wrapping is commencing here too! Wondering if you are watching the series on liberty on our screens at the moment!( bet you are) LOVING London and all her glitz! ~ Must say you are a brave one, Mrs VJ...~ I passed the ice rink by in 'Brum' recently! I didn't want to be the Mama on her bottom with broken bones...Scary cat me!
Lovely post as always, hugs and kisses Maria x

Things and Thoughts said...

Last Christmas we were in London! I recognize some places in your beautiful photos.Really magical!!!
Mandela was a man symbol of equality,justice and dignity.Young people must be inspired from him!
Thank you for this lovely post Marina!

nilly said...

Looks like we all love Liberty's! Liberty's alone is a good enough reason for a trip up to London.

greenthumb said...

Sounds like we did the same thing, we when into Sydney on the weekend. Looks like you had a lovely time.

Jacqui Galloway said...

Liberty's...you can't beat it!

Alessandra Poggiagliolmi said...

OOOOOOHHHHH!!!!! I really love london, especially during Christmas time!!!!! you lucky girl!!!!
xxxxxxx Ale

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

I LOVE LONDON and Christmas is perfect in this city. Every nook and cranny, every large historical building evokes a Christmas past and present. How magical is this, Jayne! LOVE TO YOU! Anita

YeamieWaffles said...

Beautiful photos for what must have been a really fun day out in the city, I adore London and can't wait to go back again some day soon.

thesnailgarden said...

Lovely post - funny that we seem to have been to the same places recently. :) Best wishes, Pj x

*Maristella* said...

Hi Marina ...
Christmas is near and a slight melancholy takes hold of me ...
a big hug and hope to soon ... *Maristella*.
(with translator)

The Custards said...

Glad that you had a lovely time away
I was in London a couple of weeks ago and found myself being lifted off the street and being carried along by the crowds - beats walking I suppose. Channel 4 were in Liberty when were there - you might see my big backside on the telly!
Best wishes
Jenny

Madelief said...

Your days in London sound delightful. Would have happily joined you :-)

Madelief x

Kristie Franklin said...

Oh WOW! It looks wonderful and sounds like you had a marvelous time. With little man in hand I bet he was mesmerized by all the festivities. I wish I could go to London! Husband has been there and to Liberty's too (for me) years ago. LOL

Did you ice skate? If I tried to do that I'd end up in the Emergency room with a broken hip or something. LOL

I do want to wish you a special holiday greeting and hope your Christmas is merry and happy. We will be heading back to Texas to spend the holidays with daughter and grandkids. It's a 15 hour or so trip with stops and a meal or two in between. :-)

Barbara Fisher said...

What a beautiful post! You’ve made me long to visit London, something I don’t often do.