Sunday, 28 March 2010

Been up to London to visit....................

..................well, not the Queen, but some MUCH more exciting and special people:

and My Bossy Big Sister Ally!

(and there some very sadly missed friends who couldn't make it - but hopefully next time?)

Ally, Lesley and I met up at our hotel - The Hilton in Euston (MUCH more luxurious than our usual Travelodge) and Gina came to join us about half an hour later.

Instead of hitting the hot-spots of London we all decided to stay at the hotel and chat, knit, laugh and drink wine before having a lovely, extremely reasonably priced, if rather unusual meal in the hotel

(I'm sure the waiter didn't mean to call Gina a Tart and I'm sure Gina didn't really mean it when she said "No. Her!" whilst pointing at me. At least I think she didn't mean it?!)

We nearly managed to kidnap Gina and persuade her to stay the night in the hotel and come shopping with us on Saturday but unfortunately common sense prevailed and she decided that she really did need to go home.

On Saturday we met up with Michaela and Val at Loop and bought lots of gorgeous woolly goodies. This is my selection:

Then Val went back to meet up with her friends at the Country Living Show and the rest of us had some delicious cake

before spending ages trying to catch a taxi in the pouring rain to take us to Covent Garden.

We eventually got there and popped into Cath Kidston (but they didn't have the type of fabric I was after which was a shame - so I bought a hanky instead!)

followed by the Bead Shop

and then another cafe for a drink, chat and knitting session

before it was time to head back to various stations to catch our trains home.

In true Bloggy-Meet-Up fashion there was a lovely exchange of gifts:

a beautiful button brooch from Gina

my bloggy giveaway prize from Val

delicious, not-much-left-to-photograph fudge from Michaela, beautifully wrapped in cute fabric

UN-photographed but equally scrummy-delicious chocolate brownies from Ally

and beautiful stitch markers from Moogs!

Moogs had also bought me this brilliant coaster

and this fabric was wrapped around a lovely blue dotty mug

This is what I looked like when she gave me the mug on Friday evening:

But this is what I looked like on Saturday morning when the bag I was carrying it in flew off my shoulder as I was giving Val a hello-hug smashing my lovely mug into smithereens

Sorry Moogs!

On the way back I had a lovely time with my friends from home, showing them what I had bought and looking at all their goodies.

They had all been at the Country Living Show and I had commissioned them to buy me some Decopatch supplies:

and my lovely friend, Aunty Ann had also bought me this gorgeous birdie

So it was a really fantastic weekend made even more lovely as Locketland had been struck down by a really awful sick bug which left us all feeling very poorly and this was the first time in over a week that I had actually felt well enough to do much.

But the icing on the cake was the telephone call I received on my way to the train station on Friday telling me that I had got my lovely new job! Hoorah!


Ali said...

Oh, well done on the new job! That's great news. And good to see you had a fun weekend (though sad I didn't make it...)

quinn said...

Sounds like a lovely time was had by all! What is that pretty yarn for your new Baktus? On my monitor, it matches the background of your blog perfectly :)

Jan said...

Oh what a lovely weekend you had so pleased you have shared it with us ,so awful about your mug ,but great news about your new job ,,love Jan xx

trash said...

Hurrah for beautiful gifties! Hurrah for fabulous new job!
Hurrah for successful Loop visit!
Hurrah for gorgeous hankie, fabric and mug!

Boo, hiss and "Oh ruddy flipping Norah!" (to quote Mr Gently Benevolent) to saddy broken beautiful mug.

Gina said...

Ha! Who called who a tart...?
Good job I didn't stay seeing all the shopping you did on Saturday. I wouldn't have been able to afford my train fare home. So pleased you to see you bought some decopatch stuff too... now we can both be skippy heart happy!

quinn said...

Goodness, Lucy - I was so distracted by the goodies (and especially the yarn) that I completely missed your New Job!!! Congratulations, and best of luck :)

silverpebble said...

Many many happy happy congratulations on the new job Lucy. So sorry to miss everyone this weekend but it sounds absolutely wonderful, apart from the mug sadness.

Who is the 'Mr Gently Benevolent' of whom Trash speaks? Is it father christmas?

BTW my commenty thing is working again so if you feel the urge to write rude things I'll see them!

Jodie said...

All of that plus another lovely new dog !!!! How lucky you are Lockett !!!

French Knots said...

Looks like a wonderful time was had by all!
So pleased to hear about the new dog, hope it's super!xx

Sarah's House said...

Sounds like fun fun fun. What is your new job going to be ?

Anonymous said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful time!! Sorry to hear about your mug. Amara's sitting here beside me very upset at the sad face. :(

dottycookie said...

So lovely to see you - but did you have to put a pic of the cake I missed?!

I have ot confess I scoffed half the fudge before I even arrived at the fair. Oh, and the gorgeous corsage you made was admired by all my friends who wanted to know which stall I had bought it from ;-)

Jo in TAS said...

Sounds like a wonderful day, shopping, stitching, eating, chatting...pure bliss!
Congrats on the new dog too!

rachelmp said...

What a huge, fantastic day .. and a new job. Nice work Lucy!

wonderwoman said...

Wow Lucy, congrats on the job!! Looks like you had a fantastic time and i'm only sorry i couldn't make it - maybe next time!


vintagerockchick said...

Glad you enjoyed your trip to town - have you made anything with your Decopatch yet? I have been busy Decopatching anything that doesn't move - starting with my LOVE letters, and moving on to gift boxes, buttons ... will have to get some more paper.

Thimbleanna said...

WooHoo! Congratulations on the new DOG Mrs. Locket!!! It looks like that bit of news set the whole tone for the weekend -- sounds like it was perfect. I'm soooo jealous!!! (In a very, very good way!)

Sew Create It - Jane said...

What a fantastic sound refreshed and ready to tackle the world. :o)

Moogsmum said...

Hey - you got a job? Well done!! Could have told me.....

Thanks for a lovely time in London - feels a bit like treason being called more special and exciting than Her Maj! Sorry I was an overtired snotty old grump - lack of sleep and colds obviously don't agree with me.

I would comment on your lovely photos but my stoopid computer has decided I'm not allowed to see them tonight!! I want to see your Baktus and what you looked like after you so carelessly smashed that pretty spotty mug into a gazillion pieces.....I especially wanted to see that one ;o)

I also wanted to see your Decopatch stuff - that's going to make you so happy!


monda-loves said...

sounds like you all had a lovely time in that London.
You got a new job, yay for you! What is your new job? and how did you get on with the rice pudding btw?


Michaela said...

Blimey, that Baktus is growing up very quickly! Lovley day, despite the rain and lack of taxis. When can we do it all again?

Helen said...

Knew you'd get it Lucy . . . . . . Cause you're fabulous!! Crack open the fizz,
Love Helen xx

twiggypeasticks said...

sounds good fun, congrats on the new job !!
twiggy x

ladydi said...

Nicely done with the new job! It sounds like a really fun weekend!! What is the aqua colored item you are knitting? Perhaps a shawl?

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your new job - your pressies look fab and it sounds like you all had a great time x

Kitty said...

Oooh, looks like a lovely time was had by all - as always at bloggy meet ups. So glad you all had a lovely time. :) x

Middle Cottage Diary said...

Looks like you and the girls had a fun trip to!

Middle Cottage Diary said...

...wonderful (missed the *ful)

Mavis said...

Just a thimbleful....

What a lovely weekend! A visit to London is wonderful, but oh, so nice to get back home !