Monday, October 25, 2010

Quickie trip to London

Had a bit of a spurr of the moment trip to London this weekend. Now, after my last trip to London - a complete and utter nightmare with someone who shall remain nameless and who I will not be in contact with again!!! - I vowed I would never return. However, husband had some business to do down there and thought, seeing as it was the half term holidays, that we could all tag along too. Ooohhhh okay then!

I knew time would be short so I planned a couple of shops to visit and I knew it meant a nice meal out as well. However.. about an hour from London, husband's phone died! So we spent most of the time yesterday in o2 and the Apple shop wherein he got an upgrade and an even better phone than he had - bonus!

So with what little time we had left and freezing my butt off....

We ate in Maxwells who brought the little darlings puddings rather late so they knocked some off the bill - another bonus!

Me and sweet girl enjoying our meal.

Beautiful food there actually. I had BBQ Chicken Chop salad which was lurvely. Oh and I had a cocktail too! How exciting is that!! That was last night.

We breakfasted in a little cafe this morning with was lovely and I was very tempted to get one of the gorgeous cakes but I didn't.

We visited Liberty



Love this building. It is the oldest shop in London apparently. Prices are shocking. This cushion was £175 I think.


This bar of Lavender Chocolate was £5.25. But I bought it anyway ;-)


The Christmas dept was simply gorgeous! I could have stayed there all day. Ooooooh I do love Christmas. I do, I do! So many twinkling lights.


I love the collection of fabrics. Autumn is definitely my thing at the moment!


and this gorgeous hoop display... oh now there's an idea..


We visited Hamley's. I was too excited by all the daft gadgets and toys to take many pictures in here and time was running very short..


We visited All the Fun o' the Fair in Carnaby St but it was shut!!!!! Dangnabbit. Maybe we got there too early?? Anyway, here's a misty window shot.


After a long, freezing morning we had to check out of the hotel and go to Cockfosters and get the car and drive home again. I am happy to be home even though my feet are still as blue as they look! I really need some fuzzy slippers to keep them warm.


Oh and do you want to see how my throw is coming along???

Are you sure???

Well, I'm not there yet but I did promise a sneak peak.....


Here you go...



I love it! It has such warming, autumnal colours in it. Really need to get going with this before all the leaves fall off the trees!

On Friday I will be visiting The Nimble Thimble nr Oswestry in Shropshire. I have wanted to go for such a long time. I don't have much cash this month but hope to gather enough to have a little spend. For those who don't know.. this is a beautiful stitching shop which tends to stock in lots of American style folksy type of charts and things. I am going with my lovely friend who has just learnt to crochet so it should be a great day out. I promise to take lots of pics!

Thanks for visiting me. I am trying to catch up on everyone's news. I'll be round your way shortly. xxxxxxx


CalamityJr said...

Not bad for a spur of the moment trip! Sometimes that's the best way to do things. Now I'm hungry for some good chocolate, but that won't be happening here soon. Oh, well! Your afghan is coming along well, and in such lovely colors - keep up the great work!

Denise said...

I would just love to visit London someday. It looks like a fun trip you had, thank you for sharing it.

The throw is just lovely and coming along well.

Michelle said...

London is such a wonderful place, I'm glad you had a lovely time. Your throw is coming along nicely, I can't wait to see the finished product. Have a good evening!

Maggie O said...

Ooh, how exciting. There are always trials and tribulations on a trip anywhere...and then there is travelling with the kids. You did extremely well for something this unplanned and it looked wonderful. How lucky are you? Well, quite lucky actually as you won a little frame over on my blog!!...and the blanket looks fabulous's all good.

Tammy said...

I just learned how to do granny squares and am doing a blue blanket. Same pattern you are doing but a smaller needle because I like the tighter look. I'll have pictures on my blog by the weekend. I love your colours it reminds me of the one my gram made for me

Catherine said...

What a fun little trip! Thanks for sharing pics of all the great things - I'm curious, how was the chocolate??

Your throw looks nice and toasty!

vEr0n!c@ said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous pictures! I've never visited London but it's a place I've been wanting to visit, even more so now after seeing your pictures. Love the fabric and hoops collection :) Beautiful colours. Same goes for your throw, so bright and cozy.

Margaret said...

Your daughter looks so much like you! She's adorable, and you're not bad yourself. :D Thanks so much for the pics of your trip to London! It's about the only way I'm going to see it at least for the foreseeable future. I loved seeing everything! Is Liberty the same Liberty that makes the fabrics? Nice shop! And your throw! OMG, what beautiful colors you've chosen for it! Just gorgeous! Glad you had fun in London -- now warm up those tootsies! :D

Lesleyanne said...

Sounds like you had a lovely day. Your throw is lovely.

Annemarie said...

I need to learn how to CROCHET, and it's all. Your. Fault.

Your trip to London sounds heavenly! Maybe next year...

Have fun at x-stitch shop. It sounds like a good place to go.

Clare - Aimetu said...

London is fab, so glad you enjoyed it. Liberty is my favourite shop, I did have some model work hung there once.

I haven't done any more crochet, but I will :)

anneke said...

Sounds like magic to me, but that can be caused by the fact I'm from the Netherlands. Paris and London sound both so magical...

Love your granny squares blanket so far.

Christine said...

I used to love mooching around Liberty's when I lived in London. Couldn't afford to buy anything there mind you!
Your autumn throw is absolutely stunning!

andamento said...

How exciting! I haven't been to London for ages, it's somewhere we plan to visit in a few years when the children are a little older and will appreciate and enjoy it more, so it was nice to have a little visit there though your photos. Have you eaten the chocolate yet, definitely need to savour it for that price!
PS Your through is lovely, gorgeous colours.

Cheryl said...

Its so cold up here i need a throw like that!!
Sounds like a good trip, i love London. I grew up down there actually.

Carol said...

Thanks for sharing your London visit with us, Hazel--looks like there are so many great places to visit... Someday...sigh!!

Am still in shock over the cost of the pillow--that would be over $270 U.S. dollars--unbelievable!! Perhaps you should start marketing some of your pretty creations :)

Your afghan looks lovely!

Sally said...

Looks and sounds like you had a wonderful trip. My Abi is going on a day trip with school ( to do with Textiles) and is visiting the V&A museum. She can't wat!

Your throw is looking gorgeous.

Enjoy The Nimble Thimble. What I wouldn't give to be able to go there again. We went years ago when we had a few days in Wales. I was in 7th heaven!

Jacquie said...

Ooooh , love your autumnal colours blanket, it's going to be stunning when it's finished. Loved your ripple too :0)
Jacquie x

Just-Do said...

Thank you for taking me to London with you! I was supposed to go this week myself, but because of not so nice stuff in my family I couldn't. That was really a disappointment because I just love London.
For such a short visit you certainly did a lot.
I like your throw. The colours look amazing.

groetjes, Dorien

Karan said...

Sounds like you had a lovely time, despite the cold weather. The throw is looking gorgeous. Have agreat time at NT. :0)

Jill said...

I love Liberty - especially near Xmas time because their displays are so magical. I used to go down in the new year to grab some of their fabulous xmas decorations in the sale.
That cushion was soooooo pretty, shame about the price tho :0(
Love your colourful crocheted blanket.

Jenni said...

Hi I'm new to your blog having discovered it the other week and I have been working my way through your archives. I love your stitching so much it is beautiful. I have been a cross stitcher since I was little but haven't picked up my needle since I was pregnant with my son (and he'll be 2 in december!) your pieces have really inspired me to pick up my needle again and finish off his birth sampler and a few other pieces (as well as enhance my stash with some new pieces to do). I am also a knitter and crocheter - I found your blog through I love lucy on ravelry and I must say your blankets are quite stunning. I'm wondering if you would share the yarn and colours you used for your daughters ripple it is so gorgeous. Anyway just wanted to stop by and say how much I love your blog and work, my name is PiperH on rav so may see you over there x Best wishes Jenni

staci said...

What a fun trip! Love the pic of you and your DD. And all your granny projects are making me drool...must get busy!

manda's challenges :) said...

ooh i say i say.... what a fabulous day you had and no yarn bags in sight!! No seriously looks like you had loadsa fun fun fun and still more to come!! Throw is coming long a treat xx

jane said...

Sounds like a great trip Hazel. Your afghan is going to be stunning. Enjoy your trip to The Nimble Thimble - it really is a lovely shop.

Kathy A. said...

Oh that looks like such a fun trip to London. Your photos made me feel like I was browsing with you.
Lve the progress on your throw. Good work ther.

Erin said...

The Liberty building was gorgeous. I hope to see it in person one day.

Your throw is beautiful in its fall colors.

Maaike said...

Hi Hazel, what a great fallblanket is growing there! Love the colours and the texture. Sounds like a good trip to London ;-).
Hughs, Maaike

Julie said...

Action packed weekend in the capital, great pics. Lavendar choccie, that sounds nice not sure about the pricey cushion though!

Wowza what great progress on the blanket, had my knitting pins out this week, crochet will be next week LOL

Hope you and your friend have a lovely trip to the Nimble Thimble

The Garden Bell said...

Quickly trip and London don't go together for me, but I sure wish they did. I was there a few years back and could have spent the entire day at LIBERTY. It's a favorite and classic store. So glad you shared your trip with us.

Now, about that grannie blankie. Love, aDORe and envy those yummie fall colors you picked. Can't wait to see it all finished.


Blu said...

Glad to hear you had a fun trip! The fabric hoops are a cute idea.

Your afghan looks awesome.

Carolyn NC said...

Looks like a blast! Love the throw!

Karen said...

I love your color combinations in your granny squares.

Cole said...

Looks like a fun day :) I love the colors in your autumn granny... looks so warm & cozy!

Beatrice said...

The colours of your throw are are doing a great job.
BTW I now want to see London..I've not been there. hmmmm some day!
I loved seeing your pics..thanks for sharing!

Amanda said...

Hi Hazel! Thank you so much for popping in to see me! I was really enjoying hearing about your trip to London, but when I got to the Granny blanket I just gasped with delight! Wow! That has got to be one of the best I've ever seen! The colours are just fabulous. I can't wait to see more! Lots of love, Amanda xxx

Julia said...

What a great trip!! I almost enjoyed it as much as you thanks to your photos! Isn't Liberty a beaut of a shop? Wow, their displays are amazing!!
The crochet is coming on a treat too, love the colours.
Sending love
Julia x x x

La Comtesse said...

Your blog is really nice! Will follow you with pleasure ... Happy Halloween!
Cio, ciao...

Raggedy Ann said...

would you mind if I move in with you?!!! (just kidding) :)
You are so talented, and I love where you live Hazel! Perhaps I shall visit one day..I know my daughter would be thrilled to visit you!
Keep up the lovely posts..Love visiting your blog!

Anna said...

I just found your blog!
your so creativ, amazing!!!
Greetz from holland

hazel said...

So glad you had an enjoyable time in London and yes Liberty's is great, I am lucky that I get to go to London quite often and always check out Liberty's but very rarely buy, just love the shop and the way everything is displayed.
Your afghan is coming on nicely.
Hazel (UK)

Lisa said...

Glad you had a good time in London, I'd like to visit again soon, not been since I was pregnant with DD.
Your new blanket looks lovely, those colours really are good together aren't they?