Tuesday, August 04, 2009

A Housefull

Everyone is here now. Picked up Leona on Sunday and then yesterday I took the cheap* way out to Heathrow Airport (i.e. the tube rather than Heathrow Express) to meet my friend Laurel whom I haven't seen in over 20 years. She's a friend from my college days and I think the last time we saw each other was in 1986 at a wedding.

It may sound cliche but we reconnected via facebook of all places about 2 years ago. We've had regular chats since then and last year when I was doing this same trip I had floated the idea to her that she should come out for a holiday. Visiting Europe isn't quite so daunting when you don't have to pay for accommodation :) The timing wasn't right for her last year but this year she jumped at the chance.

Here she is ...

Laurel in London

She was so jet lagged, but I knew getting her outside in the sunshine and not allowing her to nap was going to help her get a decent nights sleep. It's kind of fun to watch someone that tired, but so excited as she's never been to Europe before.

So we are all here now and ready to take on the city. And it's just started to rain... typical.

* for those that have the time you can take the tube all the way out to Heathrow Airport. If you have an Oyster Card the trip works out to 4.80 return and takes approximately an hour from London Victoria station, vs 32.00 return and 15 minutes.

Sunday, August 02, 2009

Living South of the Thames

I arrived in London yesterday afternoon to begin a much needed 2 week holiday. I am house/cat sitting for friends and this will be the 3rd time doing this so it's turning into a bit of a regular thing - lucky me :)

Last year there were 2 cats to care for. This year there is just 1 as Suki passed away in January (so very sad).

This leaves me with Tom
Tom Cat in the Morning
who is now ultra affectionate and we had a good cuddle last night when I got settled and another one this morning before I started to make my breakfast.

I haven't uploaded any new photos at the moment (the above were from last year) as my camera is downstairs and I am upstairs still curled up in bed with my coffee. I am on holiday after all ;)