We got home last Wednesday. It was a great trip but boy, was I glad to get home by the end of it. Travelling with a toddler is certainly a lot different to travelling as a couple or by yourself- especially a 2 and a half year old who decided it would be a great time to test out his right to have the “terrible twos” tantrums in places like St. Peter’s Basilica. I did get a little taste of alone travel though on the day I left the boys in search of my dream store, Loop. I mapped out my journey the night before as I wanted to head back to Notting Hill that day too. I had been to Portobello Road last time we visited London but I really wanted to go back. I am a sucker for the pretty coloured doors and houses. It wasn't the first time I’d used the tube but it was the first time I'd used it by myself… I know it's super easy to use but I was still really proud of myself. It can be pretty daunting when you're not used to it. I must say it was soooo much easier when you're not trying to get a pram up the stairs!
I visited Alice’s Antiques along the way. It’s Mr Grubers Antique Shop in my current favourite movie to watch with Ed, Paddington. I also went to The Notting Hill Bookshop, also known as the The Travel Bookshop that Hugh Grant owned in the movie, Notting Hill. I spent ages poking around in there and chatting to the lady that owned it. I ended up selecting a copy of “The Tales of Beedle the Bard” by Beedle the Bard to read to Ed. It's another one from the Harry Potter story- a book young witches and wizards are read by their parents.
Afterwards I made my way out to Loop. I got a wee bit lost and stopped at a cozy English pub for a pot of tea *cough vodka, but found my way eventually. Oh man, I didn't want to leave when I got there. Everything about the store is wonderful; the displays, the walls of wool and the ambiance that makes you want to curl up on the comfy couch by the window with your needles clicking and a cup of tea…. actually, if there were an open fire there I would probably be sitting there right now doing just that. The staff are just as wonderful too and a member of the team spend ages upstairs balling the wool I had purchased so I didn't have to do it by hand and could start knitting as soon as I got home- very sweet I thought. I have been thinking about how lovely it must be to work there in winter when the snow is falling outside the window. Ok, so I know it's probably super busy all the time and no one that works there actually gets to sit about gazing at the snow outside while knitting over tea but this is my fantasy, so don't piss on my chips and tell me any different.
So what did I buy you might ask? well, it's all balled up and I put the labels somewhere in my suitcase (thats sitting in the middle of our lounge room that I haven't unpacked yet and am just getting what I need out as I need it) BUT I did pop a picture of my purchases in for you. I got some cute stitch marked, the Loop 10 year anniversary book and also a really cute book called Granny Chic. Granny Chic has soooo many super cute projects in it. I have been wanting to make a fabric covered chair for ages but have never gotten around to looking up how to do it. I was super excited to find the instructions - or “recipe” as it's called in the book- on how to do it. For anyone out there who is obsessed with pretty floral fabric, wool and crafty bits this book is a MUST. I pick it up at least 4 or 5 times a day and flick through. Also, the paper smells really good too. On a side note- how pretty is the new to me bed sheet my sweet friend Bea thrifted for me!
On a kiddo note- He LOVED watching the garbage man outside our apartment window in London. He got really upset one morning calling out for "Woody!". It took me ages to figure out why but then I finally remembered the scene out of Toy Story when Woody is in the garbage truck. So Wal and I hunted high and low for his Woody doll (the one time the bloody thing isn't sticking in the bottom of our feet because we've stepped on it) to show him that Woody wasn't in the truck. We finally found him and all was right with the world again.
P.S I just came across this book, Snail Mail while looking up the link for Granny Chic to show you. I couldn't help but buy it so I'll let you know what I think of it when it arrives. Maybe some snail mail writing might be in my future....