Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley, Knightsbridge

A friend and I recently treated ourselves to a fashion-themed Afternoon Tea at the Berkeley Hotel in London's Knightsbridge. If I'm honest, the dessert part of the Tea was more than a little disappointing - in flavours, rather than in presentation. The savoury element was absolutely delicious - finger sandwiches and duck profiteroles. The salad-looking … Continue reading Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley, Knightsbridge

Not My Tribe

A global audience watched the Euros. A global audience watched England lose a penalty shoot-out in the final against Italy on Sunday evening. Yesterday, a global audience heard or read on social media about the hideous racist comments posted online targeting the three young men who missed their penalties for England. Three Lions Three young … Continue reading Not My Tribe

The Inclusivity of Football

The final of Euro 2020 is on Sunday evening (BST) (I'm talking about football (soccer to my North American friends)) where Italy will play England at London's Wembley stadium. Delayed from last year, the England team's performance during the competition has brought a smile to the faces of the majority of the nation. Of course, … Continue reading The Inclusivity of Football

Covid-19 | The Journal, Part 16

On the day that eating indoors in restaurants and cafés was allowed again, a friend and I had Afternoon Tea. 🙂 I included a print out of my Mass Observation Diary (which happened before Afternoon Tea, but no matter). Dominic Cummings appeared before a parliamentary committee and let rip - it was fascinating to watch … Continue reading Covid-19 | The Journal, Part 16

Covid-19 | How Are You Feeling?

The atmosphere in our bit of suburban West London is strange. There's a sense of waiting and I don't just mean the lengthy queues every morning outside the local branches of Superdrug and Boots. Right now, life feels ominous but semi-normal. Certain shelves in the local supermarket are empty. Dried pasta, toilet rolls and any … Continue reading Covid-19 | How Are You Feeling?

OLW | Thrive and the Traveler’s Notebook

Three more spreads have been added to the One Little Word traveler's notebook: The Ceremony of the Keys: The Festival of Remembrance: And, last but not least, Tilly's family reunion: There's just one double page left - perfect for Christmas and wrapping up a year of thriving.

Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall

For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to attend the Royal British Legion's Festival of Remembrance at London's Royal Albert Hall. This year I made it happen for The Boy Child and me. On the Saturday before Remembrance Sunday, the Royal British Legion hosts a televised commemoration and celebration of our country's … Continue reading Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall

Ceremony of the Keys | Tower of London

The Brainy One and I recently had the good fortune to be part of a private tour of the Tower of London, which ended with viewing the historic Ceremony of the Keys. Source Footsteps echo in the darkness.  The sentry cries out, "Halt, who comes there?"  The Yeoman Warder replies, "The keys."  "Whose keys?"  "Queen Elizabeth's … Continue reading Ceremony of the Keys | Tower of London