Friday 6.30pm finally arrived after 5 long days of waiting! Skipping out the office door I headed to the station, loving the classical music that greets me there every night (the music is apparently a ‘yob’ deterrent!). The train was not as full as usual so I managed to get a seat and someone had kindly left their Evening Standard behind for me to read. Reading the papers on my daily journey has become an enjoyable pastime and I am learning more about politics, the Olympics, the shenanigans of our City officials, what’s on in London and from the Metro I am increasing my stock of ‘very interesting things I read in the papers’ ….one day when I die, they are going to come into my house and have to search me out amongst the paper cut-outs! 🙂 It’s a real compulsion and has become a bit of an addiction. I have always been an ‘accummulator’ and all through my life I have collected all sorts of things…wish I had been as diligent about collecting money…but I digress.
Back to the weekend; once home we, my girl and I had a yummy meal, watched a bit of telly and worked like demons on our respective businesses. Late to bed again at about 1am.
Saturday it was up early and not too bright and headed off to Russell Square for the Immerse Event – #StepAhead where my daughter was to be one of the speakers. I was so excited, to attend one of her trainings and looking forward to hearing from the other speakers too. I met some fab people at the event and thoroughly enjoyed the day’s talks. I especially enjoyed hearing from Elliot Kay, the Coach with the Hat; a real live wire speaker. My daughter was a delight and I have to say that I am so exceptionally proud of her achievements and how much she has developed as a speaker of note; a resounding applause followed her talk. We headed to the bar after and had a wonderfully funny and interesting conversation that ranged back and forth across a wide range of subjects.
Heading for home we relaxed over tea and more chat. I had planned on doing a self-guided Dickens tour on Sunday so did a bit of research to prepare me for the walk. We were also waiting with bated breath for news from South Africa to say my sister had delivered her baby. Finally after a very long labour, she had a fine and lovely bouncing boy; Luca.
What a lovely day I woke to…..sunny, blue skies. Just what I had ordered for my walkabout….except I didn’t get that far as it turned out!!! I had promised to help my daughter with some transcribing, video to word!! Urgh! Not fun. It took hours and thankfully had a useful outcome in that I have now realised that I no longer want to be a transcriber. It was so very tedious. But finally after about 2 hours of typing we decided to down tools and head to the river for a walk. The day was so incredibly beautiful and we enjoyed a bracing stroll to Richmond Lock, along the Thames Path towards Kew and back again. CJ has a new camera lens and I got papped!!! repeatedly 🙂 🙂 She is so funny and I eventually gave up and posed and smiled and did my duty as a photographic subject! hahaha.
Actually her photos are amazing and she could be a professional photographer I am sure. Tea and cake followed when we got home and then back to the drawing board. I am now seriously into pinterest and had to chuckle when I read a blog about how addictive pinterest has become and that in the near future there will be ‘Pinterest Anonymous’!! I’ll probably be it’s first customer. I am loving it and especially love all the fabulous travel photos of some of the most amazing places. A great weekend, albeit way too short. Plus I didnt get to do my walk afterall…..instead I now look forward to doing it next weekend. 🙂