zaterdag 3 maart 2012
In London I met up with David.... and.... Jon & Roy...
Last night I came back from my little 2 day Holiday-Trip to London. Today I feel I have been away for more than a week....that always happens when you have been away for a short holiday..
So I flew on Thursdaymorning early from Eindhoven to Stanstead Airport. Not that Ryanair is my favourite..but it was cheap and..well it is just less than an hour, so the limited leg-space is not that bad if you sit on the inside. Perfectly in time..but what a horrible coloured interior and clothes the stewardesses have to wear in those planes. I guess they have thought that the yellow brightens up the customers. Well...anyway..with closed eyes and music in my ears that hour was rather pleasant. At that time I didn't know that I would be surrounded by beautiful colours the rest of the days..
After landing The Stanstead Express brought me in 45 minutes to Liverpool Street Station. A real comfortable trainride with nice country vieuws too (I remember seeing Longboats in a small canal).
It was sunny that day and it felt that Spring is round the corner. Didn't need my Wintercoat and woolen scarf.
First Stop: Covent Garden for Muji (Why isn't there a Muji Shop in Holland??) and the Tabio shop (unfortunately no bright polkadot socks for my Sweetie).
Next Stop: Piccadilly to go to THE Exhibition from David Hockney in the Royal Academy of Arts.
It was busy with a long queue waiting to get in. Luckily I had booked tickets in advance so I could go inside to collect my ticket for 13.30 hrs.
Can't write more than that it was:
THE WORK OF A GENIUS,
And that I am Really Happy that I was able to GO!!
And that, if you can go.. GO!!
Ofcourse I bought the catalogue, so Bram could see the works too at home (when at the exhibition I knew he would have loved to see this all)
Still from Beautiful films made with 9 camera's..it was as you were almost into the film..and into the landscape..
After more than 2 hours I left the exhibition. Mint tea and a scrumptious lemon tart went down well to get my energy back.
A little shopping at Fortnum & Mason, a visit to Hatchards the oldest bookstore in London where I bought the next day for Bram the Hudson's with all Grand houses from England in it.
Celia Birthwell about her life and work as textile designer and friend from David Hockney....
After a beautiful afternoon I took the Underground to go to Jon and Roy where I would stay the night. I know Jon for years because of the yarns he dyes for his own Brand Easyknits and who are a joy to look at and to work with.
I had met Jon a few times (and we always have contact usually by a chat session). Hadn't met his husband Roy but after meeting up with the 2 I felt really at home with them. There was wine, a lovely meal cooked by Roy, plenty subjects to talk about and we had a really nice evening together. Felt really pampered. After a good sleep there was coffee and a nice breakfast. Casa Easyknits is much better than a Hotel!!!
And there were talks about the yarns ofcourse. Jon has a real good feeling for colours, which is not for everyone. I found out the best way to choose the right colour according to Jon..
Loop in Camden Passage
Suddenly I heared my name and I looked into the face from Jessica who we know from the first time we went to Ireland and with her and husband Michael we usually meet up in Clifden. So the flight back we kept on talking...so much to tell..A lovely way to end this holiday.
Now it is more or less back to reality. Saturday is Laundry and Shopping day. Coffee with friends in the morning in the Cafe.
Work will start on Monday.
Bram is not very well at the moment. Thanks to neighbours Ineke and Janneke I could do this trip. They took good care of him. It has given me back some energy. It was really nice to be away for those 2 days without feeling guilty and knowint that he was in good hands.
Sometimes it is hard for me to see him in this state. This energetic man is now reduced to a man who want to do things but can't do them anymore. Sometimes it is heartbreaking for me as I watched him last Tuesday doing his physiotherapy. It took so much energy from him. Difficult to see him struggle. On the way back to the car I suddenly bursted out in tears.
This Wednesday we will have a talk with a woman who might help us with the practical things which need to be organized in the future. Hopefully it will work out they way we hope it will go.
Tomorrow it is Sunday..Time to relax a little...
P.S. Usually when I am in the Tube I take pictures from the fabrics of the seatings. Have a good collection already..But on my way to somewhere I took this shot of incorparated signs for the elderly, persons with little children or pregnant women. Such a good idea and it looks really good I think...