Friday, January 26, 2007

Back from London!

I have been back for a couple of weeks, but I am only now able to post to my blog. I had a wonderful trip and I thank all of you who sent suggestions for places to visit in and around London. I walked all over the city and visited as many places as I could in 10 days. I particularly liked the London Eye (what a view), Hyde Park, Westminster Abbey, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Tower of London and a day trip to Oxford. Yes, I know they are all tourist places, but they are for a reason! I also found a fantastic vegetarian restaurant (Food for Thought) near Covent Garden. The above photo is Big Ben with Westminster Abbey behind, taken from the London Eye.

Each day in London I would start walking in a new direction.
One day was Portobello Road and the antiques and food stalls.

Another day was Buckingham Palace and the Changing of the Guard.

I went to St. Paul's Cathedral for Christmas Eve Choral Service.

I walked along the canals to Regents Park and Camden Locks. It must be even more beautiful in summer.

The only fibery finds were some knitted baby items in the V & A using what looked like cotton thread it was so fine, and a case of spindles and other spinning related equipment in the Pitt Rivers museum in Oxford - very interesting museum.

Here is the courtyard of Oriel College in Oxford.

I also spent some time in Bremen, Germany visiting my daughter, Julia. She is there for a year with her father and his family. She is attending a German high school (9th grade) and rapidly learning German. I am so proud of how well she is doing, and how excitedly she approaches new experiences.

Here she is wearing the headband I made for her for Christmas. She wants to be a photographer and has a great eye for interesting compositions.

I also started a shawl using my own handspun yarn from CVM (California Varigated Mutant) wool. I love it and will post a picture when it is finished. I will save other fibery things such as my recent acquisitions (a wonderful handspun yarn from my swap pal in the Spin to Knit swap, and my new Moosie) for future posts.