Oh my, life has been hectic over the past few days. It was my birthday on Wednesday and I chose to take a day trip to London with Anth.
I've had my eye on a ipod with a bigger memory and really wanted a red one. Having never seen one before as Apple only sell them online or in their stores, I decided that I wanted to see it before I bought one. Plus I could squeeze in a trip to Cath. So Anth and I took a day off work, and got up very early to catch the train. I love the train track from Newton Abbot to Exeter; it has to be one of the most dramatic in the country as it runs along the coast line, yards away from the sea and plunging into tunnels carved out of the red cliffs.
I was feeling slightly under the weather (still am, and I'm blaming 29 little runny noses that are wiped on sleeves and various tummy ailments. Ooh, I've been susceptable to everything this term) and was worried that I might take ill in Cath's and have to lie down on the display bed. But I didn't want to cancelled as I had been looking forward to this trip for weeks. So I pushed onwards. On our arrival we went straight to Regent Street to the huge Apple store.
Talk about feeling all of my 44 years, both of felt complete country bumpkins. I don't know what I was expecting but it was huge - there were hundreds of computers for you to use (for free!) even a special children's section, classes going on to help you get the most from your purchase, experts on hand if you had problems at the Genius Bar. I laughed to myself and cringe when I think that last week I spent too long on the phone to the Regent St store asking if they definitely would have a red Nano on Wednesday as I was coming up from Devon!! Oh the embarrassment! There must have been at least 700 Red Nanos on the shop floor alone! So I left with the most gorgeous ipod - it looks better than I thought, though I wouldn't call it red, it's the exact shade of our bookcase and my CK wallpaper. Very me.
Then we crossed the road to Liberty's where my favourite part of the fabulous building are the chimneys.
Off to Borders where I bought some Christmas magazines from the US and a wonderful book which I'll blog about later. Then it was off to Cath's.
You know I have a problem whenever I go into a Cath Kidston shop. Perhaps it's because I have only been 3 or 4 times and it's a big deal ,or, that I am now a lady of a certain age.. but as soon as I step foot inside I turn into a human waterfall! A hyperventilating, puce, waterfall. The girls who work there must wonder who this woman is, who, after removing as many clothes as decently possible; does at least 4 circuits of the shop, v e r y s l o w l y looking at everything. I eyed the bed longingly but didn't succumb. I bought a table cloth (the one on the cover of Country Living) a wallet, and some rose paisley fabric which I don't think I can bring myself to cut. I had previously bought the mini fabric chest of drawers and box files by mail order as I had learned my lesson about carrying heavy bags last time.
So, finally Anth led me away after explaining to the assistants that my glazed expression was probably due to being slightly under the weather plus the fact that we had had an early start from Devon.
Gasping for a cup of reviving tea we stopped at a wonderful patisserie where I looked even more weird as I insisted in taking photos through the window of the cakes for Alice.
On the late train home we sat, exhausted, but still doing our Sudoku. Should I mention that one of the things that both of us were looking forward to most was doing Sudoku on the train...how sad is that?!
I glanced up, smiled, thought of you and took out my camera to take a photograph at the seat infront..
..evidence of a good day!