This weekend Dina came over to London for her first trip to see me in 2012. As I’ve been over home a bit in December, January was her turn to come & see me!
She flew over on the Friday night, so it was a latish when I met her at Streatham Common train station… fortunately everything ran to time and we were shortly home. On the Saturday morning we were up in good time & off to the National Gallery at Trafalgar Square. Dina wanted to go to the gallery to see the Van Gogh paintings on display there. A few weeks ago, when we were in Amsterdam we went to the Van Gogh Museum and the National Gallery in London has one of the paintings from the Sunflowers series.
After the viewings it was time for lunch. We ate in the cafe at the National Gallery, and I have to say it was one of the best lunches I’ve had in London in ages! Sure it was a bit on the pricey side, however it was fantastic.
We then strolled along the Strand together, doing a bit of window shopping and not really getting too worked up… until Dina went looking for her phone in her bag… which she had left in the National Gallery! It’s fair to say that our journey back down the Strand was somewhat quicker than the stroll up it! Fortunately and amazingly, the phone had been handed into the ‘lost & found’ at the Gallery and it was returned to its delighted owner. Drama!
Thankfully the episode didn’t hold us up too much as the afternoon plan was to catch a West End show. Dina has always been fond of the Theatre and I was able to get some tickets for ‘Legally Blonde’ (a theatre show based on the movie starring Reece Witherspoon) at the Savoy Theatre. I have to say, I really quite enjoyed it… and it was a lovely way to spend the afternoon. Afterwards we came home, grabbed some dinner and watched some TV for a perfect, relaxed Saturday.
Today was a lazy Sunday… with the most important part being the call home to wish my Mum a happy birthday! She seemed to be quite happy at home with the granddaughter visiting (obviously the parents has called as well). Meanwhile, Dina and I sorted out a number of wedding bits and bobs, including asking our good friend Ruth McCrea to do a reading at our wedding… and wonderfully she agreed!
This afternoon, unfortunately as these things go, Dina had to return to Belfast so I took her back to the train station and said goodbye as she began her journey home. Another visit over and back to the drudgery of being alone in London for another few weeks.