We had a great time and I have some photos to show you!
First though I would like to show you my latest page for Elizabeth's theme of Back to School for Art Journal Journey.
A little bit of random stencilling and stamping as a background…the image is from Print Shop and I printed out my words on the computer too.
I think this image still sums up what it is like at Home Time in Early Years teaching - making sure that children are dressed properly and have their belongings with them.
Now I am also here for Tea with Elizabeth as T Stands for Tuesday!
On the first day of our break away we called into a cafe in Romford where we stayed. I ordered a scone and was surprised to have it arrive toasted - however it tasted delicious and was very welcome after our 6 hour journey!
Hubby had an Armenian speciality cake (the proprietor was Armenian)and said it tasted good too!
As you can see hubby had a milkshake while I had a cappuccino!
The main purpose of our visit was to research my family history and we had some success with that. Hubby's is easier as his family was close to where we live.
The Records Office in Chelmsford was really helpful and when we came out again into the heat of the afternoon sun we walked along by the River Chelmer.
The view of the Records Office from the river.
We then went to visit Mountnessing where my Mum's family lived when she and her siblings were youngsters.
My Mum never mentioned the windmill but it has been recently restored.
I doubt this view has changed much
I am peering over my specs because I was using my camera and can't see the image without them!
We went for a meal in the oldest pub in the village and what a good decision that was. The Prince of Wales not only does excellent food but the landlord after finding why we were visiting the village went to fetch me a photo that was taken while my Mum was living in the area
I tried to get in the same position for my photo.
The thought that the man down the road walking towards the camera in the 30's photo could have been a relative was a strange feeling!
On Friday we were up very early - a train to catch into London!
We headed to the Tate Modern to meet up with...
….lovely Julie Ann Lee of Magpie Heaven! We had a great wander around the galleries (until it was time to go when we lost our sense of direction and took a while to get out!)
With a plan to meet up again at Ally Pally on Saturday Julie Ann went off for a lunch date and hubby and I sat and enjoyed this view while eating our lunch.
St Pauls Cathedral in the rain!
After lunch I went to see the Georgia O'Keefe Exhibition…
..then we walked along the South Bank to reach Westminster Abbey where we had managed to obtain 2 for 1 tickets.
No photos were allowed in the Abbey but we did buy a guide book to remind us of our visit!
After a quick coffee and a couple more stop offs we caught our train back to Romford.
I will be back tomorrow to show you Ally Pally photos and what I managed to add to my crafting stash!
Thanks for looking, Chris