Friday, 15 October 2010

So I'm back ... I hope. I had a looooooovely summer and a long post-summer blue period.

My oldest sister who lives in New York and my mum who lives in Barbados came to visit and it was just like old time. James and I took them to Devon where his family had rented a cottage for part of the summer and we had a lovely visit there with them for a few days before heading back to London. Dee then took Mummy off to Paris and Barcelona for two weeks and when they got back we spend another few days together exploring London and shopping before Dee had to fly back to New York. I begged her to quit her job and stay, but she just looked at me as though I had two heads and went off back to her life. The upside was that I had my Mummy all to myself then, and boy did we have a blast ... a revolving door of chatting, sightseeing, shopping, eating and then off to Istanbul, Turkey for more of the same.

Much too soon it was time for her to return home and it was harder than ever to see her go after spending a month and a half with her. I tried the "why don't you move here and live with us" routine on her too and she too looked at me as though I had two heads and one was smaller and a different colour than the other. I don't know what's wrong with moi. I just want the days of mummy and me again. They weren't all a bundle of laughs mind you, but there was a certain sweetness and comfort to them. Adult life has its charms but .... oh well .... By the way don't you just love the black and white of mummy and me. I wish I had that dress and those shoes in my wardrobe now. She was such a looker, my mum. Could definitely give Betty Draper a run for her dinero.

James and I celebrated our 10th anniversary of togetherness and 1st wedding anniversary this week with a day of indulgence. We started with an fabulous exhibition at the V&A called Shadow Catchers and then moved on to a leisurely lunch at Hibiscus, then on to the Tate Britain for a look at the work of the artists nominated for this year's Turner prize. The highlight of the day for me though was getting our very first fish pedicure at Aqua Sheko. I must admit that seeing and feeling those fish attacking my feet with such frenzy freaked me out much. The sensation is like having your feet tickled by a million popping bubbles. Once I got over that I was eventually able to relax and get into the experience and I gotta say those little buggers are very efficient. My Flintstone feet felt as smooth as silk at the end of the session. After the fish attack, we finished our evening at the cinema with popcorn and an action flick. It was a very lovely day.

Okay now to business. With all the action happening around here, I haven't been able to weigh in with my counsellor. I know I must have put on some weight because my clothes are tighter now than at the beginning of summer, but I'm not too bothered by this because I know I'll be able to drop it all again now that I'm back to regular programming.


  1. OMG that picture of the fish totally freaked me out!! You are so brave! I can totally relate to the feeling of having family together and the emptiness it seems to leave behind when they go. There really is no medicine like family.

  2. I am glad that you are back! Looks like you had an amazing time. Congratulations on the anniversaries!

  3. I'm so glad you are back.

    I love the b&w photo of you and your mum. I thought is was a photo by a professional photographer when I first saw it. Your mum looks like a model.

    The fish photo, however - when I saw that I thought it was something from that show Fear Factor. As a pedicure however, it does seem a lot easier than using a pumice stone - I wonder if I can find a place that offers it in Melbourne.

  4. missed you! i love that you shared photos!

    i don't know if you've seen, but i've moved on from my and i'm blogging elsewhere now.


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  6. the visits and anniversary sound wonderful! i think it's stuff like that which can really pull you out of the duldrums :)

  7. Yoo hoo there!

    Your mummy is certainly a stunner in that photo, I can see where you get your good looks from. Hmmmm I'd like to try the fish pedicure, down under they use White Pointer Sharks! LOL!!!!!

  8. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!!! What beautiful pictures!
    Ohmy! Those fish! Smooth as silk... how wonderful is that!
    Have a pretty day!

  9. hey! thanks for stopping by my new blog :)
    i've miss you blogging!

  10. What a lovely post!

    And how great it is that you have such a nice adult relationship with your mom and sister.

    I've never had a fish pedicure. I think it would be fun to try one. I wouldn't even begin to know where to find a place that does such a thing within a reasonable distance of where I live. Ahh, but there is Google.

    It's been a month since you posted this. I hope things are going well with you.

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