Mudlarking

I can’t believe I didn’t know about this for so long, after living here for almost five years! And it’s even something we can go do within the current lockdown restrictions!

For those of you who are as in the dark as I was about what this is, well, you’ve heard of beach combing? Mudlarking is like that, except along the Thames River in London; and you’re not looking for pretty shells, but rather, for bits of centuries-old-trash-turned-treasure. Centuries of lost or cast-off items that now qualify as antiques. It’s treasure hunting the whole family can do together, right here in London.

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Keep Masked and Carry On

Well, the kids are back in school (hallelujah!) and life is taking on some form of return to normality, or what counts as normal in Autumn 2020.

There are many things we still can’t do, or shouldn’t do, or just don’t feel personally comfortable doing even though other people are; but then there are some things we can do again, with certain precautions, that we haven’t been able to do since mid-March. You follow?

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Christmas at Kew

Christmas at Kew met—no, exceeded—my expectations.

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I have heard for several years that Christmas at Kew Gardens is a must-do Christmastime outing in London, but this was our first time. You have to book tickets really early—we booked in JULY. And we were really lucky we happened to have a dry evening on the date we booked.img_4911We’ve been to Kew Gardens before, but this was a completely different experience. (And Kew Gardens is very much worth a visit during the day, with or without kids.) Continue reading

4 London Summertime Traditions, 1 (Long) Weekend

July was a particularly busy month this year. Between loads of end-of-school-year activities for both kids and people trying to get their summertime soirees in before everyone headed out of the city for the month of August, our family calendar was booked.

And there was one week in mid-July that must have broken some record in how many things I managed to squeeze into four days. Apparently I was trying to do as many British summertime activities as I could before spending a month doing American summertime things. Here’s a recap of the weekend we did All the Things: Continue reading