Last night, PM Boris Johnson held an emergency press conference to announce that London and much of Southeast England would be moving into Tier 4, effective at midnight. This came as a surprise to most of us, because as far as we knew, it was a 3-tier system. Tier 4 was a totally new level they’d just added. The new strain of the virus they’ve discovered here in the UK seems to be even more highly transmissible than the original coronavirus.
For some, this meant canceling their Christmas plans to get together with family or friends. For others, such as my friend Amelia, this meant a mad dash to pack up the car and get to Granny’s house in the countryside before midnight, when their family Christmas plans would turn back into pumpkins. So now instead of isolating for a few more days between the end of school term and mixing with extended family in other households for Christmas, many families will just go for it and hope for the best.
Christmas at Kew met—no, exceeded—my expectations.
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.We’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 →
Frosted Range Rover windscreens… fur-trimmed Canada Goose coats… cockapoos in Christmas jumpers… and another Christmas season in SW11 Between the Commons is upon us.
It happens fast after Halloween. First there’s Guy Fawkes Day/Bonfire Night. Remember, remember the 5th of November, gunpowder, treason, and plot. We went to Battersea Park for the fireworks and bonfire again this year, and got lucky it stopped raining in time! Continue reading →