We both get very envious and sad when we see people just popping to their sibling's houses for dinner or a cuppa, if only we could have that!
Anyway, our weekend of fun finally came along, I was very excited!
Ant was having Violet for the weekend, and my lovely brother in law was coming up to ours with my two nephews so they could all hang out together and not be lonely and wifeless all weekend (although I think they had more fun without us there anyway!)
So Gareth arrived at lunchtime and had all three kiddies by himself for a bit so I could set off before rush hour kicked in which was great, I blasted my music the whole way there and drove as fast as I liked!
When I arrived I was soon escorted back out again as we wanted to make afternoon tea at Beckworths (local amazing garden centre), luckily we made it just before the cut off time and ate scrumptious sandwiches and delicious cakey treats washed down with a good old english cuppa! We managed to catch a glimpse of some aircraft doing practice runs for an air show which was pretty cool, we watched them whizzing around for ages!
We then headed off to my sisters fancy spa/gym place and had a swim, jacuzzi, steam room session followed by a coffee in the gardens on deckchairs while wrapped in towels in the sunshine, bliss!
We had a quiet night in and plotted our day in London for the following day, showered then went to bed.
Saturday morning: up bright and early, nice coffee, spent a while trying to get Louise to pick an outfit that went with one of her fancy mulberry bags, if you know my sister, you will understand that this took some time and various outfit changes! She did however, allow me to use her green Alexa which I am very fond of, although I spent most of the day checking on it!
We got the train in and made the first pit stop at Starbucks then off we went...!
We seemed to fit in a tonne of stuff in just one day. We first went Selfridges to mooch about the fancy stuff. I mainly admired the new Victoria Beckham collection and Louise mainly admired the entire handbag department!
After that we went on our way to Fortnum & Mason (while stopping at many fancy shops and peering in snooty galleries on the way!) I have never been to F&M but given its the go-to confectionery place for HM The Queen I thought it was about time I sample their delights!
The building was just beautiful with cute topiary of teapots and cups on the front canopy, and once inside there were so many fancy sweets to look at! We took the teeny tiny fancy lift up to the top floor and kinda made our way down through the different departments. I spent £6:50 on some fancy nougat (which I am yet to eat as I feel like I really need to savour it!) and bought some rather glorious french salted caramels.
After that we hot-footed it to Liberty. I love this store, I visit it every time I'm in London. I love the outside, I love the architecture, I love everything it sells! They have an amazing haberdashery department, what I would give to run that department as my job!
So after swooning over all the pretty fripperies, we stopped for a bit of lunch then got the tube over to Liverpool Street to go and find Spitalfields Market.
Saturday was probably the wrong day to be there as neither of us seemed to have the patience for large crowds, so we kind of mooched around a little bit, then I realised I'd dropped my train ticket which but a dampner on things (I got a stern telling off by my sister - thats the problem with being out with family, you do something wrong and you pretty much feel like you're 6 years old again and about to get a smacked bot!)
So then we decided to go back to Bond Street and find somewhere to eat. After a kir royale and some nibbles, we then mooched all the way down the river which was my favourite part of the day. I've always wanted to walk alongside the river for the views mainly. We walked past the Shard, saw London Bridge, over another bridge, down a bit more, over the "wobbly death eater" bridge as I call it, (briefly) admired Tate Modern, back over WDE bridge, admired St Pauls then legged it to the station and got the train home!
I had ridiculous blisters on my feet but it was worth it! When we got home we had a yummy thai takeaway followed by some yummy macaroons, a good chin wag again and then off to sleeps.
I woke up to my sister bringing me a coffee at around 9am! I've not slept that long in months! I slowly got ready, had a bit of breakfast and sadly said my goodbyes.
I got really sad on the way home as I really miss my sister and the fact she's not conveniently close to visit. But I was happy that we'd made the most of my visit and we'd had a great time. The fact that we never once put the tv on or even sat in the living room must be a sign of being in good company.
Here's to next time, my beautiful sister x