Not long now.
And amid all the buying of stomach remedies and packing extra socks, I just keep thinking of the plans and possibilities:
- Hampton Court
- Harry Potter Studios
- Cardiff--Doctor Who Experience and Cardiff Castle
- Viking exhibition at British Museum
- "Downton Abbey"/Highclere Castle
- St. Pancras and Platform 9 3/4
- Trafalgar Square, the National Gallery, and brass rubbings at St. Martin's in the Field (also tea)
- Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, the London Eye
- Evensong at Westminster Abbey
- Tower of London
- St Paul's
- Museum of London
- Globe Theater and Southwark
- afternoon tea at Fortnum and Mason's
- lunch at Cheshire Cheese
- Victoria and Albert Museum
- yes, the food: scones, clotted cream, strawberry jam, Earl Grey tea, Ploughman's lunch, Branston pickle, Cornish pasty, wonderful Indian food, traditional English breakfast, chocolate refrigerator cake, yogurt and marmalade, roast beef and Yorkshire pudding, treacle sponge/summer puddings, digestive biscuits, steak and kidney pie, bubble and squeak, fish and chips, lemon curd, shepherd's/cottage pie, flapjacks, elderflower drinks, etc etc etc
- The kids have even been practicing the lingo (boot, biscuit, bobby, petrol, lorry, tube, pounds, pudding, trousers vs. pants, chips, crisps, dustbin, loo, chemist's shop, car park, car bonnet, lift, post, Wellies, brolly?, etc) . . .
- and trying to keep a hold on the history (Celts, Romans, King Arthur, Vikings, Henry VIII, Queen Elizabeth, Pilgrims/Puritans, Victorians, WWII . . . yes, there are some holes, but they're 8!)
- and, last but not least, Lambeth and Mrs. Lambeth!!!