23 July 2014

one thing we must do...

a lot of our conversations before we left for our trip started with the sentence: what's the one thing we MUST do whilst in London? there were different answers every time but one refrain remained constant: we MUST see the royal guards. these guards hold a particular fascination with my eldest son especially. I'm not sure the reason or what started it but of course, this was one dream we had to help come true. we even brought along proper attire:

kenwood house.

one of our first outings in London involved a bit of history, a bit of walking and a bit of yummy food. those three things seem to be the theme of this trip.
we ventured over to kenwood house, a historic mansion near hampstead heath (a large park in London).
we had a bite to eat, then wandered through the house. it felt a bit like a museum to the kids, so after a peek at the fantastic miniatures collection, we headed outside onto the grounds. there is a lovely walk-about around the gardens with loads of places for the kids to run and climb. that was definitely their favourite bit. well, that and the ice cream cones.

one more stop! (on the bus...)

my son, climber extraordinaire. (at the entrance)

hungry for lunch!

giggle box!

love that grin.

too handsome!

exploring inside the house. (these historic mansions are amazing!)

I got tired of carrying this squirmy boy...he loved crawling about all over the slippery wooden floors.

finally found a place for him to play where I didn't have to worry about him touching things he shouldn't!

the columns outside the main doors.

rooflines at the back.

a walk about in the woods.

pretty much my favourite colour. ever.


the back of the house as seen from the walking trail.

the ancient wood, as my children dubbed it.

he loves it when he gets out of the buggy!

seriously. this kid will climb anything.

running, racing...anything to get rid of that energy.

the funny face tree on the way out to the main gates. can you see his crazy face?

another funny face.

waiting for the bus...

heading home. finally tired.
for more information about kenwood house, please visit: kenwood house

20 July 2014

settling in...

a few snaps from the beginning days in our London home:

a bit of colouring at the dining room table

breakfast is her favourite meal of the day.


he likes to drink his tea with a spoon.

evening light. after the rain.

looking at the back of the house (which was once the front, when the house was originally built...)

15 July 2014


originally, when we started planning this trip, I was hesitant to leave London so shortly after arriving to head out into the countryside.
but I also anticipated that we would need a bit of a break from traveling.
a respite.
a chance to truly acclimate ourselves to the new time zone and recover from the craziness of culture shock.
have a few home cooked meals.
watch a lot of movies (Charlie and Lola in particular).
run about. play.
a short stint in the Kent area was exactly what we needed.

I am so thankful we were able to do just that.
a week in the English countryside.

I didn't want to leave.

the week felt so...English.
everything I imagine life to be in this country.
morning strolls down the lane, mug of tea in hand.
breezes rippling the grasses.
a pub lunch with appropriate beverages and nosh.
doing life with friends.
sunshine and rain.
sipping Pimms on the cricket green.
Jaffa cakes. loads and loads.
ah yes.
English country life is grand.

Naomi and Darcy share snacks.

English flag turned Elsa cape.

the farm our cottage was situated on...

narrow country lanes.

bricks and red doors. two of my most favourite things.

feeding the fish at the pub.

our lunch spot. been around for over 400 years. that is staggering to my American mind...

a walk about in the countryside.

just outside the cottage door.

life in the English countryside.
there's not much else like it.