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June and July; wow how time flies when you're enjoying yourself.

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Did I mention I have just read Jo Nesbo's The Devil’sStar; a kind of norwegian Girl with the Dragon Tattoo?  I am now reading History of Love by Nicole Krauss.   Leo Gursky is just about surviving, tapping his radiator each evening to let his upstairs neighbor know he's still alive. But life wasn't always like this: sixty years ago, in the Polish village where he was born, Leo fell in love and wrote a book. And though Leo doesn't know it, that book survived, inspiring fabulous circumstances, even love. Fourteen-year-old Alma was named after a character in that very book. And although she has her hands full--keeping track of her brother, Bird (who thinks he might be the Messiah), and taking copious notes on How to Survive in the Wild--she undertakes an adventure to find her namesake and save her family. 
The novel was inspired by the author's four grandparents and I think it  is being made into a film too.

 I was blown away by the gardens at Chelsea this year altho…

Spring Bank Holiday

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Great weekend in London spending quality time with Ben and Freya.  Ben made Tuna Casserole a la greque, a variation of mine, for Friday night.


In Ealing Shopping Centre we visited Tiger, Poundland and  M and S.

  
Stopped off the M1 at Misterton on thw way down



We visited various local parks, which must be London’s best kept secret from tourists.  All have free entry to all areas.

Acton Park, which is well used by the residents, first opened to the public in 1888 to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria. A dying Dutch Elm tree, one of the last in the borough, close to the main entrance has been transformed into a dramatic 28-foot carved statue called the Twilight Tree.

Brent River Park with its wildlife, walks and maze.

Gunnarsby Park with its wild parrots and museum, which is housed in an early 19th century mansion, once home to the Rothschild family. Displays include local history, costume, carriages and there was a temporary exhibition of embroidery.  




 Shopping fo…