Visit from Catriona

A long weekend visit from Catriona (with Hazel popping up from Clapham) allowing for a girly gossip catch up on Friday evening over Waitrose deli treats, a day out seeing the sights on Saturday, a night out in trendy Smithfield/Farringdon and a spot of Bond Street shopping on Sunday.

Saturday’s highlight was a visit to the Natural History Museum to see the Shell Wildlife Photographer of the year exhibition. Luckily all the families queuing to get into the NHM were intent on seeing the dinosaurs. The photos were stunning – almost unbelievably so in the case of the 10 to 14 and 15 to 17 age groups. It was interesting to read how the shots had been captured; some of them seemed rather too staged given the wildlife/nature theme.

Hazel nipped back to Clapham on flat business, and Cat and I walked back through Hyde Park, Green Park and St James’s Park to Pall Mall. Beautiful blue skies but a cruel wind… After a late lunch we headed into the National Portrait Gallery to see the Photographic Portrait Prize exhibition – lovely. A very photographic themed day!

Reunited with Hazel, we caught the tube back to base and after a bit of a sit we got glammed up, slurped a chilled glass of wine each and headed out to Smiths of Smithfield. Sadly not a busy as we’d hoped with few opportunities for talent spotting!

After a Hazel-cooked brunch on Sunday morning, we headed over to South Molton Street for some shop shop shopping. Sadly I waved Cat off at Kings Cross without any new purchases. Home on the tube to the Barbican, where the Estate glowed under a brilliant blue sky, with a daytime moon. A prefect opportunity to photograph the towers, the moon, and reflections of both in the Bryer Court pond. Gorgeous.