What’s been happening this month?
I had a few days off work while my parents were staying with me so we got up to lots of touristy things. I wanted to take them to the Sky Garden but I waited too long to book tickets and all the time slots sold out. To get around this, I booked us in for breakfast at one of the Sky Garden’s restaurants instead – Darwin Brasserie. We discovered that breakfast is the ideal time to visit the Sky Garden as there is hardly anybody else around so you pretty much have all the views to yourself. The food was pretty good as well, my dad and I enjoyed the pancake stack with caramelised banana and chocolate sauce while my mum opted for the continental breakfast.
It would have been nice if London had turned on the sunshine, though.
Following our Sky Garden visit we went on a tour of Clarence House, the London residence of Prince Charles and Camilla. I’ve been wanting to Clarence House for a long time but August is the only time of year it is open to the public. There’s a strict no photography rule so I have nothing I can share but if you like visiting stately homes or are interested in the royal family I’d recommend visiting when it re-opens next year.
My dad is an avid fan of James Bond and The Rollings Stones so we visited the Bond in Motion exhibition at London Film Museum in Covent Garden, and The Rolling Stones exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery. The Rolling Stones exhibition finishes this weekend so it’s your last chance to see it if you haven’t already.
We did a bit of window shopping in Fortnum and Mason and Harrods. I love how the staircase in Fortnum and Mason is decorated at the moment.
My parents love musical theatre so when I mentioned that I hadn’t seen Phantom of the Opera they decided that we just had to go and see it (they had already seen it 4 times themselves in Australia).
For their last night in London we went for dinner at Bob Bob Ricard. The chocolate glory is one of the most impressive desserts I’ve ever had.
Over the bank holiday weekend we popped over to Bodiam Castle, one of the properties which was on my National Trust wishlist.
I’ve made the decision to move this blog onto a separate domain. When I first started this blog I didn’t know what to call it or even if I would keep it going long term so I just stuck it on the domain I already had in my own name. But I’ve decided that I’d rather keep my own domain name for more work-related stuff and move the blog somewhere else. I’ve chosen a new name and purchased the domain but I want to update the blog design before I move everything across which is why nothing has changed yet. I like to build my themes from scratch as well so it’s not a quick task! I’m aiming to have everything switched over by the end of October so hopefully now that I’ve publicised it here I will hold myself accountable and get it done.
Looking ahead to September
I’m heading back to Sydney in two weeks! My boyfriend has to travel out there for work and I would have been pretty jealous if he was out there without me, so I booked myself a flight as well! Unfortunately it’s only for a week as I only had 5 days available to take off work but hopefully I will have enough time to do the things I didn’t get a chance to do last time.
I hope you had a great August! Where is September taking you?