China Town London

Amazing sights and sounds in China Town London. Taking a second in the hectic pace to see some beautiful sights.

I just wanted to share these images simply snapshots and keep the memory.

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Lights shimmering above the busy crowds. Sights and sounds that were exciting and new.

It’s great looking at different locations through the eyes of someone visiting. We tend to be so busy rushing to and from somewhere, that like those people in this image, we dont often stop, look  up and take a moment see actually see what is around us.

For a different pace and vintage treats see the Hammersmith Vintage Fair post

Being me at Hammersmith Vintage Fair

While on a weekend in London, and exploring “Whats on” I was lucky enough to discover a Vintage fair at Hammersmith – definitely commutable distance from where I was staying.

Vintage is one of my passions. This passion hasn’t diminished as I am becoming vintage myself! I have just added touring memories to touring fashion, style and collectables.

Touring memories happens when as walking around looking at accessories – I might spot a brooch or pair of vintage earings that remind me strongly of ones I saw my mum or grandma wearing when I was a small child.

A good example of this happened when I saw a bright orange glass vase that my Mum received as a present when I was a child. It wasn’t one of her favourites, but as it was a gift she displayed it in our home for many years. At some point the vase disappeared – probably as  the colour tones changed following the sixties and seventies, mellowing into the eighties.

Then touring a vintage fair I turned around and there it was – probably not the same one of course, but identical. It made me smile, that bright orange vase brought back lots of happy memories.

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Afternoon tea for two


Afternoon tea is a big part of the weekend for my Granddaughter when her cousin Eli comes to call.  By the look of this image she has already learned that the way to a mans heart is through his stomach.

These two best friends love sharing Mia’s baking. So preparations begin early. First thing after breakfast, Mia takes her usual place in the kitchen for baking and is able to tell me which ingredients to take out of the cupboard, for her baking.

On this occasion it was her version of butterfly cakes and cookies. Icing of course has to be her favourite colour…orange.

I find lots of recipes to use with children online at BBC Food

What better way  to display and serve her masterpieces than on the vintage cake tier. Great fun.

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On a recent day out, I took a leaf from Mia’s book and enjoyed a more grown up version of afternoon tea for two.


A lovely selection of treats, that it was fun to share. Not entirely sure that we had as much fun as Mia and Eli, and in my case it was definitely coffee not tea. But a great tradition that I hope I can continue to enjoy, when being me, mum, aunty or grandma. One I also hope Mia will continue in generations to come.

For a change of pace in London visit my next post


A Change of Pace in London

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A weekend in Kensington gave a great opportunity to just be me. A surprise trip organized by my better half.

We were fortunate enough to enjoy Thriller Live and then emerged from the atmospheric theatre into busy and vibrant Picadilly.

This wasn’t a weekend with the Grand daughter  she would much prefer the beach and parks. But I took pleasure in simply “watching” and absorbing. Although within the same country, sights and sounds couldn’t have been more different.

The pace was hectic. Picadilly at night is a maelstrom of sights and sounds.

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It was interesting to simply stand and observe, but standing still wasn’t really an option. Being swept along in a crowd was the only way to go.

In a couple of years I will look forward to taking Mia with us, but for once it was nice to just be a couple.

Keep exploring an evening in London with sights of Chinatown