a virtual coffee & old London town...vintage inspiration...

hello lovelies...
we are back from a gorgeous jaunt to old London town...
i feel like i've had a mini holiday...
the sun was HOT...
London was as heavenly as always...
& the cousins made more memories together...

i've missed my virtual coffee with you whilst in London...
so let's share a glass of elderflower & mineral water & catchup...
a seat in the garden...
face up to the glorious sunshine...
& tell me how you are?
have the seasons changed for you?
we are having STUNNING spring weather...
we romped round Buckingham Palace & the like in tee's & birky's...
we cruised round London streets in the big ol'open topped red bus in sunscreen & hats...

if we were really catching up for an elderflower or two in the garden today...
i would show you all my i-phone photos...
i didn't use my camera once...
even though i adore her & indeed did drag her to London, i totally relied on my i-phone...
how cool is that...
i think i'm a photo app junkie...a very happy one...

if we were really catching up...
i'd so talk you into visiting London with you kiddos if the chance ever came up...
kids are brilliant travelling & exploring a city with a bit of history thrown in...
& London has it in spades...
Mary Poppins...
Big Ben...
of course this week all the wedding hoopla at Buckingham Palace...

they were loving it & i was in my element...
my gorgeous family
my brothers gorgeous family...
together sunning it in London...
aussie kids in deep in english history...

another glass...?
keep your face up in the sun...i'll pour sweets...
so...aside from the history & the gorgeous making of memories...
there was of course mountains of inspiration for me...
i now need me a bar & some lampshade glamour somewhere in my life....!

i need these two shops somewhere down my high street...

& i need to work out how to get this shop, exactly as it is, home to australia, in yet another crate when we leave...
Mr All Sorts...i could hardly bare it!

so...my sweet blogging friends...
finish up your elderflower & head up to our village fruit shop...
buy yourselves some spring flowers
go sit on the Green watching english life go by...
i'm heading up for blooms later...
i have a wedding-6th-birthday party to prepare for...

...hope i've tempted you to add London to your must-see-the-world-with-the-kiddos-list...
if we'd really caught up today 
i would have sent you home with a little Buckingham Palace snow dome 
...one can never have to much kitsch on the eve of a Royal Wedding...

remember, when you've finished on the Green, head over to my gorgeous friends Amy's for more 
virtual catching-up *here*
...it's so lovely to see you all...
thankyou for the wonderful comments & thoughts over the last week
i'll be getting back to you all between looking after the visiting aussies
party planning {again}


  1. mr. all sorts?! that's the best! looks like you had a fabulous time and london IS on my to-do list :) hopefully sooner, rather than later!

  2. Mr All Sorts captured my heart in two fell photos! And is that bar, perchance, in Soho?

  3. Oooh, I do love a trip to London to explore everything - looks like you all had a wonderful time and hasn't the weather just been fantastic! Melissa xx

  4. Hello - glad you are back! Simone will love this post as she is our London girl about town. Looks like you had a fab time - I love going to London and being a tourist, it really is a very cool city. Mental note: must book some sort of city break... Lou x

  5. Oh, Sweets! It looks like you've had just the best time with the fam - I'm so delighted for you. Looking forward to the big day tomorrow! J x

  6. London's definitely the place to be at the moment..it must have been great to be there at this time, with such an air of expectation and excitement about with the wedding so close.

  7. Great photos Melissa and those lucky Aussies! I'm sure they don't realise how lucky they are to spring (no pun intended) such terrific but totally unexpected weather. Also I need you to 'cough up' exactly where Mr. All Sorts is located as I think I need to visit!! Have a great party, Robx

  8. Oh, London is on my bucket list. Well, most of England is on my bucket list. My husband is an enormous fan of Top Gear and I'd love to go to a taping. He'd freak out!

    Those pictures were lovely. Makes me want to speed up the need to travel more.

  9. Oh Melissa, there could be no better tour guide of London than you and these lovely photos. (oh yes I'm an iPhone photo app girl myself as you well know!)
    I could come and help you pack up Mr AllSorts.
    Pleased you all had such a great visit. xx

  10. Loved looking at those photos of London....and all from your iphone - pretty impressive.
    Those kiddos are going to have a heap of amazing memories from your time in England aren't they. A friend of mine took her kids to the big city last week to show them Westminster Abbey and all the flags on the streets so that when they see the wedding on the TV they know where everything is taking place. Yours will be able to do the same. I MUST make time to get to London to see the sights not just drive through on my next trip home.

  11. London is on my radar (and billions of others) at the moment. A mini trip down memory lane on your pages. Lovely to hear the sun is hot there because the temperature is dropping by the day here! gxo

  12. Oh Melissa, its just beautiful around town. Hope you have a few drinks over there for the wedding tomorrow. xx

  13. Melissa, your pictures are just gorgeous. I want that bar in my main street too...and the flower shop...and I would like that mannequin shipped over to my house pronto. Thanks for the refresher...and the tour. Enjoy the parties xx

  14. Amazing iPhone photos! Looks like a great time. Have a wonderful long weekend and celebration. Yippee! XOL

  15. My aunt and uncle
    have just taken
    a job transfer to
    London and are living
    in Hamstead, so oh
    YES, I will be over
    the pond sometime
    this year ~ hooray!
    And I'll want all
    of your best advise
    on where to visit!
    xx Suzanne

  16. Welcome back Melissa, what wonderful photos.. love every one of them! the kids look so cute :) .. wouldn't mind spending time at Mr Allsorts and those little lamp shades all in a row... love it :) x

  17. Gorgeous post, just discovered your blog, read your 'about me', your living the life of my dreams! LOVE your blog, now following! Miss Walker xoxo

  18. Sounds like you have a grand trip Melissa! On my list of places I'd like to visit.
    xo Cathy

  19. So glad you had a great trip...London is such a wonderful City!! Clearly the place to be right now ~

  20. That looks like the adventure of a lifetime! I thought for sure you would have been invited to the Royal Wedding. Shoot!

  21. Oh, how lovely! Do you know that my dad comes from London and I've *never* been?! Haven't even been to Great Britain. Seems wrong, right? Your post makes want to go :)

  22. Your photos are just stunning! The memories you are all making together will last your entire lifetimes! I love visiting London, so much to see and do! If feels like you are walking around IN a movie at times! So many places that you feel you KNOW because the images of them are so familiar.... it will be so significant to the children later in life to know they visited at such a HISTORIC time... I said to my daughter .... you realize that as you grow up, you will watch Cate and William's children grow up, like we watched William and Harry grow up.... it is just so amazing! It was such a pleasure to watch the fairytale wedding wasn't it?! I so hope they live happily ever after! I also hope you had a magical and memorable 6th birthday party too! X

  23. Glorious post and photos, Melissa - so glad you got to catch up with the ones you love - nothing like spending time with family x

  24. Hi there Mrs M
    Hope your sweet little Audrey had a right royal birthday party. What a great day to celebrate your 6th! We even managed to roll out the red, white and blue here in NJ and toast the happy couple. I can't imagine what the atmosphere was like on the run up to the royal wedding. It must have been amazing and a once in a life time experience. I've got to say, now it's all died down, I feel a little flat, as though we were all part of a wonderful celebration and now it's over and we have to pick up with our day to day lives. I can't wait to see how you celebrated. Much love! Lx
    P.s. I met a fellow Oz mum in the park, she told me how she desperately misses Australia and the Sydney beaches... I thought of you!

  25. Wow, great shots of my home town! I reluctantly have to admit the iphone pix come out a treat but I still cannot admit this to my iphone obsessed hubbie and will continue to take my Canon with me everywhere I go in protest!
    I'm dying to see some shots from your wedding party...I'm sure you have some! I had the best time here, sat on the sofa flicking between channel 7 and abc, roast pork with yorkshire puddings and a glass of bubbles and blubbed the whole way through much to the amusement of my family.


  26. Lou's quite right....I LOVED your photos, very cool and so much fun to hear what you did in London :)

    I drove across the Thames tonight as I have done 100s of times in my life, the view never fails to make me happy, who could ever tire of it. St Paul's Cathedral is one of my favourite views ever.

    How lovely to have seen so much of your family recently :)

    Enjoy the birthday planning :) xx

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