30.11.11

Memories of London & a Christmas Ribbon winner...



virtual coffee gals...


london style...


though today my lovelies it is tea...


black tea as i have a very yucky tummy...


black tea in the most divine mug from a very special {friend}...








london was divinely perfect...


the kids cruised round that city like it was home...

it was another reminder for us that travel is one of the best gifts you can give a child...

they embraced the ever-changing scenes of London life, with the thoughtfulness & enthusiasm that we

have seen in them endlessly since we have brought them to live abroad...




this time- i didn't record every moment of our days in London...


it was about making the kind of memories that fill your heart with friends & fave spots...

taking it all in...wanting to hold the moment of a city we love for a little longer...





St.Paul's made my heart sing...we saw the {tent city} that has taken hold here- amazing...


the kids learnt about the *realities* of big city life...

they learnt about the frustrations that people face across the globe- they made us so proud...

the questions later, the understanding...the compassion...




we loved the christmas lights...the traffic...the people...






we loved the air of excitement...the history...the shopping...







we walked through lanes...visited iconic landmarks...had our last fix...








& we looked at one another- for the last time in london during our wonderful four year 


journey to this side of the globe- & we smiled...


we've lived it...we've loved every moment...we've made lasting memories & cherished friends...

we've done it as a family- & we couldn't be prouder of what we've created...



if you ever get the chance to just sit on the banks of the Thames...with kiddos in tow...

do it...

it's one of life's small blessings...


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&
 
onto the give away

...drum roll...



xoxox





13 comments:

  1. I loved this post......and not just because we finally got to talk to & hug each other. Your London photos are brilliant.....I love that you love London.

    Xxxx

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  2. Congrats to Sarah! I love London, you took some great photos :) hope you feel better soon.

    Bee happy x
    Have a delicious day!

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  3. So pretty at night and I love the bus too.That ribbon is very nice Lucky winner~Cheers Kim

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  4. Oh my!!! Seriously? I've just done my victory dance so I hope so!! Oh wow how exciting, thank you soooo much. I do love me a bit of ribbon, especially Christmas ribbons. I was just saying to No.2 how much I love reading your posts and this is another reason why. Thank you so very much Melissa. xxxx

    Sarah Red Gingham

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  5. Ooh Sarah, you lucky girl, congrats!
    Melissa, I love your pics and I hope we get to take our kids to London one day.
    When we were there bc (before children) I had this sense of familiarity, as if I had been there before. (past life maybe?)
    How fantastic that you got to live OS and share all those lovely experiences as a family.
    Memories to treasure!
    Enjoy coming home too.
    Ps Are you reading Why You Are Australian yet?
    I am re reading it for the second time.

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  6. Congratulations to Sarah!

    I'm glad you got to drink in all the things you love about London one last time - those Christmas lights look spectacular. Your children will have such wonderful memories to hold on to forever, how beautiful!

    Off to make myself a cup of tea, I think!

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  7. Looks and sounds as though you had a great time in London.

    Well done Sarah on the giveaway :) x x x x x

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  8. What a great London montage in your previous post, and I'm so pleased you all had a lovely time making more great memories to bring home. Hope that sicky tummy isnt anything serious, and you're feeling your old self again very soon. Sigh...it's too long since I've visited my old London stomping grounds. Maybe next year some of that wanderlust will be dealt to!!

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  9. Hey there lovely lady - I am recovering from my skin turning this rather bizarre shade of green - to be fair - envy, lusting and just plain ol jealousy actually looks like this - mouth slightly ajar (as I too sip tea) pale face lit by laptop screen and tears welling up in eyes that long to see & do what you have done. Your blog has been soooooooo comforting and Hubby and I are so excited about the day we get pack up for our UK adventure. Thank you for all the inspiration!!

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  10. Melissa, did you feel a little twinge...I think I will when it's our turn to leave...I just love London...a lot of people poo hoo it, but I think it's a terrific city to visit, explore, shop. Everywhere you turn, there is history and character...little old Melbourne is going to seem so insignificant by comparison...Glad you had a lovely time with your family. Robx
    p.s. I sent you an email and have you heard from Laura.

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