London

It's been about a week since I got home, but here are some photos of what Hannah and I did on our short trip to London. london-2

We ate lunch at the World Food cafe, origin of one of my favourite cookbooks. It was great, but one 'meal' and one 'snack' was plenty for both of us.

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Hannah be-friended a unicorn in Liberties and I may have bought a coat and some fabric. Maybe.

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We walked in Hyde Park, with more unicorns, a giant Otto

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and some beautiful geese.

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Hannah spent hours in the American embassy and I did some secret shopping, which included a trip to the adorable All The Fun of The Fair.

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Their yarn selection was small and not particularly exciting, but that was more than made up for by the cuteness.

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This is a great place to look for gifts for the crafty people in your life. The location is also wonderful, in a courtyard off Carnaby Street full of intersting little shops - I also found some beads and a dress.

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The embassy  finally released Hannah just in time to jump on the crazy busy tube (we got caught up in the crowds for a football match) and seek out Socktopus.

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Alice is wonderful and I was very excited to see her store. It's not too easy to find so make sure you take the very clear directions on her site - it's absolutely worth making the effort for.

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The shop is a tiny treasure trove full of perfectly selected yarns, notions and books.socktopus-3

And no, you can't see what we bought - we managed very well to sneakily buy gifts for each other and I'm not about to spoil the surprise now!

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On our last morning we went for breakfast at the Tate Modern. I wasn't very awake and managed to get the train at the wrong stop, which did lead to a walk along the south bank which would have been lovely if I hadn't had quite so much shopping to lug along. We did stumble across this though.

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A gallery where you can drop in and knit for charity. I'm starting to think I have some sort of knitting sixth sense.

Merry Christmas

A stocking for Lyra the hamster