botanicals (pictured above).
Baroness Burdett-Coutts, her riches and the scandal when she married a much younger man. We were enjoying each other's company so much he asked if I'd like to see where he has lived since 1966 and I said "Why not?" At the bottom of Swain's Lane and through an archway opened up the quaintest square with eight Victorian stone houses called Holly Village. That's him making his way to his home at the back left (above). He invited me in for coffee which I politely declined but I do regret not spending at least half an hour more listening to his stories.
here. Poor Claire was paying careful attention to her luggage allowance as she was on a long and lovely European tour with her Mum. She is posting about their travels so do stop by her blog!
Tucked in the corner in a booth we laughed at the reaction of some of our friends and family to meeting others known only through the internet. I can honestly say that it was a thoroughly wonderful experience for me and enhanced my time in London immensely. Simon had a long train ride back to Oxford and at least twenty pounds of books to drag behind him so we said our good-byes and went our separate ways. Thanks for the lovely evening, both of you!