Springing to life


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More lovely days with Californian sisters Mary and Joanna, dividing our time between a sixteenth floor apartment with a view and on the number 15 bus.




We “discovered” the Sir John Soane’s museum and loved the extra wallspace he engineered for his pictures.  We fell in love with Mrs Delany whilst there and would have welcomed her into our circle where we felt she’d have fitted in perfectly.


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We walked over Waterloo Bridge and enjoyed fine views of the city on our way to supper at the Anchor and Hope with Paulene, Tom Stoppard and Miranda Richardson, though the latter pair didn’t have much to say to us ;-)


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Friday morning was supposed to be Suffrage in Chelmsford but last minute changes to the programme meant that Mary had to make a secret assignation and whisper a few words in Michael’s ear to purloin three tickets for the sold out Van Gogh exhibition.  I fear we were three visitors too many, for the crowds made viewing somewhat challenging, but hey ho…the colours were marvellous!


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After a spot of lunch and a glass of champagne in the magnificent artdeco surroundings of Claridges, it was time to relax a little.


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We retreated to a sunny spot in Berkeley Square for an hour with Major Pettigrew before a visit to the Irving Penn exhibit and supper at Portrait.


Did we ever stop talking?

30 years