Sunday, May 1, 2011

What A Day For A Daydream

By last Sunday evening, I was ready for the bank holiday weekend to be over.  I had friends to see and adventures to embark upon, but I was acutely aware that it was Easter and I didn't have a family to celebrate with.  Add to that the fact that my new boss started work on Tuesday, and you get a girl who is raring to start the week and get back to her routine.  I think, though, that I'd be okay with this weekend lasting just a bit longer - it's been fabulous.  Oh, hey, we've got another bank holiday tomorrow!  Thanks, England, for your pagan observance of May Day.  (Side note: look, roses!  Spring is turning into summer, and all that organic time-is-moving-on stuff!  Happy May, dear readers.)

Anyway, we've been lucky enough to have another weekend of gorgeous weather; it hasn't been as warm as it was last weekend, but I've still been out in sundresses, toting my supersweet shades around everywhere.  And, happily, I was outside all day today.

I'm just gonna put this out there: day dates are way underrated.  Lunch is platonic and coffee smacks of interview, but brunch... you can't go wrong.  Brunch strikes just the right note of intimacy without being presumptuous, you can have fun and be spontaneous in the sunlight in a way that's really only alcohol-induced at night, and there isn't the question of what-happens-at-the-end-of-the-evening that plagues every dinner outing.

My date and I went to Southbank for the day - bonus points to him for suggesting one of my favorite OMG-I-live-in-London spots.  After a lovely brunch at Canteen we wandered along the Thames all the way from Waterloo to the Millennium Bridge.  The Southbank Centre is hosting the Festival of Britain through the summer and they went a little crazy with the bunting and streamers.  (My date was very understanding of my snap-happy tourist impulses; thanks, you.)

We walked over the Millennium Bridge and meandered around St. Paul's Cathedral, the gardens of which were packed with picnickers, before heading back to the tube and calling the afternoon.

Such a lovely day - and date - full of sun and laughter and London and generally happy things.  Really, day dates are the best.  You should try one soon!


  1. Seriously, I am living vicariously through you. My heart aches for London!

  2. Sounds like a fabulous day. Are your flower photos from the gardens around St. Paul's? If so, I have very similar photographs. And I wholeheartedly agree with you about brunch.

  3. H.H., I'm with you - I read Betsy's blog every day so I can be in London for a moment! (It's that good, Betsy. There are many London blogs out there, but yours is one of the very best!)

  4. HH - come back, I miss you!

    Curator - no, the roses photos are actually from my walk to the tube! There are some very proud gardeners in my neighborhood.

    Martha - thanks so much; that means a lot. I'm glad you're enjoying my ramblings! Do you have any trips planned over the pond?

  5. Hi, Betsy! Since that fateful junior year in London, all I save my $$$ for is another trip over there. My school has sent me three times in the last two years, but that well is running dry. Now my daughter is looking at colleges, so I will have to satisfy myself with your blog for a while!

  6. What a fun date!!! :) I'm secretly wishing that your family/Jon/dates didn't read the blog so you could share juicier details, but, I understand (kind of!!) :) Can't wait to hear more!


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