Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Early May - Sunny Breeze

Tuesday already? All these Bank Holidays are nice but very confusing!

Back To School
It is funny to think that I've already been in my new job for just over a week, even though I've only actually worked four days. It was nice to go back to school today and see everyone after the long weekend. The teachers continue to be really friendly and helpful and the children are starting to warm to me. I'm hoping they'll soon start to hang off my arm in the playground. It will only be then that I know that they've really accepted me as part of the school.

Asparagus Season
Have you tried some new season asparagus yet? We had some in our veg box last week and it was delicious. Sadly we rarely get 'treat' vegetables (lots of carrots and onions) but in a certain supermarket whose name starts with the letter 'T' (the big evil one!) they are two large bundles for £3. I'm looking for some nice recipes to use them in this week. I do love to eat it just dipped into Hollandaise sauce, but I think I should be a little more daring.

A Visit To The Abbey
Yesterday Mum and I visited Westminster Abbey to see the flowers from Kate and William's wedding. It was a popular Bank Holiday outing - we had to queue for over two hours to get in the door and were walking round the abbey for over four hours.

The flowers were beautiful. The extraordinary trees looked impressive in the abbey and didn't feel at all out of place. The smell from lots of Lily of the Valley blooms was lovely. The scent must have been even stronger on Friday when they had been newly planted and had just come into flower.

We also saw Kate's wedding bouquet. It looked so tiny on the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior but it was lovely. It had started to dry out and you could see all the wires that it had been put together with.

It was my first visit to Westminster Abbey even though it has been somewhere I've wanted to visit ever since I can remember. It was such an interesting building and there was so much to see. The construction and architecture is amazing and the stone and wood carvings are very impressive. It was fascinating to see the tombs of famous Britons and centuries old monarchs - it was a real 'who's who' of British history. I was particularly interested in the effigies of monarchs from the 11th century through to the mid-19th century that are displayed in the museum. As many effigies were created using the death masks of the subject, they possibly provide the only true likeness of these people.

Henry VII - a miserly monarch?

If you are in London and have an afternoon to spare, I would really recommend you visit the Abbey. It's not cheap to visit (£16 for adults) but you will have a really enjoyable and absorbing time. You will be taken right the way back to the abbey's origins in the 11th century and hear all about its history right up to the present day. After all, how often do you get the opportunity to step inside something so old?


  1. Mmm, asparagus. I've been enjoying the asparagus here across the pond, yum. I find that roasting them in the oven with a little bit of olive oil, salt, and pepper is delicious.

    And I loved reading about your visit to Westminster Abbey. The effigies sound fascinating and just the idea of the scent of Lily of the Valley is making me sigh a little.

  2. I had no idea that the wedding flowers were put on display for the public to enjoy - that is wonderful!

  3. I'm glad you're still enjoying the job! I think it's a lovely tradition to put the royal bouquets on the unknown soldier's tomb. I heard that the trees are going to be planted in their garden too which is a lovely thought :)

  4. Hmmm internet just absorbed my last comment... not sure it will show up... anyway, i was just saying that's quite expensive but sounds like it's worth it! also love those flowers, they're so fragrant!
    asparagus, i'll be having mine dipped in mayo tonight!

  5. What a great visit - we're off to London next month so it'll be nice to incorporate a trip to the Abbey. Glad the job is still going well.

  6. I would recommend trying river cottage for Asparagus recipe. I don't like eggs but they look yummy dipped in a soft boiled egg.

  7. We've been enjoying asparagus with plain old butter and seasoning. How great that you got to wander round the venue the day after the wedding (though I'd struggle to queue anywhere for over 2 hours, I get so impatient).

  8. I have always wanted to go to Westminster Abbey - I'll have to put it on my list now! We grow asparagus - very easy - and very worthwhile because it is so expensive. I just love them with lashings of melted butter!

    Pomona x