London Life

London Life - a peak into the everyday side of one of the most amazing cities in the world.

London Life – a peak at the everyday side of one of the most amazing cities in the world.

Would someone please give me some blinders! Everywhere I look there’s something beautiful, quaint, charming or delicious!

Greetings from London…

It’s sometimes funny, the path that life takes you on. Scott and I never dreamed ten years ago that traveling to London would one day become a fairly normal part of our lives, but when our daughter and her husband moved to the UK six years ago, all that changed. We can’t stay away from this little family for long, so we find ourselves visiting this amazing city of over 8 million several times each year.

I must say though, despite the fact that we’ve visited London many times since they first arrived, it never grows old and definitely hasn’t become boring for us. In fact, this time we’ve been here only two days and already Scott’s taken a boatload of pictures. Our waking hours have been busy, busy, busy with this little herd of four kiddies.

I thought it might be fun to share a bit of what we’ve been up to and let you see everyday London Life, from a photographers point of few. Scott loves to capture life beyond the typical touristy things that you see so often in the media.

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His pictures will help you see that the statement from the opening of this post is so true: it really does seem that  everywhere we look in this vast city, there’s something beautiful, quaint, charming or delicious. That’s why I’m asking, “anyone out there have some blinders”? Maybe a pair for Scott (and his camera) too – I had a dickens of a time trying to pick out a reasonable number of pictures for this post!

Sunset on the Serpentine
We arrived on Friday morning and, after a lovely nap (to wipe away the jet lag), we set off with our daughter and the children for Hyde Park. It’s one of our favorite places in all of London. We love to stroll through the park as it goes on forever and there are beautiful playgrounds for the young ones. It’s crazy but sunset arrives around 4pm these days in England and we caught this lovely one at a little café right on the Serpentine.

 

 

A pet. finally!
I did say we had four grandchildren but there’s been a new addition since the last time we visited. Meet Crocket, the fifth member of “the herd”.

 

London Life - The Market (13)
Our first full day happened to be Saturday, which is market day for our daughter, Cait. We love to go with her as it’s an amazing market with not only beautiful produce but eggs, fish, organic meat, flowers, artisan breads and fabulous baked goods as well. Oh, what a market it is, check it out!

 

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London Life - The microgreens

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London Life - The marksman

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We picked out a sweet treat at the market. When I opened the little paper packet and show it to Luke, this was his response. I felt the same way when I took the first bite!

 

London Life - Kensington (5)
It seems there are flowers peeking and poking through every nook and cranny here in the UK. And they seem to be ignoring the fact that winter is right around the corner and they’re definitely going out in style!

 

London Life - Kensington (7)

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London Life - Kensington
We love walking and window shopping in this fantastic city. It seems there’s something fun and interesting to see at every glance.

 

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London Life - The Tube 1
Public transportation is the norm here as it is in most big cities. We navigate all over London via “The Tube” (the London underground transportation system). It’s clean, quiet and very efficient.

London Life - The Tube

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And what’s a day in London without the Queen? There she was and all dressed in royal purple!

So that’s a little glimpse of London through our eyes. We’re constantly amazed at the natural, God-created beauty that is so evident in this city and throughout in the United Kingdom and appreciate  the charm of British history, architecture, culture, people and lifestyle.

We’ll be back on Tuesday to share an iconic British treat, Sticky Toffee Pudding. You will love this incredibly delicious taste of England. It’s a favorite dessert here at The Café will be perfect for your holiday recipe arsenal! Cheers!

Sticky Toffee Pudding Cake - an iconic British treat that is beyond delicious. The cake is moist and full of flavor. The buttery toffee sauce is super easy to make.

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