I love a bank holiday. Recently, I’ve been so busy with work and developing my blog that I haven’t had time to just go out and enjoy life. So this long weekend was much needed to explore new places and old favourites, then reflect on them here.
It started well with a day off on Friday, where I got the chance to enjoy a coffee, a delicious mushroom soup and read the latest copy of Company and Cosmopolitan in the delightful Chalk Hills Bakery, Reigate. For me, there is no better way to kick off a weekend – an afternoon like this always manages to relax me, even though I find it fairly difficult to unwind. In the evening, I got to try out a brand new Lush treat called ‘Granny takes a dip’, inspired by the psychedelic colours of the 60s, it made the bath water pink, blue, and green all at once! It smelt wonderful too, definitely one to stock up on.
On Saturday, Green Ranger and I took the train up to old London town. For the last few years, I’ve always wanted to go to Pick Me Up at Somerset House – a festival for graphic designers and illustrators. I adore looking at art, no matter what format it takes but for me graphic design stole my heart way back when I studied it myself. The colours, the styles and the personalities that can come out of one piece or a collection of work has always seemed to me to be completely unique and modern.
On the way to Somerset House, we walked past the abandoned Strand Station. It’s the third time I’ve passed it and every time I wonder what secrets it could possibly tell, one day I’ll find out… After following a paperclip trail through the fountain courtyard, we saw bright and bold pieces by Edward Cheverton, Isabel Greenberg, and Julia Potts; as well as collectives like Handsome Frank and We are Unlimited. It was great seeing what the talent of today has to offer and which pieces I’d love for our flat. My favourite had to be ‘Thundercat’ by Chloe Batchelor – looking at it now still makes me giggle.
Afterwards, we took a few snaps then headed to the brand new Comics Unmasked exhibition at the British Library. For anyone who loves comics or graphic novels and wants to know more about the meaning or history behind them, this is a good way to spend a couple of hours. I especially loved seeing original copies of Alan Moore’s V for Vendetta, one of my personal favourites. Before leaving, I managed to grab the next volume of The Walking Dead and get a replacement copy of George Orwell’s 1984 (the cats tore up my old copy – yes, I cried).
Sunday was spent at Legoland Windsor for their annual May the Forth Star Wars event. Having been a few months earlier, there wasn’t anything new to see but I did get photos with a few bounty hunters (including Boba Fett), Darth Vader, some cheeky Storm Troopers and Wicket the Ewok. Did I mention I also got to try out a life-size pod racer? Being a massive lifelong Star Wars fan, it was like I had died and gone to a galaxy far, far away, it was more than worth the money!
So, after all the excitement of the weekend, today was rather chilled. I had a yummy lunch with mum and dad in Horsham and finally acquired a bright, sunshine-yellow teapot for the flat.
All in all, not a bad few days!
What did you get up to this bank holiday weekend? I hope you had just as lovely a time.