I’ve learned that there are three things which writers do really, really well. Drink tea, eat cake and talk. So what better way for us to welcome Lynne Marshall to the UK? Caroline Anderson and Kate Hardy made the trip down to London today, and the four of us went for afternoon tea.
First, though, we had a special visit to make. Kate came hot-foot from the British Museum to meet Lynne and I for a walk along Harley Street, the setting for the 200 Harley Street continuity. And when the street sign, which we’d set our hearts on being photographed with, turned out to be fifteen feet off the ground were we deterred? No, we were not. We also found the building where Lionel Logue (speech therapist to King George VI) practised.
Then a flying visit to Trafalgar Square and on to the AMBA Hotel, Charing Cross where Caroline was waiting for us. Lynne had a chance to play the star on the sweeping staircase.
We drank a toast to Jennifer Taylor, who wasn’t able to join us, but who has lent us her blog date today. (I was beginning to suspect that Kate is the best organised person that I know, and if you look carefully, you’ll see that her top matches the drinks perfectly!) And then it was time to tuck in to tea, sandwiches and cake. The cakes had a Mad Hatters Tea Party theme.
Afterwards, we went for a stroll in the park, and then on for drinks on a riverboat moored by the Embankment. (Did I mention that there was a LOT of talking, which was very thirsty work.) Then it was time for hugs all round, as Kate and Caroline left to catch their train home.
Lynne and I took a short stroll along the Embankment, past the London Eye, to see the Houses of Parliament lit up for the evening. And then, finally, we decided that our aching feet had done enough for the day!