Daytrip to London

Yesterday was one of those bitter-sweet days.   I was asked by my God-daughter to attend her son’s funeral in South London. Leland passed last week aged 9 months after a long struggle to survive, having been born at 23 weeks.   I’m still heartbroken for both her and her partner,  I cannot imagine anything more awful than losing your baby after they had done everything to help him survive.

As it was a long trip, I decided that I’d spend a couple of hours before the service in London seeing the sights – not something I really get to do anymore.  So I visited my old haunts around London Bridge where I used to work, tried to go to the pie and mash shop (it’s the one underneath Bridget Jones’s flat in Bridget Jones’s Diary) but it was shut!  I had to make do with the amazing Chilli Pasta from one of the small takeaway restaurants near the station.  I have to say it was as good as I remembered, even if the owner is still the grumpiest man alive!.

I had lunch next to the Thames and I took some photos for you all, I thought the little flower stall near Shad Thames was just gorgeous.  I felt a bit bad for having such a nice time considering why I was there.

Top Left: Flower Stall Shad Thames,   Top Right: The Tower of London,

Bottom Left:  View from London Bridge,  Bottom Right:  Tower Bridge.

So I had a nice wander round and then headed to the funeral.  I won’t go into details, suffice to say it was beautiful and fitting for such a much loved little boy who will be much missed by his family.

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  1. what a gut-wrenchingly horrible story. i cannot imagine a more horrifying thing than losing a child. i shudder to think. my prayers are with that family. no fun for you either i would imagine. the pictures of london sure made me happy despite. i love london. i had dreamed of going there my whole life, literally..since i was 11. i finally got to go 3 1/2 years ago. my extended family had planned a big trip a year in advance. i got pregnant and when the trip finally rolled around my daughter was, coincidentally, 9 months old. it was not the best trip of my life i’ll say that. so hard to navigate around london and see the sights with a breast feeding hourly baby in tow. i was exhausted, post-partum and annoyed most of the time. which was quite sad really,b/c i had always wanted to go. my husband and daughter and i missed out on a lot. we did however stay in someone’s home in kensington on holland park rd. so lovely!!! big victorian row house..aga stove the whole 9 yards. despite my misery then, when i look back i really did have some memorable moments. needless to say we can’t wait to go back! sorry my response was so long, its just the pictures brought it all back.

  2. Lovely pictures! I have never been to London, but I sure hope to visit sometime!!
    ~angela @ peonypatch
    ps – still working on your dog travels for you!! I haven’t forgotten!

  3. I can’t even begin to understand what that sweet family must be going through- hugs
    You are a good friend.
    I love your pictures- its always very interesting and I feel like I got to go on a mini vacation.

  4. Oh, Leland! My colleague lost his newborn a few weeks ago and I’ve been just sick about it. He couldn’t be a nicer guy, either, Sometimes…life just doesn’t seem fair. Thanks for sharing your journey, the emotional and visual, into London with us.

  5. Thank you for all your kind words it was a really tough day xx

    And I think you should all come over for a visit – tea on me 😉 x

  6. What a horrible horrible thing to have happened to them. One of the scariest things about having children is the thought that you might lose them.

    Beautiful photos as usual x