AboutLondon Laura – July 2022 Newsletter
June flew by this year, didn’t it? I did go to see the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and I loved it! I really surprised myself with that response. There is so much to see you could easily return a few times and still find something new each time.
A Church in Wales
I’ve spent the last few weeks staying in a church in Wales which is the aptly named column I have on Anglotopia about a church in Pembrokeshire that has been transformed into a family home. While the owners went on holiday, I was invited to housesit with the bonus of their four-year-old son staying with me too.
Surprisingly, it didn’t feel spooky at all even though I knew there were dead bodies under my feet. I sat out in the churchyard every day, listened to birdsong and was grateful for the quiet (permanently sleeping) neighbours.
My housesitting update for the column should be published later this week.
I’m returning to the Tower of London moat next week to see Superbloom again. I hear there’s lots more colour now so I’ll write an update for Londontopia with lots of photos.
I’m also going to see Lucian Freud: The Painter and His Family at The Freud Museum next week. (The artist is the grandson of Sigmund Freud, the founder of psychoanalysis.)
I’m hoping to go to the Milton Avery exhibition at the Royal Academy. And I still need to book those National Trust visits (Ightham Mote and Paycocke’s House).
My annual visit to Buckingham Palace is later this month as I’ll attend a preview of the Summer Opening of the State Rooms. Last year, the royal treat was a visit to the palace gardens but I am looking forward to heading inside again. This year’s special display celebrates Her Majesty The Queen’s 1952 Accession with the portraits taken by Dorothy Wilding. The photographs will be shown alongside examples of Her Majesty’s personal jewellery worn for the portrait sittings.
The last thing I’m trying to arrange for this month is a chance to see the annual Swan Upping. I’ve written to the Queen’s Swan Marker so let’s hope he lets me join the press boat.