We have spent a pleasant day with family and all went out for a lunch. I wish I could say the lunch was lovely but it was in fact it was very disappointing. We went to the Cheerful Soul which is a gastro pub run by a couple who won The Restaurant (TV programme) a couple of years ago. The food was not great and the service bad, however the company was good and we made the best of it. I just hate being disappointed, I was really looking forward to eating there.
I gave my SIL and MIL their Easter gifts and decided on carrot cupcakes instead of millionaires shortbread. Here they are, they tasted lovely even if I say so myself. The gifts seemed well received.
On Saturday we packed a picnic and headed for London with the plan to go to the Science Museum. We drove past the Natural History Museum and the queue zig zagged around the block, the Science Museum was just as bad, so a rapid change of plan saw us heading towards the River and popping over Lambeth Bridge towards the Imperial War Museum. We have never been before and I was a bit worried we would only be there for an hour or so before moans of "I'm bored" were being shouted. What a fabulous museum, it was so interesting and just the right mix of informative and hands on exhibits.
We saw lots of these:-
They had loads of planes suspended from the ceiling.
We went on the Blitz experience and sat down in an air raid shelter whilst bombs dropped all around us.
Here is Daisy and my sister sitting at desk in the 1940's class room. They had a fantastic 1940's house and a prefab to look around. The museum was also hosting a Ministry of Food exhibition which was really interesting. It covered rationing, the land girls and had a mock up of a 1940's sweet shop. The cafe at the Musuem served traditional war time fayre also. Me and my sister indulged in a bit of blancmange, haven't had that since we used to go to birthday parties back in the 1970's! We could have chosen a slice of beetroot and cocoa cake! We all had a great day out, P and Alex loved all the tanks and planes, us girls loved the glimpse of home life during the war. P & I went to look at the Holocaust exhibition which was very moving. You really do have to count your blessings and realise just how lucky we are today, no real worries.
After a busy day we headed home through London. I took a few pics I thought you might like. Just look how grey that sky is!
Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament
A drive past Buckingham Palace.
Here is my sugary mouthed boy enjoying his picnic in the fresh air.
Enjoy the rest of the Easter hols whatever you do.