Monday, April 4, 2011

Home to the Sun...

I love it here.  I really do.  London in the spring is is a city of green postage stamp squares, blurred by pale fluffy blossoms and brushed in pastels.  It is a blooming, stunning city.   But, it does lead to some eccentricities.  The warmth is fleeting and tenuous and does not visit the shade.  The rain is quixotic and cold and lands in puddles and then gets thrown around by buses that move disturbingly fast.

I wear sundresses in the warmest part of the day but in order to do that I have to carry a heavy bag with me.  Inside the bag are 1) a book--always--a bit like Linus and his blanket, 2) clothes--lots of clothes: socks, tights, jumpers, jackets, hats and a scarf.  As the day cools down I put on more and more layers until the summer dress is lost under a whole sheep's worth of wool and underpinned by heavy boots and topped off with mittens.  The effect is bizarrely Victorian.

This lovely city also holds so many of the people I love best in the world.  The easy, short hand communication of long broken in, lived in, much loved friendships is a marvellous thing.  On Saturday, Sadie and I decided to nothing but watch movies.  We went to the HMV in Victoria station and bought movies and then spent the evening at her house tucked up in the sitting room, utterly happy.  When I am back in Hawaii, in another life, a million miles away, I will remember nothing of what we talked about and everything about that happiness.

Yesterday, I was on a bus on my way somewhere else and suddenly I did not want to go somewhere else.  So, I hopped off in Vauxhall and called my friend Dan who lives just there.  He cooked a roast and I sat on the sofa.  It is a magical precious thing to spend random, ordinary, unhurried time with old friends.  It makes me want to stay.

But I have that restless, about to go feeling that comes with a flurry of changed tickets and frantic packing.  It is almost time...  


  1. Your description of London sounds magical - the dressing up part from morning to evening is nice - all layers!

  2. I would love to visit London some day. Your description makes me so curious about the city.
    Have a wonderful week, Priya! :)

  3. I admire your dedication to wearing a dress despite the weather! :) We should try to overlap in London one day.

  4. mystica, so happy you popped by!

    misha, have a wonderful week too!

    rachel, i would love to meet up!

  5. london sounds much like portland right now! except of course for the beautiful architecture and general grandeur... the large busses, and well basically everything. we are like a sad, tiny, distant cousin, with our only resemblance being the rain and the green and the blossoms. but i too am layering like mad!

  6. Are you returning for a holiday or for good this time, research and studies complete?

  7. Hmmm.. I want to go to London today after reading your post!

    Travel safe.

    ps: my review is up and the book giveaway was announced today (yeah).

    Check it out!

  8. ariel, today is stunning! i have been sitting out on my roof!

    linda, i think i am going to back for a big chunk of time and just settle into being home before i come back in the autumn.

    mari, i just saw it! you are amazing!

  9. Priya- congrats on being published- it's been so many years since Mount Holyoke- we seem to have lost touch since we were not really the internet/social media/sms/email generation. wishing you all the best. xo shayma

  10. shayma! how wonderful to hear from you! i just visited your gorgeous blog. you write so beautifully. x


Please feel free to leave a comment! I would love to hear from you!