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June 08, 2014



I live in a town that is swamped with tourists in the summer, so I do understand your pain. I was lucky enough to visit the UK twice is the last eight years, during the summer-and we never encountered horrible crowds. Everything was very accessible, although the South Bank on a beautiful day, was pretty crazy. Sounds like things have changed! I would love to visit again, but not during the height of tourist season-is September a good time?


London is lovely in September but the tourist season will still be in full swing then. There are though lots of things to do away from the usual attractions which are less busy. Let me know if you are coming and I'll suggest some things you could do.

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2015 The List Of Stuff

  • 2 - 6. Kenwood Chef
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  • 1. Pot of Chrysanthemums
    I thought these were better value than a bunch of flowers. They cost £3.50.

A Thousand Things

  • 598 - Glass Vase
    This is quite a good vase, cube shaped and would look lovely filled with hyacinths. I have used it once in the last five years. I managed to get Traybake to take it off my hands.
  • 595 - 597 Three books
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Films 2015

  • The Imitation Game

Films 2008

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Things I Have Bought In John Lewis In 2007

  • 1 x shelf divider
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  • 1 x shower curtain
  • 1 x dish rack
  • 1 x duck and goose down pillow
  • 2 x chopping boards
  • 1 x slice piedmontese gateau
  • 1 x cup earl grey tea
  • Groceries - assorted
  • 1 X Liz Earle moisturiser (dry/sensitive)
  • 1 x Liz Earle cleanser with 2 muslin cloths
  • 1 x slice coconut cake
  • 1 x latte
  • 1 bag Kettle Crisps Cider vinegar flavour
  • 2 x rolls
  • 2 x tomatoes
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  • 4 x 50g balls of 4ply wool assorted colours
  • 1 x pot of earl grey tea
  • 1 x slice coconut loaf cake
  • 1 x 50g ball pink merino wool
  • 1 x pot Chanel concealer
  • 1 x pot of Earl Grey Tea
  • 1 x slice coconut cake
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  • 1 x slice coconut loaf cake
  • 1 Earl Grey tea
  • 3 x cotton dish cloths
  • 1 pair of oven gloves - navy with white stripe
  • 1 Dualit Hand Mixer
  • 1 cup of earl grey tea
  • 1 slice of spicy apple cake
  • 3 pairs of tights
  • 1 Bottle of Ecover Multipurpose Cleaner
  • 1 can of easy iron spray
  • 1 slice of coconut loaf cake
  • 1 Pot of Earl Grey tea
  • 1 x pedometer
  • 1 Tub Cinnamon and Ginger Body Scrub
  • 2 LR44 Batteries
  • 1 x Toshiba Laptop
  • 1 x cappucino
  • I slice vanilla cheesecake
  • 1 organic lemonade
  • 1 camisole pj top
  • I large tub of beeswax polish
  • 1 blue wooden handled dish brush
  • 1 Ecover Limescale Remover
  • Ecover Laundry Liquid
  • 1 Pair of pjs
  • 1 camisole
  • 1 pair of black leather gloves
  • 1 cappuccino and I slice of coconut cake
  • 1 pair grey knee length socks

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