10 April 2010

Hello! I am sorry that I have been so quiet lately but I have been really ill with sinusitis and the antibiotics I have been prescribed to take for it have made me even worse, with all sorts of weird side effects! I’m hoping to be back to normal again next week!

It’s been a busy few days here – we’ve been out and about quite a bit, with a couple of trips to Bristol, where I bought some lovelies from the new MAC Give Me Liberty of London collection and yet more clothes for the boys from Gap.

We’ve also been to Glastonbury, which is very near here, as I wanted to climb to the top of the Tor. It’s best known for the music festival, of course but is a whole year around hippy haven with loads of independant shops selling new age trinkets and books about magic. It is also extremely vegetarian friendly with at least five vegetarian cafes and restaurants in the town centre – it’s not often that I am spoilt for choice! The only thing that I don’t like about Glastonbury is the fact that everyone there seems to smoke – with a woman even smoking in the cafe we eventually stopped at, which was revolting.

It was Dave’s birthday last Thursday, which we celebrated with Pieminister pies (a special Bristolian treat) in lieu of cake. I bought him a lomography Fisheye camera as a present and he has had a lot of fun taking photos with it. What do you think of the ones on this post? I think they are brilliant. He’s planning to take it to Paris with us – I can’t wait to see what he does with it.

We spent the day in Bristol, exploring Gloucester Road, which is a busy, thriving strip with dozens of cool shops, pubs and cafes. It’s the only part of Bristol that really makes me feel like we are in a city – probably because it reminds me a lot of Highbury in London. It’s also home to at least two well known Banksy works, which it is always thrilling to come across.

In other news, we’ve done our flat up a bit; I’ve written loads of my next book and I’ve almost finished the new biography of Pauline Bonaparte, so you can expect a review very soon! I still need to post about my meeting at Windsor with the Surveyor of the Queen’s Pictures as well! It was really interesting – I had assumed that the new ‘Victoria and Albert: Art and Love‘ exhibition at Buckingham Palace was inspired by the film Young Victoria, but apparently it was a happy coincidence! More on that later, however…