I know I have, and on top of those and a proper holiday I had, I am holding my hands up to confess I have woefully neglected this blog in favour of wine and excess......obviously the only difference there is that it was in Morocco and not Ealing!
Anyway I thought I'd share a little bimble we had last weekend as, although it ventures out of my usual stomping ground, it covers a lovely area that is a mere hop, skip and a jump away down to the Thames path.
Starting off in Strand-on-the-Green (just down to the left of Kew Bridge on the north side), we kicked off the sunny journey in the best possible way...... with a gelato.
It is quite an advanced ice cream manoeuvre eating a dripping cone on the move, but we all managed it with some skill!
We walked for over a mile from here up to Chiswick Bridge and back again on the south side, taking in the beautiful wisteria, stunning houses (SERIOUS house envy on this stretch of the Thames!), Sunday pub-goers and the last dregs of the days sunshine.
The Southern side feels much more rural (you're not in London anymore Dorothy!) so balances the Northern bit perfectly.
Even more perfect is that it spits you out right on Kew Green where we saw the most delight sight of the church I'm getting married in next year (squeeeeee!!!) and a chilled out game of cricket.
And just when you thought the day couldn't get more English Bank Holiday, we rounded the it off with a Pimms and a peek at the traditional fair - needless to say after the mammoth ice-cream and the Pimms we didn't go on the helter-skelter..........maybe next time!