A sincere thank you to everyone who left comments and/or emailed me over the last week - I am very touched by all your kind wishes.
Yesterday I traveled to London with my friend Louise who is over form New York; we kept it simple just calling into the Persephone bookshop and Liberty's.
I would really recommend calling into Persephone Books should you find yourself in London as it is worth it purely for the delightful ambiance that draws you into a feeling of a past time -going through a portal where a gentle, genteel feeling prevails that perhaps I can only compare to visiting spinster aunts, or Miss Marple( not that I have visited Miss M apart from in my imagination); the heady scent of the hyacinths that were artfully displayed, the pieces of object 'art that were sprinkled around the shop and the staff who obviously loved working there all added to the overwhelming feeling of warmth and inclusion.
Needless to say I made a purchase.....
Those of you that maybe aren't familiar with Persephone is that they use fabric prints that are historically accurate with the time the books were originally published.
This is a Duncan Grant screen print - lovely isn't it?
Liberty's although a guaranteed visual feast was disappointing; we both felt that quality of the merchandise wasn't what it once was; it no longer feels like a little piece of Merry England so we consoled ourselves with champagne with our lunch which compensated slightly:)
I was glad to get home as I always feel going out for the day makes me appreciate home more.