Fire Elf

On one of our evenings in Porto we decided to head out in the evening for pudding and a drink only to notice some fire.  We headed towards the fire and stumbled on this amazing art instillation spread across the city.   Here is a little clip just a small part of the experience.



Bonie Elf

We talked about our trip to Scotland in the last blog and visiting Aberfeldy, here is a poem by Robert Burns about the wonderful little town.

“The Birks of Aberfeldy”

Bonie lassie, will ye go,
Will ye go, will ye go,
Bonie lassie, will ye go
To the birks of Aberfeldy!
Now Simmer blinks on flowery braes,
And o’er the crystal streamlets plays;
Come let us spend the lightsome days,
In the birks of Aberfeldy!



Ps.  photo is of the Hogwarts Express…because I felt like it.



I definitely need some inspiration on a gray and uninviting day like today.  So I gathered together some sparkly words of wisdom.


“Nothing in the world is ever completely wrong.
Even a stopped clock is right twice a day.”

-Paul Coelho


“Live Long and Prosper”

– Leonard Nimoy

“Tis in ourselves that we are thus or thus. Our bodies are our gardens to the which our wills are gardeners.”

-Shakespeare (Othello)

Touring with tourists

We have guests, which is wonderful for so many reasons.  We get to hang out with our
fun friends, we get to eat awesome food and most of all we get to do touristy things!  Hurrah!

IMAG2641We catch the bus into Kensington, there is no traffic because everyone has headed out of London for the bank holiday so we wiz through town.

Its Easter so first of all its time for a treat. We head down to the Hummingbird bakery to tick of a “must do” for Phill.  We each choose something different and wonder over to Kensington Gardens with our treats.  Sitting in the sunshine near the Prince Albert memorial with views of the Royal Albert Hall we dig into our cakes…yum!  Definitely worth it.  Next we walk though the gardens and head over to the ponds and up towards the Palace before heading into Hyde Park and make our way to the Serpentine Gallery.IMAG2642

The Serpentine Gallery houses modern art exhibitions.  These change on a regular basis and on this occasion we went in to see “A World View: John Latham”.  I’m not going to say that I 100% understood what was happening, but this was interesting and worth having a look at, its free to get in.

Next we walk to a very beautiful pub called the Victoria, its old and stunning.  The food looks good, but the real gem is its old world feel.

A bit of something for everyone.



Elf’s Secret London

New adventure to a new place, a rather secret place.

I had never heard of Two Temple Place before but in doing a bit of research for new London adventures I came across the website and was intrigued.

IMAG2541The house is neo-Gothic and stunning in and of its self.  Two Temple Place is not open all year round, but when it is, it hosts an exhibition.  These exhibitions change each time the house is open.  This time around it is Sussex Modernism: Retreat and Rebellion.

The exhibition is set across two floors and is interesting, the paintings of Vanessa Bell particular captivates me.  Most of what I have known about Vanessa Bell is in relation to her being Virginia Woolf’s sister, but this exhibition has widened that view and Vanessa Bell’s paintings really are lovely.

The true gem of this visit is, however, the house.  Two IMAG2547Temple Place is just magnificent. The rooms are clad in beautiful and intricately carved wooden panels.  The stained glass roof and windows are breathtaking not only in thee designs but in that amazing feat of survival despite bombing during World War Two.

Its free entry which is great.  The volunteers are enthusiastic and knowledgeable both about the house and the exhibition.  Two Temple Place is open until the 23rd of April and then closes up again until the next exhibition so do get along and have a look whilst you can.


More information here

It is Lovely to head along to something new in London, a place that is not so popularized and is a little bit unique and different.  Two Temple Place just shows that there is always something new to experience in London.

A bit more poetry Elf

In advance of a related post coming up this week, I want to share something beautiful from a wonderful writer and woman who I find to be very inspiring and too often forgotten.


“As a woman I have no country. As a woman I want no country. As a woman, my country is the whole world.”

Virginia Woolf