Mid last week lots of thing were starting to pile on top of me. Rather than going around in circles and getting nowhere with anything I decided to take a moment and do something I enjoy. Since it had been a few months since I'd last been to the V&A I felt an afternoon at one of my favourites would put everything right. I've previously mentioned how our London Museums and Art galleries make the perfect meeting places or to have an inspring coffee on your own. Just being in a place surrounded by like minded people is often enough to get you motivated and feeling good or inspired.
Gabriella wanted to come along. If my children show interest in going to a museum or gallery I do try to take them. Personally, I think its never too early to introduce children to cultured activities and places. If they go from a young age their minds will have plenty of food for thought and give them opportunities to exercise their curiosities. They will become accustomed to the way they should behave and as they get older it will become second nature, they will ask questions about what they see, giving them wider topics of conversation and they will explore and have varied interests. The things we teach and do with our children is what they will do and pass on to their children. Which for me is a very comforting thought. I think it's lovely to keep such things that are important to you and your family alive. Not only that, it's such a pleasure that I can now share lots of quality experiences with Gabriella now that she is four.
Last week, whilst Lucia slept in the afternoon we hopped on a tube and decided to go the V & A Museum and enjoy some lunch in their stunning cafe, over lunch we made a last minute decision to go and see the Shoes: Pleasure and Pain exhibition. For those of you who haven't yet been, I will not ruin your experience by talking too much about it but it really is one not to be missed.
Over the most delicious lunch in their cafe I keep wondering why I love the V&A so much. I believe its a combination of things. Their exhibtions quite often fit in with my love of fashion and textiles, I'm usually happy to go alone or I can usually always persuade a friend to go to a fashion exhibition if I fancy some company. The outside space, the John Madejeski Gardens somehow perfectly reflects the V&A, the colour tone and choice of flowers for the gardens have you feel as though you are wondering though a real life V&A print design. It's so clever.
After lunch we spent some time outside admiring the country style flowers against the red brick, the stunning summer pavilion by architect Frida Escobedo which symbolises reflection so well and I kept catching Gabriella playing with the water fountains. Why is water one of the temptations that children can never resist?
I've often met friends at the V & A for lunch and its somewhere I'm really happy to take the children, I never feel as though they are a problem and you can always take them outside to let off some steam and have a run around. In the warmer months if the cafe is too civilised for the children make use of the John Madejeski Gardens outdoor food stall and have lunch on the lawns or tables outside.
I think Gabriella's outfit was perfect for the occasion. I'm so in love with the autumn raspberry tones and winter florals. Raspberry is rich, fruity and quite fun. The perfect alternative to the standard pink. I love them separately as well as together. the fringed boots add a hit of the 70's and boho vibe. Both of which I adore.