7th July

The heady days of Wimbledon are behind us and there was to be no win for our own Andy Murray but we are already looking ahead to next year….

The heatwave is also behind us but not before we enjoyed drinks in my garden until midnight in short sleeves – what a treat. Now we have sunshine with passing showers but easily good enough for an outdoor BBQ on Friday.

On Saturday evening we went to see something amazing. Sadler’s Wells was the venue for Matthew Bourne’s Dorian Gray, a retelling of Oscar Wilde’s gothic fable through dance. The fluidity of movement, the seductive choreography, the stunning elegance, the driving music, all came together in a fabulous experience. The dancers must be from another planet compared with us earth bound mortals. They lead us through the glorious rise and then the fall into decay of an advertising made ‘It Boy’.

On a sombre note, last week saw the unveiling in Hyde Park of the memorial to the 52 people who were killed by terrorist bombs in London on 7th July 2005. There are 52 tall stainless steel pillars, one for each person, grouped into four sections which represent the four locations of the bombs. It’s a public space and you can walk among the pillars and reflect on the loss, as the many visitors were doing when I was there. Very fitting.

For Sports fans, cricket has taken over and the 2nd match in the 5 match series called ‘The Ashes’ of England v Australia will start in London on Thursday. This is at Lord’s cricket ground the home of cricket, by Regents Park. I won’t even try to explain cricket to those not brought up with it but as a major sporting event it’s great fun as the rivalry is intense. Not looking that good for England after the first match ….

A couple of restaurants to mention before I sign off. Launceston Place in Kensington for lunch was lovely, we had the set menu but they added in a couple of extra taster dishes, a pre-starter and pre-dessert which always cheers the diner up. The staff were charming and its conventional look is dignified without being stuffy. In contrast was Crazy Homies in Notting Hill, a very lively Mexican restaurant with loud music and wacky decorations. Good food, good service and a fun atmosphere has put this onto the list of local favourites.