Tuesday, October 05, 2004


London is always a walking experience but today was a real dash from place to place. I seemed to have worn a good many of the ladies out by 2:30 p.m. though. They did plead theater tickets tonight however and I don't blame them for wanting a little rest before exposing themselves to Michael Crawford and a trained white rat.

We started the day at Benton & Johnson where Kathy graciously spent time showing us all their lovely thread (both precious and popular) and the nice gentlemen in the Masonic Department pulled out some outstanding examples of Masonic regalia with incredible goldwork and fine examples of use of huge bullions as fringes.

Then it was on to Charing Cross Road for a bookfest and
a bite of lunch on the run. And then on to Watts & Co. for a look at their beautiful fabrics and trims. They took us into their workrooms and showed us a recently restored altar frontal from Magdalen College Oxford. It was indeed, I'm sure their best set. It was lovely. Ditto a black array made up with brocade specially commissioned by a customer.

Then onward to the Tate to check out the Tudor portraits. I always see something new when I revisit those old favorites of mine.

Tomorrow it is back to the V&A and tea at Harrods. Watch this space for the next report.

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