Thursday, March 4, 2010

Playing Hookie...shhh!

I played hookie today and hopped a train into London.
 I had enough of house and home.
First stop was the National Portrait Gallery.
 I have been dying to see the Irving Penn exhibit. 

Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn

Woody Allen playing Charlie Chaplin

Marlene Dietrich

Spencer Tracey...Fab!
It was wonderful!
Read my comments @ Finding My Way 

Second stop Fortnum and Mason's to check out the 
window displays for Mother's Day on March 14th!

Love the pink...

Shaken not stirred... 

Bubbly, of course!

Sweets for the sweet!

All the things to make Mom's day...lovely!

From there, I lingered in a cafe, took my sweet time... 
browsing in a few bookshops,  a wander here, a browse there...
and I was off again. 
I feel recharged and ready to go.
Home Sweet Home!
(Shh...Mum's the word!)

Images from Irving Penn exhibit via Google
Images of Fortnum and Mason window taken by me


  1. Oh Jeanne,
    We are living parallel lives at the moment. I have a photograph of Marlene Dietrich on my blog today and I'm going into London tomorrow !!
    Sounds as if you had a great day. Fortnam's window looks brilliant and the exhibition , wonderful.
    Nice to see that you snuck off for some R&R, Jeanne style. XXXX

  2. I am here at the office, running like crazy from task to task, and just took a moment to check my reader (I need to breathe, breathe, breathe). I saw your post and decided to read it. What a breath of fresh air. I realize I need a day off just for me. It looks like you enjoyed your day. Beautiful.

  3. Seriously what a glorious day you had, I only wish I could have been there too!

  4. How wonderful to treat yourself to day like this. I think taking this time for ourselves is incredibly important. For the creative process, recharging to be a good Mum and wife, partner, friend. I always come back so energized and refreshed that I wonder why I don't do this more often.

  5. This isn't called playing hookie, you were completing important research for your ongoing publication, and recharging your batteries with the energy required for your extremely demanding, full time, role as mother and wife at home!!

  6. Sounds like a great day! And you deserve a few days to yourself! Glad you had a great day.

  7. Thank you all for your kind comments. Sometimes you just gotta do it! My goal is to do this at least once a week..if I am lucky twice. Wish me luck :)

  8. Oh how fun! Wish I would've met you there for a tea.

  9. What a lovely way to while away the day! And to recharge! Your day just sounds fabulous and took me away for a few minutes (thank you for that!)

  10. What a lovely day... adore the windows for Mother's Day - I expect you feel recharged and revitalised now....x

  11. HI Jeanne
    Sounds like you had a wonderful day... Irving Penn display would be something to see! Great portraits you have shown here.. I just love the Spencer Tracey shot. I haven't seen that one before..I have to admit I haven't been to the Museum here in eons.. last time was the Caravaggio exhibition which was amazing..

    Have fun gearing up for Mother's Day.. the window displays are lovely.... xx Julie [love Sharon's comment!!]

  12. What beautiful finds. I am so jealous!

  13. Jeanne,
    What a fun day. Just to be able to say 'I went to London for the day' would be enough for me. But, I did enjoy the window shopping. Thanks for sharing.

  14. Every once in a while a girl has to play hookie, so glad you had a good day.

  15. Jeanne - totally essential 'me' time...glad you enjoyed the Irving Penn - I'm hoping to see it next week..lots to explore & now the weather is (finally) improving you can plan lots more outings! Have a great weekend x

  16. Bonjour Jeanne,
    What a great day you had. Love all the photos and that lovely silver frame at the end. Thanks for letting us tag along - my lips are sealed.
    Bon weekend


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