House sitting, London trips and surprises 🚆♥️

With a busy schedule and many projects on the go (Jerwood Gallery, Kickstarter for Getting, a wedding edit etc) I was almost annoyed at having to take a weekend to relax in a beautiful location in Kent, a house-sitting for friends. 📝💻

As part of my partner's work with Graffito, a street art publishing company, we were heading northwards by train to London on Friday to see a street art festival of which I hadn't heard. 

On the train I was grumbling a bit - I wanted to get to work on my projects and was anxious to start polishing them. I googled the street art festival and found out it ended in July. My partner quickly assured me that there were special 'sessions' going on today and that we would be part of the wrap up event (a chance to distribute books and get some great pictures). We had seen my parents for breakfast that morning in Rye and she asked if it was hard living 250-500 miles from all my family (Hull and Edinburgh). It didn't help my mood. 😂

We arrived at 2pm and, unusually, the street art festival wouldn't begin until 3. Would you like to go to a café and wait for a bit, my partner suggested. ☕ Being now both grumbly AND greedy I quickly agreed and my partner picked out something cute and quick for us... Cue THIS. ⭐♥️

My brother, who should have been 500 miles away, was instead sat gawping back at me in a café in Herne Hill in London!

Was it actually him? What a coincidence! How could a chance like this happen? It was almost like someone had organis.... Oh. Oh... 

 You don't get many chances to feel foolish and grateful at the same time so take them while you can. An incredible surprise from our partners (my brother's partner needed to meet her agent in London so had my brother seated there patiently, little knowing who would burst in the café door!) who made this an incredible birthday surprise and avoided suspicion by having it fall a few weeks before we turn 32.

 They're the literal best partners we could hope for and they made this weekend... even before they surprised us with an AirBNB in leafy Herne Hill, a visit from old friends and a trip to Brixton 02 to see Vulfpeck live. ♥️ Here's to matching that surprise for them in the future. 

a recent trip to London unearthed this fantastic graffiti in Herne Hill

a recent trip to London unearthed this fantastic graffiti in Herne Hill