Mabel’s big day out

Last week, when my book club won the local pub quiz (huzzah!) we were set a challenge to complete before the next quiz. We were sent off with a china sheep called Mabel and in order to win a bottle of wine all we had to do was take a photo of her in front of a famous London landmark. Because I spend half my time in London, this task fell to me.

Now there are two things the good people at Manor Farm Barn don’t know about me:

1. I don’t believe in doing things by halves – if I do something, I like to do it properly.

2. I’m slightly mad.

So with those two things in mind, I set off to London today with Mabel in tow (well, ok – in a bag) and decided if we were going to have a day trip, we were going to make it a good one. So here’s the story of Mabel’s big day out…

First, we had to get the train up to London. I feel slightly bad that I didn’t buy her a ticket but luckily nobody checked.

Mabel on the train

We were heading to Notting Hill first, so we had to get the Circle Line. Fortunately Mabel is very good at minding the gap.

Mabel gets the tube

A spot of shopping in Portobello Road.

Mabel at Portobello Road

And then a nice refreshing cup of tea. And a biscuit.

Mabel has a cuppaFinally, back to the river to enjoy the sunset.

Mabel with the Houses of ParliamentMabel in front of the London EyeBefore jumping back on the train to go home.

Mabel back on the trainAnd then we were both too tired to cook so we got fish and chips for dinner. I ate most of it…

Mabel has fish and chips

Ok, just to be clear, I’m slightly mad but not completely. I realise Mabel isn’t a real sheep (which is lucky really since I spent most of the day carrying her around in a plastic bag).

As much as I enjoy being mad in the privacy of my own home, I’m usually pretty sensible when I’m out in public. So I had to be a bit brave to take some of these photos – not least the one in Westminster tube station (I elected to go for the ‘if I don’t look at people, they can’t see me’ approach) and the one at Portobello Road (I actually had to join a queue of tourists to get that one). But it was also quite liberating to be ‘crazy sheep lady’ for the day, regardless of who might be watching.

Bring on the next challenge…

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