where the wombles are

Monday, 2 June 2014















after 'the move' and before i 'returned to work', i had one more day with my mum, and seeing as she's staying out west - and i don't really get out there very much (ever), we decided to spend the day in wimbledon. everybody knows about wimbledon - be it because of the tennis, the wombles, or the fact it's a mission to get there on the district line, either way, we were keen to explore it a little.

was i so keen when i woke up on thursday morning with a raging pink wine hangover (thanks to my night with #roseDAnjou! more on that in the week) and running on minimal sleep? no, i was less keen then. even less so when i realised it was going to take me about an hour and three trains to get there. and then, even less again when i missed my second connecting train at crystal (maze) palace and had to wait another 20 minutes for the next one. bless her though, at the other end, there was my mum - all teeny tiny and full of promises of coffee. she's all right; we'll keep her.

we wandered up and down the high road, snapping pictures and snooping in the charity shops (expensive; to be expected), and claiming bargains in tk maxx (pretty pink vans sneakers for £12 - don't mind if i do!) when the opportunity presented itself. we stopped for many coffees and sat in many coffee shops (near the outlet so i could charge my ever-dying phone), and generally just wandered around the little old village (which for the most part, is now pretty 'new') for a good chunk of the afternoon.

when we made our way up to wimbledon common, i'll admit i was a little underwhelmed. i don't know what i was expecting, but certainly not just a swampy green field with a pond in the middle. i mean, there weren't even wombles! i felt really duped. we saw that there was a wee crafty market on there at the weekend, so made a plan to go back (eurgh, weekend travel is my fave you guys!) and check it out on sunday. fingers crossed the weather is a little nicer, and maybe the common is a little more vibrant than it was that particularly dreary thrursday in may...

have you been out to wimbledon common? can i expect anything more of it?

12 comments:

  1. So nice to be able to spend the day with your mum! Even if it was under less than optimal health ;) Your pictures are really lovely too!

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  2. Awwwwwwwwwww, it's my home! Well old home! I lived in Wimbledon for the whole 5 years that I was in London and loved it. I'm glad you made it up the hill to the village, it's much nicer than the main part of the Town. Yeah I don't think Wimbledon Common is particularly amazing, they do do a nice afternoon tea here though - http://www.cannizarohouse.com/ which is on the Common. Also if you're ever back in Wimbledon and the weather is nice, make sure you head up to The Alex, it doesn't look like a particularly interesting pub but head up the stairs and you're on the most amazing roof terrace, it's so lovely and sunny up there (although is very popular!) - http://www.alexandrawimbledon.com/
    Chloe x
    newgirlintoon.co.uk

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  3. I love Wimbledon! I only live a couple of tube stops away so it's a regular haunt. I'm gonna agree with Chloe and say check out the Alex's roof terrace! Bill's (round the corner from the Odeon cinema) is also a fantastic foodie place xx

    Katy | www.littlemisskaty.co.uk

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  4. Never been there! These are gorgeous pictures though and shame there ws no wombles, ha. That would have disappointed me as well. But, it's great you got to spend time with your mum, so sweet :) xx

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  5. I was so looking forward to seeing my very first womble!! maybe next time ;-)

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  6. well, seeing as you're so close, maybe you and I should catch up next time I'm in the area? would be nice to have a guide..! x

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  7. ahhhhh, such amazing suggestions! thanks so much love :D

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  8. thanks so much Amber (the hangovers last a loooot longer than they used to!) X

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  9. I used to live in Wimbledon and loved it. The village is much nicer and I agree that Bill's is great for food! We used to spend a Sunday morning wandering, stopping for coffee and brunch and there were usually horses and riders taking a leisurely stroll :) Hope you enjoy it more next visit x

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  10. I definitely need to get out there on a sunnier day I think - next time, I will open my mind a bit more! x

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  11. Entering Cath Kidston is a one way ticket to wonderland!

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