Weekend Scenes: May 16th & 17th

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When we moved to London, Rico decided not to risk shipping his guitars, and we already had too much coming with us on the plane to take them on the flight. I knew it was something that wasn't easy for him. We've been in our new flat for a little over a month now (and almost 3 months now in London—woo!) and we've been slowly but surely making it our home—bringing in furniture and adding little touches here and there. Something always seemed like it was missing though—something that was more than just furniture or lighting. And it finally hit me: noise.

We had absolutely no plans this weekend...so Rico thought. On Saturday morning we woke up and he eventually asked me "what are we going to do today?" to which I replied "I have somewhere I would like to take you."

We got ready and took a nice walk through our neighborhood and area parks before landing at Islington Music. I had discovered this little shop online and knew it would be the perfect place to find a reasonably priced, quality guitar. Rico was just realizing what was going on when I turned to him and said "you're going to get a guitar!" A smile instantly came across his face and in we went to buy a new guitar. That morning is one I will never forget—coming back home and seeing his excitement to start playing again. He sat there playing while I relaxed and listened to the sweet notes fill the air, officially making this flat our home.

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Being outside that morning made us realize just how nice the day was going to be, so we decided after lunch to go for another walk and take along our SLR camera to capture the beautiful day. We haven't been able to spend as much time as we’d like walking around together exploring our own backyard; it seemed like there was always somewhere else to go or something to get done. We've been meaning to check out the New River Path so that naturally became our destination. It was a nice stretch of park that made you feel as though you were miles outside of the city. This is so important to us coming from New England, where oceans, lakes and mountains are so close by to refresh the soul.

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Once we reached the end of the path we emerged into the picturesque neighborhood of Canonbury, so rather than going back through the River Walk, we took to the streets. It was a beautiful, leafy neighborhood that almost felt like a spacious suburb. It was fun to create our own adventure just a short walk away from our home.

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Last weekend we heard about BUST Summer Craftacular, so we decided to hop on the bus and head over to Bethnal Green to check it out. It was full of beautiful work and pieces of art but what was more eye-catching to us was a farm we spotted out the window of the bus on the way over. After a loop through the craft fair, we hit the street to find what ended up being the Hackney City Farm. It was so interesting to us that there is a farm right in the city. It was full of animals, a little shop that sold eggs, and a cafe. We walked a path around the outer edge and said hello to all our new farm friends.

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This weekend wasn't going to be much of anything to start but it turned out to be one of my favorite weekends here so far. It reaffirmed our love for London and why we are here. We look forward to continuing to take this all in over the next few years!