This evening, as I walked home, it hit me properly.

I live in London now.

It’s where I am, it’s where my stuff is, it’s where I work, and it’s where I socialise.

It was a nice realisation, as I walked through the cool night air to get to my station, and filled me with a good dose of the warm fuzzies….

It’s nice to feel at home.

It’s nice to know how to do my commute, what stops are worth walking to to make a journey shorter, when to avoid the leisure centre (that place gets *crowded* at points), and I’m starting to find some cool shops and bars to frequent.

Today was the last official day of my summer break, and was the perfect balance of work, fun, and quiet time. I got up at 6am (and so did Matthew, brave boy!), and worked in school for 5 or six hours getting all sorts of stuff sorted. Then I went to meet Richard for a long and lazy lunch (with cham-PAGNE(!), which is a bit of a tradition of ours), and spent a good few hours chatting and catching up. Then I went for a little walk and caught a free screening of ‘Julie & Julia’. I really liked it in a chickbloggyflick way, and was pleased with what they’d done with one of my favourite summer reads. Then I walked, got a Friday treat in Marks & Spencer for the boy and I to share tomorrow night.

And now, to bed, to bed….

I hope your days were similarly lovely!

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  1. wigsf
    3rd September 2009 / 11:41 pm

    lovely, no, just long.but thanks anyway

  2. Christielli
    4th September 2009 / 12:09 am

    Glad you saw Julie and Julia! I'm almost done "My Life in France" (also good), and this fall, I'm going to attempt a few recipes from MtAoFC…I still sometimes have "I live in Toronto!" moments too.Well, I guess all that's left to say is "bring it, September, bring it!"

  3. Riot Kitty
    4th September 2009 / 1:00 am

    Best of luck tomorrow!

  4. Anonymous
    4th September 2009 / 7:28 am

    Not quite so warm and fuzzy but lots of sorting out and squealing over bling, and some potential good news… not to be shared here tho… 😉 will ring later if I can x x Mlle Wilson

  5. Scarlet
    4th September 2009 / 11:48 am

    It's good to know you're happy with your new surroundings. Sounds like you could live anywhere and make the best of it…but London is awesome! I was there in the late 80s and fell in lust with it! lol Who doesn't like to be called, "Love," everywhere they go??Btw, did you feel the movie was as good as the book?? I'm waiting to finish J & J before I watch the film. So far I'm loving each and every chapter.Enjoy your weekend, Chica!! I love that you have champagne with lunch…I must do that sometime. 🙂

    4th September 2009 / 3:30 pm

    I love your blog! ummm I am wondering if you can post some quaint, lush (((green))) photos of what a beautiful place like London looks like right now. I am in dead-brown desert right now. Highs in the 110's most days. I long for the autumn weather and may live vicariously through your blog until our fall hits in November =) which means uh 80's.And your stop for champagne and lunch sounds dreamy-you blessed girl!! I love it.

  7. Sparkling Red
    4th September 2009 / 6:05 pm

    Welcome Home! It's funny, the first time it hits you "I'm living here now!" And much better when you've moved to somewhere you really like.

  8. Hilary
    5th September 2009 / 6:06 pm

    Hey you!I just wanted to say thank you for the note you sent me in the mail! I got it a couple days ago. You are so, so sweet to think of me 🙂 And getting mail (real mail..not email!) is so much fun!We are all doing well and are looking forward to meeting our baby girl in 35 days or so!I hope you are well and thanks again so much, Claire! You are a sweetheart <3Blessings,Hilary

  9. Nicole
    5th September 2009 / 11:17 pm

    I love that you love being in London :o) I can't wait to hear about your new school year!

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