A jaunty POV on travel, living abroad in Australia, SCUBA diving and food.
Meeting Family in London for the First Time
I had been interacting with Daniel’s family on their WhatsApp group chat for many, many months, which was a pretty decent way to get to know them. But, realistically, no digital interaction is going to be better than an in-person, face-to-face, wine-glass-in-hand experience. Thankfully, this finally happened in May! Here’s how some London sightseeing and – more importantly – meeting the family in London for the first time went…
Octopus / Squid on an ancient jug / urn.
Samesies but more of a goblet?
Oceanus attending the Wedding of Peleus and Thetis.
Fish and squid.
Cherub riding Hippocampus.
The rest of our British Museum visit was pretty much me aggressively hunting out any and all ancient pieces that included sea creatures to 1.) satisfy my life-long fascination with ocean life, particularly in art form and 2.) generate ideas for potential future body art. The above were some of my faves.
After our social visit with the family, Daniel and I met up that evening for dinner with his best friend of 20+ years, Tom. He’s hilarious, warm, lovely and honestly it’s not fair to refer to him as just a ‘friend of the family’ – he is 100% a family member. We had a fabulous visit with Tom and it made me smile seeing him and Daniel reminisce and catch-up. I’m extremely bummed as the three of us completely forgot to get a photo together! (Unacceptable, gents. Truly. Shame on us all.)
The next day, we met up with Daniel’s mum in Farringdon for a goodbye lunch before we headed back to LHR to board our flight. But before that, another perfectly lucky moment took place where I got to reunite with a good friend…
And that, lovies, is that. All told, I think it was a spectacular first visit with Daniel’s family (I almost typed ‘successful first visit’ but that made me gag as it sounds like I was on a business trip and won some new clients or something). We all got on brilliantly, and I’m looking forward to the next opportunity for some fam social time – wherever in the world it may be! XOXO -JW