Sarum Hall School is located in the very sweetly named area of Swiss Cottage – although to my surprise as we walked out of the tube station there is actually a swiss cottage located at a junction in the middle of the High Street. I wondered which had come first – the cottage or the name. After a little bit of Internet research this afternoon I found out that the area was named after an inn called The Swiss Tavern built in 1804, formerly a toll house and later renamed Swiss Cottage. I love English history!
Today I was talking to the Grade 3 and 4 girls (it’s a girls only school). The children reminded me very much of the girls at home at Abbotsleigh. They were lots of fun and I could see there were several great characters among them. I loved their bold answers and terrific questions. When it came time to do some drama there was no shortage of volunteers.
Adventure, mystery, horses, boarding school, travel, holidays, friends – came up. I was so pleased, as all of those things feature in the Alice-Miranda stories. One little girl mentioned magic and while I told her I didn’t mind a little magic myself, there wasn’t any in Alice-Miranda’s world – but there was loads of FOOD!
Before we left, we had a tour of the school – which is small and perfectly formed with a lovely warmth to it.
So the sun has shone in London for most of today and the weather is supposed to get even better. My husband spent the day catching up with an old friend from Australia over a game of golf. I managed to finish up some questions for the final edit for Alice-Miranda Shows the Way this afternoon and tomorrow will start with some work and then there are a few things in London I really want to see. I can imagine it will be busy with people making the most of the forecast sunshine – aespecially after it has rained for over a month.