I fell in love with London’s Covent Garden on our first trip to England 18 years ago.
We wandered pubs with terrific ales, shops with hand knit sweaters. I wanted to buy something but the abundance of offerings made decisions difficult.
Spouse and I had just sat down to enjoy an ice cream and rest our weary legs when I spotted Benjamin Pollock’s Toyshop. I shoved my spoon into my strawberry and told Dean I’d meet him “there.” His eyes followed my pointing finger.
Pollocks has been there since the late 1800s. I don’t know if it has changed in the 18 years since I was there but boy howdy I hope not. Creaking floors, wooden steps, and shelves overflowing with toys are part of its charm.
I’ve posted a link to their website. Once there, click on “Covent Garden Shop.” On the far left hand side is the “3D Tour” link that will take you on a virtual tour. You’ll see why I bought this small marionette. He leaves his position in my studio among the marionettes I’ve collected over the years to take temporary residence on my Christmas tree.
Lucky for him he’s small enough; the jester is two feet tall. Hmmm…maybe next year a taller tree?