So much for having a day to myself on Tuesday to catch up with some work…. I was absolutely exhausted after the heat and travelling round London the day before.

Despite having a really late night, I had to be up at 7.30 to mind a friends dog – in return for looking after mine while I was out and about on my travels.

I ended up taking them all for a long walk, catching up with my washing and hoovering…then promptly falling asleep on the settee mid afternoon. So much for catching up with my own work. Ho hum

We arrived in London about lunchtime and headed over to the Crypt Gallery – virtually just across the road from Euston station. As the name implies, the gallery is part of the church crypt – with many corridors, alcoves and little hidden spaces.

The exhibition looked really good – I was so pleased with the layout.

Seeing that everything was OK, I took a few photos then headed off to do some gallery visiting on my own.

First stop was the Royal Academy to see the summer show and the Joseph Cornell. I found the summer show chaotic as always, but there were some good pieces on display. Loved the Cormell….it was so inspiring for me especially – being a collector of bits and bobs .

From there, I headed towards the V & A, hoping to get into Alexander McQueens ‘Savage Beauty’ ( I couldn’t get in) so saw the ‘Shoes; Pain and Pleasure’ exhibition instead (my other passion is shoes!)

There’s no way in the world that I could have afforded to visit even those few exhibitions without my (free entry) work pass. So I am so grateful to have the ability to do this.

So from there, I went over to Tate Britain. .. slightly bored  with Hepworth’s work ( see it too much daily) but had a quick whizz round before having a final peep at Emin’s bed, before it heads up to Liverpool next year.

The heat and the crowds on the tubes were unbearable – how on earth do people cope with that daily? To escape the madness, I sat in Hyde Park , watching the ducks for a while before going back to the Crypt for the PV.

I couldn’t believe how packed it was. Normally, our exhibitions are attended by the artists and one or two guests, so to see literally hundreds there, was quite a culture shock.

My little installation (see below) was given its own space, framed by the crypt’s arches.

Exhibition continues until 25th July