Jackie? Are you there??! x



Leaving on our adventure..not sure how Bella managed to take this pic, but I love the way the shadow looks like a man with a big nose…




Charlie is our fashionisto today..he’s insisted on wearing his top back-to-front..




To match his blue nail varnish (Yep, a fashion statement rather than hyperthermia..)




First part of the journey is by train.  The kids are tickled pink by the window of this platform cafe…made on purpose or did someone get bored?!



Fuel stop at Brockley (re-named broccoli by Bella..)



They’re not  impressed by my blue egg brunch, but honestly it’s Delicious!



There’s a serendipitous magazine on the table….reminding us we’re here on a mission from New York (Click for the NY link and the complete story!)..we have to find Jackie’s book ‘Silk for the Feed Dog’ before anyone else does..she’s literally sent it from across the Atlantic..




Except – so near yet so far..there’s no effing internet on my phone so now we don’t have a map.  Tip to self: Always carry a paper back-up…and we’re on a deadline for the magic to happen..




We jump on a bus..it’s the scenic route but at least I can remember the way from Lewisham (we’re travelling two sides of a very large triangle)..the question is..will we make it in time??



There it is!! London’s smallest library…



Is it there? Are we too late?








All the way from New York!! Utterly totes amazing!!!  So thrilled it’s there and there is such a things as magic in the world..



And the kids are thrilled to swap and find books of their own too..

Time to go home for a nice cup of tea and a good read..except I have two children to entertain…

but hey!..they have books too! Result!

Laters, a very happy, Kate x

(Quick link back to the NY part of the story!)





  1. jackiemallon

    Oh, you found her?! I was a little worried as she took the red eye all by herself. She’s in safe hands with you Kate. I’m delighted! She’s never time travelled before either! It all went over rather well considering. Phew! Cup of tea for me too…XO!

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    • Maison Bentley Style

      It was that sudden feeling of ‘HELP!’ and ‘Why the hell did I decide to rely on technology???’ The kids were true troopers as I really did drag them round the scenic route! And to get home..we crossed the Thames twice!! Not the most direct journey…! As adventures should be! xxx

  3. theblackberryboys

    Wow, what an adventure! Love the Phone booth library! I am so glad you got there in time, and got The great book from New York! Your kids are sooooo cute 🙂 xoxo Fanni

  4. Lia in Brussels

    Just as I was wishing Silk safe travels, I got the news she’s with you! Thank you guys for this thrilling trip – now it’s your turn to go places with Kat and Edward. Have fun!

  5. Anonymous

    What a delicious story altogether! And really beautiful pictures too. And I thought after your previous post YOU were in NY 🙂 Congratulations for getting the book!

    • Maison Bentley Style

      I remember a long time ago I read about a website that linked up people who had finished reading their book and wanted to leave it for someone else to find. They’d hide it in a public place and say where on this website..I’ve never been able to find the website..but I LOVE the idea..this felt a bit like that..the bonus was it was Jackie’s book and the micro library was a joy! xxx

  6. fashionassist

    What a fun and fabulous blog post—a unique combo of a great game: Treasure Hunt being played out virtually and in reality!!
    As I read on, my breath was coming in short pants, feeling like I was right there with you all, racing madly to find the treasure…
    and phew…BINGO! we did it; I mean you did it—YOU FOUND IT! I mean you found her—Fuchsia Silk!!! Hooray!!!!!!!
    Not quite finished my copy of Silk for the Feed Dogs as of yet, but so far she’s a spectacular read—enjoy Kate…
    and enjoy Bella + Charlie—such great treasures you all found today!!~ xo

    • Maison Bentley Style

      You said it perfectly on Jackie’s Blog..it was like falling down a rabbit hole!! This is the internet at it’s best..I love it!! So many wonderful elements coming together..and now I get the pleasure of reading!! xxx