I had lots of time to kill between meetings in London yesterday, so went to one of my favourite places, the Victoria and Albert museum. On my own, with no agenda, I spent delicious hours ambling through its vast labyrinth of eclectic galleries, looking at the amazing ceramics, sculptures, paintings, textiles, jewellery and more - sketching, reading, examining, marvelling, dreaming.
And I had coffee in the stunning cafe- the V&A's original restaurant, the Morris, Gamble and Poynter Rooms. They formed the very first museum restaurant in the world and were intended as a showpiece of modern design, craftsmanship and manufacturing.
I had started my day stressed out, but left the museum feeling stimulated, excited and happy. Beauty, self-expression, colours and creativity are good for the soul, as we all know. And taking time off to wander is sometimes as productive as a hard day at the office.