27.8.13

BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND

Southbank Village  Fete

Well, what a bank holiday! I thought it was going to be a bit hit and miss with the torrential down pour on Saturday but I'm happy we got to end it on a beautiful hot day - and hopefully not the last one of the year!

Southbank Village  Fete
Southbank Village  Fete

I met up with Jess at the Southbank Village Fair for a few hours of inspiring talks and crafty goings-on. It was really lovely to see so many different crafts being taught and so nice to see people learning how to knit from the lovely folks at Stitch London.

Southbank Village  Fete
Southbank Village  Fete

Jess kindly and patiently taught me how to begin crocheting my first granny square and I gave her a couple of tips on using her new camera, skills swapping is just the best! I'd love to carry on crocheting, I have big ideas of thing I could make, I just get distracted far too easily!

Southbank Village  Fete

We were lucky enough to meet up with Steven's sister and husband and their two beauitful girls as they were visiting London for the weekend. We had tickets to go look round The State Rooms in Buckingham Palace which has been on my London to do list since we moved so I'm glad I can cross that off. I really recommend going if you get the chance, it is so unbelievably grand inside (obviously) and really interesting to hear all the facts from the audio guide. And now I can officially say I've been inside Buckingham Palace!

Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace

Afterwards we took a long walk to the Southbank to take in the sights and get the Clipper up to Greenwich where by then the two girls had really had enough. With not having kids we didn't quite realise just how tough it could be taking two small children around London, they get tired - and grumpy, fairly quickly but then as soon as they get a mardy on they get energy and run off in all directions, I couldn't keep up!
We had a lovely day with them though and its always sad saying goodbye. I hope they remember this trip in years to come, hopefully the bears we bought them will help them remember.

Greenwich

Our extra day off meant a lie-in, breakfast in bed, plenty of Dexter and some nice food. If only every weekend could consist of 3 days - 2 for fun and 1 for relaxing!

Hope you had a good weekend too!

19.8.13

NICK & SARAH


Nick & Sarah
Our friends Nick and Sarah on their first wedding anniversary.

I took this outside the station just as we were saying our goodbyes yesterday, I took a few pictures but this was by far my favourite - just look how happy they are! We had such a good weekend catching up, celebrating and drinking (lots of) wine, if only we didn't live 200 miles away - maybe one day we'll be neighbours gossiping over the fence like we dream about.

16.8.13

VIDEO - CARAVANNING IN CAMBRIDGESHIRE

Here's a little video I made of our long weekend caravanning in Cambridgeshire, all shot on my iPad (I left my camera battery at home!). I've been having a few problems with the compression on Vimeo so it doesn't look as good as its suppose to... but I'm not all that bothered that the quality isn't that good, it's just so nice to have a video to look back on in years to come.
Its true what they say, the best camera is the one you have on you!

14.8.13

CARAVANNING IN CAMBRIDGESHIRE

Cambridgeshire

After the fun we had on last year's long weekend in Cornwall, we decided to join my mum and step dad again for a few days caravanning in Cambridgeshire. I'm enjoying making new traditions as I get older, I always feel so envious of the people with huge families where they all descend to the same place every summer for a week or so, it seems so idyllic.
Saying that though, the time we spend with my mum and step dad is flipping brilliant and my brother and his girlfriend even joined us for a couple of days this year, so we're kind of getting there. 

As a kid we always went caravanning for our summer holidays, towing the tiniest van all over England to enjoy the scorching summer weather we had back then.
We only had rain once this time (unlike last years wash out) which lasted all through the first night, we sleep in a bedroom extension in the awning so a night of broken sleep it certainly was - and I can't forget the pigeon that woke us up every morning cooing, although I kinda miss him now I'm back at work!

I decided a few weeks ago I'd have another go at making a video like I did for our day trip to Brighton, it was only when we were stuck firmly in a traffic jam for about an hour did I realise I had left my camera battery in the charger...in my bedroom. After a fair few swear words and having major sulk for a while did I realise that all is not lost, I had my iPad (yes, I was one of those people who had their iPad out everywhere I went. I think I had a good enough excuse though!) and my phone for taking a few snippets here and there. It would have been so nice to have my camera with me, I really did miss using it this weekend but I guess it gave my shoulder a rest and made me get inventive with my crappy phone camera.

In 4 days we went on 3 boats, visited Cambridgeshire and went punting, ate a cooked breakfast every morning (holidaying with mums are the best!) and played plenty of Trivial Pursuit. We went on a few more day trips around the area and even though the sun only came out once or twice but we had such a lovely time, I'm already looking forward to next years trip!

Here are a few pictures I took on my phone, I'm still putting together the video so will hopefully be able to share that soon.
Cambridgeshire
Cambridgeshire
Cambridgeshire
Cambridgeshire
Cambridgeshire
Cambridgeshire
Cambridgeshire
Cambridgeshire
Cambridgeshire
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I'm really looking forward to going back and exploring more of Cambridge sometime soon, such a beautiful city.

7.8.13

CRYSTAL PALACE PARK

Crystal Palace Park
On Sunday we took a 15 minute train ride over to Crystal Palace Park for a day out in the sun. We've been meaning to go since we moved south of the river but for one reason or another we've only just got round to it. If you haven't been yet then definitely make sure you go whilst the weather is still nice.
Crystal Palace Park
Crystal Palace Park
It is a really really lovely park including a farm, plenty of places to sun bathe, a well stocked cafe (with good ice cream) and obviously, the dinosaurs!
Crystal Palace Park
Crystal Palace Park
Crystal Palace Park
The dinosaur sculptures were the first in the world made way back in 1852, they based them on found fossils and animals that were around at the time - crazy! They look so funny, some of the sculptures are ridiculous but you can see where they got their ideas from.
Crystal Palace Park
We had such a lovely day out there, its very peaceful and not overly busy. The boating lake looks like fun too - one for next time we visit!

5.8.13

A WEEKEND OF NOTHING MUCH

This Saturday and Sunday was the only weekend we've had free for a few weeks and I think it will be until at least the beginning of September, yikes! During the working week I kept thinking about what we should do come our precious two days off and every idea ended up turning back to 'not much'.
Kerb
I met Steven after work on Friday at Peckham train station where we headed over to the Bussey Building to go to Kerb, Peckham. The queues for the food were pretty ridiculous but the bar one wasn't too bad, we got a drink and pondered what to do whilst eyeing up everyone's food.
Kerb, Peckham
Jess wrote a really good post on Kerb over on her blog and I wish I had gone to the first one they held, we went to the second one which was better promoted but ended up being far too busy for my liking. Also, what is up with the bar staff at these new 'pop up events' they have? Are they told to be as slow as possible/forget drink orders/have a complete nonchalant air about them? It keeps happening at every one I've been to, it's kinda putting me off a little! 
We ended up going to the shop to stock up on beer/wine and enjoyed a much needed night in catching up with some crappy TV.

I was in desperate need of a lie-in come Saturday morning and even though our blinds let all the light in, I still managed to sleep till 9.45, but then i felt like I had had too much sleep! Once we got out of bed a little while later we took ourselves off to the bank to get a joint bank account sorted (no biggie...) and pop by the butchers to get some sausages for my breakfast (Quorn ones weren't just going to cut it this weekend).
We caught up on a few episodes of Orange is the New Black on Netflix and gave the flat a quick tidy, I don't understand what happens to the flat over the working week - it's like someone has been let loose to move every single thing out of its place and put every item of clothing I have into the wash basket. It can't be me doing that, I'm barely here during the week!
Even though I said to myself I needed a day to relax and to not do anything, I still found myself looking for things to do. I can never seem to shake the guilty feeling that I should be doing something, anything, rather then enjoying doing very little. 
In the end we went to the shop to buy supplies for our feast of a tea that we had planned. We made a Red Thai Curry which was absolutely delicious, we even had some left for lunch on Sunday.
Curry
All in all a pretty lazy Saturday was had.

Sunday was a bit busier with a brunch of beans on toast and then a walk round Crystal Palace Park (pictures to follow later in the week). We then headed up to Camden to see Texas is the Reason at the Electric Ballroom, I haven't been to Camden since I stopped working up there back in March, which was a bit strange!

So that's our quiet weekend done. We're off on a mini break this coming weekend to Cambridgeshire which I am really looking forward to, obviously it will rain though, I think we're jinxed when it comes to holidaying in this country!

Hope you had a good weekend!


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