I have got such a good week coming up - I am so super busy. Although having said that it isn’t the best week to be busy as I have my final essay due in next week but forgetting about that for a second…..
Monday - Day off
Tuesday - Cinema
Wednesday - Drinking with friends
Thursday - At the theatre to see Singing in the Rain!
Friday - Leavers drinks
Saturday - Day school and birthday party
Sunday - Afternoon tea at the Savoy with Leigh
I’m going to have lots of things to write about :) Need to try and make another recipe soon as well. I just feel that I have got so much on at the moment and no time to take a minute.
So I thought I would document our whole moving/decorating process as it’s something I’ve always wanted to do. That is, to make a house a home. I know that we are still only renting so it isn’t all ours but the landlady has said we can do what we want so it’s close enough for me.
The first exciting part was trying to figure out my colour scheme. Unfortunately because I am in a relationship and there is only so far I can push his patience I cannot make my house pink and cream but I have tried to find colours which reflect my need for girlie whilst keeping it slightly muted.
The living room had horrible old carpet, yellow walls, blue borders, horrific furniture and even worse curtains.
But we pulled down the curtains and replaced them with chocolate ones. We also covered the wallpaper in white lining paper before painting it cream and adding ‘Chocolate Fondant’ to the fireplace. This ties in perfectly with our new brown corner sofa, which is so comfy and lovely. The landlady replaced all the carpet so we will have a really nice clean, neutral room now! Leigh practiced the art of wallpapering which he is now a pro at so the room looks great.
The kitchen is my favourite room of the house, and for me it was one of the selling points of, especially as there is a cat flap already installed in the back door. There was some quite kitsch wallpaper on the walls which I did contemplate keeping but the room does look quite tired and it really needed freshening up, like the whole house really.
We have painted the walls a very pale yellow, the paint is called ‘Citrus’ and the kitchen filled will all my things and with the dining room table and added bunting has made it a really bright room.
Out the back there is a little garden, or concrete plot, but although it’s small there are still two levels to it and room for a table and BBQ which is all we really want anyway. There is also a tree for Pumpkin to climb which she has already started doing now she is in the big wide world!
In the main bedroom the walls were blue with a yellow border, with a blue carpet and yellow curtains. Quite frankly it was a mess and in desperate need of a little bit of love.
We have now painted three of the walls ‘Dusted Damson’ and the back wall a rather shocking shade of ‘Grape’. It is very bright but an amazing feature wall and we are picking out the white of the skirting board by having a white bed, curtains, and wardrobe which should look quite striking. My parents bought me a bed and mattress as a house warming present which was a huge help. It’s lovely being able to buy our own furniture but it’s bloody expensive!
Top tip: Apparently you can buy beds on Amazon! Who knew! The whole room looks so much better now it’s done and it’s nice to wake up and think, I painted all of this!
Moving on to the bathroom which we like to call an en-suite, although it’s actually a shared. It very nearly put me off the house because you have to go through a bedroom to get to it but then we had a think and the majority of the time it is just going to be us and if people do come over then we can send them through the spare room/study. The room is a good size and the shower is really powerful which is fantastic because the shower in our place at the moment is appalling and we have been having baths for the last 2 years so I’m looking forward to that. There was blue wallpaper up which makes the room quite dark so we stripped that back and we are painted it white to make it seem brighter in there.
Walking into the spare room through the bathroom the walls are currently wallpapered magnolia so I think the whole room just needs a bit of fresh paint and a clean and it will look much better. We are going to make the room into a spare room/study so we will have a sofa bed in there and my bookcase has already taken pride of place.
The whole house now looks completely different, it took ALOT of hard work, most of which we probably shouldn’t have done ourselves but I just think, ‘We want to live here for a couple of years so we might as well make the effort’. I love coming home and I am so proud of us :)
Things have been so manic at the moment that I am completely letting my blog slide. I’ve been hectic at work – so busy in fact that I had to ask for a week’s extension on my essay which I hate doing, I’ve got to be really on it with the next 2 actually – one of them is due in when I’m away (6 weeks!!!!) so I need to get it done before I go.
The last few weeks have been quite eventful which hasn’t been good on the purse but lots of fun J It’s prob easier to put everything in the same post than cluttering up your dashboards so…
Diamond Jub weekend
On the Saturday I went to a one day festival called Field Day in Victoria Park, the rain held off and I had a really lovely day. It was nice to have some sort of festival esp as Glastonbury isn’t on this year. We saw several acts play including Hudson Mohawke and SBTRCKT. Danced so much and drank more than my budget but it was well worth it – everyone was in the Jubilee spirit and as I always find with festivals the atmosphere is what makes it most of the time. You never get unhappy people at festivals.
Sunday I’m ashamed to say we didnt go down to the river to watch the pageant but watched it all on TV, we knew that the crowds would be manic and that we would probably get a better view if we stayed at home! I did feel quite bad about not going down though - its history really isnt it.
On Monday I went back to my parents and had a jolly old time drinking and watching fireworks. There was actual more bunting back home than in London, the street we live on in London had nothing at all, it was quite disappointing!
The following weekend a group of friends and I went to a regatta. boating,drinking and posh frocks :) It was really enjoyable and the sun even came out - I wish I had pictures to show but I took them all on my film camera and I need to get them developed. But I will soon hopefully!
So it was a year since I moved to London yesterday.
I feel like I should do a little review of my time here, it doesn’t feel like a year at all!
The first thing that has changed is that I know the underground – not with exact clarity but I know roughly what stops are on what line and the quickest way to get where I’m going. I’d like to also state at this point that I still refuse to run for the tube, I just don’t get that they come every 2 min! No-one is in that much of a rush! And also that I still refuse to try and jump/fly through the door. When they start beeping even if I’m close I will let them shut.
I still, to my shame, have not really explored London. I am sort of sitting around waiting for London to come to me. I know its a lame excuse but I just never seem to have the time. Which is ridiculous because I could just go out after I finish work and have a wander but I’d rather go home and watch TV. I only have myself to blame!
The best thing about living in London is that my friends have all moved too, and so I still have my friendship group from Cardiff which is important to me. I have made new friends as well though, which I love. It would be no good being in a city without having people to share it with. Cheesy aren’t I J
The very worst thing about London is the pollution!!! My tissues are constantly black and I’ve become almost obsessive about washing my hands. People eating on the tube also narks me.
We are going to stay in our flat for another year but I think after that we will start to look somewhere – the area that we live is a bit out of the way with not too much around (pubs, bars, restaurants etc) so it would be nice to feel a bit more ‘in London’.
I need to revisit my list and really try and appreciate the city that I live in. I am quite ashamed that I still haven’t been to Notting Hill or visited some of the lovely museums on offer. I will only regret it if I don’t do it.
I am happy in London – I still miss Cardiff very much but I wasn’t going anywhere and it’s nice to feel part of something bigger even if I’m not taking advantage of it.
I have done so many wonderful things since I’ve been here and I still have so much more to do!
I love London!
been a bloody lovely weekend!
Doing my bit for my country :)
I have had such a good weekend, especially because it has been a 3 day one. It is always nicer to have that extra day, it makes such a difference.
My friend came to stay with me this weekend – only this wasn’t any normal friend – I haven’t seen this girl in 5 years! She was my best friend when I lived in Portugal and since leaving in 2007 I haven’t seen her once. We were always to disorganised, but she got in touch at the beginning of last week to say that she was booking her flight and heading over to England for the first time ever. I didn’t quite believe it until I met her at London Bridge.
She hasn’t changed at all! So much has happened in the last 5 years and we have tried to keep each other updated but we slipped into talking just like we used to. Being Dutch of course her English is impeccable (doesn’t everyone else in Europe speak perfect English?!) It puts me to shame really – I don’t know a single language and she can speak fluently, or at least have some knowledge of at least 5.
I made pie and mash for dinner (typically English!) and then we went out that evening with some of my friends, we took her to a pub and made her drink pints of cider – she struggled saying that our glasses were far too big, I don’t think anything of the size of them but I suppose they are quite large if you are used to always drinking halves as standard. We went out to a club afterwards and got home at about 4, bloody knackered!
On Saturday I had tickets to see the Dr Who Exhibition with a certain other blogger who I may have mentioned meeting before – see boys and girls, you can make friends on the internet without them turning into rapists/serial killers etc. etc. Leigh came along, as did my friend (who had no prior knowledge of Dr Who and who actually had a really good time despite not knowing a thing!) We got to ride in the Tardis, although only children were allowed to fly it – much to the dismay of the male company (do men ever stop being big kids?) We stopped for lunch afterwards, at of course a pub, which was very pleasant after all the football fans had left.
We went shopping in Oxford St in the afternoon, I swear I want to just punch everyone who just stops dead in the middle of the street. It is a nightmare on a Saturday but we persevered and I came away with a few things (loving being rich for the moment!) Off to the pub again to meet some more friends and we were so tired by the time we got home. I made some pasta and we watched Dr Who – my friend’s first episode and she loved it.
Up again the next day – full English Breakfast of course – and then off on a site seeing tour! We walked around London all day stopping at Buckingham Palace, Big Ben (which thoughtfully chimed just as we walked up to it) Westminster Abbey, Houses of Parliament, The Thames, The Globe Theatre, and St Pauls (along with the massive eye sore of the tents set up there.) It was really lovely to go around London with somebody who has never seen it before – it made everything seem new and exciting for us as well. We went back home and I cooked a Roast Dinner complete with Apple Crumble.
Last day (yesterday) and with Leigh back at work, we decided to go to have (another) pub lunch, I had scampi and she had a massive burger, I was going to suggest a Sticky Toffee Pudding to finish the English food weekend but we were both stuffed. We then went to The Globe again and took a tour which is something that I have never done. It was lovely to see how the theatre would have looked and I fully intend to go back when there is a play on and be a ‘groundling’ standing up and getting involved. Shakespeare really was ridiculously talented!
We then rushed over to the airport and had a huge hug promising not to leave it 5 years again. I bloody hope not or I will be 29 and that’s quite a scary thought!
I am now ready to collapse – who needs the gym when you become a tour guide. I’d love to know how far I walked this weekend! Still it fully made me appreciate that London really is bloody brilliant J
We booked our hostels this weekend! Thank God for January sales - we have booked hostels in 7 places for a reasonable £750 between us both. Some of them look very nice. We opted for private double rooms as well, a bit more expensive but we get the privacy and security of our own room.
*Cue very excited squealing
It all seems so real now! Just got to wait until April to book our trains.
GOING TO BE THE BEST TRIP EVER!
We have been looking into where we are going to stay when we go travelling! I think we have found all the places, it’s going to cost us a fortune, especially as we are going in peak season but we are getting in there now as there is a sale, I just keep having to repeat myself everytime I see a dress I like - ‘NO! That’s a night in Rome!’
I’m going to book them up on pay day this Friday, we only have to pay 10% now so it means we can save for longer. Only 193 days to save in though. I’m trying to manage my money better (I’ll let you know how that goes!)
We watched The Tourist at the weekend and they are in Paris and Venice and I spent the whole film saying ‘We’re going there!!!!!’ This is going to be an amazing trip, I don’t really mind about the expense because if you are going to do something you should do it right.
The only annoying thing is we can’t book train tickets up until 3 months before we go, so the end of April! I just want to get it all done so it seems real and gives me a goal.
I can’t even begin to explain my excitement - I am so looking forward to seeing Europe but most of all I can’t believe I am finally going to Paris. It’s going to be magical :)
I’ve just found out that I will have to go to evening classes with the Open Uni. I have never had to do this before!! I’m not sure if it will be every week but if it is I will suddenly be very busy indeed what with the gym and uni and work.
I am exited about meeting the other people in the class though. I love new people!
Just booked my holiday off work for July!!
We have decided to go for 2 weeks now instead of 3 (because we only get 21 days holiday a yr) and to go see less - the route now is Paris-Nice-Ventimiglia-Rome-Venice-Prague-Berlin.
I cant even tell you how excited I am! Going to start booking soon :)
Hurry up July!!!!
I am so glad that we went to the London fireworks!!! I have said for many years that I would always like to go and see them in real life rather than just on the tv, they always look magnificent and I was not disappointed.
A big group of my friends decided that we were all going to go and my parents and brothers came up for them as well, so we all piled on to the tube at about 9pm heading towards the river only to be told that Westminster was closed and we would have to get off somewhere else, so we didn’t watch them with a view of the river and Big Ben, we ended up right behind the Millennium Wheel, but that was actually fine – they do loads off the wheel anyway and we were by some toilets as well, so able to drink and not worry. The mood was brilliant, with waves of cheers being started – reminiscent of Glastonbury; it makes you feel part of something huge, so it didn’t matter that we were standing around for 3hrs, and part of it in the rain.
The crowds were ok where we were, only getting busy at about 11.30, I felt sorry for the people on the other side of the river who had been waiting for hours, watching it back on the tv, one woman said she had been there since lunchtime to get a front row seat.
They were just bloody amazing! I could throw loads of adjectives around but I think ‘bloody amazing’ covers it if I’m honest. It was an 11min show – apparently the longest ever, but it didn’t seem like that when we were watching. They were without a doubt the best fireworks I have ever seen, and it was so lovely to be in a crowd of such happiness. The noise was tremendous!
We hung around for a while after to avoid the rush, but when we set off nearly every tube station was packed so we ended up walking round to London Bridge and it was blissfully empty! We headed back to my friends house for a party and ended up going home at 8am, walking the streets when its getting light is not fun! We just crashed when we got back.
It was such a good start to what hopefully is going to be the best year in London ever! I hope all of my followers had a similar good time and I hope everyone is set up for a brilliant New Year.
Lots of Love