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Sunshine Smoothies

Sunshine Smoothies

I love smoothies, and I’m kind of obsessed with them. Anything that can be blitzed and slurped I think I’ve played with, but still find the old classics make such a lovely, quick and nutritious breakfast/snack/lunch/dinner/dessert… This one is my 30second sunshine pick me-up. Bursting with fresh zingy citrus, it’s light, nutritious and scrumptious. Substitute your favourite fruits or whatever you have on hand. To make it more filling, add 40g Porridge Oats (with a… View Post

Sunday Evening Shenanigans

Sunday Evening Shenanigans

Tonight I was out with the Girlies. Teppenyaki for dinner, followed by a few bevvies, some Fat Freddys Drop and a lot of laughter about being a foreigner in England. Life is good. We went to Sen Nin in Camden, and whilst the food was great, the chef was a little under par if we’re honest – he was ok, but not quite as fun loving as our Ealing chef. Todays Workout: 40mins walking, 40… View Post

Greyhound Racing, Wimbledon

Greyhound Racing, Wimbledon

A very good friend of mine decided as a birthday treat, she’d like to spend a night at the races. Not just any races, but the Greyhound races in South London. Now, I’m up for pretty much anything once me, and this sounded like an evening straight out of Only Fools and Horses (oh how I wanted to see someone with a Sheepskin coat!) My only reservations about doing this, is the treatment that animals… View Post

Cat Diving

Cat Diving

Our pussy cat has been up to highjinks this week. Case in point, this morning, we were woken at 6am by a woeful mewling. She had decided in her infinite wisdom, to clamber to the top of our cupboards, and my lovely hubby panicked thinking she wasn’t able to get down. He rescued her, placed on the ground and went off to work, safe in the knowledge that she had all four paws securely at… View Post

Life this week

Life this week

This week, life is good; And a bit of a naughty family gathering;  Today’s workout: 60 minute walk through playing fields in the Sunshine.

The Longest Crawl – Book Review

The Longest Crawl – Book Review

Disclaimer: I read a lot. I read almost as much as I breathe. I read everything, and I enjoy almost everything I read. At the moment I am going through a London-phase, a Fantasy/Supernatural Phase and a devour every book in sight phase. This book I picked up on a whim, and loved it – it has kept me going through most of the rainy days we have had the last month or so. “According… View Post

The Olympics – Diving!

The Olympics – Diving!

Intially, we were wary about the Olympics coming to the London; the cost, the hassle, winning hardly any medals….    But as time inched closer, a hubbub began about the Oympics. Signposts went up, flags were hung down Oxford Street, PR campaigns began, and a buzz began. We decided that we’d like to at least sample the atmosphere, and registered for tickets (about the time the 3rd round of balloting began). As for sports, as neither of us… View Post

Cat Longjump

Cat Longjump

Critters. Fur babies. They call them many names, but at the heart of it, pets are essentially your children, especially couples who havent got real children or whose kids have flown the coop. We have a wee pussie cat. She is from the mean streets of London, and experienced it all, abuse as a kitten resulting in a crooked tail, a pregnancy in her teens and a drinking habit. No wait, she doesnt have a… View Post

A tribe of Olympic Kiwis

A tribe of Olympic Kiwis

After a lovely Friday, we decided to nip up to Kiwi House near Kings Cross, the ‘base’ for Kiwis to celebrate during the Olympics. The queue was immense (which should have been no surprise to us, considering it was a Friday after work, and New Zealand had won 3 Gold medals that day(!!!), but the wait was definately worth it.                  This evening’s menu:     Ps. fact… View Post

Nelson’s Olympic Hat

Nelson’s Olympic Hat

We wandered through Central London today, enjoying all of the sights and sounds of the Olympic spirit, permeating the city. With events all over the capital, from Beach Volleyball in Horseguards Parade, to the Olympic Park, London is humming with the sights and sounds of Olympic shennanigans.  A giant Birdcage, complete with swing!  Who are you supporting, and what is your favourite sport?

We are taking over London, it’s official.

We are taking over London, it’s official.

Well, kind of. This morning I managed, and I’m not sure how (leaving cat and hubby snoozing,) to get up at 5am and travel to Heathrow to meet my cousin off her plane from New Zealand. I have to say she was amazingly chipper, happily chattering all the way home so we wandered to our High Street to organise a SIM for her phone. Whilst we were walking, it’s fantastic to reflect on the excitement… View Post

A rare Kiwi Spotting

A rare Kiwi Spotting

Clearly we have an ally high up, somewhere in the banking industry; We couldn’t believe seeing this as an option whilst selecting a nationality! Credit Simply awesome. Todays Workout: Slalem – navigating the crowds of Oxford Street.

Olympic Camping

Olympic Camping

Camping, oh how I love thee. Oh how I hate thee. Forgetting the Olympic opening ceremony was on, we accepted a lovely invitation to go Camping with a group of really good friends.  Our 5.5mile tramp, skirting beautiful lakes.. Our home for the weekend, sleeping under the Stars (a 101 in 1001 goal!) It was cosy, very very cosy and one of the harder things about Camping – like our friend said when he… View Post

Postcrossing

Postcrossing

Another wee hobby I’ve picked up recently is Postcrossing. Such a nice thing to be dropped in your mailbox “a Postcard exchange project that invites everyone to send and recieve postcards from random places in the world”. You +1’d this publicly. Undo Todays Workout: 55minutes Treadmill at 6.3kph

Average, and nice

Average, and nice

It’s been a pretty quiet week this week so far; Foodie Penpal Packages! Scrummy Vege box Tropical Fruit Smoothie Smoothie Bowls Chillin’ Sometimes I love my job Because the best thing to celebrate an althetic competition is mini-cupcakes, right? Bunny Rabbit free journeys Zuuuuuuuumba! Chocolate Frozen Yoghurt. Nom.

Ealing, Queen of the London ‘burbs

Ealing, Queen of the London ‘burbs

I’m going to geek out for just one minute, before getting to Ealing, I promise. I have a strange fascination with English place names – towns, streets, boroughs, you name it, I’m fascinated by it. I think it may stem from the fact that alongside traditional Maori names, such as Taumata­whakatangihanga­koauau­o­tamatea­turi­pukakapiki­maunga­horo­nuku­pokai­whenua­kitanatahu and Whangamata, New Zealand has so many hearkening back to the settlers; Wellington, Cambridge, Dunedin. I digress, anyway… As per my training plan for… View Post

Party breakfast

Party breakfast

I love Saturday mornings. They are made oh-so-much sweeter by the working week ‘schlep’ every weekday morning. This morning the clan all arose at about 10 (by clan I also include the cat, though she got up, stretched and went back to sleep…), we fixed ourselves some breakfast and began to plan for the day. Today I discovered Almond butter. A jar has been living in my cupboard, almost mocking me for being a scaredy… View Post

Bunny Wrangling

Bunny Wrangling

So, the last thing we expected was to be doing was bunny wrangling on our way home from the gym…! We were walking past a green near our house, and we noticed two animals bouncing around under the trees lining the park.   This is essentially the main view we had of the fellas Photo Credit  Looking closer, its a brown bunny and a white bunny! A hour and a half later, we’ve managed to keep… View Post

Goals

Goals

I love lists. I make no apologies for it, and admit that sometimes I make lists of lists, and then lose them, adding ‘find list’ to the items of a new list. Sometimes we find ourselves saying “what are we going to do this weekend?” I love 1001 in 101, solving the twin conundrums above. I stumbled upon the website via the blogs I read, and devoured the fabulous goals people are setting. In order… View Post

London Kiwi Spotting

London Kiwi Spotting

Psst look what I found in Regent’s Street.. Today’s workout: 40 minute steady easy walk through Central London from work to Picadilly. Are you as excited as I am for the Olympics? London Ex-Pats, have you seen your flag?