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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?

Race for Life – 5k

Race for Life – 5k

Ever since I’ve lived in the UK, around Spring, signs go up for various 5k and 10k races, all raising money for charity, and I’ve harboured a secret wish to be able to complete one without passing out at the end. So, as one of my mini-fitness goals I booked myself and a willing victim friend in for a 5k, with the intention of running at least half of it, and training properly for it.… View Post

Teppenyaki at Sen Nin

Teppenyaki at Sen Nin

We love sampling new cuisines so when an offer for Sen Nin popped up in my inbox for a Teppenyaki meal, we corralled a couple of friends and booked straight on in. Whilst in Japan on holiday in January (what an amazing place!) we tried Yakiniku which you sit around a table (we were in the suburbs, at a table not meant for our Western legs!), but this Teppenyaki experience was the full deal. We… View Post

Roast Stuffed Squash

Roast Stuffed Squash

It’s quite a struggle at times to make dinner that is quick, easy, healthy AND not cost the earth. May I present to you one of my favourite dishes. Stuffed Butternut Squash. As a’ brucie-bonus’, it only makes minimal dishes.  I introduced hubby to it not long after we started seeing each other, and though a tad unsure at first about Butternut Squash, he now asks for it a lot. He even made it  a… View Post

Country delights

Country delights

Instead of our usual short train trip home, I accidently put us on a train where the first stop is in the next County along. An hour away. Oops! It was nice to see some cows though – makes a nice change from our city-slicking way of life.

Olympic Village Wandering – Fail.

Olympic Village Wandering – Fail.

So after months of discussing it, we finally got ourselves over to East London, to check out the Olympic Village. We were up early, settled into our Tube seats for the cross-London journey, and came out of Stratford station armed with a wanders map. I love the random industrial pieces of art that are dotted around the site, including the below. Irreverant and gleaming they are beacons for lost travellers hoping to see Olympic glory.… View Post

Summer fun

Summer fun

Yes, you read that correctly – it now feels like summer. The last few days here have been pretty good, and our 28’ day today was amazing once we got away from our desks – sunshine, with a bit of a breeze – so we decided to get out our BBQ for the first time this year and fire it up. As a totally unexpected bonus, my box of New Zealand beer arrived which I… View Post

I think the sky is falling. It’s …

I think the sky is falling. It’s certainly raining poetry…

Tonight I learned, as part of my ex-pat experience, that it’s really hard to catch twirling poems falling from the sky. As part of the cultural events around the Olympics, a friend of a friend who is part of the Chilean collective Casagrande has organised to drop 10,000 bookmarks over Waterloo, containing an piece poetry from poets selected from each of the countries participating in the Olympic Games. We nipped out for a wee bite of… View Post

Sunday Mornings

Sunday Mornings

There isn’t quite anything so lovely as a rare Sunday lie-in, with your best boy & fur baby. We treated ourselves to a lovely cup of tea, and gastronomes delight – Fish Finger Sandwiches. Between the crisp Fish Fingers, luscious white bread, the Tartare Sauce which was handmade, and well … why mess with perfection? Not super healthy, but we behaved for the rest of the day to make up for it. Queue the Maroon 5… View Post

Bank of England and £400,000 of Gold in your …

Bank of England and £400,000 of Gold in your hands

I held £400,000 of gold in my hands this morning, in the Bank of England, and no I wasn’t chased out by security. They let me. We couldn’t take any photos of it, but we walked through along the fabulous mosaic hallways, were taken through a brief history of the bank site (originally in rented accommodation, they moved to a purpose-built site in Threadneedle street, where they are now, then compulsory purchased the next-door church! which they bulldozed), wandered through… View Post