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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

Coffee Date

Coffee Date

Such a lovely way to start the day with an unexpected coffee date with hubbs. Sadly for my workmates, they had to scrape me off the ceiling once the caffeine kicked in… Todays workout: Rest day. What is your favourite Friday treat?

Bumper Cars, Pimms & Rain

Bumper Cars, Pimms & Rain

It was our summer work-do last night, a strangely fun evening of Carnival, BBQ and compliments despite the weather. After a snack break 20 minutes into our 50 minute drive (honestly the girls I work with are teeny but eat like horses!) we had some very competitive competitions – a Coconut Shy, Bumper Cars, Test your Strength, Bungee Bounce & a Rodeo bull, before catching up with old colleagues and a wee bit of (probably… View Post

Hello World!

Hello World!

Hello world! For me this is the hardest part, a blogosphere wanna-be, trying to figure out what I want to tell the world, and to some extent who I want to be. Well, I can start at the beginning, and who knows where we will end up! I came to the UK travelling, intending to take a break year from my architecture degree, to explore real buildings rather than try and understand them on paper… View Post