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
    Sometimes I love my job
    Because the best thing to celebrate an althetic competition is mini-cupcakes, right?

    Bunny Rabbit free journeys


    Chocolate Frozen Yoghurt. Nom.


    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 the walking half-marathon in September, today we were scheduled for an hour and 45-minute walk. With the sun pouring in, and a cloudless blue sky, we knew we had to head out and soak up some Vitamin D whilst we could, instead of blasting tunes & staring at the wall on a treadmill. We decided that instead of looping a nearby park hundreds upon hundreds of times, we decided to catch a train to leafy Ealing and get our walk on.

    Ealing Queen of the suburbs Adventures of a London Kiwi

    Map checking told us it would be 4.8miles which felt like a good walk, and as we were feeling good, it should take us 1.45-2hours which would be slow but steady as it was our first longer planned walk (no shopping today which usually slows us to a snail pace as I lust over all the pretty clothes!)

    What a lovely place to be on such a glorious day! Ealing is a borough in West London and was known for a long time as Queen of the Suburbs – where every aspiring West Londoner looked to move with their families. With the big beautiful houses and leafy green streets, I’m not surprised, especially in contrast with the grimy grey London of yesteryear. Apparently, Ealing is one of the ancient parishes of Middlesex and its origins are Saxon or even earlier.

    Ealing Queen of the suburbs Adventures of a London Kiwi

    We passed Ealing’s oldest tree painted white because people kept crashing into it, Castle Hill Lodge, owned by Queen Victoria’s Dad and rumoured to be a love-nest of Victoria & Albert, oh, and just to keep it real, part of the A40 Motorway!

    England in the sunshine is just magical. I think that’s what got us walking so fast – we made it in an hour and 30 minutes. Awesome.

    Ealing Queen of the suburbs Adventures of a London Kiwi

    How you spend your Sunday? Is there a meaning to your road name?


    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 cat and not trying it. I love peanut butter, but it’s not so good for the hips, and when my kind penpal sent a jar of Almond butter I was a little worried as I dont like almonds…

    I am such a wuss. To be frightened of a jar!

    In this light, it doesn’t look so frightening…

    So this morning in search of something different when I lit upon my lonesome jar, I reached for a knife and girdled my loins. Verdict = lucious goodness. Once you mix it all up in the jar (a bit of a arm work-out in itself), it’s delicious. Nutty and rich, I layered it on my cinnamon bagel with light Philly and, as it’s Saturday, sprinkles.

    Nom nom. Now, onto some heavy sanding and undercoating. Such a glam life!

    Today’s workout: Sanding, Painting, 20minute easy walk.

    What is your favourite weekend breakfast? Have you tried any nut butters?


    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 them away from being squished on the busy road, and 10 people armed with coats, a dust sheet and some hastily gathered carrots finally manage to subdue the beasts. I even managed to catch the white one in my hands (definately the cheekiest!) before we bundled them into the cages bought by a local vet nurse (who incredibly luckily happened to be walking past just after we spotted them).

    flipside, it was so heartening to see all of the random strangers who stopped and helped gather the terrified wabbits in, two couples even crossing the road from inside their homes, bringing the dust sheets with them.

    It was certainly and unexpected cardio bonus, but my excercise counter was a wee bit confused:

    We followed up with the most delicious Dark Chocolate Smoothie bowl for dinner. Not the most traditional of dinners, but we were knackered by the time we got in. Hubs is absoloutely right when he laughed that we learned much about bunny agility and our lack of!


    Today’s workout: 50 minutes steady treadmill walking, 1.5 hours diving & running after wabbits.

    Update: We called the vet surgery the next day, and they are settling into a cage in the vets’ kennel, with hay and food for a couple of days before they go to the RSPCA for adoption by a new loving home.



    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 to spice things up a
    bit, and to ensure we don’t find ourselves wandering aimlessly or sitting on
    the couch, no matter how much our Puss pins us down, I decided to set 101
    goals. I think my main goal in life to have fun. We work such long hours, in
    stressful jobs to get the bills paid and I really think that you need a
    distraction to think about and look forward to. From the simple things such as
    joy on a friends face, to complex undertakings that affect hundreds of people.
    It’s all important.

    This is why I do the 365
    challenge I think. I LOVE photography. I have my baby-camera (it’s a Fujifilm Finepix EXR550
    nothing as cool as a DSLR but has most of the manual functions, and I am
    coaxing a few good photos from it) and my phone on me at all times, and a film
    camera which I am starting to get to grips with tucked away at home. It’s
    something on a daily basis to be thinking about and looking for. Even if your
    day is terrible, and I’ve had a few over the last few years.

    Anyway, back from my tangent, I’m
    going to set a page up on this little here blog and mark things off as I go
    along. I don’t want it to be a dead page, but a vibrant link back page,
    celebrating each goal as we achieve it. It may change, goals may become defunct
    or un-achievable, but I’m going to do it. And I’m pledging to myself to
    complete them all. I hope you enjoy, and
    would like to join in!
    Set your own 101 in 1001. Tell me about them, I’d
    love to see the adventures you have planned!

    100 in 1001 – 01/06/2012 – 27/02/2015

    Personal Goals

    01. 7 Random Acts of Kindness in 7 days

    02. Participate in NaNoWriMo

    03. Go up in a Hot Air Balloon

    04. Unplug from the phone, internet and television for a

    05. Do 3 days of Volunteering (../3)

    06. Leave a 100% tip

    07. Leave 25 Operation Beautiful notes (../25)

    08. Join, or Start a book club

    09. Save £1001

    10. Donate Blood

    11. Send a Message in a bottle

    12. Learn to recognize a constellation

    13. Don’t complain about anything for a week

    14. Begin drawing again

    15. See the Queen!

    16. Write a letter to myself to be opened in 10 years

    17. Organize all outings for at least 2 months in a
    calendar. Don’t miss any.

    18. Complete a work related qualification

    19. Send someone flowers, just to brighten up their day

    20. SkyDive (with instructor)

    21. Make an item of clothing

    22. Complete the Monopoly Walk

    23. View the Crown Jewels

    24. Visit Buckingham Palace

    25. Read 60 books on a top 100 book page (I’ve read 39/60 so
    far of the BBC’s 2003 list 10/06/2012)

    26. Attend a Cricket Game at Lords

    27. See the All Blacks in Twickenham

    28. Find a penpal

    29. Pay for someone in the line behind me

    Friends and Family

    30. Make and send a photo Christmas card

    31. Give everyone home/locally made Christmas gifts one year

    32. Have a Makeover

    33. Go on a trip with my Sister

    34. Go on a trip with my Brother


    35. Complete a Spin class

    36. Walk behind Waterfall

    37. Complete a Hike

    38. Publish Workout Playlists

    39. Be able to touch my toes

    40. Go indoor rock climbing

    41. Swim 50 lengths

    42. Lose 30kg

    43. Maintain that weight once lost

    44. Do a 5k & raise money for a Cancer Charity

    45. Run an entire 5k (no walking breaks) & raise money
    for a Cancer Charity

    46. See Big Ben


    47. White cliffs of Dover

    48. Chichester (Crooked spire)

    49. Visit Greece

    50. Visit America 

    51. Visit the Pyramids

    52. Olympic Village

    53. Scottish Highlands

    54. Go on a Canal Boat Holiday

    55. Visit the Anne Frank House

    56. Sleep in the treetops

    57. Kiss the Blarney Stone

    58. Go on a spontaneous Road Trip. Use a spin board to
    decide where to go for an afternoon.

    59. Watch the sunrise and sunset in the same day

    60. Sleep under the stars

    61. Dance in the rain


    62. Cook an entire Cookbook
    63. For a day, cook a menu of hubby’s favourites.
    64. Make Vanilla Rum & Skittle Vodka

    66. Make Crystal Wraps

    67. Eat only locally grown/made food for a day

    68. Have a themed meals week

    69. Host a Marguerita, M….s and Monopoly night

    70. Cook a Beef Wellington

    71. Attend a Clandestine Cake club

    72. Host a Posh Afternoon Tea

    73. Try 5 new restaurants in London town

    74. Create & post 15 original recipes


    75. Create one original artwork for our walls
    76. Grow (and eat) edible flowers

    77. Make the years’ Christmas Decoration

    78. Keep the coffee table clear for a month

    79. Grow my own tomatoes

    80. Complete 3 home craft projects

    81. Clean out the pantry cupboards by eating it all


    82. Make & Develop a PinHole Camera Image
    83. Sell a photograph

    84.  Two day
    Photography Courses

    85. Develop 3 rolls of film (../3)

    86. Enter a Photo in a Competition

    87. Photograph a week of quotes

    88. Photograph a Red Squirrel in the wild

    89. Catch at least 12 items on my ‘all time’ list (../12)


    90. Design & run a blog for at least 1001 days

    91. Go a week without using the words ‘Awesome’ ‘Yay’ or

    92. Complete a Blogging Workshop

    93. Write a guest post

    94. Conduct and post an interview

    95. Write a “day in the life” blog post

    96. Add 5 new food blogs to my reader

    97. Do a “what I ate Wednesday” post

    98. Review 52 books, one per week for a year

    99. Review 5 food related nonfiction books

    100. Meet a blog friend

    101. Complete my 101 in 1001 page/countdown

     Which would you like to do? Would you like to join me in any?