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 the incredibly plush bank governers quarters, perused the Polish crystal-ware kept for the Queen luncheons, before we came to the highlight of the tour – the banknote museum. No really, the gold bar holding. Awesome. It’s 13kg and heavier than you think it would be.
Cool geek fact – Queen Elisabeth II is the first UK monarch to be featured on UK paper notes.
I’m just disappointed we couldn’t keep the gold bar.
I have however ever put in a good word for you with the security guards, and if you ask nicely you can play with 17kgs of a gold bar. How is that for an unexpected blog reading perk? It was pretty cool, an unusual ways to spend a morning. Check out their website if you’re interested (and get there early!). There are only a few weekends they open in the year, but it’s worth it.
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?
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 very awkward looking) dancing.
Er, Did I mention I hit the bell
with the Test your Strength?? The worrying thing is I did better than one of
the office fellows! Must be all of the running I’ve been attempting lately,
that or the Kiwi in me was running strong that day!
I also had my first outside
compliment on the battle of the bulge – an old colleague said I looked
amazing!? – she made my week, and has given me the confidence to push further.
Hubby swears our scales are wrong, my clothes are beginning to hang and I’ve
changed shape over the last two months, but it’s nice to have some external
reassurance as the scales haven’t budged for two weeks.
Todays workout: Laughing and holding Pimms.
What is the best office party you’ve been to?
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 before returning home to finish my degree. Fast-forward 5 years, I’m still living in London with my hubby and our wee cat, enjoying life!
I love photography, reading, wandering, trying new things, finding a balance between eating deliciously and healthily, hanging with friends, driving my hubby mad, listening to great music & I hope to add blogging! I vaguely attempt creating beautiful objects, writing, drawing, DIY, home design, understanding rugby and Football, comprehending the wild and wonderful English way of life, geocaching. Oh, and talking. I do love talking. Hello world!
I simply wanted to pen a love letter to London, the place I call home. I hope you enjoy the journey.