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Saturday, 21 November 2009

London!

Kerry and I had a super, smashing, great girlie weekend in the big smoke last week! We travelled down on the train on Friday 13th and came home again on Sunday 15th. Only one complete day there, but it's amazing what you can pack in when you have to!

It didn't start too well though, when we discovered (once we were already on the train) that the travel agent had given us the wrong train times, PLUS the wrong train operator. Hence, we found ourselves stuck in lonely Stonehaven station for two hours at stupid o'clock in the morning, in the freezing cold!


Eventually, we caught the correct train and settled down for the journey.


Our hotel room had a nice view of the GPO Tower. I remember when this had a revolving restaurant at the top!


Once we arrived, we had time fit in quick visit to the British Museum, which was just a few minutes walk away from the hotel. It was dark outside by then and sadly, I just had my little 'point and shoot', which couldn't capture the glass roof at all.

It did pick up an orb though!


We went to Planet Hollywood at Picadilly for a meal .....


.... which we supplemented with a delciously dreamy, creamy cocktail, made from Bailey's, Amaretto and Kahlua ... topped with whipped cream and banana slices!


Later, we met up with Ciaran - who is one of Kerry and Simon's friends. He doesn't normally have a moustache, but is growing one for 'Movember', which encourages guys to 'grow a mo' for charity during the month of November! :-)




Next day, we visited St. Paul's Cathedral and even climbed the stairs to the Whispering Gallery! You can't take pics inside the cathedral, so this is Kerry outside instead.


Next, we walked down to the Millennium Bridge and got this shot of us with St. Paul's behind us ...... and yes, it was incredibly windy!


Over the bridge, we went to the Tate Modern, which was absolutely fabulous! I didn't expect it to be as good as it was, because I'm not a fan of modern art .... but it was truly amazing and I would definitely go back again! Unfortunately, once again, no photography was allowed inside apart from in the lobbies.

From there, we went down the street a wee bit to the Globe Theatre!


We both loved it! There are short (about 30 mins) guided tours and it was well worth it. Here's Kerry with the stage behind her ...


We went for a meal in Leicester Square, where we shared a lovely bottle of Aussie white.


Caught the tube back to the hotel, popped into the British Museum again, then met Ciaran and his fiancee Peta, in the hotel bar, where we shared another couple of bottles of Aussie wite!


We wanted to go to see "Pricilla, Queen of the Desert" in the evening, but the tickets were just far too expensive, so we went back to Leicester Square to see the movie "The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus" instead. I'm really glad we did because it was fab!

Sunday morning and we walked from the hotel to King's Cross where we caught the train back to Aberdeen again. I snapped Kerry as we were stopped at Doncaster station, engrossed in a book about art and journalling, that we had each bought from the Tate Modern.


As we pulled into Newcastle station, I wondered to myself, how many bridges did they actually NEED over the Tyne!


So, we arrived back in Aberdeen at 6.45pm and were met by Tim, who drove us home.

It was a fabulous weekend and I can't wait till we do it again sometime. It would be even better if Jodie could come too!!

xxx

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Yesterday ......

.... in my garden, I saw these sights:







Every season has its own beauty.

xx

Saturday, 7 November 2009

Bonfire!

We had a wonderful evening yesterday, with all the family gathered round our bonfire, watching fireworks and eating and drinking!














The weather was perfect too!

xx

Thursday, 5 November 2009

Tired .... but happy!

Some of you will know I'm in training for the Virgin London Marathon next April. I'm still in the VERY early stages of running, but I'm now managing to run 4 x 5-minute, with a 2 min walk in between each run. However, on Sunday, it's a huge leap from 5 minutes to 8 minutes! Not sure I can manage that! Eek!

I run three days per week - normally Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday - and do step/cardio sessions at home on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Saturdays are days of complete rest! So yes, I'm tired, but happy with my progress thus far. My weight is coming off slowly but steadily and I'm verrrrrry near the 2st lost mark! :-)

Enough about running ......

I've been crocheting these:

A granny square throw, which comfortably fits a double bed. I have to admit to loving this one!


A rectangle shoulder throw/shawl, not spectacular in the least, but it keeps me warm once the heating goes off! lol


Finally for now, a work-in-progress, a triangle shoulder throw/shawl. Just using odd balls of wool, to get them out of the way!


I've been neglecting my photography in my garden, so here are a couple I took two days ago ......

Beautiful little Star:


A mushroom, which is kinda inside out!


xx

Wednesday, 4 November 2009

Oooops!

I forgot to post the most important photograph of Hallowe'en ......

my grandchildren!!

Cameron (predator), Kali (a sweet witch), Saffron (a mummy) and Aaliyah (a bat witch).

They're standing beside a lifesize animatronic butler, who moves his eyes and his head, his chest moves as he breathes and he speaks too! Aaliyah took a lot of persuasion before she would stand beside him for this shot!


xx

Monday, 2 November 2009

Hallowe'en Party

Me, my family and friends!

























We love Hallowe'en!! :-)

xxx