Wednesday, 16 July 2014

The Things I'm Currently Excited About [52 Lists]

I was going to try and write the 'my dreams for the future' list, but it felt way too personal to put online. I could have lied and been a bit more lighthearted with it, but what's the point in that? So I wimped out and decided to do this list instead!

The summer holidays. My job is sometimes often exhausting, and I'm really looking forward to having an extended break to recharge my batteries. There's so many little things going on in the five week break that it could really be a post in itself. It probably will be (if I can be bothered). But the thing I'm most looking forward to is...

Being a bridesmaid for Beth! If it's anything like as much fun as the hen do, it's going to be awesome. As long as I don't fall over walking up the aisle..!

Starting my masters. I know it's going to be ridiculously hard work, but I'm so excited about having something to work towards, and being able to push myself outside of work.

Being able to drive. I'm taking my driving test in August. I'd bloody love to past first time, but I'm not holding my breath (I do tend to get a wee bit anxious about things!). Having said that, I can basically drive, so I know that I'll pass my test at some point, and I really cannot wait. I want the freedom and the flexibility I'll get from being able to drive. Also, it's been six years (!!!) since I first started having driving lessons (I had a five year period with no lessons) so I feel like I've been waiting a loooooong time...

Seeing The Libertines (and Johnny Marr and The Horrors and Band of Skulls...) It's no secret that I love a good gig, and The Libertines will be extra exciting because I just didn't expect to ever be able to see them again.

Christmas! I am always excited about Christmas. Christmas is brilliant. It's the only incentive I have not to go into hibernation this winter.


Thursday, 10 July 2014

London: The Shard.

Having bought the tickets for Pete's birthday last August, we finally got around to using them last month. We'd been waiting for perfect weather but in the end we just decided to get on with it and go... Luckily it did turn out to be (pretty much) perfect weather.

We went about half an hour before sunset, so we got to see the view in the light and the dark. This was a great idea, but I feel the need to confess that this wasn't actually our idea. One of Pete's friends told us to do it. We are not clever enough to think of stuff like that.

The photo quality is marred by the fact that we were behind glass. Obviously.

Look, it's light!

It's still light!

Ooh, it's getting dark...

It's dark! Look at the pretty lights!

We found our house! Well, not our house, but the Crystal Palace transmitter, which is near our house. Please note the extremely high quality photo that we managed to take...

The interactive telescope-type things were, to be honest, a bit shit. Cue 'awkward pretending to be interested in something' photograph:

Without wishing to state the obvious, the Shard is really bloody high. I mean, I knew it was high, but when you go up there you realise that it's FUCKING HIGH. It made London look like a tiny Lego town. This obviously made me very happy, because I love both London and Lego. I also enjoyed watching the trains far, far too much. Yep. I think this would be a good place for me to stop. Bye!

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Seaford, Seven Sisters and Eastbourne.

Last Saturday we walked 12.5 miles from Seaford to Eastbourne, over the Seven Sisters cliffs and Beachy Head. How fit and healthy am I?! So fit and healthy that I had to counter-balance the calorie burning with a cream tea and fish and chips. Seems fair.

The beach at Seaford.

The Seven Sisters (in the distance). 
We walked over those, and let me tell you, they were steep.

Eastbourne! Finally!

In spite of the cream tea and fish and chips, I'm pretty proud of myself for finishing the walk! Actually, I'm pretty proud of finishing the food. No regrets.

Saturday, 10 May 2014

2014 so far...

I'm kinda (well, totally) not into the blogging world at the moment. I'm still checking a couple of my favouritest blogs but that's about it. I'm going to keep this up as a kind of scrapbook (it's been five years now, and I love looking back over old posts, especially the ones about things I've done and places I've seen) but I don't have any ambitions for increasing my number of followers or anything like that, so I can't really be arsed with massive commenting sprees/promotion/blogger chats. Not that I have anything against some of the lovely bloggers out there, it's just not something I want to spend my time on at the moment... Having burnt myself out about earlier in the year I've decided to try and do more of what I really want to do, not what I feel obligated to do. 

Essentially, this decision means that I am essentially talking (writing) to myself right now, but I do that quite a lot anyway. 

Hi future self, this is what I've done in 2014 so far...

Fake Christmas!

'There's free toast at the main bar...'
Best sentence ever?

First ice cream of the year at Beckenham golf course.


Crystal Palace Park (and the triangle).

Bye, future self. I hope you've eaten at least 475 cream teas since you last read this.

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Makes: Ribbon/Present-Style Cake Icing.

I was really pleased with the way that the icing on my Christmas cake turned out, so I thought I'd share! I know it's not Christmas any more, but I think the design would work as a birthday cake too. The first time I made Christmas cake I kept the icing simple, but I wanted to try and be more adventurous this time around.

Having decided that I wanted to decorate the cake in the style of a present, I turned to YouTube to try and find a ribbon that looked easy enough for me to replicate. I looked at a couple of them, but I found that this one was the easiest to follow, and didn't need any fancy tools:

I made a few changes to keep it super simple; I used silver balls instead of icing spots to decorate the rest of the cake, and I only used eight loops to make the ribbon. I attached the icing loops/ribbons to the cake by brushing a little bit of warm water onto the white icing before I placed the decoration on top (only a little bit though, you don't want the red dye to start running onto the rest of the cake). I found it easier than I anticipated to do, I just needed to give myself time to make mistakes!

The only thing I wasn't very happy with was the amount of icing sugar I left on the bow- I think I went a bit overboard, and it's made the finish look a bit powdery. Overall though, I'm really pleased with the finished product! If I can do it, anyone can... 

Is it too early to be planning this year's cake..? Obviously I'm not doing that. No, that would be ridiculous...

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

London: Greenwich Park

I bloody love a good park, and Greenwich is one of my favourites. Well, apart from the time when we saw a crow eat a dead pigeon there, but you can't have it all. Here's a few pictures from way back in November...