Wednesday, 6 March 2019

Birthday 2019

I felt my birthday this year deserved a post of it's own! I read a thought piece online at the beginning of the year (can't find it online now) that was all about how it's a privilege to have a birthday and we should continue to celebrate - in whatever way that looks best to us - but to mark it in some way.

So this year, I took the day off and made plans for the day. Victor suggested lunch in Hutong, a fancy Chinese restaurant in the Shard. Since I enjoy Chinese food and love going to the top of tall buildings this was something I was definitely on board with.

I started the day with one of my favourite things; a walk through Russia Dock Woodland. Heading up Stave Hill to take in a slightly gloomy view over London. Before back home to get ready for out posh lunch.

The food in Hutong was excellent, particularly my starter of Shandong chicken and our main of spicy soft shell crab. We were luckily seated at a window table facing out over my side of London (looking east). My only criticisms are that for fancy toilets there was no hand cream (which I wanted to take advantage of!) and unsurprisingly the authenticity was undermined somewhat by the misplaced lions at the entrances - Chinese entrances often have two lions either side of the front door. A male and female; which you can tell because the female has a lion cub under one foot and the male a ball. In Hutong one entrance had two males and the other two females. #fail

After our lunch, I dragged Victor over to monument as climbing to the top has been on my list of things to do for some time! It was definitely more of an undertaking than I anticipated, still feeling full after lunch, but we managed it and even got a certificate to prove it when we got safely back to the bottom. The views were good, although obviously completely overshadowed by all the surrounding skyscrapers. Interesting to think how this would have been one of the tallest structures when it was first constructed and now it's so dwarfed by everything else around it.

For the rest of the afternoon we wandered slowly down to the Tower of London, stopping off for a quick drink by the Tower itself before jumping on the riverboat back to Rotherhithe. A truly lovely day, and well worth the celebration.

Although it was cloudy, it was still quite bright!

Looking over at his office.




These were not good :-(




Sunday, 3 March 2019

Wanderings Lately :: February 2019

February is my favourite month, like I've said before. This year there was no 'Beast from the East', only some good days and some excellent days! The days are getting longer and I celebrating my birthday with a few standout events. Even squeezed in a cheeky trip to Scotland.


Socially Spring





Stepped up my social committee game again this month and finally arranged for a work drinks night. Very well attended and those two glasses of wine before netball seemed to help my performance later in the night!

All in the name of spring!


Home




After a particularly busy and stressful day at work this month, I decided to take a short detour on my journey home and cycle next to the river. London did not disappoint me and I was priviledged to witness a beautiful sunset.

I met up with some friends recently, and as we chatted about how wonderful the weather has been recently (problematic if considered why this has happened - climate change) we agreed how utterly magical London is in the sunshine, the city comes completely alive. This city has many faults, but when the sun comes out it's quite difficult not to love London.

Nothing feels more homely and comforting to me than a cup of tea when you get back home. Long journey back from Edinburgh this month, followed up with a brew as soon as we got in. Lovely!

Edinburgh








 
My third time in Edinburgh, including a return to the botanic gardens - and lucky to see a few early spring blooms. A flight over Edinburgh taking in the city from the air and some relaxed and un-rushed time in a really great city.

I also spent quite some time trying to get a decent picture of the Edinburgh sign at the airport - I do think some people just stand in the way on purpose! 

Won't be long before we're back.


Birthdays




Jasmin and I share a birthday month, so after celebrating by winning a round of the wonderfully weird game 'cash and guns' and enjoying a piece of Lola's delicious cake it was my turn! 

My birthday was spent celebrating with lunch in the Shard, brunch with my friends and cheese and wine with my family. Made a post all about the actual day here!


Friday, 15 February 2019

Wanderings Lately :: January 2019














Monday, 31 December 2018

Wanderings Lately :: December 2018

I hardly ever write a wanderings in December post, mostly because by the time it's the end of the year I have put together a long beefy one with a round up of everything that year which obviously includes December.

No matter how much I intend to be more chilled out in December, it's never really possible because I also want to catch up with friends before heading home for Christmas. This year I had a full week booked off before our office closure. My December has really felt like a break because of it, and I've still had plenty of time for those catch ups but not felt so burned out because I can lie in the following morning.

December was nicely full of festive cheer. On this, the last day of the year, I'm spending the day keeping up those traditions made since my awful New Year in 2011; making resolutions, looking back over the year at all that's been achieved and setting my intentions and predictions for where I'll be at the end of 2019.

Friends





Uni girls catch up in Windsor, secret santa, red wine, tacos and Anita's friendly cat. Always a fantastic time with these girls; can hardly believe it's 12 years since we all met. Some friendships come and go, and others move from dressing up as Army girls on nights out, through babies and weddings to civilised evenings with a glass of red. 

Vilnius






Mum and I carried on our yearly Christmas market expedition, this time heading to Lithuania. Vilnius was very festive, the decorations and lights made the city a nice place to wander around and we had a big snow storm on the first day. The Christmas market was actually fairly small, but we spend time in a few of the city museums learning a little about the city and country. An interesting place that's been controlled by so many nearby powers, and is now enjoying some independence and opportunity to establish it's own long held but muted personality.

Christmas Traditions








Some things happen every year at Christmas; work Christmas party, housemate raclette dinner, my homemade dessert and my mum jazzing up a christmas pudding. Others this year were possibly a one off but still added some festive cheer; ice skating and dinner at the Tower of London/St Katherine's Dock and a visit to St John's Church in Epping.