Sunday, 1 October 2017

Wanderings Lately :: September

Today I had a mammoth day of cleaning my house. It felt like a good time because for the following 4 weekends of October I'll be either away or have friends visiting. So I won't really get a proper chance to do anything so boring and adult like hoovering or properly scrubbing the corners of the bath with an old toothbrush for about a month. It was pretty much like a spring clean, but for autumn. Today was a lovely autumn day, fairly sunny, slightly crisp but warm. I ventured out from my cleaning to pop to the shops and cycled the long way through the park to take in the fallen leaves and orange foliage. This September had some ups and downs and has shown itself as a transition month. I graduated right at the beginning, moved fully into the next stage of planning at work (which involves planting your mind firmly in 2018) and Strictly came back on our screens much to my delight!

Here's a little look back:

Plants





My bathroom plant finally gave up on me after our holiday in Cornwall and where it had always come back to life when I'd neglected it before this time there was no saving it. 

So now I've done my season changing clean up, and I've replaced the windowsill plant and added a little succulent to the room as well. Trying to bring some of nature in!

Healthy





I met my friend Macey in Oxford Street to check out the Deliciously Ella cafe, on the morning of my graduation. The food was really yummy, particularly the brownie (not pictured!) but boy was it expensive! One other minor gripe... I was early and therefore decided to order a coffee to sit with and read my book whilst I waited for May. As this is a vegan cafe, I was very surprised when I ordered my usual soy latte only to be told they don't have soya milk. I could choose from almond, coconut or oat. I went with almond but this didn't really work in the coffee and it was a bit separated and not enjoyable (and cost me £3.50 for a privilege...) I really can't understand why they wouldn't stock soy which is a staple in all other coffee shops and really think it would improve the taste of the drinks if they did!




I am now officially a UCL Institute of Education masters graduate! I wasn't too bothered about the ceremony beforehand but it was actually a really nice experience and inspiring so I am glad that I attended.

Zero Waste Update




Slowly, slowly I'm replacing things from plastic to more sustainable options when they run out. This month I ordered some silk floss, a wooden dish brush, a metal 'safety' razor and shaving gel in a metal tin. My bathroom is really moving towards minimal waste, which is really encouraging!


Friends





My housemates and I took advantage of a lovely sunny warm September Sunday and spend the afternoon in Greenwich park, playing card games and throwing a ball about which was so wonderful. London really is a great place when the sun is shining, and there are so many parks and green spaces to spend time in. 

The same weekend I also went to Battersea Park, with my friend Polly (from work) to check out Go Ape. We had a great time swinging around through the trees and making our wobbly way across the treetop walkways. I'm really looking forward to going again soon, and next time I will try not to get stuck on the zipwire!

Open House London







For Open House this year I managed to book tickets for a walking tour at Bethlem Museum & Priory on the Saturday and a tour of the House of St Barnabas on the Sunday. Both were really interesting and unusual places to see inside. The House of St Barnabas is such a good cause and set up in a way that is quite unusual. It's a private members club, based on Soho Square but all the proceeds go into the employment academy on the top floors of the building which helps homeless people back into work. The history of the building was very interesting too.

In Bethlem, we were also able to pick up some apples (probably too many) and take them home. So far I've made an apple crumble and the apple cake, and I still have loads left. Going to make ANOTHER crumble tonight!

Netball





I attended my first CSSC Games with my netball team in Loughborough. It was tough and we only won one game but I really enjoyed paying multiple matches and indoors. We took the train on Thursday night after work from St Pancras, stayed overnight in student halls (very glad I'm done with that!) and then headed home after our matches and dinner on the Friday. 

::Welcome to Autumn, what you are most looking forward to this season? ::

Saturday, 2 September 2017

Wanderings Lately :: August

The wonderful August weather didn't show itself until right near the end so this summer has been a bit of a wash-out. Although I am no longer defined compleletly by the academic year - August was always the last month of the summer as September meant going back to school - it still feel like summer is over now we're in September. In reality the beginning of September can be just as nice as August sometimes so I'm still holding out for an Indian summer and the chance to get out into our garden a few more times before autumn truly begins! 

Climbing Mountains




Vanessa invited me to join her and some other friends on a hike up Scafell Pike, England's highest peak. It was pretty tough and I ended up with bruises on my toes (probably wasn't wearing the correct footwear) but the views were totally worth it. I've made a video of it as well.

Garden Bounty


I've got a lot of green tomatoes in the garden but in August I finally found a red one! Hoping more of the green ones have turned red since I've been out of London.

West London





Two trips to west London this month, one to the south to have a long overdue uni girls catch up in Balham and another to take a trip to Chiswick House which was a good. The house is quite sparse, especially downstairs but it's interesting to see the inspiration behind of the architecture.

Cornwall





For the final week of August I've been in Cornwall with my family. The weather has been a bit hit or miss but the final day has been lovely and we have a pool so that's a bonus! 

::Has your end of summer been a good one?::

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Wanderings Lately :: July

July has been pretty disappointing weather wise - the majority of the time we've had rain. I kept myself pretty buy though, which made this all the more bearable!

I'm keeping my fingers crossed for a come back from the sun during August. Especially as we have a family holiday in Cornwall where I don't intend to be stuck indoors!

July has brought about the end of our crazy busy period at work, and things are moving into a slightly calmer period of planning for next year. This is nice, but also confusing as my head is mostly in 2018 throughout the day!

I've also started to plan a few trips in the next six months or so which is always a thrill!

London







Exploring by bike with my brother (and ending with a cheeky pint), finally seeking out the plaque at Bethnal Green for the WWII tragedy, the Hawk I encountered at King's Cross station, watching my friend's end of term ukulele show and dragging my housemate to the Prudential Ride London and enjoying the centre of town without cars!

Leeds



I spent a weekend with Vanessa in Leeds, mostly there for the Yoga Hero festival  but also managing to get ourselves out into the fields to pick our own strawberries. I was aching for the next week after the full day of yoga sessions, but it was worth it for the fun we had!

Surrey





Well technically the London Borough of Richmond but to stick with the place name headings we'll go with Surrey! I had a voucher for me and 3 friends to visit Hampton Court Palace, which we did at the beginning of the month. It was a lovely day out, and full of history. The layout wasn't the best and we got a bit confused on the line of succession after the Tudors but the parts about Henry VIII were good. Plus Ayoola and I beat Siobhan and Felix to the centre of the maze!

USA


I work for an American company, so in July we had a small celebration for our students on the 4th of July. This was my offering for the cake stand!

A Sad Demise




I managed to completely destroy my fountain pen in my bag this month which was very upsetting. But thanks to ebay I was able to order another - second hand so no wastage and the seller listened to my request and send it to my without plastic wrapping. The new pen doesn't match my biro and mechanical pencil but it does remind me of handwriting lessons from primary school and that's quite a nice feeling!




Friday, 7 July 2017

Wanderings Lately :: June

Ahh still a little bit late! Here's my round up of things i got up to in June.

The weather has really turned nice this year and I am currently writing this post from my lovely garden in Canada Water! The week ahead looks great weather-wise, and July is shaping up pretty nicely to as I have lots of exciting plans for the weekends. Spring and Autumn are definitely my favourite seasons, but summer is very close behind!

Work is letting up slightly too, as my student groups start to leave after their time abroad. I've got some (very) exciting and long overdue travel plans in the works plus a few weekends away in the UK to look forward to as well. 

I'm attempting plastic free July, which means I'm pledging (and hopefully succeeding) to not use any single-use plastic items this whole month. That includes plastic bags, straws and bottles. Wish me luck! If you want to sign up it's not too late, head to the website and register!


Theatre





I went to see the play Terror with a couple of friends and it was very thought provoking. Set in a German court, an airforce pilot is on trial for the murder of 126 people who were on a flight that was hijacked by terrorists and heading into a crash at a large football stadium full on 20,000 people. The pilot goes against orders and shoots down the plane killing all on board. He justifies this as he was able to avoid the catastrophe of the crash into the stadium. However, we also heard that those in authority watched the plane on it's journey towards the stadium for 28 minutes without evacuating the stadium. At the end of the play we had to vote guilty or not guilty. At our performance he was found not guilty.

Summer Bike Rides




Another interesting bike ride took me down the river through Greenwich, Woolwich and to Thames Mead tor. Nice little view on a wonderful sunny day!

Wanderings around London










Dennis Severes House, St Dunstan in the East Church and Kensington Palace. A few of the places I went and explored in June. Some random, some beautiful and all interesting!