Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Getting around London town

Travel by train to London last weekend was so easy. Hop on the train at Moor Street, sit down, end up in Marylebone. Change train at station. Sit down, end up in Harrow. Simple! (It helped that the first train was probably extended to cope with the demand of two football matches and London Marathoners.) Fast forward a few hours and a quick taxi up the hill to Harrow school - a superb venue for a wedding and reception. Great views of London, Wembley Stadium and the nearly full moon. Congratulations to the clearly-besotted couple.
Sunday morning and another quick jaunt on the tube to end up in Trafalgar Square. Zoomed-in pic of the big blue Cockerel, and onwards to watch the marathon from the Embankment right outside the Ministry of Defence. We used 4G tech to watch the live tv coverage while we waited for the athletes to reach us at mile 25. We could tell they were getting close when the helicopters overhead started to multiply. Fabulous to see the elite speeding along after two hours at full speed. Mo got our loudest cheers, though Walter Kipsang stole the show.
Onwards to the Queen Elizabeth park at the former London 2012 Olympic park. Hugely well-used with many families enjoying the sunshine, and particularly the water play area. My favourite sight was the sopping wet outfit hanging from the young Birch tree branch. Giant crayon-coloured buffers in the canal (?) waterway beneath the soaring arch of the Aquatic centre just one example of deliberate and brilliant design. (The pool contained a brilliant floating assault course, ready for the Easter holidays!) I performed an admirable (and filmed) impression of a nodding dog on the long tube back to the car. And repeated the performance on the drive home.

Tuesday, 3 September 2013


Unintentional soup week continues with carrot 'n'coriander after leek 'n' potato yesterday. Tempting as it was to use the potatoes up with roasties as faux dumplings, falling asleep on the sofa and   downright hunger put paid to that! Hands yesterday smelled faintly of potato, but today there is a coriander aroma.
The only trouble is, the zhoosher (blender) is still in the dishwasher! Lahoria mix until it is finished then!

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Malvern weekender

Not a bad end to a day spent clearing brambles and enjoying sonic delights of West Fest in Malvern! 

Sunday, 30 June 2013

Another sunny day

Last time it was drying handmade socks, this time it is washing sports gear! In 109 and something days, I'll be at the starting gates of the Birmingham half marathon. I've never done much running before, but having enjoyed being a spectator, this year I want to be one of the people being cheered! 
2.7 mile loop this morning with a combination of jogging and walking intervals, a brisk walk, and a jog down the hill on the home straight! 

Saturday, 1 June 2013

Thursday, 23 May 2013

Should we have brought gloves?

First step on the way to Sweden! It's a bit chilly though. Gloves may have been a sensible clothing option...

Monday, 29 April 2013


Overtaking the Queen Mary 2 on departure from Southampton, architecture in every style of holiday home you can imagine, blossom blooming, even a smidgen of sunny weather. Needles were pointy, rocket launch pad was riddled with rabbits and the chairlift was out of service. Great little break away.