London Calling (A Tourist’s Day Out)

Our 2nd day in London was the busiest of the week and involved a heck of a lot of walking round central London. We had booked to go to some of the most well known touristy spots, starting (and finishing) at the London Eye.

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Our first stop of the day!

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After the London Eye we headed over the road and waited in a very long queue to get into Westminster Abbey. It was only when we got to the front that we realised we were in the wrong queue and would have to wait for another half an hour in a different queue. And with that realisation, that was the end of our trip to Westminster Abbey. After taking a few pictures of the outside of the Abbey, we made our way to our next destination.

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Next stop, Tower of London! After a brief fish and chips stop, we went for a wander. Unfortunately the queue to see the crown jewels had reached the 3 hour mark and neither of us were willing to wait in a queue again after Westminster Abbey!

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This sign was the butt of many a joke because we are in fact, children inside (hehe, butt).

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Next it was off to St. Paul’s Cathedral (see what I mean about a busy day?).

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After admiring the blue trees, it was back off to the London Eye to see the city at night. Unfortunately, I haven’t quite mastered the art of taking pictures at night so there aren’t many pictures of the night trip on the London Eye.

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London Calling (Notting Hill)

August has been a busy month with 2 holidays booked and A Level results day (I’m off to uni in a few weeks!), so there hasn’t been much time for anything else. Our first holiday was a trip to London, and to make our way down to Plymouth to see family. We arrived in London in the morning, so we decided to spend the afternoon exploring Notting Hill, which has now become one of my favourite places. Now I’m just waiting to win the lottery so I can buy my dream house there. Anyone who knows what the numbers are going to be, drop me an email!

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Mango sorbet from Wafflemeister

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The Bubleology shop where I first encountered bubble tea

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Hummingbird Bakery

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A half day wasn’t enough to explore the whole of Notting Hill, so I’ll definitely be coming back to see more and eat more cake!

P.S This isn’t the last that you’ll be hearing of bubble tea…

 

25 Things To Do On A Sunny Day

As we’re from England we’re not used to prolonged sunshine, so I thought it would be best to make a list of some of things to do to make the most of the sunny summer before it starts raining again and we’re all forced to stay inside for 3 months!

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Lloret de Mar, Spain

  1. Take a day trip to the beach
  2. Invent a new cocktail or mocktail
  3. Go shopping for summery clothes
  4. Explore your hometown
  5. Practice your photography
  6. Make a delicious salad
  7. Go swimming to cool down
  8. Host a summery party
  9. Read a book in the park
  10. Go for a picnic
  11. Drink cocktails in the sun
  12. Have a BBQ
  13. Have a girls (or boys) night in
  14. Spend the whole day outside
  15. Climb a tree
  16. Build a fort
  17. Do some gardening
  18. Pick flowers to make a bouquet
  19. See if there are any outdoor cinemas near you
  20. Try a new restaurant
  21. Clean all your dirty clothes (it’s boring, but they really do dry faster in hot weather!)
  22. Bake (and eat) a cake/biscuits/cupcakes
  23. Customize your clothes
  24. Try a new sport
  25. And if you’re feeling adventurous, grab your friends and go on a spontaneous weekend trip!

What have you been doing to make the most of the sun?

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Mini Book Reviews – Gone Girl/Un Lun Dun/The Prince of Mist

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A-Levels meant that I had a huge back pile of books that I hadn’t had time to open, so the summer means that I’ve had the time to start reading again.

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Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Amazon – £3.85

This book has definitely got to be one of the best I’ve read. The book is split into two sections, one from each of the main characters’ point of view. This allows you to get a real feel for the character and connect with them. The plot line is also brilliant, with a very surprising twist that will leave you reeling! I can’t recommend this book enough and to prove how gripping this book is, I started it meaning to read a few pages and ended up finishing it in one evening.

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Un Lun Dun by China Miéville

Amazon – £5.24

This is a children’s book so it is quite an easy read, but the plot line is very original and interesting. I’ve had this book for quite a few years now and I never get bored of it and have re-read it quite a few times. It’s definitely a book I would give as a gift to someone, and that’s like the highest recommendation you can give a book!

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The Prince of Mist by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Amazon – £5.27

This is the first book by Carlos Ruiz Zafón and starts off as a light read but eventually becomes more dark and haunting. It is a young adults book, but the atmosphere he creates in such a short book is incredible. It is through this book that I purchased his newer novel, The Shadow of The Wind and I don’t think I will be disappointed by that either.

Hereford Heat Wave (2)

The weather in Hereford wasn’t getting any cooler over the weekend, so we decided just to power through the heat and off we went on a day trip to Ludlow. There was an antique fair on and after a quick cake and tea pit stop we went for a mooch.

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It wouldn’t be a fair without food!

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After a quick lunch, we then headed off to the castle

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It was a beautiful weekend for a holiday, and I can’t wait for the rest of the summer!

Hereford Heat Wave (1)

The whole country has been sweltering recently, and me and my boyfriend spent the 30 degree weekend in Hereford visiting family and local tea rooms.

Herefordshire is well known for its’ cider making, so a trip to Hereford wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the cider museum.

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The best part of the cider making process!

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After a taste of different ciders, I had to buy some souvenirs from the shop….

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IMG_1168 Our first day in Hereford was full of cake eating and cider drinking which was a promising start for the weekend, so keep watch for the next installment of the Hereford weekend. But I’ll give you a sneaky peak at what’s to come, cause I like you.

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Instagram Catch Up

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1. They were giving out free ice cream!! 2. Blooming roses 3. San Pellegrino, Blood Orange 4. Strawberries and cream to celebrate Wimbledon

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5. Homemade pancakes and butter 6. Learning whilst drinking tea 7. Papa Johns pizza 8. Kopparberg Strawberry and Lime

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9. Snazzy new travel mug 10. Finally have a new phone!! 11. Having fun while packing up my room 12. Currently obsessed with the biggest loser

Collage 413. Beach view in Scotland 14. Movie night 15. Rekorderlig Peach and Apricot 16. Ombre nails

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Fleeting Visit

It was my Grampa’s birthday a couple of weeks ago, so last weekend me and my mum went on a fleeting visit to Scotland to help the rest of the family celebrate. As the whole of England knows, we’re having a heat wave at the moment, so sitting in a car for 5 hours wasn’t the most pleasant experience, but the weather let us go on some lovely walks in the countryside and I managed to get a few photos of the celebrations.

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Supply stop on the 5 hour trip to Scotland

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Trip to the beach looking out over the Isle of Arran

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Roses and peonies in my grandparent’s garden

20130707_141834The beautiful Piersland House Hotel

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Ayrshire bacon and cheese salad

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Salmon fillet with a cream sauce

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Vanilla panna cotta with berry coulis

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Dean Castle and Country Park

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How did you guys spend your sunny weekend?

10 Things That You Don’t Know About Me

1. I collect train tickets and bottle caps

I just feel like it’s such a waste to get rid of them. I keep telling myself that I’ll eventually do something with them, but it’s been at least two years and I still haven’t!

2. I have an unholy obsession with wafer thin ham

Like, I could just packets of the stuff all in one go. I’m not sure what it is about the stuff, I just can’t get enough of it. Especially when it’s wrapped around a piece of cheese… *Homer drool*

3. I love horror films

I think it’s just some kind of morbid curiosity. I especially like the ones about ghosts and hauntings, and if there’s a kid somewhere in the plot line, it immediately gets 100 times creepier.

4. I’m petrified of zombies

Probably quite a strange one judging by how much I love horror films, but they’re utterly terrifying and give me nightmares! Zombies that can run are the worst *shudder*

5. If I could, I would read a book every day

I love reading and due to being so busy with my A-Levels I haven’t had a chance to read as much as I would like to. But now summer’s here and I can stay indoors all day devouring books and wafer thin ham! Yippee!

6. Out of every city I’ve been to so far, London is by far my favourite

I just love the feel of it and how there’s so much to see and experience and how diverse it is.

7. I have a huge weakness for buying teddy bears from charity shops because I feel sorry for them

It goes without saying that all teddies have personalities, so to see a charity shop teddy staring at me with sad eyes makes me melt a little inside. It takes a lot of self restraint to stop myself from taking them all home with me.

8. I love weight loss and hoarder TV shows and I would watch them non-stop if I could

They are definitely my favourite shows on TV. I don’t know what it is about them, just some kind of fascination.

9. I love designing dresses

I have many scrap pieces of paper with dress designs and ideas scribbled on them which will never get past the design stage, but they keep me entertained when boredom strikes.

10. I love writing lists

See above for an example 😀

 

 

What are some things that people don’t know about you?

Presents

So after a frantic weekend, I’ve finally handed in all of my art and textiles coursework! However, I’m moving out of my parent’s house soon so I have to start sorting out my hoard of clothes, books and craft materials. Trying to downsize the sheer amount of stuff that I own is going to be rather tricky… But I only have one week left in college before my summer holidays start, and what better way of celebrating than buying myself some presents?

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These gold rings are so delicate and look very elegant

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You can buy them from ASOS here

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This jewelry box is a tiny present from my mum’s recent trip to Cyprus. It’s so small I can only use it to store my stud  earrings!

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(Picture from ASOS)

This dress won’t be making it’s debut until my school prom at the end of June, so it’s currently hanging up in my room so I can stare at it lustfully…

*Sigh*… After a day of relaxation and procrastination it’s straight back into tidying, sorting, cleaning and exam revision. How is everyone else coping with this busy time of year?