Wednesday, 31 October 2007

Halloween impressions

A bit weird having to go to work today after I had Halloween off last year (well... more than just that day ;) ). Didn't carve the pumpkins yesterday but got all the goo out ...at least something.

Got a nice Halloween Card from Sharon - thanks, hun! I really have to look into getting some of those stampingbellas as well!! :D

Got home at 5:30pm, popped upstairs to print off a template for an easy pumpkin and a recipe for "Brataepfel" (baked apples). Had already kids trying to come around that time, but I ignored the doorbell at that point. After I had done the printing I put on my witch's hat and went in the kitchen to carve pumpkins.

NOT THAT EASY WHEN YOU HAVE GYSING KIDS COMING AROUND ALL THE TIME!!! :D

So about 4 doorbells and a DH arriving later I was able to finish the FIRST pumpkin ... not too happy with it. It's the one for my DH, and it didn't turn out right. :( Very tricky template ... supposed to say "GO DOLPHINS" ... :o

Anyway ... here are some impressions of today. Didn't take a photo of our dinner though (pumpkin soup and "Brataepfel") ... maybe I'll remember next time! :o

Click on the photo for bigger picture.


HAPPY HALLOWEEN & HAPPY SAMHAIN!

Thursday, 25 October 2007

Wonder if he's still there? Or maybe we can see him at Wembley??

Gosh, what the Americans come up with, eh???

And is it just me or does the commentator have a slight Australian twang?

Wednesday, 24 October 2007

I WANT!!!

Just read my Google Reader and came across this post on the Stamps, Paper, Scissors blog.

I am a HUGE fan of Thomas Kinkade (Painter of light)... but didn't even know that there are STAMPS based on his paintings!!!

Had a look at the link (Cornish Heritage Farms) posted by Jan ... and may just purchase one of them AT SOME point!!!

Just look at this ... it's a stamped image!!!

Saturday, 20 October 2007

Crop Day

Wasn't able to get a lift to the crop (Doug had to go to Sheffield and none of the other girls who sometimes give me a lift were available) so had to whittle down my own stash to take (was planning on doing something for the Advent Calendar Swap on the SBS Forum anyway), but still was a bit of a problem to lug all the stuff to Tollcross. Never thought the table cloths could be soooo heavy!!!

But made it there ok, and we have now a locker (teensy weensy one, but does hold some things ... the table cloths if nothing else... LOL) so that won't happen again.

Was a nice small group today, we had lots of call offs because of colds, work etc, wonder how many we'll have next month (which is going to be on 3rd November due to availability of Tollcross)??

Can't show a picture of what I've done as some of the girls from the forum are reading my blog... And we're not allowed to post our gifts as yet.

Planning on getting the box with the Advent Calendar sent on Monday ... should be no problem, even if I cannot finish the stuff today there's always tomorrow while Doug's watching NFL (Dolphins are on Sky ... AGAIN! ;) ).

Planning on doing some serious scrapping at the crop in 2 weeks though ... I haven't scrapped at all since June I think!! :o

Tuesday, 16 October 2007

VERY good song!!! :)

Have been catching up with Sky+ this week and while watching "Ghost Whisperer" (Season 2, Episode 9 "The Curse of the Ninth") I came across this song ... it's FABULOUS!!! Really LOVE it.



The song is called "Running Away" by Midnight Hour. FAB!

PS: I've updated my blog with pics & updates from London - scroll back! :)

Tuesday, 2 October 2007

Playing Tourist

Well, actually ... since I moved to Edinburgh I supposed that's what I am in London. :) A tourist/visitor.

After yesterday's trip down memory lane I wanted to do some sightseeing in the city centre. Things like St. Paul's, Westminster Abbey and Temple Church (and I was interested in it BEFORE "The Da Vinci Code" came out!) sprang to mind when I tried to figure out what to do. I don't get the fact that you have to pay entrance fees for the churches though - that puts off people to visit them I'd say. So ... it will be the usual looking from the outside, although one day I am going to pay the £8 - £13 for those places to see the INSIDE as well.

Went to meet Sharon for lunch before my sightseeing, and we had a nice chippy. Got a sole with chips and a ginger beer (that stuff grows on me, but I couldn't drink more than 1/2 pint really!). We wanted to go to Blade Rubber after Sharon's work, but in the end I was still trundling around places so we're going tomorrow.

Starting out from Holborn I decided to go to Camden Market where I popped into Whittard's - found a fabulous "create your own tea" station and did my own creation. BEWARE!!! Apparently you're not allowed to take photos inside Whittard's (just in case you steal some tea recipes????) ... at least that's what one of the sales assistants (non-native - but I am not having a go at that) told me - after I did take the photo on my phone. Sorry, but I think people get a bit over the top with all that stuff!

Walked down to the Thames where I took my first ever photograph of the London Eye and then I went on hunting for Temple Church. Quite hidden away that little gem, and those parks are a bit of a pain as well - one gate is open, while the other one is locked!!! But hey, I found it ... just to see it with scaffolding and a note on it that it's closed for that week. :( Ah well, I didn't want to pay the £8 whatever anyway. Wonder if Doug wants to see it on the 27th?

Bit of a stroll to St. Paul's - and SURPRISE!!! This time NO scaffolding on it!!! I think every time I've been to London since 1995 (?) I've seen it in scaffolding. Forgot how imposing it is - even just from the outside!!!

Took the tube from St. Paul's to Oxford street to clothes shopping ... needed some more socks and decided to pop into Primark and got some nice stuff there. Don't know why people are so anti Primark. Just the thing about status? How stupid is that? Why spend lots of money for socks if that place sells good stuff for less money?!?! (Wonder - have I been a Scot in a previous life??? LOL!!)

My legs are tired/hurting after 2 days of lots of walking (anyone having problems with pain in the hip area, specially around the greater trochanter of the femur when walking lots???) and getting more and more excited about the cruise!!! :)

Doug's arriving tomorrow at around 4pm - will meet up with Sharon for lunch to go to Blade Rubber and then pop back to Putney to pick up my bag and lug all my stuff to King's Cross - Doug's not too happy travelling in The Big Smoke and I really don't need him getting worked up about London tube traffic BEFORE our holiday!!! ;)


A trip down memory lane...

Today I've planned to go and see my old "haunts" ... i.e. Beckton (where I lived in October 1998 - May 1999), Exchange Tower/Canary Wharf (where I worked) and then - if the weather is kind to me - spend some time in Greenwich. LOVED to go there for a wee bit to the Observatory and just look out over the Docklands really. :)

Well, the trip started with RAIN! After the sunny Sunday a bit of a downer, considering I was going to do A LOT of walking today! Took the District Line to BANK (i.e. Monument) and then switched over to the DLR (Docklands Light Rail) - my old transport from my flat to work!

The DLR map looked quite a bit different to 1998/1999 - they extended the route to City Airport and now even got further than Greenwich! In 1999 they were just BUILDING Island Gardens. :o And new thing: Had to change trains at Westferry, so from Monument there's no direct train to Beckton anymore.

Arrived at Beckton and could for the life of me not find a swipe out machine for the Oyster card. If anyone finds it, please let me know where it is!!! :) At my embarking the train the heavens opened! I quickly dashed over to the ASDA & shopping "mall" where I obtained my "thank you gift" for Sharon & Graeme and a top for myself. Then I walked down Tollgate Road, searching my flat. Doesn't help that I couldn't remember whether it was 116 or 161 or 163 or 165 or 167 (and I am still not 100% sure which of the latter 4 it was ... they are all in the same building! ;) ). It was a LONG way, and I even walked too far but then found the building! Wahey!!! And guess what ... there's a Lidl now on Tollgate Road. See, those German things are following me!! ;)

Before I went out I decided to pop into Galleon's Reach Retail park to see whether that ominous "Cards & Crafts for Christmas - Exclusively for WHSmith" was available...It didn't look too far from the DLR station "Galleon's Reach" and a bus was going straight from Tollgate Road. Before I boarded the bus I had one of those nice "considerate" car drivers making sure that I was HYDRATED enough ... that bloody f*****!!!! By the time the bus arrived I was totally drenched! A more sensible person probably would have gone back home by now, but not me... oh no!! I went on to that DLR station, got off the bus ... and couldn't see the shops. With the bus gone (and me slightly drier again) I decided to walk ... which worked out to be a 20 mins walk in the middle of nowhere ... lots of weird buildings, one of which being the garage/servicing station for DLR trains!! But I managed it and found the shopping mall. ;) The rain got lighter and I could actually see the funny side of things ... the whole story reminded me of our honeymoon in Aviemore where we went on the search for a stone circle for hours ... in the driving rain!! :D It ended up to be in a small grassy area in between 2 rows of houses. :)

Back to my trip of today though ... Went to WHSmith's,who told me that the mag is not even out (well... it was advertised in one of the cardmaking magazines with a release of SEPTEMBER ... note date above!!). I got some small bottles of Original Source (lemon & mint) for our holiday at next door's Superdrug, a Cross Stitch mag at WHS and then took the next bus to Galleon's Reach, where I boarded the next DLR to Canning Town.

While I was travelling around on DLR trains I thought I might as well go to "Pontoon Quay", where the Thames Barrier is located ... I'd never been before (that station didn't exist back then and there was no bus going there either) and wanted to get some photos and actually see them for myself in real life. The rain was down to a drizzle, the barrier was just a stone throw away from the station - where I swiped out and was told "error 36 - seek assistance". How am I supposed to do that if there's nobody around??? So I just ignored it and went to the barrier to take photos - it must be a great sight on a nice day, with the nice garden and a Fountain area (which was of course switched off in the rain ... or maybe put to rest for winter??). Before I headed back to the station I went for a quick cuppa and a muffin at the viewing platform/information centre. ... I am still amazed by the Brit's lax handling of that title ... the only information I could find was for some Theatre in the West End ... nothing about the Thames Barrier.... :o

With no particular gates keeping me away I boarded a DLR train to Poplar where I changed to the Jubilee line (was not there in 1999) and got off at Canary Wharf where I found lots of customer service people as I had expected. They checked my card and told me that there is not enough money on the card... ?????? I had £8.70 on it when I left East Putney!!!! And they couldn't see me swipe out after leaving Putney. Well, I swiped out at Bank (probably didn't take it right), and after checking with Sharon I shouldn't have done that in the first place anyway but should have swiped out in Beckton ... where there was no swiping machine to be found (well, at least not by myself!). Got the details for Customer Service and added another £10 to my card and went on my trip again, this time by foot.

And found myself totally LOST!!! When I worked on "The Isle of Dogs" there was only Canada Tower (that "smaller" building n the middle) ... and now there were TONS of big towers around ... they expanded! I even doubted my memory about the location of my office building!! Walked across the familiar bridge, past South Quay station ... and then... there it was!! My building!! Looked all new and shiny when I started working for WORLDxCHANGE in 1998, but with all the new development around it looked quite drab. :( I actually went into 1 Exchange Tower to read the list of companies and was promptly picked out by 2 security people (yeah... woman with rucksack, baseball cap, bigger camera and totally drenched definitely looks suspicious!! ;) ) and told them that I worked here 8 years ago and gave them the old name of the company and the name of the company who took over, but by then I had already seen that the company wasn't either stationed here anymore or just went bust ... again?! :)

Then onto my favourite part of the trip .... GREENWICH! I took the DLR to Island Gardens as I wanted to do the "walk under the Thames" (much nicer but of course longer than staying on the DLR to "Cutty Sark"). When I came out on the other side in Greenwich, I saw the boarded up Cutty Sark (she was moored left of the Naval College last time I was there) - can only imagine how bad she looks after the fire but then most of the wood was taken for conservation anyway. She's going to be open for visitors again in 2009, or so the information said.

Couldn't resist buying a mug at the Tourist Information (nice one of Greenwich) and a small leaflet about the Foot Tunnel and then made my way to the Observatory. LOADS of Germans about (I figured it must be "Herbstferien" - autumn break - by now). Trundled up the beautiful park with stronger rain ... just to find out that the Observatory closed at 5pm! :( So was 5 mins late. I still took several photos and made my way back, this time to the DLR train station "Cutty Sark", past that funny "Ben & Jerry's with Subway" shop (opposed to "Subway selling Ben & Jerry's"). Have to go and visit the Fan Museum next time I am around ... am sure Sharon would love to join me!

And that was it - trip back to East Putney was uneventful and fairly quick. Have to say, I still quite like the area where I worked/lived and I think Greenwich has some of the most beautiful buildings in London and has probably the most beautiful park in the city!!! :)