Running In The Country


In the past year, since I moved house to live out in the sticks, I have been taken my runs surrounded by the beautiful countryside.  So yes, obvs, I stopped my runs every time to take photographs of the country…and myself.  20170221_095257

This exciting photo of sheep was taken on the top of a but hill which I can no longer be bothered to run up.  In the midst of winter as we are, it’s pretty dark when I do my evening runs so you can’t see anything anyway.  And my day time runs on the weekend are usually lashing with rain so it puts me off making the trek up the never ending hill.  The lovely fields and farmland around you means it feels quite isolated, although there are super fast cars zooming past you constantly.Unknown Person

Below is my more common running route, which still involves a hill but less of a hill.  I have, madly, signed up for a 10km run which means I need to get training.  Right now thought I’d quite like another biscuit…20170810_074335

Categories: Random, UK | Tags: , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Trip To The Peak District

We went on a little trip to The Peak District, we went on a short walk in the very cold windy weather, and then went to a pub for lunch.  I had brie!  Here, are a few snaps of the day.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Categories: Random, UK | Tags: , , , , | Leave a comment

2017 Travel Review

My biggest trip this year was not that far in physical distance but represented a major change in my life.  In February I moved in with my boyfriend which was exciting and, as it turned out, not too dramatic!  But I have been on a few more interesting journies this year too.



Victoria and Albert Museum Cafe

In March, I received an early birthday present from my mum in the form of a trip to London.  We took an early(ish) train down there and headed to the Victoria and Albert Museum, which I always seem to end up at when I visit our fair capital.  We left early so that we could see a bit of London, mainly just the walk from the V and A to the train station but still…



Manhattan from The High Line

April 3rd this year was my 30th birthday so we took a special trip to America. We hit New York checking and Washington DC.  Highlights include checking out The High Line (an old railroad turned park), taking a trip out to Brooklyn, $4 a slice pizza, The Capitol Building which I fell in love with, and The Postal Museum (no, really, I love stamps).  The major lowlight were a three day migraine :(, the torrential rain, and being harassed by a waitress for not tipping her enough.



Arthur’s Seat

After a big (expensive) trip to the US we spent our summer holiday in a very rainy Edinburgh.  I guess it was classic British summer weather but it was still quite miserable, we were soaked as soon as we arrived.  We managed to climb up to Aurthur’s Seat, eat sushi, and enjoy a stroll through the Botanical Gardens so not all bad.  Also got to see my sister and niece!



National Art Museum

For my mum’s birthday, which is in December, mum, sister and I took a trip to Riga, Latvia in October.  Anyway, it was very cold but enjoyable.  We visited the National Art Museum and the, slightly less cheerful, Museum of Occupation.  The Eastern Bloc countries had such horrible experiences in the second half of the 20th century!  Riga has a lovely old town to explore, and I recommend crossing the river to visit the National Library.



Sunset over Greenwich Observatory

I finished my 2017 travels the same way I started with a trip to London.  We celebrated boyfriend’s birthday there in November.  Another holiday, another illness befalls me. Not really an illness but I had period pains throughout this getaway that seriously undermined my enjoyment, and put me in a slightly grumpy mood.  But we got to visit the Greenwich Observatory and see a Planetarium show, checked out a bunch of museums, bought expensive chocolate at Fortnum and Mason, and experience my first crushed avocado with poached egg on toast.


Categories: Europe, London, New York, UK, USA, washington dc | Tags: | Leave a comment

OKA Sushi, London

Boyfriend demanded (ok, politely suggested) sushi for our first night in London.   As it was his birthday, and I like Japanese food, I allowed this and found us OKA which was highly rated and nearby.  london1

I didn’t realise it was located inside a little shopping centre and food court.  But it was all decked out for Christmas (this was in November), and it was a fancy yuppie food court.  This was a hipster holiday.  It’s quite small so I think we were lucky to get a table.  I got vegetable tempura, avocado maki, and Jasmine green tea- so pretty much my usual.  It was pretty good, although honestly not the best I’ve ever had.  I finished up with the matcha and white chocolate cake which I found a bit too sweet, especially with the accompanying ice cream.  Boyfriend was going to share one with me but they had nuts, he has an allergy, it’s not a good mix.


Categories: London, Random, UK | Tags: , , , , , , | Leave a comment

London- The Natural History Museum

Collages1We headed into The Natural History Museum, which is always popular. It’s free entry, apart from the temporary exhibitions and I like it better than the museum in New York, although that may be because they charged me $26!

We visited the earthquake area where they still have the mock up of a Kobe supermarket, and you can experience the 1995 Kobe earthquake in the simulator.  We headed onwards to find the animals (ok let’s face it, I was looking for the dinosaurs), and saw some extinct specimens like dodos, and the skeleton of an extinct giant sloth.

It was pretty busy for a Friday afternoon and we had to push through the throngs in the popular exhibits.  Like the main hall where the skeleton of a blue whale has recently replaced Dippy the Diplodocus.  This was the controversial move, but Dippy was a plaster cast while the blue whale is a genuine skeleton.

Finally we found the most exciting part, A REAL LIVE (animatronic) T-REX!!!  It’s tucked around a corner but there’s always a little group of people getting their shots of the rampaging T-Rex (not really rampaging!).


Categories: London, Random, UK | Tags: , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Fortnum and Mason and Harrods

Whilst in London I wanted to do a small amount of Christmas shopping, mainly just fancy chocolate!

Fortnum and Mason

So after dinner we headed to Fortnum and Mason for a wander around.  I had been in there once before and got very distracted by fancy tea, there Green Jasmine is fairly delicious.  I didn’t realise that it was spread over several floors.   Fortnum and Mason was, and still is, famous for it’s hampers which are very expensive wicker boxes full of luxury booze, chocolates, and meat type products.  I’ve never bought one myself, I wouldn’t want to eat most of the stuff in it and they cost in the hundreds of pounds.  london4

You really question whether the stuff is worth the price, I have found the tea nice and boyfriend enjoyed his £6 chocolate bar, although he valued it at about £4.50.  The fact that it’s so expensive becomes part of the appeal for people I’m sure.  But the £40 shower caps were my breaking point…(they were crappy plastic ones with flowers stuck on wtf?!?!)


On Friday morning we stopped off at Harrods before we headed to the museums.  It was Black Friday and boyfriend was having some kind of breakdown in advance of what he thought would be hoards of sale shoppers.  However, Harrods did not appear to have any Black Friday offers because why would it?  Anyway, we wandered in circles around the food hall getting frustrated.  It’s been a long time since I actually went for a look around in Harrods, it’s always horribly busy.  When I was a teenager I went upstairs to the kids section and bought a pen which was thrilling.  Anyway, they had some fun window displays with animatronic shop assistant.


Categories: London, Random | Tags: , , , , | Leave a comment

Cosmoba, Italian Restaurant London

I really hate the Cosmoba website, it’s corporate black and barbie pink.  It doesn’t reflect the restaurant at all.  Cosmoba is a family run Italian restaurant, or ristorante! It’s not huge, but we managed to sneak a table on Friday night.  It was quite Christmassy when we were there, there was a pyramid of panatone in the window, as well as twinkling lights.


I had one of the specials, which was gnocchi, walnuts, and pear (pear was a bit weird but it was still yummy). Boyfriend had lasagna, and we both had a lovely time.



Categories: London | Tags: , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Greenwich Observatory- London


Continue reading

Categories: Europe, London, Random, UK | Tags: , , , , | Leave a comment

London- The British Museum


Our first ‘attraction’ in London was The British Museum, which I have never been to before and was about 15mins from our hotel.  We didn’t have long before it closed so we whizzed around, mostly around the Egyptian exhibit, then Assyrian, before heading upstairs to Medieval Europe.

But this funny horse man on the left is a winged lion from the North-West Palace of Ashurnasirpal II, of Norther Assyria (modern Iraq), obvs.  They were designed to be viewed from the side or front on, so when you take a photo like this you can see they have 5 legs! Continue reading

Categories: Europe, London, Random, UK | Tags: , , , | Leave a comment

The Hoxton, Holborn- London


Whilst in London town we stayed in a super hipstery hotel, The Hoxton in Holborn (not in Hoxton, slightly confusingly).  We paid about £338 for 2 nights which ain’t cheap, but everywhere in London has inflated prices.  I’m sure you can find cheaper places though, but the hotel looked good and the location was convenient. Continue reading

Categories: Europe, London, Random, UK | Tags: , , , , , | Leave a comment

Create a free website or blog at