Showing posts from November, 2016

HMS Belfast

In-between all the up-to-date posts I'm sharing I'm still playing catch up on some that are hideously outstanding, this one about our visit to HMS Belfast being just one of those! Over the years I've admired this warship on the bank of the River Thames many times but never actually visited it. I finally got to put that right earlier in the year. Yes I did say some of these posts are way overdue!

Our afternoon in London first began though with lunch at Borough Market which was crazy busy as we went on a Saturday. We wanted to eat quite quickly and with this in mind and the fact it was very busy selected a burger place that looked good, the Whiskey Ginger Food & Bar Co. Despite it being a swift eating decision I certainly wasn't disappointed with my burger, it hit the spot and satisfied my hunger for the afternoon.

From Borough Market we then made the short walk along the river to the entrance to HMS Belfast. HMS Belfast was launched in 1938 and remained in service unt…

It's Beginning to Look a lot Like Christmas

Christmas decorations have been appearing in and around Edinburgh for the last few weeks. The Georgian buildings around the city certainly lend themselves beautifully to being adorned with lights. Sunday saw the official switch on of the Christmas lights and whilst not planned we happened to be on George Street just as the switch on was taking place.
As switch ons go it was certainly a little more impressive than anything I've encountered before, with fireworks, carols and of course the lights. It was quite lovely to catch it all at just the right time and certainly got me feeling just a little bit festive.

After all that excitement on Sunday yesterday we spontaneously ended up at the European Christmas market in Princes Street gardens. It too is pretty impressive with stalls galore full of festive goodies, fairground rides and plenty of gl├╝hwein to enjoy too, happy to report that I enjoyed my first of the season. Now to crack on with the Christmas shopping ....

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Autumn: Season of Mists and Mellow Fruitfulness

I've said it before but I'll say it again, I missed seasons whilst we were living in Singapore. Even after over five years of living there it still always hit home how certain events and celebrations were intrinsically linked to a particular kind of weather (I definitely never got used to hot Christmases) and how often I lost track of time because it was perpetual summer time. I don't deny, as I sit here wearing a cardigan and feeling more than a little chilly, that it wasn't pleasant but it's also equally nice to be experiencing special events again with the weather that I grew up associating with them.
Autumn has always been a particular favourite time of year for me, probably stemming from my birthday being in late September (something I get a little less excited about these days) and then the beginnings of the build up towards Christmas. Autumn also often offers up relatively mild days with lovely blue skies which you can't help but enjoy, especially when co…

And Then we had Stuff

I've been a bit neglectful of my blog just lately (meaning I'm quite behind in posting) but we've had some pretty big stuff going on in real life, our shipment of belongings (read pretty much our whole lives) finally arrived from Singapore. I can't begin to express how wonderful it is to have our things around us again, particularly as it ended up being quite a protracted process to get them back.

When we left Singapore at the start of April we, of course, had to do something with all our belongings. When we'd moved over there we'd had everything shipped so naturally a move elsewhere meant arranging another shipment to wherever that was. However to begin with we weren't sure where that was going to be so we made arrangements for everything to be packed up ready for an eventual shipment and in the interim to be put in to storage in Singapore. Eventually we established that, for now, we were to be based here in Edinburgh so we requested for our items in storag…