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Sunday, 20 April 2014

London - Globe, St Paul's Cathedral, Trafalgar Square & Fish & Chips

My dear travel companion fancied a tour of the Globe; I however wasn't so bothered as the Globe is just a replica of the original Shakespeare's Globe but we went anyway and... it was closed for tours. Oh well. 

And then we went to see St Paul's Cathedral... from the outside cuz I'm not bloody paying to go and see a church. Churches should be free and I resent having to pay. St Peter's Basillica in Rome was free to enter in the Vatican so the Church of England's gotta be high if they think I'm paying them. Would I make a voluntary contribution? Absolutely. Would I pay £16.50 for a ticket? Hellllllll no. 

Then it was off to Trafalgar Square, sadly absent of pigeons... now I know what you're thinking, they're vermin. I know, I know. But they're also really sweet and when I was a little girl I absolutely adored feeding the pigeons little crumbs and having them land on me. It was charming. 

Which is why I made it my duty to feed any pigeons I saw whilst I was eating food to preserve the spirit of Trafalgar! 

I got the impression my travel companion (American - so this also may explain it?) was tired when I explained the battle of Trafalgar and Nelson to her and the epic battle at sea on the boats because she asked if Trafalgar Square was the location of said battle. It was not. And so we called it a day and went for fish and chips and Fish Central. Yum :)

If you'd like to see the previous part of our trip to London, click here

Saturday, 19 April 2014

London - Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Pub & River Cruise

We booked a tour of the houses of parliament but we turned up a little late (oops!) so we had to wait til the next tour. In the mean time Kim and I had a wander around the outside of Westminster Abbey. It was busy busy... to be honest I didn't even recognise it. 

Then it was time for our tour with... you guessed it - no photos. Sigh. We went all round the House of Lords and the House of Commons (which was my favourite place). We had a snooty tour guide who moved slowly, thought a lot of herself and looked disapprovingly at other tour guides - when a different tour guide corrected her I thought she'd claw his face off. You weren't allowed to swear in the House of Commons apparently, it's one of the rules for the MPs. I made sure to swear lots before we left the room. 

Also in our tour group we were treated to a rude Scottish couple who tried to 'shush' me before the tour had even started (errr, excuse me?!) to which I replied that they should probably go in front of us because I would be talking whenever I wanted to, which they declined lol. They then preceded to loudly answered every comment and rhetorical question the guide made and hold everyone up because one of them couldn't walk very quickly... so... they were pleasant company.

Then we walked down the river a bit more in the sun for a pub lunch. 

The Mayflower is the oldest pub on the Thames which is based where the ship the Mayflower (you know, the one with the Pilgrims?) set sail. 

Then we went on a Thames river cruise, which was very nice in the good weather. If you'd like to see the first part of our trip to London click here.

Friday, 18 April 2014

London - London Eye & London Dungeons

I went to meet my lovely friend Kim in London on Monday, it was £70+ return on the train so I decided to say eff that and go for the £9 return Megabus which only took an hour more each way and actually ended up arriving half an hour early each way. The only draw back was that to get in early enough to meet Kim at the airport it looked like this outside when I got up and I felt like death. 

But I made it there in one piece and we got down to some serious tourist-ing, I was being my traditional holiday-nazi self and I made a strict schedule complete with plastic wallet with my name on... oh yes. 

It's Easter time so the crowds were heaving everywhere we went, we decided on the London Dungeons first. There was no photography so unfortunately you only have a view of the gift shop but it was ok, despite smelling of that fake smoke stuff. It'd probably be more enjoyable for children if I'm honest but it was something different and the actors were funny and good. 

By the time we left the Dungeons the crowd had dispersed for the most part and everything was lit up which was very pretty. 

And we got a great view on the London Eye, if you go and your visit allows it, definitely go after dark. 

Apparently if the London Eye is full the owners can make £15,000 every half hour! 

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Fruit Tea

I tried fruit tea today that I got free in the post. 

It wasn't great, don't be fooled by it's delicious smell; it tastes like lipgloss. Every now and then I see people drink it and think, oh Hayley, you should really try fruit tea again, give it another chance, it's healthy

I did not even attempt the green tea that was also in the freebie pack! 

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

The Boyfriend's Birthday

On Sunday it was the boyfriend's birthday, he's only ever have had one birthday party in his life and it was at McDonalds - the truth is he just doesn't want one! So this year instead of asking if he'd like one I decided he would be getting one whether he wanted it or not and invited just a few of our friends round that live nearby. 

I decided as the boyfriend had never had a traditional kids style birthday party I'd get balloons, party bags, games to play and a badly home made cake. These are the boys party bags...

And the girls...

Barclay the cat absolutely loved the rubber bouncy balls and he and I had a great time playing with those for sometime. He didn't however like the balloons which I filled the lounge with in the morning, I put banners up yet the boyfriend was none the wiser until later when his friends arrived. 

And out came the party food and pizza and then the cake. 

There were games and medals, three legged race, balloon race... here's the victor of the mummy game. 

Birthday parties forever!!

Monday, 17 March 2014

Birthday Train Cake

The boyfriend and I have a tradition where each birthday (see here - castle and treasure chest) we make each other a silly cake.This year for the boyfriend I decided to make a train cake and by make, I mean cheat and just stick together. First I got two Madeira cakes and chopped them into blocks for the train and the carriage. 

Then I got some Betty Crocker chocolate fudge icing and iced the blocks. 

Chopped up some strawberry laces for track, added Oreos for wheels, brownies and a mini roll for the train.

Then I piled up sweets on the carriage with a bit more icing. 

Et voila, 40 minutes and you have a birthday cake. 

Saturday, 8 March 2014

Fire fire!

So this morning started with me setting the toaster on fire, put in my bagels and immediately saw plumes of black smoke issuing from said toaster. Turned whole thing off, took bagels out... inspected them...hmm...? Put the toaster on with nothing in it to test it, still smoking, looked inside and saw a small piece of very blackened bread and before I could turn it off again the whole thing caught light! Massive flash, tripped the circuits and my bagels were very much bread. But oh well. 

I haven't posted much lately because... well I haven't been up to many interesting things. My placement ended and I got a really good mark which I was really pleased with. I handed in a big assignment which I'm glad to have off my plate and it's now being marked. 

So now it's back to classes and I found out my next placement which is in the community. What else have I been up to... Oh we went to Delia Smiths for Valentines Day (that seem's like ages ago!), it was really nice. 

I learnt how to do a fishtail braid. 

Friday, 14 February 2014

Creme Egg Brownies

I decided as it's Valentines Day and I have the day off to make a treat. 

Feast your eyes on these, the recipe is here.

They're so gooey and tasty, even without the eggs they're the best brownies I've ever made. 

Thursday, 13 February 2014


Have you guys tried Graze?

It's an online business that will post you healthy snack food, they have a new light box too for guilt free snacking.

You can rate snack foods before or after so they know what to send you and what to avoid. 

My cat tried some of the toffee dipping sauce but my favourite was the high tea box that had a little cake square and a tea bag in - how sweet. 

The website is here - Graze

Thursday, 23 January 2014

Specialist Nurses

So I'm on placement at the moment on a ward, but I just wanted to write a quick note to any other student nurses and really recommend booking yourself on days with specialist nurses because it really is so much fun. So far I've seen respiratory specialist nurses, diabetes, tracheotomy and I've got days with site practitioners, smoking cessation and hopefully tissue viability. You learn a ton but not in a boring pushy way like in classroom but by actually doing, I've been having such a great time and I think because specialist nurses obviously enjoy their speciality (or else why would they specialise in it!) they don't mind being quizzed. Just ring them up with your diary in hand and they're usually more than happy to fit you in and you will find yourself having a crash course on their subject.