Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Current location: Ongar
11.11am, Walking in the fields of Essex. It was my first time visiting Essex and I really hadn't realised how beautiful it was before. As we took the dogs for a walk (and Andy's nephews for a bike ride), I felt totally in love with the English countryside.
When we arrived at Andy's sister's house last night, there was a whole host of family to meet, lots of wine to drink and so much delicious food and fun conversation to have. The Kerwin/Lawrence family are a blinking good clan, made even more evident by nephew Will's 11th birthday party today. Complete with a bouncy castle, trampoline and even a swimming pool, Will's BBQ was the stuff of dreams. It was so hot and sunny and, relaxing in the garden with a burger, a spritzer and little puppies running around (well, one little puppy, three medium-sized dogs and two big dogs), I discovered I love Essex.
Current location: Lewisham
11.11pm, Having a lie-in before going to Finsbury Park. It's Catdog's birthday next week so we celebrated in the park today with Bucks Fizz and a lot of cakes. It's funny to think that this time last year the girls had all come to Berlin to visit and we went out and celebrated Cat's birthday with gin and dancing until the sun came up. It's nice that, though the location has changed, the friends haven't. x
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Current location: Lewisham
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Current location: Covent garden
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Current location: Soho
11.11am, Being frantic. One of the magazines goes to press tomorrow and time seems to be going at twice the normal speed. It was a bit of a manic one today but, with deadlines fast approaching, Tom the lovely deputy editor of Computeractive (as opposed to Tom the lovely winner of The Apprentice) went and bought lots of cakes to keep our spirits high and our work ethic strong. It worked... Nothing like a sugar rush to keep you on course!
Current location: Lewisham
11.11pm, Feeling full and happy. Well, partly happy. The good bit was that Tom had won The Apprentice (he was my favourite) and that we'd eaten one of the world's best dinners. The not-so-happy bit was that the dinner was in aid of my lovely housemate Luka, who is moving out this week, boo.
I feel so sad as she has become a good friend in a short amount of time, but with the ever-increasing world of Facebook, phones and high-speed trains, I hope I won't have too much opportunity to miss her.
Our dinner was pretty spectacular though – think lots of halloumi (above), fajitas with lashings of guacamole, some pretty special mousse, all topped off with cake and sweets. We devoured it and then vegged out in front of the TV, where the kind people who decide when to show programmes had scheduled the final of The Apprentice for a Sunday night, how wonderful.
Amazingly, our favourite candidate, Tom, who might possibly be the world's nicest man, won the show, proving that being kind and sweet does win out in the end. A good day for nice people all over the world.
Monday, July 18, 2011
Current location: Dalston, East London
11.11pm, Listening to an amazing band, Alpines. The band is made of super-musician (and friend) Bob Matthews, and his super girlfriend, Catherine. They were playing at The Nest in Dalston, and a group of us went to watch, dance and drink tequlia. Saturday-night awesomeness. Check out the incredible video for the latest single, Cocoon, below.
Current location: The South Bank, London
11.11pm, Leaving a R.A.P Party. Which stands for Rhythm and Poetry, don' t you know? As a birthday celebration for lovely Sara Maden, a group of us met on the 'Urban Beach', then went to the event on London's South Bank, which saw lots of spoken word, poetry and hip hop. We laughed, we had a little weep, we whooped and hollered and we got in touch with our inner hip hop selves. Fo' shizzle.
Friday, July 15, 2011
11.11pm, Eating sushi. Late. Andy and I went out to a photography exhibition, and it was quite excellent! And we got home late. The show was Water XXMI, a series of photographs of water by a very talented man called John Rose. He has a pretty amazing use of colour, and I liked the slightly more abstract pieces more than the very clear, accurate pictures of the sea or sand. The exhibition finishes tomorrow so, if you're in London, be sure to head down to Gallery 27, Cork Street in Mayfair and check it out.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Current location: Penzance, Cornwall
11.11pm, At Mum's book launch for her 8th book, He's After Me. We've all come down for the launch and tonight we celebrated in a bar in Penzance, with wine, speeches, old friends, avid fans and false eyelashes.
Andy and I got the train down with Kate and my niece Ella (who was a beautiful delight all weekend), and the weekend that followed was just as amazing. Andy's parents were visiting Cornwall, so they met Mum and Dad, as well as all my sisters, aunties, uncles and nephews. Some of the highlights of the weekend were:
Cliff walking around Gurnard's Head in the sunshine
Taking my niece and nephews swimming
Eating pasties on the rocks in Mousehole while watching boat races
Dad singeing his eyebrows by pouring petrol on the BBQ to "make it go faster"
Having fresh local sardines for dinner with mine and Andy's parents
Dancing to rubbish music at The Ritz (which used to be a bingo hall) with good friends
Eating my first proper ice cream in about 15 years with Lily by the harbour
Seeing foxes and rabbits in the Englsih countryside
Chatting and laughing with my sisters and parents (Andy's dad: "Is the family always so chatty?!")
Introducing David and Val to the most important people in my life
Going to a charity auction and being outbid by my sister (she was a much worthier winner though)
Eating three pasties in one weekend
It really was the most perfect Cornish weekend and I was sad to leave... Just how it should be really!
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Current location: St Paul's, Bristol
Monday, July 4, 2011
Current location: Hyde Park
11.11pm, Leaving Hyde Park to go home. We'd decided to embrace the beautiful weather we've had recently, and have a post-work picnic. What was best about our Hyde Park picnic (other than Cava and sausage rolls) was that Mumford & Sons and Arcade Fire were playing an open-air concert. We didn't get tickets to go in, but (due to the nature of it being open-air) could hear their entire sets really well. And, because lots of people had the same idea as us, the atmosphere was fab! Another good reason to love London.