'Eye Spy'

Hi everyone!

One of my birthday presents from the lovely Mister 'Whatlisawrote' were tickets for the London Eye. Some people might not think this is particularly exciting but I have lived approx 40 minutes by train outside of London for my whole life and watched in awe at the news reports during the construction and assembly of the eye. Every time I head into town I end up walking nonchalantly beneath its lofty heights with all the other Londoners.

But I am really a tourist in my own capital city and thought going on that giant ferris wheel looked like the best fun. Luckily my boyfriend listens to me whitter on about these things because he surprised me with tickets!! So the Sunday before last we got wrapped up warm and headed into the 'big smoke'.

We arrived at the Eye and boarded our 'pod'.

And slowly we ascended into the skies.

We were given a handy map of points of interest to look out for, someone decided to study this intently rather than pose for a photo....

Ah, that's better.

Despite the fact that it was a very gloomy overcast day, we could still see for miles.

I was excited when I spotted London's newest addition to its skyline, the Shard!

Hat off...

Hat on....

After we disembarked we began walking back to central London.

This is my usual view of the Eye.

And Westminster.

We passed Queenie's residence.

Then headed for lunch at Belgos, one of my favourite places in Covent Garden. I'm sorry, I was too hungry to take any photos of my food. People who live in London are probably familiar with Belgos but it's a great place to spend a cosy hour or two, what with it being Belgian themed and underground. Details here.

We managed to find a pub to hole up in for the England rugby match after lunch, the cider was good!

Then made our way back to Marylebone for our train home.

What a lovely day!!


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Some folk in Suffolk

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So, in my last blog post I mentioned I had been on holiday. Mister 'Whatlisawrote' and I accompanied his family on a week long trip to Suffolk. I really needed a break after being ill and really busy with work so I was looking forward to some R&R!!

We started off in Snape Maltings, near Aldeburgh....

At full industrial use Snape Maltings was one of the largest flat floor maltings in the country. In 1965, after 120 years, the malting of barley ceased and George Gooderham bought the Maltings and began the gradual conversion of the Victorian buildings.

The first major development was the Concert Hall, part built by Benjamin Britten. This move towards visitors to the Maltings inspired a retail concept. The Craft Shop opened in 1971 bringing together a variety of locally made art and crafts. Over 40 years Snape Maltings has developed a range of offerings, and revitalised the old granaries.
I found a bizarre tin with poodles on in an antiques shop there.

I love the one on the right's deranged face.

We then headed to Aldeburgh for a lovely stroll in the sun on the pebbled beach.
We had plenty of photo opps at the Scallop, a sculpture by Maggie Hambling.
And stopped off for some delicious fish and chips.
This amused me when read out of context.
This place made me laugh too.
Later on that afternoon we arrived at the house we would be staying at for the week. It was fantastic, we ran around exploring all the rooms like kids in a toy store.

 There was even a hot tub!

We picked our room and settled in quickly.
A good first day?
Someone thinks so!
The rest of our time there was spent relaxing, and keeping ourselves entertained with the many activities on offer at the house.
We mostly had plenty of sun, even though it was frrrrrrreezing. I still braved the chill for breakfast on the terrace though....
There was table tennis....
A pool table....
And our very own bar!

We had a few drinks and played pool a LOT.

We didn't just play games at the fabulous house all week though, we made plenty of day trips out and about.
As usual these trips involved finding some good places to eat/drink!
On our last day the weather was utterly miserable, so we drove to Norwich to do some shopping before heading home.
This also included a visit to the Colman's Mustard museum and shop.
Pretty macarons!
I had such a wonderful time, was very sad to come home and back to reality.
If anyone wants to know where I stayed, details here. The place even has its own indoor swimming pool, bliss!

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