Saturday, 26 July 2008

Monopoly Pub Crawl

Favourite photo of the day!

Us in our beautiful t-shirts - front and back
This weekend was the much anticipated girls monopoly pub crawl. With Louisa on school holidays she was in charge or the organising. With our printed tshirts, pounds by the plenty and maps all ready at 11am we started off.
You can find the map and the route here - Monopoly Pub Crawl

There are a bazillion pictures and have put them all in my photo gallery.

First, up are pictures of the actual streets.

4. 5-9 we decided to miss as they were all out of town, took ages to get to and the pub transport in the heat is quite unbearable. So we started again at






We had such a fun day and all up managed in 18 out of 26 pubs. We had a alcohol beverage at all except one and we had shots and were mixing alcohols like you wouldn't believe. Surprisingly none of us were out of control drunk and I didn't have a hang over the next day. So all in all it was a success and compared with the boys who manged I think 16 pubs, 70 pounds and were home at 8pm drunk - Our 18 pubs, 40 pounds and home at 11.30ish not wasted was an ass kicking!! :)

Here are some more pictures of the day - there are loads in the photo gallery and some really good "kodak" moments .
Me playing monopoly!
Shots with "real" gold. This stuff was Cinnamon and so yum, really warmed the insides!
An AUSTRALIAN guy who was also doing the pub crawl and liked to strip down at most of the pubs! Henry Hunter I believe his name was.
Shirt swapping.
Me wearing Tom Tom's?? glasses.
Hayley and "Rossi" (another crawler) doing tequila!
Photo taken especially for Hayley's facebook profile picture
Baileys shots
Hayley and Swallow Street (hehe)
Us and "The Olympians" more fellow pub crawlers

Sunday, 20 July 2008

Blues Festival in Eailing

Today we decided to head out to Eailing to go to the Blues in the park. For 1 pound it was a bargain and, of course with a lot of events in London, you were allowed to bring your own picnic and alcohol. So this afternoon and early evening we sat on the picnic blanket and ate our picnic and drank our drinks and listed to the cool Blues tunes in the background.

When Tim spilt his beer all over his wife's skirt we decided it was time to head home. With Tim pack horsed up (Louisa wasn't too happy with him) we headed to the tube station, with a few detours for photo ops, before catching the tube to Tim and Louisa's teeny apartment to then have a beer at their local.

Tim carrying all the bags - Me running an errand - Tim and Louisa on the tub

At 11.30ish we all decided it was time to head home (the tubes only run until about 12) and this is when my realisation struck, shit, I had brought the wrong set of keys out with me and had no way to get into my new house and comfy bed. I made the decision to chance it and hope that my flatmate would be home and wouldn't mind being woken up by his temporary roomie. After ringing the buzzer for about 10 minutes I had to accept the realisation that he wasn't home. So I had no other choice but go back to Hayley's and her lovely read sofa. I managed to hoop on the first bus to her house around 12.15am with no problems it was the bus after that (I missed the last bus of the night) that I started to panic. Fortunately after walking a few blocks in the middle of the night in London I came upon a bus stop that would take me to Hayley's house, phew. I am just so lucky that I have friends in London because I don't know what I would have done otherwise! Lucky also that the next day my flatmate was home and I was able to spend all of Sunday in my new comfy, temporary, bed.

Toni and Hayley walking in posh Kensington
Aside from my dramas of Saturday night the majority of Saturday at the blues festival was good.
Of course, more pictures in the album.

Wednesday, 16 July 2008

I've been to London to visit the Queen ... tick!

Hey all
Well another thing ticked off my list - see the Queen.

My Queenie story starts with one of my work mates saying that there were some fancy looking people at St Pauls and so we went onto St Paul's site to see if we could find out. We saw that Order of St Michael and St George ceremonial service this was on at 11.30 and she said "I bet the Queen is going to be there, you should go down at lunchtime" and I thought well ok, why not. Being a tourist I always have my camera with me it might be worth a look.

So at 12pm I trundled up to St Pauls and waited patiently with the rest of the crowd at 12.15 I was in the scorching sun (yes London does get nice weather) and thought, ok if nothing happens in another 15 minutes I am outa here and then 10 minutes later, she starts acending the steps and as cameras go up in the air, I get some pretty good snapshots. It was amazing to see her in real life. I was quite far away, but buying the pink camera was so worth it as I got some pretty good shots.
I also found this article, which has some more shots, so it definently was her - Article.
As always there are more pictures in my photogallery and please leave a message in the guestbook.

Monday, 14 July 2008

Homeless ...

After over two months living in my no hot water, mattress on the floor, window less box, miles away from no where, druggie flatmates, god awful flat (I could go on forever) ... I had finally had enough and decided to move on out. So I gave the flatties my notice, found a replacement and me and my pack horse (Hayley - thanks chick!) gathered up all my bags (I so don't have 20kgs anymore) and moved into Hayley's temporarily. What a relief and was thrilled to get all my bond and the week in advance I had paid from the new girl. So for the last week I have been dossing on Hayley's lovely red couch and tonight (yah) I move into my temporary accommodation for two weeks and for the first time since moving to London (I have been here almost three months) I will get to sleep in a "real" bed!! I am very excited and can't wait. Once my two weeks are up at this temp residence I will go back to Hayley's for a week and then venture on my adventures for the next two months and then find a new nice house in the North when I get back.


Sunday, 13 July 2008

Do we live in London ...?

On Saturday night Louisa and Tim had organised (as it ridiculously expensive to go out to a "Kiwi" restaurant) for us to have our own "New Zealand" dinner at Hayley's place. Everyone was in charge of bringing something from home.
  • Hayley and Niki supplied the Rashuns, Grain Waves, kiwi dip and NZ wine.

  • Pam and Kev were in charge of the Pavlova (and its was delicious) and Feijoa vodka.

  • Tim and Louisa were in charge of the main meal - roast lamb (yum), asparagus, mixed vegie thing and other thing (sorry guys can't remember what it they were called :))

  • And I, with the sweetest tooth of all (even Hayley is shocked with my chocolate consumption) brought the pineapple lumps, mallowpuffs and macaroons.

We started with the chips and dips and a magnum of champayne (which was consumed some what quickly for such a humungous bottle) followed by the main course and delicious dessert. Unfortunately, there wasn't room for my goodies on Saturday night but fortunately I was staying at Hayleys and they were scrumptious for breakfast the next morning.

I love food from home, although, don't love paying exorbinant prices for it a the NZ/Aussie shop.