June!

June was a fairly quiet month to start off with for us, as we had to lay a bit low before our holiday.

As Luke’s been doing a pedometer challenge at work, we’ve been taking more walks around the area, which has given us a chance to get to know it better. It’s so lovely walking along and around Regent’s Canal when it’s quiet!


And we keep managing to find a few cats along the way; we’re so tempted to just bring one home with us : (

I’ve finally planted up some flowers, herbs and some little trees on the balcony and it’s looking a lot more cheery now. We’ve even had a few peas sprout and a few courgette flowers. Maybe we’ll have a mini harvest this year!

We also went to see Eagles of Death Metal at Koko in Camden. It was a pretty fun gig and I think the coolest I’ve ever been to. Iggy Pop, Miles Kane and Alex Turner, to name a few, where seen in the crowd!

And of course there was a little bit of good food as well; at work we tried the local street food venue – Vauxhall Street Food Garden. I had a chimichanga beef wrap and it was delicious : )

Ciao x

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April, with a few showers!

April’s been a fairly quiet month for us, as we are just beginning to venture back out into London, now that the weather is improving. I’ve committed to not wearing tights anymore, at least until Autumn, so fingers crossed the summer is nice this year!

We went to watch The Boat Race again this year and the weather was much nicer. Oxford were the clear winners in all the races!

Me and Luke have nearly reached the big race day, only a week left! After 11 weeks of training, I think I’m ready for it.



I tried bubble tea for the first time, thanks to Beth at work. The whole concept is a bit weird to me; I liked the juice but not the strange balls at the bottom!




We also  went to see The Subways in Shepherds Bush – they were amazing!


xx

New Year, New Job!

So hello everyone, it’s been a while!

Yes we are still alive here in London and things are going well. Quite well this year infact….

I’ve been completely quiet on here for a while, since moving for the third time in London finally wore me out a bit. And then things hadn’t exactly been going smoothly; like the fact it took us nearly 3 months to get the internet (yes, in this day and age can you believe it!) and lots of boring things to do with the electric and gas. So up until December, we’d pretty much lost all faith in humanity. It’s hard to believe that we’ve been living here in Dalston for over 6 months now – the time goes so fast!

On the upside though, we are finally getting over some of the teething problems in the flat and it’s really starting to feel like a home! Our new flat is still quite small, but it does the job just fine for me and Luke. The best part is we actually have a balcony – ah precious outdoor space! Normally outdoor space is a bit hard to come by in our budget, so we are really lucky to have a little area to eat and drink outside and hopefully grow some vegetables this summer. With us moving in towards the end of Summer, we haven’t yet had all that much chance to use it, but it is so nice being able to have a pizza and a drink out there on an evening. Even though there is a truly terrible jazz band that practices most nights just outside. I know jazz is meant to be funky and that – but I’m talking about one bum note after the other! There is a busker though, that plays his saxophone round the corner which is nice, even if his repertoire only consists of about two songs.

We just nicely live opposite the tube station as well, which makes it really handy for me to get to work and for us to travel around.

It’s been really exciting buying our own furniture (and pricey). We managed to make some really good finds at the Vintage Furniture Flea /http://www.judysvintagefair.co.uk/furniture/  in Bethnal Green. We love our foldable formica table and little retro coffee table.

Biggest thing was the sofa – it had to be perfect. We really wanted a retro/scandinavian style sofa, but they aren’t really that comfortable, so we settled with a nice mustard number from Cargo.

I also found some beaten up old school chairs in a charity shop for a tenner, so I gave them a bit of love and dip-dyed the legs.

Another of my projects was our lamp, which I found for free; Gave it a good spray paint and I think it looks quite good. Saved us about £50 as well!

My newest project is my craft table, which I finally bought the other week, so now I have a lovely little craft corner to work in. We painted the trestles and I think it looks quite fun now!

Best news is that I finally have a new job, wahoo! And I have finally left libraries – I thought I’d be working in a library forever. . I’m now working at Miss Patina, a brand that I really love so I’m really excited to be joining them. It’s a bit scary though, seeing as though I’ve wanted to work in fashion for so long now; so it finally feels like I’m getting somewhere. And it’s be my first ever job were I don’t have work weekends, yay!

Me and Luke are also taking part in Run Hackney, a half marathon around Hackney and the Olympic Village. I’m really nervous and this is the biggest challenge we’ve ever set ourselves, but we’re both really looking forward to it. It’s in May if anyone fancies coming along to cheer us on and we’ll get a donation page set up if anyone would be kind enough to sponsor us 🙂

Frances x

See you later Richmond. Hello Dalston!

Hello!

So I’ve been kind of quiet on here for a while.

Not to say that we haven’t been getting out and about…

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London is so pretty on a night, a walk across Waterloo Bridge on an evening is a must!

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Of course there has been food as well. On our travels looking at flats, we were able to try out a couple of new places. I took Luke to TooTooMoo in Crouch End.

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We tried Rossopomodoro in Camden – that was some seriously good pizza!

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Since deciding to move, the flat hunting seemed to take over for quite a while. It almost becomes an obsession, wanting to constantly check to see if the perfect flat becomes available. But after viewing nearly 15 flats, we’ve finally found the ‘one’! All things going to plan, we’ll be soon on the move to Dalston.

So for the third time in a year and the second for Luke, we’ll be moving digs next month and we can’t wait. So far everything has been going to plan, the flat is brand new, it’s unfurnished so I can finally start buying some cool retro furniture and it even has a balcony, yes!! I’m looking forward to growing some plants and herbs and Luke’s looking forward to the record shops, so we’re both sorted.

See you later Richmond, hello Dalston 🙂

xx

I wanna be your Ford Cortina

Hello!

How was everyone’s bank holiday? Our’s was pretty busy and full of some seriously great food! Living in London, you can often forget about some of the great tourist attractions it has to offer. The past few weekends, we’ve caught up on some of the touristy things to do…

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The V&A is one of my favourite museums in London, but I’ve never eaten at the cafe… I often think the cafes at museums and galleries can be a bit naff, but I was more than pleasantly surprised at what the V&A had to offer. I think this was the most elegant cafe I have ever eaten in. I’d really recommend eating here if you’re taking a trip to the museums in the area (and I’ve heard the scones are amazing).

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As the days merged into one, I can’t remember when we ate at Patty & Bun but oh my, the Smokey Robinson with a side of rosemary salt chips – seriously good! They’ve been open on James Street for a while now, but we stopped off at the recently opened Patty & Bun near Liverpool Street station. We just missed the lunchtime rush, so we managed to get one of the few seats inside – and it was needed, this certainly isn’t a burger you can just eat on the go (as the man sat next to us soon found out after his first bite – all down his lovely work shirt, oops). If you’re ever feeling peckish at Liverpool Street station, you’ve gotta stop off and try one of these bad boys, it’s a real treat!

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On Sunday we took a trip round the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Village, which was pretty impressive!

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And on other sporting matters, Hyde Park hosted the World Triathlon this Saturday, so we thought we’d pop along to support the triathletes.

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I can just about manage 5km, so I have great admiration for these women, to swim 750m, cycle 22km and then run the 5km on top of it, at speed!

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My 5km time might not be breaking any records, but I did score big at the Namco arcade, yesss!!

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The highlight of the past couple of weeks does have to go to Arctic Monkeys at Finsbury Park. Hands down, it was the best gig I’ve ever been to. Mind – blown!

I’ll be back in Hull in just over a week, I’m really looking forward to some decent fish and chips – with gravy (something London does lack).

See ya! x

P.s. I can now tell you all that Luke has a new job, yippee, so it looks like we’ll be on the move again to North London soon.

Chilli Chilli Bang Bang Festival

Hello!

Last weekend was the Chilli Chilli Bang Bang Festival at Dalston Yard, celebrating all things hot and spicy. Wow, the food was gooood!

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WIth nearly 20 food stalls to choose from, we found it really difficult to decide where to try first.

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In the end we plumped for the Malaysian beef rendang with a cucumber salad and chilli relish (with a kick) from Sambol Shiok, washed down with our free magherita.

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The we swooped in on the Wahaca stall to get a big plate of one of my favourite dishes – mexican pulled pork pibil with pink pickled onions (lots of alliteration in that one). If you ever get the chance to eat at a Wahaca, I’d definitely recommend trying this dish.

We were rather lucky with the queues for Sambol Shiok and Wahaca, so we decided to get stuck in to the massive queue for SmokeStak. I got the rib tips with chipotle barbeque sauce and Luke tried some more pulled pork in a bun with jalapeno coleslaw. And oh wow, it really was worth the wait. I don’t normally choose barbeque food as I really can’t stand the flavour, but Smokestak has really changed my opinion.

In other news, Gloriana was in town on the weekend as well, with a little chap tootling a merry tune on his flute. How quaint!

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This weekend, my Mum is round and I’m hoping to try some more barbeque delights from Reg Dog in Clapham.

: ) xx

April Showers

Hello!

So in true British tradition, the April showers have arrived and a little of the Sahara Desert. But that didn’t stop us going out and braving the weather this weekend.

Normally I have my non-working weekend, planned to a tee, but this weekend, was quite last minute. I’d heard about the Selvedge Spring Fair from a colleague at work, so we headed down to the Chelsea Old Town Hall for a well needed craft fair.

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I don’t know what was more exquisite, the beautiful hall in which the fair was held, or the work and creations of the stall holders. It was a really inspirational fair, the detail and quality of the exhibitors was amazing. I can only hope to one day match up to the standard of work that we saw at the fair.

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On the walk down to the fair, we passed a little food market, so of course we had to stop by and sample some food.

I always find it so hard to choose what to eat at food fairs and markets, sometimes there can be too much choice. In the end we plumped for a scrummy looking duck sarnie.

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Remembering a recent tweet from @Londonist, we quickly found where to head next… First Saturday’s is quite obviously held on the first Saturday of the month, at Lime Wharf near Cambridge Heath. We’ve not visited much of Hackney, so when we turned up we weren’t sure what to expect.

Lime Wharf, is as described by themselves – a lovely little creative hub at the heart of Hackney, bringing people together through some good grub and creativeness. Armed with a good cuppa, we sat down and passed the time with a bit of cross stitch (I really don’t think Luke woke up expecting to dabbling in cross stitch). The free textile workshop was led by Jennie Fagerstrom, with Silvana from Beyond Fabrics and Sami from Teasemade – thank you guys!

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After that we headed down to Broadway Market with a drink at one of the local pubs to check out the Grand National results. It was our first year to place a bet, but alas, no win for us! We didn’t mind all that much, it was fun enough just to choose the horses and join in with the oohs and ahhs in the pub.

Later on, we wined and dined at The Clapton Hart, which is a great pub in the Hackney area, serving up some good drinks and very good food!

Sunday saw the weather turn even more miserable, but we still turned out to see the Boat Race. We picked a good spot in Barnes and managed to brave the cold for a few hours to cheer the rowers on. It was great to get involved in such an infamous event and we just so happened to be supporting the winners, well done Oxford!

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Miserable, huh?!

This weeks mission – the London Marathon. I’m hoping to get the Mo-bot out and catch a good glimpse of Mo doing his thing!

Chow x