Along Came May

May was quite a busy month for us. We seemed to have everyone stay with us, so that gave us a chance to get out and about.

We visited Little Venice for the first time for the Canal Cavalcade, to see lots of lovely decorated canal boats.

We also tried Mother Mash for the first time, which was top notch! I sometimes think there aren’t enough (good) pie eateries in London and being a Northerner, I love a good pie. But Mother Mash was on form – I love the fact that you can choose your mash, pie or sausage and gravy and they even had proper mushy peas : )

Me and my Mum went to Kettner’s for afternoon tea, which was lovely. We had our first try of caviar (which isn’t that amazing), but the scones were definitely the highlight.

Me and Luke managed to complete the Run Hackney Half Marathon, after just 12 weeks of training. It was unexpectedly really hot, which made the running very hard work! I definitely relied on my little bags of Haribo and Lucazade to keep me going.


Finally after months of waiting, Street Feast has finally re-opened at Dalston Yard, and it couldn’t have come soon enough! The fried chicken from Mother Clucker was amazing, specially the fries! Hopefully we’ll be treating ourselves a lot this summer at Street Feast.


We also visited Borough Market, properly for the first time. It was so hard to choose what to eat; it took me many trips up and down the stalls to finally plump for a scotch egg from Scotch Tails. This was my first experience of a ‘posh scotch egg’ and it definitely didn’t disappoint.

The end of May soon came and I was able to take part in the photo-shoot for Miss Patina’s AW15 Campaign. It was cool to get a chance to see the work that goes on to create a campaign and we even had a little cat join us : )

We’re already well into June and I’m so excited to be going on holiday next week, can’t wait!

xx

A day for firsts…

Hello,

Happy New Year to everyone! I hope you all had a very merry Christmas as well. I can’t believe mine and Luke’s first Christmas in London is well and truly over, it doesn’t really feel like it even happened – it all went so fast! One minute we were decorating the tree and the next we were chopping it all up to throw away.

This weekend we’ve been on our first outing for the year, to the London Ice Sculpting Festival. Surprisingly it was the London Timeout magazine that led us to something actually interesting – as I dont normally find the magazine or website particularly any good.

So the festival, held over at Canary Wharf, hosts various competitors ‘chiseling’ it out to win first prize, the theme this year being ‘Fabulous Fashion’. It was my first visit to Canary Wharf – so it was quite overwhelming to see the iconic buildings up close and to get a real perspective of them. I thought it was a well picked location for the festival, being in the midst of all these angular, mirrored buildings.

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There was some unusual designs, but this was my favourite. It’s a design of a girl holding a bunch of balloons. At first we didn’t quite get how the sculptors would be able to create a bunch of balloons floating in mid air out of ice.

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But when we checked it out later on, we realised how… Very clever!

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Even though it was freezing, the sun made a bit of a problem for some of the sculptors, their designs were melting slightly only after a few hours in. The American team didn’t even start till late on in the day, to try and avoid the sun. We caught them just as they were precariously lifting another block onto the design. You can just about make out the lower body and legs of their ‘Devil Wears Prada’ design.

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Of course, the best part is when they bring out the chain-saws. We hadn’t a clue what this design was, but it was one of the most intricate, compared to 2 teams sculpting high-heeled shoes (not very original!).

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There was some good grub on as well – we had chorizo and potato stew, yum yum! We missed out on the masterclasses though, as they where all booked up : (

It would have been good to see the finished results today and find out who won! I only hope they lasted over night. Hopefully we’ll find out about more little gems like this festival.

We finished the night off with a first visit to our local as well – the St Margarets Tavern. I love a good chesterfield and pint of cider!

I’m slightly disappointed today though, for missing out the annual ‘No Trousers on the Tube Day’.

As always, thanks for reading x

P.S. I’m pretty excited to have one of my collars from my Etsy shop be reviewed by a blogger from overseas, yay! I’ll let you know when the post is online : )