Thursday, 28 February 2013

I've left again!

I came back tp London for 2 and a half months.

I came home for Christmas.

I had the most rigorous medical of my life, chest x-rays, blood samples, hearing and sight tests, you name it! I am healthy and New Zealand want me back.

I had New Years dressed as a bear, with lots of other animals looking out over fireworks London from the 13th floor.

I cooked.

I went to the Theatre a few times.

I drank and ate a lot.

I bonded with Max

I turned 30.

I'll be living and working in Wellington for the next year and a half. I'm supposed to finish here in 2014. I landed on my plane this morning.

It feels much less scary this time (although I'm ill and emotional anyway!). The first time round, I was terrified. I didn't know what to expect, and I was just a little bit in love with London and my circle of friends. I got there though, and then I found a new circle. All such amazing people, all so different, to each other and to any group of friends I've had before. 

Being out here changed me completely, I worked my butt off at something I realised I really do love doing, I did things I said I'd never do, I also did things I've never done before, and partook in some things I might never do again! Although, I've said that before! It took me all this time back home to realise all of this and I felt I needed to write it down, because I wonder when I'll next feel a massive tilt in my life like this again. 

I've learnt learnt three things. They might not apply to everyone, but so far they are working out for me, and I'd like to share them with my friends. 

Your friends you left at home are really important and you should always have faith that they will be there though anything. You doubt them sometimes because you've changed and feel different and are just so far away, but you are friends for a reason. It was meant to be. 

You should take every opportunity that comes your way. Grab it with open arms, even if it means leaving everything you love for a while. There is so much more love to be found.

You can't run away from your problems, but you can concentrate your energies into something positive for yourself, heartaches will fade, and new happy times will come along. 

Goodbye for now London, and all of my beautiful friends, I won't be long and I promise I'll be back soon. See you on the other side! 

“You may not be her first, her last, or her only. She loved before she may love again. But if she loves you now, what else matters? She's not perfect - you aren't either, and the two of you may never be perfect together but if she can make you laugh, cause you to think twice, and admit to being human and making mistakes, hold onto her and give her the most you can. She may not be thinking about you every second of the day, but she will give you a part of her that she knows you can break - her heart. So don't hurt her, don't change her, don't analyze and don't expect more than she can give. Smile when she makes you happy, let her know when she makes you mad, and miss her when she's not there.”

Bob Marley

Kia Ora Wellington! This was the lunch view I had just an hour after I landed. Beats London cold weather right now! 


Monday, 25 February 2013

My Birthday

I have hit the big 30. It is my birthday today! 

On Saturday, more than 20 of us went out for dinner and cocktails in London Town, starting at our Friend Nima's Restaurant, Forty Dean Street. He arranged the perfect set menu for me and accommodated the rabble really well! I can't recommend his restaurant any more. It's just on Dean Street where Zilli's was and the perfect setting for a party, romantic meal or pre-theatre dinner. 

 We started out civilised. 
 The best party outfits were worn, obviously. 
The menu was perfect and I couldn't fault the food which Nima chose for me and everyone loved it! 
Parma ham, feta cheese, baked figs and honey. 
Crab, avocado and mango salad. 
Crunchy deep fried squid, my favourite! 
For the mains, we seemed to have to majority favourites, the above Chicken, asparagus and saffron risotto...
And this above which I had, Grilled chicken with crushed potatoes and beans with a passion fruit sauce. Seriously delicious! 
Also a really popular choice, the Tagliatelle with sun dried tomatoes, broccoli and goats cheese. 
Kathryn tucking in above! 
After this, we moved onto Be At One Bar, in Great Windmill Street, Soho. It had happy hour on cocktails and they made it pretty easy to book an area for a big group. More friends started to turn up in dribs and drabs. It was an amazing turn out, and I just wish I'd had more time to spend with everyone individually. 

Unsurprisingly, we never made it to a club. Instead we all piled on the Metropolitan line for the last trains, had a mini photo shoot and probably terrorised the passengers, and back to my friend Ali's house to continue partying. It was heavy......

....and then yesterday the hangovers were intense. We spent most of the day eating, watching Winnie the Pooh and Come Dine With Me, and generally giggling about the night before! 

Sorry Sian! :)

I'd like to take this opportunity to thank all of my family and friends again for an incredible birthday and send off. Today it's my actual birthday, and sadly I have spent most of it so far packing for my flight back tomorrow. :( what a horrid come-down after an amazing weekend! 


Friday, 22 February 2013

Miranda and Annie's perfect 10 minute brunch

OK, so anyone can do this. It's easy, and probably not worth blogging... only I turn 30 in a few days, and for my birthday, mummy midge gave Annie a sparkly new camera early because of going away, so I can take pictures before I leave and whatnot!

It would be rude not to take pictures of mine and Miranda's favourite brunch meal right now. Miranda might have got a little carried away due to it being a new toy and all that! 

 So above are the ingredients. Pretty obvious from the picture. British bacon, free range eggs, Avocado shipped from somewhere in the world and mini bagels from the kosher bakery up the road, Yosi's. 

 Bacon grilled, always. 

 Boiling water on to simmer. 

 If you make it pretty, it tastes better. 

Max wants some, but he can't have any! 

These little egg poachers are nifty. You can buy them from Lakeland here

Take your bacon out and shove your bagels under the grill on full whack. They take 30-60 seconds. 

Finish up with a nice strong cup of Yorkshire tea, and some biccies.