I took this photo earlier looking up from just outside my front door. Clear blue sky! It has been a glorious day in London – more of a spring day than a winter one. As a result everyone I’ve met has been just a little more cheerful. I saw strangers on The Strand making eye contact, even allowing a small smile to appear on their faces!
Thank you sun and blue skies for making London a happier place.
This weekend has been taken up almost exclusively by spending time with different neighbours.
On Saturday afternoon we hosted a 6 nations get together for 20 (10 of which were under 6), before dumping the kids with babysitters and joining the rest of the adults for an amazing meal at Quantus. (Which is a gorgeous little restaurant on Devonshire Road in Chiswick, def. worth a try.)
Then today, after a quiet morning, we went for lunch at the house of the parents of one of Josh’s school-mates – again, there were about 20 of us there, over half of whom were children. It was the kind of relaxed, informal carnage you learn to enjoy as a parent, and topped off with a trip to the park. (See photo below).
Finally, we were booked in for afternoon tea at another set of neighbours, just across the road. A chilled and lovely way to finish off the weekend.
When we first moved to Chiswick we hoped it would become a long-term home – and that’s exactly what it’s proved to be. We are incredibly lucky to have made such a huge number of friends, some of which I already count as amongst our closest, and I look forward to many more weekends like this in the future.
Beer, friends (including two Ireland fans) and a cracking result.
Apologies for not writing last night – at least one of the people in the photo below led me astray.
Last day of our Latest MBA module here in Loughborough, and I wanted to dedicate my happy day to all the new friends I’ve met as a result of being a part of this amazing course. They are smart, empathetic, funny, kind – everything you’d want from class-mates. I’m not sure I’d be able to do it without them, and I know it wouldn’t be even half as enjoyable.
After ten hours of lectures, what better than a surprise visit from your family? (Doubly so when you haven’t seen them all week) .
One of the things about being in Loughborough as a part-time postgrad is that generally you are staying in a hotel in town – which is a long way from the far-end of campus, where my lectures are. So, every morning and most evenings, I set out on the 40minute walk to and from class.
If you know me, then you’ll know I’m not much of a walker – preferring the relative comfort and speed of Vespas, Cars or Taxis, but the one joy of it is that I get to listen to music whilst I travel. Music is one of those things that has too often passed me by in life. Don’t get me wrong, I love music – it is just I haven’t found the time to really invest in it. Which probably explains why I am still stuck in the 90′s and Britpop.
This morning (yesterday morning now, as I forgot to post this last night), I was wandering through campus listening to Going for Gold by Shed Seven, and it made me smile. Have a listen below, see if it does the same for you.