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The Boat Race [Mar. 27th, 2016|03:03 pm]
[Feeling: | cheerful]

I love the Boat Race (actually raceS, as the women's race goes first). As a kid, I cheered for Oxford, for the childish reason that I preferred dark blue to light blue. Children are fickle :D Then as an adult, I had a boyfriend who lived in Cambridge so I was obliged to cheer for the light blues. Now I'm pretty neutral but I'd like Cambridge to win this year, Oxford have had a good run in recent years.

What I really love about the Boat Race, though, is the views of the Thames. Gosh, I love that river and today, the sun is shining and the sky is blue, so we'll see it at its best.

C'mon Cambridge!

ETA: Cambridge Women had a disaster, their boat was practically underwater for the last third of the race but they finished the course, somehow, but well behind Oxford. The Cambridge Men spanked Oxford by about 2.5 lengths, it was a great row in horrid, choppy conditions.

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*dusts* [Mar. 26th, 2016|08:27 pm]
[Feeling: | cheerful]

Time for some spring cleaning :D

Thinking of waking up my LJ again as I realised the other day I missed it. It's just a case of getting back into the habit of posting.

Happily, commoncomitatus is doing a meme and that seemed like a good point to jump back in :D She gave me the letter D for "dusting off" :D Actually turned out quite difficult (oh irony) to come up with stuff!

Something I hate: Dusting :P Makes me sneeze and wheeze!

Something I love: Daydreaming. On long journeys, where I'm not driving, I love being able to just chill and think all sorts of things. It's very relaxing :) Of course, being me, this frequently ends up with me falling asleep.

Somewhere I've been: Denmark - spent 3 days in Copenhagen in 2014 (gagh, 2 years ago already?!?) as part of a big trip to Scandinavia. Loved it, can't wait to go back :)

Somewhere I'd like to go: I'd like to see Dubai before it collapses under the weight of its own excesses. And Dunedin in New Zealand is on my "list of places to go when I finally do that big Australia/NZ holiday" :)

Someone I know: Huh. I don't think I currently know anyone whose actual name begins with D, either first name or surname *checks phone and address book* and I'm right, I don't. How odd, I have people for practically every other letter of the alphabet but not that one :P Luckily, there's doccy and d_floorlandmine to rescue this question. And hilariously, they're connected. Nigel (Doccy) I've known since 2001, we met on Jusnoctis, an RP site run by his lovely wife halcyon_shift . Whose bestie growing up was thalinoviel who introduced me to Simon (Mr Landmine). :D

A film I like: Deadpool! Awesome movie, can't wait for it to come out on DVD. (Could also have gone with a Bond movie like commoncomitatus as "Diamonds Are Forever" with Connery is one of my faves).

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[Jul. 25th, 2015|04:07 pm]
Still keep forgetting to post here. And to read. *sigh*

So have some pictures! I had a busy weekend 18/19th July, with Battle Proms on the Saturday and Folk by The Oak festival on the Sunday. Admittedly, I only went to FbtO for about 3 hours, most of which was spent snoozing happily in the glorious sunshine. However, thanks to cunning planning, I was able to get a spot at the front of the stage for Mary Chapin Carpenter's set, which was the whole reason I went :D

Pics behind a cut because there's lots of them!

Battle Proms, Hatfield House, 18th July 2015Collapse )

Mary Chapin Carpenter, Folk by the Oak, Hatfield House, 19th July 2015Collapse )

I took Monday off work - there was epic napping :D
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*dusts* [Jul. 4th, 2015|07:40 pm]
[Feeling: | content]

Deary me, completely forgot to post things again. I keep getting seduced away by Facebook. *hangs head in shame*

For now, let me ping commoncomitatus . What do you think of this?

https://lockerdome.com/tre/6170042811288129/7753419918154257?ts_pid=2&ts_pid=2

I'd be interested to know if you agree with their categorisation of Swedish :)

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East of England Food Festival [Apr. 12th, 2015|06:59 pm]
Had a lovely few hours at the above today, at Knebworth House. Spent a fortune, of course, but that's why I went to the cash machine beforehand. When the cash was gone, I stopped buying, even if the stall took cards :) I have learned from experience how to control my spending at these things :D

It was a lovely day but seriously windy. The stall holders inside the big tents must have been thanking their lucky stars! I perused everything, bought some meat and cheeses and watched a cookery demonstration by Matt Tebbutt. Not a bad way to spend an afternoon :)

And tonight it's the last night of the Masters! Eee! *happy is*

Here are some pics from the festival. The owl is a Barn Owl, one of my favourites :) The lone smoked sausage above the pack is a pork sausage with goats cheese. Nyom :D







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Eee! [Apr. 9th, 2015|11:48 pm]
[Feeling: | cheerful]

The Masters started today! My favourite golf tournament :) Sooo that's golf, football, golf, football, golf....guess my sporting viewing for the next 3 days is alllll sorted out :D

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Happy Easter! [Apr. 5th, 2015|02:06 pm]
[Feeling: | amused]

Or happy chocolate egg day, whichever you celebrate :D

(I haven't bought an Easter Egg this year. I may remedy this when they're selling them at half price on Tuesday :D)

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Fast & Furious 7 aka RIP Paul Walker [Apr. 4th, 2015|04:40 pm]
[Feeling: | cheerful]

Saw this this morning and, as suspected, bawled like a baby at the end. As movie tributes go this is one of the best I've seen.

Honking Big SpoilersCollapse )

Thoroughly enjoyed the movie, despite the emotional kicking. Now have the urge to watch all previous 6 movies. I think this will have to be arranged......

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Still loafing [Apr. 3rd, 2015|09:23 pm]
[Feeling: | full]

Yesterday I went back to the Wellington for lunch, to scout the place out. Verdict - lovely place to sit and have a pot of tea of an afternoon, but very pricey food-wise for what is largely pub grub, albeit very nice pub grub. I had whitebait to start and posh ham, egg and chips for main, both of which were good, but with coffee and a diet coke, the bill came to just under £20, which isn't cheap for a pub. Still, as I said, nice place to loaf and have afternoon tea :)

Today I went to the football where Stevenage managed to claw back for a 2-2 draw with Tranmere. We looked a bit ragged but our injury list meant that we didn't have any strikers available so there was an air of make-shift about the team. We didn't play particularly well so I was actually relieved we got out with a draw. The playoffs are still within reach but we need to start winning, not drawing.

Went to the kitchen earlier to cook pasta for tea, got the water on, it was nearly boiling and....I realised I was out of pasta. *facepalms* This is such an unusual event in my house that it never occurred to me to check if I had any! So there was an emergency store run where I discovered that apparently a Good Friday 2 hours before the store closes is a pretty good time to shop. The "OMG WE MUST SELL THIS NOW LEST YE DIIIEEE!" counter was stuffed to overflowing and I scored a tuna steak for 19p, some fresh mozzarella for the same, and several snack packs of apple slices and grapes for 25p each :D And I scored at the Hot Deli counter too, where I got 5 stout coated chicken thighs for 50p and 4 large pork sausages for 80p :) The mozzarella and a couple of the chicken thighs were lovely with the pasta I was eventually able to cook. *grins*

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[Apr. 2nd, 2015|12:00 pm]
That was well planned. In a fit of serendipity, I booked two days leave (yesterday and today) so as to have a long Easter weekend. And actually forgot that my last working day was also pay day! So not only am I off work, but I can afford to enjoy it :D

Going to the cinema tonight to see "The Gunman", and again on Saturday morning to see "Fast & Furious 7" (where I will doubtless blub over Paul Walker. *sniff*). Tomorrow afternoon will be spent at Stevenage for the football - really MUST remember that's tomorrow and not Saturday!

Yesterday I took a stroll around Welwyn (the village, not WGC), reminding myself what a beautiful place it is. Today I'm going back to investigate The Wellington pub, which I haven't been into for about 20 years, but which looks reeeeally good. I shall investigate the lunch menu and see what the breakfast menu is like - might be a good place to take visiting jenni411 's in May :D




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