Friday, 12 June 2015

Photo a Day 2015: May

May = best month EVER!  Partly because it's my birthday month but mostly because we visited Iceland which is something I've wanted to do for many, many years!

Earworm of the month: For some reason "Castles Made of Sand" by Jimi Hendrix has been on a permanent loop in my head this month.

Tv of the month: "Peter Kay's Car Share" - a really simple idea with few characters but really fun to watch!  Peter Kay plays John, an assistant manager of a supermarket who is thrown together with Kayleigh in a car share scheme through the supermarket.  From the made up radio station to the daydream sequences, it's easy to binge-watch!

Film of the month: It has to be two this month - "Age of Adaline" because the story was something different and it was nice to see Blake Lively in something other than Gossip Girl, and "Kingsman: The Secret Service" because who doesn't want to see Colin Firth taking baddies out with an umbrella in a very gentlemanly way?!

Favourite food of the month: Kjötsúpa - Icelandic meat soup.  Nothing fancy but simple, hearty and surprisingly packed with flavour!  Something I think I might have to make myself very, very soon!

Sunday, 7 June 2015

Iceland Day 3: Blue Lagoon

Day 3 in Iceland: The Blue Lagoon, a geothermal spa located in the middle of a lava field.  Read about our visit (including some top tips!)

Our last full day in Iceland and we had planned for a morning trip to the Blue Lagoon followed by a bit of a wander in the afternoon to do or see things we each wanted to do.

The Blue Lagoon.  I am not a very "warm" person - I don't enjoy saunas, sunbathing is out of the question, I don't think I'd enjoy a hot tub too much and I have been known to take one of those frozen blocks used to keep picnics cool to bed with me in the summer months as a sort of "anti" hot water bottle.  So why would I be even remotely interested in sitting in a geothermal pool?  Well, why the heck not?!  With a cave, a "waterfall", boxes  full of skin-nourishing silica mud dotted around the pool AND a bar right there in the lagoon, why would I not want to visit?!  Oh and did I mention the view?  If you can see anything through the clouds of steam, you can see snowy peaks in the distance. It's a pretty special place!

Saturday, 6 June 2015

Photo a Day 2015 - April

Wow…how late am I posting this?!  Not only has April been and gone but so has May!!!

April is one of my favourite months - the sun is out (but not too hot!), flowers are out and I can finally stop wearing wooly tights every day!

We get Easter (did you see that epic egg at Marks & Spencer?!), the London and Boston marathons and  the favourite of every American - tax day!

April has been a bit exciting for me for a few reasons...both kind of linked though's the month before my birthday which is always nice but this year we're going to Iceland so we've been planning and booking things - it's our first real trip away together (even though we've been together for over 7 years) that doesn't include going to weddings or family for Christmas so it's going to be super special!

Saturday, 30 May 2015

Iceland Day 2: The Golden Circle

Our first full day in Iceland and we had some pretty exciting things planned…

First of all, breakfast time at the hotel!  Most days I like oatmeal, toast or maybe some egg with a bagel and avocado on the weekend but I am secretly a fan of the "nordic" style breakfasts - rye bread, cold meats, cheese (even fish paste/fish roe when I visited Stockholm)…

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Iceland Day 1: Reykjavik

4am on a Thurday morning and the alarm went off.  Normally I would groan, reset my alarm for a more reasonable hour and go back to sleep.  Not this Thursday though.  This Thursday we were heading to Iceland!

Bags packed, car loaded and up the M1 we went towards Luton airport.  I managed to find a pretty good deal for airport parking (Airparks) so dropped off the car and was whisked away by bus to the airport.

When I fly I have a bit of a routine…do you?  I normally get a McD's breakfast then head to the bar for a glass or two of wine.  Not usually things that go together but I'm scared of flying (even though there are a lot of things I enjoy about being on a plane like being able to see the scenery as you take off, the trays of food and the films) and it all helps.  This time was different though.  No stop at the bar because we were picking up a rental car at the other end of the flight and also because rather than the previous solo flights, I had Mr Jones with me.


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