Thursday, 20 September 2018
Saturday, 15 September 2018
Elan Cafe - Oxford St London
I hope you’ve all had a lovely week
So today’s blog is one I’ve been waiting to do for a long time.
Yesterday I finally got a chance to visit Elan Cafe and their brand new branch that opened near Oxford St this week. Their other branches are in Mayfair and Knightsbridge and from the pictures on Instagram look stunning.
On approach it looked busy but we were seated quickly.
The choice of food on the menu is lovely and decently priced for what it is. I ordered Avocado on toast with Feta which was presented really nicely and tasted amazing.
It was then on to the desserts, there is a wide range of cakes and desserts out on display. We both went for the triple chocolate cheesecake which even though a small portion tasted amazing and was very filling.
There was a range of outside and inside tables to choose to sit at which I thought was good both low tables and high up ones if you are stopping for a coffee.
If you are looking for somewhere nice to eat I really recommend popping in for a visit and I’m looking forward now to checking out the other branches next. Don’t forget to check them out on Instagram as well
Have a great rest of the weekend
Sunday, 26 August 2018
So this week I've been catching up on the pile of every growing photos and thing's i've collected this year to go in photo albums and scrapbooks.
It made me wonder, in an age which is run mostly by social media and mobile phones who likes to keep hard copies of things.
For as long as I can remember I have saved up photos both from camera film to digital cameras and also camera phones. Who goes that step further in getting pictures printed ? Over a course of a year I tend to save them up and get either 3 or 4 sets printed that cover the previous few months. I love making collages, scrapbooks and finding different frames for pictures
I looked at my phone the other day and how many pictures are actually on it, I make a point of backing it up often as I know as much as I would be upset if I lost it I know I have my printed pictures as well.
So here is my question for you all, if camera phones and social media got taken away over night what would you do with your memories? You can upload pictures to facebook and instagram in an instant and they are there to share but in a digital which changes so quick how would we cope if it suddenly wasn't there
Leave a comment below as I'd love to know how you all store your memories
Friday, 24 August 2018
So Its been a while since my last driving update
The lessons are going well and I feel I'm starting get a grip with what I am trying to do, the gear changes are becoming easier with my instructors help along with everything else you have to remember with driving the car.
This weeks challenges have been harder.... driving what will be my own car for extra practise..... Not as easy as it sounds I promise you. It's a great car but there's been a lot of frustration this week with learning how different the clutch is. It's simple you may think - its a pedal - trust me it's not it's hard and it's taking a bit longer to click.
I've also now as a safety net when I've been out driving been going slightly longer routes so I don't get myself into situations i'm not fully confident in getting out of yet.
It's all well and good stalling on a quiet road but on a busy road it's not great. I've been told many times keep calm take a breath and carry on but trust me it's not easy. Most people like I mentioned in the last driving blog when they see an L plate on an instructors car or someone out doing private practise will hang back and give you some breathing space.
I'm learning speed limits, I'm learning how to feel comfortable doing different speeds and also how to deal with being on the road, what I don't mind is if people want to over take but sometimes it maybe worth remembering is if a car a couple of cars in front doesn't move as quick as you expect you really don't need to keep sounding your horn. As a learner it's off putting and soul destroying at times and really doesn't help any learner move quicker.
The also applies when you think for anyone who has recently passed they may not have a P plate on the car so keep this in mind as even though they've passed people can still use some encouragement.
My biggest achievement this week was attempting reversing and bay parking whilst out with a friend. Ok the car park was empty but for a first attempt at this I did really well.
I know the frustration will eventually go and things will come easier but for now it's more practise
I'll update you all soon
Saturday, 18 August 2018
Dinosaurs in the Wild
So for today’s blog I’ve gone on a bit of a time travel experience
The adventure awaits you a few minutes walk from the o2 arena in London, on arrival head towards the Emirates airline and it’s a few minutes walk from there.
Now we booked our tickets online on a deal and had to pick them up on arrival.
I was actually quite shocked to see our tickets were pretty much half price to what you pay on the door £33 to be exact.
I did see signage for the experience saying they didn’t think it was suitable for under 5s, judging by how frightened some kids in our group got i think it should have been under 10s
The actors play their roles really well and you really don’t realise you are there for 80mins I thought it had been about 45.
It’s very cleverly done and I would recommend it to see just look for a deal if you can before you go.
I had a lot of fun today it was something different and well put together and a clever use of a big space to keep you entertained the whole way round.
Hope you all have a great weekend
Wednesday, 15 August 2018
Meal for One
So the subject for this blog has been in my head for a while and after some more experiences to add to the list I’ve decided to put it down on the blog and to see if people have had the same experience
Now I have to say I go out and about on my own, I go out to places, I go shopping, I go to the cinema - this also means I like grabbing some food on the way.
Now it’s caught my attention more than a few times that there are places that treat you differently when you are on your own.
In my eyes your a paying customer why should your service where ever you are be any different to when you have a group with you.
I’ll use two examples from my visit to Glasgow
Meal 1 - I arrive and am shown to a table with a menu. Table next to me is taken by family of four 10 mins later. After the table next to me has chosen and ordered do they come to me.
My food and drink arrive together and then when it came for me to try and get the bill I watched table next to me also ask for their bill which was there in an instant. Once I had mine and was waiting for change it wasn’t till I stood up with my jacket on did anyone appear.
A very well known brand - restaurant had just opened, asked for my table and instantly had good service. How had my visit been, had I been before etc it was s lot of fun all staff stopped to chat. If I needed anything even if it wasn’t my waitress someone was happy to come over. I didn’t feel like I’d been pushed aside cause I was there on my own.
Now my question is have any of you had similar experiences ?
Drop a comment below and let me know your thoughts
Have a great rest of the week
Saturday, 11 August 2018
Today has been a lot of fun, Charlene and I attended the Men’s team final today and had a great afternoon from the start. We had an amazing view to cheer Team GB in the Gymnastics. I’ve been lucky to see different competitions at a few venues now featuring Team GB but today’s atmosphere was really something the whole way through the competition.