Been AWOL

Feb. 7th, 2017 03:26 pm
kazzy_cee: (KC trees)
I had a lovely day yesterday with a friend from my glass making class who has moved further outside the London suburbs near to Battle (near Hastings). I went on the train because it was so easy with my train line taking me from my station to hers in around 45 minutes. She picked me up and we went for a brunch at a local garden centre (yummy!). Then back to hers to have a look around her lovely 16th century higgledy piggledy house which is really charming. I have to say some of the low ceilings would not suit me, but she and her husband are a lot shorter than we are! She has a lot of land with a paddock and stables and a generous sized garden.

We had lunch out in Battle which has a cute, quirky high street and some ancient pubs (we had lunch in one of them) and a wander around the shops. Then back to her house for a coffee before she took me back to the station for my journey home.

It was a lovely day.

Mr Cee picked me up from the station and then my day took a horrible turn for the worse as he had some awful news about one of our former neighbours who we know very well and is part of our social group.  He was at the gym on Sunday where unfortunately he suffered a heart attack and despite paramedics trying for 90 minutes to brings him back, he very sadly died.  He was 60. His wife used to come to belly dancing with me, and is now at the Pilates class I go to on Fridays and I can't even begin to think what she is going through. They had both taken early retirement for the past few years and I'm sure thought they had many more years together to look forward to.

Hug your loved ones - life is so precious.
kazzy_cee: (baking eggs)
Yesterday I baked the no knead bread I had set proving on Monday.  The dough rose really well overnight (this taken just as I knocked it back as I forgot to take one of it fully risen but you can see the good gluten strands in the dough!)
Photo )

I set it to prove again and it was a little disappointing as although it did double in size, the dough was so wet and weighed down with olives (it was a Mediterranean receipe) that it didn't rise as much as I had hoped. However, it did cook well and tasted very good with a good structure.
Photo )

I'm not sure if I will make the recipe again as it was a little salty for my liking and I think it needs some rethinking regarding the olives I used plus I was converting from US to UK measurements and I may not have done that correctly! (recipe here) However, the no knead method is quite interesting and it seemed to work really well.

Having said that I made a wholemeal seedy bread today the 'old fashioned' way and it's turned out very well:
Photo )

Monday we had blinds fitted to the bifold doors.  They are very neat and sit right in the recess of the glass of the doors so they are very easy to use but don't get in the way if we want to open the doors fully:



Yesterday the concrete base for my outdoor hobby room was laid and of course it has a few cat prints in it now *sigh*. Fortunately they were all asleep long enough that they didn't get very much on their feet as it was almost dry by the afternoon (the builders started at 8am!).

Tonight I am meeting [livejournal.com profile] daiseechain and we're off to a "Victorian Mummy Unwrapping Party" - "With a wrapped 'mummy' on the operating table you will witness the recreation of the process before your very eyes and under your very noses, all over a glass of your favourite 19th century tipple - sherry, Madeira or gin - included in the ticket price."

We are reassured no Mummys will be harmed during the process ;)  The event is being held at the Pathology Museum at Barts Hospital in London which will be interesting as there are all kinds of gruesome things on show there.  Should be fun!  I shall report back.....
kazzy_cee: (Ewan camera)
Mr Cee and I went down to Brighton to visit Eldest Cee on Thursday and booked a few days down on the coast for a small break.  It was fun!

More about the trip plus photos... )

Yesterday and today Mr Cee and I have been gardening between showers and clearing and sorting more things from the last room in the house which needs to be addressed - the fourth bedroom/study.  Mr Cee has also been building a shed at the end of the garden and I have been doing lots of cutting back of over grown shrubs and repotting of plants I brought with us from the old house.  I have been reading but not commenting very often - sorry!

Tonight I am going to see if I can make some no-knead bread which will prove overnight and be baked in the morning.  It should be interesting and I shall report back tomorrow....
kazzy_cee: (kazzycee lovehearts)
Your favourite colour and why? (spelling corrected as I am English *nods*)

I suppose this depends on whether I'm wearing the colour or I am decorating a room. For wearing and for accessory items I rather like purples and I have a lot of black/grey clothing. If I'm decorating I like warm colours like buttermilks, moss greens and burgundy. My current house has a lot of those colours and tones. This is why I am itching to warm up the new house and inject some colour as it's all white and grey. I am so pleased the main living areas have a warm light oak floor!

In other news I have been finishing two terrariums.

Photos )

We've had a really busy weekend sorting through the garden shed. We have rehomed several things including a whole box of children's musical instruments I used when I was looking after children at home. They have gone to a newly qualified Registered Childminder which is really satisfying!

In other news Mr Cee and I went out last night to a nearby teashop which is trying to expand their business by holding evening events. Last night was a Turkish themed night and we had a very tasty dinner of a starter of home made hummus and tzatziki with roasted vegetables and pitta bread, followed by moussaka then baklava with cinnamon icecream and finally coffee with turkish delight. It was really lovely and the food was really good (all organic ingredients) and all prepared on the premises.

Then after we had eaten my belly dancing teacher arrived to give a belly dancing demonstration which was the reason I wanted to go. She had virtually no room to dance, but she did four dances and I am amazed at how she can move her body!! Mr Cee was impressed :)

More photos... )

It was a really good evening and we will look out for other events as I think it's really important to support local small businesses. They apparently do quiz nights which could be fun. Plus we walked down to the teashop and as that was a 45 minute walk the meal was zero calories (that's what I'm telling myself *g*).

I have made a crunchy topped lemon cake which is cool enough to eat now so I think a slice might be in order! Happy Sunday :)
kazzy_cee: (winter)
We've finally got some wintery weather and here in the South East of England we've had some snow.  Only about 2-3cm (around an inch), but it looks very pretty.  It's thawing quickly though. Back in November there were dire warnings of the 'coldest winter for years' and 'three weeks of snow' which of course never materialised, and was annoying as Mr Cee asked for new snow boots for his birthday back in November which I dutifully bought him and then it was very Spring-like for weeks.  The daffodils all came out!  I'm not sure how the flowers and plants will cope and I hope this weather doesn't affect them too badly.

The cats are enjoying it though - particularly Zero who is frisking around in the garden like a puppy and coming in regularly to warm his feet up on people.

Anyway - enough of this, I promised photos of the Lumiere London lights which we went to on Friday.  More under the cut...

Read more... plus many photos )

On Wednesday we are having our house photographed as we are taking the plunge and putting it back on the market, so the next few days I am tidying and cleaning.... more about this in another post.

Happy Sunday :)
kazzy_cee: (Depp camera)
Mr Cee took the day off today and we travelled up to London to see the new Star Wars exhibit at Madame Tussauds.  I took my compact camera as it copes well with low light without me fiddling with it, so under the cut are some photos.... but I have to share this one above the cut because the modelling was really impressive:



Pictures..... )

It was a fun exhibition and well worth a visit if you are in the vacinity, I'd particularly recommend the Marvel 3D (4D) film experience which is terrific!

S'cold!!

Feb. 22nd, 2015 06:01 pm
kazzy_cee: animated 'loading content' (ani loading content)
Today has been really cold - and rainy.  The temperature dipped so low yesterday that we even had a swift and (thankfully) brief fluffy snow shower in the morning.

It seems a long time ago now, but when we went down to visit Eldest Cee for his birthday it was gloriously sunny in Brighton on Tuesday and Wednesday.  We decided to take Eldest Cee out to a zoo, which in hindsight was a bit silly as it was half term for the schools so mostly the zoo park was incredibly crowded.  The upside was that the park we went to has a LOT of activities for small children (climbing frames/adventure playgrounds etc), so the children we far too interested in that to actually look at the animals there so we rather enjoyed it.

Drusilla's Park and some photos.. )

We had lunch and spent a couple of hours walking around.  It was fun!  We dropped Eldest Cee off at his flat and then headed off to check into the hotel we were staying in (another Amazon Local discounted deal). We were pleasantly surprised that the hotel had a Super Kingsize (6' wide) bed just like we have at home.  Bliss!!  We almost never get a bed that we will be comfortable in at an hotel.

We had a bit of a relax after all the walking and then met Eldest Cee at a local Greek restaurant we all like.  We could all walk there which was nice and so we could have a bottle of wine and a nice long chat over the delicious food.  It was lovely to catch up - we do chat regularly on the phone but it's not the same as seeing someone 'in person' is it!

After our meal we said our goodbyes and Eldest Cee walked home and we wandered back to the hotel which looked great in the evening:

2015-02-17 20.07.42

We had a very nice cocktail in the bar and then went to our room and had a very comfortable sleep - we'll definitely use this hotel again.  The next day Mr Cee and I decided to wander around the Brighton antiques shops in the morning.  We did ask if Eldest Cee wanted to join us, but he didn't want to get up early, so we went on our own.  We had given him his birthday presents the day before and didn't expect him to want to get up early two consecutive days on days off from work!  It was great fun and we didn't find any 'bargains' so we made our way back home missing out on lunch as we'd had an ENORMOUS breakfast at the hotel.

It was a really nice break!

Next week I start being a little bit busier with work related stuff which should be interesting - two days will be spent travelling around and then for the next month I have work things every week - I'm hoping it will get a bit warmer!

Happy Sunday all!
kazzy_cee: (blah blah blah)
Ages ago I was given the letter C by [livejournal.com profile] deird1 for the letter meme and so under the cut are my answers to the five questions...

Read more... )

And I found another meme on [livejournal.com profile] brutti_ma_buoni's Lj which took my fancy so here's that one as well...  This one is supposed to be for older people so I qualify!

Read more... )

In other news Mr Cee and I went to see The Kingsman: The Secret Service last Friday and then went to the Waldorf for dinner. The Kingsman is very much in the same vein as Kick Ass but extremely 'English' and we really enjoyed it.  Think James Bond with tongue firmly in your cheek!  Apparently Colin Firth trained for several months to do almost all the stunts himself and is looking extremely trim for a 54 year old!  The meal was courtesy of an Amazon Local voucher so cost us virtually nothing, but was absolutely delicious!

This week is Eldest Cee's 24th birthday (where does the time go!!), so we're off to visit him tomorrow and combine it with a very short break in Brighton.  See you on the flipside!
kazzy_cee: (ani applause)
I've sorted out my photos so I am spamming you with them, but first:

A question a day for five days.
1. What is the meaning behind your LJ name?
2. What was your favourite childhood book or books?
3. What is your favourite recipe and why? Try to post the recipe if you have time.
4. What are the top 5 things on your wish list & have you done any of them?
5. What do you collect?
Question 2 )

As I explained yesterday a visit to the Globe Theatre and museum are well worth it and below the cut are some photos.
Read more... )

And finally, chocolate!  I went for my first two-hour session to my old College which has changed significantly since I worked there.  They are now offering catering courses and so an area that was second floor classrooms has been converted into a proper industry-standard kitchen.  It was impressive!

The course was great fun - we learned how to temper chocolate (and will get to do that ourselves from scratch in week three!) and make ganache using just water and tempered chocolate.  This was very ineresting as I've only made it using chocolate, butter and cream, and the teacher showed us the difference in taste by making both versions.  The water/tempered chocolate is much nicer.  The chap who was teaching us used to run his own handmade chocolate business, and still makes hand made chocolates for some loyal customers, but doesn't have time to do much now.  He was so enthusiastic it was very interesting.

Yesterday there was quite a bit of demonstration by him, but we did get to polish and fill some chocolate moulds, decorate them with some hand made honeycomb and then turn them out once they had set in the blast chiller.  I made three bars to bring home and they are delicious (shiny shiny chocolate!):
2015-01-29 21.06.13

Next week we get to made individual chocolates filled with flavoured ganache.  We can even bring in some alcohol if we want to as it's up to us what we flavour the fillings with.  Can't wait!
kazzy_cee: (kazzycee spacesuit)
I like this meme so I'm going to post about it I think:

A question a day for five days.
1. What is the meaning behind your LJ name?
2. What was your favourite childhood book or books?
3. What is your favourite recipe and why? Try to post the recipe if you have time.
4. What are the top 5 things on your wish list & have you done any of them?
5. What do you collect?
Question 1 )

In other news - yesterday a friend and I went up to London to visit the Globe Theatre.  I have not visited before, and was surprised how much there is to see in the accompanying exhibit.  The tour around the theatre only lasts about 30 minutes and was very interesting, but the exhibition is fantastic.  We arrived at 11.30, had a tour and then explored the exhibition which covers the geographical history of the area, the history of the Globe theatres (the current one is the third incarnation) and other contemporary theatres.  The social history (it's no coincidence that 'Clink Street' is very close by where the prisons were back in the day - even now the slang for prison is 'clink') and then a brief history of Shakespeare and his writings.  Then there was loads of stuff about the building of the theatre, the costumes and the music and instruments.  We even got to see a demonstration of the clothing as one of the children from a visiting school was dressed as a peasant from one of the plays.

We were so engrossed that we didn't realise that we'd been wandering for so long and suddenly realised it was 2.30 and we'd not eaten anything!!  Fortunately there's a rather nice cafe where we had a delicious toasted sandwich and a glass of rather good Merlot.  We eventually got home at 5!  Well worth a visit if you can ever go, and not expensive considering how much there is to see.  I have pictures, but they will have to be in another post as they are still on my camera.

And tonight I get to go to my chocolate cookery class which is running as 14 people were interested.  Yay! \0/  Except it's now snowing!  Quite hard actually.......

More tomorrow!
kazzy_cee: (ani bloody computer)
Back in the day (before Windows 8.1) when you bought a new computer and wanted to transfer settings and files from your old computer to your new one, all you needed to do was to find a handy little application called Windows Easy Transfer, identify which was the 'old' computer and which one was the new one, and then wirelessly all the stuff would be transferred.

Simple.

Simple you say? No wait...... )

In other news - I went to a 'Natural Navigation' walk yesterday with a friend.  It was so interesting - telling us about how to find your bearings when looking around you and using not only nature as a guide (we looked at the way trees grow, and the wind and clouds and stuff) but also using manmade stuff like satellite dishes (which always face South East in the UK), and churches (which are build East/West with South facing main entrances).  It was great fun, although it was quite a cold day!

Unfortunately I don't think being outside in the cold for a couple of hours helped the cold Mr Cee has kindly passed on to me, so today I am snuffly and drippy and feeling a bit sorry for myself....  I shall spend a day relaxing I think as I have to be out on a work related visit on Tuesday and I need to be better by then.

Happy Sunday all! 
kazzy_cee: (ani applause)
In case anyone is interested here is my entry for [livejournal.com profile] monthlydiaryday.

My 12th was  lazy which is fairly unusual, but it was that horribly drizzly rain all day that doesn't look very heavy, but if you go out in it you get soaked within 10 minutes.  I took one look and decided to stay in!

Which was good as on Friday I was sent some assignments to look over as part of the moderation work I am still doing for my old company.  I decided to move my laptop computer upstairs to our spare room which is where our very old and slow desktop computer lives - so we call it the 'office'.  My husband's Aunt died a few years ago and left us a rather nice (although it needs some restoration) mahogany Victorian desk which now lives in the office and is nice to sit at with the laptop.

Cut for length... )

In other news - we went out for a cream tea at the Criterion Restaurant on Saturday with friends (which was delicious and lovely!).  A couple of photos under the cut...

Read more... )

We decided the cream tea was actually better than the Ritz and Fortnum and Masons which is impressive.  Absolutely delicious and very relaxed, beautiful atmosphere.

We walked up to Liberty's to look around at their antiques (too expensive for us although I did some some lovely art nouveau tiles I was very tempted to get until I saw the price!).  Then down to the Empire Leicester Square to see The Imitation Game with Benedict Cumberbatch playing Alan Turing.  It was a really good film and he is excellent in it - we all enjoyed it.  
kazzy_cee: (3D)
Yesterday's prompt was words - and that was very apt as Mr Cee and a couple of friends went to London to take part in the Christmas Carol: Dickens walk.

It was great fun and very enjoyable hearing about the history behind the story, Dickens' life and walking around the areas thought to be where Dickens got his inspiration from. We heard a lot about how he wrote - so very relevant to the prompt!

More with photos under here... )

Today's prompt is sky view and I'm cheating a bit by posting a photo from yesterday. We went up onto the viewing platform of a shopping mall near to St Pauls Cathedral to see the spectacular view:



Pretty!
kazzy_cee: (Ewan camera)
Yesterday evening Mr Cee and I went up to London to take part in an open topped bus tour of the London Christmas lights.  It was an offer through Amazon Local, and as we haven't been up to London during the evening for a while we've not seen many of the usual festive displays.

We left at 5.30 as we needed to be right by the Tower of London to pick up the coach at 6.15.

More about the lights... )

Today's prompt from the Capturing December meme is tree topper and here is a picture of mine which is the same as last year.  I took the basic star shaped ornament which I got in the local 'pound' shop (for £1) and dressed it up a bit.  I'm pleased with it.

2014-12-20 15.09.45

Argh!

Dec. 4th, 2014 05:37 pm
kazzy_cee: (ani xmas candle)
I am getting behind on the Capturing December meme and this is because:

(a) I was out yesterday at the Museum of London seeing an exhibition on Sherlock Holmes in all his incarnations.  It was great fun, but it was tipping it down with rain so I couldn't take any photos outside and we weren't allowed to take photos inside (which was frustrating as it's really good and I wanted to share....!).

A bit about the exhibition (without any photos) )

(b) It's still bloody tipping it down with rain today and even so I decided to go out and see if I could find anything to photograph and just ended up getting very wet... :(

So I will try and catch up for the 3rd, 4th and 5th tomorrow.

*sigh*

Waves!

Nov. 20th, 2014 08:19 pm
kazzy_cee: (cloud sky kc)
It's been a very busy week so far and it's not even over yet!

On Tuesday I met [livejournal.com profile] lilachigh at Charing Cross and despite the hammering rain, we walked over to the National Gallery to see Rembrandt: The Late Works exhibition.  We had timed tickets for 10.30am, but no-one seemed bothered that we had arrived at 10am and we went straight into the exhibition.

More plus some favourite pictures.... )

Today as it's Mr Cee's birthday he took the day off and we went up to London to visit the Sherlock Holmes museum which I have visited before (back in January - see here), but Mr Cee hasn't been.  He was as fascinated as I was about the amount of detail there is in this former boarding house.  They literally have crammed so much authentic Victorian clutter into the rooms that even though this was my second visit there were things I had not noticed before.

The game's afoot.... )

After we'd visited the museum we walked down to the Burlington Arcade to look at all the jewellery and shops where we can't afford anything.  For example look at this exquisite little travel clock:

clock

It is gold, with engine turned engraving on the case.  The face of the clock is 2.5cm square, and the case only a little bigger so it has a loop for a chain to wear it around your neck once folded shut.   So pretty and a mere £1995... (eeep!)

After that we went to eat at Jamie's Italian in Piccadilly.  I have a Gold Membership card and on my birthday they had offered a free bottle of Prosecco if I booked a table before the end of the month, so we took advantage of the offer today. They must have had a note about my birthday as when we checked in I was wished a 'happy birthday' and when we told them it was Mr Cee's birthday today he was congratulated too.  The Prosecco was very delicious and we thoroughly enjoyed our meal and both got a nice surprise when our desserts arrived :)

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Yumm!!  We waddled back home after this and my Fitbit told us that we had walked over 10,800 steps or 8km :)

It's been a good few days! 

My weekend

Nov. 10th, 2014 05:31 pm
kazzy_cee: (viva London)
On Saturday Mr Cee and I went on a walking tour around London's East End and learned all about food and the influences on the types of food you find in the area.

For example - did you know:


  • that fish and chips is actually a Portugese/Irish fusion of foods created by the immigrants to the East End back in the 18th century?

  • that a Beigel (pronounced by-gel) is the Yiddish word for Bagel, and there is a shop that is open 24 hours and day, 7 days a week in the East End which serves nothing but Beigel and they are very delicious!

  • that there is a building which has stood near Brick Lane since 1745 which has been a church, a synagog and is now a Mosque and is the only building to have had gone through these changes of Faith outside of Jerusalem?

More with photos..... )

It was a very interesting tour and we really enjoyed it.  Also my Fitbit told us that we walked 12,783 steps on Saturday which was nine and a half kilometres, but it was definitely worth it and we did not need any dinner as we were so stuffed :)
kazzy_cee: (viva London)
People keep asking me what I find to do at home since I've stopped working.  I don't know what they want me to say in response really.  I'm actually not very good at sitting around doing nothing (and WAS bored when I broke my foot a couple of years ago because I really couldn't move around for two weeks).

In actual fact I've been really busy doing all the things that I used to do when I was still teaching three years ago and had the summer at home.  Yes, I still had to prepare for the Autumn term lessons, but there was also time to do all the routine things like cleaning and tidying (properly!), and once I had a job that meant I had to work through the whole year those 'little' things didn't get done.

So I've now had a chance to organise cupboards and drawers, clean out unwanted toys, clothes and all manner of 'stuff' that we don't need any more.  I have enough 'things' for a boot fair in the Spring, and many things have been donated to local charities so they can benefit.  I hate clutter and Mr Cee just doesn't seem to see it, so it's been very satisfying to do this while he's at work ;)

It's also been quite useful to be able to do all those things that you always intend to do, like touching up the paintwork here and there where needed, and catalogue all the DVDs and update all the music and so on....(still not finished that!).

I've also been out and about with friends which has been great fun (photos below the cuts).

I went to see 888,000+ ceramic poppies at the Tower of London )

I also went out to the BBC Good Food Bakes and Cakes Show in Islington.  I was going to pop in and see some friends from work, but typically they were out at a staff development event on the same day which was a shame.

Good Food at the Business Design Centre )

And now I am moving on the crafts, so I'm learning Photoshop, and making a crochet throw and finishing all the embroidery projects that I never got around to completing....

So that should take me several more months...

In the meantime I've also got a couple of work-related outings, and some more trips out with friends (a London street food walk, the National Gallery Rembrandt exhibition, the Museum of London Sherlock exhibition amongst others!).... so, yeah - not bored!
kazzy_cee: (viva London)
So as promised here are some photos of my days out this week, starting off with the Lego exhibition.

Lego, lego everywhere.... )

And yesterday was all about Charles Dickens and Victorian London (a bit of a contrast!)

Sights of London here... )

Finally, my happy thing #89 for today is my camera.  It's really good at coping with being dragged around on these outings. I am particularly impressed with how well it handled the low light at The Art of the Brick exhibition as we were not permitted to use flash photography.

I hope you enjoyed the photos - happy Friday all!
kazzy_cee: (Default)
Today was spent with good friends in London on a walk which took us to some of the haunts and places which had inspired Charles Dickens. It was really interesting and afterwards we had lunch in a pub which has stood on the site since the end of the 1500s! The building we sat in had been standing since 1676. And after that we visited Borough Market before coming home again.

I love the history which surrounds you when you walk through London.

I will share some photos tomorrow (be warned!).

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