Monday, May 10, 2010

About my travel and ...... time to celebrate!

Good morning girls! 

I hope it is a nice morning for you, we don't have a very nice start of the day it is raining and it isn't very warm, still hopefully we will see some sun later in the day!
So as promised I will tell you about my last visit to England ( he, he I will be back end of the month but that is another story)...
Anyways I already told you I had a rather unpleasant flight ( at least the beggining) but we got to England ok and I didn't have to go on a train or bus, my partner waited for me at the airport! So we wizzed off to Snodland and that was it for that day! How nice of him going to work in the morning to London then going home, getting the car and picking me up at Stansted, ha, ha I guess I am worth it! 
The next day was a relaxed day we went to a few nurserys and picked various flowers and bushes to put in the garden...I don't have a garden as such at home so when I go to England I do a bit of gardening there as I really like to do it....hopefully the flowers will grow by the next time I go to England so I will be able to show off my work. In the Notcutts nursery there is also a craft shop which was my first craft shop hop stop! In the evening we went to the club meeting! We are both members of an MG club and they meet up every Wednesday at a pub! Lots of fun meeting all my friends - we had a good chat - as the election was on its way politics was discussed too! 
The next morning it was London time! My partner goes on a coach and works at Canary Wharf! I like to go on any public transport as it gives you an oppurtunity to look around and do a bit of people watching! I didn't get off at Canary Wharf  I went all the way to Victoria! 
When you come from a country like mine - there is 2 million of us (which is probably 1/4 of the population of London) you are always shocked by the bussiness of London, all the different races, masses of people everywhere! Everybody carries a cup of coffee to work! I find that so weird! We all make coffee at work! You won't see a single person with coffee in their hand in Ljubljana!
Anyway I was a bit early to go to the craft shop I intended to visit so I wizzed around varios shops then jumped on bus 24 with my Oyster card! That is quite a nice bus for turists - you actually go pass all the famous places of London! I have been to London loads of times so whenever I go now I just visit 1 thing I haven't seen before or the V&A which is my favourite museum!
What a lot of chat - I better get on to my photos! Sorry girls I get carried away!
My second stop on my craft shop hop was Blade Rubber Stamp Company! It is in a little street off of the British Museum...

Sorry the photo isn't that great, ha, ha I must have been all nervous from the anticipation! The shop is Stamper's heaven! All the walls except one are covered in stamps! The thing is when you are faced with so many stamps you don't know what to choose! Anyway I did buy a few stamps and other bits and bobs...then I needed a rest from the shock and wondered over to the British Museum where there is a South African exhibition, it was a bit too crowded to go inside so I just sat outside and took a few photos of the South African flowers...
This was an interesting one called Sweet thorn although it looks horrific it seems to be extremly useful! Go figure!
After my wander around the BM I stopped at Baskin Robbins for a yummy (expensive)  ice cream! 
I am not really that much interested in big shops, unless I am looking for something specific, if I want to just go window shopping I prefer to walk around streets with small shops or a market - both of those things are combined in Berwick street in Soho! They have the most wonderful selection of cloth shops! And all those one pound shops too! The market gives the place that extra touch I like....
Here is a picture of a shop window and their take on of Alice in Wonderland - a weird photo too but I quite like it....


And here is a photo of the Berwick Street Market in the "busy" hours!


After the market I had  a bit of a rest and then wondered into a few art shops where I bought my 2 sets of Promarkers half price - that was luck wasn't  it?? So that my dear ladies was my London bit...
Next day was time to go to the country so we went for a ride down to Eastbourne - we stopped at Glitter Pot - the next stop of my craft shop hop.....uhh another place I could stay in forever! Stamps, papers  you name it they have it!!!! Amazing! And this is in a tiny wooden house that you can hardly spot! We drove past 3 times even though we had a Tom Tom!
And now Eastbourne....
It was sunny but quite windy - I mean really windy ! Have a look at my hair flying all over the place!

The pier is very nice - I am a big fan of piers and beach houses - I didn't see any beach houses but the pier was very nice!

Next stop was Beachy Head....a bit of a scary place - apparently lots of people commit suicide jumping off the cliff! You must be in a really sad place in your life if you decide to jump off of this...


You are supposed to see a light house at the bottom but we never saw it as we didn't go far enough, you have to go to Tout Belle apparently but they are doing some road works there so we didin't bother!
Here is another lovely field of  primeroses!

The next day we went to the famous Bluewater shopping center - a bit too big for me but they have an Evans there and Wallis and a few other shops that have big sizes which I need and I got a new pair of jeans and very nice new dress! YIPEEEEEEEEEE!!! And I also went to the craft shop there - my last stop on the craft shop hop!
Sunday we should have gone to a car show in Maidstone but we didn't bother as it was chucking it down with rain all day! And Monday it was back to Stansted and another "suffer flight"! I just can't get rid of the fear!!!!
Well to finish this off I must share with you something! It is a special day for me - IT IS MY BIRTHDAY! 53 years old (young) I am! Where did all these years go??? And more to the point how did I survive all these years and I am still here! ( I am thinking of the life in a communist regime, divorce..) I am thankful for all the good and bad in my life - it was all a good experience and I am awaiting new adventures! Wish me well!
Have a lovely day, I am already having a lovely one!
Hugs to all of you
Cardarian

11 comments:

  1. Looks like you had a lovely time!! I totally envy you cause I love the island and I haven't had the opportunity to go there for over a year now =(

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  2. HAPPY BIRTHDAY
    So now we know the reason you come to England! I think you have to tell us more about him.
    Bladerubber is very close to our London office and I often go in there. That is where I am doing the promarkers course in July.
    Linbyx

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  3. p.s Hope you had an absolutely AMAZING birthday :)

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  4. Oh my! You were in my stomping ground. I live on the Isle of Sheppey which is about 20 mins drive from Maidstone and Nottcutts. We quite often visit the pub there for a nice quiet 2 for 1 meal and a pootle round the centre when the girls are at school and we just have Ruby :P

    I love your description of London - it sounds just my sort of trip I'm the same, I'm not much of a one for big shops or labels which is why I haven't been to Bluewater in years and had NO idea there was a craft shop there! Aaargh!

    I'm definitely going to jot down some ideas from your post for a summer hols London trip - fabby post!

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  5. Lovely post Cardarian :) Sounds like you had a wonderful time. Thanks for the pics.
    Anne xx

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  6. Wow ...you did a lot while you were over ....glad you had such a great time. Your observation over coffee cups was interesting too.

    Happy Birthday ... Hope you had a fantastic day.

    I still felt young 10 years ago when I was 53 ...that year was a bad one though(lost husband and Mum 3 weeks apart ...and suffered depression)but I still feel quite young until I am reminded by my knees and my back or I pass a mirror lol

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  7. Oh many happy returns! Seems you're in a really good place right now - good for you. Loved the post about your trip - your observations about city life are interesting - here in our little market town, only the early or trying to be trendy carry coffee to work...pointless if you ask me, but a huge industry!

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  8. Where are you? where is your desk - hope you are ok.
    Linbyx

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  9. Oh my life - I so did't realise it has been your birthday until I read this post - which I'm playing catch up with...

    A BELATED VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU....

    I'm so sorry i missed it by not blogging...

    love your story about the trip to London etc - I'm so happy for you that it was a good trip.

    Big hugs

    Paula x x x

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  10. Happy Belated Birthday!! Still younger than me!

    it really does sound like you had great fun


    and I googled this for you

    'London's population was 7,172,000 on the latest Census Day of April 2001. This is 14.6 per cent of the total population of Britain. The population in 2005 was thought to have been about 7,518,000.'

    you can find out anything on google!!

    ((Lyn))

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  11. This sounds like a fabulous time. I love your pictures and you don't look anywhere near 53, a belated happy birthday to you! You've got quite a bit of catching up to do to get anywhere close to my age!
    I haven't been to any of the craft shops you visited although I've bought from most of them online.
    This is a great post, I really enjoyed reading it!
    Chrissie

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