Long time no blog... I have some really amazing excuses, honestly. Firstly, we had guests basically every weekend in October. Then we had a Hallowe'en party. Then more guests. SO I have some cool pictures for you, but they have probably started to look a bit out of season (was it ever warm enough not to wear a coat?)
I'll take this opportunity of having a vile cold and being snuggled up on the sofa in my jammies to catch you upon the last batch of pictures that can conceivably be called autumnal.
Firstly, Borough Market - we spent a fair bit of time here since we had both lots of parents to visit and took both of them to the Shard for drinks (more accurately, they took us... thanks parents!)
We still tried to eat mainly Whole-30ish food, with notable exceptions (oh hai cheeseburgers, I sure missed you).
We went to the Tower of London (thanks John Lewis for the free entry, gotta love those Partner benefits) and saw the poppies, along with virtually everyone else in London.
We also saw the entire Toy Story cast making a break for it! I think the children they lived with might have watched Frozen one too many times.
We were mystified at how tired our parents got, and how they needed to stop for tea and snacks - you forget sometimes that life in other places doesn't move quite so fast. It made me a bit nostalgic for exploring other, quieter places again - not on the cards for us though, since we're off to New York on Saturday (we. can't. wait.)
[Mum and Dad in Gong Bar, in the Shard][
[and James, of course]
You see, I told you these were some autumnal pictures. I am always a bit sad about how fleeting London's autumn is. It goes summerrrrrrr-autumn-winterrrrrrrrrrrrr-spring-summerrrrrrrrr here. This is from a weekend before any guests arrived and we took ourselves up to Brockley Market for lunch.
One red hipster hat.....
...to another. You have to forgive the guy at Mike and Ollie's, but only because they make really good lamb and quince wraps.
We discovered a pulled pork restaurant near London Brdge called Porky's BBQ which might make me abandon Borough Market altogether - get the pulled pork burger, sine it's half a roasting tin full of pulled pork with brioche bun. You might want to share the sweet potato chips and coleslaw though - James ended up eating a fair amount of my leftovers because it was just so much meat. Delicious sauces there too!
Their desserts sounded delicious (typical of an American restaurant) but THERE WAS NO ROOM. One for a lazy Sunday.
And on to Hallowe'en. We carved pumpkins in a bit of a hurry (meaning I also carved my left forefinger). I tried to carve this one but almost cut the finger off (of which no photo, bet you're pleased) but the arms were so skinny they snapped off, so I made the big hole a doorway into a pumpkin house for a munchkin to live inside.
And yeah, he got a "mole" from the candle singeing his face.
James' two were less involved, and he remains unscarred.
James was terrified of my make-up.
The walls have eyes (well, the cushions do).
James dressed up as Walter White from Breaking Bad (or as Suze thought, "ebola").
Nice ebola costume, boyfriend. He didn't wear it most of the night because it as like a giant sweaty plastic bag.
James thought our flat didn't look serial-killer enough (see background decor) so he printed some creepy pictures to hang up. It made me feel better about why he made me buy tiny pegs in Tiger the week before (at the time I was like eh? Are these for your dolly's washing line?)
A wee London mate who came for the party.
Maleficent (Hannah), Stay Puft Marshmallow Man (Suzanne), old people (Lee and Annie)
I'm not sure what Ronan was... a plague-monster? A bird?I
It did make dooking for apples difficult though...
James double-masked it and actually got one out in the end!
Now some things for winter -
This really made me want to go running - such an interesting little film!
Looking forward to taste-testing this sickly goodness (I will need to run, to burn it off).
Also, the Somerset House theme this year is Fortnum and Mason, so I'm hopeful there will be some decent hot chocolate there after a chilly walk along the Thames.
We're getting ready to go to NYC on Saturday, busily making itineraries and getting our winter woolies out between shifts and working on a project with Get-Well Gamers, so I'll fit the next post in as soon as I get time - it might be our New York trip at this rate! A bientot!