"LIVE! LIVE! LIVE! Life's a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving to death"
attributed to Mame Dennis

Monday, September 04, 2006

Welcome me to the cat people club...

I just got the okay from my landlady, so now I can officially start looking for a cat to adopt. I have been thinking about this for a while now. I am very happy with this decision, so now I have to find the right kitty.

I went to a shelter yesterday but all they had left was a pair, Samson & Delilah. If I had adopted them I would have renamed them Leo & Lucille since I am engrossed in And The Dead Shall Rise, but all this is beside the point. I have to make sure I can handle one before I think about having two. They advised me to wait two weeks before coming back, which gives me time to check out some other shelters.

I have been having so much fun with Max lately, that I think I'd really like a kitten. I know they are more work, but it'll also be more fun, right?

Appreciate any thoughts or advice. Promise to update!!! :)

Monday, June 12, 2006

Tooting Bec

My friend Sianne throws the best house parties in London. Here are some shots from her Birthday Barbeque Bash on Saturday. The fancy dress theme was inspired by the current World Cup mania.

The lovely birthday girl, representing Brasil.

Posh? Is that you?

Monday, May 29, 2006

Windsor, Stonehenge & Bath

Sunday, May 28
Claresta has been trying to organise a trip to Stonehenge for ages, and yesterday we finally went. We got a great deal on a group tour through lastminute.com, so we got up early to meet at Victoria Station and get on the coach. Our tour guide was a total card named Magnus, and I'm very sorry I don't have a picture of him to share.

Our first stop was Windsor Castle.

This is apparently the favourite residence of HRH Queen Elizabeth II (not to be confused with the others in my life who claim the same title). We were quickly informed that she was at Buckingham Palace in London this weekend. It doesn't seem quite right for a Queen to play favourites. It's like when Sondheim walked out of Side Show, but I digress...

We were quite lucky with the weather yesterday, and last week's rain (which I luckily missed) made the English countryside amazingly lush. At the castle, we toured the state apartments, but the coolest thing we saw had to have been Queen Mary's Doll House. It's amazingly detailed mansion which we were told had running water and everything!

This kid is life-sized, but must have been about 12.

After picking up a cup of coffee and a toasted Club at Eat (yum) we got back on the bus and were off to Stonehenge.

Well, we made it!

As you can tell, it was windy on the Salisbury plains.

No matter-- Claresta was delighted. It was everything she had hoped it would be. I never expected to be back at Stonehenge. I must have been about 11 when I went with my family. It really is an mystifying, awe-inspiring sight.

Next stop: Bath.
This is an absolutely charming city. I hope that get to spend a quiet weekend wandering there sometime and truly get to explore it. On Sunday our visit focused on the Roman Baths. Fascinating.

But don't drink the water.


To compliment and reinforce my goal to travel more, I have created this blog to post photos and anecdotes about my adventures in London and beyond. I will enjoy sharing my stories, and equally enjoy reading your comments and travel recommendations.

I leave you now with a photo from beautiful Trinidad, California from about this time last year.
Who would have thought?