Posts tagged with Olympics

Everyday Adventures – miscellaneous

  • Posted on December 17, 2012 at 8:19 pm

I have been having adventures, despite my blogging neglect… here is a summary of the adventures I remember…

I went to Edinburgh, where I drank whisky and ate vegetarian haggis. Well, I was in Scotland, and that’s what goes on there, so that’s what I did. I like whisky, with just a little ice, because I’m not that hardcore. A also ate an entire Chinese meal using chopsticks – and, and, this was after drinking whisky and also some wine! Maybe I am pretty hardcore after all? I also saw another gold post box:

Continuing with the ‘hardcore’ theme, I went on some new rides at ‘Frightwater’ Valley http://www.lightwatervalley.co.uk/frightwater.php. Some were really quite big and spinney and I thought I might die, but I couldn’t be out-braved by children, so I went on them. I lived. There were also people dressed as zombies and other spooky things, and those did scare me! But, y’know, I’m at least as tough as a child, and I can drink whisky, oh yeah.

I didn’t see Leeds Christmas lights being turned on, because I didn’t know they were being turned on. But I did see some of the after lights turning on entertainment. There was a band and some small fairground rides and some fireworks.

I saw some paintings at The Light, they were good.

More paintings were viewed at the art gallery, paintings with a war theme. Very interesting and they made me think of a book I’d read on my holidays, ‘Goodbye To All That’ by Robert Graves http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Good-Bye_to_All_That. It was a biography, largely about the author’s experiences during World War 1 – two things I’m usually not interested in, but this book was brilliant, extremely well written and highly recommended!

The German Market is in town for Christmas, so I went for a wander:

There are lots of stalls selling meat products and wooden ornaments. And nuts, I bought some nuts:

They were a mixture of cashews and macadamias covered in sugary stuff and deliciousness.

There is also a Moroccan Market! I had a look around that too. They sell handbags and jewellery and tagines and wooden boxes. All very nice, but I currently have no need for those things, so I didn’t buy anything. I know, a woman who doesn’t need another handbag. I am a failure.

I ate a dosa! At Arti in Chapel Allerton http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowUserReviews-g186411-d1792729-r124053349-Arti_Restaurant-Leeds_West_Yorkshire_England.html. And what is a dosa? It’s one of these: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dosa! I like dosas…

Another foody adventure – I made spring rolls! Results were variable. One was very neat and nice, others, not so neat and nice. They all tasted good though, so I will be attempting to make spring rolls again.

Kisses, Stephanie xxx

Everyday Adventures #22

  • Posted on August 16, 2012 at 8:43 pm

Today’s adventure was a visit to Leeds City Museum to see the World View gallery http://www.leeds.gov.uk/museumsandgalleries/Pages/World-Cultures.aspx

The gallery displays mostly African pieces, some old, some more modern. It’s an interesting  way to spend a little time, and there is dressing up! Yes! Dressing up! But not the sort of dressing up I usually do; here I am in an African robe! Not in it exactly, it looked a bit small, I was worried that if I put it on I wouldn’t be able to get out of it in any sort of vaguely dignified fashion, so it is balanced on me rather than me being in it.

I also had a mini-adventure visiting the gold mail boxes! Royal Mail have painted a mail box gold in the home town of each Olympic gold medal winner.

They are at the side of the Henry Moore Institute (where I saw the ‘Ordinary Things’ exhibit for my Everyday Adventure #2! http://www.stephaniessecrets.co.uk/blog/?p=1069) on Cookridge Street. The gold post boxes are in honour of Nicola Adams, who won a gold medal in the Women’s Boxing Fly Weight. Well done Nicola!

There is another gold mail box to celebrate Alistair Brownlee winning the Men’s triathlon. Well done Alistair! But I’m not traipsing out to New Road Side in Horsforth to take a photo of a post box, sorry…

Kisses, Stephanie xxx

Everyday Adventures #4

  • Posted on July 28, 2012 at 3:31 pm

I suspect that yesterday’s adventure was the same as many other people’s – watching the Olympic opening ceremony. On telly, at home, with peanuts and sherry.

It was certainly impressive, and more than a little bit nutty. I think the overall impression we can take from this representation of British life is ‘Mostly High.’

There were some things missing, important things, very important British things.

Where the frick were Winnie-the-Pooh and Doctor Who?!!

I would not be having my Everyday Adventures if it were not for Winnie-the-Pooh. Winnie-the-Pooh went on lots of Adventures. Like this one, tracking Woozles:

It really can’t get much more British than that. And we all know The Doctor should have been there, we’ve seen it:

A bit of Arthur Dent wouldn’t have gone amiss either, he is after all the adult version of Winnie-the-Pooh, and still having adventures. “This must be Thursday,” said Arthur musing to himself, sinking low over his beer, “I never could get the hang of Thursdays.” (The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, Douglas Adams) Now replace beer with a pot of honey, and Arthur with Winnie-the-Pooh… see?

So, a few glaring omissions there, but overall, I was not disappointed. And I did enjoy my peanuts and sherry.

Stephanie xxx

Torch Day For Leeds!

  • Posted on July 2, 2012 at 7:54 pm

The Jubilee is long gone, and Euro 2012 is over… so it’s almost time for the Olympics!

Last weekend the Olympic Torch came to Leeds. I had a wander over to see it; mostly there were a lot of police standing about, then some promotional buses, then THE TORCH!!! Oh Wow! Yay Olympics! Then it was gone…

And that’s it, until 27th July and the much ridiculed opening ceremony.

What? You aren’t feeling the Olympic Spirit?

 Does this help? 

 Olympic kisses, Stephanie xxx

 

 

If you can’t beat ’em…

  • Posted on June 2, 2012 at 2:52 pm

… join ’em!

I have decided to embrace the Jubilee celebrations, and the Olympics too. They are going to go ahead whatever I feel about them, so I may as well join in and have some fun!

My feelings towards royalty are… ambivalent. Do we need them? Not really. Are there other things we could spend money on? Yes, lots. But there is also a positive side to royalty. They are part of our history and national identity. This weekend the whole country has one positive focus, people are doing things as a community, they will have fun and build memories, that is a good thing.

And the first step to having fun? Why! The pound shop of course! For bunting and flags!

Do you like what I’ve done with the boudoir?

Fancy helping me celebrate?

Jubilee Kisses, Stephanie xxx