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Floods, books, and maps in frames

The weeks are really flying by at the moment - I don't mind, it means we are one week closer to lighter evenings and the possibility (I am entertaining the idea that there is at least an outside chance) that it might, just might, stop raining.  The flooding near us keeps getting worse and worse with lots of fields around us flooded and roads closed, luckily we haven't been directly affected but I really feel for those around us (and across the country) that have, it must just be terrible.  This is just a quick phone snap I took whilst out on a run the other day, this field normally has horses in it and not water!


{001} This weekend I'm going to London to see an old friend and I can't wait to have a long overdue catchup with her and a good mooch around some of the London sights.  Whenever I come back from London I always make a promise to myself to go more frequently as it's only a couple of hours on the train and I really do enjoy being there, there's so much to see and do (and eat!).  In another life I would have loved to live in London but having a surfing/kitesurfing/windsurfing obsessed fiancé means that's off the cards for me unfortunately.  For this visit, my friend has planned trips to Brixton Village, Pimlico Car Boot Sale, Borough Market and an exhibition - we were thinking of going to see the Isabella Blow exhibition at Somerset House but I'm guessing there'll be lots of fashionable types swanning around for London Fashion Week and I'll feel majorly underdressed in my boots, jeans and backpack!

{002} Last night Tom and I had our Valentine's night in - tonight I am going to yoga with Hannah so we had our celebrations a night early.  We bought some yummy food from Sainsbo's and had a sofa based evening in with some fizz and a DVD.  We watched Captain Philips which was really, really good, though I did have some odd dreams about pirates afterwards! Tom made me an amazing present, a frame with maps inside of where we met, our first kiss and our first house.  It was such a thoughtful and romantic present and meant more than any bunch of flowers or box of chocolates.  I will be hanging it in our bedroom as it very handily fits with the colour scheme...

Valentines frame

{003} Last week I was very excited to be going to see one of my favourite bands, City and Colour at the O2 Academy in Bournemouth.  I was completely gutted when, on the day, I got really travelsick coming back from a day's training on a ferry (in some very rough weather) and ended up having to dip out.  I was going to force myself to go but I was so dizzy I had to spend the evening lying down with one foot on the floor instead! Luckily I have seen City and Colour before so was able to console myself with memories of their gig at the Royal Albert Hall, and some rather awesome photos I was sent the next day.

photo credit: charlie raven photography
O2 have also published an awesome Valentine's Day playlist on their YouTube channel that might be appropriate if you're getting ready for any Valentine's celebrations tonight.  I love Ellie Goulding's version of Sweet Disposition.  Now we have a Blu-Ray player that's connected to the internet I'm forever using it to put YouTube playlists on in the background when pottering around the house and this one is a new favourite. The Blu-Ray player has turned out to be an excellent purchase, I'm very much enjoying the ability to have Netflix and Lovefilm marathons - last Friday I spent my Friday night watching TEDTalks on Netflix, what a geek!

{004} Last Monday was Book Club and pub quiz night, we had all read Mary Poppins (the original book by PL Travers) over Christmas and were eager to discuss how bizarre it was and how mean the original Mary Poppins was! Our next book is Wild: A Journey from Lost to Found by Cheryl Strayed and looks really good.  It also fits with my current theme of travel memoirs as I'm just about to start One Man and his Bike by Mike Carter, about a man who cycles 5000 miles around the British coastline.  That looks really good too.  I've been lugging it around in my bag all week and not had a chance to start it yet so I'm looking forward to getting stuck into it on the train journey tomorrow.

{005} Next week also has lots of fun things on the horizon, with a lunch out on Monday in my favourite little café, a trip to the cinema to see American Hustle (our little local cinema gets films about a month after all the rest of them!) LimpBizkit at o2 Guildhall Southampton (reliving my nu-metal youth), more yoga and possibly dinner and drinks with some Bournemouth bloggers on Saturday.

Happy Friday, and Happy Valentine's Day to you all, and hope you all have awesome weekends,

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19 comments

  1. Love the framed maps, I made something like that for Martyn and it has Portland Bill lighthouse on it :) xx

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  2. That's such a lovely Valentine's Day present. How thoughtful :) Boo to travel sickness, I used to get it really bad as a kid so I feel your pain! It ruins road trips and fun trips out!

    Slightly jel that you're going to see LimpBizkit. Oh youth! x

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  3. I saw Dallas at the Albert Hall as well! He was amazing!

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  4. Those framed maps are so beautiful, what a gorgeous present, totally going to steal that idea for the future!

    Happy Valentine's Day!

    Becks xo
    thenotsosecretdiary.com

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  5. That present is so, so sweet. What a lovely thing to do :) have a happy valentine's day x

    hepburnspixiecrop.blogspot.co.uk

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  6. That is the sweetest Valentine's present, so nice and personal :) Also I really haven't properly realised how bad all the floods are, I haven't left London in ages and all I can complain about are the tube strikes and the rain! xxxx

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  7. Lovely post, what a thoughtful Valentines gift! I may be seeing you at the Bournemouth bloggers meet up :)

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  8. Well isn't that just a lovely, thoughtful & romantic pressie! I adore personalised gifts like that, because you know you will be the ONLY person in the world to have one just like that! Well, unless you have somebody with a spookily connected otherlife that is. The weather is getting pants now. Apparently, Surrey is supposed to be the most unfloodable place in the UK... and yet it seems to be one big gigantic puddle currently! Go away storms.

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  9. That is such a romantic and thoughtful valentine's present! :) Z xx

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  10. Tom is just the sweetest dude ever! That's such an awesome gift idea, what a sweetheart. I can't believe how crazy the rain is, I thought it was bad down here in Plymouth but I've seen pictures online of the rain damage up north (Obviously, being Cornish "north" means Bristol to me... haha!) and it's just absolutely crazy! I hope it finishes soon!x

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  11. I would happily take a yoga date with Hannah any day :). What a lovely gift from Tom. Hope you have fun in London - I'm a south west Londoner but have never been to Brixton Village or Pimlico car boot so these sound like things I've got to check out!

    Ellie | mantrapixie.com | x

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  12. That is without a doubt the loveliest, most sentimental present I have ever heard about, so thoughtful. Sounds like a very cute and cosy (early) Valentine's day :)
    Kim x
    grace & flower

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  13. Ah I love your Valentines present- how thoughtful!
    So funny, we watched Captain Philips too last night after our dinner at home...it was good and Tom Hanks was brilliant!
    Hope you have a great weekend in London!
    Katie x
    http://www.missenchanting.co.uk/

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  14. I have made something like that map picture for my boyfriend's birthday. It's such a sweet idea! x

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  15. Wild: A Journey from Lost to Found is brilliant! I hope you enjoy it too.

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  16. That's such a cute gift! I loved Captain Phillips too, Tom Hanks is the man!
    Rosie x
    Every Word Handwritten

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  17. Oh my goodness, that is the sweetest Valentine's Day present! What a wonderful and thoughtful present. Well done, Tom!

    x

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  18. Love love love the cute map print idea!

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