Friday, December 26, 2014

Winter Wonderland

I love Winter Wonderland, for me it is completely worth the crowds and the queuing and the expense to go and get a cup of mulled wine and feel completely Christmassy. However, I learnt the hard way this time around, whatever you do, do not attempt to go as part of a crowd.

Winter Wonderland Dec 2014


This isn't even all of us that were there. Know why? Because it's impossible to stay together. It's just too busy. Four maximum is my recommendation, because, before everyone got there, it was just a little group of four and that was tricky enough!

Winter Wonderland Dec 2014


Winter Wonderland Dec 2014


Winter Wonderland Dec 2014

I grabbed lunch from here...it was OK but I don't really recommend it unfortunately. After some food and a little jaunt on the rollercoaster, we hit the arcade games!

Winter Wonderland Dec 2014

Getting my Catniss on!

Winter Wonderland Dec 2014

They're all left-handed bows...otherwise I'm sure we would have all destroyed this game.

Winter Wonderland Dec 2014

No trip to Wonderland is complete without a drink on the carousel bar! I love it so so much!

Winter Wonderland Dec 2014

Winter Wonderland Dec 2014

Fiona was lucky enough to have a giant penguin won for her.

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And Ben won me a little baby one! Yay! 

Monday, December 22, 2014

Yoga in the Shard

Did you know you could do yoga in the Shard? I definitely didn't until I saw a deal on Amazon Local. Yogasphere hold these classes early every Saturday and on an occasional Sunday evening. I grabbed one of my few yoga-doing friends, and headed 69 floors up and grabbed a mat with a view.

Yoga in the Shard Nov 2014

Yoga in the Shard Nov 2014

The class started with a fairly long relaxation and meditation phase - which was fun as we were facing the view for part of it.

Yoga in the Shard Nov 2014

The class itself was fine. I haven't done yoga on a regular basis for a long time but I would say I've had better classes. But I went mostly for the novelty of doing yoga in the Shard, and, fortunately. They leave you time after the class to take as many pictures as you want - which Kiran and I took full advantage of!

Yoga in the Shard Nov 2014

Yoga in the Shard Nov 2014

Yoga in the Shard Nov 2014

Yoga in the Shard Nov 2014

Yoga in the Shard Nov 2014

Yoga in the Shard Nov 2014

I don't think I'd do the Shard class again - it was for me definitely a novelty venue, but if you find a deal on Amazon Local or elsewhere it is worth a go!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Forza Win(ter)

It was over a year ago that Fiona and I went to a Forza Win event - I spoke about it here, so when Fi told me they were doing a Winter event, involving melted cheese, no less, I got tickets pretty sharpish! Unlike the previous rooftop event, this one was held in a kind of warehouse and as such, the temperature was a little different.

Forza Win Dec 2014

Luckily they furnished us with hot cocktails!

Forza Win Dec 2014

And, once everyone was seated, it got a bit warmer.

Forza Win Dec 2014

Forza Win Dec 2014

Forza Win Dec 2014


Wine was poured, and we waited eagerly for the food.

Forza Win Dec 2014

And then the cheese arrived.


Forza Win Dec 2014

A big saucepan of fonduta was placed on our table, away from us which upset us no end, but luckily, the girls on the table were very friendly and happily poured us (several) bowls of cheese throughout the evening. Now, fonduta is not like regular fondu (which is cheese and white wine), but I believe it is Italian cheese which is soaked in milk and melted with cream. It essentially makes for a very delicious, rich, flavoursome melted bowl of cheese. We received risotto balls to dunk in them.

Forza Win Dec 2014

Forza Win Dec 2014

Forza Win Dec 2014

Forza Win Dec 2014

They were amazing...actually my favourite part of the meal. So good!

Forza Win Dec 2014

Stuffed squash! We also got roast pork and potatoes, but I must have been busy eating it because there are no pictures I'm afraid. Come dessert, we were stuffed and half asleep from food and wine, but, although it might not look like much from the picture below, the chocolate orange dessert was really amazing, and so we found some room for it.

Forza Win Dec 2014

Forza Win Dec 2014

Happy customers! We more or less slept on the journey back to Ealing. But very much enjoyed our tasty jaunt to Peckham!

Forza Win Dec 2014

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Uni Reunion

10 years have passed since our Uni crowd started at the University of Reading. It seems crazy that it was so long ago, while, at the same time feeling like so long ago I was at Uni...anyway, it was high time we returned to Reading to reunite! And we pretty much acted like we were still 20 years old...

Uni Reunion November 2014

Uni Reunion November 2014

Uni Reunion November 2014

Uni Reunion November 2014

Uni Reunion November 2014

Uni Reunion November 2014

Uni Reunion November 2014

Uni Reunion November 2014

Uni Reunion November 2014

Uni Reunion November 2014

Uni Reunion November 2014

Uni Reunion November 2014

Uni Reunion November 2014

Uni Reunion November 2014

Uni Reunion November 2014

Uni Reunion November 2014

Uni Reunion November 2014

Uni Reunion November 2014

Uni Reunion November 2014

Some of us might be approaching 30 mark, but we know how to party still!