"Phil, it's five to seven."
Five words no sleepy commuter wants to hear, particularly when you should have been up at 6:20 and have to be out the door at 7:15!! Aaargh!!
How we slept through the alarm I do not know! I suppose it was bound to happen at some point, given that I am not a morning person, as you are aware ;)
But despite that little hiccup, and the passport chucking incident the weekend we moved in (!), the move has gone well. I don't miss Pimlico as much as I thought I would. The train journey in to London and back out again in the evening is actually quite nice - serene, even. I write, I read, and I listen to podcasts. I observe my fellow commuters, they are an interesting lot. The walk to the station as the sun rises (shudder!) is quite invigorating! At the other end I walk from Marylebone station to my office, which takes about 25 minutes if I power walk. I would take the tube but because I have to change lines it ends up only saving me about ten minutes, so I'd rather be getting there under my own steam rather than squeezing on to a crowded tube. I do the same in the evening - 25 minute power walk to the station, then the train, then about the same walk home. So it's about 2 hours door to door each way. I can't say I don't miss being home early sometimes (!) but it's ok. I think if it were still light in the evenings when I got home I'd not feel like I've only just got home when I go to bed ;)
|the top of our (well, my!) new vintage cupboard|
We've so enjoyed putting our new home together and buying new furniture that's ours and not some crappy cardboard furniture that just came with a rented place. I remember back home when I rented that it was very rare for places to come furnished - it was only really short term lets that offered furnished. So I was surprised when I moved to London that so many places came furnished. At first it was a blessing because I didn't have to fork out for furniture in the beginning, but it got to the point where I was tired of having to put up with crappy uncomfortable sofas and saggy mattresses. Tom and I really wanted our own stuff again. So that's been something we've really loved about moving to our own place. We've just about got everything now - on the weekend we finally found a vintage cupboard for the bedroom, which is housing most of my clothes! Poor Tom is stuck with the built-ins :) [I will put some more pics up soon, once we get rid of the old curtains that clash with our new decor!]
Veggie box delivery as usual last Friday, and we got some wonderful goodies:
I've made apple crumble and an ABC (apple, banana and clementine) cake with the apples, and kale pesto, which was really scrumptious (and so green!)
I also roasted and stuffed a squash:
It's what would be called pumpkin back home, but squash is not the same thing as pumpkin over here. If I asked for pumpkin in the local Morrison's I'd be given a jack-o-lantern! ;) I got two squash for 50p each - I couldn't believe it, what a bargain!
Our rent-a-hen has also delivered our eggs for the week - if I get up nice and early tomorrow I might be able to have eggs for breakfast, instead of sculling a protein smoothie on the train!
Tomorrow it's also the Cosmo Blog Awards party and announcement of the winners! Thank you for all your support with it :) I'm starting to get rather excited, it should be a good night, especially as fellow nominee Jemma of Celery and Cupcakes is going to be my date! I am so looking forward to meeting her. We're going to have a champers and toast ourselves, whatever the outcome! I'm also going to give my wedding dress another outing for the red carpet :)
What have you got planned this week? xx