A Lovely Weekend! #Birthday

Hey Peeps!

I’m sat here at the tail end of my birthday weekend, tired, happy, full, and ready for bed!

But I wanted to let you know what my weekend was like.

Hubby Dearest arranged for us to go to London, the four of us, for a night away, for my birthday!

We arrived at the Park Plaza Waterloo, the children and I poked our noses around the reception, whilst Hubby Dearest worked his magic, getting us upgraded and breakfast in the Executive lounge!

We saw some fantastic figurines and got a free cookie too!

The room was lovely, with a view of the Shard and other wonderful buildings.

Everything was electronic, lights, curtains, locks and all!

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They even gave the kids complimentary back packs!

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The children wanted to go swimming, but I was not in the mood to exercise! They went with Daddy, whilst I chilled out. The Pool and Gym area also had a Spa.

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Once they were sated, we got ready and went for a walk to the London Eye, and across the bridge towards the Houses of Parliament, complete with the silent for now, Big Ben!

There was even ‘Mr Bean’ entertaining folks!

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We decided to wander over to the West End, rather than catch a train. We stopped at Trafalgar Square, and saw some wonderful street art.

Lil Princess is not a walker so we had to stop several times for her to complain… and she got a piggy back from her Dad for a while too!

En route to drinks and dinner, we stopped at the Leicester Square Lego store, and I met Shakespeare!

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A cheeky cocktail at TGI Fridays, then we went to Wong Kei’s, our favourite Chinese restaurant!

If you’ve not heard of Wong Kei’s before, I have to tell you; Their food is WONDERFUL. Seriously! But they are as famous for their customer service, as their food. They don’t smile, you get sat with other people, they can be down right rude, to be honest, but because we know that is what they are about, it is so funny! And because, for some of them it is an act, you do get the smiles from them, sneakily!

The food, as I mentioned, was yum! And the portions are large, so we ended up with a lot left. Instead of letting it go to waste, the children decided they wanted to give it to some one who was in need. We got two take away boxes and made up two complete meals, with chopsticks too, and got ready to find someone who needed food.

London streets are full of homeless folk, and you don’t always know what is the best to do. But the kids did me proud. We found a lady, with dog, who was so grateful for a warm meal.

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The second meal given, we walked home again. London by night is so beautiful!

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And here’s something I hadn’t seen before… the portaloo type urinals that have been put up in places, to stop drunk blokes relieving themselves in the doorways at night…

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My little family made me very proud. ❤

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This morning, I was woken by a phone call from my Finndian family, and my brother and nephew serenading me from a Helsinki tram!

And then presents appeared, complete with a poem from Lil Princess, and a Power Point presentation about why I’m a great mum, from Lil Man!

My very own Pandora Bracelet! Bless them!

We ate a hearty three-course breakfast (Gonna have to get back on the healthy eating wagon after this last few weeks!) and literally rolled out of the Executive Lounge!

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After checking out, we made our way home where I was spoiled again by my in-laws!

This was topped off by a takeaway pizza, and then a birthday cheesecake at home!

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But it wasn’t just this that made my weekend good. Seeing that nearly a hundred of you took me up on my birthday gift to you was so pleasing, and the fact that I hit #1 in the Poetry download chart on UK Kindle was the icing on the cake! I can say I am a ‘Bestseller’ now I guess!!!!

I am now sat on my bed, getting ready for my first day back to school.

Tired, but happy.

Thank you for putting up with my constant badgering over the last month, first the #RiNoWriMo challenge, I set myself, then the free book promos… You are all angels, and I feel blessed that I have such a supportive blogily behind me!

I must go now, and get ready for the next chapter in my life as a teacher… More on that in another post!

Landan Tahn! A Snapshot of Our Little Break

Though you may not have guessed it, or missed me (since I still managed to keep my presence on here!) I have just arrived back from a lovely two-day break in London.

We’ve had a tough few weeks with work and life stuff, and all needed a break from these four walls, so as it was the children’s (and my) half term break, we rented an apartment in Canary Wharf for two nights.

An apartment is perfect when you have a family. Yes, room service is wonderful, but at least you have space to yourselves, access to a kitchen to cater for those fussy eaters, and more than one bathroom! Canary Wharf is a good location as we could drive in and not worry about the Congestion charge, then park up in the apartment for a minimal fee, and use the Tube to go in and out of Central London itself.

The apartment was pretty cool!

We were right on the riverside too, so the view was good. If you looked out, you could see the O2 (Millenium Dome) too!

We did a little Tesco shop, and grabbed lunch, then after an afternoon siesta, we jumped on the tube to Picadilly Circus. I love the West End! Had it been purely my choice, we would have caught a theatre show too, but not everyone is as into the arts as me!

The view at dusk near our apartment was so pretty! We saw the famous Eros statue, and the great scaffolded corner is where usually you’d see the bright lights of Picadilly, but they are shut (for the first time in, like, a bajillion years!) for refurbishment.

20170216_182552We were thinking of popping into Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Exhibition, where they had a Peculiar Happenings special exhibition, but at £80 for us all, it felt a little steep!

The Square, Leicester Square, brings back memories of our university life, and all the nights out we had here! Obviously, we couldn’t drag the kids to a club, but the general feel of the place is something all can enjoy!

The street artists were there, and the buskers too!

Then we had to stop off at M & M World… naturally!

We had dinner in TGI Fridays (even though it was Thursday!) and then headed home, but not before I could check on the horses!

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We got back and chilled together to watch a film on TV before heading to bed rather late.

 

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A little drink to accompany the film!

 

The idea was to get up early and maybe go swimming or take in a museum or two…

Firstly, the late night meant no one wanted to get up, and secondly, as some of you already know, I had some sad news regarding the passing of my cousin. My mood wasn’t in it initially.

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We just relaxed at the apartment, until the rest of the family woke, and after lunch, we popped back into the West End, but not before a visit to the iconic toy store Hamleys!

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And a stroll down Carnaby Street!

There we found this little store which Lil Man described as a ‘Kitchen equivalent of Smiggle! Have you been to Smiggle? It’s an overpriced stationary store, very kitsch and all that, but secretly I love it… because stationary is my downfall!

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The kids were starting to flag, as was Hubby Dearest, so we headed to China Town for dinner.

We ate at Wong Kei’s.

Have you heard of Wong Kei’s? It’s kind of an infamous Chinese restaurant. No frills, fantastic food, 4 floors which are usually always packed, and the customer service is to die for!

Who am I kidding? It is actually famous for its great food, and rude staff! They are hilarious! I have been several times in my life, and when I was at University, the first time we went, a waiter served us, never cracking a smile (and considering there were 10 attractive young ladies there, that was hard work!) until the end when we paid our bill! He piped up, as he handed the receipt to us, ” And I hope I never see you again!” and beamed at us!

Since then we have been served by staff who didn’t speak the whole time we were there, just using hand gestures, and we’ve been told off for requesting a spoon or fork to eat with…D’oh, that’s why the chopsticks are there, dummy!

The kids have been twice with us, and it was their request to go again, and we are but their humble servants, so off we went to Wong Kei’s!

After a very filling and tasty dinner, we went back to our apartment, and took in another family film before a slightly earlier night!

It was a 10.30am check out so by 11 am we were back home. The washing machine has been on, shopping done, homework sorted… now just one more day until school starts again…

I need another week off!

( I had so many more photos, but as you know, if the kids are in them, I don’t use them! But suffice to say, all enjoyed themselves !)

Chopsticks!



I can do it! See! (holds empty chopsticks in the air!)

(Actually I can do it! Just liked this pic lol!)

Taken at Wong Kei’s in London, a fascinating Chinese restaurant, where the food is amazing, but the service is famousy abrupt and almost rude! Great fun though! We even took the kids!

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