Ice Skating!

I saw a livingsocial voucher for an ice skating session at Broadgate Ice and with it being the closet rink to where I work I thought it would be a fun Christmassy trip.
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It is actually really difficult to take photos while on the ice, you know with it being slippy and all!

The rink is quite small but it's a lit quieter than some of the better known ones and there's plenty of room for practicing.

I also love that you can see a small person fall down in the last picture - ouch!

Happy December


Seriously? It's December already?!!

And what have I been up to you ask? Well for starters I've done a whole heap of wedding prep.

I just saw this amazing wedding planning doodle and it represents my past month so well I had to share it:



I came back from the Bahamas feeling panicked that it was less than 6 months to go and at the current rate I'd be in walking down the aisle in just a bra and pants.

I did quite a few dress shopping excursions and sometimes all it takes is your mum! A day out in Manchester and we'd both got our outfits sorted out. My mum was so kind to buy my dress for me which meant more to me than I thought it would. I don't think that anyone, least of all my parents, owes me a wedding but some gestures can really bring a tear to my eye. So soppy!

I also sorted out most of the save the dates. There are still a few to be sent due to a minor envelope shortage but I am so pleased with them. I love stationery and really wanted to go to town with the invitation suite and it took a long time for the right idea to turn up. I feel that we have done something genuinely unique and I cannot wait to share them with you all.

We've also been the venue again for a wine tasting and paid the deposit at last so I guess this is really happening!

In other news I've been getting incredibly festive over the past few days here's an outline of some of the things I'll be sharing over the festive period:

- my owl advent calendar and it's special journey this year
- Sam's advent calendar
- our Christmas decorations
- ice skating
- a festive playlist

The cutest coastal town ever

Have I told you how great my friends are?

When you live in London you don't expect someone to suggest a shopping trip 2 hours drive away, but when I did, my bestie did not hesitate to say yes. And off we went to Lymington!

We had such a fun girlie road trip and it is such a ridiculously cute little town:
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The main purpose of the trip was to try on some rather beautiful wedding dresses at Exquisite Bridal Couture which is the most wonderful wedding dress shop in the history of clothes. Oh my goodness, the shop is so gorgeous with the most stunning dresses and the ladies in there are so fantastic. I genuinely want to move to Lymington and work in that shop!

Happy Bonfire Night!

Sam and I arrived back in London early Saturday afternoon and after unpacking we headed straight out again to a pre-fireworks food extravaganza at Josh and Laurie's house.

The food was incredible and the fireworks at Ealing Cricket Club were once again outstanding. 

Bonfire Night 2012 

Bonfire Night 2012 

Bonfire Night 2012 

Bonfire Night 2012 

Bonfire Night 2012

If you're playing with fireworks tonight then remember to play safely!

The last Bahamian sunset

Our flight home from Nassau was quite late in the evening so we caught our last sunset and it was rather beautiful.

Last Bahamian Sunset

Last Bahamian Sunset

Last Bahamian Sunset

Last Bahamian Sunset

Last Bahamian Sunset


Bye bye Bahamas!

Sunset at Compass Point

For our last full night in the Bahamas we decided to go to Compass Point to see the sunset and enjoy a cocktail.

Sunset at Compass Point

Sunset at Compass Point


The cocktails were delicious:

Sunset at Compass Point


Sunset at Compass Point


Sunset at Compass Point 

The sunset was beautiful. After a tumultuous few days of weather on the Bahamas it had returned to idyllic.

Sunset at Compass Point

Sunset at Compass Point


Sunset at Compass Point

We had a great time and then went to our favourite pizza restaurant on the island for dinner.

Atlantis, Paradise Island

So you've seen the damage that Hurricane Sandy did to our villa in the Bahamas. It's mainly superficial damage to the outside area. However, the pool is out of action and is currently undergoing major repairs and the owner of the villa has returned to the island to oversee the work. In order to make up for the lack of amenities, he arranged for Sam and I to spend a night at the Atlantis resort on Paradise Island. The hotel itself reminded us of Vegas, but some of the facilities really blew me away.

We had a junior suite on the top floor and this was our view:

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The grounds were really well landscaped:

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And there were lots of lovely aquariums. I do love a good aquarium!

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Atlantis 

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Atlantis

Atlantis 

The shops around the marina reminded me of Downtown Disney in DisneyWorld and there were some really stunning yachts moored there.

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We spent the day enjoying aquaventure, the water park, and had an amazing time. The lazy river is definitely the best I've ever experienced, with rapids, a wave machine and some excellent slides.

There was even a slide that went through a shark tank!

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Atlantis

A drive around New Providence

 I'm so behind because of the sketchy internet connection but last week we took a drive around the island of New Providence.

My impression of the Bahamas is quite mixed at the moment. On the one hand there are elements of extreme beauty on this island. We stopped at a beach and I snapped a few pictures:

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It's pretty hey?

But then all around are scenes of dilapidation or construction is progress. At the other end of the same beach pictured above is a partially finished building.

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And all over the island, right beside some stunning properties are half built monstrosities. It almost looks like a big crisis hit the island during a construction boom and tools were suddenly put down.

Sometimes it's hard to tell if a building is half way through being built or half way to falling down!

Home and a Bahamas catch up

Woo hoo I'm home!

I had a wonderful vacation but my access to the internet made blogging impossible in my last week away so I'll be putting all of my Bahamas posts up over the next two days.

A trip to Nassau

On the way to Nassau we stopped at Arawac Cay:
Arawak Cay

The buildings had clearly taken quite a beating from Hurricane Sandy:

Hurricane Sandy damage


Nassau itself was not how I imagined it and we couldn't tell if it had been damaged by the storm or was simply worn down. I took a few snaps of some of the less dilapidated colonial style buildings:


Nassau Victoria Statue


Statue of Queen Victoria


Sam with a canon


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