All change

So here I am, blogging live from London. And what a change it is! Whereas in the village my soundtrack was birds, the breeze through the trees, and the occasional lawnmower, here the air is full of noises – jets flying to London City (not too loud though, thank heavens! RAF brat that I am I was dreading low flying Tornado level noises), cars, voices, just the hubbub of the city. The closest I get to birdsong is the squak of a pigeon as Dave shoos them away from the back garden. Our little house is starting to look quite lovely though. Matthew and I built loads of Ikea furniture and it’s all looking quite sweet. I’m typing this in our cosy little study right now, which is a room I think I’m going to love. Such a good space for writing, working, blogging, daydreaming…

I went for my first solo explore yesterday, just seeing where my feet might take me. It’s a bit rough and ready round here, but there are some intruiging little places to explore. I’ve never felt quite so ‘other’ as I did on my walk yesterday. The East End is so busy, so frantic, so lairy…I think it’ll take me a wee while to figure how my laidback hippy schtick meshes with it. I was highly amused to discover though, whilst googling for images to pop in this post, that my region of London is also a code name for fans of ‘One Tree Hill’ (love that show. Trashy joy!) who want Lucas and Peyton to be a couple (4 evah!!!11!!)….

Speaking of trashy TV, I actually sat still for long enough to watch some today and yesterday. Yesterday while I was ironing (I know, how retro and 1950s of me) I stumbled across an episode from cycle 2 of America’s Next Top Model. Ooooh, fun! OK, I already know who wins, but still. Entertaining. I tucked myself up with a cuppa for another ep today. I also watched another show which my friend HBR had recommended, so I’d Sky Plus-ed last night.

Have you guys heard of ‘Four Weddings’? Basically it’s a reality show which pits four weddings (and four brides) against one another. They score each other’s big days and then the winner gets to go on an all expenses paid honeymoon. I actually really enjoyed the show – I think it helped that the couple I liked best won! They were so sweet…actually, all the couple were lovely, but I just think my favourites were the lovliest…

It may also help because I am actually a guest at four weddings myself this year… In two weeks I go to Maria and Colin’s reception (and I’m taking the lovely Christy as my non date, as she’s staying with me that week). Late August Matthew and I go to see his work friend Jon marry his lovely fiancée, Holly. In November I fly up to the wilds of Scotland to see the lovely Simon marry his beautiful Nicole.

The fourth wedding is actually the third in order, but I am super excited because at this one I get to be a bridesmaid! I am so thrilled! My friend Jenna is marrying her lovely fiancé Chris. In Texas. So Matthew and I will be flying out there for a week and hopefully doing some exploring in and around Houston (where the wedding takes place) and Dallas (where Jenna and Chris live). Does anyone have any cool ideas of stuff to do?

I am so excited for Jenna. Her road has been a trying and unusual one, and I’m so thrilled she’s going to get to marry the man she loves! Jenna and I have been friends since our days singing harmony at the Findhorn Foundation…

Speaking of the north, this time next week I’ll be preparing to head up for a couple of weeks of fun and silliness with friends and family up there. I am so excited (but I’m going to miss my boy like crazy :()! A wedding, a Join Meet, a Christy coming to stay, and some good old Forresian banter? Yes.

It’ll also be nice to recharge and be chilled for a few days, to go and walk along the beach, to drive up to Califer and look out across the Firth. I rarely get home for more than a few days at a time, so a couple of weeks will be grand.

But before that, fun to be had! Coffees and afternoon teas and lunches and drinks with many of my favourite folk….and…

A Mamma Mia pyjama party….

My first Newcastle United match (they play Leyton Orient in a friendly on Saturday)…

And a picnic Sunday….

Bring on the fun – hope all your weeks are going well!

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  1. Wiwille
    21st July 2009 / 2:37 pm

    Wow you've got a lot coming up. Good luck in Texas!

  2. Slightly Askew Designs
    21st July 2009 / 3:15 pm

    J.E.A.L.O.U.S! I've never been to England but would LOVE to – and you get to live there?!?!?! No fair! 🙂 ha! Your blog is adorable! I'm looking forward to reading more.:) andrea

  3. Christielli
    21st July 2009 / 3:24 pm

    Glad that the move went well and that you are all set up!That four weddings show looks interesting.I'm so excited for the visit. During this time next week, I'll be getting ready for Paris, and then off to Aberdeen the next week!Woot!

  4. Riot Kitty
    21st July 2009 / 6:24 pm

    I lived in Houston when I was little, and my advice is to STAY INSIDE!! Seriously, I have family near there, so I'll e-mail and ask them about cool stuff to do.

  5. Emily
    21st July 2009 / 7:45 pm

    How lucky to live in London! I visited Scotland a few years back and loved it. England is on my list!It's going to be HOT in Texas… be prepared. 🙂

  6. ~Amy
    21st July 2009 / 8:59 pm

    Thank you for the sweet comment on my blog! I enjoyed reading through yourstoo! I am from Dallas….grew up there! I live about an hour away now…but you will have a great time in Texas!Blessings….Amy

  7. rawbean
    22nd July 2009 / 1:22 am

    What a great post! Great energy from you! I can't believe you are going to Texas. Even though it's so far away I feel like you'll be a little bit closer.And you will be a superstar in London!

  8. steve
    22nd July 2009 / 4:24 am

    Would love to visit let alone live in London…you write like I am sitting right there…hope all is well with your new surroundings…zman sends

  9. Seraphim
    22nd July 2009 / 12:43 pm

    We lived in the UK for six years and had many great adventures there! I remember decorating our little place with IKEA furniture too. Have a fab trip to Texas! xxx

  10. Army Wife and Mom
    22nd July 2009 / 1:30 pm

    wooowww you have very busy plans and i am so jealous i have never been out of the US…have a good week and thanks for signing my blog i was starting to think no one cared about me anymore 🙁 lol

  11. Christa
    22nd July 2009 / 3:22 pm

    I would love to live in England! Thanks for the living room advice!By the way I love One Tree Hill too!Christa

  12. Jon
    22nd July 2009 / 3:23 pm

    The history geek in me is saying you have to go to Dealey Plaza, where JFK was assassinated. If not, I've got an aunt and uncle in Abilene, which is about two and a half hours away. They're always fun to hang out with. Glad to hear you're getting settled in!

  13. Sparkling Red
    22nd July 2009 / 6:17 pm

    I'm glad to hear that you're settling in alright. I had to look up "lairy" to find out what it means. New neighbourhoods always take a while to feel like home.

  14. Jessica {lovely jubbly london}
    22nd July 2009 / 7:11 pm

    Congrats on the move to London! Sounds like you have a v busy summer ahead full of fun. Enjoy Texas! You know what they say- "everything is bigger in Texas" and they do have lots of good air-conditioned shopping malls! J x

  15. Kristin
    22nd July 2009 / 7:44 pm

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! So, you're heading my way to TX? I live outside of Houston, about 40 minutes away. I'm with everyone else….be prepared to melt! LOL! It's been so hot lately!! Hope you have a great trip!

  16. Miss Ash
    23rd July 2009 / 2:16 am

    Awww you lucky gal London is such a wonderful city!! So much to do and see and wonderful bars….they play my music!!

  17. Rhonda
    23rd July 2009 / 3:01 am

    Hi Claire,thanks for stopping by! i love your blog, and will visit you often!I've never been to England, so i'll have to visit through you!Fondly, Rhonda in CA

  18. Christy
    23rd July 2009 / 5:11 am

    thank you so much for visiting me.. I am so envious of you! You are seeing some beautiful LIFE out there!!! I have really enjoyed reading, I hope its fine if I continue?

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