Picnicking and other bits of loveliness

So, after the whirliness and mix-ups of Friday, the rest of the weekend was a chilled and lovely combination. Saturday morning was a well-earned lie-in, then cuddles and tea and silliness. Then Matthew, Dave, Rich (a colleague of Matthew’s) and I all had a barbeque in our newly spangly garden – we now have a patio! And gravel! And decking! And a decent fence! Then on to the next event of the weekend – Newcastle United v. Leyton Orient.

Yes, Matthew’s beloved Newcastle were playing Leyton Orient, the team whose ground is a mere hop, skip and jump from the house. So off we went to watch Newcastle play a team a good league below them. And get beaten 6-1. Oh my! At points Newcastle were just unlucky – good shots juuuust getting saved and all that, but more than one of those goals they just gave away. Newcastle just got relegated from the Premier League to the Championship, so I think Leyton (and their fans) were just incredulous when the goals just kept on coming.

Me, I was just happy to be there, at my first Newcastle match. I can’t say I enjoyed it as much as the other matches I’ve gone to with Matthew, but I’m glad I got to go because Newcastle are one of about four things I think he loves more than me (or just as much, mayhap? ;-))! I’d go to another match for sure, but I think the lower league, smaller ground matches are a bit more fun. Plus, you get tea and chips! 🙂

Saturday night Dave, Matthew and I were just awesomely lazy. I made the boys watch four episodes in a row of Come Dine With Me. I love that show! Just lots of tea and chat and early night, and some baking ahead of Sunday’s fun…

…for yesterday I had my “Woohoo, I now live in London!” picnic. Our house is lovely, but with more than a dozen folk would get a little busy, so instead we all went to Regent’s Park for a picnic. And it was lovely (if a little chilly!). Cakes and champagne and friends and hugs and chat, the perfect Sunday afternoon. A really cool girl called Anna and her friend Maria came too so I and some of my friends could help with a project (more on that soon), it was lovely to meet them! We all just had loads of fun.

5 o’clock arrived and as the grey skies turned to rain we all went to the pub for more banter. Fun and cosy and lovely (apart from when a barman dumped some scalding tea on my friend Emily – darling, I hope your leg is all better today! Poor girl!), and Matthew and I didn’t leave till half seven.

Then home.


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  1. Army Wife and Mom
    27th July 2009 / 12:41 pm

    wow london how nice ive never been out of the US. glad you had a good weekend

  2. Wiwille
    27th July 2009 / 1:50 pm

    I wish I could see a match in the UK.

  3. Riot Kitty
    27th July 2009 / 3:59 pm

    I'd love some of that rain and gray skies right about now…it's supposed to be 101 this week! Glad you are enjoying your new locale.

  4. Jon
    27th July 2009 / 4:18 pm

    There's just something about summer days that I love. It's nice that you're settling in and enjoying yourself so quickly.

  5. Sparkling Red
    27th July 2009 / 5:51 pm

    It all sounds grand. I'm glad that you're enjoying the summer. 🙂

  6. Pseudonymous High School Teacher
    27th July 2009 / 9:19 pm

    Woo hoo you live in London? I'm thinking that is like a woo hoo times 1000. so cool.

  7. Scarlet
    28th July 2009 / 12:09 am

    Is London always this fun?? Who needs sunshine when you have friends like yours?? Let it rain! 🙂

  8. Susie from Bienvenue
    28th July 2009 / 4:48 am

    Hi there! joining with you in prayer for Stellan. Nice to meet you~

  9. Christielli
    29th July 2009 / 12:39 am

    I still need to have a "I live in Toronto!" picnic and it's been like 10 years. LOL On my to-do list now.I can't wait to par-tay with you and your lot in London!Oh, and I adore the term "lie-in". We just say "I slept in" which is so lame and boring.

  10. Crystal
    29th July 2009 / 4:50 am

    Thank you for the sweet comment today. And the prayers for Friday!

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