Holidays!


Well, while I’m working through my backlog of posts that I’ve missed cos I’m so lax, here are some pics and stories from my recent trip home to see some family and friends in the UK in May. I managed to pack a lot in, and had a marvellous time!

May 2015

Driving home from the airport – grey damp skies, and bright yellow rapeseed oil in full bloom.

IMG_3168

Home!

IMG_3169

Opening all sorts of exciting parcels that were waiting for me at home – new hat, new dress, etc

IMG_3173

Tiggy remembered me and came for a quick cuddle! Even better, the vet has declared that she’s doing much better and can come off the medication! Woohoo! Here’s to healthy and happy pets!

IMG_3176

New crafty book to play with!

IMG_3185

Got home just in time to vote… not that it helped much sadly… (and don’t panic, I haven’t broken any laws by taking photos of my ballot paper – this was a poster of the ballot on the wall outside the polling station, and I asked permission before I took the photo). I was a little tempted to vote for the mad hatter though….

IMG_3187

Getting a much-needed pedicure before a night out with some of my besties!

IMG_3189

I can’t express how much I missed Grazia while I was in Iraq. I love my trashy magazines…

IMG_3194

And another awesome night with more friends. If you’ve ever played the Rizla game, you’ll understand how difficult it is to guess “Butros Butros Ghali”. And my evil friends have now managed to do it to me twice, so I decided to immortalise said Rizla in the tobacco tin hall of fame…

IMG_2978

Getting ready for another night out with another bestie – on our way to see The Levellers at the Colchester Arts Center!

IMG_3206

The Levellers – still awesome, although the average age in the audience made me feel extremely young…

IMG_3217 IMG_3229 IMG_3232 IMG_3233 IMG_3239

In case you didn’t know the Arts Centre used to be a church – very groovy place to see a gig.

IMG_3248 IMG_3246

We got a little over-excited when we bumped into Mark Chadwick (lead singer of The Levellers) in the pub after the gig and he decided to hang out with us for the rest of the night – and well into the lock-in that followed….

IMG_3253

Me and Mark, obviously. He let me wear his hat, as long as I covered up with sweaty hat-hair for the picture.

IMG_3257 IMG_3259 IMG_3262

Recovering from an epic-night-out hangover is easier with a cheeky monkey like this little lady to help cheer you up!

IMG_3269 IMG_3271 IMG_3274

Bunnies!

IMG_3280

Up to Yorkshire for a lovely spring walk in the woods, with all the bluebells in full bloom.

IMG_3679 IMG_3680 IMG_3681 IMG_3682 IMG_3683 IMG_3684IMG_3685IMG_3686IMG_3687

Me and the Moomin and her best friend in the bluebells!

IMG_3695 IMG_3699

Wild Garlic in full bloom all over the place!

IMG_3693 IMG_3688

Tasty slap-up Thai meal!

IMG_3694

Starting the birthday celebrations with some wine and a posh dessert with sparklers!

IMG_3704

And then continuing the birthday fun with cocktails and some good chat out in Oxford

IMG_3707

Colin the Caterpillar cake! Birthday round 3!

IMG_3710 IMG_3712

Brilliant birthday card. Love it.

IMG_3799

My niece loves her new My Little Pony doll. Auntie Maya for the win!

IMG_3727

Bit of fun family playtime at the Oxford Story Museum…

IMG_3737 IMG_3742 IMG_3753

I love the Storyloom at the Story Museum – I think it’s one of my favourite things. Anyone going to Oxford must visit the museum and check it out – it’s really interactive and great for kids!

IMG_3761

IMG_3771

IMG_3763 IMG_3765 IMG_3768 IMG_3769 IMG_3770 IMG_3776 IMG_3781

Walking around the deer park at one of the colleges. I’ve never seen this many buttercups in one meadow before! Reminds me of a children’s storybook we used to have about a lion in the meadow.

IMG_3786

Visiting another good friend who recently had a gorgeous baby girl

IMG_3802

Tiggy comes for one last cuddle before I head back to Iraq. It’s been a good trip home!

IMG_3791

IMG_3793

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s