Donna H.

Category: Lunch

Edinburgh, July 2013

Ewan and I are spending the summer apart as I’m home in Shetland working and staying with my family while he stays in Edinburgh for work. The week after the Rolling Stones I went to visit him, as well as to do some flathunting in Glasgow for next year.

Here are a few pictures from my trip mainly consisting of sunshine, cocktails and food!

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London, July 2013

It’s a whole month since I was in London and I still haven’t blogged it so here goes.

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We flew to Heathrow on the Thursday and I feel like we packed in a hell of a lot between Thursday and Sunday!  I just love how much there is to do in London.  I’ve been 4 times and had a totally different holiday each time.

This is our hotel – The Park Grand.  Don’t be fulled by it’s fancy exterior; it’s basically just a glorified Travelodge!

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We were there in the height of the heat wave so it was around 30 degrees the whole time which was great.  On the first day me and my parents had a Vietnamese lunch near our hotel and then sauntered around central London, had a few drinks in Leicester Square and went to China town for tea.

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imageMam and Dad checking out the cakes and pastries!

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 I managed to catch up with my friend Harry on the Friday.  We wandered around in the sunshine and had lunch al fresco in the park!  It was really nice to see him as we don’t get to see each other very often and he has just turned 21 and graduated from his theatre set & costume design course. 

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That evening, we went to Loch Fyne for our tea which was absolutely delicious but let down by the service.  It was obvious that they were in such a rush to get rid of us!  Our mains came while we were still eating our starters, they took food we weren’t finished eating and thrust the bill at us when we were going to order more drinks.  We the went to a bar across the road for some cocktails which I unfortunately can’t remember the name of!  The staff were lovely in there.  We then went to the theatre to see Fences which was so so good! It was in a small intimate theatre and is about a black family living in America in the 50s and I can’t recommend it enough.

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Saturday was the Rolling Stonesday (!!) then on Sunday we went to Notting Hill and Portobello market before heading to the airport.

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Unbelievably I didn’t buy a single thing  while we were there!! Very disappointed in myself. I did go shopping in Edinburgh though which is where I headed after London to spend a week with my boyfriend before going home again to work.  Blog post coming soon…

 I seem to have found myself with three summer jobs but hardly any shifts!  Hopefully it picks up as I am skint.  In the meantime here is a huge mishmash of what I’ve been doing in my joblessness, other than applications.

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I painted my nails with newspaper which was a lot easier than I expected. Here’s the WikiHow page I used. It honestly took no longer than normal nails!

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Lovely photo of Nanny and my brother’s friend Jim! My brother, his fiancee and my nephew are all home just now too so both my brothers and I had people over at the weekend before we went out. It used to always be so busy but since we all left home it’s been ridiculously quiet. It was good to have a houseful again!

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I’m going to paint my room and furniture over summer. Don’t think I like any of the samples I got but I’m thinking a mint green if I ever get started.

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Can’t get enough of Snapchat. I cannot quite describe how delicious Vimto lollies are. If you see them, buy them.

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These photos are an insult to how beautiful they really are but you cannot beat a Shetland sunset.

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I customised these shorts that I’ve had for about 5 years to cover up the edges which were starting to wear (no wonder!).

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Sunny skies on the way to work.

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Cooking up a veggie curry.

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I found this old magazine scrapbook I used to keep when I was about 16 because I was super cool!

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Lerwick by night.

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Trip to Fine Peerie Cakes with Lynn. (Shetland dialect for ‘nice little cakes’)  Had some butternut squash soup followed by a delicious chocolate banana cake!

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My brother, Kevin; his fiancee, Annika and my nephew, Lukas.  We went exploring!

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Hay’s Dock – Outside Mareel & the Museum in Lerwick.

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These photos are all from St Ninian’s Isle beach in the South end of Shetland which is the largest tombolo in the UK and where the St Ninian’s Isle treasure which is now in Edinburgh Museum was found.  Read all about it here!

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Hopefully my next posts will be less sporadic although I only find out each day if I’m working on that day with one of these jobs I’m doing which is pretty annoying and doesn’t allow me to make many plans!  It’s all about the money ca$h dolla though and it’ll be worth it when I’m in London in a few weeks and Munich in September! 🙂

Kragerø, Norway: Part 1

In the Easter holidays I took a very exciting trip not only to see where my brother and his fiancee live for the first time, but to see my new nephew!!

Both were beautiful, especially Lukas.

We flew to Oslo Torp which is a small airport, roughly an hour and a half away from Oslo. From there to Kragero itself is another hour and a half drive with some beautiful views.

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It was late on when we got there so we had some cheese, olives, ham, bread and wine then headed for bed. The next morning we got up and grabbed some breakfast and Sophie did a cheeky spot of colouring in before we got the ferry across to town. Sophie Colouring

The ferry journey is only about 15 minutes long but I got very snap happy! You can also drive around but it takes longer.

Boat View

Apparently in the summer time Kragero is very different, full of tourists and you can hardly see the sea for boats! I’m very keen to go back in the late summer.

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How Norwegian are the houses?! I’m such a tourist.
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We went for a stroll around town and had a look in the shops before heading for lunch.

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I absolutely loved these water bottles. I think I might need to buy myself some for next year’s flat.
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Kev&Lukas at lunmch

For lunch I got a delicious chicken pesto salad. Others got chicken wraps, salmon wraps and omelettes. (It seemed to be a very healthy cafe)

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Then we headed for the ferry back home but (because my brother got the times wrong) we missed it! It wasn’t really a bad thing though because it gave us a chance to go and buy some wine and explore a little more. The children had great fun feeding the swans and playing in the snow.

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Ellie, Lewis, Swans

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Sophie playing

Coming soon: Part 2, the christening!

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When I saw that the weekly photo challenge was “lunch” I was super excited about the things I could do with it as I love all things cooking and food! But I am so completely and utterly swamped with uni work that I realised today was the last day and I’m stuck with this! I’m […]