Tuesday, 26 February 2013

We do all the bowling!

Recently, my friends and I decided to go bowling as a cheap Saturday night out. It was such a good night, and it was so lovely to see everyone outside of work for a change. Admittedly I don't know who won and some weird random people turned up. It was only planned as a small group of good friends which some how escalated to fourteen!

Here's a few pictures of the night, hope you enjoy...

The girls from work


Me and Cindy

This is definitely a must do if you want an enjoyable cheap weekend outing,  I spent £10 all night, Bargain! At that price you could become a bowling king or queen.

Friday, 8 February 2013

We walk all the places!

In April Anthony and I are heading to the Lake District for our anniversary and of course a week of relaxation and holidaying. This is our opportunity to be the perfect tourist couple, or in our case get lost and end up doing something completely random, which sometimes is the best way to explore. Cutting to the chase, I want to be fit to go and manage to do a long fell walk without having a heart attack, also the weight loss would be a bonus.

My goal

Admittedly I am not great on paint but you get the idea so, to start my get fit scheme last weekend I went on a five mile walk with one of my work friends and her friend. Luckily the weather was on our side and not a spot of rain landed on us as silly old me didn't think of taking any water proofs. We didn't venture far but to me it was a new land, I'm fairly new to Hereford and didn't actually realise there was great walking land so close by! I walk into the town but the walk isn't what you'd call pretty, just housing estates and big buildings, hardly anything to inspire you.

Walking pose!

I know five miles isn't really a long walk it only took us two hours and I though I would have struggled but it was actually just really nice to get outside and see some new places. I didn't get out of breath once and I thought I would, perhaps not quite as unfit as I once thought. I'm going to start swimming again, and I will go because I really want to get back into shape. I feel like a big couch potato at the moment, the sooner I start the sooner I'll be fitter and thinner and probably a little bit happier.

I'll leave you with a couple more snaps from our walk and I promise to keep you posted on the fitness scheme.

The woodland


Thursday, 31 January 2013

We make all the pea soup!

On the weekend Anthony bought me Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's River Cottage Everyday cookbook. I've wanted it for ages and of course couldn't wait to start using it. The recipe I chose to do was a simple pea soup, purely because I had everything in my house. It's so easy anyone could do it and surprisingly tastes really nice, I thought it was going to be slightly bland but totally the opposite, I encourage you to give this one a try and trust me, it is good.

Yummy pea soup
What you need:
  • Knob of butter
  • 1 Onion - chopped
  • 1 Garlic clove - chopped
  • 1 Celery stalk - chopped
  • A few thyme leaves (optional but highly recommended)
  • 500g Fresh or frozen peas
  • 750ml Chicken or vegetable stock
  • Salt and pepper
  1. Melt the butter in a large saucepan,  add onion, garlic, celery and thyme then cover and sweat gently for about 12 minutes or until soft.
  2. Stir in the peas and the stock, bring to the boil then reduce the heat to simmer partially covered until the peas are soft.
  3. Puree the soup with a hand blender and season, add more stock if its too thick for you.
  4. Serve with crusty bread and enjoy!
Perfect money saver and tasty soup, hope you enjoy it as much as did.

We give you all the updates!

I'd like to start this post by apologising for not blogging for what feels like an age, and I am going to try my very best to do more regular posts.
So brief summary of the last two months, I moved out, started my new job, found out my friends having a baby, Christmas (of course), lots of nights out and more recently some good cooking!

My new house is awesome, I love it and my housemates are all lovely, since I've moved in three people have moved out but obviously the rooms have been filled, the ratio of girls to boys is 4:2, it's quite a change from when I moved in (4 boys and 2 girls). Unfortunately I haven't got any pictures of my house or my room so very soon I will post some pictures, my room is huge which is great as I have so much stuff! Hereford's not the most exciting city but I've got a great group of friends here, I'm no to far from home if I needed to go back and the countryside is right on my doorstep.

New job is great, much more intense than what I was doing before, definitely a good career choice.
Intense nursing
 Over the weekend one of my good friends told me she was having a baby, I'm so excited for her. Totally unexpected even though I really should have pieced together the signs, no drinking, not coming out as much, generally a bit quieter than usual and of course the story that she's told me a while ago, most people would have just figured it out. She's not showing yet but I'm sure soon it's going to look like it grew over night.

I'll leave a few pictures of my nights out in December and I promise to start blogging more often again.
Country dancing Christmas party

Night out with Anthony

Christmas weekend

Same dresses!
See ya laters...