Friday, September 28, 2012

Ten in Seven

Ten things I've been thankful for in the last seven days..

Two lovely autumnal dinner parties to welcome the new season. Hurrah for beautiful slow cooked stews and casseroles!

Coffee and bagels in bed on a Saturday morning with my loveliest

Board games: Settlers of Catan in particular this week; and friends to play it with

Raspberry and dark chocolate brownies. 

Dennis the bestest hot water bottle ever. 

Our wonderful home group
Cocktails to celebrate two lovely girlies going off to uni (and delicious South American food here)

Rebecca Black and the Venga Boys. I know that's a little bit sad but I would be lying if I said that both didn't make me smile this week! 

Mummy hugs via skype

Holiday planning - ooooh yea!

Have a lovely weekend!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Follow the Frog

Someone sent this video round the Unit today and I think it's great! It's got a pretty effective conservation message but it's also a bit fun and quirky and has a fresh style and approach. I don't know about you but I think I might be looking out for those little frogs.

What's the Unit you ask???
 It's a top secret intelligence taskforce that provides top-level, effective and timely defence against exceptional threats. ANY threat. ANY location. Protecting humanity no matter how far it takes us.
No it's not - I might have seen that on a site for U.N.I.T and got a bit carried away. The unit is just the Natural History Unit at the BBC. Where I work. Simples.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

TV tales and The Mindy Project

So, Steve and I watch kind of a lot of TV. Well, not super lots but we like to have a few series on the go at any time which is a lot compared to my TV watching before which was generally under ten minutes a week. It's like our current "thing" and I know we might not always have time for it - but we love it at the moment. Our best TV watching happens just before bedtime, on our laptops. Mostly on catch-up websites like iPlayer and 4OD. It's great cos we can watch it when we want AND we can have the subtitles on. I might have a slight thing about needing the subtitles on always because then you never miss any of the dialogue. Makes sense doesn't it? I think it's growing on Steve a bit. The subtitles thing.

*Football or any other sport doesn't really count as great TV watching. Na-ha. Just saying.*

New girl is our current go-to for a bit of light relief and we're really gripped by a Channel 4 series called Revenge. It's getting pretty intense.

This programme starts soon in the US and I'm kind of gutted it's not here yet. Check out the trailer, I think the series might be good fun. So, we'll wait.

Monday, September 10, 2012

On Panning, RidingAcrossBritain and other things..

And it's Monday again! We had a busy, nice week and nice, busy weekend. We love it all and here we are again.
We spent some time hanging out with a couple of new Ministry Apprentices from Kensington, caught up with an out-of-town friend, did some mentoring and generally worked hard (at work) in the week. Half of us played football a couple of days, the other half went to London for a couple of days and then we had a weekend of seeing some friends and family, churching and going to Bath.

We love living close to Bath. And quite enjoy that we're getting to know it a bit better each time we go. Yesterday we went because my cousin is doing a cycle ride across Britain - spending nine days going from Lands End in the South West to John O'Groats in the North Eastern tip of Scotland. He was on day two and had got from Cornwall to Bath where he was spending the night. It was really fun waiting for him in the clapping zone at Bath Uni and cheering for some of the other 500 - 600 people that are doing the ride. Big respect because I could NEVER do something like that.

You probably won't remember this post where I said I would like to practice a camera technique called Panning which works particularly well for cyclists and other moving objects.
(In still photography, the panning technique is used to suggest fast motion, and bring out the subject from other elements in the frame. In photographic pictures it is usually noted by a foreground subject in action appearing still (i.e. a runner frozen in mid-stride) while the background is streaked and/or skewed in the apparently opposite direction of the subject's travel.)
Well yesterday I had about 500 willing (and unknowing) subjects on whom to practice. I've got a way to go but here are some pics from yesterday. My cousin Dinesh is in the pics at the very end.

Monday, September 3, 2012


The summer is now officially over and gone. Forever.

I could be over dramatising the matter but it's certainly gone for a very long time. And that's a bit sad. But the autumn is quite nice and it's the start of a new term (Yes, it keeps one young to think in terms of school terms) and I feel inspired afresh on a variety of fronts. Plus there might be more time for blogging. Might. I've decided that to be non-commital on the matter is best. What I can, when I can.

It's been a very adventurous few months - Kenya and then Spain and then home in India and I feel very grateful for all those experiences and very special times, especially in India. Travel is such a gift - one I hope I don't ever take for granted.

I still get nervous everytime I hit 'Book' or 'Buy', especially when buying flights or booking hotels and it's great! Like I should burst out my happy dance - but not quite yet, cos it's always a pretty big deal.

(BTW you really don't want to see my happy dance. You might not want to be my friend any more.)

There might be some pictures from India on the blog soonish. And some from the Mara cos I promised yonks ago. But there might not.

(See how I'm not committing cos there might be more important things to do? :P Oh yeah baby, this is the new era of guilt free blogging on Bagel Mornings! What I can, when I can - remember? I know that you, my kind bloggy friends will understand.)

For the time being though here's a bit of iphone photo joy . Stay tuned!

 Clockwise from the top left:
1. Mango and watermelon cocktails - so yum!
2. Lovely Arpi having a pottery lesson
3. Yes!! Paterson's camp coffee is the best
4. Just a pretty lotus pond
5. Can you spot the Olympic park?
6. Erm...yea.
7. Such a good recipe. Such a very very good recipe.
8. S likes the Biere club? Don't really know
9. On holiday so two ice-creams are definitely require
10. My oldest and best!

And some more:
1. We love gyoza! A lot.
2. Chorizo and Coriander risotto. Plus my mini crush on aubergines.
3. Bristol's water front
4. And the very last wedding of the summer.