I say that as we don’t tend to do lots for valentines day, why only tell each one day of the year that you love each other.
We still got each other cards so a little tradition there.
My card to Christopher.
Christopher’s card to me it was huge.
On the regards to gifts I did a cheesy gift of a key topped with a heart, so the key to my heart 💜 I also got him his favourite chocolate , Milka with confetti.
He got me
A frying pan, weird I know. But someone sold my tefal pans which I loved , and we hadn’t bought a new one so I was sulking to high heaven.
For dinner as Christopher had a wisdom tooth out we decided just to have Irish stew, I can call it that now as Christopher always helps me prepare it so it has its Irish part in it.
Very small chopped up vegetables.
I precook the meat then add it to the vegetables.
I then added beef stock and then let it cooked for an hour.
But also another Tibbs Valentines thing is, our romantic thing was the 6 Nations England vs Italy and of course Ireland vs France. We really have missed a bit of Rugby Union in California. But we are making up for it in September we are going to the Rugby world cup in Cardiff, the game is Ireland (of course) vs Canada.
This is a structure in the centre of Leiden.
The below is from the Holland.com website.
The Burcht van Leiden is a 20 metres high citadel in Leiden’s centre that served to defend the city. The construction of the hill is thought to have started as early as the 9th century with turf and clay. The citadel has walls that are six metres high and many embrasures. The citadel offered an excellent view of the city and its surroundings so that any approaching threats could be detected and a counter-attack mounted.
These days the citadel is a much-loved attraction in Leiden’s inner city. The entry is free and many visitors consider it an exciting adventure to climb the old citadel. And the view from the top is still as impressive as it was in the past.
Wikipedia said the following too.
At the strategically important junction of the two arms of the Old Rhine stands the old castle de Burcht, a circular tower built on an earthen mound. The mound probably was a refuge against high water before a small wooden fortress was built on top of it in the 11th century. The citadel is a so-called motte-and-bailey castle. Of Leiden’s old city gates only two are left, the Zijlpoort and the Morspoort, both dating from the end of the 17th century. Apart from one small watch tower on the Singel nothing is left of the town’s city walls. Another former fortification is the Gravensteen. Built as a fortress in the 13th century it has since served as house, library and prison. Presently it is one of the University’s buildings.
We had been previously but I hadn’t gone up the stairs the structure.
But these are images from inside by me
You them go up some more stairs inside here to walk around the wall, a bit like Derry city and York.
At the entrance/exit there was this sign.
I know I’ve been so used to sunny, sunny, sunny, earthquakes and the occasional spot of rain, all thanks to Pasadena, Ca. But wow with the move back to Europe I was brought swiftly back down to earth.
Anyway this week had been a higgledy piggledy mix of weather. By this week I mean from January 23rd 2015 to January 30th 2015.
Any way it all started off with the strangest weather mixture.
As you can see can see we got up and walked to the station and it was very, very foggy.
So i settled myself down for the day to read and crochet. Then i turned to look out of the doors and i noticed that the fog had cleared look at the following.
Needless to say i was like “what?!?!” So as normal I took myself off on a walk.
Then an hour later this happened again.
Yes that’s right the weather couldn’t make its mind up.
Then yesterday whilst I was sat recovering from the dentist it started to hailstone, and I thought “Oh, here we go again”
Then it started to snow, to that I started to panic as I was supposed to go to The Northend pub for a trial at a job. But it was ok I got an email to say it would have to be put back until next week.
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Yes that’s right I trusted another hairdresser other than Shirl to cut my precious hair.
So I decided to go to the hairdressers Christopher had been going to, I thought he’s happy going there so I’ll try it.
Sorry there is no website for the hairdressers.
Anyway, my hair was fluffy before the cut.
I know I’m not smiling but I want happy about having my hair cut.
After meeting Lana (I think that’s her name) I was more relaxed.
Anyway, I had my hair washed and head massaged then the time came to have my hair cut.
We seemed to get along very well, as in chatting getting along.
I actually did something to my hair is don’t normally do i had a layer put in. Only 1 but it was worth a chance.
She realised that I don’t heat style my hair so she just put a curling creme through my hair.
I had to explain why I was taking a picture of the cut off hair and Lana liked it. You can tell by the amount of hair that is on the floor the difference in length for the between the layer and my normal hair isn’t a lot but it works well with my curls.
Like I said not loads taken off but it really helped it style properly.
I’ll be visiting Lana again for my hair and she does eye brows too.
As some of you are aware this Christmas was our first at home since 2010. It felt so good to be home this year later, even though we have previously enjoyed christmas away.
I will be keeping this blogpost short and sweet.
A brief shot of what happened at my parent’s house after our big breakfast.
Above is what happened at my sister, Laura’s house. As you can see our nephew for a spiderman web shooter.
I love the Salvido Dali clock my parents got.
Our Christmas dinner which followed prawn cocktail with smoked salmon. The dessert was Raspberry Pavlova.
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As some of you knew last week I was on my own as Christopher was in Italy at a conference.
So I thought get some pictures taken for here.
This is where we called The Shopping Street for the first two weeks we were here, it’s actually called Haarlemmerstraat. There is no translation of this.
This was for the Zwarte Piet or black Piet who are the companions of Sinterklaas, usually portrayed by a man in blackface with black curly hair, dressed up like a 17th-century page in colourful attire, often sporting a lace collar and a feathered cap. He first appears in print as the nameless servant of Saint Nicholas in Sint-Nikolaas en zijn knecht (“St. Nicholas and His Servant”), published in 1850 by Amsterdam schoolteacher Jan Schenkman; but the tradition appears to date back at least as far as the early 19th Century.
These are just some pictures of around Leiden just to give future visitors a sneak peak.
Our aussie pub where we go watch Liverpool at and meet more British Liverpool fans.