Published: February 11th 2006February 11th 2006
New Years Eve
Claire (the glamorous host) and I towards the end of our new years evening
Hello again beloved friends and family!
Welcome to those whose names have been added since the last blog was posted.
Yes, I know, it has been a very long time since I have thrown an update on here. For this I apologise. Not much exciting to report to be honest. Lots and lots of work keeping me busy. No traveling or major adventures until I get more work behind me. But, have had lots of people complaining that I haven’t posted anything for a while so here I am trying to come up with some exciting news to make them happy. Let’s see if I can come up with a group of little stories and random photos from the past month.
As you know from previous entries, I was homeless for the first few weeks here which made it very difficult to get settled. All of that has changed now and I’m feeling very at home - at work, with all the people I’ve met, and in the house I’m in. Have spent much of my time since the new year arrived working, but have still managed a few occasions of fun. Hmmm, lets think…
(1) New Years
The lovely lady who opened her spare room as a bed & breakfast when I was homeless in the first weeks here
Eve was a quiet night - very much preferred after such a raucous time over the Christmas period. I spent it at a local party with several of the great folk I have become friends with around the University. A lovely way to ring in the new year, playing drinking games and chatting about all sorts with some wonderful characters.
(2) Girls night out! I get along really well with my 3 housemates and the girls in the house decided I needed to be shown a few of the bars in this town, and so became our first girls night out. I was very grateful that our social calendars meant we were all free to head out on the evening that was (the morning of) Kirsty and Andy’s wedding in Oz. So, instead of sitting at home depressed over not being there to share in it, I was able to hit the town and have several drinks in their honour! And we were still home in time for me to call the bride-to-be and wish her the best for a fabulous day! Love you girl!
(3) Ice Hockey. Went to the ice hockey with a crew from the
Love the Aussie consumables
A very generous birthday gift from my Auntie and Uncle at home. Lovely lovely lovely.
university to see the local team, the Guildford Flames win once again. Apparently they’re on the top of the table and they sure are popular. We were surrounded by season ticket holders screaming very unoriginal cheers, and drumming away on drums that have obviously become a tradition. A fun night for something different. Has got me wanting to go ice-skating now. I wonder if my skills in that department would have improved over the last few years?
(4) Different event for this week? - an evening with the Russian State Ballet of Siberia. Claire (gorgeous French friend from the uni) organised a group of people who were interested in going to see productions of Giselle or Romeo & Juliet in a nearby town. Given that I knew the story of R&J inside out, I chose Giselle as the new experience for me. Lovely to get out seeing live productions again after so long, and so many to choose from over here. Given that there is a theatre practically across the road from my house, more visits to live productions most certainly appears on the ‘to do’ list.
(5) The blog immediately to follow this one will summarise a
Somerset in London
The beautiful ice skating rink set up in the weeks leading up to Christmas
big Aussie night out on January 26. Deserves an entry all of its own!
(6) Now the most exciting event of the current weekend…
… the discovery of Tim Tams in the local supermarket! We came home with 4 packets - what a house of piglets we are! Have my English housemates hooked on them too! Nice work Arnotts!
Well, not a fantastic blog entry but will be sure to try harder from now on.
Missing you all and enjoying all contact I am able to have with you, whether emails, text messages, phone calls, or even see you via webcam. I really do appreciate all your efforts to keep me feeling in touch with home.
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