Well where do I start? We have settled right into London life and have fit a lot in over the last month and a bit. So because I have been so slack I will do my best to revise what has happened and hopefully not leave anything out.
To start with we both spent a lot of March pretty crook. I caught a cold at the start of March and took 2 weeks to get over it. Just as I was better Jac caught a cold from one of her schools and unfortuantaley I copped that too. Nearly 4.5 weeks of being sick was pretty wearing but anyway we are both over it now and good as new.
It was a slice of reality too as we headed back to work. Jac has been working at plenty of schools around the city doing supply work. It is bringing in the money however she is finding it hard for the fact that she cant really create relationships with other teachers. I guess people will never invest much time when you are only there for a day or two and we both can totally understand. So as a result she is probably going to look for a more permanent position after the summer holidays.
I'm enjoying my new job with Trafalgar. I had 2 weeks training and made some good friends as a result. The one downside was I was spending a lot of time, well more than usual, at the pub. Even managed to throw an ol' drunk Irishman out one night. Probably a good thing training wasn't any longer. Since then i have been out at my hotels with my Polish work buddy Joanna. I am lucky as I couldnt have asked for a better person to spend my work days with. The customers are generally easy to deal with (Aussies, Kiwis & Canuks), however I do get quite a few whingers (Yanks). I know it may seem stereotypical but that is really the way it is. I have made a few sales which is great as I get a commision but generally it has been pretty quiet. It will all start to ramp up from next week though so probably wont have that much time just sitting around anymore.
Our first weekend off from work we jumped on a bus & headed up to see Margaret. It was nice to get out of London and be back amongst friends. We spent the Saturday out at lunch and being toured around to all the beautiful houses that we will never be able to live in. It was nice being in a car as we were shown all the back parts that we missed last time. It really is a beautiful place. That night we headed off for dinner & drinks with Ann & Roger. We were taken out for our first Indian feed in the UK & came away a little tipsy and very impressed with the food. We headed back home & had the best sleep in weeks as we enjoyed the quiet & a very comfortable bed. The next day it was up early and back to London. It was a whirlwind trip but great to see everyone again. Next time definately a longer stay.
Over the last month we have visited the Science museum & Natural History museum. We also got to experience a place that is, well, for want of a better description, a day club. It is called The Church & only runs on Saturdays from 12-4pm. It is full of people in costumes & generally hung over but definately out to keep the party going. It was an experience unlike any other. We once again drank lots, saw strippers & lots of randomn boobs, & I even got roped in to a beer sculling comp on stage. We of course won and in turn got free drinks, because I needed more of them.
We had an op shop near us clearing out their stock one weekend for £1 & £2 per item. We cleaned up and came home with amazing clothes for our money. Plenty of things like wool & cashmere long coats, suede jackets amongst many other great bargains. It let us build up our wardrobes nice & cheaply.
The weather has started to become a lot better, finally. After 2 winters in a row we are so thankful that it is nearly all over and spring is here. Yesterday it even got to 23 degs. Last weekend we headed in to Borough market to track down some grilled chesse sandwiches we had heard about. The market is full of fresh food and lots of stalls cooking amazing feeds. We found our cheese sangers, stuffed ourselves silly with all other sorts of foods, then decided to wander around in the city enjoying the sun. We crossed London bridge and into the financial district. It was amazing because there was hardly anyone around and we saw only a few cars. It was so quiet and eerie but it let us discover all these little coutyards & fountains that we may have otherwise missed. We made our way to the London history museum where I wander around while Jac sat & read. From there it was in to Piccadily to catch up with Dan for some dinner & drinks. It is amazing how much the crowds have grown over the last month and as summer hits it will get crazy. All part of the fun I guess.
Yesterday was my un-rostered day (I work 2 on 2 off) & Jac had the day off as well. As the sunshine was streaming in we headed to Richmond Park for a picnic & to wander around in the great outdoors. We got side tracked and ended up having lunch by the Thames at a common in Richmond. It was beautiful sitting on the grass listening to music, feeding our faces & relaxing the day away. We eventually got motivated and headed up to the Park which is huge. When you are in it you really do not feel like you are in a city. We came across a few herds of deer which was beautiful. We sat watching them for ages before heading into the parks centre and finding a secluded spot by the lake under a beautiful tree. We were joined by a goose who we adopted with the name "Gertrude". We hand fed him (gender issues) chips and enjoyed his antics for a while. Then I dozed as Jac read as we came to terms with just how good life is. Eventually time got away so we packed up and made our way back home. We really are going to make the most of this amazing weather. Makes a big difference when you have some wages coming in too.