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This week is my last full week of being at home for a while, as I'll head back to Seething Wells soon! I've spent most of the week relaxing and seeing friends and family!

Monday - 14 April

With a busy week ahead and some beautiful sunshine, I used today to get some sun, spend some time with my dog and get some reading done.

A beautiful sunny day!

Tuesday - 15 April

I took my little sister out today, to Hampton Court Palace. Although I only live down the road, I haven't had the chance to visit this year so I took the chance to take Summer out for the day. She really enjoyed it and we popped into central London after and explored Leicester Square, Hamley's and Carnaby Street!

Hampton Court Palace

Wednesday - 16 April

I've found a new love in baking. I'm not normally a good cook but these cupcakes came out better than I expected, especially as I made them totally from scratch!

Thursday - 17 April

I managed to catch up with two of my old school friends today at our local pub. I've known Grace since primary school, and Lucy since secondary. We're all reaching different points in our lives and it's so exciting to catch up with them when I'm home.

A new found love in baking!Catching up with old friends

Friday - 18 April

Being on a budget and not wanting to grow up meant a Happy Meal and Luigi!

Nothing makes me happier than a meal with Luigi

Saturday - 19 April

After realising I'd left half of my assignment in Kingston, boredom took over, here is a picture of my beautiful Doc Martens...they really are pretty!

I love Doc Martens!

Sunday - 20 April

My lovely pile of Easter Eggs! After eggs from family, seeing my wonderful Nana on her birthday and an Easter egg hunt where my Mum forgot where the prizes were, it's safe to say this has been one of the best Easters ever!

The best Easter ever!

Summer in the City

Posted 20 Apr 2014 by Nicola Elizabeth

 

March is the last month before the clocks go forward and do you know what that means?

SUMMER is coming! and I couldn't be more excited! I love summer so so much, and being at Kingston University has given me the opportunity to have so many summery days in London, so I thought I'd pass on my knowledge of how best to enjoy London in the sun. These are some of my favourite things to do when the sun is shining - 

  1. By far the cheapest and easiest - having my lunch outside; the river is just a short walk from the university, and there is plenty of space to chill out in the sunshine and have your lunch. In the afternoon/evening the river is the perfect place for a drink, with plenty of bars and pubs, where you can watch the sun go down.
  2. Taggs Boatyard is great if you want to set sail on the Thames, the boatyard is situated in Thames Ditton, just down the river from Kingston, and makes for a fun afternoon. http://www.taggsboatyard.co.uk/
  3. Richmond is a 6 mile walk along the river from Kingston, through Teddington and Twickenham, and when you get there it is definitely worth the walk, or taking the 65 bus.  The atmosphere in Richmond on a sunny day is great; there are always lots of people down by the river with takeaway cocktails and drinks from the local bars, as well as an ice cream van and often a man with his guitar entertaining. As you head further into Richmond there is a B@1, which is a must for cocktail lovers.
  4. London Zoo - whilst not the best zoo I have ever been too, it is a must when you are living in London. Usually offering 2 for 1 entry on the internet and late night opening in summer, it makes for a great day out! You'd find me by the giraffe enclosure, always been a big fan! http://www.zsl.org/zsl-london-zoo/
  5. Hyde Park is great, always different things going on, my favourite is the Boris bikes -http://www.tfl.gov.uk/roadusers/cycling/15155.aspx Check the website out for different events - http://www.royalparks.org.uk/whats-on The Serpentine has boat hire facilities available from Easter - October.
  6. The atmosphere around London is great when Wimbledon is on, and although the tickets can be quite pricey, there are cheaper ways to enjoy the tennis. All of the games are aired on large screens all over London and most pubs show the games, just makes sure you get there early so you get a good seat. To actually be there, you have to apply for tickets through a ballet process, by following this link - http://www.wimbledon.com/en_GB/tickets/index.html
  7. Hampton Court Lido - although the open air swimming pool is heated, to have a great day here, the weather needs to be hot! http://www.hamptonpool.co.uk/1-swimming/1_swimming.html
  8. In my first year at University I had an annual pass for Thorpe park as I am massive fan of roller coasters, and Thorpe Park is home to quite a few large rides, although watch out for when the school holidays are on as the queue can become very long -  http://www.thorpepark.com/ 
  9. I recently came across Epsom Race Course, and can't believe how close it is to Kingston. I am yet to go to an event there, as I have been so busy but have seen that they often have free race days, and am sure when the next one comes up I'll be clearing my diary. There is usually an ice cream van there most evenings throughout summer, and I have been a few times in the evening when you are welcome to walk around the course itself.
  10. My most recent find is Box Hill, which has got to be one of the beautiful places I have found locally, and reminds me of the Lake District so much. The stepping stone walk is great during the week, but can be very busy at the weekend. If you're not much of a walker, the views are great out of the car window also.

However you end up spending your summer, make sure you get out on those summery days, as we don't get many!

The Fun Before the Storm

Posted 17 Apr 2014 by Jacob

 

Health WeekYo guys!

So the last few weeks have been pretty hectic. The ever-looming threat of coursework deadlines draws ever closer, and I tremble in fear at its approach...or I would, if I hadn't been so busy doing other things! I've been filling my time with all the fun stuff that needs to get done before crunch time- with my first deadline due this month, it's work, work, work from here on out! Here's a recap:

It was Health Week at Uni recently- there was free fruit in the Cafeteria, Mini-Golf in the hallways and a Skittle Scooping contest(which I failed at miserably- don't judge! Throwing skittles with chopsticks requires Karate-Kid accuracy and concentration!). There was also an alcohol stand: we were shown the actual size of alcoholic units according to different glasses and drinks, which was a little shocking, to tell the truth! It's definitely something to be wary of on a night out- one unit of alcohol is usually much less than one drink.

I also managed to finish one of saddest books I've ever read: The Fault in our Stars by John Green is a real emotional rollercoaster, and I may have shed a man-tear or two at the end. I'd highly recommend it, whether you're a reader or not. It manages to vividly portray life as a terminal teenager all while pondering the universe and making you laugh out loud. There's also a hamster called Sisyphus- this fact alone should be enticing enough!Man Tears

And finally, I went to my first ever gig: All Time Low performed in the Brixton O2 Academy, and it was absolutely mind (and eardrum) blowing! Having been a drummer in a local band, I've performed small time gigs, but this was the first concert I'd ever been to with more than a hundred or so people. It was an ocean of pop-punk moshing, screaming fans, and face-meltingly good rock music. By the end I was a mess of bruises and battered limbs, and I'd do it again in a heartbeat!

As brilliant as all of this has been, it's going to be my last major excitement for a while: like I said, from here on out it's me and Microsoft Word till my work is done. Wish me luck guys, see ya later!

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