Well, its coming up to Christmas, so I thought I'd remind us all of some old traditions. Here's Baz getting very excited around the table as we were having Christmas dinner, and of course he's wearing a paper hat. This was all part of Christmas in our house when he was around!
Wednesday night, met up with Paul, Jage, Ironbeard, Clive and Ian at The Gun. Unfortunately Lev couldn't make it due to work commitments. Looks like a bit of a heated discussion! Photo taken with mobile phone, hence the less than perfect quality!
We went up the West End to meet Siv's friend Inger Lise, with her husband Bilal (or Bill Baker ;-) ) with their son Rudi. We went to a Lebanese restaurant 'Noura' on the junction of Jermyn Street and Regent street. Very nice food, and Siv got to keep the fancy bottles of Norwegian water they serve there. And Rudi was very proud of his new Bart Simpson belt!!!
On the Saturday, before we came home, we went for a walk around Hampton Court gardens, as it was such a nice day. A bit chilly, but nice to be out and about. And walking through the grounds we saw this little robin in a bush, we were able to get within a couple of feet from him!And here was a Japanese Persimmom...all the leaves had gone, but just the fruit was left!
We went to Siv's company Xmas party on Friday. It was held at Hampton Court! There were drinks beforehand in one of the great halls in Hampton Court, and we moved on to the Garden Room for the actual dinner. Here we are all dressed up. Siv didn't fancy walking through the grounds in her nice shoes, so she came prepared!!!
We went to Trafalgar Square tonight to see the annual lighting of the Norwegian Xmas tree that is given to London by Norway. It was lit by Crown Princess Mette-Marit. Crown Prince Haakon was also there along with the children Princess Ingrid Alexandra and Marius Borg Høiby. Read about it here: www.norway.org.uk/norwayuk/christmastree/christmastree.htm Very crowded with loads of people....consequently the photos were a bit slapdash!!
Then walking back through Covent Garden we came across these huge chandelier decorations in Seven Dials....very impressive!
Had a little browse through some old photos...and found some goodies....
Here's the lads on a Peak district walking holiday in July 2005. This was taken with a mobile phone, hence the slightly blurry quality!
Here's a group shot of everyone from the ill-fated West Ham - Liverpool F.A. Cup Final in Cardiff in May 2006.
Finally, here's a picture of Siv with Eli's dog Bubbles when she came over to pick her up in January 2006. Eli sadly had to sell bubbles when she moved, but from what we hear she's now enjoying herself with a new family just outside Oslo.
We decided to make the most of the weekend and see a bit of Copenhagen. Unfortunately the weather wasn't too great Saturday Morning, so we went out to Field's, the biggest Mall in Scandinavia to kill a few hours. We took the automated Metro out there on a Cold, rainy and windy morning.
Fortunately the weather improved during the day, so we headed back in town, and strolled from the main square (Radhusplads) down the main pedestrian street Strøget, before having some dinner. After this we went back and took it easy for a while in the Hotel. In the evening we went to McJoy's in Nyhavn near our Hotel (The Strand in Havnegade) to listen to some music with a few drinks.
Walking around Copenhagen at night you see some nice sights, like the Department Store 'Magasin' with all of its lights on.
Or these cute little coffee kiosks in some of the main squares..... Sunday we went out for a little walk back down Strøget for some lunch before having to get the taxi back to the airport and coming home :-(
Just Back from a great weekend in Copenhagen. Saw Keane at the KB Hallen on Friday night....they really gave it 100%.
We got there quite early, and saw the support band, The Long Winters....and were about 3 metres from the front....and expected to have to move when Keane came on, as there might be a surge from the back. Fortunately that didn't happen, so we were able to get a great view of what was going on! Here's Siv, with Tom Chaplin in the background:
From there, we headed back towards town, and eventually got a taxi to take us back to the Hotel.