Do you remember your first SNOG?

One of my favorite treats in London. SNOG! No only does it have a great name that they do some awesome puns with but what they sell is yummy that I can’t walk past without getting someImage

It’s a frozen yogurt store that has no fat or sugar instead its sweetened with Agave Nectar. You have the choice of 4 yogurt flavors Natural, Cherry, Chocolate & Passion-fruit. Also today to my delight today they had changed the passion-fruit flavor to MANGO yum!

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Once you’ve chosen your flavor you then choose your toppings which aren’t quite as healthy as the yogurt it’s self. You can choose up to 3 toppings. Normally I’ll go for one or two fruits and one bad topping like choc chips or Oreo cookies. Today I had strawberries and dark chocolate chips. So delicious. 

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Also in winter they do hot toppings. The Apple Crumble one looks so yummy. Can’t wait for December so I can try it. 

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Also look how pretty the roof is

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So that’s my London recommendation for the day. If your in London find a snog and get some. If I could I’d snog everyday…

 

Scotland: We’re going on a bear hunt…

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We’re going on a bear hunt
Gonna catch a big one
We’re not scared
It’s a beautiful day

Oh look, grass! Swishy-wishy grass.
We can’t go over it, we can’t go under it.
Ohhh NO!
We gotta go through it.

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Swish swish, swish swish,
Swish swish, swish swish

Oh look, a river! A cold dark river.
We can’t go over it, we can’t go under it.
Ohhh NO!
We gotta go through it.

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Splish splash, splish splash.
Splish splash, splish splash.

Oh look, mud! Icky-gicky mud.
We can’t go over it, we can’t go under it.
Ohhh NO!
We gotta go through it.

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Ploo ploo, ploo ploo
ploo ploo, ploo ploo.

Oh look, a forest! A tall, tall forest.
We can’t go over it, we can’t go under it.
Ohhh NO!
We gotta go through it.
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Stumble trip, stumble trip.
Stumble trip, stumble trip.

To sum up.  In Scotland my cousin Gemma took me for a walk around the area, which is mostly paddocks and fields. It’s beautiful. On this walk we went through grass, mud, met some cows and got me stuck down a hole. I managed to climb out eventually but it gave us a good giggle at the time.

I’ve got a couple of things lined up to tell you about in the next few days. So watch this space

Em xoxo

The V&A Museum

 

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Last Saturday I headed up to The Victoria & Albert museum with a new friend. She is also from Australia but has been here a bit longer than me.

We met up at South Kensington Station and walked over to the museum. We started off by wandering through the Medieval area seeing some beautiful old architecture and art.

 These are some beautiful old plates that represent each month of the year. I took a close up of my month of course

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A beautiful hand painted book

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Medieval Tapestry

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We also went through the Jewellery Section but I got told off for taking pictures so I don’t have any. It is quite an impressive collection really, ranging all the way from Ancient Egyptian to pieces from 2008.

Once we came out of all the sparkly jewelry section we found my favorite area…Theater & Performance. It seemed very fitting to explore it. So we took our time to look at it all

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An original score from Jesus Christ Superstar:

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An original promotion package from Chicago:

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A Poster from a Cinderella production staring the 7th Doctor Who!

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Ticket box sign from the Theatre Royal Drury Lane:

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A box from the Palace Theatre of Varieties in 1904:

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An amazing painted including over 200 stars of the Edwardian Music Hall in 1902-1903

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Exhausted after all our exploring it was time to have a quick lunch in the cafe and part ways. We only got through a very small amount of the Museum so I’ll have to head back another day and get some more exploring done.

Em xoxo

 

 

London Calling

Well Hello London, I have arrived and I’m here to the stay…at least for the next two years anyway.

London is a busy, beautiful & historic area of the world. I can’t wait to explore this amazing city.

On my first day jet lag hit me like a Double Decker bus. I woke up at 4:30am and watched the sun rise from the window of the Egoli Hostel in Fulham

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Once the day had started I headed out in my geek chic Superman t-shirt and ruby lips and hit the town. I headed straight for Piccadilly Circus & Leicester Square to purchase my theatre tickets for the evening. Phantom of The Opera of course since it’s the reason the crazy dream of my started.

 

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I found my ticket and then explored the area for the afternoon. I found this fun souvenir store called Cool Britain. Where I purchased a new pen for me & two postcards to send home to the parents & my sister.

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Then had some lunch in Leicester Square where the double decker jet lag hit again, this time in the way of tiredness. So I headed back to the hostel to take a break & do a costume change before I headed off to see my favorite show in it’s original home. Her Majesty’s Theatre.

 I even managed to take a sneak shot of the main song as well.

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I went a bit too crazy at the souvenir stand too. I got both programs, a new mug to start my collection in the UK and a fake Phantom rose that I plan to decorate my room with once I find a new house.

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Unfortunately during the performance my chocolate melted and went all over my program which was a bit annoying but I shouldn’t be surprised since I manage to do stupid things like this all the time. I am the klutziest person you’ll ever meet. Aw well it came off easy enough but I was a bit disappointed that I didn’t get to eat my last bits of Australian chocolate. It just doesn’t taste the same here in the UK, That might sound weird but it’s true.

Anyway that’s my first day in the UK. I’ve been here for a week now so I have much more to tell everybody. Watch this space if you want to keep up to date with my time in London.

 

Talk soon

Em xx

 

 

10 Days to London

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Today marks 10 days until I move from my home in Melbourne to London. I am taking one huge step, more like a gigantic leap. I’m moving out of home and to a new country in one go. It’s thrilling and terrifying and every other emotion under the sun. I have been talking about doing this move since I got back from my trip to Europe two years ago but now for some reason I am completely petrified. I am going straight into a catering job that also sets you up with share housing straight away so it’s not like I won’t meet people easily. Then on the 16th September I will start my course so I will meet more people. But for some reason I think I am just scared of being alone. Here I have a whole support system. My parents, my sister, brother and best friend. I talk to my best friend every day. If I ever want to do something I have someone to call or I need to go somewhere I can just jump in my car and go.  It’s a very scary concept and I’m trying to find the excitement I know is there about this trip. There are so many places I want to see, So places I want to live and so many things that I want to do that I just can’t do here. I need to get away and find myself elsewhere. I’m in a box here. My life is boring. I have a dream. This is a step towards that. I know it will be amazing. I think I just need to get out there.  If anyone out there is reading this vent and has experienced anything similar or has any helpful words please leave me a comment

Em xoxo

Elevation @ Emerald

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A few weeks ago my Family and I went up into the hills for a family day out before I head off on my big adventure. We had lunch at Elevation Restaurant in Emerald which has been one of my favorite restaurants since I was 17. The doing good food, amazing desserts and have a beautiful view over the hills. Unfortunately for this day it was overcast and drizzling but I still snapped some pictures anyway

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After Lunch we need to walk off all the food we ate, so we headed off to Emerald Lake Park for a slow stroll and a visit to Puffing Billy. We didn’t actually go for a ride but we did have fun taking some pictures of the women of my family. Really I just wanted to show off my new velvet black dress that my Dad found at his op shop. I love it so much, now I just need to tone up my Jelly arms so it looks even better

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If you ever get a chance to go up to Emerald be sure to visit the lake, sometimes they have the paddle boats out. Go for a ride of Puffing Billy and visit Elevation for Lunch, Dinner or Afternoon Tea its definitely worth a visit

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Em xoxo

Miss Marples Tea Room

Two weeks ago I had a girls day out with my Mum & Sister. We headed up to Sassafrass (don’t you just love the name) which is a tiny little town in the hills filled with adorable little shops and cafes. One of the main cafes is Miss Marples Tea Room. It’s a little place inspired by Agatha Christies character and is filled with Miss Marples memorabilia.

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It is quite a busy place which doesn’t take reservations, you just turn up, put your name on the list and wait until a table becomes available. It can sometimes take up to 2 hours, so that’s when you go looking at all the beautiful shops in the town. Luckily for us as we walked in a table for 3 left and we were seated straight away. Even better it was Christmas in July! The whole place was decked out in Christmas decorations including a crackling fire place with stockings, classic Christmas music playing and they had a Christmas in July menu which consisted of Festive Fingers: an open sandwich with sliced turkey breast, cranberry sauce and cheddar cheese and for dessert, Christmas Pudding of course. Mum and I went straight for the Festive Fingers while my sister who is Gluten Intolerant went for the homemade potato and leek soup. Both were extremely delicious.

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Then came dessert. Now I don’t like Christmas Pudding. I can hear the gasps from here. I don’t know what it is but it just ain’t for me, instead mum and I shared Devonshire Tea. It comes with 2 extremely large scones with your choice of original or fruit or one of each. We opted for one of each, mum the fruit and me the original and then we slathered them in homemade raspberry jam and cream. So GOOD!!! My sister went for the gluten free option of The Vicars Folly. A gigantic butterscotch sundae with honeycomb piece and caramel fudge. It was sinfully delicious. I would know since mum and I had to help her finish it. 

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  Miss Marples is definitely worth the wait if you ever get a chance to go there and it’s so pretty that  you may not even notice the wait. It was so nice getting to spend sometime just us girls and even  better since we sort of got a mini Christmas. It’s going to be a very difficult time of year December,  since my family is obsessed with Christmas and this is the first year I won’t be with my family but on  the positive side, it’s the first time I’ll get a White Christmas. No one can be sad about that.

Em xoxo