Sunday, 27 November 2011

Ceilidh at the Caledonian Club.

Friday night was the Inter-Club Caledonian Club Ceilidh! What an incredible evening!! Huge thanks to everyone involved, was a fantastic night and definitely one of the highlights of the year. The night before, on the Thursday, I went to a Lotte's house for Thanksgiving drinks, and didn't end up leaving until Friday morning due to my intoxicated state, and the fact I was driving home. 

So Friday was a bit of a mad rush. I had to drive home to Uxbridge from Chelsea, go to Uni, go into town, do some work on my dissertation, have a nap, get dressed and ready for the Ceilidh, and then drive back into London. And all of this whilst very hungover! Hence why during the day I only managed to eat a slice of toast...and one raw mushroom (I love raw mushrooms! So much nicer than cooked).

The Ceilidh was a black tie event, so I wore one of my long evening dresses. When I drove in I even managed to find a parking space at the ROSL Clubhouse :O which doesn't happen very often because they only have about five spaces and they're free to all members. So I high-fived my car for being so lucky and then went into ROSL to meet my friend Ciara. We went down to the powder room to do our hair and make-up together whilst having a mini-gossiping session, and then of course we took photos in the loos...I mean come on, it's mandatory!

The classic 'mirror toilet shot' that all girls take
when going out somewhere, complete with big cheesy grins!

When we were all ready and had taken a few photos, we went to find a taxi, and were not impressed at all when a man stole one from us!! How dare he, how ungentlemanly of him. We eventually got one and headed to The Caledonian Club in Belgravia. It only cost £4.80 - bargain! After putting our extra bags and coats in the cloakroom we headed upstairs to where the drinks reception was being held. We were then all led into the room where our three course meal was being served, while bagpipes were played! It was all very exciting!

We had traditional Haggis, Neeps and Tatties for dinner, and I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised with the Haggis (Sheep's heart, liver and lungs, cooked in the Sheep's stomach). I very gingerly tasted a tiny bit, and then the pieces gradually got bigger and bigger until I realized I liked it and could then put normal portions in my mouth :) but I then made the mistake of pouring the whole glass of whiskey over it all...and I don't like Whiskey. Woops.

After dinner the dancing started. I'm not the best dancer in the world and it was extremely hot in the ballroom, so I only did a few dances, but it was great fun! And the dance floor was a fully sprung dance floor! It was so cool, when everyone was dancing it bounced! :O You could actually see the floor bouncing up and down! Amazing!

A couple of friends and I left at around 2:30am, and when I got home I discovered I was locked out of my house! So I was standing there at 3am in a ball dress outside my house in the middle of Uxbridge, locked out. Fan-bloody-tastic. I kept trying my key and it just kept turning in the lock and it wouldn't open, but eventually I managed to get hold of one of my housemate's who came downstairs and let me in...turns out they had double bolted it when they'd gone to bed, haha. I don't know what I would have done if I'd been locked out all night, I would have had to of driven back to Guildford, or slept in my car in the driveway :/

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Ted Baker Raul Dress.

I want this dress. The Ted Baker Raul Lace Ball Dress. I just need a spare £399....which I don't have right now. Literally the most beautiful dress I have seen for a long time. I am in love.

I can't decide which colour I prefer though - the pink shows off the lace detail more but that colour drains me...and the black is more versatile. Hmm. I think the mauve is my favourite.


Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Drinks With the Girls.

On Tuesday evening I headed into London to meet a couple of my girlfriends for drinks at the Royal Automobile Club (RAC) on Pall Mall. After two bottles of wine in the Long Bar, a lot of gossiping and catching up, we stumbled around the club to give Ciara a tour, as she hadn't been before.

We got some free champagne (we found it in the library!? It must have been there a while though because it was flat...), and then headed to the TV room to do what girls do best...take photos. To be honest I'm surprised we didn't get kicked out as we were giggling loads...but we had a lot of fun! I guess we were contained in one room though, so it wasn't so bad. Here are just a couple of photos that warm my heart and make me giggle a little :)

Love us

Cutest photo ever? I think so!


Sunday, 13 November 2011

The Savage Club.

Friday night I went to an Inter-Club event at The Savage Club. I made the mistake of wearing shoes I can't really walk in, but they are gorgeous (they're a deep red wine colour), and as I was wearing a black dress I didn't want to wear black shoes as well. But after I had had some wine, they made me look even more drunk than I already was. *sigh*.

Anyway, the event itself was brilliant, so much fun! We had a three course meal upstairs in The National Liberal Club (The Savage Club have always been 'nomads' and resided within another club - currently they are inside The National Liberal Club.), which included a delicious 'Supreme of Pheasant en Croute with a Truffle Jus' for the main course, before entertainment that included a violinist, singers, a pianist, and a comedian. Once the entertainment was over we moved downstairs to the Savage Club for drinks. We didn't end up leaving until about 1:30am! And I'm afraid we only got one photo, we were having far too much of a good time!

The Savage Club is a bad influence on me.


Friday, 11 November 2011

Lest We Forget.

Today is Remembrance Day. Not only is it a day for us to remember those killed and injured in WWI and WWII, but also a day for us to remember those who have been killed and injured in all wars, especially the war still going on in Iraq and Afghanistan. It's important for us to remember those men and women who died fighting for our country. Everyone will know someone who died for our freedom. Thankfully we only have two members of our family who were killed. So today, on the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, of the eleventh month, I will be remembering Reginald Woodcock, and Henry Ellis. Lest We Forget.

Why do I wear a poppy? I'll tell you if I may,
Because I believe remembrance is not only for one day.
I wear it for the fallen, And for those falling still.
For those who come back broken, in body or in will.
For the parents, spouses, siblings, where bereavement takes its toll.
Whose pain will never leave them, it eats into their soul.
For the wino in the corner, of his old life nothing's left.
Now he wishes when in battle, he had died a hero's death.
For the lad who loved a kick-about, in the park with all his mates,
But now his legs are held together, with pins and metal plates.
For the selfless men and women, whose final journey home,
is in a Union flag-draped coffin, on comrades' shoulders borne.
For all those marching proudly, in Remembrance day parades,
My Poppy's worn in gratitude, for the sacrifice they made.

Henry Ellis
Born 11th January 1887
Died 25th September 1917
Rest In Peace

Laying down flowers when I visited Henry Ellis's grave in 2006. I was an un-cool 15 year old - please excuse the clothes.

Grave number IX.E.20. Duhallow ADS Cemetery, Ypres, Belgium.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun, and in the morning
We will remember them.


Thursday, 10 November 2011

The Richest Hill on Earth.

This morning when I was at my Grandma's she told me she'd found something exciting, that I was going to love. I guessed it was something to do with the family tree, but I had no idea what it would be exactly. What she produced was incredible. She had been looking for a necklace in my late Grandfather's drawer and found a letter folded up...but it wasn't just any old paper letter. It was a copper letter, from the copper mine in Butte, Montana.

It was dated 28th September 1933, and was from my Great Great Uncle Daniel, to my Great Grandfather (Daniel's brother) Frederick. It also has a small message from Dan and Fred's sister Frances on it, as Frances and her family lived near Daniel in America. We have been researching the family tree for many years now, and I have taken an active role since I was seven years old. It's always been important to me to find out who I am and where I've come from, and I love the rush of adrenaline and excitement you get when you find out something new.

Just to hold an 80 year old letter in my hands, that was written by one of my ancestors, was incredible. It even has their fingerprints very clearly on it! It's very difficult to read, but here are some photos;

Just in case you can't read it, it says;

'Dear Fred
Just a copper souvenir from Butte, the greatest mining camp on Earth. Here on business & pleasure & visiting Frances and the family.
Dan Lux'

The bottom part says;
'Harry Bertrand'
'Kenneth Bertrand'
'Hello Freddie and Minnie, from Frances'
(So I'm guessing they signed their names at the bottom of Dan's letter as a kind of 'Hello/from all of us' thing.)

Anyone know anything about these letters or the copper mines in Butte?!

EDIT: We have now found Harry Bertrand's children and grandchildren in the US (our second and third cousins), and are in regular contact with them! Amazing!

Baby Mini Cooper.

I've spent the past few days at my Grandma's house in North Wales. While I was there I spent a day with my best friend Anna, and 11 month old God-daughter Rosie. We took her to Toys r Us where she had great fun playing in a pink baby Mini Cooper, and then we went into Chester to go for lunch at Zizzi's. We had such a funny day - everything kept going wrong, but it gave us lots to laugh about! 

She looks like a such a little pro with one hand on the wheel and the other on her knee!

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Bonfire Night.

For Bonfire Night me and some of my friends from the Inter-Club group went to the Ealing Fireworks, before heading to Star Bar in Ealing for an after-party. The event itself was fantastic, but the fireworks were a bit disappointing, the Stoke Park ones in Guildford are much more impressive. But, it was soooo good there actually being a bonfire there on bonfire night! The ones in Guildford aren't allowed a bonfire for some reason and it always ruins it. After all, it's bonfire night, you have to have a bonfire! Huge thanks to Arleen for organizing such a fantastic event, and Piers for the sparklers!!!


Saturday, 5 November 2011

Mexican Moustaches.

Last night was one of my best friend's 21st birthday party. Emma and I have been best friends since we were four years old, and she even came out to Australia to visit me when we lived out there for a year and a half. The party's theme was 'Mexican Moustaches', everyone had to dress as something Mexican, and wear a moustache, so I went as a bandit and Emma as a Chilli, and Ursula just wore normal clothes with a 'brigadier' type moustache.

As you can see we all look incredibly attractive. I do think that the bandit mask and moustache make me look rather like a man, which worries me a bit.

Here's a beautiful photograph of my mono-brow I created using another moustache...


Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Share a Coke With Catherine.

Thank you VERY much to Chaya Ahern - a friend of mine from Australia who managed to find a 'Share a Coke with Catherine' Coca-Cola bottle and send it over to me :)

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