Monday, October 26, 2009

Another Week Begins


Just a reminder that the Vintage Christmas Giveaway closes today at midnight UK time. If you would like to be in with a chance to win the vintage design Christmas postcards from Fortnum and Mason, just send me an email to april@21stcenturyhousewife.com with the words “Vintage Christmas” in the subject line before midnight tonight. There have been a large number of entries already, but there is always room for a few more! Each entry has been assigned a number as it arrives and I will use a random number generator to choose the winner. (There are far too many entries to just pull one out of a hat this time!)

It’s a busy start to the week with personal training and yoga today. Plus, we are off to Athens on Wednesday. I’ve got family coming to stay in our home while we are away so I’ve been rushing round getting everything ready for visitors as well as washing, ironing and packing. We always have friends or family come to stay when we go away. We are close enough to London that it is a nice break for them, and we know our home is never empty so that is nice for us!

I’m very excited about Athens as it is a place I have wanted to go ever since I first learned about it back in primary school. I’ve dreamed of seeing the Acropolis, the Roman Forum, the temples and all the other historic ruins I learned about as a child. In fact,up until I was about twelve and found out it involved a lot of camping, dust and far more bones than I was comfortable with, I really wanted to be an archaeologist. I guess that is where our son gets his interest in Ancient History from! I should have lots of interesting things to blog about from Athens - provided the internet connection in the hotel works well!

Actually, I have never been to Greece at all before, so I am looking forward to learning more about Greek food and traditions, and going to some nice restaurants, which I will blog about here and also on Recipes from the 21st Century Housewife’s© Kitchen.

Tomorrow my son and I are off to visit an old friend back where we used to live near Burton-on-Trent. We have not seen her since June, so it has been far too long! We are going to one of our favourite garden centres for lunch. It might sound odd, but they have a fantastic restaurant. Often garden centres in England do. This one also always has spectacular Christmas decorations all throughout their very large shop. I’m looking forward to spending some time with our friend, and also getting some inspiration for our Christmas decorating! Also, I always enjoy long drives with my son as it is a chance for us to really talk away from all the distractions of day to day life. I’m really looking forward to that as well.

Our clocks “fell” back an hour Sunday night here in England so as I sit here typing at 5pm it is pitch dark outside. I’m quite looking forward to seeing some sunshine in Greece! It really is a busy time here as we will only be back from Athens for three days before we are heading off to Paris for a long weekend. I do love travelling and am definitely at my happiest when we are doing lots of it - so I am very happy (and so very grateful!) at the moment.