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Bonfire Night

Sorry for my recent silence, I’ve recently taken on another day job! I have been working at Legoland and it is so much fun! Unfortunately they have now closed for the winter, but hopefully they’ll accept me back next year and then I can leave the pub for good. Until then I guess i will look for other jobs, and temporary winter vacancies.

But it is that time of year again and bonfire night happens to be one of my favourite yearly events. I just love the atmosphere, i love fireworks, I love candyfloss and toffee apples, and I also love the photography that can come from it.

Luckily I was off work in the evening and so managed to get myself to a display in south london with a few friends. Unfortunately there were a few trees blocking my view but i still managed to get a few really nice pictures and was able to experiment with camera shutter speed.

Here are a few of my favourites from the night:

Abstract Long Exposure

Abstract firework flowers

Sky on Fire

Purple and Gold

For the event I wore a cute little dress one of my best friends bought me (for a straight guy he has really good taste in clothing!), my wellies, earmuffs and a jumper my mum bought me from Peru.

Click for Lookbook!

This jumper is made out of Alpaca wool and is AMAZING! I can walk around in the middle of winter with only a strappy top underneath it and still be sweating, plus it is really cute and soft!

But this isn’t it for my fireworks this year. On saturday it is the Lord Mayors display on the southbank and I miraculously have the evening off work again! I have a good plan to get a great view, lets hope that it works out and I get the shots i want.

‘Till next time!

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Alphabet Dating – B is for Bowling and Bonfire Night

Ash was in charge of date B and no matter how much I tried to guess, he wouldn’t let me know where we were going.

I was pretty shocked when we got there as it turned out to be bowling, something Ash really does not enjoy but he knows I love it.  It’s so sweet that he would even think of taking me to something he hates so much!

The reason he doesn’t like bowling is because he’s not exactly good at it, and no one likes things they’re not good at. However, after a little bit of teaching from me (despite also not being all that accomplished myself), he soon got into the swing of things and even scored a strike or two!

He also bought us some food from the diner there. He got a burger and I got a hotdog with some extra onion rings and breaded cheese. Unfortunately, although my hotdog was yummy, the rest was just so so. Ash wasn’t particularly impressed with his burger and the onion rings and cheesy bites weren’t really cooked enough. I don’t think we’ll be eating there again if we ever go bowling in future, would have been better to go to McDonalds.

A little underwhelmed…

But it was still a very fun date. Bowling is always a winner in my opinion. It gets you up, active and breaks the ice (if there’s ice to break).

After we finished bowling we had one game in the arcade (we only had a pound on us). The air hockey table was the winner and we both got rather too into it until Ash became victorious (obviously I was just too tired from the bowling…)

However the day was not over as it was also the 5th and we had already planned to go to a fireworks display in Walthamstow. Ash had actually never been to a fireworks display before and I knew this had to be fixed as this is one of my favourite nights of the year!

We got there not too long after the gates opened and decided to go have a look at the fairground. We were both looking forward to some good rides but as we got there we realised all the rides were the practically the same…Usually you find theres at least a good variety but these were all the same ride just with a part that span a slightly different way each time. There wasn’t even a ‘Hollywood’ or ‘UFO’ sort of ride.  Still, we paid £1.50 (cheap!!) to go on the one we decided looked the most fun and had a few fun minutes spinning around and waving our legs around in the air.

We then spent some time wondering around and buying candy floss, toffee apples and some cadburys hot chocolate with baileys in it! There was also a hog roast, paella and the usual burger vans. It was a very good and varied selection.

We wondered around for a bit before going to ask when the fireworks were starting. Apparently it wasn’t for another 2 hours (we’d already been there for around an hour) so we went to a nice little cafe and bought some mochas so that we could sit in the warmth for a bit.

When the fireworks did finally start we were certainly not disappointed. They were definitely the best fireworks i’ve ever been to see, although that isn’t saying much as these were on a slightly bigger scale and it was a lot busier so it’s bound to have more money put into the event. They were timed to the various music perfectly and really built up to a great finale!

It was definitely a fun day out and the fireworks were a spectacular end to a good day.

Now I just have to figure out what to do for date C….

‘Till next time!


Halloween Shenanigans

Sorry I haven’t updated in so long. I’ve been rubbish lately because my work hours are just ridiculous and not giving me any time for anything else. Luckily though we have just hired loads more staff and so my hours should be going back down to normal! However this does mean I really will have to leave for a better paid job soon.

However, I did have the day off on Halloween and wasn’t in until the afternoon the next day and so decided to go visit Ash’s friends in Basildon.

I did want to make my own halloween outfit but unfortunately only got halfway through before running out of time. Again I blame work. Instead I borrowed a friends outfit and went as a witch.

a bank robber, a raindeer, a doll and a witch.

We started the night by playing a bit of Harry Potter Scene It. Ash thought he’d be rubbish as he hasn’t really watched it as much as the rest of us, but we found that a lot of the questions we’re quite easy, or at least that there was a nice mix, and so everyone seemed to have an equal chance of winning. The mix of challenges is really good too, from just normal questions and answers, to watching film clips, making names out of pictures and guessing who the distorted character was. I found that I was really good at the ‘hangman’-esq word games, where letters would appear  one at a time and we had to guess who or what it was spelling.

We then played just dance, a game that I love far too much. Ash is surprisingly wiggly in the hip area.

Afterwards we decided to go to Jumping Jacks as they had a 3 for 1 on drinks all night! Roll on the cheap Jaegerbombs! I didn’t really get drunk as I had to drive the next day but it was still a really good night with lots of dancing to a good mix of cheese and recent chart hits.

Halloween success! Now on to my favourite night of the year, Bonfire night!! 😀

‘Till next time!