I’m doing two posts today as I missed a day when we came back from Athens
Dear David Attenborough
You were my childhood hero. I watched pretty much everything you did on TV when I was little, especially Wildlife On One every week. One of my lasting childhood memories is coming downstairs late one night when I was ill and my parents let me stay up and watch one of your programmes. I think was about wild boars.
I read Life on Air earlier this year and loved it. I was so disappointed when my Dad got the date wrong for one of your book signings and I thought I was off work but it turned out I wasn’t. He did try to go to another one for me, but there were so many people he didn’t get to.
It’s amazing all the adventures you’ve had over the years and that your career is still ongoing. It’s so clear watching your shows how passionate you are about the natural world and I really admire that.
Please take me on a jungle safari,
I love this song! Pato Banton and UB40 – Baby Come Back
This past week me, my Mum and Dad and Rob went to Athens so I thought I’d post a picture and tell you a bit about what we saw.
We got over there late on Sunday evening but still had time to get some really nice food from the restaurant around the corner from the hotel. I had goat in greaseproof paper with tomato, cheese and onion in too, it was absolutely delicious! I’ve never had goat before, it tastes just like lamb. we also walked up to the end of the road where we got our first glimpse of the Acropolis. I didn’t know that Acropolis was the name of the mountain and there’s more than just the Parthenon up there, but more on that later.
On Monday we went on a very long explore, firstly around the old town Plaka where we were staying and then on to Hadrian’s Library and the flea market before stopping for a hot chocolate at one of the cafes on one of Athens’ many hills. After that we went and explored the Agora which had all sorts of temples and statues with lots of helpful signs to show you how things would have looked 2000 years ago when it was first built. We had a look round the museum in there before climbing up a hillside to the place where St Paul told Athens about Christianity. Two highlights of the trip here: Mum’s face when she got to the top of the jaggedy hillside climb to find steps on the other side and the Canadian God Squad who instead of saying “Cheese” said “Jesus loves you”. The picture at the top of this post is from there. After that, we carried on up another hill with even better views out over the Acropolis and Athens and were guided back down again by one of Athens thousands of stray dogs who we named Socrates (pronounced So-crates like in Bill and Ted). That was all the exploring then for that day as we were knackered, we just about managed to get out for dinner!
On Tuesday we went on a big tour of the inner city starting with the Temple of Olympian Zeus, heading on through to the 1896 Olympic Stadium and a bit of the National gardens. We got to Syntagma Square where we got some cold Costa drinks and watched the guards outside the parliament building do their crazy marching. We then got the tube to the bottom of a much higher mountain so we could take the teleferic to the top of it, not realising you had to climb up most of the mountain to get there! We had time for a quick drink beofre going up to enjoy the spectacular views all over Athens. When we came back down, we went back to the hotel for a bit before going round the Acropolis Museum which had see through floors so you could see all the bits they’re still excavating. We had dinner in the town again and headed to bed fairly early as we had to be picked up at 7.30 for our trip to Delphi the following morning.
The weather was pretty grim on Wednesday compared to the heat of the day before but we had a nice 3 hour coach journey to hide from it. Our tour guide told us lots of stories about the Gods and Greek history which was really interesting and showed us around the whole area at Delphi where the Greek City States had their own version of the UN back 2000 and odd years ago and showed us where people came to ask the Oracle their most important questions. he also gave us a quick tour of the museum there before taking us for lunch at a nearby hotel and then back to Athens through a massive thunderstorm.
The weather had cleared up by the final morning. We were a bit worried though because the guide had told us that it was a national holiday and we figured that the Acropolis, the only major attraction we hadn’t visited might be closed. Luckily it wasn’t and even better, it was free to get in! We walked up through the theatres and temples on the side of the mountain to the top where we finally got to see the Parthenon up close. I thought it wouldn’t be as good as seeing it from far away, but it was awesome. I couldn’t believe they could have built something like that so long ago. After a long explore, we came back down and went for hot chocolate again by the Agora before visiting the Roman Agora where we were guided by another dog we called Plato. We had a bit of time for a read at the hotel before starting our journey home.
I love that kind of city break where you actually do and learn stuff. One of my favourite holidays!
Disclaimer before I draw: I am crap at art. In school in Year 9 I got bored and cut out letters from a magazine to spell “I hate art” and stuck it in my book. My teacher wasn’t pleased. She was even less pleased when I swung in my chair and accidentally on purpose brought it down on her foot. I also ended up in A&E in Year 6 due to a craft-knife-meets-finger incident.
Comment post-drawing: If this is what I look like in real life, I may go jump off a rather tall building. I even forgot to draw eyebrows on my first go!
I love this lemon drizzle cake recipe by HungryJenny on opensourcefood.com. I’ve made it quite a few times now and everyone seems to love it too!
Ingredients3 eggs170g self-raising flour170g sugar, plus extra 1 tbsp170g butter, softenedJuice of one lemonZest of one lemonZest of one lime
How to make Easy Lemon Drizzle Cake
- Heat oven to 180 degrees C.
- Mix the butter and sugar together in a large bowl.
- Add in the eggs, mixing in each one at a time.
- Sift in the flour, then mix in the lemon and lime zest.
- Pour mixture into loaf tin and stick in the oven for about an hour. The top will go golden and you should be able to stick a skewer in and pull it out clean.
- When the cake is done, mix the tbsp of sugar into the lemon juice, prick some holes into the cake and pour the mixture over.
- Leave to cool for as long as possible.
This is going to have to be short and sweet as I’m stealing Rob’s laptop and the hotel Wi-Fi!
Dear Most Kids I Went To School With
I was such an easy target for you. I had frizzy, out of control hair with a fringe that stuck out a mile from my forehead. I had glasses, most of the time they didn’t match with anything I wore or my face. I had acne, despite trying every spot treatment Boots and my doctor could offer me. I had braces and picked horrible colours for the bands.
Now, my hair’s more under control and people stop me every time I go out to ask how I get it that way. I wear lenses most of the time. My spots have, for the most part, cleared right up. My teeth are straight.
I look at your Facebook profiles and laugh about how much better my life has turned out than yours. Even at my lowest points, often based on insecurities you instilled in me, I just think how lucky I am not to be you.
I don’t tend to follow a lot of bloggers, but I subscribe to a lot of websites with Google Reader. Here are five of my favourites.
Awkward Family Photos is amazing. They post pictures all the time of people clearly not enjoying themselves or being put in ridiculous poses. They’ve recently started another site purely dedicated to pet photos too!
Failblog is You’ve Been Framed online. Love it!
Becky Jerams is my best friend and has just started a blog about music and film type things
Not Always Right is a site where people working in the customer service industry submit stories of customers being idiots. I feel their pain!
1000 Awesome Things gives me a reason to smile every weekday