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05

Jul

BIG NEWS!! I am moving my blog to Wordpress

02

Jul

We celebrated our first anniversary in the UK in Trafalgar Square. It was a day full of Canucks, hockey playing & poutine. We even got a picture with Gordon Campbell, the current Canadian High Commissioner. Happy Canada day from the Whatmans. Xx.

We celebrated our first anniversary in the UK in Trafalgar Square. It was a day full of Canucks, hockey playing & poutine. We even got a picture with Gordon Campbell, the current Canadian High Commissioner. Happy Canada day from the Whatmans. Xx.

29

Jun

Last week we had my cousin Dixie and her boyfriend Colin staying with us. One of the absolute highlights for me was spending time with them wasting away an afternoon sitting by the Serpentine in Hyde Park. The restaurant sits on the edge of this iconic lake in London and is described as a celebration of rural beauty in an urban landscape.  Absolutely gorgeous. If you go to Hyde Park make sure to stop by for lunch or a drink and soak up the atmosphere. Love!!  www.serpentinebarandkitchen.com

Last week we had my cousin Dixie and her boyfriend Colin staying with us. One of the absolute highlights for me was spending time with them wasting away an afternoon sitting by the Serpentine in Hyde Park. The restaurant sits on the edge of this iconic lake in London and is described as a celebration of rural beauty in an urban landscape. Absolutely gorgeous. If you go to Hyde Park make sure to stop by for lunch or a drink and soak up the atmosphere. Love!! www.serpentinebarandkitchen.com

17

Jun

Happy Father’s day 2012 from Kensington Gardens.  Xoxo

Happy Father’s day 2012 from Kensington Gardens. Xoxo

14

Jun

We are currently experiencing a fun filled 5 days with the Oswalds. Expect a full wrap up next week.  Today was a big day out. (Westminster Abbey, Big  Ben, The London Eye, the Southbank, Tate Modern & Borough Market for duck confit sandwiches). Me = tired & happy.

We are currently experiencing a fun filled 5 days with the Oswalds. Expect a full wrap up next week. Today was a big day out. (Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, The London Eye, the Southbank, Tate Modern & Borough Market for duck confit sandwiches). Me = tired & happy.

Big Ben - June 2012

Big Ben - June 2012

13

Jun

On Sunday morning we packed up the kids and headed east.  In a few hours we visited a city farm (Hackney City Farm… free & fab), saw part of the Regent’s canal, explored the oldest Flower market in the city & then picnicked in the park eating gourmet sandwiches.  I love it when a non planned day comes together.

On Sunday morning we packed up the kids and headed east. In a few hours we visited a city farm (Hackney City Farm… free & fab), saw part of the Regent’s canal, explored the oldest Flower market in the city & then picnicked in the park eating gourmet sandwiches. I love it when a non planned day comes together.

12

Jun

Celebrating the Diamond Jubilee

On Sunday June 3, 2012 we celebrated Queen Elizabeth II’s diamond jubilee in perfect English style. At the time I had my friend Caroline & her hubby Ben staying with us. So we decided despite the terrible weather we could try to venture down to the Thames in the pouring rain and see the now infamous flotilla. Who knew we might even see the Queen.

Before we left the house I hosted a Jubilee high tea which included lots of union jacks and yummy British favourites. After munching on fancy sandwiches of coronation chicken & scones with clotted cream infused with earl grey and limoncello & then washing it all down with Lansen’s limited edition jubilee champagne and Twinings special jubilee blend we donned our wellies and brollies and bide farewell to a sleepy Keaton and Stephen Jimmy.

http://www.twinings.co.uk/diamond-jubilee-tea-blend

We then headed by tube to London Bridge tube station which is one stop south of the river and is directly beside Borough market. Once we got up to the surface we weaved our way behind the market to a place that I had viewed many times before on bikes rides and thought it would be a great spot to catch a glimpse of the famous occasion. As we walked to the river we could hear people singing Rule Britannia & God save the Queen and it seemed as if every church bell in London was ringing. The best part as luck would have it as we arrived at the riverbank everyone was cheering because the Queen’s barge was passing in front. Great timing!!!! Despite the rain and deary weather the crowd was full of lovely and helpful people who made the experience even more memorable. A few strangers even offered to hoist Mimi on her shoulders so she would get a better look. What a great memory for her and for us.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1XPHL4Q86t4

04

Jun

Happy Jubilee weekend.  Above is a picture of the high tea I hosted before we headed down to see the historic flotilla on the Thames.  (will post more pictures soon).

Happy Jubilee weekend. Above is a picture of the high tea I hosted before we headed down to see the historic flotilla on the Thames. (will post more pictures soon).

02

Jun

Mimi turns 6 and I learn how to make poms poms. Just another day in the fast lane.

On Thursday I hosted Mimi’s 6th birthday with 17 of her closest friends. This year’s theme was a Mad Hatter tea party. Definitely the most fun I had was prepping and decorating for it. After years of putting it off, I finally learned how to make pom poms ala Martha Stewart.
Attached is a link on how to do it. If I can do it so can you. SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO EASY.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDAgjtScFpU
The poms poms made the party room look great and they are now they are gracing Mimi’s room. Gorgeous.
Another great idea that I have picked up along the way is instead of crappy loot bags, each of the girls received a strawberry plant in a pretty bag. They were a big hit and looked great at the party.
I have enclosed some pics from the party and a cute note that Mimi wrote me to thank me for the party. It may or may not have melted my stony heart.