Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Happy sighs x

So I've been a bit blank lately. I have photos, I have stories, we've been doing things...but I'm blank. I don't know where to start or what to say once I do.

I think it's because I'm happy and I'm not so sure what to write about that. Happy is so much more difficult than cranky and miserable.

We went to a wine tasting at Direct Wine Shipments on the weekend. Thirty wines in three hours and we walked out there with six bottles of wine, cider and a bottle of olive oil...and our wine glasses.

After an unsuccessful shopping trip in the city today, I took a walk around Belfast Harbour, interesting buildings and bits of art just behind our apartment block which is awesome.
 Murals behind the old Rotterdam Bar. I love finding these and other bits of art dotted around the city.
 This flying angel is outside The Mission to Seafarers on Prince's Dock Street. It's got a Bible verse engraved on the side. It was a nice to find and it made me smile.
That's what it said Lize ;)

Sailortown, where we live.

It was the first day of the Christmas Continental Market today. Lee and I went this evening, straight after he got home from work. It was cold, but nowhere near as cold as I was last year when I was there last. It was exactly the same as I'd remembered it, just this time so much better, for obvious reasons.

I love the market. Just one day left and then we're flying to London...Dubai and Johannesburg. And I've never been happier, more in love or more excited about anything...

Geesh is that terrifying!

Monday, 9 November 2009

Counting down - SA

Another great weekend in Belfast with trips to St George’s, a meal at McHugh’s, shopping trips in Ballymena and visits with the family. This weekend seemed to go by quicker than the last and I was rather sad to see Lee off to work this morning. I rather like having him around.

At the big fish with our market sea bass for supper

I think, a year and a half in to this UK adventure, the excitement and the adventure part of it has pretty much worn off. This is just where I live now, even though there is still so much to see and explore. I’m not feeling the rush or urgency anymore, and I suppose that is quite a good thing really. So much less pressure on myself to do things and see things and find every tourist attraction an area has to offer. I’ll get to them all eventually.

Ten days until we fly to London to fly to Dubai to fly to Johanesburg and we’re both really excited. I can’t wait to show my Lee where I grew up, my friends and my family and then go off for a few days of safari near the Kruger Park.

We're soo excited!

Tuesday, 3 November 2009

A walk in the rain

So after spending the whole day in the apartment yesterday, I decided I’d venture out today and explore my surroundings, seeing that it was a lovely sunny day with no signs of rain. Until of course I got far away enough from home to ensure that no matter which direction I went, I’d get soaked. Thankfully, my umbrella was in my bag. So I continued off towards the big fish and the city centre. But by the time I got to Victoria Square my impractical footwear decision started to get the better of me, and I decided to head back home, happy that I’d wondered far enough to get my bearings.

We’re so close to everything! I walked along the harbour and the river and watched the boats, the big P&O ferrry and the seagulls!

The Titanic was built in Belfast. We're nearby the aptly named 'Titanic Quarter' of the city.

Monday, 2 November 2009

Halloween weekend

I want to blog about the weekend, Halloween and our awesome new apartment, but I feel as though I’m not really going to be able to do it justice. It was that good. Everything was.

In between the packing, moving, cleaning and carrying things up to the apartment we still managed to have a great weekend.

We went to St George’s Market, browsed and bought cheese and olives and peppered sausage and freshly squeezed orange juice. St George’s Market is wonderful, filled with stalls selling fresh and organic vegetables, fish, eggs and everything else you could ever want from a market.

On Saturday night, for Halloween, we dressed up and went to Clarendon dock for the fireworks display. It was Northern Irelands biggest and best we were told, and it was pretty darn impressive. They chose good music to set them off to as well, which always helps. Muse, Keane and Snow Patrol, the sky all lit up, loud bangs and hundreds of people about dressed up and just warming up before a big night out. We had a pit stop at The Basement, next to City Hall before heading off towards the Limelight. We had a good night, finished off with my first stop at a kebab shop for some steak on chips and then the walk back to the docks.

Sunday comprised mostly of the last of the packing and cleaning and sorting out and getting the last of our stuff into the apartment. That was exhausting, but thankfully it is all finished now.

Yay for our awesome new place!! And just for everything really.