Rain, Rain, Rain

The other day was wet and rainy, a sudden break from the heat. Just to update you, I’m still working on getting a bank account. It is proving to be the most impossible task that I have ever tried to undertake. I feel like every single one of the snooty/underqualified women at the bank doesn’t…

Grovers Week #2

  Had a good look at the gardens at Hughenden Manor (read here for the rest of what happened there). Trying to read the map of the grounds at Hughenden. In the gardens. Grover would like to point out that he is a good role model for healthy eating. Sun’s a bit bright today!  …

I Am An Extra on Extreme Couponing

Unfortunately, my constant exclaiming of the above sentence means nothing here, because the UK has not been blessed with the American TV channel TLC (aka one of the great, awful, loves of my life). Their loss. Basically, here it seems to be a big thing to give every single customer a coupon every single time that…

Chesham and Bicester

From Friday to Saturday (25th to 26th) of July, I took the train up to Chesham (thankfully a simple tube trip with no changing stations, because I am going to get lost if that happens) to talk business with a lovely lady who is giving me some amazing opportunities. Once business had been spoken of,…

H2O Paintbrush

This is quite a quick and random post, but I just sort of had to say something about how awesome this paintbrush is. This is not even a promo, I just really love this. I’m busy trying to complete a portfolio to apply for a bursary for the university that I’m going to in Cape…

Hughenden Manor

On the 24th we took a trip up to Hughenden Manor for the day to take a look around the estate. We were aiming for the Manor first but we grabbed a tea first at the Stable’s restaurant, and they had awesome fruit teas. I had the Raspberry and Vanilla, which was amazing. Then we…

You have an advantage card? Yes, please.

I may already have Boots and Costa Coffee clubcards. But I’m not really complaining. The other day (I’m getting quite backed up with posts here) we took a trip to get me some vitamins because of that awful fainting thing at Chenie’s Plant fair, which you can read about here and here. I did find…

Inside the Mind of a 4 Year Old

It has been really interesting for me to spend time with Ben, my little cousin, because he is such an interesting little person. When I saw him last he couldn’t speak yet, and now he doesn’t shut up. He talks all the time in his funny British accent and has the most incredible imagination, which is…

Chenie’s Manor and Plant Fair

I gave a small mention to this a few days ago in my post about being ill, but didn’t really go into details regarding the circumstances. On Sunday we took a trip to Chenies to the Plant Fair, which includes a tour of the Chenie’s Manor. Apart from the first hour that I spent in…

Ctrl+Alt+Delete

I have several posts queued up to be released, but for one problem – the computer I’m using. I’m hoping this one will post, and to try and make sure that it does I’m keeping it as simple as possible. You see, many many years ago a witch cursed our family to never be able to…

The Start of “Grover”s Adventures

On the Sunday before I left, and all the family was over to say goodbye, my aunt gave me something that she had taken around the world with her when she had been travelling. This is what, or should I say who, it was: The idea was that I could continue his adventure. I did…

I Just Want A Doctor

Honestly, if I didn’t know any better I would think that the god of customer service has a personal vendetta against me and everything that I want to achieve. Today, I made the stupid mistake of thinking that I could just simply walk into a doctor’s surgery and register. I still have my old NHS…

Way To Make an Impression

 I have an unfortunate habit of falling ill at the worst times. I have a lovely recurring problem with my iron levels/blood sugar/blood pressure which gives me occasional bouts of turning as white as a ghost, going extremely shaky, sometimes fainting and often having intense, long lasting headaches. I have always helpfully had them in…

English Gardens

English gardens are just not the same as gardens in RSA. We might have fynbos and sunshine, but you won’t find the jumbled up carpet of colour and flowers growing all around the place in a beautiful mismatched riot of colour.      Like Wildflowers, You Must Allow Yourself to Grow in All The Places…

“Hi, My Name is Francesca and I’m a Primark-aholic.”

Hiiii Francesca… One hell of a thunderstorm woke me up on Friday morning at 2am, which had built up so strongly from all the humidity the day before. The lightning was so strong that my room was whited out for seconds at a time. The windows were literally shaking in their double glazed frames from…

Harrods Haul

Just kidding, as if I could afford enough things from Harrods to do a haul. Correction: as if I could even afford that useless plastic thing attached to a pricetag on something from Harrods. The point is that I went to Harrods on Thursday. Harrods was not the intended destination that morning when we took the…

I’m Not Crazy, I Promise

Another very picture-filled post, just showing my first full day in the UK. My mission was to pick up a UK sim card for my phone and set up a bank account, and to get tea, because that is of course the most important thing of all. Breakfast from this amazing old-timey vinatge Kellogs tin!…

Day 2: I’m Already Broke

…Or Pictures of The First Few Days. (Mum and Dad, I’m just kidding about being broke, it was an inside joke)   My heart is always in Africa…     What greeted me in the UK! And leaving Terminal 5     Taking little cousin Ben (who has grown so much since I last saw him)…

“Is There a Doctor on Board This Flight?”

My last day in South Africa was really just a mess of me trying to locate every piece of identification I’ve ever owned and managed to lose, while simultaneously packing my bag, because if I had finished packing earlier than five minutes before I was due at the airport I would have felt way too prepared. I…

The Last Few Days

So, the last few days have come and gone, and I’m actually leaving South Africa until December. It didn’t really seem real to me until the Friday before I left, when I came home and realised that half of my room still wasn’t packed up, I hadn’t sent in my university application and I had…