Tasty!

Sorry I didn’t manage to blog yesterday but I was worn out! A brief summary of our doings is typed here:

We got a Krispy Creme Donut from the train station then went on a Duck Tour around London…. Duck tours are were you get taken on an expedition round the most  interesting bits of London ( in this case however we did go on a Duck tour in Seattle which was cool ) in these special cars from WWII that can drive on the roads and on water!!  Speaking of war, we went to the Imperial War Museum and that was fascinating as they had exhibits about all kinds of stuff on such as, The Blitz, The Holocaust, Evacuees and much more. The Holocaust exhibition was sad but we should definitely learn from this! After all this we were starving, so we caught the tube and found a lovely Turkish restaurant where I ate a lot of fried Halloumi which is a type of cheese that doesn’t melt when you cook it and it’s lovely and salty along with some calamari and some chicken shish… Yummy!

Sorry about that; that  wasn’t really very, brief was it? Never mind. Today we went to this place called the Wellcome Institute (don’t worry, I can spell, that’s it’s name) which is this sciencey place and they had an exhibition on about brains, which is a bit gruesome but still cool. They have a bit about medicine upstairs as well, along with a collection of stuff like death masks and prosthetic limbs, shrunken heads and tooth necklaces! I highly recommend it.

Tallulah and Oscar got fluffy germ toys, which they picked themselves, as a treat from the Wellcome Institute. We managed to drop Tallulah’s in a puddle on the way home which was quite amusing, so it’s currently drying out on the kitchen table. Anyway, after the Wellcome Institute, we made our way over to Selfridges but made a pit stop on the way to an amazing chocolate shop on Marylebone High street called Rococo Chocolates and because I hadn’t gotten a stuffed germ in the gift shop as I decided I had enough stuff, Mum let me have ten little chocolates instead…. Hooray! They were luxurious; I had some ordinary flavours but I also picked some weird ones too like the geranium one. Then we stopped at a book shop called Daunt Books that is beautiful and looks a bit like a library.

Finally, we meandered into Selfridges (tis big department store) and got the mug Mummy wanted. As we were walking up to the doors we encountered a small brass band marching along the makeup  floor and followed shortly after by an impressive on man band! we also saw some plastic Corgis wearing crowns and headscarves and some brightly coloured plastic pigeons sporting very fine top hats…

Next, we stopped at a cute little cafe for refreshments and because I am a great sister, I fulfilled my sisterly duties and drank Oscar and Tallulah’s hot chocolates as they claimed they were full. Ha ha! Then we got on the next bus we saw and rode all the way until it got to the end of it’s route and got on another bus taking us back the way we had just come. After that we just walked around for ages exploring whilst looking for the right bus to take us home. Unfortunately that bus drove past us so we had to catch the next one. I would really recommend just getting on a random bus because it’s really fun.

If you have been to London before you will know how awesome it is, and if you haven’t, well, you should because you will undoubtedly love it. Just before I go I must tell you about a book I started after I finished the Deathly Hallows. It’s called Into The Woods and it was fabulous; I have finished it now and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The story was based around the Pied Piper but bits of other fairy tales were woven into the story. You may think it’s soppy because it uses fairy tales but Into The Woods is really thrilling and fun to read. It’s about three sisters and this magical pipe which is desperately being hunted by the malicious baddy…

Well, I have to go to bed now, but in the meanwhile, Keep calm and carry on! 🙂

Love Owl x

London and it’s many rainy attractions…

We have come to London for half-term and despite the grizzly weather it has been really fun!

We are not here to see the Queen, in fact Mum is trying to avoid most of the crowds but we’re having a good time anyway. We have been to the Great British Library and Coram Fields which is this really cool park thing where you can only go in if you are with a kid, and they have a zip wire and big playgrounds. Also, in the summer, they have a shallow pool filled with water with little things  that spurt water….. We like fountains. If the weather gets better, Mum is going to take us to this amazing fountain on the South Bank which is concentric squares which shoot water up at different times and even though it’s freezing. I like the South Bank, they have a Wagamamas and normally there is cool things going on along the side so it is well worth visiting!

In the day, we went to this place called Highgate Cemetery and because no one else was stupid enough to go out in the pouring rain we got the tour guide all to ourselves and he was so good!!! It was really interesting and it turns out that he was in the Guinness Book of World Records for going round the globe in a double-decker and for driving a double decker on only two wheels! Also the cemetery itself was really intense and cool; we saw this little grave and apparently it belonged to this man who was this massive criminal mastermind of the Victorian Ages but he didn’t believe in violence so he was just this really clever con-man who befriended these super rich people and then robbed them without them ever knowing! He was never caught because even though all the police suspected him, they could never catch him in the act!! This was the guy James Moriarty was based on ( Moriarty is Sherlock Holmes’s arch-nemesis). There is an amazing Sherlock Holmes programme on every year and they do a few episodes but it has Benedict Cumberbatch in and he is a great actor along with Martin Freeman A.K.A Watson.

Tonight, we went and saw this poet called John Hegley who does quite comedic poems and he was fab-mazing! He signed some books for us and read some brilliant poems/songs…….. It’s really late now so I better go to bed other wise I will resemble a zombie tomorrow morning!

Love Owl

P.s If you are going to Kings Cross in London, be sure to look out for Platform Nine and Three quarters from Harry Potter! They have got a Hogwarts trolley going through the wall we all had our pictures taken with it! 🙂

Warm At Last …

I am so relieved that England can be sunny! This is helping my chili plant enormously, their stalks are quite tall now. Dad has just announced that we are going to the seaside for the weekend. YEY….

At school I had to run 6 laps around our school field for P.E. My legs ached like crazy! I have just finished a very good book called across the Nightingale floor which is about a mythical Japan. Mac laptops are amazing; I just bought one for myself and they are great.

See you all Later

Owl xxxxx

Yippeeeeeeeee!

Guess who got her yellow belt………. Meeeeeeee! Did you know that there are 15 different Katas (a Kata is a pattern of punches, kicks and blocks). Thank you for everyone’s encouragement 🙂

I have now a list of were are good places to get nice things to eat in different places in the world. (that was a confusing sentence!)

  • France = Anywhere in France serves lovely pastry and tea, Oh lala
  • Canada = If you go to Canada look up the Med grill or Mary’s Blue Moon cafe. Once I had a portion of calamari as big as my head there!
  •  Las Vegas = It is like France but instead of stripy French men and pastry; they have gamblers and panckakes. Chocoholics go straight to the Belagio chocolate shop!!
  • England = If you like the best things in life in the ways of sweet things go to Fortnum and Masons, but beware, because it is like a pound per chocolate.
  • Seattle = For a delicious snackarel got to Starbucks and get a toasted panini

           So if you have been somewhere that is truly delicious please post it in at:

            Number 16, Felt  Tip Owl , The Comment Box !

Cheerio for now, Owl xxx

The Dissectanator

Yesterday afternoon, whilst all you normal people were probably reading or baking as normal people do, I was disecting, weighing, measuring and taking taking pictures of ………….. Kidneys !!!  ( They were lamb kidneys not people’s)   It was my biology lesson, next science lesson we’re  going to dissect some sardines or something slimy like that.

When we were on holiday in Rye, we went to get some supplys from the supermarket, I got some anchovies for mum but you had to fill a tub yourself. In the process I got smelly fish juice all over my hands, when we were at the counter to pay, mum lifted the anchovies out the trolley and it exploded spilling fish juice far and wide ! Thats karma for you.

There is an awesome band you should check out, they’re called Vampire Weekend.  Their album Contra is genius, here is a taste of one of the best bands ever.

 Enjoy and come back soon, or else 🙂

Love you all. Owl xxxx

Normans

Yesterday I learned that when William the conqueror died, his tomb was too small, so they squeezed him in but then his stomach exploded and they had to cut the ceremony short as it smelt like ick !!!

 Also I learnt that the rebels built wooden towers and put witches in them to curse the soldiers and occasionally to pull a moonie ( stick their bums out the window).  Mummy and I thought this was an excellent job until the guy on the programme said that they burned down the towers and the witches fell out and broke their necks!

When I was in London I had some really delicious, raspberry Eton Mess. I love raspberries, once we got a box of them and it said great taste and original shape!

unless you haven’t noticed I have used a exclamation marks at the end of all my paragraphs!!!!

love Owl xx

“Let Them Eat Cake”

Hello, I love baking. It’s brilliant! (if you don’t want to read a recipe scroll down until its finished).

There is an excellent recipe for biscuits in the Green and Blacks Recipe Book.  The recipe is called Bea’s Thumbprint cookies.      You will need:

  • 175g softened butter
  •  175g caster sugar
  •  1 big egg
  • 125g self-raising flour
  • 175g plain flour 
  •  200g of chocolate spread

Line a baking sheet with greaseproof paper. Cream the butter and sugar until it’s light and fluffy with an electric mixer. Add the egg and beat well. Stir in the plain and self raising flour and mix to a dough. Leave to rest for an hour.

Preheat the oven to gas mark 4 / 180 C/ 350 F

Use the palms of your hands to roll about one heaped table spoon of the dough into a ball about an inch in diameter.   Use the palm of your hand to flatten it onto the baking sheet. Press your thumb into the middle of your  dough circles and fill the hole with delicious chocolate spread. Bake for 10-12 minutesor until the cookies are golden brown.

These are fab tasting cookies, I’ve made millions of these and they were all a success.Cookies,cakes and pastries are all just so yummy.

 I favour the saying “Let them Eat Cake”. I had the best brekfast ever, at  a hotel in Brands Hatch place. I had raspberries, raspberries, pain au chocolate, custard pastry and I had a whole pot of tea to myself!!

Write back soon

                                 Owl xxxx