Yes I am still alive, I know I haven’t been around for a few weeks, but so much has happened, I thought you might all appreciate a nice, picture-heavy catch up, instead of a few rushed words at the end of each week!
Ok, so first things first…
I’m officially an adult!
As of the 3rd of November I turned 18…WOW!
It’s such a strange feeling…it’s quite amusing, I’ve spent my week trying to think about what I can do now I’m an ‘adult’, and this is what I’ve come up with so far with the help of Google…
You can vote in local and general elections.
Definitely one of the most exciting things I’ve discovered so far…(such a politics geek!)
You can stand for election as a Member of Parliament, local councillor or Mayor.
I think ‘Crochet in the Commons’ has a certain ring to it personally…
You can serve on a jury, or be tried in a magistrates court and go to Prison if you’re found guilty of a criminal offence.
Well…To be honest, I really hope this doesn’t apply to me at any point!
If you were adopted you can see your original birth certificate (and have your name added to the Adoption Contact Register).
No matter how much I joke about it…Sadly, it’s pretty obvious through inherited characteristics, such as my dad’s eyes and my mum’s nose that the people who claim to be my parents, are in fact…my parents! (Love you <3)
You can make a will.
You can get married without parental permission.
Oh wow…maybe I’ll give it a few years…
You can buy fireworks.
Bah-Humbug, a little fact about me is that I actually despise fireworks (or the use of them in residential areas)…but then again I do have an epileptic yorkshire terrier who turns into a quivering mess about this time of year, so that’s my excuse.
You can place a bet in a betting shop/casino.
I may be partial to a little flutter on the neddies…
You can buy cigarettes, rolling tobacco and cigarette papers.
I’m far too boring to smoke, I’m far to stingy when it comes to my money! I’ll probably end up as one of those little old grannies who keeps her savings in her mattress!
You can buy an alcoholic drink in a pub or a bar.
I prefer driving…and plus, drinking and knitting doesn’t mix! I might drop a stitch! (Heaven forbid!)
You can have a tattoo.
Nope, scared of needles.
You can drive lorries weighing up to 7.5 tonnes, with a trailer attached.
I can just about manage with my little Clio, so probably not…unless the woolly contents of my boot suddenly expands at a more dramatic rate!
Therefore it’s been one of those weeks where the most uttered sentences seem to be ‘Well, now I’m 18 I COULD do…..if I want to, but I don’t, therefore I wont!’ – Fabulous!
The second thing I wanted to share with you, was a little trip I went on just before, and in celebration of my birthday.
My parents very kindly took me to Rome for a couple of days, as I’ve already been to Paris, and it was a ‘milestone’ birthday.
Taking off from Gatwick and flying via Easyjet was the first step, which was one aspect of the holiday I’d actually barely though about, believing I’d have a nice snooze on the plane and then wake up when we arrived in Rome refreshed and ready to face the day…
alas…Having not flown for 11 years, the one day we chose to fly just so happened to coincide with a spot of particularly nasty weather in the form of a hurricane, YES, a *Insert Expletive* HURRICANE!
Although credit must be given where credit is due, and we did actually take off with only a minor delay of an hour.
I think at this point I was feeling definitely more Queasyjet than Easy jet…
When we arrived in Rome, we were greeted by a rather lovely temperature of 26 degrees which was truly heavenly, especially when you take into consideration that only 2 hours ago it was torrential rain and gale force winds in dear Great Britain.
Please indulge me in sharing a few holiday snaps…here we go…
Oh hello Trevi Fountain! Guess I’ll be coming back to Rome then…
St Peter’s Square – TIP – If you go to Rome, definitely try to pre-book all of these attractions, the queues are ridiculous otherwise, as you can see below…
Truly stunning architecture…
Campo Di Fiori markets..
KNITWEAR!! On the Via Condotti – THE PLACE to go window shopping.
Remember this little guy?
As promised, he has been having a few adventures since becoming friends with Granny Willis at the Knitting & Stitching show at Ally Pally…
He seems to have ended up in my satchel on the way to Rome, so consequently he’s now a very educated a cultural fish!
Fishy at the Vatican…
and in the Piazza Navona!
And there we go. I don’t think there’s much more to tell you other than to bring my adventures to the present day…
It’s Remembrance Sunday, and although I’ll be at work this evening, I’ll be wearing my poppy with pride.
I’d also like to give a quick plug for the ‘Poppy Girls’ single – one of them is actually at my school, and I think they’re fantastic, so c’mon everyone, dig deep and donate, lets make it Number 1!
Take care and keep knitting