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Whitechapel Bell Foundry

  Today Peter and I went on a guided tour at the Whitechapel Bell Foundry. Whitechapel Bell Foundry, known to be established in 1570, is the oldest manufacturing company in the UK. Bells of all sorts and sizes are manufactured, ranging from large church bells to musical hand bells, ship’s bells, level crossing warning bells, […]

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Poppy Factory visit

We went to visit the Poppy Factory in Richmond who supports ex-servicemen/women who has been injured or disabled in war. They get help to find a new career and some of them work in the factory but they do help a lot more. It’s a charity and has been around since 1922 when they started […]

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A cold evening in January

Tonight I gathered my friends for another guided pub tour – as always a fantastic evening. Thanks for coming!

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Skiing in Sweden

This year we didn’t stay in Northwood to celebrate Christmas and New Year’s Eve but went to northern Sweden to go skiing with Peter’s side of the family. His parents as well as his sister with her family had all driven to Björnrike to ski and celebrate Christmas. The weather was lovely and even if […]

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Christmas Walk in London

I had a nice walk in a Christmassy London today.

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Northwood Liberal Synagogue

After my English class today, I joined the tour at Northwood and Pinner Liberal Synagogue. Very interesting!

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Winter Ball 2016

We had a wonderful time at the Winter Ball at the NHQ. The girls thought the best was the chocolate fountain =)

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Dick Whittington tour

I was on a tour today that was all about Sir Richard Whittington who was an merchant and politician during the latter part of the medieval time. He is also the real-life inspiration for the English folk tale Dick Whittington and his cat, which has very little to do with the real Whittington as he […]

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Embassy of Finland in London

Tonight, Peter and I was invited to the Finnish Ambassador’s residence here in London for some Christmas drinks and nibbles together with other defense attachés. A nice evening with nice people.

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Lucia in London

It was time again for celebrating St Lucia together with other militaries stationed here in London. The department of Defense at the embassy arrange it every year and it’s really appreciated by everyone that are invited. The Lucia train consist of the middle school students at the Swedish school in London, they come and sing […]

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A birthday weekend in Edinburgh

When Peter was in Sudan he worked with a British officer (among others) and last time we were in Edinburgh we had dinner together. Peter has also met him in London when he’s been here. We were invited to his birthday party at Craigiehall, outside Edinburgh, together with a large group of whom we had […]

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Hindu Temple

Today I went on a tour to BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir here in London. No passports were needed to go to India for a few hours.  “The whole world is one nest” – Atharva Veda “We are the birds of the same nest. We may wear different skins, We may speak in different tongues, We […]

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NAWC visiting Northwood HQ

For some time, the NAWC ladies have asked if it would be possible to have a guided tour at the base. Many of the ladies have lived nearby for years and years but know nothing about it or have never been there. For us who can go there anytime it’s nothing special, there’s a coffee […]

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Northwood School

Been to the new Northwood School where Felicia go, Emelie only attended the old one. The school is well planned with every department having their needs met. Especially the science floor – my fellow teachers in Sweden teaching science would love this.  

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Fashioning a reign @ Windsor

I went with some friends to see Queen Elizabeth’s fashion over the years. The exhibition was held in 3 places but we chose to go to Windsor.  

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Fleet Street & Middle Temple

My exploring took me today to Fleet Street and Middle Temple.

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Visit to FGS Karlsruhe

We were invited to the German ship FGS Karlsruhe who was visiting London. It was moored outside HMS Belfast in River Thames, between London Bridge and Tower Bridge. We had a lovely evening with a lot of food and company. It was the ships last visit to London before being decommissioned next year (2017). Picture […]

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Guy Fawkes @ Cassiobury Park

Remember remember the fifth of November Gunpowder, treason and plot. I see no reason why gunpowder, treason Should ever be forgot… On the 5 of November England is still celebrating/remembering what happened in 1605 when Guy Fawkes was caught guarding gunpowder that was placed under the House of Lords. He was part in a plot […]

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Kings Cross Rejuvenation

Kings Cross has been an area for a long time where people only went if they had to, it was a red-light district. The city decided to claim the area back when the Eurostar started to operate out of Kings Cross station. Even if this started already in the 90s they are still building and […]

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Hampus and Emma spends the weekend in London

My cousin’s son and his girlfriend came to visit. I picked them up at the airport and when they walked out my first thought was that they missed getting their luggage as they had no bags. But they had forgotten to book bags for going to London, luckily, they had it booked for going home. […]

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Nordic Defense attaché dinner

Tonight, we were invited to the Finnish defense attaché and his wife for dinner with the other Nordic and Baltic attachés and their wives. The hostess had together with the chef put together a lovely dinner with food from all the countries – Finland, Denmark, Estonia, Latvia, Norway and Sweden. The food was delicious and […]

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My parents visiting

As mum and dad have now sold their house and is going to move beginning of next year they decided to come visit before all the packing and then unpacking. We had a few lovely days together where we did mostly spend it together but also got to do some outings. Took them to Sky […]

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Bombay Sapphire Distillery visit

Together with some other Swedish friends we went to Bombay Sapphire Distillery for a guided tour. First part was with audio guide but then the last part inside the distillery it was by a lady who gave us the insight of how to make gin. A part of the tour was to smell a range […]

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Bloomsbury & Foundling Hospital

Today I went on a tour in the Bloomsbury area with my women’s club. The clockmaster that invented the chronometer that allowed sailors to navigate more accurate. Outside the site where Rossetti, Morris and Burne-Jones lived in 1851 She was an English crime writer as well as a poet and translator Thomas Coram was a […]

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Anzac Cemetery in Harefield

Today we went to Harefield and the Anzac Cemetery. The hospital in Harefield, Harefield Park was during world war l used as an Australian military hospital. Those who died there were buried with military honors in the graveyard of St Mary’s Church. Being there we met a man from Australia who asked Peter to take […]

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Deeds Not Words

Today I went to London for a guided tour about the women of WW1. Many worked for the first time and still didn’t have any rights. Strong women that carried the country through tough times. This lady was killed by the Germans for treason – she helped a lot of soldiers to escape from Belgium […]

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Girl friends visiting

A group of friends came to visit, as they were so many they stayed in a hotel in London. We didn’t do a lot of sightseeing as everyone have been here before but we did spend the time together walking around, talking, laughing and just enjoying. We had Afternoon Tea, ate at Sartori, Carluccio’s and […]

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Peter & Felicia watching Zlatan

Manchester United with Zlatan visited Watford. Of course Peter and Felicia was there almost secretively cheering for Zlatan from the most devouted Watford stand. Surpisingly Watford crushed United. It was great to see him on the pitch though.

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Motown Musical

We went to see the musical Motown which was arranged from the base. We took Jesper with us and I hope he enjoyed it. The girls and I liked it even if there was a lot of music that was new to us. We liked the story, the singers and actors as well as the […]

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Having Jesper staying with us

In Swedish schools the students do work experience when they are 15 and 16 years old, for the 16-years-olds it’s two weeks during the fall. The son of our friends asked if he could stay with us and do his work experience in London, he was going to work at the Swedish store Totally Swedish. […]

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Tishit-Stolla family

When we arrived here in Northwood Felicia couldn’t continue with her German language studies as her school only offers French. As she was 1,5 years behind of the others she needed help with her oral presentation, her parents not being able to help her. At least she says we don’t speak French, Peter and I […]

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Emelie has found job

After coming back from Sweden and before going to Paris Emelie went around in Northwood applying for a job. She had handed in her CV at several places and was hoping to find something local to avoid commuting. While in Paris she had switched off her phone and turned it on again entering UK. She […]

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Notting Hill Carnival

Over the years, I have wanted to go but never got around doing it as there was always something else happening. But this year we got around to do it and both girls came along as well as Rebecca, Kicki and Sven, who’s here for a year. We saw the parade as well as walking […]

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Emelie and Peter in Paris

When Peter, Felicia and I went to Paris in February Emelie couldn’t come along as she had school. We promised her to take her once school was done so she could also experience Paris. She could bring Peter or me and figured that Peter’s credit card was better to bring than mine =) They had […]

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Felicia’s birthday

Felicia decided not to have any birthday party with friends here. We woke her up by singing and giving presents and then we spent the day together. In the evening we went out for dinner to a local restaurant of her choice. She was pleased with her day and her parents can’t believe it’s 16 […]

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Visit from Mia and Leif

Our lasts days without the girls, Mia and Leif came from Brussels to visit. We had a few nice days together with sightseeing, food and lovely company. They lived here when we arrived but left during our first summer, they have given us plenty of tips where to go and what to see here in […]

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Winchester

As the girls are still in Sweden it was just Peter and I who went on a daytrip. We decided to go to Winchester which is about 1,5 hours’ drive from Northwood if traffic is good, which it hardly ever is, so we had a 2,5-hour drive but we got there. We started at the […]

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Visit to Sweden

Nu är Peter och jag tillbaka i London efter 2 intensiva veckor i Sverige. Vi hann både vara i Blekinge och Skåne och fick träffa de flesta vännerna även om det inte var alla. När vi åker hem så här är det mest att åka från än det ena stället till det andra. Ibland önskar […]

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Cornwall in a few days

Nu är vi hemma igen efter att ha varit i Cornwall ett par dagar. Vi har hunnit se en hel del och även suttit en hel del i bilen men det var det värt. Vi började resan med att åka förbi Stonehenge, inte så imponerade då vi tyckte att det påminde en del om Ales […]

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Emelie’s Graduation

Idag så tog Emelie studenten här i Northwood. Här i England så firas detta inte alls utan man har vanligt skoldag och sen går var och en hem till sitt. Farmor och farfar kom i onsdags och skulle vara med men Emelie hade även två kompisar som flög in på fredagen för att överraska henne. […]

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Midsummer @ Philipson

Så var det dags för midsommar igen. Vädret har varit lite ostadigt men vi hade tur och kunde sitta ute även om det blåste en del. Som förra året var vi hos familjen Philipson där många av de andra svenskarna också var. Vi körde med knyte och fick ihop ett ganska så rejält midsommarbord. Vi […]

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Beer & food festival @ Alexandra Palace

Idag var hela familjen på utflykt med de andra två svenska familjerna här i Northwood. Givetvis hade männen hittat dagens utflyktsmål – en öl och matfestival. Det var en bit att åka med kommunala färdmedel men vi kom dit så småningom och en rejäl backe som vi fick ta oss upp för. Vädret var väl […]

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Legal London & Old Bailey

Idag var jag på en Legal London guidad tur där vi till och med fick möjlighet att lyssna på en rättegång. English Today I went to a Legal London walk and could even listen to a case.

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Scandinavian Coffee Morning

Så var det dags för oss att ha vår coffee morning där vi bjuder in alla de andra medföljande att ta del av våra smaker. Dessa coffee mornings sker ungefär en gång i månaden och alla länder kan inte ha sin egen bjudning eftersom det är för många länder och några länder är så få […]

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A busy Sunday with Colour Run and Italian dinner

Tjejerna skulle springa ett Colour run i Wembley Park och det var för omväxlingsskull enkelt att ta sig dit och vi behövde inte åka tidigt på morgonen då det låg på eftermiddagen. Peter och jag var bjudna på middag hos Sandra och Luca några av våra italienska vänner här. Vi hejade på tjejerna och såg […]

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Queen’s Birthday Parade & Lunch

Vi har varit på drottningens födelsedagsparad innan men då på den som var helgen innan. Men i år var vi ditbjudna som representanter för ambassaden och satt tillsammans med försvarsattachéerna och deras respektive. Drottningen och hennes man kom inte inridande, vilket det har gjort fram till för några år sen, utan de kom in med […]

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Ladies in the Night Walk

Varje år anordnar en cancervälgörenhetsorganisation på lokala sjukhuset här en nattvandring för att samla in pengar. Jag, Emelie och Felicia bestämde oss för att delta tillsammans med 900 andra kvinnor som gick ca 11,3 km genom Northwood. Vi hade anmält oss tillsammans med några andra kvinnor från NAWC och vi försökte att hålla ihop till […]

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Summer lunch with NAWC

Som avslutning på året med NAWC så har vi en lunch för alla medlemmarna. I år var vi på Batchworth Golf Course där vi hade en fantastisk lunch med strålande sol och utsikten var underbar, alla hade ett par trevliga timmar tillsammans. English As end of year with NAWC there is a lunch with all […]

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Europolitan Ladies 2016

Sedan vi flyttade till London har mina fd arbetskamrater från Europolitan tiden varit här och hälsat på, många av oss har inte jobbat ihop på många år och vi kan väl snarare kalla oss vänner istället för fd arbetskamrater. De kommer på onsdagkväll och stannar till lördagen, däremellan pratar vi, skrattar, äter, shoppar och ser […]

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Street Art and Food Tour

Idag var jag och Emelie på en guidad tur med vår pub guide som visade oss mat-London och samtidigt lite gatukonst. Vic känner till mycket om London och även om pubar är ett stort intresse är även mat det. Vi var i delar av London som jag har varit tidigare men när man bara är […]

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Swan Lake with the girls

Idag var jag, Emelie och Felicia och såg Svansjön tillsammans med Hester och hennes flickor. Vi tyckte alla att det var helt fantastiskt och njöt av varenda minut. Det var första gången mina flickor var och såg en balett och de tyckte om det även om de inte hade helt klar med berättelsen men ändå […]

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Colour Obstacle Run

Idag var det en tidig morgon för oss alla då tjejerna skulle springa ett lopp i Kempton. Det ligger ungefär 1 timme bort, söder om oss och förbi Heathrow. De skulle springa sitt lopp inne på Kempton Park Racecourt, ett väldigt fint område som vi kan tänka oss att åka tillbaka till. De har sprungit […]

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Innsworth

Idag var vi bjudna på Scandinavian Barbecue på en militärbas som ligger norr om Gloucester, ett par timmars resa från Northwood. Men det var en inbjudan som kom via ambassaden och deras chaufför körde så då var det inte lika jobbig. I alla fall för mig! Det var en trevlig tillställning även om det var […]

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International Evening 2016

Så var det då dags igen för årets stora händelse på basen – International Evening. Återigen var det 28 länder som serverade mat som representerar deras länder. Härligt att se alla som ansträngt sig för att visa sina specialiteter och ger oss möjligheten att smaka. English Then it was time again for big event at […]

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East End Walk

Idag var jag på en guidad tur i East End, ett område jag har varit i förut men med en annan guide. Alltid lika intressant att bli guidad av olika personer på samma ställe eftersom man inte får samma information, det är så mycket historia att de kan välja vad de vill prata om. English […]

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Emelie turning 20

Emelie hade skola idag så det blev inte så mycket firande mer än att vi gick ut och åt på kvällen. Givetvis var det sång på morgonen som vanligt. Fira henne får vi göra i sommar när vi ska ha en kombinerad student- och födelsedagsfest. English Emelie had school all day so we didn’t really […]

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Churchill War Rooms

Jag, Colleen och Hester tog oss till Churchill War Rooms idag, ingen av oss hade varit där även om våra män varit mer än en gång. Det är därifrån Storbritannien styrdes under andra världskriget och det ligger underjord. Det öppnades 1938 och användes fram till 16 augusti 1945 då man bara lämnade det precis som […]

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Docklands

Min guidade tur för dagen var i Docklands, jag har varit i delar av den och idag började vi från väst och jobbade oss halvvägs inåt. Även om turen tog 2 timmar så hann vi inte hela. Docklands har varit Londons hamnområde länge men när trafiken ökade så var det ohållbart eftersom det dessutom ligger […]

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Rugby – Navy vs Army

I år var hela familjen med på rugbyn mellan Navy och Army, eftersom det är militära lag som spelar är det bussar från alla olika baser runt om i England som transporterar dit åskådarna. Många har suttit i timmar på bussen och har festat hela vägen dit = många ser aldrig matchen. Även på dessa […]

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Southwark walk

Idag var jag på en tur i Southwark och fick höra ännu mer historia om området. Jag har varit här många gånger förut eftersom Borough Market och The Globe ligger här men har givetvis inte sett hela och absolut inte hört allt om det. Det har jag nog inte nu heller men jag har i […]