Sunday, 24 August 2008

High School Musical layout

Thought I would just share the layout I've made of our trip to High School Musical (see post below).
The journaling is hidden behind the main photo and reads as follows:
On Saturday, 23 August 2008 Emily and I went to see High School Musical. Our journey from East Grinstead to Hammersmith was not one I had done before and I’d looked up on the internet for our route. We went from East Grinstead to Clapham Junction, Clapham Junction to Barnes and then caught the Route 33 bus to Hammersmith. Fortunately, we didn’t have any problems, thanks to the people who offered us help when asked. Once in Hammersmith we had lunch at McDonalds and then walked round the shops till it was time to go to the Hammersmith Apollo Our first attempt was an hour early – thanks to me reading my watch wrong ;oD. Second attempt we could go in and find our seats. We were in the second row in the Circle and had a great view. The show was brilliant! Very energetic, colourful, loud and just feel good fun! I was able to follow the story and sing along to the songs in my head – thanks to the number of times I’ve seen the movie at home. We came out with big smiles on our faces and I’m sure it’s a day we will remember for a long time to come.

Friday and Saturday

Can't believe it's Sunday already, the days are going so quickly. Only a week and a half before Emily goes back to school!
On Friday Mum had to go to the Doctor's for a fasting blood test. Her appointment was for 10.20am and she knew that by the time she finished she'd be ready for something to eat. We agreed to meet up at Caffe Nero. Mum and I got there first and then Claire and Emily walked into town to join us. I was using my old camera (Canon PowerShot A80) which is a lot lighter than my current one (Canon EOS 400D). I wanted to take a lighter camera to London on Saturday but haven't used it for such a long time, I needed to play a little. A few photos from FridayMum and Emily
Claire and me

On Saturday, Emily and I were up bright and early to get ready for our trip up to London. I've never been to Hammersmith before, so I'd done my research on the internet to work out a route we should take. We left home at 10.15am leaving ourselves plenty of time in case we got lost along the way ;oD.

The first leg of our journey was from East Grinstead to Clapham Junction. There we had to change trains - we asked one of the guards for help because the internet had said we were going to have to get a bus for part of the journey. He told us a different train to take so we wouldn't have to worry about that section. Huge relief! Emily took this photo of us on the train from Clapham Junction to Barnes.

Self portrait no 1

From Barnes we had to find the Route 33 bus which would take us to Hammersmith. Again, we asked some more very helpful people and they pointed us in the right direction. The bus was jam packed and we ended up standing 3/4 of the way but, we were nearly there and we were enjoying our little adventure. The bus dropped us at Hammersmith Bus Depot right across from the Broadway shopping centre where we could go and get some lunch.

Just off the bus

Not knowing our way around, we settled for eating at McDonalds. It was good to know we had made it and could now relax. After lunch, we wandered around the shops before making our way to our destination. What, you ask, were we going to do???? We were off to see High School Musical!! Emily and Henry loved the movie when we were in Chicago a couple of years ago.When I saw that the show was coming here, I thought it would be one Emily would like to see. I bought the tickets ages ago and we'd been looking forward to going for a few months ... now it was time!

Tickets Hammersmith Apollo

When these photos were taken, I couldn't believe how quiet it was around the theatre. I expected it to be much busier for a matinee. Well ........ it would have been if I'd read my watch correctly!! We were an hour earlier than we needed to be! So, back into town we went to kill another hour before going back again.

Our seats were in the second row upstairs in the Circle. Fantastic. While we sat waiting for the show to start, we took Self Portrait no. 2 ;oD (not terribly flattering {lol!!} but we had to show we really were doing all this!)The musical finally started and, I have to admit, I was very impressed. There were a few lapses into British accents instead of American, but overall it was great! Very energetic, colourful, loud and just feel good fun! I might add, at this point, that I know the movie very well after the number of times it's been played in our household. I could follow it all - and sing the songs in my head - as the show went on.

We had a great time!

Our trip home was uneventful. Each time we got to the bus stop/station, the bus/train was due to arrive/leave and we just made it. We got home around 7pm. It was a long day but one we'll remember for a long time.