Photo Diary 27/07/14

Sunday, 27 July 2014

1. It's summer and the grass is green, and I'm trying to spend as much of my free time as possible outside!
2. Before going to see Daughter (N. 3 and 4) we went on a little Burrito date. I like to tell myself that as far as fast foods go, Burritos are actually pretty healthy if you focus on the 'good' things in there: Beans, Veg, Guacamole, Salsa, Lettuce etc. This one was from Burrito Mama, which I can only recommend. They have crunchy and delicious slaw in there as well. Very tasty indeed.
3. + 4. Daniel took me to see the band Daughter at Somerset House. I was worried in the day time that the weather'd be miserable (it had been storming all day), but it was as beautiful as it could have been. Somerset House is such a beautiful venue (we like to go there for iceskating before Christmas) and the band was very lovely too.
5. Like I said before, I like to spend as much time outside as possible, especially with a cup of icetea and a nice book. I know you're probably supposed to drink icetea out of a pretty Mason Jar, but you know, I do quite like mugs too.
6. + 7. Louise wrote about going to the pond in Hampstead Heath last week, and I knew I had to go there too; it looked so beautiful! Luckily I was able to persuade her to go again with me and I had the loveliest day. If you haven't been, you need to go, it's such a beautiful place and makes for what seems like a proper escape from the city - just what the doctor ordered (for me at least).
8. Ice tea - I'm living of that stuff at the moment. My favourite is Summer Berries from Twinings. I love that it tastes super fresh, but isn't full of sugar.
9. I joined a new gym yesterday and went to a Yoga class there this morning, which was actually surprisingly good for being in a gym. Any way it got me in the yoga mood (is this a thing? It is in my world), so I just played around with some poses in the garden and had a splendid time.

I hope you've had a wonderful weekend too. What have you been up to?

Learning to Knit

Sunday, 13 July 2014

I had the bestest morning/afternoon yesterday! A couple of weeks ago, the wonderful Rosie from CiderwithRosie posted about having been to a Knitting Course (here) and immediately knew that I'd have to go too, and so I booked it and it finally happened on Saturday. 

It may not sound the most exciting, but it was just so much fun! Siobhan from BlessTheWeather runs these 3 hour introductory classes every couple of months, spaces are limited to 4 each time, so if you're interested, I'd book my place as soon as possible :) I can highly recommend it. 

The classes happen at Siobhan and her boyfriend's absolutely beautiful flat in Brixton (I had serious flat envy, Siobhan had to pretty much drag me out after the course finished), where they live with their adorable dog Elkie (again, so so jealous, I really need a dog in my life). Anyway, let's talk a little about the actual course before I drift of to praising her interior design skills again. Everyone knows that knitting is a very labourious process, so luckily Siobhan had thought ahead and made a delicious vegan lemon cake (that, or she anticipated me being too all over the place to figure that it'd be good to have breakfast, either way, the cake went down an absolute treat. So did the cup of tea, and the splendidly put together playlist in the background). 

You don't have to bring anything, you get a pair of needles (thick, beautiful ones) and a ball of yarn (I opted for very pretty mint green). I tried to teach myself many times before, but it never quite worked, and it was for the exact reason, Siobhan said she started doing these classes; it is so much easier to learn, when there's someone there, who knows how it works, who can not only show you how it works, but also help you out of any minor disaster you've knitted yourself into. She taught us how to cast on and off, how to knit and pearl and showed us how alternating between those two methods could create the coolest patterns. So that was cool, but what made this morning/afternoon even better was the lovely company. We had great conversations about seasonal food and sustainable clothes, keeping a dog in London, career shaping and working from home. I left feeling pretty inspired, both in terms of knitting (I can't wait to get started on a proper project, Siobhan has created the most beautiful pieces, and I'm hoping that after a lot (a lot!) of practice I can create something similarly cool) and in terms of just general life. I love spending time with interesting people, I always come out feeling very happy and ready to do something. 

I hope your weekend was similarly great. If you're even vaguely interested in taking up knitting, I can seriously recommend this course, and if not, you'll absolutely have to visit her blog: It's stunning (obviously), showcases her talent (she also freelances as a photographer) and just a pretty cool read; good weekend + cup of tea reading material.

Au revoir. 

Photo Diary I

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Pretty self explanatory, I'm obviously not very good at posting at the moment. I'm hoping to get more back into it soon. In the meantime, I want to just use this little space as a photo diary, because that's what I first started this blog for. It shall remind me of all the little (and big) everyday things when I go back through it :)

1. We've been together over 3.5 years and there's about 1 photo that we're in together that isn't terrible. But saying that, I quite liked this one, even if we're just goofing around, I like it, because it's a happy photo from a very happy evening at my favourite restaurant, with my favourite people. 

2. I'm a self-confessed courgette lover. I love them roasted, and in ribbons, and in spaghetti and in you name it, but never have I tasted them in a way that was as delicious as the courgette, lemon, basil and parmesan Salad at Polpo the other week. YUM!

3. These two lovely ladies came to visit me last weekend, and I already miss them so much. Is it strange that as the years go by and I supposedly grow up, I get more and more homesick? Or maybe I'm just admitting it more, who knows. It doesn't matter, either way, even if it's a sad feeling, it also makes me happy that I have an amazing other home, my home home for now that is worth missing this much.

4. We went to see The Fault in Our Stars the other day and oh boy, I have never, and I mean never sobbed like this at a film, I had read the book, so I knew what to expect, but the crying just did not stop, and at the end, Daniel asked me if I could ever be happy again. I certainly didn't look it!
On a different note, and what the photo maybe displays more: it was Wednesday and the cinema was this empty, I was genuinely scared there was an apocalypse or something happening that I just hadn't heard about. But then, I had Popcorn, so I reckon I still won.

5. We went to The Pudding Club (which I might well write about separately) yesterday. It was in the Cotswolds (I just can't get over how beautiful it is there and also how ludicrous to live in London when there's a place as utterly stunning about 1.5hrs away). Anyway, it was basically one light main and 7 (!) courses of desserts. Yeah. I'm not sure I can ever eat anything sweet again, but at the same time, that sticky toffee pudding was incredible!

6. We stayed there overnight and I was pleasantly surprised with the breakfast buffet. The things they had were quite standard in a way, but everything was selected with so much love from local sources, which gave it such a special touch.