How is it already 3 days into the month of May? This year is flying by. So much so that next weekend we will be celebrating our 1 year wedding anniversary. But before then I have a workday ahead of me today as tomorrow is a bank holiday in the UK which means I will definitely not be working. Time to relax with the husband and drag him to the gym. It will be glorious.
Hello blog, how are you?
It's Thursday night and I feel energized (she types, while yawning), and you know why? It's this thing I re-discovered called exercise. My friend, Millie, challenged me to join her on a little 30 day fitness challenge and we have been doing our little exercise regime every day. I have my 10th day tomorrow, and I can't wait to get all the way to 30. Ahhh, the accomplishment. Watch me make this stuff happen ok, no giving up. If you want to challenge yourself, here is the first of 3 videos to follow.
It's been a couple of weeks of loads of work, which is great for the bank account and maybe a bit of a challenge for my sanity. We all need some days off, and I need one soon before my candle is blown out. I think I'm going to make this Tuesday a relaxing day of crafting, reading, exercising (of course!) and possibly sitting in our work garden, and not doing any work. How does that sound? I am all about the garden lately, and have fixed up our work garden so it's tidy and pretty. I should really take some pictures for the blog, but I want to wait until the flowers bloom (unless they die first in this crazy April heat, and/or I forget to water...).
And for anyone that has worked with customer service, or customers, have a look at this little gem. it was shown to me earlier today, and in my tired and over heated state I just couldn't stop laughing. Number 7 happened today, 11 all the way through 14, except unfortunately our phones stayed very much connected and ringing. #Wishfulthinking
Off to bed to re-charge. Must get up at crack of dawn to get my exercise in, can't miss a day of the 30 day challenge!
Hello Sunday, welcome. I really like slow mornings with time to just sit in bed and read and drink tea. Maybe have a bit of breakfast, maybe even a second breakfast, you know, it happens to the best of us. I have been finishing off the treats after Easter so healthy eating can properly commence tomorrow, that's what Mondays are for, and feeling like spring is really here with lovely weather and happy people. Let it stay this way for a while, please London.
So Easter happened, and well, we will get to that but forget for a moment that I left the country. Before Easter there was still a day left in Ascot. We started the day as always, with breakfast, which is of course my favourite. After breakfast we got our walking shoes on and headed to the park, you know, when the weather is good.
Back from the walk we walked in on a bottle of champagne chilling on ice. It would be rude not to, don't you think?
After the long walk and glasses of bubbly, it was only fitting to fuel up with afternoon tea in the hotel.
And afternoon tea is possibly my second favourite meal of the day. I love the sandwiches, I love the scones (so so much) and I love the cakes and warming cups of tea. So yes, I love it all. The one thing I don't love is how incredibly full you get if you try to eat it all. And I don't think you can really not go all out when having afternoon tea.
We had to roll out of the hotel and down to the Stables where we were staying and collapse on the bed, jeans unbuttoned. A lovely sight, I'm sure. Way too much food, but I can't blame anyone but myself, and it was the loveliest day in a long time, with the weather staying bright and all the food. Holidays are the best!
Also, this table. What dreams are made of.
We are on a long weekend break in Cannes/Mougins and although we are not getting loads of sun (there might have been rain several times) we have loads of time to chill and food to eat. Right now we are recovering after breakfast and soon heading out to explore a bit more in Cannes and eventually eat a bit more, because holiday. We haven't had any ice cream yet, so we might have to do something about that...
So last Tuesday we woke up at home and spent the morning getting ready, doing laundry, organizing life, you know, boring stuff, before we quickly packed our suitcases and headed towards Ascot. We were going to Coworth Park for a mini break, to spend some time together, finally. There has been a lot of work lately, for both of us, and it's easy to forget to take care of your partner when you are taking care of work related things. So yeah, it was nice getting out of London and spend some time together.
We started the visit with a walk around the estate, highly recommended for a light walk and plenty of time to chat and catch up. The view is pretty good too. After being checked in, we were shown our room (bigger than our living room back in London, just saying) and I went straight to the bathroom to draw a bath. We were staying in the Stables and the most important thing in the Stable rooms are the copper baths. They are huge and beautiful, the best bathtub I have had the pleasure of knowing.
After the bath, some light reading and chilling in the room, we made our way down to The Barn, one of the restaurants, for dinner. I really love The Barn, it has a great setting, very homely and cosy, and quite small. We had 3 courses and basically ordered the same, and the food was good, but not as amazing as I remembered. We started off with Thai fishcakes, had a creamy pasta and finished off with Sticky Toffee pudding (spoiler: we were not hungry again after this meal, for 3 days. Yes, that happens). Such a relaxing start to our stay and the perfect day, we even had lovely weather!
It's weird what sleep can do to you, one evening you go to bed as half of what you normally are and after the body has charged for a good 8 hours it's (almost) back to normal. Almost. That's how I feel today, the longest longest weekend is happening, we are short staffed and I am not only making afternoon teas, I dream about them too. Basically I can't get work out of my head. Do you do the same?
But it's ok, I had my 8 hours sleep and I know there is Easter holidays coming up. Although, I would have appreciated the clocks going forward on any other weekend, I could use that extra hour today as my legs feel like they can't actually stand up straight and I might be headed to bed and it's just gone 10pm...
Sometimes you just need to re-charge the batteries so that you can get back out there and make life great, and being utterly lucky I got to spend a couple of days in the country this week. I don't even want to count how many pictures were taken, but it's substantial. Perfect for blogging and scrapbooking (a little hobby I have taken up)!
Weeks back, we are talking the beginning of January, I dragged along a friend to see an exhibition down by the river at Somerset House. I have to admit that I saw the posters on the tube and decided that I had to see this thing. It was the image of the hands upon hands with red nails that got me. Guy Bourdin's work was mostly created as editorials for Vogue or advertising campaigns and for someone that doesn't always appreciate traditional types of art, namely me, it was refreshing and fun to see images that are easy to understand and often with humor.
I love seeing something different and I think of all the types of art, photography is the one I prefer. There is something so interesting in the idea of capturing something through the lens, and the different expressions and emotions you can show. I wish photography came easier to me, and it is something I try to get better at, practice makes perfect!
So we have a new thing going on at work, and it is a monthly breakfast date for all of us. It's nice to meet up and do something that is not work related, which means we can talk about other things, get to know each other better and, of course, have a great breakfast. It really is my favorite meal of the day. And Mexican food is one of my favorite cuisines (ahhh, burritos, nachos and tacos). So, imagine a Mexican breakfast, does that sound like heaven? It was. I had the Mexican version of eggs royale, with a chipotle spiced hollandaise and black smoked salmon, and it was glorious. I was full until long past lunch time. Mamacita in West Hampstead is the place to get yours, they do great dinners too, just saying.