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.
Happy Monday... Yes, last night I was just so incredibly tired, I'm not sure I can remember another time I have been that exhausted actually. Today it's all different, sleep does that to you. Makes stuff better. I have spent the day getting things in order, tidying and doing dishes, with a little DIY thrown in here and there. That grey beanie won't knit itself you know. And what else is going on? Quiet week over here, charging up for Mother's Day which is slowly getting closer, and tomorrow it is back to the gym to try to undo the damage I did earlier today when I found some marzipan left over from Christmas. Now that's dangerous!
So almost a month ago now I turned another year older. 29 years old, man I'm getting on. The best way to celebrate is of course to have all those people you love (almost all of them) around and possibly wander around Shoreditch, shopping for flowers on Columbia Road and having a juicy burger. So that's what we did! I was so lucky to have my family and some friends over in London and they joined us in Shoreditch. It was my first visit to Columbia Road and I have to admit I loved it. So many people, so many flowers. We bought some beautiful roses and I just threw them away this week. 4 weeks later. That's quality for you.
This week was...so so challenging. Lack of energy and no time to re-charge makes things difficult. I need to get to the gym more so I can get my energy back. And stop eating sugar. Anyways, enough of that. I had the longest to-do list and basically got to the end of it before the weekend, which makes me very happy indeed. I love lists, but I love when they are crossed out even more. The only thing I never manage to tackle properly is getting our wedding album sorted. Yes, yes, I know, it's almost been a year. Give me a break, it's a seriously big job we are talking about! Next week guys, next week.
Valentine's Day is one of those days that I don't really care for. I don't mind it, but it's not neseccarily a day to celebrate. But with a job where one of our most busy days a year is Valentine's Day, well, it's hard to ignore the day. So this year I spent all of Saturday last week running around and serving valentines themed afternoon tea to happy couples. Which was lovely, and incredibly tiring. I left work a little bit early to go home and change, because we were invited to a dinner for Make a Wish Foundation. For a charity dinner, this one was pretty amazing. From the generosity from the guests when it came to donating to a great cause, to the amazing performance by the cast of Made in Dagenham, and a performance from a dance troupe and the winner of the Voice last year. A night I won't forget any time soon, I'd like to spend all my Saturday's this way.
Today is one of my favorite days, Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Day if you prefer. I like any day that starts with pancakes, really. I got up early this morning to make a small stack, to start the day right, and I thought it would be best to make something semi healthy so I used one banana, an egg, a bit of gluten free oats and a bit of gluten free flour. All mixed together and a bit of milk added to give the mixture the right consistency. This batter makes the pancakes quite fluffy and american style. Best enjoyed with fresh blueberries and buckets of maple syrup. If last year is anything to go by I will be making pancakes every day for a while, next up are these cream cheese ones, and I want to give real american ones a go too.