Ok, can someone please press ‘halt’ on time and tell me how on earth it got to October? I’m sure somewhere in my head it’s still April and plans are still being made for what will happen in 2016. September definitely passed in the blink of an eye and now the endless debate rages about whether it’s too early to put the heating on or not. One thing’s for sure though, the electric blanket is well and truly on at night (for me anyway, thank goodness for dual-sided ones, I know it’s really cold when Pete puts his part on) and definitely rolling out the winter duvet in the not-too distant future.
I’m also in desperate need of a health-kick now and starting to feel lethargic and groggy after too long eating not much other than junk food. We’re both going to Dublin in 3 weeks time for my day job and have made a pact that for the next 3 weeks we’re going to be as healthy as we can and get back to sensible eating regimes. I know in myself how unhappy I feel when there’s a few extra pounds on board so it’s time to take action!
There is a very valid reason that our healthkick hasn’t started before now and that’s because we’ve just returned from a super-relaxing weekend near Hastings. Maddie spent a long weekend at the dog-walker and Boo went back to the cattery (who label his pen with ‘Boo – Ginger Kitten. He’s Lovely’) leaving us footloose and fancy-free to enjoy 48 hours down in East Sussex. We were very kindly accommodate by The Dream Lodge Holiday Group in one of their stylish holiday homes located in Woodlands Park and as we were driving back, we both remarked how much it felt like we’d been away for longer than 2 days because it was that relaxing.
We had the chance to explore Hastings Old Town, Rye and Winchelsea from our beautiful base and of course a cheeky dip in the hot tub. Neither of us knew this part of the country at all and it’s been so fun exploring somewhere less than 90 minutes drive from where we live.
Earlier this week I got the chance to do some exploring at the Natural History Museum out of hours. Myself and some other bloggers were invited to have a tour of one of the tank rooms at the museum where specimens are kept and learn more about them with a guided tour from one of the scientists who conducts research at the museum. It was such an honour, especially when we were shown some of the original items collected by Charles Darwin himself. Definitely a sense of being in the presence of greatness.
After the tank room visit, we were given our own private curator tour of the Colour and Vision exhibition which is currently on display. A collaboration between LG (electronics manufacturers), museum scientists and artists, the exhibition demonstrates how colour and vision come to life in nature and the different ways in which both are used. It was such a privilege to have a behind-the-scenes tour and I can’t wait to go back to the exhibition with Pete.
Cake, Cake and MORE Cake
On Thursday we ran a little Macmillan Coffee Morning event a day early at work and most of my colleagues brought in cake, making us hugely over-subscribed. Whilst I couldn’t eat most of it, one of them made a delicious gluten-free cheesecake which may or may not have been eaten almost entirely by me – another reason why a bit of reigning-in the over-indulgence is required.
One of the latest Sofa.com showrooms opened at Bankside recently under former railway arches. It’s such an incredible use of space and refreshing to find quality furniture showrooms still in London rather than having to traipse to out-of-town identikit retail parks which I find slightly soul-destroying. It was the perfect place to spend an hour on Wednesday evening, looking at the new collections whilst sipping Prosecco and being shown the new collaboration with Barneby Gates.
I’ve done some work with Sofa.com before and love their use of colour and fabrics to create some really stand-out pieces. I’m totally lusting after a velvet sofa for when we replace ours but sadly I’m just not sure it’s practical with pets.
Michelin Chefs And Fresh Fish
This has definitely been a week of adventure and on Tuesday I made my way through rain showers to the Good Housekeeping dining room in Soho to learn all about a new sustainably farmed trout which is coming to a Tesco near you very soon. Hailing from Norway, we were able to sample the trout under the expertise of Michelin-star chef Daniel Galmiche who taught us that sometimes the simplest flavour combinations of things like parsley, butter and flaked almonds can result in the perfect taste.
I also finally met a face I recognised from my little blogging circle, the lovely Sarah from Extraordinary Chaos. It’s so lovely to have the chance to meet people I’ve only come across before in the online world and get to share some of these incredible experiences with them.
It’s definitely been back to blogging with a bang this week and as much as I’ve enjoyed every second of it, a quieter couple of days ahead will be very welcome to catch up with a lot of writing. I hope you’ve had a lovely week X