I love the run up to the last Bank Holiday weekend before Christmas. Summer is still here but daily life is generally quiet. A chance to catch breath, plan and relax before autumn descends. We don’t go away in summer since we’re not tied to school holidays. Instead we enjoy glasses of wine in the garden, dog walks, doors and windows flung open. August hasn’t been beautiful but it looks like one last sunny hurrah is upon us. It smells like autumn in the mornings but the days are warm and full of sunshine. Let’s celebrate!
A New Interiors Destination
Just up the road lies a little patch of London called Sundridge Park. It has a village-y feel with a few independent shops and some very expensive houses. Recently, Or & Wonder has opened. Driving past after dinner on Friday night, I made a note to pop in on Saturday and it’s SO beautiful. I took lots of pictures and chatted to owner Lucinda so a full blog post will be coming. I love supporting small independents and it’s safe to say this is my new favourite local destination.
Spontaneous Dinner Out
There’s nothing better on a Friday night than someone else making dinner. The Bull’s Head Hotel in Chislehurst is a gorgeously styled hotel with a couple of restaurants and bars. The perfect destination for an interiors lover. We drove over, ate too much food, drank G&T and played 80’s songs in the car on the way home. Pretty much a perfect Friday evening.
Pottering In The Garden
A few months ago, we stripped out 80 years of jungle and put a new fence in with our neighbours. Since then, we’ve done virtually nothing. it’s all a bit sparse but keeping on top of bramble tendrils is almost a full time job. The tomato plant that we thought was a weed is now enormous. It’s grown entirely by itself, we didn’t even plant it. Here’s a shot glass for scale. The tomatoes are starting to peep through but I hope they turn red.
And then I discovered crazy caterpillars eating all the leaves on our roses. At least, I thought they are caterpillars. Apparently according to good old Google these are sawfly larvae, that rise into an ‘S’ shape when disturbed. So I’m afraid the bug spray has been deployed.
Tennis Ball Treasure
Maddie has an incredible ability to plunge head first into the longest grass and emerge triumphant with an abandoned tennis ball. It’s her version of winning the lottery. On Saturday morning’s walk to our local park she added to her tally.
You know you’re old when the prospect of demoing new home appliances gets you hot under the collar. A breakfast briefing of the new Shark Cordless Vacuum at the uber-stylish ME hotel did just that. Cleaning is not my strong point, I make no secret of that. But perhaps the trick is the right equipment. And this is a pretty sexy cordless device.
It’s also always fun to detour on my way to work and the Savoy looked particularly pretty, even with the immoveable white van. I do love London.
And of course no Bank Holiday would be complete without some social adventures. By the time this post goes live, I’ll be in full-on recovery mode after a long overdue Sunday night catch-up with one of my best friends and very best drinking buddy, Adam. We met in 2002 and have been friends ever since. He recently became a Dad for the second time so we haven’t been out since 2016. Let the fun times roll.
I hope the week ahead heralds some fun plans for you all. Remember to appreciate every little moment X