Sunday, 21 May 2017

Week 20

A few days off!

14th - 21st May

From left to right: planted mixed petunias in our front pots, homemade pizza and cider night, found a doggy in the garden (delivered her home, don't worry), Dave made a planter for the garden!, bowling on Saturday afternoon, poached eggs on toast in the garden, sunny buttercups, a blurry Guardians Of The Galaxy selfie, and Dave took his car to a Lotus meeting!

Monday, 15 May 2017

Congratulations to Kirsty and Dicky!

After many months of waiting, Saturday marked the day of my best friend's wedding; and it was absolutely beautiful. The weather was stunning, the venue was gorgeous, and we all had an amazing time. And she was so relaxed about it all!


It was a truly magical day. I arrived bright and early (around 8am) to start getting ready. Had my hair done by the lovely Sarah, and makeup by fellow bridesmaids Kat and Georgina. Kirsty remained so laid back she was near horizontal for the entire morning (I hope I can be the same for my wedding in a few months!), and didn't let anything bother her - not that anything went wrong! She looked amazing in her dress, and I managed to lace it really well too, which I had been stressing about.

What it took to make me presentable!

The ceremony was a real tearjerker and the wedding breakfast was fantastic! Now, I won't lie, I had been a little pessimistic about the food because it really wasn't my kind of stuff, but I'm glad that I decided to stick with the set menu and not chicken out like Dave did and go for the kids one! I ended up eating confit duck (which I would have preferred warm but that's being super critical) and pan fried seabass with coconut and lemongrass risotto! Dave had boiled eggs and soldiers, followed by fish and chips (which looked so good!). The speeches that followed dinner were really funny - the best man's was fab!

Little bro and I!

We didn't stay late into the evening reception but I messed around in the photobooth a couple of times, and we had a couple of drinks. Caught a quick glimpse of the amazing wedding cake, made by Dicky's Mum - fancy and wedding on one side, and icing folding back to reveal Lego bricks on the other! Very clever!

A close up on the cake - photos by Laura
All in all, I am so thrilled for my best friend. Kirsty has been there for me through a lot over the years, and I remember having discussions with her during her single times about how she was going to die alone, surrounded by cats. Now look at her! I like being right haha!

I wish you both many happy years together, and I hope you have an amazing honeymoon! You both deserve some sun and time to unwind - enjoy!

Week 19

Wedding bells were ringing!

7th - 14th May

From left to right: a sunny afternoon spent in the garden, bridesmaid hair, a perfect day, drinking tea from a milk jug (did the trick), my stunning best friend just before going to see her groom, my corseting skills were on point!, pan fried seabass with coconut and lemongrass risotto, photobooth fun with my brother, and my gorgeous bridesmaid bouquet!

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Shutter Island

I have managed to fly through 2 books in the last couple of weeks, and am now only one book behind on my reading challenge! Woohoo! I was starting to get concerned (though my crochet is suffering because of it).

I really enjoyed reading So You've Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson. As I said in my previous reading post, it was something that I never would have usually chosen to read - perhaps that's why I enjoyed it so much. Having previously been a really avid user of social media, I found it fascinating to read what happened to people after posting some simple "jokes" that have been misinterpreted and blown out of proportion.

After that, I started Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane. Oh my goodness! I absolutely love the movie that was released a few years ago, and it stars quite a few of my favourite actors. At the time, I never realised that there was a novel behind it all, but was bought it for Christmas a few years ago. Only just got round to reading it, and was completely hooked! Firstly, I love how true the movie is to the original book - there were only a few changes made (which seems to be really unusual nowadays). Secondly, it's so fast paced and brilliantly written - I couldn't put it down! I think it definitely needs to be added onto everyones "things to read before you die" list, and I'm going to look up some of Lehane's other books!

I am now up to 1,872 pages read so far this year (which when I remember that's only a few hundred longer than Stephen King's "IT", doesn't seem like that many to be honest). Not sure what my next book will be - I need to force myself to get some of these smaller flags made so I can start the final assembly on my bunting. I have a busy weekend ahead so won't get much done, but a few days off afterwards so perhaps then.

Monday, 8 May 2017

Week 18

Lots of cooking this week!

30th April - 7th May

From left to right: making more brownies, pretty pink roses, it's always a happy day when my next issue of Good Food magazine arrives!, been swimming again, having a hair trial for Kirsty's wedding, yummy chicken with herb and wine sauce, chilli chicken on a Sunday night, Marvel wrap for Dave's birthday presents, and Kirsty having her wedding hair trial!

Monday, 1 May 2017

Week 17

Loads of good food!

23rd - 30th April

From left to right: blurry greens, delicious chicken with harissa for dinner, a good start to the day, celebrating Sarah's birthday in style!, amazing dinner at The Dancing Duck, a chilli plant from Kirsty and Dicky, went for a cake tasting session for our wedding, crispy hash brown, and the light on our new burglar alarm sensor is watching me sleep...