Salvage: A perfect brunch

I left the flat this weekend! Only briefly and under a certain amount of duress but I went, despite it being freezing and the flat being lovely and cosy and a place to hide until Monday. I went under one condition though, that we could go to my favourite place for a coffee, that also happens to be just round the corner!

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I love it! There are so many things to look at and to wonder at. I love the fact you can pick one of the jumbled table and chairs, place your order and then sit and admire the wonderfully  eclectic mix of new and old and bought and made items on display. Ladders adorn the walls creating storage for a selection of records, dried roses hang from branches suspended from the ceiling, stained glass pop art hangs in the window whilst spoons can be found in the ornate glass panel in the door. Trumpets are used like embellishments to cover the walls whilst the counter is covered in glass cloche’s revealing enough cakes and treats to meet almost anyones dietary requirements.   Continue reading

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Finding balance: work & life &…

So I am finding this increasingly hard! I wake up with the best intentions to be productive and get things done with regards to the blog and my etsy shop. I drive to work thinking about all the amazing things that I could do and try and the bits and bobs that I would like to get done today. I then arrive at work and throw myself into being productive for other people.

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By the time lunchtime hits most of the ideas for the blog and my creations have disappeared from my head, although I make a note of each and everyone in my notebook that I keep to hand because my memory is not that great even at the best of times!

17:45 arrives and all enthusiasm for being productive and getting stuff done has gone. To be honest I don’t even think about the things I wanted to do, it’s not even really like I am procrastinating, it’s as if all my ideas have been wiped from my mind. By the time I arrive home all I want to do is eat dinner, shower and wait for sleep. Continue reading

Let’s go away: Winchester

Sod it, let’s go away!

Last minute trips are not usually something that I indulge in, as quite frankly I normally book around 12 weeks ahead for various trips, visits, activities, life chore weekends – which I often refer to as ‘time to potter about about’.

So out came the phone and before I could think my thumb was already hovering on the Airbnb app.

“Where shall we go?”…”Winchester!” I answered my own question. Continue reading

I don’t do birthdays 

I like to celebrate.

That is a statement of fact and a personal mantra. Birthdays, Christmas, new jobs, babies, weddings, new friends, old friends, moving home, coming home, holidays you name it i’ll find a away to celebrate it. So as August approached I knew it was time to start planning. It wasn’t a milestone or an especially important one, but it was a birthday and it was our first together. On top of that, I am with the ultimate anti birthday individual on the planet. I have never met someone who takes such disinterest in the one day of the year you can be a tiny bit “me!” So I decided that he needed reeducating….with a week long birthday! Continue reading

Traveliscious: Oxford & back

So in my true style I went away for one weekend and *poof* all thoughts of writing fell out of my head as we wandered the streets of Oxford….in June!!! Unfortunately and clearly, the bad habit has continued since my return. So this is my “hello!” and an apology for falling off of the blog wagon since! I have made lots of other progress though and in my defense the blog is to chart the fight against boredom and so in theory I have won as I have been here, there, and everywhere with no time to sit and write anything! Continue reading

Brunch: Brighton

Brunch is the compromise that you don’t have to wait for.

I love brunch! Brunch with visiting family, brunch with old friends, brunch with new friends, brunch in bed (yes that is acceptable on a weekend), brunch, brunch, brunch. So in light of my love for brunch I have decided to have brunch in as many places as possible and record them as I go! So far I have ticked off a couple of Brighton’s finest brunch establishments…. Continue reading

The Chilli Pickle: a time for friends

 

So today marks what would have been a very dear friends 31st birthday, so in a change of tradition as previously it would have been a day of wallowing and feeling sad, we decided to celebrate. After all he was known for being irritatingly upbeat and unfazed by bad news! So what better way to celebrate a friendship and remember the good times than to go for a gin based cocktail and a delicious meal.

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Heaven is…

 

The fragrant scent of incense reaches you before you even cross the threshold, a gentle passing breeze providing a cacophony of different smells, pulling you into Dillaway & Dillaway’s clutches. Continue reading

New found gem

Whilst on a walk to explore the surroundings of my new abode we discovered quite possibly one of the best ‘happen upons’ ever! The MARKET Restaurant & Bar is a must visit place if you ever find yourself inexplicably wondering the streets of Hove on a morning/lunchtime/mid afternoon/evening – to be quite honest any time of the day meander.

Having been drawn in by the striking green tiled exterior we settled into a table parallel to the long bar. Having ummed and ahhhed long enough I settled on the standard brunch option – eggs benedict whilst my manlier half opted for the more adventurous american pancakes, crispy wild boar bacon and frangelico syrup. That was it, we were sold! Continue reading