On return from our weekend away in the country this was waiting for me.
Being a nurse I have to endure sets of night shifts that can be annoying but I get through it.
Red bull does help!
Breakfast after the final shift in a set of three is always a bonus especially when it is as scrummy as this!
When rooting through my mothers wardrobe for a bag we came across these bad boys in a tin.
So a week at home and despite being deep in the country with no reception I kind of miss it. Just so peaceful even when loud hunts like this trundle through town.
On Saturday late morning we started dinner as we were heading out that night. We had a delicious pork roast with these yummy vegetables.
The first stop on our night out was Fontaine’s bar in Stoke Newington it was a nice little place to chill for a couple of drinks before starting your night.
After Fontaine’s we headed to Shoreditch Grind as they not only serve the most amazing coffee but some tasty food and delicious cocktails. The vibe of the place was relaxing and energetic all at the same time.
This was the lovely Matteo – he is the bar manager at Shoreditch Grind and was an absolute delight to every customer that came through the door. We will definitely be back!
After a great night out because we are staying at the mans place we came back to this delightful face. Can’t grumble at the welcome we received at the door
My, my, my what a week it has been. Having just returned from one of the most romantic weekends of my life I am sorry to say that life has to resume to normal proceedings. With a week of night shifts looming I am sure that I will have plenty of time to listen to a couple of books I have in the pipeline.
After quite some time I have finally picked this book up. Despite not liking the look of the actual author and some of her comments I really do want to give it a go.
This one made it to the pile too as it was on offer and the next one on from Wolf Hall so why not!
This scrub has been a godsend over the past week – I will post a review to let you know how I got on with it.
If you didn’t know from yesterday’s post and a couple more himself booked a trip away for Valentine’s day and truly blew me away. Check out some of the photos HERE.
All is finally revealed as after a 4 hour journey from London we reached the secret location of my Valentine’s surprise. Himself kept this secret hideout close to his chest until the last turn and we drove up the long driveway through the rolling hills and deep in the valley to our country cottage getaway. How much more romantic can you get right! Chocolate’s and flowers pffft! Not for him!
First impressions of our getaway location. OMG right!
The first dusk where the sun set on a tired couple who were raring to go for the next day to come (Valentine’s Day!)
The cottage was not the only surprise that himself had up his sleeve.
On Valentine’s day after waking up to a hilarious card and cup of coffee on the bedside we headed out for a quick snack as we had an appointment to get to. Something else that I was yet to find out.
After a painful ½ hour waiting for two sandwiches to be made (½ hour right! Toto we are not in London anymore!) we headed off into the wilderness yet again and found ourselves at a stables where an exhilarating 2 hour hack across Exmoor National Park was booked.
Not many of you know but horse riding is one of my dear passions apart from blogging of course and this was the best present that anyone could ever have given me.
After a knackering couple of hours out on the moors we retired to our beautiful cottage and snuggled up to watch more Blacklist.
What a Valentine’s Day – I couldn’t have planned a better getaway myself and I will remember this one FOREVER. Himself did good – real good!
Of course there are more pictures and stories to tell but for now I am heading back to the sofa for more snuggles and Blacklist with the man himself.
Reading time is back – yes ladies and gents as I have been commuting for a long time recently I have been able to spend more time reading to and from work. It may sound like a little thing but having that time to myself to read and listen to music really has made me feel like my old self. Despite having to get up 1 hour earlier to get to work I feel GREAT. Do you have reading time?
Despite having only listened to part of the first chapter of this book I am actually reading a book written by the man in my life. There is not much I can say at the moment but when it all comes together and I can I will tell all.
Whilst out shopping the other day it was extremely chilly outside and my lips were having none of it. On popping into Primark for some work under shirts I picked up this bad boy and can’t stop using it. It needs a lot of re-application but smells so tasty.
Last week himself and I took a trip to Oxford/Regent Street to get some homely bits – namely memory foam pillows and we got caught up in the crowds and cold.
So, a couple of weeks ago himself and I headed over to Amsterdam for a little birthday celebration (his not mine!). It was cold, cold, COLD! Despite taking pretty much every item of warm clothing that we own between us it was necessary to buy a new hat and scarf (don’t give me that look!). Here are some of the photos from our trip. There are a couple that obviously are kept just for us but these are ones that we both agreed to share.
We got our priorities straight when we arrived and headed straight for the shop.
This bottle tasted divine!
The last time I was in Dam I fell in love with the flower market and had to revisit.
Still didn’t give in to buying a pair of clogs.
As much as I love Starbucks I was sad to see that a favourite cafe was shut down and bought out by the chain. And before you say it not that kind of coffee shop.
As you can see we did a LOT of walking and found some beautiful parts of the canal and lovely side streets.
We managed to do the tourist thing and get another tourist to get a snap of us.
He made us laugh as his girlfriend got in the picture and he told her quickly to ‘MOVE’!!!
Some time for culture was obviously needed!
On the way back into town . . .
And of course to end the trip a much needed selfie below!
It’s Monday again and although it is late I figured better late than never to join in with Sheila’s regular Monday meme! This week I actually managed to get some stuff done but I also realised how much I have left to do. With a nerve wracking interview out of the way and still waiting for the results for something that I am feeling quite negative about at the moment I am pressing on. Positivity peeps – that is the word for the week over here.
This one has been finished and I am so hooked on Liane Moriarty’s writing that I have started listening to another one of her books. My review of this one will be up soon so keep your eyes open.
Having just started this I couldn’t tell you what this book is like right now.
You will just have to wait and see!
After washing my hands an insane amount of times on a daily basis at work this is one product that really has done me some good. It keeps my hands soft, supple and smelling exceptionally good. There is currently an offer on at Boots of 3 for 2 so check it out if you are near.
One of my colleagues has had this scent in her locker for some time now and every time she opens her locker despite the smell that emirates from most of lockers of feet hints of Rihanna waft up my nose. Finally I have my own bottle for my locker – soooo sweet!
My second week of pictures and I am finding more and more things that are just too beautiful to miss out on taking a snap. From North to South, East & West London is a beautiful city and in every nook and cranny there is something just waiting to be snapped. This is what I got up to this week – I only managed to instagram things yesterday as have been on nights this week just gone. Sorry that this post is up a little late as it missed its schedule yesterday.
Tea Time at Tartine Tooting Bec (All the T’s my, my!)
Beautiful tiled floor at the entrance of Tartine Tooting Bec
Found this cool old wall sign whilst out and about and seeing as I was getting a cold it seemed appropriate!!
Post night shift breakfast with the girlies from work – it was a hard choice as the menu is all divine.
How cool is this colourful roundabout.
On the way to himself the other afternoon and the sun hit this tree just right.
Last week I returned from Amsterdam on Monday but was too late to put up my Monday post due to ridiculous delays with British Airways. Surprisingly the flight and customer services was awful but thankfully we are home safely.
I finished this last week and absolutely loved it, my review will be up this week so keep your eyes peeled.
In the mood for more Moriarty I started listening to this and it is no surprise that I am already hooked.
€2.50 – 150ml
Last time I went to Amsterdam I remember this product and lucky for me the HEMA shop were still selling it. It smells amazing and although it is over the 100ml mark and I am unable to take it back home it is just the right price to use whilst there and not feel bad leaving it behind.
€4.50 – 30ml
Perfect sized bottle of serum which I can say from experience works on Afro Caribbean hair very well. Leaving my locks feeling well nourished and smelling fresh – also it seems to tame the frizz. Of course I bought it home with me!
Just one of the many delicious coffees we had whilst in Amsterdam – maybe it is because they use creamer instead of milk. Yummy!
Most nights we would take a stroll around the town and on our first night we came across Spongebob watching us.
What have you been up to this week?
Any plans for the week ahead?
In an attempt to keep track of 2015 I am going to try and post a weekly collection of photos that I have taken over the previous week. There are so many of you out there that are taking numerous photos and putting them up for different challenges. Instead of taking part in a challenge (they tend to never get finished!) I thought it would be a nice way without the commitment of a challenge to share my photos.
This was definitely the place to go when it came to breakfast in Dam.
Those pancakes you can just about see didn’t last too long!
Little bit of spongebob goes a long way! And he made it to Dam!
One of many coffees had in Dam – cannot tell you how good they were!
In a proper coffee shop if you know what I mean!
After walking through London and seeing all of the beautifully decorated chairs etc it was nice to see this painted letter in Dam.
Himself just had to find somewhere to watch the football and luckily for him Barney’s obliged. I was happy as I had coffee and wifi – plus for him West Ham did win!