A long weekend in pictures

As I mentioned last week I spent four days on a short break ‘up north’ with the family to celebrate a birthday. It was blissful so of course i’m going to share some of the fun times with you. Be warned this post is mainly going to be about the pictures, because that’s what I like best and honestly I don’t write well enough to describe my adventures and the beauty of The Peaks half as well as my pictures do!

So my trip went a little bit like this…

  • Road Trip! Queue good music, lots of talking and picking the service station we stop at depending on the coffee available. Hence the 16 miles of crossing my legs in order to go to a Starbucks!
  • Arriving in Sheffield to skip down the hill and meet the youngest Evans sister. Then touring her house before setting off to Bolsover Castle.
  • Promptly falling in love with Bolsover. Cooing over wall paintings, cute windows and fallen down ruins. And taking lots of pictures of course – the magic of smart phones!
  • Somehow finding our way into Matalan and exiting 90 minutes later with lots of purchases. You’d think that my sisters, Mum and I would have learnt not to shop together by now!

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  • Heading into the Peak District and discovering the lovely town of Bakewell.
  • Eating the best lasagne ever (thanks Mum)

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  • Training it to Leeds to have lunch with one of my favouritest people in the world. Lots of talking, lots of eating and lots of laughing!
  • Discovering the Chestnut Centre a conservation and wildlife park. A lovely long walk around the place and seeing otters, deers and owls. Along with pole cats, pine martens and field mice. Seriously if you are ever in the area go check it out.
  • Also if you are there then stop in at The Beehive pub in Combs for lunch – totally delicious grub.

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  • I also managed to fit in a run – I know I was surprised too. But having my Dad there made me do it and it was great fun. I left my headphones at home and we chatted away for a three mile explore around Bakewell. I, of course, had to stop a couple of times for photos as we saw rainbows. Yes we ran in the rain.

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  • The other plus point of going for a run was that I didn’t feel too guilt over the amount I ate (and drank) that evening! We headed to another lovely foodie place recommended by our neighbours. The Pointed Dog and Duck in Bakewell town. Checkout the trip advisor views here. Another excellent meal and the perfect place to celebrate Becca’s birthday. Plus she loved all her presents. One of which I made myself! So will be sharing soon.
  • We of course managed to fit in more board game time. Like that was ever not going to happen!

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  • Our final day started with a walk, then a trip to Costco before a long drive home. A thoroughly enjoyable weekend away with my family.

Honestly it’s trips like these that I live for. So much fun, full on relaxing and surrounding yourself with people that get you.

Lau xxx

A few end of the week musings

Happy Sunday friends, here’s to another week ending. I’m not sure about where you guys are, but London today is full on Autumnal. There’s rain and wind and fallen leaves of every colour. I am celebrating by relaxing on a sofa in Starbucks. A perfect Sunday in my book. Also I might have to treat myself to my favourite pumpkin spice loaf too – it’s becoming an addiction – oops!

Firstly in this weekly musings post I want to discuss porridge. Yes now that the weather has turned truly Autumnal and rainy (please read miserable) warm breakfasts are back with a vengeance  I like to eat breakfast once I arrive at work but with the microwave being 6 floors away there is no way I am traipsing down there everyday to microwave my porridge, so the fact that I have discovered porridge pots is a lifesaver. They are so simple add hot water to the line, stir and voila porridge is made. I may have stocked up on quite a few of these, in numerous flavours. Well I have to try them all obviously!

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So I also did a spot of baking this past week. There was a birthday at work, so I was all like I’ll bake, I’ll bake! Mainly because I’ve been wanting to try a recipe for ages and ages, plus everyone wants some home cooked goodies on their birthday, right? So I made this double chocolate loaf cake that I found on the BBC GoodFood website. Not only does it look and smell delicious, but taste-wise it’s to die for! I will of course be writing up the recipe over on Cook Bake & Eat later this month.

I’m also still loving the named Coke bottles. On Monday I had a diet coke break with a friend – okay so she wasn’t physically with me but picking a bottle with her name on made me smile! However I did get to spend the day with her on Saturday which was absolutely lovely.

This week I’ve also been engrossed in The Innocent by Harlan Coben. Considering how much I love his books I was surprised to find that I hadn’t read this one yet, I loved it and couldn’t put it down. It certainly helped pass endless bus journeys – my bus was on diversion all week.

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Along with lots of reading I have also been watching an awful lot of Friday Night Lights this week. Yes I’m a bit late getting to this show, especially considering how big of an American Football fan I am. Plus my favourite film of all time is Remember the Titans, so I was bound to love FNL. Anyway I’ve now officially caught the bug and seriously feel the love for everyone at Dillon High School.

Yesterday I had a lovely day catching up with one of my best friends – we were feeling suitably jealous of another friend being in New York so we got together for a proper catch up. There was a pub lunch, coffee and cake, lots of chattering, reminiscing over travelling days and a wander around Rochester – I’ve hadn’t been before but it’s got so many cute shops and coffee places. Definitely going back there sometime to discover more. I have to admit by the time I got back home I was utterly exhausted, there’s nothing like catching up with a friend with lots of talking and walking in the fresh air to tire a person out! I did fall in love with this lovely owl vase in the middle of the below picture. Yes we all know my owl obsession (in fact I’m planning an owl post soon) so how could I not love this!

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One final thought – Every Friday should be cake day at work. Who agrees with me? Personally I always find a Friday in the office to drag. It’s a bit quieter, everything is a bit slower and I’m just a bit tireder than on any other day. Hence the need for cake. So I am proposing a renaming of Friday to Cakeday where eating cake in the office is mandatory. Office mouse be damned!

Lau xxx

Weekly Musings #3

Fairy lights in frosted vases look amazing on a dark cold night.

Homemade double chocolate cookies are delicious and make the week a lot easier to deal with.

On Saturday I had a tuna melt for lunch from Debenhams – it was so delicious – how could I forget that these existed? I think lunch here might become my new favourite weekend thing!

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Sometimes I wish I lived in America so that I could watch more live NFL games. Two games a year at Wembley is just not enough for me.

I think my obsession with Pringles has returned with a vengeance! This is so not good people. 

Also I have now been asked for a Christmas list twice and it is (just about) still September. I love it! Best get writing one I guess!

And finally my lovely sister bought me a present for no other reason than that she is super duper! Aren’t these wooden owls just lovely? I have a bit of a thing about anything to do with owls. I just think that they are such beautiful creatures and so wise with those big beautiful eyes. This is one reason why I’m sure I was meant to get a Hogwarts letter! Anyway these now have pride of place on my bedroom shelf next to my Lego black cab.

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Happy Monday you lovely people. Lau xxx

My Week in Pictures

Christmas chocolate in September / Bus journey selfie

Afternoon tea at Palm Court, Langhams Hotel: Roses in a teapot / Ladies who lunch / finger sandwiches / scones with jam and clotted cream / white tea / hibiscus and blackberry jelly / chocolate tart and Victoria sandwich cake

Tim Tams / Movie Marathon

The last week in August – My Week in Pictures

I love bank holidays, only having to work four days is amazing. Well actually I had Friday afternoon off too so it was really only 3.5 – Yay me! And okay I had to make up that afternoon time but that was super easy doing 45 mins each day – as long as I have coffee then I’m functioning totally normally! Anyways without further waffle here is my week in pictures…

Lau xxx