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Sunday Catch-up #33

Whilst most have been bemoaning the rain this week, I have secretly quite liked it as I have been stuck inside essay writing…3 down, 1 more to go! We’ve also been dog-sitting Ruby Soho and I have loved taking her for her morning walk and watching her run through the fields, barking at imaginary dogs. Let’s not mention the fact that this was also the last week of the summer holidays and I have to go back to work next week.

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This week I have been…

Making: my bed every day and feeling like I’m getting into fresh sheets every night (I’m sure most other grown-ups do this as standard!)

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Going: to watch Bristol City play

Wearing: my hair in a centre-parting again

Eating: Sicilian sardine pasta

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Drinking: homemade sangria

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Reading: Pop Goes the Weasel (and it’s just as gripping as the first one!)

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Watching: Sons of Anarchy all day errrryday

Buying: a sneaky Birchbox order

Planning: my lessons for the next few weeks

Cooking: my smoked haddock chowder

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Baking: peanut butter and jelly bites

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Writing: on my blog daily again – I hope I can keep it up when I go back to work!

Favouriting: the new Autumn/ Winter fashion on ASOS

Working on: these damn essays

Trying to decide: what to get Ian for his birthday

Wishing: we could get a pet dog

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Enjoying: the rain

Needing: to start getting up earlier…10am lie-ins just won’t cut it anymore

Feeling: excited about starting a new term

Giggling at: how cosy this little one looked all wrapped up on the sofa!

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Sunday Catch-up #27

It’s been a very low-key week for us but we have been out and about this weekend to farmers markets and a new restaurant for lunch. Unfortunately, it is a grey and rainy afternoon so we are watching films, reading books and drinking copious amount of tea to get us through.

This week I have been…

Making: the effort to eat outside as much as possible

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Going: to Frome market this morning and eating pizza in the sunshine

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Wearing: Ray-Ban Clubmasters

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Eating: tapas

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Drinking: Thai iced tea

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Reading: Girl on the Train – I’ve only just started but am intrigued

Watching: Wimbledon get underway

Buying: a few bits from The Body Shop

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Planning: our America trip

Cooking: tomatoes on the vine

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Baking: a mascarpone and lemon cake (which I forgot to take any photos of!)

Writing: a list of restaurants I want to eat at in New York…5 days may not be enough!

Favouriting: this amazing eyeliner look by Pixiwoo

Working on: writing my school reports

Trying to decide: whether we should buy the CityPass

Wishing: my Mum a very Happy Birthday this week!

Enjoying: giant couscous…I just love the stuff

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Needing: these pretty tiles steps in my house somewhere

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Feeling: much better after getting over this cold

Giggling at: Ian fast asleep in the garden

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Sunday Catch-up #24

Hello! It’s been another busy week for us with both sets of parents visiting, a Mexican-themed birthday party on a boat, our village fete and I am hoping to round the weekend off with a cinema trip to see Jurassic World!

This week I have been…

Making: sure my new plants are fed and watered…determined not to kill these ones!

Going: to Wagamamas – I tried their new duck pancake dish

Wearing: my party shoes – love these glittery brogues

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Eating: ribs #standard

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Drinking: Coronas

Reading: blogs

Watching: Game of Thrones…so good this week!

Buying: these limited edition Orla Kiely coffee jars

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Planning: some fun summer weekends

Cooking: fennel – my new favourite vegetable

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Baking: not proper baking but I did make some very healthy pancakes

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Writing: in my journal each night

Favouriting: my friend Holly’s blog – she’s a fellow bookworm and I love her reviews of ‘My Little Box’

Working on: the bottle stall at our village fete

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Trying to decide: where Ian is taking me next weekend – all I have been told is that it is a birthday surprise, that I will love it and that I don’t need my passport! I’m intrigued.

Wishing: fake tanning wasn’t such a faff

Enjoying: my bestie’s 30th birthday party

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Needing: my Body Shop order to arrive as I’ve run out of serum

Feeling: very happy when I see these beautiful peonies on my kitchen table

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Giggling at: my Mum’s face when we bit into our cream teas and realised we had picked up cheese scones! Weirdly, they weren’t awful!

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Sunday Catch-up #22

And so another lovely week off draws to a close. This hasn’t been my most exciting half term but it has certainly been productive. I managed to get one and a half essays finished for a course I am doing, dig up and plant lots of pretty things in my front garden and squeeze in a few longer runs this week which were all on my to-do list. I go back to work tomorrow for my final term before our US adventure this summer!

This week I have been…

Making: this delicious raw salad

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Going: for a day out with my parents to Kilver Court

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Wearing: my Zara leather jacket non-stop

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Eating: a cheeky McFlurry

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Drinking: this Dandelion and Burdock drink

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Reading: endless research papers

Watching: The Affair – a brilliant drama on Sky Atlantic

Buying: flavoured oils and vinegars…my favourite nibbles served with crusty bread

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Planning: some new light, healthy salads to make this week

Cooking: Chow mein

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Baking: nothing this week although I have a brownie craving at the moment!

Writing: essays…and weirdly enjoying it!

Favouriting: Deliciously Ella for some healthy recipe ideas

Working on: my front garden

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Trying to decide: if I can mange to keep these plants alive!

Wishing: for more sunny afternoons spent in our local pub garden watching the cows (we spotted a fox too!)

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Enjoying: elevenses

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Needing: Bath traffic to not be so rubbish!

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Feeling: amazing after using this new cleanser

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Giggling at: these naughty horses

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Restaurant Review – A Midweek Treat at the Muddy Duck

It feels slightly strange blogging about our village pub as we are up there on a frequent basis (maybe a little too frequent!) but we had such a good meal recently, I felt it merited a post. Rather than trying somewhere new, Ian and I decided to wander up to our local for a midweek dinner.

I started with an Aperol Spritz cocktail which looked like a glass of Iron-Bru but this Italian aperitif has a lovely bitter-sweet taste and is apparently rather popular with the Hackney hipsters.

For my starter, I went for a salad which included two of my favourite ingredients: beetroot and goats cheese. Containing golden yellow and deep purple beetroot, which had been both pickled and roasted, this salad had a rich sweetness from the beets matched by the sharpness of the goats cheese, some of which had been whipped with lemon to add another texture and flavour. I thoroughly enjoyed this and I think the only thing missing was a crunch of some nuts or crispy bread.

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Ian had a twist on ham, pea and mint in the form of this rustic ham terrine, served with a pea puree, mint and griddled new potatoes.  This was a hearty little starter and I was glad we opted to share them!

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For my main, I went for another veggie option in the form of courgette arancini. Arancini, for those of you who are yet to discover this Italian delight, are little deep fried balls of risotto and one of those things I have to order when I see it on a menu! These ones were courgette arancini, with a cheesy, rich filling and served with marinated mozzarella, griddled vegetables and courgette and radish ribbons. The combination of these ingredients were spot on and I have my own take on these rice balls coming soon!

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Ian went for the lamb served two ways but I have to admit I was enjoying my own dinner so much (and trying to pick apart the recipe so I could cook it myself at home!) that I don’t think I even tried any!

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Ordering two veggie courses left me with some room for pudding and I could not resist the sticky toffee pudding, served with honeycomb and clotted cream ice-cream. This was a lovely end to the evening and no doubt we will be back soon x

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Sunday Catch-up #10

If I’m being honest, it hasn’t really been the best week. I’ve been stressed and busy and to top it all off I’m feeling really run down and knackered. However, these weekly posts encourage me to look for the positives in weeks like this (we all have them!) and it has had its highlights, namely some beautiful sunny days and a great weekend in London with my nearest and dearest. Every cloud and all that!

This week I have been…

Making: Ian come to Pilates with me for a good old post-marathon stretch

Going: for afternoon tea in posh London hotels

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Wearing: stripes…in fact, we all did!

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Eating: ribs (I needed my fix!)

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Drinking: root beer

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Reading: this amazing series of books (for the second time)

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Watching: Fortitude – I love my bleak, Scandi dramas!

Buying: more Breton tops

Planning: which TV drama to start on next – House of Cards please!

Cooking: ham and cheese toasties (my comfort food when I’m not feeling 100%)

Baking: nothing this week although lots of staff room cakes have been consumed!

Writing: birthday cards

Favouriting: more home décor websites as I’m now after a new rug for our living room

Working on: feeling better – lots of OJ, early nights and zinc tablets

Trying to decide: whether I need a duvet day or not tomorrow!

Wishing: this beautiful weather lasts so we can spend more time outside without layers upon layers on

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Enjoying: ALL THE CAKES

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Needing: to go back to making to-do lists as it’s the only way I can function properly

Feeling: so happy when I have all my family sat around the table enjoying a meal together

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Giggling at: this tube stop (Londoners will roll their eyes I’m sure!)

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Sunday Catch-up #9

I went back to work this week which was fine for the first few days but I struggled through the latter half. However, we have had slightly lighter mornings and evenings which made it a little easier getting up and brings the promise of springtime.

This week also saw Ian run the Bath Half Marathon and I was there cheering him and our friends on. It was so inspiring to see people of all ages and levels of fitness giving it a go although I’m not quite sure it has persuaded me to sign up for one yet!

This week I have been…

Making: bowls of steaming hot soup to enjoy on cold nights

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Going: to cheer on the runners at this year’s Bath Half Marathon

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Wearing: pearls on my nails

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Eating: all the doughnuts!

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Drinking: more water in an attempt to cut down on the amount of tea I drink

Reading: marathon running and pre-running diet tips to Ian

Watching: the finale of Broadchurch – I wasn’t as taken with it this season but at least the final episode wrapped up a few loose ends

Buying: well, it’s not really buying but I have sponsored people I know for various charity events (and it kind of felt better than buying more make-up!)

Planning: a new flight route home from America now that a certain low-budget airline changed their times meaning we miss our connection…grrrrrrr

Cooking: a Sunday Roast…nothing beats it

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Baking: nothing again this week although I am feeling inspired after watching the celeb version of the GBBO. Well, I wouldn’t say ‘inspired’ but more of a feeling that I can do better!

Writing: in my journal every night – I’m really happy I’ve kept this up

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Favouriting: lots of bedroom decorating ideas for my next project – I particularly love Kate from ghost parties’ style

Working on: my stamina and upping my weekly runs

Trying to decide: what to wear to school for World Book Day #teacherproblems

Wishing: this week flies by as we have fun weekend plans in London!

Enjoying: the lighter mornings and evenings

Needing: to go to bed earlier now I am back at work

Feeling: so proud of my husband and bestie for raising so much dosh for Cancer Research

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Giggling at: Madonna’s epic fall at the Brits…didn’t we all?!