Thursday, 24 August 2017

5 joys number 11

**Disclaimer, this was meant to go out before I went on holiday! hehe! **

I feel pretty lucky going away on holiday this week. I have that feeling of excitement at getting on a plane bubbling up inside me at work and the days can't go quickly enough! I've been so lucky and happy lately, life really hasn't been all that bad and for that I'm pretty grateful! So on with the list of 5.

1) Theatre lately. I took mum to see Touch at Soho theatre on Tuesday and it was a brilliant play. She met me after work and we went for a really good drink at The London Gin Club (Click here for website) beforehand. The play was fantastic and kept our attention throughout. The main character reminded me a tad of myself in places!
I was also lucky enough to see School of Rock with mum and her friend Suzanne, although I really didn't like it as much as I thought I would. The children were fantastic and the last couple of songs where they rocked out on their instruments was the best bit by far, but I could take it or leave it. I wouldn't go again. 

Then there was Wind in the Willows! This was so surprisingly good! We went for mum's birthday and I booked The Ivy Brasserie for dinner, and the meal was just delicious. So indulgent, relaxing and well done. But then the show just blew me away. I was expecting something aimed more for the kids but this is definitely for all ages. Rufus Hound was fantastic as were the rest of the cast. What a show! 


I was also lucky enough to go to a gig last week. Shapeshifter at Kentish Town. Spoilt or what?!

2) BGCG family picnic was a couple of weeks ago and despite the shit weather, we had a good turnout and managed to raise a decent amount of money again.

3) Went to see my new workmate play in her steel pan orchestra in the sunshine and it was so lovely. I do enjoy a community event and a Jamaican Patty!

4) I hosted my first grown up barbecue at my flat. The food was good, it didn't rain, my friends seemed to enjoy it, I had enough chairs and we played The Chase card game, which was fun!

5)  Lovely neighbours are hard to come by and mine are really sweet. The other day we were all out in the garden having a chat and a cuppa and I felt very lucky.

That's it for now. I guess Minorca will be my next blog... or the delayed Go Ape one!

xxx




Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Louisa's Hen Party

I wish I had taken more photos on this trip, but here are the ones I took anyway! 




Louisa and her Grandma, 
Miranda looking super happy! 

Gorgeous Jess also looking happy!


Kathryn and Louisa, getting ready to head out. It was so hot this day! 

And we made it to the water! I like punting. Apparently, I'm a natural! Small, feisty, competitive thing that I am! 


Ducklings! 

The hen herself gives it a go! 




Hanging out with the other boat! 
Hi gorgeous Jo! 


That evening, we headed out for dinner. Louisa brought her friends and new boyfriend. 


I didn't take many photos in the evening, but because it doesn't happen very often. Here's a photo of Louise and Miranda doing shots. And we didn't even get that drunk! 
XXX

Thursday, 27 July 2017

5 joys number 10

Gosh, It's been a while since I've reflected. And there is so much to be happy about.

1) I am so joyful, grateful and happy to have a great new job. I feel ridiculously lucky to be in the industry I work in and I feel hugely grateful that I get to work with such a cool bunch of people every day. I like this graph!


2) Really happy to have completed my third year as a member of Bernays Gardens Community Group. We just had our family picnic to celebrate our new pavilion at the weekend and despite the lack of volunteers, bad weather and generally all of the forces going against us, it was a success again and we raised quite a bit of money to put back into the gardens! Yay for community volunteering and gardening and nice people!


3) I've booked a holiday for me and mum. I can't wait for a proper week in Menorca actually exploring, this time at a slightly more laid back pace and hopefully with a bit more summer sun than we had a few months ago when we visited for the Hen Party! Can't wait for the food in the amazing restaurants there either. They're all so good and I've preparedly list of favourites from last time and some new ones from Trip advisor. Feed me all of the food!



4) I have so many theatre trips booked up to look forward to, I love booking things ahead in the diary. When they finally come round, it feels like you haven't even paid it was so long ago! Sometimes.... We're going to see School of Rock, Wind in the Willows, The Addams Family and mum managed to get tickets to see Kristin Chenoweth at The Palladium for me too! I also got tickets to take her to see Touch at The Soho Theatre which is pretty much sold out I think, AND Brendan and I are going to the giant Bouncy Castle thing in Alexandra Palace on August Bank holiday weekend. I mean. If I'm not a lucky thing and this isn't joyful and if I can't be grateful, then I must be a stuck up snotty nosed bitch!



5) Summer weather and stuff ya know?! All of the things. Picnics, Midsummer Night's dream in Shenley, village fetes. There's not a huge amount to complain about right now!



xxx

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Hen Party in Menorca

Number three of my rather out of date catch up blog posts. Lottie's hen do in Menorca! So out of date that she's married now! (Links for places are included where I can remember. Just click the bold name) 


First bar/restaurant and picking drink while the other girls secretly go off and get the villa ready. 



Did someone say "Ugly Calamari which tastes amazing?" I did! 


Church in the square. 

Story time with Tash when she realised that the internet just wasn't going to allow her to be on a conference call, so she was forced to give up and have fun!


Our first croquets. My goodness did we have some good ones on this trip. I kind of recommend getting them everywhere you go, they're always different in each restaurant you visit.




Proper Sangria.



Emily and her pickle willy! A client called me just as I was taking this photo. So hard to hold back the giggles! 






We arrived at our stunning villa after lunch.
The view was ridiculous!

Harriet was pretty happy about it.
Then the girls decided.....
To jump in the pool fully clothed....





Wonder if this would have worked as a GIF?!



That night we went to the Sunset cave bar. The Cova d'en Xoroi. 




Then I took so many sunset photos.....








Then it got dark and we got colder (cuddles!) and went drinking at another bar...


It got blurry!



The next day was overcast and we had a big brunch all together at the house. Barbecue and salads and all kinds of deliciousness!




Followed by a Gin Factory tour and cocktail making class which I couldn't recommend enough. Especially with the gorgeous Jose taking us round! Gin Xoriguer.











Cocktail room!


Historical Gin bottles!





I made this! 


This was delicious!

The sun was out by the time we emerged! 

Then that night we went to dinner. Look at this stunning Yacht!

 We ate in a restaurant called Way. A Japanese place and totally delicious.


Lottie needed to protect her white outfit! 









Blurry but so happy! 





Post dinner drinks...




The next morning the gorgeous Danielle did yoga before everyone was up. The two early risers sharing a room, I captured her when she wasn't looking!

Random metal house.



Random Mahon Photos.





On our last full day, we chartered a private boat from this company Antiga Meloussa who were absolutely brill.



Tash in her element. 



The weather was amazing and everything was way too photogenic. He took us round the island stopping at small coves and beaches and feeding us the most amazing home made lunch of goats cheese tarts, salads, strawberries and chocolates! 




Me in my element!



Glamorous ladies.

Hullo drinks hatch! Hullo Tash!


Then Emily jumped in before she was supposed to!

Then a few of us did and we swam to the little beach. The others paddled in on a little boat!



Gorgeous ladies. 
Lunch friend! Seriously blue water. 


Got going again and it was time to put the sails up! 










I didn't want to leave! Ever! 



We came into another little cove a while later and all swam in a row. No boat this time.



If you look closely at these photos, you'll see that a naked man gave us a show on a tightrope. First Naked tightrope walker I've ever seen. We're not sure why he and his friends were naked. But they were.




Not that great a group photo! I think sun tan lotion may have been on the lens....



We were supposed to go back and have a big group barbecue. What actually happened was possibly better. We got off the boat, went to Maria Bonita, a gorgeous Tapas bar and stayed there. It really was delicious. All night. Eating, drinking, joking, laughing, playing "I have never" we were there from about 6pm to midnight when we were all merry and exhausted from the day of sunshine, boating and swimming.




Boob dessert! I have very few photos of this night. Some are just like that. We were having too much fun in the moment.

The next morning I took a last little photo of the villa before I left.

And lastly, this one photo wasn't mine, but it's a lovely group shot to end on! Thanks to my friend Gretta for taking it.


I had such an amazing time with these ladies. I couldn't have asked for a better bunch of women to go away with. And 3 days was too short for a holiday there, so I'm going back in a few weeks with Mum for a 1 week holiday! I think she's going to love it! The restaurants, bars, food, lifestyle, weather and views are just gorgeous. 

XXX