Monthly Archives: July 2016

Happy Friday 15.07.16

It’s Happy Friday time again already – the weeks seem to be passing so quickly at the moment! Anyway, here’s a little round up of my week:

  1. We had a lovely trip to Yo Sushi with G on Saturday, to welcome her back from her trip to Germany. She had been the week previously with a friend, but it was a new experience for me and D. I’m not a huge fan of sushi, but there were plenty of other options, so I had the delicious chicken and Japanese fried rice below, which was really good.

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2. G eventually got to enjoy her Christmas present last Sunday, when she had her flying lesson. She was up in the air for well over an hour and it was a beautiful day for it, so she really enjoyed it.


3. Stemming from my childhood, I’ve always loved beautiful stationery, so the new notebook that I bought at the start of the week has made me very happy indeed!


4. G and I had a lovely trip out with the dogs on Tuesday, walking them in Poppy Wood, followed by a quick stop off at Calke Abbey for a drink. There is a new dog agility trail at the wood, so it was great to see them loving it – and it’s always a great way to tire them out!

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5. Being very aptly named, the poppies were out in force in Poppy Wood, looking absolutely beautiful, so they definitely brought a smile to my face.


6. Tilly had her annual check up and vaccinations at the vet on Tuesday, and it was really good to hear that she is still in very good shape, with an incredibly healthy heart, as, for a big dog, she is getting to quite a good age.

7. The summer holidays started properly on Wednesday when we went up to collect B, who is now home for almost eight weeks, which is lovely.

8. G and B enjoyed the first day of their summer holiday together yesterday with a trip to Bounce Revolution in Derby. They had a great, if rather exhausting and hot, hour, trying all the trampolines and “wipeout” style areas, so it was a real hit – and very amusing to watch!

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9. I am continuing to enjoy doing workouts at home. Thank goodness for You Tube! There are so many different kinds of workouts and exercise programmes on there, for free, so I’ve been loving mixing and matching some of the individual routines, then alternating with a programme.

10. Today is the day that we decamp to Norfolk for 12 days, so we are really looking forward to that. After the busyness of the past few weeks, it will be lovely to get away and properly relax, so we are looking forward to lots of walks on the beach, kayaking, eating out, tennis, swimming, reading, etc. Bliss!



Happy Friday 08.07.16

Well, it’s been a few weeks since I last posted, but that is simply due to the fact that I have been absolutely crazily busy with work, so have not had any spare time whatsoever. However, that craziness has now come to an end, so I’m back with a lovely Happy Friday list!

  1. The first one has to be work. D and I made a decision about our business a few months ago, which was the reason behind all the hard work and long hours of the past few weeks. However, that all came to fruition last Friday, hence we have this week started a new chapter in the life of the business, which is 100% positive for absolutely everyone associated with it, which is so exciting and good to see. Definitely a cause for celebration.
2. We have been continuing to eat healthily most of the time, still trying out new recipes from the recipe books which I received for my birthday in May, and really loving them. They are so tasty and feel so good for you at the same time. The photo below is of one of my favourite breakfast recipes – Carrot Bircher – yum!
3. Saying that, however- we all need a treat from time to time, so last weekend I made one of my favourites for Saturday night – chocolate-dipped strawberries – so, so delicious!
4. I know that I have mentioned before how much I love libraries, but this has to be said again! I went a couple of weeks ago to my local one, which is literally 10-15 minutes walk away from home, and there was an extremely helpful, chatty librarian on duty, who recommended that I should try reading some Jeffrey Archer books. Never having liked the man, I have not once considered reading any of his works (and I had no idea that he had written so many!) but she suggested that I start reading The Clifton Chronicles series. I took the first two books away with me, then reserved and collected numbers 3 and 4 last week, and they really are very good. I am so pleased that she suggested them, as I am enjoying them immensely.
5. D’s new “toy” a couple of weeks ago was a pasta maker, so he and G had a lovely time one Friday evening making us some fresh tagliatelle. It was pretty simple to make but tasted so much nicer than the bought variety, even when buying fresh, so this is definitely the way forward for us now!
6. One of the things that has made me chuckle over the past weeks has been the dogs. As there are areas of pretty long grass around where I walk them in the park, they love to explore these when they are off their leads, but, because they aren’t overly tall dogs, they literally have to bounce around the tall stalks, which is so hilarious to watch. They are honestly just like little Tiggers!
7. It has recently been the season for one of my favourite flowers – peonies! I think they are incredibly pretty, and come in such beautiful shades, so I absolutely love them. D doesn’t like them, for some completely unfathomable reason – but then he doesn’t like tulips either, which I also find totally weird!
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8. D and I had a lovely afternoon out last Sunday at a Sausage and Cider Music Festival. The weather was incredibly kind to us, so we had a wonderful time, sitting in the sun on our picnic blanket, eating sausages, drinking cider (rhubarb cider is soooo good!) and listening to the live music – especially the reggae music, which we love.
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9. We then had a lovely evening out by the firepit (admiring our lovely foxgloves!), enjoying a couple of mojitos and chatting – a fantastic end to the weekend.
Firepit Foxglove
10. As D and I have been child-free this week, with G in Germany and B in France, we decided to go out for a meal last night. We went to Revolución de Cuba and had the most delicious meal – shared tapas to start, then a burrito for me and chimichanga for D. We also enjoyed some fabulous cocktails – Reggae Rum Punch, an original mojito, then – our favourite – a Garden Mojito, which was amazingly good! We will definitely be going back there again soon (probably for our 20th wedding anniversary next month!).
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