On Tuesday I celebrated my birthday, we both had the day off work and as a surprise Steven took me to a cute little farm in Kent to go strawberry picking. I've never picked strawberries before - or any fruit for that matter - and it's been on my list ever since we lived in Leeds and we drove past a farm once and I said 'I've never been strawberry picking!' and then said it every time we drove past a pick your own since. The weather was beautiful and the strawberries were so juicy and fresh, we ate some straight away on a picnic bench with some cloudy lemonade to wash them down. We finished the rest of the strawbs at home that night with some cream and meringues we bought from the farm shop, it was my birthday after all...
Afterwards we drove to Herne Bay on the coast and went for a stroll along the sea front, had some chips and drove back home to catch up with our boxset (True Blood, it's a bit crap but I'm hooked!). Who says getting older isn't any fun?!
I am so glad Catherine agreed to let me take her portrait for my Bloggers at their Desk series, I mean just look how beautiful her space is, those walls! If it's one thing for this project its certainly giving me extreme jealousy over how nice everyone's places are.
Catherine's blog, Sprunting has become one of my favourite reads over the short amount of time I've known her, I'd highly recommend you get on over there for a read. She also has the cutest little bunny who I just wanted to take home with me. Thanks so much for taking part, Catherine!
This weekend got off to a pretty good start with having a chip butty at one of my favourite fish and chip places with some really good company, they do the best mushy peas! I was thinking the other day that I should really start talking about/photographing some of the healthier foods I eat - which I actually have more often then pizza I have you know but that's never that fun to read on a Monday morning so maybe I'll stick with the chips.
On Sunday I drove us to Box Hill in Surrey, it's the longest I've driven before so I arrived a little shaky and stressed but I did navigate my way through built up London roads, a busy dual carriageway and country roads teaming with cyclists, not bad at all! I think I might have to do a separate post on this whole driving thing, it's been on my mind non stop for the past few months.
Box Hill is really beautiful, and only an hour or so away from London, the views are ridiculous and almost don't feel like what you're looking at is real. We went for a little walk, got an ice cream and sat under a tree watching a family play a game of rounders...sounds pretty idyllic huh? When we got home we ate a few of (read that as: pretty much all of) the little cakes a friend of mine got me as an early birthday present, that one with the marshmallows and chocolate on was obviously the best one!
I always get a little reflective around my birthday, there's so many questions I ask myself each year about where I am in life, am I doing what I want to do and all that crap that makes you panic like mad and want to run away. 25 was a good year though, I think it's all going ok, I think? Maybe...I dunno...those cakes certainly helped me stop worrying so much anyway...
Hope you had a good weekend too!
I met Soumya a few months back at Blook club and we're actually teaming up to take on a wedding in September (me - pictures, Soumya - styling and making and pretty much everything except the legal bit), isn't this blogging thing just crazy with its opportunities it opens up?!
I love Soumya's blog Made By Molu, she is one seriously crafty and talented lady - and I'm very pleased and excited to be working with her in the near future. I love her work space too, so organised and colourful, it made me take one hard look at mine and add 'tidy desk' to my to do list...maybe one day!
You can see more pictures from the 'Bloggers at their Desks' series here.
Last week it was Steven's birthday so after a matinee show at The Book of Mormon (so good, go see it!) we caught the DLR down to Deptford to finally, finally, finally visit The Big Red Pizza Bus.
Big Red has been on my list since it opened in 2011 and I have no idea why we haven't been before as Deptford is really only a short bus ride away from Peckham. We were a little early for our booking so went to the Bird's Nest pub next door for a swift one, this is a proper English pub with proper locals and also a great mix of students and bus drivers finishing their shift, I haven't been in a pub like this in a long time. The Strokes' Is This It was playing on the jukebox and the walls are covered in up coming local gigs and festivals - and for a pint and a soda and lime it only cost £2.90!
The Big Red was actually pretty empty when we got there so I'm not sure if mid-week booking is essential but I've heard weekend booking is a must. I have to say that the whole novelty of eating on a double decker bus didn't wear off once in our visit, my only regret was that we didn't sit at the front on the top deck and watch the world go by whilst eating our pizza.
The pizza was good, probably not one of the best I've had but maybe I've become too accustomed to sourdough bases, I'd definitely recommend it though. We ordered a vegetable one with really tasty grilled aubergine on and a classic 'Big Red' which was so simple but really delicious - and made even better with their chilli oil.
And to finish off (and seen as though it was a birthday celebration) we just had to get a knickerbocker glory...each! For two mains, a side salad, two desserts and a couple of drinks it cost about £40, which isn't too bad at all!