I’ve been MIA again, taking a little break from the blog to catch up on life a little. Before my last post I was heavily involved in my ‘Secret Project’ – if anything ever comes of it I’ll tell you guys what it was – for over a week and after hours on the computer the last thing I wanted was to be, well, on the computer. So, where have I been?
On the day after my last post, on the 10th, I went with a friend to catch up over When Mac Met Cheese in Paddington – more on that in a post soon – and the day after that I went out for some work drinks in the evening. Note to self: Keep your phone on you so you don’t suddenly realise the time and have to run to Charing Cross for the last train home. Second note to self: Eat dinner.
The rest of the weekend was nice and relaxed – definitely what I needed after the stresses of recent weeks. Hubby went out on Saturday night so I had the flat to myself… much needed girl time! My sister being over from Spain, I drove over to my parents’ for one my dad’s infamous Sunday lunches and also went with them over to Foal Farm Animal Rescue in nearby Biggin Hill. This wasn’t one of their Sunday Sale Days but the shops were all open for a good rummage. I found this beautiful carafe for £3 and 6 of these cocktail glasses for another £3! I also picked up some lovely soft purple fabric that I’ll do something with at some point (promise..)
A few days later I popped down to Windsor to meet a potential new client for work. Unfortunately I didn’t have time to stop and take in the sights but we did take the long walk back to the station and happened to pass the castle while they were getting ready for the changing of the guard. I would have loved to stand in the gorgeous weather and see it, but the office beckoned (sob). I’ve vowed to take a trip down one weekend so I can actually enjoy it! From what I saw, it’s a beautiful town and definitely worth the short journey from London.
Finally, it was the bank holiday weekend, and time to head over to Oxford for the weekend to see my girls from uni. We all lived together in Leeds in our third year and are now spread around a little bit (London, Oxford, Leeds and Australia!) so meet up when we can. Obviously the girl in Australia couldn’t make it and sadly another had some news which meant she had to stay in Leeds but the other 4 of us met up on the Saturday at Kat’s house in Witney. Witney is a stunning town heading west from Oxford towards the Cotswolds. On first look it seems like a quiet market town, but having seen it on a Saturday night that’s not quite true! We started with Pimm’s on Church Green while waiting for the last girl to arrive and later had a lovely Thai takeaway before heading into Oxford for a night on the town. Raoul’s was our first port of call for cocktails where I had a lovely Wrong Island Spiced Tea (well, a few of them) before heading to a club to dance the night away. The least said about the bus journey home the better!
On the Sunday we woke up late and were treated to bacon and egg sarnies by our hostess before heading to nearby Burford, on the edge of the Cotswolds, to wander the shops. I happily picked up some Oxford Sauce (think brown sauce that has a few spices in it), before settling down in The Lamb Inn for some much needed refreshments and a spot of late lunch in the cosy bar area. Yet again too busy eating to take photos (naughty blogger!) but the food was very impressive – perhaps unsurprising as the restaurant has 2 AA rosettes!
After some squash lessons from one of the girls who is a mean squash player we retired to the flat to eat some canneloni and then to the pub for a few last drinks, before heading back to London on Monday on the Oxford Tube. All in all, a lovely weekend with good friends.
Most of this week’s evenings have been spent watching Homeland with the hubby (it’s now on Netflix – fantastic!) and dragging myself out for a run on Thursday night. I’ve still not managed to get into a routine with keeping fit, and I’ll write more on that soon.
That brings us up to date! I’ll be working on posting more regularly in the next few weeks, I promise. What have you been up to while I’ve been away?