Reflecting on my week #90

I missed this post last week as I was on a bit of a mission. Back at the start of the year I’d bought some photo credits to create yearbooks so we have our memories in print, and not just digitally. Of course we have them in our memories, but the thing with memories is they get all jumbled up and remembering which was in which year is getting even harder than it was before. It was such a good deal that I thought I’d catch up with myself - yes I’m behind where I’ve planned in all areas of my life, but I’m coming to terms with that, slowly - and pledged to do three at once. You get so long to make your creations, and you can extend the credits, but only for so long as I recently discovered.

Despite being a planner with good intentions, I’m also one of life’s last minute kind of girls, so I found myself with two photo books to create, or lose out on that very good deal. Which didn’t seem like such a good deal at all, put that way. So I finished the editing of my 2018 photos, and got the photo book organised and ordered, which left 2016 to sort out (I’d sorted out 2017 already, months ago - I can do it, if I try!). The only thing was that there were many, many 2016 photos that needed editing, and with it being so long ago (relatively), it’s harder to remember what went on, and what we enjoyed.

Looking at the photos though, the memories came flooding back - so proof in point that the photo books are a good thing, as I rarely look back over my digital photos - but of course, with the memories back we reminisced and that took more time than I had. With the deadline looming, it was clear I wasn’t going to do the year justice, so I needed another plan. That plan was to go back to some earlier holidays, and create a photo book of those trips instead. And just ahead of the deadline, I made it, and made use of the credit that had the clock ticking. I’ve still 2016 to do at some point, and I’ll be keeping an eye out for the next good deal, and no doubt I’ll be in exactly the same position up against the deadline next time too.

But anyway, it is done for now, and so my blogging time is also back, and I’ll do my best to get you up to date. I can’t promise it’ll be in chronological order though. On Saturday we were in town celebrating MOH’s birthday. He was keen to get into Padella at Borough Market, which operates a walk in policy. We’d tried before when we were hungry, and the two and a half hour wait was unpalatable, so this time we planned our strategy. After putting our name down we had a bit of a wander, found this painted heart wall and then found somewhere for a G&T and a Pimms until our table was ready.

hearts at Borough Market

It’s a pretty, and pretty Instagrammable, wall isn’t it?

The food at Padella was great. The portions were smaller than I expected though so we ended up with three pasta dishes between us. If you go I’d recommend taking your own wine and paying the corkage fee, the Primitivo was perfectly drinkable but at £18 for a 500ml, on the steep side. You can tell by the state of our plates, how good the food was.

clean plates at Padella in Borough Market

Back in the garden, and the previous week, we’d encountered the Very Hot Day. It was a day I’d earmarked some time for photo book creation, but with temperatures in the mid thirties, having a laptop anywhere near me was the last thing I needed. I like the heat, but in moderation. I find it hard to operate normally at extremes of temperatures, especially warmth. My head felt full of fluff and fuzz, and so the best thing to do was to decamp to the sunbeds in the garden. Unusually, even MOH managed to sit still for most of the afternoon, and it was really good for the pair of us to do that.

We spent the day looking for the shade in our garden, moving the sun beds to the right spot. The Sunday was cooler and so we braved the sun for a bit, finding ourselves in the middle of our Mock Orange snow. Fragrant, but quite messy.

mock orange snow

With the more moderate temperatures and enough sitting around for one weekend, we were both itching to get on a do something. For MOH this was bike-related, and for me it involved getting my hands into some seed compost for the first time in a while. I took advantage of the warm and humid weather and set about sowing some parsley, which I usually have mixed results with. My thinking was it likes the heat and that could be in my favour. As it turns out I was right and today I’ve noticed that it’s starting to germinate. The lettuce though, is way ahead of the parsley.

lettuce seedlings

In the last weekly post I shared a bowl of cherries and grand plans to make a gin and cherry trifle. That didn’t quite work out as planned, as once I started to make the cherry compote I noticed some white wiggly things escaping from the cherries, and so the whole lot was binned. Thankfully it was at the stage before the gin was added, but extra meat in your trifle isn’t right, is it?

We did get a delivery of gin though - how fab is that? It came with plenty of accessories: tonic water, ginger beer, dried grapefruit slices, snacks - savoury and sweet, and a gin magazine with ideas for how to make gin cocktails. It’s a monthly thing, and our first month. Although a bottle of gin a month is quite a lot, but I’m interested to see how this goes.

Craft Gin Club - July's gin Theodore Pictish Gin

Friday night became gin night, and this Theodore Pictish Gin was very well received, and was a good warm up to the weekend just gone. As well as eating at Padella on Saturday, we were off out for lunch on Sunday, like you do. Sunday roasts all round at the Curious Pig in the Parlour, I rather undiplomatically opted for roast pork, but think I got away with it. The decor was great though, and the tiles in the loos will feature in an interior inspiration and Loo Series post soon.

interiors at the curious pig in the parlor
agapanthus unfurled

Our agapanthus flowers are making great progress with the warmer weather, and by the end of the weekend they were mostly breaking free of their casing, so it won’t be long I hope before we’re enjoying their flowers.

Post Comment Love & Blogger Showcase 5 - 7 July

Hello there and welcome to this week’s #PoCoLo a friendly linky where you can link any post published in the last week. Both Morgan and I know you’ll find some great posts to read, maybe some new-to-you blogs too, so do pop over and visit some of the posts linked and share some of that love.

Boy, wasn’t it hot last Saturday? I like it warmer but I was finding it hard to function normally, and I don’t just mean walking about, I also mean thinking straight without the fog of heat that somehow appeared between my ears. So as it turned out Saturday was too hot for most things, so we took the opportunity to enjoy our garden, which was timely really as that’s the theme for my still quite new garden link-up, The Garden Year.

In a shameless plug for that you’re welcome to head over there at any point in the month and link up a post old or new that matches the theme of ‘enjoying summertime in your garden’.

I’M DEFINITELY ENJOYING MY GARDEN HERE!

I’M DEFINITELY ENJOYING MY GARDEN HERE!

Blogger Showcase: Laurie from Meditations in Motion

1 Who are you?

I’m Laurie, a retired chemistry teacher from Pennsylvania (US) who began blogging a little over a year ago. I am passionate about running long distances, which gives me time to ruminate (and then blog) on topics that interest me. I am a mom to three adult sons, Mimi to three grandsons, and wife to a very patient husband who is also  a runner. I am outgoing, love to groan at corny jokes, and an inveterate optimist.

2 How did you discover blogging?

A friend of mine suggested that I read a post from a running blog she follows. I read the post, loved it, and thought “I could do that”. My son, who has his PhD. in Computer Science, helped me set up my blog.

3 Why did you start blogging?

After I retired, I had the time to pursue new interests and blogging was one of them. I love the blogging community. The first friends I made were book bloggers and they generously showed me the ropes and helped me make friends. I love the creative aspects of blogging, the feeling of satisfaction when a good post comes together, the research which is sometimes necessary, and the challenge of coming up with topic ideas.

4 What do you find most challenging?

Mastering social media and promoting my blog have never been easy for me. I am a sporadic Tweeter and Facebook poster. I might go for weeks or even months without posting anything, then I remember “Oh, yes. I should look in on my Twitter account!” and I will Tweet up a storm. Until I forget again.

5 What is your favorite topic to write about?

I actually have two favorite topics: faith and running. Because I often think about faith-based topics when I run, my posts often trend in that direction. My faith informs my views on social justice, economics, politics, and race. They push me towards greater compassion, empathy, forgiveness, and love.

6 Are you blogging for fun or do you have goals?

Absolutely for fun.

7 What is your favorite thing about blogging?

Without question, my favorite thing about blogging is the eclectic group of people I have met from all over the world whom I never would have had the opportunity to exchange ideas with if it weren’t for blogging.

8 Have you ever attended a blogging conference?

Nope.

9 What are your three best posts?

That’s almost like asking which if your favorite child, but here are three I am proud of:

Love, Like Bread, Made New All the Time

A Second Chance For a Frozen Heart

Do You Believe in Magic?

10 Describe yourself in 3 words.

Irrepressible wry woman.

11 Tea and biscuits or coffee and cake?

My natural inclination is for coffee and cake, but since sugar is a no-no in my new diet (designed to lower my cholesterol), just the coffee, thanks.

12 What’s your idea of the perfect night out?

Going to a dive restaurant with excellent food with my hubby and maybe a few other good friends, laughing until tears stream down our cheeks, and staying until the place closes.

13 And the perfect night in?

Eating popcorn and watching baseball on TV with Hubs.

14 What would your best friend/OH/kids say is your best quality?

I had no idea, so I just asked my best friend. Apparently, I am unfailingly kind. (I told her what I thought her best trait was too!)

Thanks Laurie for sharing more about you and your blog, no doubt you’ll already know how much I enjoy learning more about one of our regular linkers. Morgan and I are always on the lookout for bloggers to showcase in this feature, so if you’re interested then please do get in touch with us.

Before you link up, head over to Laurie’s social channels and connect with her there: Twitter - Facebook

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A touch of copper

For my birthday, back in May (where did the time go?) we headed into a relatively new restaurant in Blackheath, Copper & Ink for a great meal, and a great evening. The restaurant describes itself as “a modern British restaurant with influences from classic French and Scandinavian cuisine” and is a collaboration between local and ethical suppliers and businesses.

We opted for the five course tasting menu, as it sounded great and was reasonably priced. The main course was delivered by the Chef Patron and former MasterChef finalist, Tony Rodd who is one of the driving forces behind the restaurant, along with Becky and Rob. At the time I shared a picture or two on my social channels of the food, and of the bookcase which had proper cookery books in it, which was slap bang on show in the restaurant. The only other time I’ve seen cookery books in a kitchen is at River Cottage, so they’re in good company.

mid century modern furniture at Copper & Ink in Blackheath South East London
AS USUAL, NO FOOD PHOTOS ONLY EMPTY PLATES

AS USUAL, NO FOOD PHOTOS ONLY EMPTY PLATES

As well as the bookcase, the decor was pretty fab too with a mid-century modern vibe. The crockery had a rustic, earthenware feel and so of course I was interested to see how the theme played out in the loos. You knew that was coming right?

A modern sink and a copper bin

It could have gone either way really, couldn’t it? But thankfully they’ve taken a stylish approach and there were hints of copper throughout. Phew.

Plain doesn't mean devoid of style

But simple doesn’t mean dull, though there’s hints of the rustic in the flooring choice, but I’m sure it’s also very practical and easy to clean, as well as looking good. There was more copper in the mirrors on the walls, which I’ve come to realise is a style I’m a fan of.

A copper mirror hung by rope

They remind me of the beautiful mirrors by Daniel Heath, which are a fancier version. And my gold top looks right at home there too doesn’t it - I’m not sure how I manage to coordinate myself so regularly with the loos, maybe it’s my super power, who knows?

We’ll be heading back again, the menu is seasonal, and we’re keen to try more of what’s on offer. If you’re local to Blackheath in South London, then Copper & Ink is definitely worth a visit.