Sunday, 31 May 2015

Saturday, 30 May 2015

The London Coffee Festival



I was a bit excited when a friend told me she had a spare ticket for The London Coffee Festival last month, although I’m a tea girl at heart, I thought it seemed like a cool place to go, I looked on you tube and their Facebook page and thought yes, I could go there amongst the coffee addicts, have some free samples, walk amongst the cool happening coffee scene in the trendy Brick Lane area of London.
I’m no coffee expert. I know how to make a good espresso, as long as the coffee beans are provided and the grinder is set up for me to push the button. I’m practising a bit of a pattern in the top of my Lattes (although they are usually a pattern unique to me…) and I know the difference between ‘wet’ and ‘dry’ foam on your Cappuccino. But I don’t know anything about the technicalities of grinding and roasting which of course is all important when it comes to a good cup of coffee. I’m also a girl who will ask for a Latte now and again, but although I know when I don’t like certain coffee brands I wouldn’t be very good at explaining why I don’t like it. I just don’t.


We went on a Saturday. With the rest of the coffee connoisseurs of London. The building in Brick Lane is like a huge old warehouse, with lots of rooms for displaying all manor of coffee related products, from machines, to beans, to milk made from anything but dairy it seems.
It was busy. Shoulder to shoulder busy. It’s actually times like this I know that I could quite easily be a hermit. Not that the hoards of people were doing anything wrong, everyone was very friendly and polite all queuing for the various samples which were mostly shots of iced coffee which I just don’t get, Coffee should be hot.  If I made a cup of coffee at home and forgot about it, I would heat it up again, I wouldn’t drink it anyway. But back to the people. They were there. All of them. In my way.
I bought some Little Coffee Bags which I had never heard of before but have actually been on Dragon’s Den I’ve since found out, but I thought not only look cool (it’s all about the packaging dearie) but are a great idea for a good cup of coffee while away on our adventures.
We watched some of the Latte art competition. Who knew it’s a whole world of tense Barista’s trying to out ‘heart’ each other. It did make me go to work and have a go though. Need more practice.
:)X


Sunday, 24 May 2015

Friday, 22 May 2015

This Week..


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Another Friday, another weekend, another bank holiday looming before us.
I carried this magazine around with me all week and I still have only glanced through it, and haven't had chance to read an article yet. Also I’ve hardly read any books this last month which makes me sad especially as this small technicality hasn’t stopped me from buying them.
I have however been to 6 studio classes this week and one more booked for tomorrow. Today’s CX workout broke me. But my plank is getting stronger! I’ll post another Gym Diaries episode and tell you more about that.
There was a horrific accident on a local road this week and a young girl lost her life. My heart breaks for her family and friends. Make every day count.
I’ve tweaked my about me page as I have some new followers in social media so go and have a peak, and don’t be shy, say hello!
I feel like I’m backed up with blog posts, but every time I start to fret about it and think I need to get caught up and post more frequently I stop myself and remember that this is my blog and it should be an enjoyment not a chore.
We have friends staying over this weekend and I need to get the guest room ready AKA our home on wheels.
SmileX

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

A stroll around Ickworth House gardens. The National Trust.


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Unbelievable this was almost a month ago. I have so many blog posts to catch up on. But you know, there’s that thing called real life that interrupts the bloggers schedule.
A lovely sunny bank holiday Monday and we decided to make use of our National Trust membership and take a stroll around the estate of Ickworth House. You can see my post about the inside of Ickworth in this post here.
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We only saw a corner of the grounds, being so big but that’s ok as we will now have to go back.
Ickworth is beautiful. Of course I loved the Earl’s summer house which looks out over a lake, and a perfect place to take a picnic. Which after the experience of waiting in a queue for 30 minutes in the cafe…(lovely staff but oh my goodness how can there be 2 people behind the counter and 8….yes 8 people clearing tables… something wasn’t quite working there and I so wanted to get in there and figure out what it was!) would be a definite plan for next time.
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The walled garden is home to some allotments looked after by local school children.
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I wanted to knock on the doors of some cute cottages in the grounds, I was so desperate to see who lived in them.
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The cottages were quite rightly private though, and I couldn’t see a soul. No matter how much I craned my neck to get a peak.
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I actually felt (slightly) guilty taking those pictures. But not guilty enough to stop. Could have had a career as a pap.
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We never go past a church without going in, this is the oldest building on the Ickworth Estate and is looked after by the Ickworth Church Conservation Trust.
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The church is quite small and doesn't hold services anymore, it is closed to new internmants apart from those reserved for several named individuals from Ickworth Park, Horringer and Bury St Edmunds, as well as members of the Hervey family.
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It is such a lovely place, and so much to see, I’m looking forward to going back in the ‘proper’ summer with a picnic.
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SmileX

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Green Tea


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In my quest to be healthy I keep bumping into people (in the virtual world) telling me to drink green tea. Green tea is apparently an anti oxidant and helps boost metabolism.
Only one flaw in that plan was that I can’t face the taste of green tea. It even looks gross. It’s not even green, it looks more like dirty dish water.
Then I began to notice the new ranges of green tea available. It seems I’m not the only one to dislike the taste of green tea, as now brands like Twinning's are bringing out green tea disguised as something else. Like when your mum used to hide the peas in a stew.
So this morning I tried the Green tea with Honey and Lemon. I like Honey and Lemon.
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I could have really been a light weight and had a tea cup but I decided to at least try and made a small mug. I also made a yummy bowl of fruit yoghurt and granola to give me something to take the taste away.
Verdict? It was, ok. I drank it. The lemon and honey definitely made it drinkable, and although I can’t ever hear me calling out for ‘a cup of green tea please’ at random times of the day, I’m going to make an effort and have a cup in the mornings as part of my new healthy routine.
Do you drink green tea?
SmileX

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Home amongst the Bluebells (& some Whitebells)


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Last weekend we visited a local woods to camp in the home on wheels over night. (Luckily for us we know the landowner). It was a beautiful afternoon and the bluebells were out to greet us.
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And I saw something I didn’t even know existed, Bluebells which were white. Whitebells!
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I’ve since been told there are some pink ones to be seen locally, (pinkbells?) which I will have to go and check out.
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WE even had some singing around the camp fire which of course is compulsory at such events.
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Trust me, it got much bigger than this.
It was a great time with lovely people, and my oh so comfy home on wheels which I just want to live in all the time.
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SmileX

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Friday, 8 May 2015

Breakfast & Lunch In a jar!


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I think i’ve seen this done before, but I’ve recently found a new-to-me blogger and v-logger in the shape of This lovely lady to stalk follow. I watched This Video and was totally sold on the idea of putting my food in jars to take with me. Off I skipped and bought myself two jars (3.00 each from The Factory Shop).
A lot of mornings at the moment I start work at 7am, so these jars filled with scrummy breakfast ingredients are just the thing. I filled mine with strawberries, melon, apple yoghurt and granola. I’m not always great at eating breakfast, I sometimes go all morning then decide I need chocolate, but I am trying to change and these have really helped me get ready for the day.
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The lunch one was another roaring success, because again, if I’m out and about I am very bad at finding things to eat that aren’t crap. This is a great way of getting me to eat more veg as it looks so yummy! (Yes I’m like a child). In my lunch jar I put the olive oil in the bottom, carrot, beetroot, tomatoes, tuna and rocket.
I did see another video of Carly's where she put noodles in the jar for you to add hot water too, which is another great idea, I may give that a go some time.
So have you ever put for food in a jar for the day?
SmileX

Monday, 4 May 2015

This (last) Week

 

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Is it next week already? Last week was full. Of work, Gym class’s (in which I nearly fainted at legs bum’s and tums and in which I also did the adult thing and went to a class on my own. Without my gym buddy. Yey me.

I’ve been making my breakfast and lunch in a jar. I’ll post about that soon.

I’m learning BSL. I can now finger spell my name. I can actually finger spell the alphabet, it just might take me a while.

Friday evening was book club. I belong to the worst book club on the planet. Don’t get me wrong, it’s nice to get together for a chat, tea and cake,but why do you have to disguise that as a book club? Read the damn book already.

This weekend is a Bank Holiday for us. I visited The London Coffee Festival on Saturday. It was pretty cool, and I was able to watch the latte art championships (who knew) But I was gagging for a cup of tea. We’ve seen a lot of live music, from various friends gigging in pubs, stayed out at friends overnight, had a dance in a pub where there really was no room to dance. (It’s all about creating your own space) We’ve seen a few hundred vintage cars arrive to line up along the prom for their yearly rally. Today we are thinking of going to visit Ickworth House to walk around the gardens, as it is indeed a beautiful day here. That’s if i can get myself away from the computer.

I haven't been blogging much last week, but I have many posts in my head, we’ll see if they can break out this week.

SmileX