Love

What I Ate Wednesday No.29

Hello my lovely readers,

I’ve missed the last couple of What I Ate Wednesday‘s so I thought I’d better join in with this week’s!

If you still don’t know what it’s all about make sure you go check out the lovely Jenn’s blog to join the party :-)

Today has been another lovely day. The girls with whom I walk to lectures in the morning commenting that I was particularly awake and bubbly which makes a change! I think Tom should move here permanently ;-)

Breakfast was brought to me when he got back from his run and I enjoyed it with the lovely flowers he bought me…

After lectures we met and went to the nicest little cafe down by the lake. They serve amazing scones and we just couldn’t resist sampling the cheese ones, they were just so tempting:

After the doctor’s appointment (standard appointment – nothing to report) we then went off to have lunch at one of my favourite restaurant as an early celebration for my birthday.

I got a plate of pita with taramasalata, tatziki and hummus with a mixed veg salad. It was a delicious meal, just the sort of thing I love and would pretty much eat everyday if I had the money!

Tom got a really delicious cajun chicken burger with hand-cut chips and salad. It was really tasty and I may have snagged a chip…

Then when we thought we were done with the meal, the waitress tempted us with dessert, again we couldn’t resist.

We decided to get two to share:

A rather decadent brownie.

And what I loved best was this flapjack with ginger and apricot – so good. I’m definitely try to recreate this beauty when I’m back home!

Right, that’s me done, I’m going to bed with a nice full stomach ;-)

So worth it though, back to celery and hummus tomorrow!

How’s your week going?
What’s the most delicious thing you’ve eaten recently?

 

Only Love.

The post title is the name of a song I am obsessed with at the moment.

But it is also the way today has been and the way I feel right now.

Having Tom here is wonderful.

Firstly he wakes up super early to go for runs so I get woken up on his return with breakfast in bed :-)

But it’s wonderful for a whole load of other reasons too.

Beautiful sunny walks around campus.

Iced coffee.

Or pint-sized cups of coffee for some people.

Beautiful strolls down by the lake.

Watching the geese and ducks flock to be fed.

Appreciating the gorgeous signs of spring.

And cooking a delicious dinner together.

It’s been a lovely day, it’s so nice to make the most of the gorgeous weather, especially when I have someone gorgeous to appreciate it with ;-)

Hope you’re all having a fantastic week!

Did you have nice weather? How did you spend it?
What would be your ideal sunny weather activity be?
Anything planned for the week?

 

16 and Beautiful.

Today is a special day.

She doesn’t even think of it as special, she doesn’t really care about birthdays, she doesn’t want a big fuss made.

But I can’t let the day go past without wishing the girl who is the most beautiful inside and outside that I have ever met.

 

So, Happy Birthday to my baby sister, Alice!

 

This  gorgeous girl:

 

She might not see her birthday as a big deal but for me it is such an important day.

It is the day that my best friend was born.

The day that the most special sister came into the world and made my life what it is today.

Alice, I would have been very lonely had you not been born, 16 years ago today. You are always there for me, I know that no matter what time of the night it is, if I’m depressed or really ill, I can call you  (or more likely, chat with you on facebook :-P).

My life has been enriched by your being in it more than I can say!

So today, I celebrate the birth of my little sister, all those years ago. A beautiful, talented, funny, witty, kindhearted girl and my best friend for the last 16 years.

Happy birthday you gorgeous girl, I hope you are having a fantastic day :-)

p.s. It’s my birthday in a week! ;-)

A Letter to… My Grandmother

Today is International Women’s Day. As I think that a lot (it’s got to be a majority!) or my readers are female I think this is particularly important to highlight.

Click here to find out about all of the inspirational things taking place and being developed. It’s definitely 100% something to support and get involved with. I don’t think I have to tell you that there is much to be done still to bring equality to our world.

So today, if you do nothing else, I urge you to celebrate all of the women in your life (including yourself if you are female!). Take a moment to stop and be proud of the women you care about, your sisters, your mother, your aunts, cousins, grandmothers, friends and role models. Celebrate the fact that being a woman is a wonderful thing, just as wonderful as being a man, and be proud of yourself.

Today, I want to celebrate a woman who is no longer a part of my life, but who I miss and think of often. My grandmother. My dad’s mother was a brilliant woman, she is very much missed by my family. So I thought it would be nice to write a letter to her as part of my Series of Letters.

The previous letters can be found here: 1, 2.

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My dearest Grandma,

This is not an easy letter to write, the last time I saw you I was four years old. But, even then, I knew that you loved me.

I have so many little memories of you, they all blur and mix together, it’s difficult to know what happened when and which bits are true memory, which are prompted by photos and which are just figments of a toddler’s vivid imagination. There are some though, some that I know are 100% real. I treasure those memories.

I remember being really little and running around your garden, I remember that you and Grandpa were there, you took my down to the little stream that ran along the back of your garden, and I remember that you showed me your beautiful flowers. I particularly loved the snap dragons. We always had to go look at the snap dragon flowers after that. I remember you also told me that fuchsias were really little fairies with beautiful dresses. We had such fantastic imaginary stories, you and me. 

I remember the most special part of your garden too. I remember we used to go under the shelter of your wonderful lilac tree, I’d stand whilst you crouched. I remember looking up at the branches covered in sweet-smelling flowers and thinking this was the best place to come and hide in the whole world.

I remember staying the night for one of the first times ever and waking up in the night crying because I hurt all over. I’d somehow managed to develop chicken pox whilst at yours (I caught it off my best friend at nursery) and both you and Grandpa had to come and sit by the bed and comfort me for what seemed like hours before I would go back to sleep. 

I remember when you and Grandpa came to our house one evening and your presented me with the knitted pig you’d made me. It was almost half my size and so soft and cuddly. Piggy still lives in my room, he was undoubtedly one of the best presents anyone ever gave me and I know now how long you must have spent working on him, just for me.

I remember how we used to go to the park near your house, we’d go the three of us and play and we’d often stop at the little row of shops that were on the way. The memory that really sums up how I remember you is the time that you bought me my first ever sweets even though I wasn’t strictly speaking allowed. My parents had never given me anything like that, but you bought me a little bag of Dolly Mixtures and to this day, every time I eat Dolly Mixtures, I remember you Grandma!

I wish you could have seen me grow up, I wish my sister had had time to get to know you, I wish I could talk to you now. I know you would have been an amazing grandmother to us, my parents often tell me about the sort of person you were, generous, with a fiery Irish temper, good-humoured, loving… Apparently I look a lot like you did when you were younger – I like that. I wish I could have known you properly Grandma, I miss you.

We all miss you, especially my dad. We’re taking care of Grandpa for you!

I love you,

Your little Sophie xxx

{My Grandmother and me, May 1994}

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I hope you enjoyed my letter. She is a figure of inspiration for me and I remember her extremely fondly.

So my message to you is simple. As I said, today is the day to celebrate women, so treasure the women around you, appreciate them, love them. Celebrate all women!

This Weekend #2.

This weekend I went to visit my wonderful boyfriend, Tom, up at his university.

When I go visit Tom I always have a brilliant time.

It doesn’t matter if the weekend is packed full of activities or completely relaxed and spent at home, I never fail to leave happy.

Long-distance is really difficult, I’m not going to lie, but it does have some positives! The best thing about it is that every time you are reunited the time spent together is so precious and feels that extra bit special :-)

We had a mixture of activity and relaxation, the perfect balance really.

We went for walks along the beautiful river.

We saw the first signs of Spring’s arrival.

We watched films (50/50, The Adjustment Bureau and K-Pax) and munched cookies (and un-pictured toffee popcorn!).

We sat in cafes, drank coffee and shared chocolate fudge cake.

We cooked tasty and healthy food. This is a plate of whole wheat pasta and tomato sauce with onions, peppers, quorn chicken, ham, garlic and spices – delicious.

And most importantly, we spent some magical moments together!

Hope your weeks are turning out well :-)

What did you do this weekend?
What have you got planned this week, anything special?


p.s. Thank you so much for all of your brilliant advice on my last post! Your suggestions were all fantastic and I will be replying to all of your comments tomorrow :-)

p.p.s. I hope you all had a lovely Shrove Tuesday/Mardi Gras/Pancake day!

8 Steps to a Relaxing Day.

1. Wake up when the alarm rings but stay in bed for at least another hour. Make a to-do list to free your mind for the day. Read more of your book.

2. Have a leisurely breakfast whilst reading a bit more.

3. Eventually get ready. Wash and style your hair. Do your make up carefully. Feel good.

4. Have lunch with a good friend. Drink a skinny vanilla spice latte (or other beverage of your choice). Eat healthy and delicious food. Chat for 3 hours.

5. Do some work, be productive, just get something on the to-do list done.

6. Take a relaxing Pilates class for an hour and a half. Leave feeling thoroughly stretched and relaxed.

7. Enjoy a nutritious dinner. And a little treat, preferably chocolate.

8. Go to bed early with a hot water bottle and your book.

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! Love you all <3

What did you for Valentine’s?
What’s your ideal way to relax?
Anything exciting planned this week/weekend?

I’m going up to visit Tom this weekend which I’m majorly excited for! It’s definitely contributing to my good mood today :-)

This Weekend.

This weekend, as you all probably know, my sister came up to visit me.

We had a wonderful time together.

On Saturday we went around town, ate delicious pita plates and caught up.

Then on Sunday we went for lunch in a little restaurant near my accommodation. We ate amazing garlic and ginger marinated chicken salads with a shared bowl of hand-cut chips. Then we went for a little walk before stopping for hot chocolates. Then we bought some DVDs and doughnuts for a girly night in.

Bliss.

I love her, I am so lucky to have such a wonderful sister.

Thank you Alice for a lovely weekend :-)

How was your weekend?
What’s your favourite hot drink at the moment?
What are you lucky to have?