Thursday, 11 July 2013

Oh I do like to be beside the seaside.

Nothing says summer more than a picnic on the beach! 


Our beach of choice was Wells-next-to-the-Sea on the Norfolk coast, and it was beautiful! We set up camp in front of the beautiful brightly painted beach huts and enjoyed our feast of crisps, prawns, pesto chicken, olives, french bread, strawberries and grapes. Delicious. 


After snoozing in the sunshine, Lucy and I decided to take a stroll out towards the sea (the tide was way way out) and enjoyed a cheeky photo shoot along the way, even sneaking in a swim!











After a spot more sunbathing we packed up the car to wend our way home via an afternoon drink at the Hoste Arms in Barnham Market. We all opted for the strawberry, elderflower and mint refresher which was absolutely delicious!





Another wonderful summer day in the sunshine!



















Monday, 8 July 2013

Frolicsome fun.

When you go to university you meet people from all over the country (and even the world), and then - if you're lucky - you get to spend your summer visiting them all! So it was London on Wednesday, Surrey on Saturday and then off to Northamptonshire on Sunday! After the drive up we decided to stretch our legs in the afternoon sunshine with a stroll around the Pitsford reservoir. Where we had far too much fun playing at being big kids with ice creams, skipping and hand stands and lots of silliness for the camera.
























Surrey sunshine.

A British summer: Pimms, garden parties, BBQs, Wimbledon, strawberries and sunshine.

That's the ideal, right? And that's what we got on Saturday as we headed up to Surrey to Bea's for a beautiful afternoon enjoying the glorious British weather.



There were jugs and jugs of Pimms and a delicious burgers, drumsticks, sausages and salads to keep everyone happy and we could simply lounge on striped deck chairs and picnic blankets and make the most of the beautiful sunny afternoon!





For desert we gorged on mountains of fresh strawberries, delicious chocolate brownies and the lemon cake Holly, Lucy and I had brought up - scrummy!


So here's hoping the beautiful weather continues as I do love a classic British summer day!


Saturday, 6 July 2013

Cathedrals, castles and cafés.

After introducing Holly to the local nightlife on Thursday night I decided it was only fair to shows her how pretty Rochester can look on a sunny day and not on student nights! We breakfasted at Tony Lorenzo's on the High Street and then spent a few hours moseying around the pretty little independent shops that line the cobbled streets.


With its impressive Norman castle and cathedral I felt it only fair to share with Holly any knowledge about the town I've absorbed from my many trips and we explored the cathedral cloisters with their beautiful rose gardens. 
















London calling.

As I've said before, London is one of my favourite cities, and so I was delighted to play tourist guide when Holly came over from Belfast this week. I headed in on the train on Wednesday morning and caught up with her on the King's Road for a spot of shopping. After prowling the shops and catching up on each other's news we strolled through Chelsea down to the river and along the Chelsea Embankment.




Sadly it wasn't the nicest day and a little grey so we headed to Le Pain Quotidien in Notting Hill to meet a couple of the girls for lunch. Holly and I decided to share the salmon platter of smoked salmon, prawns, salmon pâté, tuna, egg, rocket salad, olive tapenade and fresh bread. 


The tapenade was amazing and we enjoyed the salmon pâté and smoked salmon. The tuna was a weird addition though and we thought it was too fishy to go with the rest. But we made up for it after lunch with a jaunt down to Belgravia with Vish for cupcakes at Peggy Porschen!


I went for my favourite red velvet cupcake: light and moist with perfect cream cheese icing! 



And Vish opted for the white chocolate and passion fruit cake which was equally delicious with a hidden passion fruit syrup centre! 

After our sneaky cake break we walked off the calories all the way to Fortnum & Mason's and on to Trafalgar Square to revel in the touristness and pick a dinner destination (it was a very foodie day!)





Eventually we settled on Soho Joe's Pizzeria in (you've guessed it) Soho! We wended our way with me cursing my choice of footwear for the day, and found ourselves nestled in a corner eating delicious pizzas! They're not the best pictures and don't do it justice but our mixed vegetable, rocket and Parma ham and chicken and pepper pizzas were delicious! Perfect doughy bases crispy on the edges, scrum my tomato sauce base and fresh toppings! Definitely worth a visit, especially at only £10 a pizza!




When we'd eaten our fill we hopped on the tube back to Vish's for the night and when she headed to work the next morning, Holly and I headed back into the city for a stroll round Covent Garden in the sunshine and then walked from there down to Westminster and the South Bank to sit on the grass and people watch. 



Such a beautiful couple of days in the big city!












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