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Day 8: Day in the life

Brighton Pier

Ok, so not an average day/weekend in my life but I couldn’t pass up on the opportunity to share a few photos from a weekend away in Brighton recently with C, my boyfriend. Brighton had been on my ‘to visit again” list for a while, so the prospect of a weekend away was very exciting

It didn’t disappoint

Admittedly I had imagined it to be similar to London: busy and expensive combined with lots of smelly people on the tube.

All of this I can cope with in short bursts and whilst I enjoy visiting London I’m always happy to leave it behind and get back to Leicestershire, green fields and sheep (and the Narborough Rd)

Brighton was a different story, Brighton is the sort of place I’d like to live

Notable places we visited:

Brighton Pier

Brighton Pier

The Old Pier2p machines

C and I can never resist the lure of a 2p machine


Choccywoccydoodah – a pastry chef’s pilgramage. We found this elegant pair in the window, made entirely of chocolate. I have to say we found the inside of the shop a little disappointing


Another rather alluring shop window display from Sugardough

England At Home

England at Home this book is so on my Christmas list!


I’ve no idea where this was, a library perhaps? I love the signage made from books

la cave a fromage

La Cave A Fromage  – Quite possibly the best cheese shop I have ever visited. Here we bought a mont d’or vacherin, some white truffle honey and admired a wall covered entirely with cheese wrappers!

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Lunch at Bread and Milk

Autumn flowers

Seasonal flower displays at very turn

Treacle and co

And my favourite place we visited, Treacle & co. If I ever had a bakery of my own it would look like thisTreacle and cotreacle and Co

Where have you visited lately?

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Visit: Wells

fruit tea

Last weekend saw the arrival of the first artisan food festival to the historic town of Wells. My friend Em and I were luck enough to visit for a brilliant weekend filled with fabulous food and people. We arrived on Saturday night at Coxley house to a warm welcome from Julia and Wilfred the Whippet who ensured we made the most of our short visit by recommending restaurants and must see places. Then on Sunday, fuelled by an amazing breakfast of eggs benedict made by Julia, we set out on  a whistle stop tour of Wells.coxley houseWilfred the Whippet pickwicks caffepickwicks caffeWellshej gro

Street food highlights included an array of regional fresh produce. We stumbled upon Hej Gro, a low impact family-run business selling products out of a vintage pram that were made from foraged and locally sourced ingredients. There was also fresh bread, cheese and award winning sausages to be sampled

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We then set off to the Fountain Inn where Pearl Lowe was hosting a Vintage tea party and Fiona Cairns gave an illustrated talk on the making of the Royal Wedding cake.

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And of course no visit to Wells, England’s smallest city, would be complete without a quick stop to take a picture of the cathedral before heading back to Leicestershire.

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Visit: A Change of Heart, Leicester Botanical gardens

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Our picnic basket was out again for a visit to Leicester University Botanical Gardens last weekend. After B visited last year for the first time, this year it was my turn.  A change of heart is the 12th annual sculpture in the garden exhibition which is on display until the 27th October 2013. We had a lazy picnic in the sunshine then whiled away a few hours by wandering around the gardens admiring the grounds and sculptures which add an extra dimension to the already beautiful gardens, there is something to see at every turn. I didn’t bake this time, though I would have liked to. Sometimes it’s all about seizing the moment and being spontaneous. This day was a case of last minute planning, grabbing a few snacks from the shop on our way and making the most of a beautiful afternoon in the sunshine.

Here are a few snaps from our day, the sculpture images are linked to the artist’s website so click on the image to learn more about the sculpture.

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Just playing.

Click on the pic and it will take you to the post that features the image, see if you can spot the original!

In Other News, Team MDAS are off to a wedding today……..so excited!

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Do: Let’s go Fly a Kite





So whats the best way to celebrate your 30th birthday? Go fly a kite, of course!

This is exactly what happened last weekend, with a little help of some very good friends, a seaside setting, fresh air and some long overdue April sunshine. One of my favourite presents was a kite in the form of a seagull. His name is Cedric, and here he is in action, along with a few of his friends.

Truly one of the best ways to put a smile on your face.

Go fly  a Kite.

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