Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Pudding Porn

Why is it that whenever you're trying to eat sensibly (for a change), you find yourself craving things you know you shouldn't really eat - in particular, I've been craving rich, extravagant desserts all day, like the ones I had in the New Forest.
And that reminded me - time to post photos of one of the most delicious desserts I've had in a long time. I went to a gorgeous little pub, had the most amazing Sunday Roast, and then ordered this rather impressive trio of English desserts for pudding. Consisting of sticky toffee pudding, chocolate sponge cake and the rather humorously named but gorgeous-tasting spotted dick, it was quite a combination (and rather a lot of food!)

What pudding porn have you had or been craving recently?

Sunday, 7 November 2010

The Sunday Read: Gifted Magazine

How gorgeous does this magazine look?

I stumbled across Ez from the lovely Creature Comforts blog has created a beautiful winter gift guide in the form of Gifted Magazine. Free and available to browse online, this is definitely worth a read for a few minutes before bed; packed with ideas, craft projects, interviews and, of course, gift suggestions, the work she's put into the magazine is evident.

Bit of a different Sunday Read, as I usually prefer books, but, oh well - life is busy at the moment and a magazine is all I have time for!
Do have a read anyway - it is most definitely worth it!

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

just a minute / breathe

Saw this lovely little monthly activity, called Just a Minute, on Daydream Lily's gorgeous site, and decided to join in! Will be posting these once a month, roughly!

So, this month I am:

Possession by A.S. Byatt - have only just started this but really like it so far!
This past month, I've read and finished Alone in Berlin by Hans Fallada, Rebel Heiress by Fiona Mountain, Picture Perfect by Jodi Picoult and Cold Earth by Sarah Moss. Watch out for all of the aforementioned books in a Sunday Read post over the next few weeks!

Buying........ actually, I'm being good and not buying too much. The odd dress here and there, and I'm on the hunt for a nice new pair of boots. Starting to buy Christmas presents too!

Listening......... a mix, as usual. Katy B, Charlotte Martin, Tinie Tempah, Einaudi and Chambao.

Watching...... The Apprentice. TV genius. Plus Don't Tell the Bride, Strictly Come Dancing, and the odd bit of X Factor here and there. Also, have just seen that the new series of America's Next Top Model has just started, as well as the new series of Desperate Housewives - yay!

Loving.......... the rapidly approaching Christmas period, and that I'm going to France in three weeks to visit one of my best friends for four days!

Planning...... my new writing blog and all the writing to be posted there: have a look at it at - my new shiny blog for features, reviews, comment and so on.

Want to play along? Full details on the game as posted originally by August Street are here...

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

ponies and green: the new forest

As promised, here are a few snaps from the mini-break my boyfriend and I took in the New Forest recently. Located in Hampshire, Southern England, the New Forest is a gorgeous little place and perfect for a few days escapism from the real world.

We arrived on a Saturday; a lovely, bright, bracing but refreshing day, and as we settled into our little hotel we decided to switch off our communication to the outside world: we would only check our phones once a day, if that, and would try and stay away even from news reports during our little trip. I think, and I hope you can agree, that when you're working in a fast-paced environment in the middle of London, with everything going on, sometimes you just need to run away and isolate yourself. And the New Forest really is the perfect place for isolation; so quiet that it's surprising to see five other cars on the quiet country roads and filled with sleepy little villages and warm country pubs.

Our little four-day trip consisted mainly of a lot of walks in the countryside, finding New Forest ponies wandering along the roadside (like the ones above!) and quiet pub lunches, lasting two hours each - the food we had while we were away was, in fact, so amazing that it warrants its own post, coming shortly!
It's the second year running that Richard and I have been to the New Forest for a few days getaway; and going back has just made us realise how much we love the place. We're already planning our trip for next year! ;)

Yummy food post coming up; until then, say hello to my new favourite little pony friend:

Monday, 1 November 2010

summer daze

Ok ok, I know summer's over (I can't believe it's November!!), but I couldn't resist posting these photos. From UK Vogue, I love the soft hues and particularly the first photo with the flowers. Sigh...
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