Over the last week we’ve been having our boiler replaced. Dull. It also meant my sanctuary was out of bounds due to pressure/pipe issues *yawns*. Anyhoo before all of this happened, I managed to get in a few cheeky on-line orders. Having recently discovered Etsy (& even got my OH shopping on there) I have a whole new place to get overdrawn!
My first order was with Gemma Correll. My OH & I are obsessed with pugs. I can’t explain it but we love them. Not that we have one but this bag was our third pug-related purchase in as many months! I hadn’t heard of Gemma’s work until I received a ‘Pugs not Drugs’ anniversary card recently from my OH. As soon as I could I visited her Etsy page & spotted this. It arrived super quick & with a few little postcards & a badge. This is what I love about Etsy & Folksy. The attention to detail. It makes you feel unique & that your custom is appreciated.
It is already full of eBay parcels ready to take to the Post Office on Monday. I know for sure that this is one bag my OH won’t winge about carrying. Who could? It’s the cutest & funniest bag in the world. Ever. Fact.
My second purchase of the week was from the lovely ‘The Green Gables‘. I have been looking for an excuse to buy something from here & when I saw the offer of a £5 discount via Daisy Green Magazine I knew I had to use it. (Love a good discount!) So I went for the red heart recycled paper bunting with jute string. There are so many colours to choose from & the option of it being joined together with satin ribbon I was umming & ahhing for ages. But this is what I’ve got. The picture shows it in a bundle as I’ve yet to decide where to put it. Draped over my notice board? Above my new mirror? Over my bookcase? No idea yet. But as soon as it’s up, I’ll let you know. For the moment, it is on my desk in this elegant bundle. Thank you Green Gal.
Even though I love eating I do not enjoy cooking. Even though I love spending money I do not enjoy working. If I can combine these two loves then I am a very happy girl! So imagine my joy when, in a bid to help support the wonderful world of Jericho in Oxford (another of my great loves), my OH suggested we go for some tapas at Al-Andalus. Excellent, I cried. I love this place.
If you are in Oxford and you want tapas, this is the place to go. Accept no imitations. The veggie food is wonderful & I always have the Patatas Bravas & the Fritos de Queso de Cabra a la Miel (deep fried goats cheese with honey). These two as a combo are making my mouth water as I type this. Lush.
I thought I’d try something different this time & also ordered the Brochetas de la Huerta. This is basically aubergine, cherry toms & courgette on a skewer. It totally works. Simple, effective. My final order was Espinacas a la Catalana, which is spinach & pine nuts in a garlic & tomato sauce. This worked well with all my other dishes. It filled me up quite nicely while leaving enough room for some pudding – Crema Catalana. This is a Catalan version of the Creme Brulee, which is my ‘go-to’ pudding. I will always have this if it is on offer!
All of this was washed down with a few glasses of the very delicious Otoñal Tinto Rioja wine. A fab evening, only let down by the very loud music that was played during the Sevillina dancer’s routine. I’m sure that kind of thing is great for the tourists (of which there were plenty) but I just want to eat my food & chat with my pals. Ta muchly.
Am about to start trying to be way more healthy with my food. Started today with some Covent Garden Tomato soup (about the only type I can stomach).
Spoilt it all with this beautiful white & dark chocolate cheesecake from Waitrose, accompanied by, what else, a Drink Me Spiced Chai.
This week I’ve been busy with flowers. The garden is mainly brown, with very little life poking through the mud yet. So I needed to bring some colour into the house.
My first idea was to get organised & make an Easter card for my Granny, who is 92. I don’t send many Easter cards but I know she’ll love it & really appreciate my efforts. She doesn’t get around much, so it doesn’t take a lot to brighten her day. I hope this helps. I bought a little kit from Hobbycraft, along with some needlecraft cards. It only took a few hours and it came with everything you could possibly need. I even had some left over thread, which I’m sure will come in handy at some point. The most difficult bit was the outline & the writing, as it wasn’t always clear where you had to sew but I think it looks okay! I am super chuffed that the card fits pretty well, as it was a last minute purchase & it’s all stuck together with a bit of craft glue that I bought in town the other week. Nice. I think Granny will be pretty impressed with my crafty skills!
With it being a pretty gloomy February weekend, I couldn’t resist these gorgeous tulips from Waitrose this morning. Bright & sunny when there is no sun, they made me feel warm inside. (ahhhhhhh!) I love flowers. They really brighten my mood & my day no matter what. They are even more important to me at the moment, as I have now realised our garden needs so much work doing to it that we won’t be having anything growing in it for a while. With that in mind, there’ll be plenty of flowers in the house!