Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Trifles and chips

”easter

I have had a wonderful weekend. Spending it with my family in Wales has been exactly what I needed. It's not often we make the most of the long weekend. Content to spend the time at home, doing odd jobs around the house.

”wright's

It's evident from my Instagram feed that all I've really done is eat. Sweet treats and chip shop chips has been the order of the weekend, moderately counteracted by long walks in the Welsh hills.

”under

I love coming to stay with my Mum. Her home is so beautiful that it's worthy of gracing the boards of Pinterest. I always leave inspired to get the final rooms of our own home decorated. Sadly we live in a bungalow, so this beneath the staircase bookshelf is rather unattainable.

”garden

Has the weather been beautiful where you are? Apart from a slight downpour on Sunday evening, West Wales has been bathed in sunshine. A few freckles have even made an appearance on my winter skin.

”trifle”

No visit home is complete without spending time with my Grandad. This time, we provided the trifle. That way it wasn't just jelly and custard. Cards were played and the sound of laughter must have been ringing down the street. Last time I saw my Grandad's wife she had just had a triple heart bypass and was looking really under the weather. It was nice to see her cheeks looking rosy and a big smile on her face. My Grandad's energy at the age of 91 never fails to amaze me.

”trifle”

Yesterday I spent the day with the lovely Alice. Alice, Mum and I left Ben doing odd jobs around Mum's house (he's a good egg) and took a little drive down to one of my favourite places in Wales, Laugharne.

”dylan

We peered longingly out of Dylan Thomas's seaview windows and devoured a Welsh tea in the sunshine. One between three, Mum and I learned that they weren't made for one on our last visit.

”dylan

We ended the weekend with chips of the cheesey, gravy and curry sauce variety, looking out to Caldey Island in Tenby. Ben and I head back to Norwich today and I'll be back in my office tomorrow. When's the next bank holiday weekend?

All photos from my Instagram account

Love Jenny x

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Friday, 18 April 2014

Recipe | lemon drizzle cake with edible flowers

”lemon

I am currently sat typing this on my Mum's sofa after a long drive from Norwich. Pip has already snuggled up to my Mum and Ben is reclining in the arm chair. This is how Easter weekend's are supposed to be spent.

After spotting this recipe on Lavender and Lovage, I thought it would be perfect for the Easter weekend.

I always use Tana Ramsey's recipe for lemon drizzle cake. I decorated the cake with violas from my garden and crystalised violets. You can use any edible flowers, I think I'll try pansies or dianthus next.

”lemon

I shall spend my long weekend munching on a box of milk tray, strolling through the Welsh countryside with Pip and Kenny and meeting up with the lovely Alice on Monday.

I hope you have a wonderful Easter break, filled with hot cross buns and easter egg hunts.

Love Jenny x

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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

13 going on 30

”animal
source: unknown

Yesterday I've never felt less like an adult or been reminded just how much of an adult I am, all at the same time. I had an appointment with the dentist. I've seen the same dentist since my first little nashers broke through my gums. And after six years living in Norwich, I finally switched dentists. I have to admit traveling 330 miles to have my teeth checked was slightly extreme.

My new dentist recommended an orthodontist to me as I have crowded bottom teeth. A brace in time for my thirtieth birthday. It's one way to stay young. I've always wanted a brace, but was never referred as a child. I knew orthodontic treatment was expensive once it's unavailable on the NHS, but £4,000! Being an adult is rubbish.

I'm thirty in less than six months. I've spoken before about how I've not really achieved any of the things expected of you when you turn thirty. I've also had a little check in on my 30 before 30 list. 8 out of 30 ain't bad, but boy, doesn't real life massively get in the way sometimes!

Over the next five months I am hoping that some pretty exciting things are going to happen. I'm going to Latitude in the summer and have just entered an olympic distance triathlon, but I've also taken some steps that could make a big difference to my life, which is pretty exciting! I promise I'll tell you more when I can.

I think I'm okay with turning thirty now. I've planned and booked things beyond my birthday. I take that as a sign I'm over it. Perhaps I'll even have a brace. I can at least pretend I'm thirteen then.

Love Jenny x

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