Wonderful Wednesday Twenty-Three

IMG_1311The great kitchen sort out 2016 is well underway: I ballsed up my nose moving some dusty old shelves and had all of the catharsis clearing out my cupboards ready for the new kitchen. A lot of that sentence sounds euphemistic, it is not, we’re just having a ruddy good sort out before our shiny new shelves and wall mounted oven arrive in a week or so and it’s incredibly satisfying. It’s also pleasing that the summertime seems to have bogged right off, making staying in to make decisions about muffin tins not as painful as it might otherwise have been.

Whilst this week has been sadly devoid of wild river swimming, it’s not been without some brilliant bits:

Hostess with the Mostest

On Saturday we bid a final farewell to the old kitchen by holding a little dinner party in it. There were burgers and Pimms and Cards Against Humanity. As the queen of the introverts it makes me fairly uncomfortable to have a house full of bodies. The discomfort may or may not have manifested in a little G&T quaffing beforehand, I still mostly nailed the hosting though. And I made the mother of all baked cheesecakes – recipe coming soon, just as soon as we’ve polished off the leftovers and I have an excuse to make another.


Not baby related nesting, calm the eff down. For one reason and another it took me a VERY long time to feel at home in our used-to-be-new home, a long time to become invested in curtain choices and carpet colours and other alliterative accoutrements. Just lately though I’m enjoying all kinds of soft furnishing and wall print fun, spending some time finding the little things that make a house a home. I rather like it.

Simple Salads

I rustled up a cheeky caprese salad at the weekend, utterly convinced at the outset that it wouldn’t be as tasty as the one I fed my face in Rome. I was wrong, the tomatoes were peak ripe, the mozzarella rich and creamy, the whole thing drizzled with a bit of balsamic and scattered with artfully torn basil leaves. I could have eaten it four times over. Caprese salad. Make one now.

Screen on the Green

On Friday night I conned the husband, gathered up the teens, spaniels and some blanket action and headed off to the open air cinema right on the sea front. There’s never a bad time for Dirty Dancing and watching the sun set, turning the sky from bright blue to candy floss pink and beyond, with a cider in hand and the heady anticipation of Baby being liberated from her corner, made for a cracking Devonish night. Helped along by the scent of pasties and the steady hum of an ice cream van lurking in the corner obvs.

Thai Food and Girl Chat and Babies (Oh My!)

Leaving the old fella at home to watch twenty-two men he doesn’t know, on behalf of countries he’s never been to, kick a ball about, I hung out with some of my favourite women over a Thai feast. Thai food is never a bad call. Good thai food in the company of awesome ladies and a gorgeous four month old made for a ruddy brilliant Thursday. Never underestimate the power of a pad thai and a good natter.

Nice News

A few of the loveliest people I know have had some well deserved niceness this week, we’re talking weddings and awards and babies and all kinds of good. When great things happen to great people it makes every week a good one.

And you? How’s your week been?

*If you’re reading this before the referendum, or even on the day, please please please go and vote. In or out, whichever side of the fence you fall on, go find out all you can about the implications and make your voice heard.*  

Gorgeous Sally is responsible for all this joy sharing so head on over to Sally Tangle for more jolliness than you can handle. And don’t forget the WW posse Kate, Helen, JoCat and Emma – that lovely little bunch of chaffinches are full of the merriment. 

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  • Burgers, Pimms and cards against humanity! That is the best party ever!!
    Yey to the non baby related nesting haha! I love picking colours and furnishings and things, even though I don’t have my own home. I have a friend who is shocking at picking colours for her house so she invites me round under the guise of cooking dinner then makes me look at paint charts and wall paper samples. I not so secretly love this, so really it’s a win win for all concerned. 🙂
    Dirty dancing under the sunset sounds amazing, I hope that’s one of the choices for the outdoor cinemas in Bristol this year, although I draw the line at the hot tub cinema that was here last year! – Is this a thing near you as well? x

  • reneejessome

    I totally know what you mean about not feeling “at home” in your home. I feel that way currently and I hate it! Glad to hear things are coming together for you though! 🙂 & yay for a new kitchen!

    Renee | Life After Lux

  • Okay so baked cheesecake is my thaaaaaang. No wait – my Thang (deserves all the capitals). I’m already frothing for this recipe.

    I also watched dirty dancing this week…but it was unfortunately not in an idyllic location but curled up on my sofa during a thunderstorm, so jelz.

    I got back from hols on Saturday so this week has been a depressing return to work for me…boohoo.

    Katie xx ¦ La Coco Noire

    PS. Aha at this “twenty-two men he doesn’t know, on behalf of countries he’s never been to, kick a ball about,”

  • Your posts always put a smile on my face! I love the way you reflect on things, even those that aren’t always so positive. And I love your analogy of watching a game of football haha.
    Thanks for sharing 🙂
    Georgie xo

  • Just reading this made me feel smiley and happy – sounds like you’ve had an ACES week x
    Sophie Cliff

  • Katie

    Yay for gossip and cheesecake and CAH and choosing muffin tins and mozzarella and blankets. YAY TO THEM ALL. xxx P.S. I’ve voted, and now off to a voting party for cream tea AND French cheeses.

  • Sounds like you’ve had an amazing week


  • Since it’s Saturday, I guess the kitchen should be sorted by now, right? Find any out of date gems in there? Thai food is always a winner. It’s never a bad choice. I might have to get some next week.

  • Ooh, I’m now craving a caprese salad…

    And the only open air film screening I’ve been to was Secret Cinema’s Back to the Future. Maybe I should give the picnic and Pimms variety a go as well – sounds like a very tranquil evening!

  • Love this post 🙂 I voted, shame about the outcome, but I’m trying to see positives. I love baked cheesecake, what type did you make? The last one I made was an apple crumble baked cheesecake- yum!

  • I am obsessed with outdoor movies! There’s something so magical about it! I’ve been to a couple this year and can’t get enough of them! The last one, funnily enough, was Dirty Dancing too! Such a great atmosphere and everyone was up at the end dancing along, it was such a laugh!

    Sarah 🙂

    Saloca in Wonderland