Sunday, 4 March 2018

Film & Fizz.....

Hello Weekend.... With award season upon us and the big one planned this evening of The Oscars I thought I would share a recent trip to the movies for our monthly "Friday Night is Date Night"
For some time I have wanted to go to One Aldwych's Film & Fizz nights, but timing, schedules and film choices haven't aligned. February we struck gold and were able to book to see Darkest Hour with Gary Oldman, since the trailer released last year I have had this movie on my must see list for 2018 and boy I was not disappointed.
One Aldwych is a lovely hotel on the fringes of Covent Garden which houses a 30 seater Curzon Theatre. Film & Fizz nights feature popcorn and champagne whilst watching the movie and then a 3 course dinner in its Indigo dining Lounge on the mezzanine overlooking the bar.
So with champagne in hand and popcorn on the table it was time to settle down in the very comforatble leather lounge seats to watch Gary Oldman transform himself into Winston Churchill. This film is a must for anyone thats a fan of The Crown or of British history, fascinating from start to finish, covering a very short period of Churchill's parliamentary reign from appointment as Pm to making the decision to take the country to war it is a masterpiece.
Oldman is suprb and deserves all the accolades that he has won, however it isnt all about him Kristen Scott Thomas as his wife Clemmie is fabulous along with Lily James as his PA. I would imagine that there has been a huge rise in people booking trips to the War Rooms and Parliment on the back of this film and watch this space for a Churchill inspired walk that I've recently completed in London.
With the movie over it was time for supper which was a delicious 3 course of:

Poached Dorset Lobster with heritage carrots and coastal herbs.

Organic Rhug Lamb with mash, capers, raisins & mint

and Warm apple and rhubarb crumble with vanilla custard.

With a lovely ambience and time to just chat and enjoy the sights of London life around us it made for a relaxing evening.
The only problem is I now dont want to go back to the cheap seats at the cinema!



Thursday, 1 March 2018

Hello March......

Well March has
arrived with a flurry of snow blizzards, icy wind and the country grinding to a halt. with February bowing out to temperatures on -6' it definitely feels like Winter is reminding us that he hasn't left and that all signs of Spring have been blown away.
I have a couple of things planned for March but hope to get my trainers out and start some serious training for my moonwalk in May.
Looking forward to catching up with friends and also make some plans for Easter which is at the end of the month.
Happy March everyone, stay warm and safe travels in the snow.

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Farewell February...

Farewell February.... its been a bit mixed, I've had some lovely moments in the month and also a few challenges. With the 'beast from the east' due to arrive imminently I am sure that March is going to be a little challenging too.

  • February saw me take a lovely winter break with M to the gorgeous Tuddenham Mill.
  • Spent a lovely afternoon with Emily and the Makelight ladies talking photo's instagram and all sorts of  lovely over tea & cake
  • Flowers at the beginning of the month and for Valentines both as gorgeous as each other
  • M and I went to dinner in Paris for Valentines Day.
  • Friday night date night of Film & Fizz with Churchill, Prosecco & Popcorn.
  • Snowdrop hunting for the Spring season and another friday night date night with Burgers, cocktails and a walk through Soho and Chinatown.
Looking back February you weren't too bad, caught up with a few friends and family at a Quiz night and over curry. Looking forward to catching up with a few more in March....

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Paris is always a good idea!.....

So says Audrey Hepburn!...... and that's exactly where we headed for Valentines Day. Yes I know that its a little twee but trust me you would never have known it Valentines Day in Paris in comparison to how OTT the UK does Valentines.
M has never been to Paris so when Eurostar sent me their £50 return deal I never expected to be able to book Valentines day but we did and that's where we headed. Starting off in the gorgeous station of St Pancras is always lovely and even with a 4am alarm call I was still greeted with roses and a card (definitely a keeper!)
We were booked on the 7am train and we left on time and started the journey with prosecco strawberries & cereal, arriving in Paris just after 10am. I had planned a small itinerary to give M a whistle stop tour of the city. The day was quite foggy and misty to begin and grey clouds loomed for most of the day, however this didn't deter us from having fun. A hike up the steps to the Scare Coeur was our first stop where we stopped to view the skyline of Paris. The walk down was easier which lead us past Galleries Lafayette and into the square of Paris Garnier the stunning opera house. We both said that we would come back for a few days and try to see the ballet there. Next stop was the Louvre which was packed, I think everyone was looking for options to escape the chill. Our escape was via Angelina chocolate shop for Hot chocolate which is just like molton chocolate! With this warming us up we headed towards the Champs Elysees to window shop and have some fun at the Arc de triomphe watching the cars avoid crashing.
With time running away with itself we headed across the Seine for our pre-booked time to ascend the Eiffel Tower. We only visited the 2nd level and didn't go to the top as it had sold out (everyone pre-booking for proposals!) this was fine with us as it was freezing by this stage.
We enjoyed exploring the side streets around the tower and look forward to returning when all the re-generation around there is complete.
Our final stop on our whistle stop tour was to see the Notre Dame which we managed to get to just before dark and before the rain started.
After walking the best part of 12 miles it was time to find a quaint French restaurant which we did along the river and have dinner before heading back to Gard de Nord for our 8pm train home.
Both of us loved the day and will look to go back for longer in the Spring.



Sunday, 25 February 2018

Winter retreat...

Thank you to those of you that messaged me following my last post, I am feeling a little brighter and better now. February has been a mixed month and a time to refocus and recharge the batteries. With some time off work, M and I had a couple of days away for a winter break in the gorgeous countryside of Suffolk.
Our winter retreat was in the gorgeous Tuddenham Mill between Newmarket and Bury St Edmunds, it has been on my bucket list for some time and we secured a fantastic deal with the mill for February which was perfect.
With very little surrounding the hotel it allowed us time just to relax, unwind, talk and just chill, something we both knew that we needed.

Our room was one of four that overlooked the water meadow and with floor to ceiling glass windows / doors it was lovely to watch the sunset and sunrise.
Tuddenham Mill offers a wide range of rooms; including some very cute nooks (look like large luxurious pig sty's!)
As you can see we had glorious views, blessed with the weather which enabled a lovely walk around the village road testing my new Hunters!
As well as luxurious rooms the hotel houses a 3 AA rosette restaurant which we dined in for the evening.
M opted for the lamb which was cooked perfectly and he said it was the best lamb that he had eaten. I chose the pork belly with baby beets, which was absolutely delicious. For dessert M had baked croissant with brandy soaked currants & apple with ice cream and I chose the rhubarb, lemon and ginger meringue which was amazing.
A delicious Merlot for dinner and then coffee with dessert it was a deliciously relaxing evening and the perfect way to celebrate 18 months from our first date.
With complimentary champagne and sloe gin as a nightcap I think it was the most alcohol that I had drunk in about 15 years.
With the watermill features still in place the restaurant and bar are housed around them and make a lovely feature of them.
We had a gorgeous stay here and would definitely make a return visit.
It was the perfect place for a winter retreat as it was so quiet but I am sure it looks equally as lovely in the summer.

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

January blues...

So with all good intentions 2018 hasn't started too well on the blogging front... with an internet speed at home which quite frankly could be being powered by a hamster on a wheel I have taken to reading and blogging from the tube and the coffee shop when I get a break at work, which as you can see has been minimal. Also out of no where the biggest hurricane of January blues swept in and took me off into quite a horrible space. I can now blame that on my age and look forward to more of it in the future.  Thankfully a number of high celebrity females have also begun to discuss the dreaded menopause and I don't feel quite so mad and alone with thinking that I need to be committed somewhere.
January has been a mix of a lot of work with the odd day off. Work has been a mixture snapping back after Christmas and then stocktaking to close off the financial year. We have also seen recent new appoints of a CEO and leadership team which has started a huge programme of change.
Time away from the corner shop has been spent reading, walking and catching-up with M. I did catch a few of the Lumiere light spectacles in London on one of my walks home along with a quick coffee and an hours gossip with my friend Caroline and her mum who I met many years ago through our blogs and have an annual coffee/drink when she is in London each January.
As a start to a new year it hasn't been the easiest of months - but I am looking forward to a better February with some time booked away from work and a few treats planned I am hoping that I will start to feel brighter and a little bit more myself.

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Word of the Year - 2018

I'm not big on resolutions so I try not to make a huge list at the end of each year, however what I have started to do in recent years is set myself some goals for the year that I can realistically achieve.
This year I have chosen one word that will be my arcing frame to 2018 and this year it will be:
Its a word that if my friends would describe me in 5 words it would be one of them they would choose. However this year I need to be better at it. Life, Home, Work and time for Me needs to better Organised. This will allow be to achieve the goals that I have set for 2018.
2017 was about Change and being Spontaneous and whilst I did do both in bucket loads I became more disorganised which I am hating and doesn't work for me.
2018 is about finding a balance.
So I've started with getting a few things straight at work - it may only be a shelf but its a start.😊

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Happy New Year .... and Hello 2018

yes I am back after a year of sporadic posts and long hiatus's  - no excuses other than work and life got busy which left little room for blogging and bits. I've been in a bit of a fug since New Year and I am hoping that some blogging, reading and just a little de-stressing will help.
So as well as looking forward and sharing some favourites, I will also be sharing some adventures from 2017 which were pretty big.
Here's a flavour of some of mine and what you can expect....
  • The Slimming World journey continues with me reaching target in 2017 and a lose of 6 stone ... watch this space as the target may move!
  • May - An amazing adventure with my aunt through the Baltics to St Petersburg - 10 countries in 16 days.
  • June - An evening with Adele at Wembley ( so lucky to be gifted this ticket last minute and so see this incredibly gifted lady live)
  • September - a 26 mile walk through the night for Cancer Research ticked off my 'challenges' list - more challenges planned for 2018.
  • November - shared a fabulous 5 days in my favourite city showing M why it is so special.
  • December - Christmas as Claridges - the perfect way to celebrate M's birthday and our 1st year together.
  • November - New York, Broadway and the Divine Miss M - Bette Midler on Broadway in Hello Dolly another tick on the bucket list.
So hello all .... happy new year and look forward to getting re-acquainted with you all over in the next few weeks.... hugs Tx

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Birthday Treats @ 42nd Street

During the summer I became another year older and part of the celebrations see me spend a lovely evening with M being wined and entertained in the West End.
I am notoriously difficult to buy for so along with a couple of gifts M booked to take me to see the biggest musical in the West End at the moment.
42nd street opened a couple of months ago and we were lucky to see it on one of the nights that my friends husband is tap-dancing his way across the stage.
Prior to the theatre we dined at The Savoy Grill . The restaurant is associated to Gordon Ramsey but sits within the beautiful Savoy Hotel. In stunning art deco splendour the restaurant is just beautiful.
With a 6pm booking we dined on the pre-theatre menu which offered a great selection of courses and variety of dishes at a very good price.
We both started with the Tomato Gazpacho, followed by the Chicken Liver parfait (T) and Ham Hock terrine (M). Beef Cottage pie with sauteed spinach and heritage carrots was the main and for dessert M chose Dark chocolate mouse with polenta shortbread and I had the Pineapple carpaccio with chilli, lime & mango.

This was accompanied by a glass of prosecco and coffee and chocolates. The service was fantastic and the food was delicious.
The ambience and the decor of the restaurant is real old school art deco British / Hollywood glamour. It was lovely to get dressed up on a Monday night instead of rushing home from work.

After dinner we made the short trip across the road to Drury Lane where we had tickets to see 42nd street.
This show is a spectacle from the point that the curtain rises to the finish. The show set in the post Wall street crash of  1930's New York it features a young wanabee actress who has just stepped off a train from Hicksville, she arrives late for her audition for the chorus line of the newest show on Broadway. With the Director having lost all of his money in the crash he is being funded by an tycoon who wants his ageing actress girlfriend (Sheena Easton) to take the lead. As rehearsals continue tensions grow which results in an accident the night before opening night which sees the novice step into the lead and take Broadway.
The song and dance scenes in the show are fantastic and anyone who has dreams or aspirations to tap dance in their childhood this is a must see show.... I loved it and now cant wait to take M to Broadway and 42nd Street later in the year.

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Goodbye Summer .... Hello Autumn!

Yes after a summer hiatus I am back!, I had so many good intentions to blog over the last few weeks but life and work have kept me busy. I am hoping with the nights drawing in a little more I will get back into some semblance of a routine and get back to blogging more. I know that lots of people have moved on from writing blogs, but its still something that I like to do, however I am no longer going to get stressed if I miss a few posts!

  So life has been busy since I returned from holiday. I've celebrated birthday's, anniversaries, including M & I's 1st year "friendversary" and spent some lovely days out and about in the city.

We have played the tourist a lot over the summer months visiting Kensington Gardens, Buckingham Palace, and picnic'd in St James Park. We have walked lots and dined in The Savoy and the recently opened The Ivy at Tower Bridge along with burgers and BBQ at Byron and Bodeans. I'm not sure how I've managed to stay within target but I am hanging on.
Birthday treats included lunch with Bestie as we share the same birthday week so always try to do something together. With her job relocating to Chelmsford I joined her for lunch which was an old school lunch favourite of fish finger sandwiches! and cake!!.... there has been a bit of cake over the last couple of months. Definitely getting back on plan in September.
Lunch was lovely and a great hour of gossip and laughs.
Another night out with an old friend was to see the West End musical Beautiful - a great show, showcasing the amazing talents of Carole King. We had a lovely time and I am so glad that I saw this before it finished in the West End. It is now on a UK tour and I would recommend it, if it visits a town near you.
Another lovely evening out was an impromptu walk along the river after work which resulted in cocktail and coffee watching the tennis on a rooftop overlooking St Paul's. Madison Bar and the rooftop of New exchange at St Pauls has been a favourite for a while but was new to M. We were passing as the sun was setting so I decided to pop up and share this little gem, not knowing that the tennis was being screened on a big screen, so we grabbed a couple of drinks and sat for a while watching the sunset and a few sets of tennis.
As you can see the walk and views were stunning and I will share some more of my summer adventures over the next couple of days.
have a great evening.... look forward to catching up with some favourites in blog land x

Friday, 30 June 2017

Goodbye June - Hello July.....

So another month has passed and I've completely lost my blogging mojo, the post list gets longer and life gets busier.
I have a plan for July, so I hope to get some posts up of life and stuff over the last couple of months.
June although doesn't look like I've done a great deal, having had nearly 3 weeks off work in May, June was full of life at the corner shop, sale and a few celebrations.

  • June started with M passing his final tests and after 10 weeks of training being signed off and starting a new job. This has been a huge relief for him and a new career beckons for him. Bubbles and cocktails were in order for a Saturday night in town.
  • With the kits having been in the cattery for the duration of my Baltic adventure they have been real home bodies since coming home. Fitz has taken to finding every sun patch that he can find which includes the kitchen cupboard and the bathroom sink to snooze his way through the day.
  • My slimming world journey continued with me successfully hitting 6 stone loss and target which I am absolutely thrilled with. 
  • Days out included a lovely day at the seaside with M visiting the poppy installation at Shoeburyness followed by lunch at picturesque Leigh on Sea. Sunday at friends drinking Pimms and then an evening seeing Adele at Wembley Stadium.
  • June obviously had Fathers Day in it, so a trip to the cemetery followed by brunch with my mum.
June has been a time of catching up with friends, sharing holiday stories, celebrating and managing the corner shop.
I hope that everyone has had a lovely month and look forward to reading and seeing your adventures on social media and in blogland.

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

MIA at Sea..... A Baltic Adventure


Just popping in to say hello and farewell to May!.....
For this month I have a legitimate excuse for no blogging as I have spent 17 days of it at Sea travelling through the Baltic's.
Over the 17 days I woke up in 9 different ports, in 8 different countries and have sailed 3,471 miles with Captain Cook on the ship Aurora.

This beautiful cruise liner has been my home for 17 days in May
 This was my first cruise and I was unsure of what to expect, but was blessed with beautiful blue skies and calm seas throughout my cruise and thoroughly enjoyed it.
My cruise took in the following countries & towns:
Gdynia & Gdansk – Poland
Klaipeda – Lithuania
St Petersburg – Russia
Tallinn – Estonia
Riga – Latvia
Travemunde & Lubeck – Germany
Copenhagen – Denmark
Oslo – Norway
Skagen – Denmark
I will over the coming weeks share with you my adventures of life on ship and also the places that we stopped and what were my highlights. I am still wading my way through the unpacking, washing being back to work and photo editing!... 2,000 + photo’s that require sorting ( I promise not to share them all!!)..
here’s a flavour of my trip:

 I completely understand why people fall in love with cruising and choose to travel the world this way. I still have some air & land holidays that I want to do but wouldn’t rule out cruising again, but quite happy to be back on solid ground and looking forward to some new adventures in June.

Monday, 1 May 2017

Hello May....

When it appears that I have my blogging mojo back, I am going to take a small hiatus in May for a much needed holiday and adventure.
For the later half of May I will be having my first 2 week holiday in over 15 years, I am nervously excited all in one feeling as I am going on my first cruise. St Petersburg has been on my bucket-list since I was a small girl when I can remember seeing Anna Karenina with my Nan and falling in love with the mystery of the Russian Tsars and palaces.
My cruise will dock in St Petersburg for 3 days where I will be seeing some of the sights and also attending The Russian Ballet to see Swan Lake.
Some of the other countries and cities that I will stop off in will be Poland, Estonia, Latvia, Germany, Denmark - Copenhagen, Oslo - Sweden, and Skagen - Norway. I am busy compiling lots of lists and any 'cruise' tips will be most welcome as I am a complete novice.

Before I go there are a number of events at work that I need to get ready for and the launch of the Summer season - Fenwick are one of the main sponsors of Ascot and will host a number of parties and events for the season, to accompany this they have decorated the store and facade in the most beautiful blooms, which make for some fabulous Instagram moments.

I hope to post a little before I go and then be prepared for a hundred posts when I come back. Wifi is very limited and very expensive on ship, so I don't imagine that I will post much whilst away.
Here's hoping everyone has ana amazing May.

Sunday, 30 April 2017

Goodbye April ......Hello May


So April has passed and I hope it has taken the cold weather with it. It feels like we had a glimmer of Spring and Summer during the month, but winter is still clinging on with some cold snaps. Weather aside, April was lovely and I did get out and about and enjoy some sights in London and spend some time away from my desk. I have shared a few moments recently including Date Night at the Opera,   Wisteria walk in Notting Hill. and a Sunday Stroll in the East End of London.

April also saw me take M to his first Rugby Derby game at Wembley, which was on one of those days when we were blessed with glorious sunshine. We had a fantastic time and I am thrilled to see that saracens are on course to appear at both UK and European cup final's for the 2nd consecutive season. Alas won't make either as I will be away (more of that to share in May!)
April also housed Easter this year and it allowed me some down time at home, a little time for some crafting and also to cook and bake for a big family dinner.
As you can see April was pretty busy, my instagram feed moved away from the blossom's and daffodils of March and full Spring hues of Tulips, Wisteria and bunches of blousey spring blooms.
Farewell April, you have been gorgeous, here's to an amazing adventure in May.

East London Life...

Last Sunday was spent exploring the markets and lanes of East London - Columbia and Brick Lane are a favourite of mine, especially on a Sunday and having worked around that area 12 years ago I always like to go back occasionally and see what has changed. Having been in Notting Hill the previous week we loved comparing the contrasts between the markets and avenues of West London to the lanes and streets of East.
The side street to Spitalfields and Brick Lane transport you back to an era and age of bygone years and I love the houses with shutters, feels like you are stepping back into an old Victorian jack the ripper novel. Its no surprise that this area is constantly being used for film sets and model shoots.
Columbia Road can be a bit of a squeeze and it always amazes me the number of people that bring buggies and pushchairs into the environment, fortunately even thou it was busy it wasn't horrendous.
There was so many of my favourite flowers there it was hard to choose what to come home with: tulips, peonies, hyacinths, sweet williams or ranunculus. It was a glorious treat of colours and smells and I loved ambling along the market.
A trip to the market and Brick lane is not complete without a stop for cake and a bagel - the legendary Brick lane bagel shop is my favourite; selling hot salt beef bagel's 24hrs a day.
We also sopped at Cake-hole which is a cute cafe selling cake and Monmouth coffee in the back of a vintage china shop which is heaven for me. Blueberry and Apple was my choice and Coffee & Walnut was M's.
We had a fabulous morning walking around Bethnal Green before walking down to Tower Hill and St Katherines dock to cheer on the marathon runners and enjoy a beer in the sunshine.
As you can see I came home with two of my favourite flowers Sweet Peas and Roses, both evoking so many wonderful memories of my Gramps's garden 💜

Saturday, 29 April 2017

From Notting Hill with love....

Notting Hill is one of my favourite places, whether is the eccentricity of the Portebello Road and all its characters to the side streets and squares festooned with pretty colourful houses. The fact that it has featured in some of my favourite books and movies also makes it a huge draw for me and I try to visit every season to explore the side streets and market.
With a day off for both of us last week M and I made an impromptu decision to go to Portebello Road, where I showed him some of my movie favourites.

We spent a couple of hours shopping, drinking coffee and loving the colourful houses.
Instagram is awash with wisteria at the moment and we stumbled on some absolute beauties whilst we were out and about and ended up on a very impromptu wisteria walk between Notting Hill and Holland Park which was an unexpected treat.
By the end of the morning M was beginning to 'get' my obsession and was even pointing out doorways that I might like to photograph.😂
How glorious is all this wisteria?......The pink door & house was my favourite.
After a couple of hours walking and a very patient M I decided to take him to my favourite pub in Kensington road - The Churchill Arms, which is a real old British pub,famed for its love of war memorabilia which festoons the ceiling, rugby and housing one of the best Thai restaurants in London.
We had a mixture of Pad Thai and curry which was delicious and finished off a pretty good day in Notting Hill.




Friday, 28 April 2017

Easter...

As we head into another bank holiday weekend, I thought I would share a few eats, and treats from my Easter. As most of you know I have been following Slimming World for the last 18 months and having achieved my 5 and half stone award the week before Easter, I decided to relax a little over the Easter weekend and enjoy the time with family and friends.

I was lucky enough to have Good Friday off which as I was house sitting for a friend gave me time to catch up on some crafting , series link on TV and baking. I worked the Easter Saturday which allowed me to grab an early coffee in Claridges enjoying the Easter blooms. This is without a doubt my favourite hotel in London and I pop in the Lobby every week to look at the flowers, they are just beautiful.
I then spent Easter Sunday with friends and family, the Easter Bunny did a short hop to my brothers, where chocolate & cupcakes were distributed to my niece and nephew.
I love Easter, its my next favourite to Christmas and usually spend it a friends cooking a huge roast lamb dinner with full on decorations and a big egg hunt.
This year however my friend was away so I volunteered to cook for M and his family. I think he was a little surprised on how big I go with Easter. The boys (21 & 25) seemed to enjoy it and are already talking about what we are doing next year! 😲
I hope that everyone enjoyed their Easter and that you got time to relax with family & loved ones.

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Date Night at the Opera

Catching up on blog posts from Easter and April before May arrives and I disappear for 16 days on an epic adventure (more to follow on that!) - I have over the last few months alluded to being back out on the 'dating' scene and although not quite ready to tempt fate and completely spill the beans, I am happy to report that I have met someone and it looks promising!
One such date night on Maundy Thursday involved a lovely pre-theatre dinner at Balthazar in Covent Garden followed by an evening at The Royal Opera House watching Madame Butterfly.
M & I have known each other a little while now and have shared Bucket Lists's of things we would like to do, see and travel. We started working through the lists as friends and things have kind of evolved - the opera was on M's list and I was thrilled that I managed to book tickets for Madame Butterfly at its sell out performance at the ROH - we were in the nose bleed seats but still able to see and hear everything which was lovely. 
I wanted to go somewhere nice for dinner, we had already been to The Ivy Grill at Christmas when we went to the Ballet and as much as we loved it, I wanted to take him somewhere else, with Balthazar in close proximity this was perfect for a dinner. We both opted for the Pea and mint Risotto, followed by the Pork which was delicious. The pork was served with new potatoes, spinach and a medley of mushrooms.With the restaurant offering a pre-theatre 2/3 course menu this is a great way to eat in a nice restaurant without paying huge prices. The service, food and ambience was fantastic with no pressure to hurry you up.
Going straight out after work is always a balance and I am lucky to work somewhere that I can get my hair blow-dried, my nails paited and my make-up done. As you can imagine I took full advantage of this and felt fabulous i my gorgeous winter white DKNY trousers and black top. 
Not a huge Selfie fan but it was a must in the fabulous New York feel bathroom in Balthazar.💖
Date night continued at The Opera which was delightful. I loved that the 'words' were highlighted overhead to your seating areas so it was like watching a real live film with subtitles. On previous opera visits I haven't had this and have had to struggle along a little.
The performances were heartrendingly beautiful by the lead Butterfly and the Captain was a complete Cad. We loved it and started our Easter off perfectly.

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Film & Fizz.....

Hello Weekend.... With award season upon us and the big one planned this evening of The Oscars I thought I would share a recent trip to the movies for our monthly "Friday Night is Date Night"
For some time I have wanted to go to One Aldwych's Film & Fizz nights, but timing, schedules and film choices haven't aligned. February we struck gold and were able to book to see Darkest Hour with Gary Oldman, since the trailer released last year I have had this movie on my must see list for 2018 and boy I was not disappointed.
One Aldwych is a lovely hotel on the fringes of Covent Garden which houses a 30 seater Curzon Theatre. Film & Fizz nights feature popcorn and champagne whilst watching the movie and then a 3 course dinner in its Indigo dining Lounge on the mezzanine overlooking the bar.
So with champagne in hand and popcorn on the table it was time to settle down in the very comforatble leather lounge seats to watch Gary Oldman transform himself into Winston Churchill. This film is a must for anyone thats a fan of The Crown or of British history, fascinating from start to finish, covering a very short period of Churchill's parliamentary reign from appointment as Pm to making the decision to take the country to war it is a masterpiece.
Oldman is suprb and deserves all the accolades that he has won, however it isnt all about him Kristen Scott Thomas as his wife Clemmie is fabulous along with Lily James as his PA. I would imagine that there has been a huge rise in people booking trips to the War Rooms and Parliment on the back of this film and watch this space for a Churchill inspired walk that I've recently completed in London.
With the movie over it was time for supper which was a delicious 3 course of:

Poached Dorset Lobster with heritage carrots and coastal herbs.

Organic Rhug Lamb with mash, capers, raisins & mint

and Warm apple and rhubarb crumble with vanilla custard.

With a lovely ambience and time to just chat and enjoy the sights of London life around us it made for a relaxing evening.
The only problem is I now dont want to go back to the cheap seats at the cinema!



Thursday, 1 March 2018

Hello March......

Well March has
arrived with a flurry of snow blizzards, icy wind and the country grinding to a halt. with February bowing out to temperatures on -6' it definitely feels like Winter is reminding us that he hasn't left and that all signs of Spring have been blown away.
I have a couple of things planned for March but hope to get my trainers out and start some serious training for my moonwalk in May.
Looking forward to catching up with friends and also make some plans for Easter which is at the end of the month.
Happy March everyone, stay warm and safe travels in the snow.

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Farewell February...

Farewell February.... its been a bit mixed, I've had some lovely moments in the month and also a few challenges. With the 'beast from the east' due to arrive imminently I am sure that March is going to be a little challenging too.

  • February saw me take a lovely winter break with M to the gorgeous Tuddenham Mill.
  • Spent a lovely afternoon with Emily and the Makelight ladies talking photo's instagram and all sorts of  lovely over tea & cake
  • Flowers at the beginning of the month and for Valentines both as gorgeous as each other
  • M and I went to dinner in Paris for Valentines Day.
  • Friday night date night of Film & Fizz with Churchill, Prosecco & Popcorn.
  • Snowdrop hunting for the Spring season and another friday night date night with Burgers, cocktails and a walk through Soho and Chinatown.
Looking back February you weren't too bad, caught up with a few friends and family at a Quiz night and over curry. Looking forward to catching up with a few more in March....

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Paris is always a good idea!.....

So says Audrey Hepburn!...... and that's exactly where we headed for Valentines Day. Yes I know that its a little twee but trust me you would never have known it Valentines Day in Paris in comparison to how OTT the UK does Valentines.
M has never been to Paris so when Eurostar sent me their £50 return deal I never expected to be able to book Valentines day but we did and that's where we headed. Starting off in the gorgeous station of St Pancras is always lovely and even with a 4am alarm call I was still greeted with roses and a card (definitely a keeper!)
We were booked on the 7am train and we left on time and started the journey with prosecco strawberries & cereal, arriving in Paris just after 10am. I had planned a small itinerary to give M a whistle stop tour of the city. The day was quite foggy and misty to begin and grey clouds loomed for most of the day, however this didn't deter us from having fun. A hike up the steps to the Scare Coeur was our first stop where we stopped to view the skyline of Paris. The walk down was easier which lead us past Galleries Lafayette and into the square of Paris Garnier the stunning opera house. We both said that we would come back for a few days and try to see the ballet there. Next stop was the Louvre which was packed, I think everyone was looking for options to escape the chill. Our escape was via Angelina chocolate shop for Hot chocolate which is just like molton chocolate! With this warming us up we headed towards the Champs Elysees to window shop and have some fun at the Arc de triomphe watching the cars avoid crashing.
With time running away with itself we headed across the Seine for our pre-booked time to ascend the Eiffel Tower. We only visited the 2nd level and didn't go to the top as it had sold out (everyone pre-booking for proposals!) this was fine with us as it was freezing by this stage.
We enjoyed exploring the side streets around the tower and look forward to returning when all the re-generation around there is complete.
Our final stop on our whistle stop tour was to see the Notre Dame which we managed to get to just before dark and before the rain started.
After walking the best part of 12 miles it was time to find a quaint French restaurant which we did along the river and have dinner before heading back to Gard de Nord for our 8pm train home.
Both of us loved the day and will look to go back for longer in the Spring.



Sunday, 25 February 2018

Winter retreat...

Thank you to those of you that messaged me following my last post, I am feeling a little brighter and better now. February has been a mixed month and a time to refocus and recharge the batteries. With some time off work, M and I had a couple of days away for a winter break in the gorgeous countryside of Suffolk.
Our winter retreat was in the gorgeous Tuddenham Mill between Newmarket and Bury St Edmunds, it has been on my bucket list for some time and we secured a fantastic deal with the mill for February which was perfect.
With very little surrounding the hotel it allowed us time just to relax, unwind, talk and just chill, something we both knew that we needed.

Our room was one of four that overlooked the water meadow and with floor to ceiling glass windows / doors it was lovely to watch the sunset and sunrise.
Tuddenham Mill offers a wide range of rooms; including some very cute nooks (look like large luxurious pig sty's!)
As you can see we had glorious views, blessed with the weather which enabled a lovely walk around the village road testing my new Hunters!
As well as luxurious rooms the hotel houses a 3 AA rosette restaurant which we dined in for the evening.
M opted for the lamb which was cooked perfectly and he said it was the best lamb that he had eaten. I chose the pork belly with baby beets, which was absolutely delicious. For dessert M had baked croissant with brandy soaked currants & apple with ice cream and I chose the rhubarb, lemon and ginger meringue which was amazing.
A delicious Merlot for dinner and then coffee with dessert it was a deliciously relaxing evening and the perfect way to celebrate 18 months from our first date.
With complimentary champagne and sloe gin as a nightcap I think it was the most alcohol that I had drunk in about 15 years.
With the watermill features still in place the restaurant and bar are housed around them and make a lovely feature of them.
We had a gorgeous stay here and would definitely make a return visit.
It was the perfect place for a winter retreat as it was so quiet but I am sure it looks equally as lovely in the summer.

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

January blues...

So with all good intentions 2018 hasn't started too well on the blogging front... with an internet speed at home which quite frankly could be being powered by a hamster on a wheel I have taken to reading and blogging from the tube and the coffee shop when I get a break at work, which as you can see has been minimal. Also out of no where the biggest hurricane of January blues swept in and took me off into quite a horrible space. I can now blame that on my age and look forward to more of it in the future.  Thankfully a number of high celebrity females have also begun to discuss the dreaded menopause and I don't feel quite so mad and alone with thinking that I need to be committed somewhere.
January has been a mix of a lot of work with the odd day off. Work has been a mixture snapping back after Christmas and then stocktaking to close off the financial year. We have also seen recent new appoints of a CEO and leadership team which has started a huge programme of change.
Time away from the corner shop has been spent reading, walking and catching-up with M. I did catch a few of the Lumiere light spectacles in London on one of my walks home along with a quick coffee and an hours gossip with my friend Caroline and her mum who I met many years ago through our blogs and have an annual coffee/drink when she is in London each January.
As a start to a new year it hasn't been the easiest of months - but I am looking forward to a better February with some time booked away from work and a few treats planned I am hoping that I will start to feel brighter and a little bit more myself.

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Word of the Year - 2018

I'm not big on resolutions so I try not to make a huge list at the end of each year, however what I have started to do in recent years is set myself some goals for the year that I can realistically achieve.
This year I have chosen one word that will be my arcing frame to 2018 and this year it will be:
Its a word that if my friends would describe me in 5 words it would be one of them they would choose. However this year I need to be better at it. Life, Home, Work and time for Me needs to better Organised. This will allow be to achieve the goals that I have set for 2018.
2017 was about Change and being Spontaneous and whilst I did do both in bucket loads I became more disorganised which I am hating and doesn't work for me.
2018 is about finding a balance.
So I've started with getting a few things straight at work - it may only be a shelf but its a start.😊

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Happy New Year .... and Hello 2018

yes I am back after a year of sporadic posts and long hiatus's  - no excuses other than work and life got busy which left little room for blogging and bits. I've been in a bit of a fug since New Year and I am hoping that some blogging, reading and just a little de-stressing will help.
So as well as looking forward and sharing some favourites, I will also be sharing some adventures from 2017 which were pretty big.
Here's a flavour of some of mine and what you can expect....
  • The Slimming World journey continues with me reaching target in 2017 and a lose of 6 stone ... watch this space as the target may move!
  • May - An amazing adventure with my aunt through the Baltics to St Petersburg - 10 countries in 16 days.
  • June - An evening with Adele at Wembley ( so lucky to be gifted this ticket last minute and so see this incredibly gifted lady live)
  • September - a 26 mile walk through the night for Cancer Research ticked off my 'challenges' list - more challenges planned for 2018.
  • November - shared a fabulous 5 days in my favourite city showing M why it is so special.
  • December - Christmas as Claridges - the perfect way to celebrate M's birthday and our 1st year together.
  • November - New York, Broadway and the Divine Miss M - Bette Midler on Broadway in Hello Dolly another tick on the bucket list.
So hello all .... happy new year and look forward to getting re-acquainted with you all over in the next few weeks.... hugs Tx

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Birthday Treats @ 42nd Street

During the summer I became another year older and part of the celebrations see me spend a lovely evening with M being wined and entertained in the West End.
I am notoriously difficult to buy for so along with a couple of gifts M booked to take me to see the biggest musical in the West End at the moment.
42nd street opened a couple of months ago and we were lucky to see it on one of the nights that my friends husband is tap-dancing his way across the stage.
Prior to the theatre we dined at The Savoy Grill . The restaurant is associated to Gordon Ramsey but sits within the beautiful Savoy Hotel. In stunning art deco splendour the restaurant is just beautiful.
With a 6pm booking we dined on the pre-theatre menu which offered a great selection of courses and variety of dishes at a very good price.
We both started with the Tomato Gazpacho, followed by the Chicken Liver parfait (T) and Ham Hock terrine (M). Beef Cottage pie with sauteed spinach and heritage carrots was the main and for dessert M chose Dark chocolate mouse with polenta shortbread and I had the Pineapple carpaccio with chilli, lime & mango.

This was accompanied by a glass of prosecco and coffee and chocolates. The service was fantastic and the food was delicious.
The ambience and the decor of the restaurant is real old school art deco British / Hollywood glamour. It was lovely to get dressed up on a Monday night instead of rushing home from work.

After dinner we made the short trip across the road to Drury Lane where we had tickets to see 42nd street.
This show is a spectacle from the point that the curtain rises to the finish. The show set in the post Wall street crash of  1930's New York it features a young wanabee actress who has just stepped off a train from Hicksville, she arrives late for her audition for the chorus line of the newest show on Broadway. With the Director having lost all of his money in the crash he is being funded by an tycoon who wants his ageing actress girlfriend (Sheena Easton) to take the lead. As rehearsals continue tensions grow which results in an accident the night before opening night which sees the novice step into the lead and take Broadway.
The song and dance scenes in the show are fantastic and anyone who has dreams or aspirations to tap dance in their childhood this is a must see show.... I loved it and now cant wait to take M to Broadway and 42nd Street later in the year.

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Goodbye Summer .... Hello Autumn!

Yes after a summer hiatus I am back!, I had so many good intentions to blog over the last few weeks but life and work have kept me busy. I am hoping with the nights drawing in a little more I will get back into some semblance of a routine and get back to blogging more. I know that lots of people have moved on from writing blogs, but its still something that I like to do, however I am no longer going to get stressed if I miss a few posts!

  So life has been busy since I returned from holiday. I've celebrated birthday's, anniversaries, including M & I's 1st year "friendversary" and spent some lovely days out and about in the city.

We have played the tourist a lot over the summer months visiting Kensington Gardens, Buckingham Palace, and picnic'd in St James Park. We have walked lots and dined in The Savoy and the recently opened The Ivy at Tower Bridge along with burgers and BBQ at Byron and Bodeans. I'm not sure how I've managed to stay within target but I am hanging on.
Birthday treats included lunch with Bestie as we share the same birthday week so always try to do something together. With her job relocating to Chelmsford I joined her for lunch which was an old school lunch favourite of fish finger sandwiches! and cake!!.... there has been a bit of cake over the last couple of months. Definitely getting back on plan in September.
Lunch was lovely and a great hour of gossip and laughs.
Another night out with an old friend was to see the West End musical Beautiful - a great show, showcasing the amazing talents of Carole King. We had a lovely time and I am so glad that I saw this before it finished in the West End. It is now on a UK tour and I would recommend it, if it visits a town near you.
Another lovely evening out was an impromptu walk along the river after work which resulted in cocktail and coffee watching the tennis on a rooftop overlooking St Paul's. Madison Bar and the rooftop of New exchange at St Pauls has been a favourite for a while but was new to M. We were passing as the sun was setting so I decided to pop up and share this little gem, not knowing that the tennis was being screened on a big screen, so we grabbed a couple of drinks and sat for a while watching the sunset and a few sets of tennis.
As you can see the walk and views were stunning and I will share some more of my summer adventures over the next couple of days.
have a great evening.... look forward to catching up with some favourites in blog land x

Friday, 30 June 2017

Goodbye June - Hello July.....

So another month has passed and I've completely lost my blogging mojo, the post list gets longer and life gets busier.
I have a plan for July, so I hope to get some posts up of life and stuff over the last couple of months.
June although doesn't look like I've done a great deal, having had nearly 3 weeks off work in May, June was full of life at the corner shop, sale and a few celebrations.

  • June started with M passing his final tests and after 10 weeks of training being signed off and starting a new job. This has been a huge relief for him and a new career beckons for him. Bubbles and cocktails were in order for a Saturday night in town.
  • With the kits having been in the cattery for the duration of my Baltic adventure they have been real home bodies since coming home. Fitz has taken to finding every sun patch that he can find which includes the kitchen cupboard and the bathroom sink to snooze his way through the day.
  • My slimming world journey continued with me successfully hitting 6 stone loss and target which I am absolutely thrilled with. 
  • Days out included a lovely day at the seaside with M visiting the poppy installation at Shoeburyness followed by lunch at picturesque Leigh on Sea. Sunday at friends drinking Pimms and then an evening seeing Adele at Wembley Stadium.
  • June obviously had Fathers Day in it, so a trip to the cemetery followed by brunch with my mum.
June has been a time of catching up with friends, sharing holiday stories, celebrating and managing the corner shop.
I hope that everyone has had a lovely month and look forward to reading and seeing your adventures on social media and in blogland.

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

MIA at Sea..... A Baltic Adventure


Just popping in to say hello and farewell to May!.....
For this month I have a legitimate excuse for no blogging as I have spent 17 days of it at Sea travelling through the Baltic's.
Over the 17 days I woke up in 9 different ports, in 8 different countries and have sailed 3,471 miles with Captain Cook on the ship Aurora.

This beautiful cruise liner has been my home for 17 days in May
 This was my first cruise and I was unsure of what to expect, but was blessed with beautiful blue skies and calm seas throughout my cruise and thoroughly enjoyed it.
My cruise took in the following countries & towns:
Gdynia & Gdansk – Poland
Klaipeda – Lithuania
St Petersburg – Russia
Tallinn – Estonia
Riga – Latvia
Travemunde & Lubeck – Germany
Copenhagen – Denmark
Oslo – Norway
Skagen – Denmark
I will over the coming weeks share with you my adventures of life on ship and also the places that we stopped and what were my highlights. I am still wading my way through the unpacking, washing being back to work and photo editing!... 2,000 + photo’s that require sorting ( I promise not to share them all!!)..
here’s a flavour of my trip:

 I completely understand why people fall in love with cruising and choose to travel the world this way. I still have some air & land holidays that I want to do but wouldn’t rule out cruising again, but quite happy to be back on solid ground and looking forward to some new adventures in June.

Monday, 1 May 2017

Hello May....

When it appears that I have my blogging mojo back, I am going to take a small hiatus in May for a much needed holiday and adventure.
For the later half of May I will be having my first 2 week holiday in over 15 years, I am nervously excited all in one feeling as I am going on my first cruise. St Petersburg has been on my bucket-list since I was a small girl when I can remember seeing Anna Karenina with my Nan and falling in love with the mystery of the Russian Tsars and palaces.
My cruise will dock in St Petersburg for 3 days where I will be seeing some of the sights and also attending The Russian Ballet to see Swan Lake.
Some of the other countries and cities that I will stop off in will be Poland, Estonia, Latvia, Germany, Denmark - Copenhagen, Oslo - Sweden, and Skagen - Norway. I am busy compiling lots of lists and any 'cruise' tips will be most welcome as I am a complete novice.

Before I go there are a number of events at work that I need to get ready for and the launch of the Summer season - Fenwick are one of the main sponsors of Ascot and will host a number of parties and events for the season, to accompany this they have decorated the store and facade in the most beautiful blooms, which make for some fabulous Instagram moments.

I hope to post a little before I go and then be prepared for a hundred posts when I come back. Wifi is very limited and very expensive on ship, so I don't imagine that I will post much whilst away.
Here's hoping everyone has ana amazing May.

Sunday, 30 April 2017

Goodbye April ......Hello May


So April has passed and I hope it has taken the cold weather with it. It feels like we had a glimmer of Spring and Summer during the month, but winter is still clinging on with some cold snaps. Weather aside, April was lovely and I did get out and about and enjoy some sights in London and spend some time away from my desk. I have shared a few moments recently including Date Night at the Opera,   Wisteria walk in Notting Hill. and a Sunday Stroll in the East End of London.

April also saw me take M to his first Rugby Derby game at Wembley, which was on one of those days when we were blessed with glorious sunshine. We had a fantastic time and I am thrilled to see that saracens are on course to appear at both UK and European cup final's for the 2nd consecutive season. Alas won't make either as I will be away (more of that to share in May!)
April also housed Easter this year and it allowed me some down time at home, a little time for some crafting and also to cook and bake for a big family dinner.
As you can see April was pretty busy, my instagram feed moved away from the blossom's and daffodils of March and full Spring hues of Tulips, Wisteria and bunches of blousey spring blooms.
Farewell April, you have been gorgeous, here's to an amazing adventure in May.

East London Life...

Last Sunday was spent exploring the markets and lanes of East London - Columbia and Brick Lane are a favourite of mine, especially on a Sunday and having worked around that area 12 years ago I always like to go back occasionally and see what has changed. Having been in Notting Hill the previous week we loved comparing the contrasts between the markets and avenues of West London to the lanes and streets of East.
The side street to Spitalfields and Brick Lane transport you back to an era and age of bygone years and I love the houses with shutters, feels like you are stepping back into an old Victorian jack the ripper novel. Its no surprise that this area is constantly being used for film sets and model shoots.
Columbia Road can be a bit of a squeeze and it always amazes me the number of people that bring buggies and pushchairs into the environment, fortunately even thou it was busy it wasn't horrendous.
There was so many of my favourite flowers there it was hard to choose what to come home with: tulips, peonies, hyacinths, sweet williams or ranunculus. It was a glorious treat of colours and smells and I loved ambling along the market.
A trip to the market and Brick lane is not complete without a stop for cake and a bagel - the legendary Brick lane bagel shop is my favourite; selling hot salt beef bagel's 24hrs a day.
We also sopped at Cake-hole which is a cute cafe selling cake and Monmouth coffee in the back of a vintage china shop which is heaven for me. Blueberry and Apple was my choice and Coffee & Walnut was M's.
We had a fabulous morning walking around Bethnal Green before walking down to Tower Hill and St Katherines dock to cheer on the marathon runners and enjoy a beer in the sunshine.
As you can see I came home with two of my favourite flowers Sweet Peas and Roses, both evoking so many wonderful memories of my Gramps's garden 💜

Saturday, 29 April 2017

From Notting Hill with love....

Notting Hill is one of my favourite places, whether is the eccentricity of the Portebello Road and all its characters to the side streets and squares festooned with pretty colourful houses. The fact that it has featured in some of my favourite books and movies also makes it a huge draw for me and I try to visit every season to explore the side streets and market.
With a day off for both of us last week M and I made an impromptu decision to go to Portebello Road, where I showed him some of my movie favourites.

We spent a couple of hours shopping, drinking coffee and loving the colourful houses.
Instagram is awash with wisteria at the moment and we stumbled on some absolute beauties whilst we were out and about and ended up on a very impromptu wisteria walk between Notting Hill and Holland Park which was an unexpected treat.
By the end of the morning M was beginning to 'get' my obsession and was even pointing out doorways that I might like to photograph.😂
How glorious is all this wisteria?......The pink door & house was my favourite.
After a couple of hours walking and a very patient M I decided to take him to my favourite pub in Kensington road - The Churchill Arms, which is a real old British pub,famed for its love of war memorabilia which festoons the ceiling, rugby and housing one of the best Thai restaurants in London.
We had a mixture of Pad Thai and curry which was delicious and finished off a pretty good day in Notting Hill.




Friday, 28 April 2017

Easter...

As we head into another bank holiday weekend, I thought I would share a few eats, and treats from my Easter. As most of you know I have been following Slimming World for the last 18 months and having achieved my 5 and half stone award the week before Easter, I decided to relax a little over the Easter weekend and enjoy the time with family and friends.

I was lucky enough to have Good Friday off which as I was house sitting for a friend gave me time to catch up on some crafting , series link on TV and baking. I worked the Easter Saturday which allowed me to grab an early coffee in Claridges enjoying the Easter blooms. This is without a doubt my favourite hotel in London and I pop in the Lobby every week to look at the flowers, they are just beautiful.
I then spent Easter Sunday with friends and family, the Easter Bunny did a short hop to my brothers, where chocolate & cupcakes were distributed to my niece and nephew.
I love Easter, its my next favourite to Christmas and usually spend it a friends cooking a huge roast lamb dinner with full on decorations and a big egg hunt.
This year however my friend was away so I volunteered to cook for M and his family. I think he was a little surprised on how big I go with Easter. The boys (21 & 25) seemed to enjoy it and are already talking about what we are doing next year! 😲
I hope that everyone enjoyed their Easter and that you got time to relax with family & loved ones.

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Date Night at the Opera

Catching up on blog posts from Easter and April before May arrives and I disappear for 16 days on an epic adventure (more to follow on that!) - I have over the last few months alluded to being back out on the 'dating' scene and although not quite ready to tempt fate and completely spill the beans, I am happy to report that I have met someone and it looks promising!
One such date night on Maundy Thursday involved a lovely pre-theatre dinner at Balthazar in Covent Garden followed by an evening at The Royal Opera House watching Madame Butterfly.
M & I have known each other a little while now and have shared Bucket Lists's of things we would like to do, see and travel. We started working through the lists as friends and things have kind of evolved - the opera was on M's list and I was thrilled that I managed to book tickets for Madame Butterfly at its sell out performance at the ROH - we were in the nose bleed seats but still able to see and hear everything which was lovely. 
I wanted to go somewhere nice for dinner, we had already been to The Ivy Grill at Christmas when we went to the Ballet and as much as we loved it, I wanted to take him somewhere else, with Balthazar in close proximity this was perfect for a dinner. We both opted for the Pea and mint Risotto, followed by the Pork which was delicious. The pork was served with new potatoes, spinach and a medley of mushrooms.With the restaurant offering a pre-theatre 2/3 course menu this is a great way to eat in a nice restaurant without paying huge prices. The service, food and ambience was fantastic with no pressure to hurry you up.
Going straight out after work is always a balance and I am lucky to work somewhere that I can get my hair blow-dried, my nails paited and my make-up done. As you can imagine I took full advantage of this and felt fabulous i my gorgeous winter white DKNY trousers and black top. 
Not a huge Selfie fan but it was a must in the fabulous New York feel bathroom in Balthazar.💖
Date night continued at The Opera which was delightful. I loved that the 'words' were highlighted overhead to your seating areas so it was like watching a real live film with subtitles. On previous opera visits I haven't had this and have had to struggle along a little.
The performances were heartrendingly beautiful by the lead Butterfly and the Captain was a complete Cad. We loved it and started our Easter off perfectly.