Tuesday, 30 August 2016

weekend #35

The last three-day weekend of 2016 was a good one...
...although it didn't feel much like the weekend. After having the past two weeks off work, my weekends and weekdays have merged into one, meaning my weekends haven't felt as rewarding as they usually do. It also means I've not taken as many photos as I normally do, so this post may be a little light on images...

Although it's August, I woke on Saturday to rain, and it seemed to be the theme of the day...

It absolutely hammered it down while Hubs and I were at Costco with his mum and step-dad; it continued to rain when we went to Curry's; and it was still raining when we got home...
So we snuggled down with pizza (plus wedges for Hubs) and watched The Bourne Identity; we recently watched the new Jason Bourne film so have been revisiting the old ones (only those starring Matt Damon though).

On Sunday I got a lay in...

...before tackling some chores, while Tom finished some jobs in the garden, including lining the raised bed he built, along with my dad and brother, last weekend...

I didn't see the point in making a full roast dinner for just us two this week (my parents have gone on holiday), so I did sausages, roast potatoes and lots of veg, followed by a few slices of Soreen (bought from Costco the day before)!

After dinner and another downpour, we decided to walk the two miles to visit Tom's mum...
...where we were treated to a supper of fresh crusty cobs and a home-made trifle. The walk home was nicer because temps had cooled somewhat :) After watching the remakes of 'Are You Being Served' and 'Porridge', we hit the hay.

Unusually for a British Bank Holiday, Monday started sunny and bright!

So after breakfast, we set about sorting out our recently delivered shed; Tom went through all his tools and threw away anything that was broken or worn out...
...while I emptied out our downstairs loo, which hadn't been used as such since the start of spring; we'd been using it as a storage area for anything and everything earmarked for the shed, well now we have a shed, we've got somewhere to put all the junk stuff :) It was so satisfying to get the space back, functioning as it should, so much so that I took some photos and will no doubt share a 'tour' later in the week. 

Once we were looking straight indoors and inside the shed, I made puy lentil bolognaise with pasta for dinner, followed by another fresh fruit salad (I'm addicted) containing melon, strawberries, pineapple and orange. After shaving Hub's head, I loaded the dishwasher and sorted lunches out for the return to work and at 8:30pm we settled down to watch Thor: The Dark World on BBC One, before collapsing into clean sheets about 11pm.

I'm sad that the last long weekend of the year before Christmas is now behind us and I'm so not ready for autumn, although it is my absolute favourite season; it just feels as if summer has flown by this year and I'm not ready to wave goodbye to wearing flip flops, going out without a jacket and eating fresh fruit like it's going out of fashion. Please, September, be kind to us; stay sunny and warm and be the glorious month I know you can be :)


Friday, 26 August 2016

Pawfect Pooch...

As today is National Dog Day, I thought I'd share with you some photos of my parents' gorgeous border collie,
Izzy who will be six in November...

She definitely wasn't the cutest puppy...

...but she'd blossomed into a beautiful lady!

She's so cute and so loving and until we're in the position to have a dog of our own,
she makes a great guest pet!

Thursday, 25 August 2016

nephew's day out

As anyone who reads my weekly 'weekend' posts knows, I love capturing the everyday, the simple, the things that make life our own, so when Tom and I had our nephew Leighton for the day, I knew I wanted to write about it.
It doesn't matter to me whether it's interesting to read for other people; I want to remember the day we had together. I love looking back over old blog posts and being reminded of little details I've forgotten; it's kinda like a diary, not under lock and key but online, for the world to read along too.

As it was such a beautiful day on Tuesday we wanted to do something that would keep Leighton entertained whilst enjoying the gorgeous sunshine, so the local farm with its array of animals and an outdoor play area (as well as a small indoor soft play) was perfect, especially as it cost just £2 each for me and Tom and £4 for Leighton...

I did think there would be more animals, but it was ok because they had loads of cute pigs...
We had a lovely morning and it was so nice to spend some undivided time with Leighton who turns seven next month!! He was so good and loved 'talking' to the pigs who all flocked to him, probably hoping for some food (we couldn't feed them because all the animals were on diets!). 

After some lunch back at home, we decided to take Izzy for a walk because Leighton loves her so much! It was super hot and Izzy clearly didn't want to go too far or walk too fast but the fields were stunning...

Happy Friday-eve :)

Monday, 22 August 2016

weekend #34

It's not really felt like the weekend this weekend!
I'm currently mid-way through two weeks off work so the past two days haven't felt much different to the previous five, although Hubs was around which was lovely. He's now off work for a week, so hopefully we can have some fun days out and make lots of summer memories together over the next eight days (seeing as next Monday is a Bank Holiday).

Despite Saturday being Hub's first day off work he was up early, so I was up before 9am; it wasn't a bright sunny Saturday though, the rain seemed as if it were set in for the day...

Thankfully it brightened up a bit later. Over the past month, we've been putting plans into motion that came to fruition this weekend; our shed was delivered and erected on Friday (in the rain) and my dad and brother came over on Saturday to help Hubs build a raised bed across the back of our garden... 

After making the workers a bacon sandwich, I headed out for a walk with my mum and Izzy; we tried somewhere new and parked up at my local Aldi to walk around a nearby nature reserve, which was beautiful; we even found some ducks, but sadly we had no bread to feed them (my mum loves to feed the ducks)...

As we were already at Aldi, I did the weekly food shop after our walk then headed home to see how far things with the raised bed had progressed...
It was almost finished, which I was thrilled about; all Hubs and my dad needed to do on Sunday was bolt everything together! After being told numerous times by my dad in the run up to building that it wasn't a five-minute job and would take both Saturday and Sunday to finish, I was thrilled to see the project so close to completed. Our garden looks so different and so much better than the mud pit it was when we moved in; you can actually see the bones of the garden taking shape; I almost can't wait for spring 2017 so I can start planting and enjoying the fruits of our labour!

After a soak in the tub to relax his tired muscles (from lifting those heavy sleepers), Hubs and I ate some pizza and snuggled up on the sofa, with the rain battering down outside, to watch Men In Black 3 followed by The Bourne Supremacy (they were both on TV).

We enjoyed a glorious lay in on Sunday. After a cuppa tea in bed (brought to me by my darling husband), I got up and had some breakfast...
...before putting the roast dinner in the oven and doing some cleaning.

My mum, dad and Izzy arrived around 11:30am and once everything was done for dinner and all we had to do was wait for things to cook, mum and I took Izzy on a little walk in the drizzle to burn off some of the excess energy she seemed to have. Dinner was served around 1:45pm...

After dinner and with the men back in the garden playing with bolts, mum and I went out for another walk with Izzy, this time in glorious sunshine...

As the raised bed bolts weren't quite completed when we got home (apparently they've been a bit of a b*tch!), mum and I had an ice cream and a sit down. My parents left around 5pm and just over an hour later Hubs' mum, two sisters and nephew came round; we spent the next few hours drinking tea (with Tom's mum sampling rice milk for the first time - I don't think I've converted her though) and chatting and everything and anything. Before heading to bed, I wrote this blog post as Hubs and I are spending Monday at Bicester Outlet Village and I'll be far too busy shopping to write up my weekend :)
I hope you had a great weekend (it's a three-day one next weekend, my favourite kind!)