A Weekend in Paris

I went a bit mad last week.  On the Monday I booked a trip to Paris and on Friday lunchtime I had arrived in the capital of France.  I realised that week that I have lost my spontinaity, the ability to abandon thoughts of what a weekend may hold and throw things in a bag and go and explore.  I miss the old me.

But there was a great reason to visit Paris and I am so pleased that I went.  Having friends over from Australia for a holiday has seen me wanting to spend as much time with them and their two adorable children.  They hired an apartment in the 17th in Paris and I booked a hotel in the adjacent street -close enough, but not too close!

And I managed to do quite a bit on this jaunt – Arc de Triomphe, Sacre Couer (in the evening for the view of Paris), Eiffel Tower – arrive before it opens to avoid queuing for too long, bistro lunch, boat trip along the Seine, Notre Damme, Eiffel Tower at night for the light show, flea markets and the Luxembourg Gardens.  I could have done more but this was the perfect weekend for seeing things but relaxing a little too, and spending time as ‘Aunty Pru’ makes me very, very, happy!

This was my first time visiting Paris and I am still wondering why I hadn’t been before.  It takes just over two hours from London.  I will have to return, soon!

~ Pru

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The Olympic Summer of not Blogging

So I admit that the decision to take a break from blogging was quite a quick decision and I wasn’t sure if the break would tell me to stop blogging altogether or help me sort out the problems I was having (with blogging).

Rejoice!

Because I’ve figured it out and I’m back with renewed energy and some pretty darn good posts on the way! (Including a great giveaway starting on Monday).

Whilst the sun barely shon and the temperature hit 30 twice, the summer was busy. I finished for my summer break by telling you about the 33 things that were taking over my life.  I think we are down to about 25 things – I have green beans and runner beans for breakfast, lunch and dinner, but some of the vegetables have had their day and are finished.

Of course, I’m a London gal and the Olympics seemed to make everyone proud of their country and city and I couldn’t have been prouder of my home town.  I made a few trips into town beforehand and the bunting strung from nearly every lampost and the atmosphere all around was heartwarming.  Whilst we didn’t go to the Olympics we have got tights for the Paralympic swimming on the 7th and I’m very excited.

Top to bottom:

(1) The Gloriana travelling along the Thames at Barnes with the Olympic Torch; (2) Tower Bridge proudly displaying the Olympic rings; (3) Mum and I went into Richmond Park for the cycling event, crowds built up very quickly; (4) Runner Beans growing at the allotment; (5) The allotment looking from the compost to the shed; (6) Honeycombe & Chocolate Vienetta following a trip to Norwich.

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You’ll be pleased to see that I kept to only a few photos, Tower Bridge especially had lots of photos taken of it as I saw it open (which I’d never seen before).  The boat coming through the bridge had Rule Britannia playing which must be the most patriotic thing I’ve ever witnessed.

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How was your summer?

~ Pru

33 Things

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Via Pinterest via Lara Rhyner

Last Sunday as we were leaving the allotment after a couple of hours of weeding, and building, and planting, we made a list of what we are currently growing. Want to know what that list reads like?

  • Tomatoes
  • Lettuce
  • Green beans (x 8 rows)
  • Peas (x 4 rows)
  • Swedes
  • Parsnips
  • Peppers
  • Chillies
  • Spring onions
  • Red onions
  • Runner beans
  • Squash
  • Onions
  • Artichokes
  • Garlic
  • Sweetcorn
  • Potatoes
  • Red spring onions
  • Broad beans
  • Shallots
  • Beetroots
  • Cabbages
  • Sprouts

At home we are also growing more tomatoes and leeks. I am proud of this list. I cannot wait to eat all the produce that we are growing, and to make jam and share these foods with friends. I wake up thinking about the allotment and garden and go to bed with further plans of how we can make it better.

I have come to the decision that to fully enjoy summer and all the other things going on beside the vegetables, I am going to take a blogging vacation. I’ll be back on the 1st September when I will hopefully be renewed and afresh!

Have a great summer!

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~ Pru

P.S. I’ll still be on Twitter and on Instagram (find me at Perfecting Pru).

Living for the weekend

If you are anything like me, then Monday arrives and you groan and then start wishing that it was the weekend again.  My colleagues and I do it and every week there is always one of us who was sure that Thursday was actually Friday.  They are then consoled for the next two days!

 

But I have been thinking about the weekend more this last week after reading Jane’s post and how much burden I put on myself through all my wild ideas for those two days.  I write a list and aim to get so many things done, all the bits that I haven’t crammed in to the week, like laundry and cleaning and blogging and shopping and wrapping presents and cooking.  And the weekend can turn in to a bit of a nightmare.

 

Usually I spend Sunday evening wondering what on earth happened to the weekend!

 

I am entering this weekend with no firm plans at all.  I had had plans to go to see Bugsy Malone with some fellow bloggers but I have cancelled them.  The weekend is resting on whether my grandfather remains in hospital or whether he goes home.  See, there is a plan (of sorts) to go up to Norwich and clean the house.  And I don’t mean just hoover, I mean deep clean it.  I am finding the prospect of doing some deep cleaning this weekend quite therapeutic.  And if grandad comes home, then I will just see what happens.

 

Have a wonderful weekend.

 

Do you have plans and are you like me, and cramming as much as you can into these two days?

 

 

~ Pru

Oh I do like to be beside the Seaside

I may have found something that I love.  No, nothing food-related!  Beach huts.

Beach huts in Bournemouth to be precise.

The other weekend I was in Bournemouth for a hen party weekend.  And in between drinking fabulous cocktails, dancing and partying until 4am, I managed a quiet walk along the beach.

If you are ever in Bournemouth and awake at 7am on a Sunday morning, grab your camera and walk along to Boscombe.  The nicest walk I have done in ages.  I think being on my own, after being with friends since Friday morning (at work), was just what I needed.  I need a little bit of space on my own and I had been itching to do this walk since arriving in Bournemouth.

Oh!  And because it was a hen party AND St Patrick’s Day weekend, it seemed only right to be dressed in a green tutu.  Photo not the best (I look like a supermodel usually!) but you get the idea!  Mock if you must!

~ Pru

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International Womens Day

March 8th is International Women’s Day.

I’ve been banging on quite a lot about Action Aid recently, but I thought that today was the perfect day to show the photo which keeps me going all the time.  When times are a bit hard or I’m not too happy I look at this photo and it keeps me going.

This is Gift.  She is ten years old and the girl I sponsor in Malawi.  If it wasn’t for Action Aid I wouldn’t have known about International Womens Day today.  And without Action Aid I wouldn’t have something else to focus on.

To everyone who visits my blog, I hope you have a wonderful day today and take time to think about the people who inspire and love you.  Male and female.  Everyone.

Have a great day.

~ Pru

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Let Me Check My Diary

Yep.  Nah. No room in my diary this week.  Fully booked.  Try next week.  The diary is pretty free then.

You know sometimes when weeks go by and they just keep plodding on.  Nothing that special happens, nothing to get dressed up for or write in the diary and it all gets a bit boring.  Just going about the motions day after day.

Well this week isn’t one of those weeks.  Oh no, its turned on its head and has all gone a bit crazy.  In fact I don’t know whether I’m coming or going. I’ve ended up scheduling everything.  The days and times when I’ll wash my hair, my travel plans, what buses I need to take, what time the trains run, a time to go to the bank (knowing that this will take all lunch time).  I’ve got singing class tomorrow and practice to do before then.  I walked home this evening practicing my scales.  Thank goodness it was quiet(!).  Dinner with friends in London on Wednesday and a hangover to contend with on Thursday morning, and then another dinner on Thursday with a very close friend.

See, busy.  I’ll need a rest come the weekend.  But it should be oh so good.  Expect a great post on Friday (Its Daring Baker’s Reveal Day).

Oh, and I was thinking of taking photos at dinner on Wednesday as we are going to Bill Granger’s new restaurant.  What do you think about taking photos (on my phone) at dinner?  Acceptable in small doses or completely wrong.  Views please!

~ Pru