31.5.15

TWO WEDDINGS, ONE DAY

Lizi's wedding
Lizi's wedding
Lizi's wedding
Lizi's wedding
Lizi's wedding
Lizi's wedding
Lizi's wedding
Pete's wedding

It's always lovely seeing friends get married but this Saturday was 'Mission two weddings in one day', well actually one was at 3pm and we had to be at the other by 4 with a half an hour drive in between so it was more like 'Mission two weddings in one hour'. And I can't believe we actually did it, we made it to the second wedding just as the clock changed to 4pm! I only took a handful of pics from both weddings but just look at how beautiful Lizi's dress is! It was a great weekend of seeing friends and having a good catch up plus plenty of good food and loads of cake. Couldn't have asked for anything else.
Only one week left at work then we have our first week off since Christmas!! YESSS!

Hope you had a good weekend too!

26.5.15

CAMPING IN THE NEW FOREST

New Forest camping
New Forest camping

Recently I have been craving the outdoors and a simpler, quieter life. We all know London can be a tough place to live but when it's chewing you up and spitting you out it's hard to see a life beyond the cloudy, hazy fog that surrounds you. 
We've been toying with the idea of camping for a little while now but for one reason or another we've never managed to pull our fingers out and put the idea into practise. It's quite daunting to initially make all the purchases required for camping - new tent, sleeping bags, cooking stuff, appropriate outdoor clothes etc etc (and also finding a place to store all this stuff in a pokey flat!) But after we were loaned the use of a 6 man tent from Steven's sister we didn't really have an excuse not to go for it. 

New Forest camping
New Forest camping
New Forest camping
New Forest camping
New Forest camping
New Forest camping

On Sunday I was second shooting a wedding not too far from the New Forest so we decided to try this weekend as our first attempt at camping - and we were only a 2 hour drive from London if all went horribly wrong. We booked in at Sarah's Field for two nights, a cosy camp site that only opens for 28 days of the year that is equipped with portaloos and portashowers and lovely people who work there selling fresh pastries every morning and also a pub just ten minutes walk down the road!

New Forest camping
New Forest camping
New Forest camping

At the risk of sounding completely smug... we really did have the best time, we loved it! (sorry, sorry). It's the antithesis of London and right now that's what we both need, two nights just wasn't long enough. I'd say the only bad thing was the devil child that was camped next to us singing and screaming (just for fun) at the top of her voice at 6am which her parents managed to ignore!? But I'm just putting that out of my mind and remaining zen about the whole thing.

New Forest camping

A highlight for me was Sunday night when the fish and chip van visited the camp site (pizza van was on Saturday but we'd already booked in at the pub, boo) and we sat outside our tent, bag of chips in hand and glass of wine in the other and we had this amazing sky as the sun set that evening. And I felt so calm and didn't think about real life stuff once! Camping is good for the soul and the brain.

New Forest camping
New Forest camping
New Forest camping
New Forest camping

Before we drove back to London on Monday we went for a walk in Hale Purlieu which is a National Trust site just up the road from the campsite. It felt like there was no one around for miles except for these beautiful ponies completely unfazed by our presence. 

New Forest camping
New Forest camping
New Forest camping
New Forest camping
New Forest camping
New Forest camping
New Forest camping
New Forest camping

And then back to work today with as you can imagine, a major case of post bank holiday blues! 

Hope you had a good one too. 

10.5.15

EMMETTS GARDEN, KENT

Emmetts Garden
Emmetts Garden
Emmetts Garden
Emmetts Garden
Emmetts Garden
Emmetts Garden
Emmetts Garden
Emmetts Garden
Emmetts Garden
Emmetts Garden
Emmetts Garden

A walk through beautiful Emmetts Garden in Kent. We're embracing the outdoors this year, nearly 5 years in London has got me craving some fresh air.

4.5.15

BANK HOLIDAY PIZZA

Sodo Pizza

"Any plans for the bank holiday?" is all I got asked at work last week "Nope" I would reply as smugly as I could "Three days of doing nothing, and I can't bloody wait".
Then, inspiration and motivation hit all at once. Believe me, I was not expecting it. After my last post declaring my lack of motivation for doing anything other then waking up in the morning, I some how got the urge to do stuff and to actually think about things - fun and creative things at that! So I whipped out my notebook, got some ideas down... and then celebrated with pizza! And doughnuts! Actually that's a lie, we were always going to go for pizza (obviously) but it definitely felt like a mini celebration for having the motivation to take my camera to record the moment.

Sodo Pizza

We've been to Sodo in Honor Oak before which serves the kind of pizza we talked about for days (even if the service was slightly testing) so we decided to venture east this time to The George & Vulture pub in Hoxton where they serve Sodo pizzas as their main menu. The pub is a good 'un - just the way I like them, a little rough around the edges but with plenty of charm and the pizza was worthy of a few pictures or two that's for sure. 

Sodo Pizza

The tomato sauce is so rich and generously applied but don't you worry about a soggy pizza as the base is sturdy and still maintains a bit of crunch (I take my pizza reviews very seriously) and they do a 2 for 1 deal on a Monday so it was an all round winner for us.

Sodo Pizza

To satisfy our sugar cravings off we headed to Soho (because who wouldn't want to face central London on a bank holiday!?) and visited the new Crosstown Doughnuts café on Broadwick Street that seems to be hogging pretty much every other upload on Instagram at the minute!
We ordered the chocolate truffle and a cinnamon one which had a vanilla glaze on top and scoffed the lot in about 2 seconds. 

Crosstown Doughnuts
Crosstown Doughnuts
Crosstown Doughnuts

The place is a little small to get a seat that doesn't make you feel like you're in the way of everyone in the whole world and the more pricier doughnuts cost £3.50 EACH which is just bonkers if you're buying two. Who spends £7 on two doughnuts?! But they do do a deal for £3.50 for a cheaper doughnut and a cuppa, not bad at all.

Crosstown Doughnuts

And just like that the long weekend is over and I need to switch back to work brain mode. Only 3 weeks until the next one, yeahh!

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