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“Will: Do you like apples?
Will: Well, I got her number. How do you like them apples?”
Haha I love that line from the movie Good Will Hunting! Any-hoo on the subject of apples, this Sunday me and some friends headed out of London for the day for something a little different. Turns out that in October many Apple orchards in the UK celebrate Apple Day – and at Pippins Farm, which is near Tunbridge Wells in Kent, they were holding an open farm event in association with Hospice in the Weald. One of my friends actually knows the owners of this orchard and she had organised a fun day out for us to tour the apple orchard, drink ciders, feast on a hog roast & toffee apples and to play some fun apple games. Here are some photos of our day out at Pippins Farm Orchard…
It was so nice to escape the city to do something completely different for a change on a Sunday! The food was delicious and after a few too many few ciders we frolicked around the apple orchard like crazy people! But oh what fun we had & I love these silly but extremely wonderful people. How do you like them apples? ;)
Last weekend I had a perfect little escape to the seaside. I’d heard a few stories about this cute fisherman’s town called Whitstable in Kent, so I thought it was about time I checked it out for myself! Because it is only about 1 hour 30min drive (1 hr 20min by train) from central London it makes Whitstable a great day or overnight trip location.
Situated on the north coast of Kent, Whitstable is such a lovely little laid-back place with many great restaurants, shops – and of course the sea! Everywhere are many stalls, shops and restaurants selling all kinds of sea food from cockles to eels and crabs to of course Whitstable’s most famous export, oysters! Here are some iPhone snapshots from my weekend in Whitstable by the seaside..
Walks exploring the Harbour // Enjoying Whitstable Brewery beers + compulsory fish & chips in sun loungers by the beach = happiness // Checking out the town, shops and galleries // People watching and drinks at The Old Neptune, a famous pub on the beach // Happy moments watching the sunset over the sea…
Dinner at Wheelers Oyster Bar, the oldest restaurant in town (open since 1856!) and famous for – tada you guessed it – oysters! The restaurant is tiny and is usually booked up for months but I was lucky and managed to reserve us a table at the bar. It’s BYO so what better to bring than a bottle of bubbly to enjoy with the seafood. Or you can always run across the load to the local ‘Offie’ for some more drinks. We had a lovely night in this cute little authentic restaurant, the oysters and the rest of the seafood was delicious and it was nice to enjoy a very casual and laid back evening out. If Wheelers is booked up another great option for dinner would be The Whitstable Oyster Company.
Where to stay in Whitstable? We stayed in a lovely little cottage called the Corner House (link) which was perfectly located just meters from the harbour. Loved the beach style feeling of the place and we had a great stay here. However next time I might try to book a Fisherman’s Hut (which were fully booked the weekend I went) because they are right on the water and look super cute (link)!
Sunday morning was the perfect laid-back day starting with home baked muffins (my winning recipe here) and tea at the cottage, followed by a long walk along the beach to the Tankerton Slopes. It was a quiet foggy morning which made for some peaceful and beautiful moments – with some pebble throwing for laughs.
Can you tell I loved these little sea huts along Tankerton slopes? We had breakfast outside at Jojo’s – a great little cafe at the end of the beach Tankerton way (about a min walk from the harbour).
Before driving back to London we decided, that while in the area, we should check out the famous White cliffs of Dover. Such a beautiful national park!
If you had the best weekend ever then JUMP! ;) I seriously recommend going away for a weekend in Whitstable – or even if for just the day. It was one of those weekends were I came back feeling so happy and relaxed, like I’d had a mini holiday. Think the seaside does this to me. It was the kind of weekend where I wished I had a time machine to stop time so that it didn’t have to end….
Thank you Whitstable for the happy memories. Think I will be back :)
Back in June I attended the wedding of two lovely friends in Wiltshire, which is in South West England. The ceremony was in a beautiful old chapel in the countryside and afterwards the celebrations continued on at Longleat House – which is one of the most stunning venues I’ve visited! We had the best day and evening so thought I’d share some photos I took (on my iPhone) that weekend.
I absolutely love the dress I wore that day. I wish I could say it’s mine, but it’s not – I borrowed it of a friend of mine. It’s a silk one shoulder gown by Zimmermann, one of my favourite Australian designers. They make the most beautiful dresses, perfect for weddings or for bridesmaids.
Navy silk one shoulder dress by Zimmermann // Nude clutch by Jones (similar style here) // Earrings are the Sabine Crystal Studs (link) by MaisonMiru as seen here // Wallace sunglasses by Bailey Nelson, as seen here //
Zimmermann don’t have any stores here in the UK (sad face) but you can shop online. Love some of these dresses, I want…
Aren’t they the most good looking couple?
We all had the best day celebrating their special day into the wee hours of the night! Wishing them both all the happiness in the world and a HUGE thank you for such an amazing weekend.
Last weekend it was time again for pretty much my favourite day of the year! Celebrating Kings Day (previously known as Queens Day..) in Amsterdam. Every year, I (being the official ‘Dutchess’) organise a boat for about 35 friends to show them the way we dutchies party on our main national holiday. Even though there is quite a lot of organisation involved in this weekend – I do enjoy it and I love seeing everyone having such an amazing time and sharing the love for my home country.
We were blessed this year with a beautiful sunny day and (in orange – duh!) we partied the day away on the beautiful canals of Amsterdam. Here some fun photos from the amazing day that was our Kings Day Amsterdam 2014!
It seriously is the BEST day of the year and I think my friends now agree with me! Have you been to Amsterdam or experienced the fun orange madness on Kings /Queens Day before? I totally recommend it….
Sorry for the radio silence on the blog at the moment. Work is so busy and have been spending a lot of hours at the office this week so unfortunately had no time to update the blog. Here quickly some photos from my long Easter weekend in the Cotswolds. There was 10 of us going so we rented two cars and drove to Thrupp (near Oxford) where we had rented a 5 bedroom cottage in the countryside.
Pub lunch at the Royal Sun during the road trip. They had the most amazing freshly baked pies and curly fries // On arrival at the cottage we all got a little excited about the horses in the backyard! // Enjoying the spring sunshine in the garden over tea and homemade rocky road. // Tea soon escalated to prosecco and we feasted on lots of cheese into the night, catching up with each other.
Saturday started with breakfast and a lovely walk along the canal near the house // After the walk it was tea time so I decided to whip up a big batch of my favourite (easy peasy) scones, recipe HERE. As always they went down a treat!
The afternoon we chilled in the garden and then it was dinner prepping time // I was in charge of cooking a massive Easter Roast for everyone but luckily I had many little helpers in the kitchen which made it all good fun // Dinner was slow (5hrs) roasted leg of lamb (got this massive 3kg piece of meat from Provenance butchers in Notting Hill) – it was incredible with sweet potato gratin, beans and a kale salad. The sweet potato gratin is one of my new holy grail recipes at the moment – recipe to follow on the blog! It’s to die for, trust me! // It was my friend’s birthday on the Tuesday after Easter so we decided to surprise her with a birthday cake. Oh and yes she’s got the cake in her face because she dunked her face in it, why? Someone dared her to! Ha that’s why I love this girl :)
After dinner (and cake) we also had dessert which was my Hot Cross Bun Pudding (recipe HERE). We actually didn’t eat that much of it because we were so full after our massive dinner, but we we re-heated some for breakfast and discovered it also makes a great breakfast pudding :) // After dinner the fun and games really begun with beer pong the boys vs the girls. It got very competitive! Who won? The girls of course…BOOM! That night we had our own little party at the cottage that went into the wee hours of the morning // After a long sleep in and some breakfast on Easter Sunday it was time for the Easter egg hunt. We had a huge amount of eggs and one of us was the Easter bunny and hid them all in the garden. It was such good fun and we all felt like little kids again running around like crazy to find them!
Comparing our Easter Egg hunt finds!! I definitely ate WAY too much chocolate over this weekend. On a chocolate ban for May I think // I also made some nutella and hazelnut stuffed croissants (super easy cheat recipe here) which were delicious, love croissants fresh from the oven // Easter Sunday was mainly spent indoors (due to rain…and hangovers) and we watched DVD’s and continued to stuff our faces with chocolate. We managed to make it out of the house in the early evening, to the local pub for some drinks, food and a game of scrabble. Pub games are the best!
Monday morning it was time to head back to London and we all wish we could have stayed in the Cotswolds a bit longer. What a perfect Easter weekend. What did you get up to over Easter?