it’s so good to see you. it felt like you were gone for such a long time, although i’m assured it was only a month. i’ll be honest, the last week’s dragged a little and i’m pretty glad you’re here now. i see you’ve brought your friend, tax rebate? ah, you’ve made me a happy happy lady.
yesterday was such a lovely summery day with my beautiful family. my ma, sister, jason and i drove down to sussex to meet my two cousins and (i’m claiming this term after much discussion today) my ‘cousin-in-law’ for pub lunch :) i’d like to introduce the world to my new favourite cider, pictured below…
it seems fitting really to be talking of cider, given the name of my blog! it really is delicious, and knocks even my beloved kopparberg out of the park! this will definitely be my drink of summer two thousand and twelve, if not beyond!
oh, and this baked camembert, be still my heart! it tasted totally divine, fairly mild for a camembert but punchy enough that my cheese-snob boyfriend with bonafide french blood in him still enjoyed it a lot!
it’s always so lovely to spend time with my cousins. we spent so much time together when we were little at my first home in windlesham, and yesterday my ma had dug out a load of old photos of us playing together, and man did we rock some amazing patterned leggings and retro top knot hairstyles?! we used to go to the woods near our house and make giant ‘art attacks’ on the forest floor, which obviously we thought was just the best game ever ;) i hope i’m as inventive as my ma was when i have my own children!
|three mini artists creating an owl sculpture!
yesterday evening, jason and i went to his aunt and uncle’s fortieth wedding anniversary square dance. i was so apprehensive about the dancing, but it turned out to be so much fun and completely charming! it’s such a great way of getting people to relax and get to know one another at a party, and i’d definitely want to do it again :)
the most charming part of the evening was when the sweetest little seven year old boy walked up to me, tapped me on the shoulder and said ‘would you like to be my partner in the next dance?’ it was completely adorable and gentlemanly, and it made my day!
i think that this is such a beautiful and compassionate mantra to live by. i’m going to try to remember it every time i go to judge or speak sharp words. it really struck a chord because i feel i’ve fought my own little battle hard at times this week, but it’s getting gradually easier and i’m happy and thankful. happy weekend, everybody :)