02.08

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R O L L I N G   B A C K   T H E   Y E A R S

Back when Jason and I first met and started dating, I was just getting ready to move to London and start studying ballet and contemporary dance full time.

Jason would come up to visit me at the weekends and the odd midweek day too, and so we spent those early days and weeks of our relationship getting to know one another whilst wandering through the British Museum, and through the galleries of the Tate, and over lingering lunches and late, post-dance class dinners.

We look back on those early days so fondly, remembering how young and carefree and fresh we were, with so many amazing adventures ahead of us!

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We decided a few weeks back to put a date in the diary for a day spent in London, to spend some quality time just the two of us before the baby arrives in the next five or so weeks.

It turned out to be one of my favourite date-days we’ve ever had together!

We had no plan at all other than to head to South Kensington to be within reach of the museums, and so spent the train journey into London deliberating over where to head for lunch.

Inspiration came via Google Maps, which I was scouring whilst looking for best route to take from South Ken station over to Jojo Maman Bebe (my spiritual home these days, of course…). I spotted The Ivy Chelsea Garden on the map, immediately launched into a sales pitch to Jason about how great I’d heard the food is and how it’s such a beautiful restaurant, and that was it! Sold!

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The restaurant is totally gorgeous, with a bright and airy botanical feel to it.

We started with a couple of mocktails in a colour palette that blended in with our surroundings just perfectly- a peachy-hued iced tea for Jason, and an apple and elderflower spritz for me. Both delicious!

Though if I’m being honest, were I not pregnant I’d totally have been drinking something spiked with copious amounts of gin, which would’ve been just that little bit better ;)

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And when the food arrived, it more than lived up to expectation.

I ordered the roasted butternut squash with herbed grains and crumbled feta (praise be for waiting staff who can tell you straight off with 100% confidence which cheeses on the menu are and aren’t pasteurised! Made this pregnant woman a happy one!), whilst Jason went for the classic chicken and chips.

Oh, and a portion of the truffled arancini to share, which strangely enough tasted 1000x more delicious when they were almost cold at the end of the meal, than they did piping hot at the start!

We both spent the meal waxing lyrical to one another about how delicious each of our dishes were, and trying to keep from eating too fast so as to leave room for dessert…
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Which, as you can see, we managed! Troopers, aren’t we?

Now, I need to take a moment to discuss this dessert with you, because it’s truly one of the most fantastic I’ve ever eaten.

Hot, salted caramel sauce is poured over a chocolate bombe set in a sea of milk foam, and as the bombe melts, it reveals inside a scoop of the most delicious vanilla ice-cream and popping honeycomb pieces.

It is, in short, DIVINE. I haven’t stopped thinking about it all week since we went!

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After a spot of shopping in the sunshine along the King’s Road, and a much-needed walk back up to South Kensington, we headed to our second and final stop for the day- the Natural History Museum!

Neither Jason or I had been there in years, and had the best time reliving our childhood visits whilst wandering through the dinosaur exhibits (still as magical as ever!), and marvelling at just HOW huge that blue whale model really is.

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After we’d spent a couple of hours exploring the museum, we headed back out into the sunshine to soak up the last of the day’s rays over coffee and juice. 

It really was the nicest…and the whole time all we could think of was that the next time we head into London to spend the day together, there’ll be three of us instead of two! 

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17.06

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F R O Y O   F O R   A L L !

You know how Jason and I like to grab the odd lunch hour date together, when we’re both in Guildford at the same time? Well, Wednesday was one of those happy days!

I’ve been craving all things frozen recently (fruit lollies, Magnums, ice in my drinks…) and so suggested to Jason that, once we’d finished walking the dogs and dropped them back off at the offices, we nipped up to Snog for a couple of portions of fro-yo.

And, clearly, he was down with the idea! So we went, we Snogged, and we walked back along eating our frozen yoghurt in complete contentment.

Oh, and Jason got to listen to a full 45 minutes of non-stop chat about my concerns over having enough of the right sized sleepsuits for after baby arrives, and also about my love for the ripped up boyfriend jeans I’m wearing in these photos.

Isn’t he just so lucky? ;)

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25.11

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Continuing on in our little theme of lunchtime dates in Guildford, Jason and I headed out Friday in search of coffee (always) and doughnuts (a sometimes treat). Guildford’s looking pretty swish these days, all lit up for Christmas. My favourite lights are the ones strung up and down the lanes that connect North Street and the High Street, and the beautiful wreaths and garlands in Angel Gate.

We had a few errands to run first of all, and then went in search of sustenance. We’d never been to the little coffee shop on North Street called ‘Harris + Hoole’ but had heard good things, so decided to make that our spot for the lunch hour. It’s the cutest cafe- not least because there’s already a (real!) Christmas tree in the window! That tree made me very, very happy. And also excited to get our own in a couple of week’s time!

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^^ Just my handsome man, in my most favourite jacket of his, walking through a picturesque little cobbled lane <3 ^^

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The coffees at Harris + Hoole were good, and the place itself completely charming. Friendly baristas who take your name for the order but then continue to use it whilst serving you, rustic decor, leather sofas to stretch out on. We snagged a window seat, and spent a while talking and drinking and watching the crowds of harried-looking Christmas shoppers rushing past the windows. I also spent a lot of time stealing Jason’s raspberry lemonade whenever possible, because it was totally delicious and I regretted not getting one for myself ;)

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Once our drinks had all been drunk, I decided it was time to fix the doughnut craving that’d been bothering at me all morning long. So, to Krispy Kreme! I realised whilst we were there that my favourite doughnut (the vanilla cruller) has been discontinued, and it’s kind of broken my heart. That doughnut was the BOMB. Understated and plain and kind of doughier than a regular doughnut, and basically just straight up delicious. We settled for a couple of original glazeds in the end, which did hit the spot but not quite in the way the good old cruller would’ve done.

Speaking of doughnuts, we’ve been talking over honeymoon destinations and possibilities a lot lately, and one of the ideas we keep coming back to is a trip to Canada (you’ll see where I’m going with this whole doughnut-honeymoon connection in a sec, just bear with me). We’re thinking a getaway in a lake cabin somewhere beautiful and tranquil, and then some road trippin’ and maybe a visit out East to the cities. It would be completely amazing! But also, what I keep secretly thinking to myself, is that I reckon we might be able to score a box or two of Tim Bits at Tim Hortons whilst we were there, if we mentioned we were on honeymoon ;) And I mean, doughnuts are never the reason to opt for one honeymoon destination over another…but there’s nothing wrong with at least adding them to the ‘pro’ side of a ‘pro vs. con’ list, right? ;)

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^^ The cutest pink bike spotted on our walk back to the office! I wanted to take it home with me. But then I guess I’d have to try and relearn how to ride a bike. They say you never forget…but I definitely have. ^^

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And that was it, lunch hour up! We moseyed back to the office in the rain, eating our doughnuts and talking about plans for Christmas and wedding things and what’s in the diary for the couple of weeks ahead. It was a happy way to while away an hour in my favourite little town, with my favourite man.

What I wore ::
Coat
Jumper
Scarf {past season Aubin + Wills, similar here}
Jeans {I’m obsessed, can’t stop wearing them!}
Shoes
Doughnut eye mask optional, but delicious.

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10.11

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Thursday last week found Jason and I working in the very same office, for once! It’s unusual that I go over and work in the Flourish studios, these days. Between trips to London, days spent baking/cooking/taking photos of the end results, and my inability to string a sentence together unless it’s totally and completely quiet, I don’t often get chance to! Which is a shame, really- mainly because spending time with Jason is my favourite but also because he and his team have a tradition I like to partake in called ‘Filthy Fridays’, whereby they get in lunch from one of Guildford’s finest fast food establishments. This Friday just gone was one of those kind of Fridays, and judging by the smug look on my other half’s face when he arrived home work, it’d been a ‘Meat the Greek’ lunchtime. (Friends, if you ever find yourselves near Guildford and with a growling stomach, get yourselves over to Meat the Greek on Chapel Street. There you’ll find the pita bread of your dreams, charred and filled with fresh, herby chicken, garlic sauce, and chips. Filthy, but so very worth it.)

I’ve been sidetracked! Thursday is what we’re supposed to be talking about! So, in the early afternoon, Jason and I decided to take a quick break from our tasks at hand, and pop up the high street in search of some of those famous red cups. I’d heard tell online that the festive drinks had been released, and cliche though it is, we just can’t resist those sugary lattes. We found them, Jason went eggnog, I went gingerbread, and we made our way back to the office two very happy customers. A few years back I managed to butter up the staff at my local Starbucks enough that they sold me a couple of their cartons of eggnog mix for Jason, so that he could make up his favourite lattes at home. And that’s what I’ll be working on this November, folks…
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What I wore :: Trench coat || Shirt || Jeans || Oxfords {similar} || Hat {+ Jason’s amazing pink-laced Oxfords are similar to these ones here}

Now, how was your weekend? Was it lovely? We did nothing more strenuous than a little banana bread baking (I added a heaping tablespoon of peanut butter to this recipe here, and it was immense), food shopping, mince pie eating, AND I singlehandedly demolished one and a half pots of hummus. (Realising now quite how food-themed this weekend was.) We did work out and take Teddy on a couple of long old walks too, I promise! Oh, and we also watched most of Season 8 of the Office US, and Jason’s brother Joe came visiting with his baby boy Eddie, which meant I got a much needed fix of baby cuddles. All in all, a lovely one!

Now, can we take the briefest of moments to discuss Christmas? Are you gift-buying yet? I feel as though I should be, but I just can’t bring myself to begin. Can someone tell me one of those ‘only X number of weekends left until Christmas’ stats and kick me into gear please? Thanks in advance ;)

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