21.05

i spent a a day last week with my friend cath, and her little girl ruby. days spent at cath’s during the summertime always feel like a scene straight from a famous five book. there are trips to be taken down country paths, ponies awaiting a visit from friends with carrots, friendly neighbourhood ducks more than happy to be fed by hand, and swings ready and waiting in the playground for us to squeeze ourselves into, even though two out of three of us are just a bit too big for them.
it took an awful lot of restraint not to include every single picture i took of ruby the other day in this post, you know. she’s the most charming little girl, and i love her so. a month or two ago she managed to convince a temporary helper at her nursery that her name was ariel (after the little mermaid, of course). she did it so successfully that the nursery worker ended up hunting round the cloakroom for a peg with the name ‘ariel’ on it. she’s got style, this little one…:)

below: ruby took this photo herself! isn’t it artistic? :)


below: this pony has the best hairdo. ever.

below: i love horses’ eyes. so gentle.


below: brewing up lilac tea…

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20.05

tricolore salad is simplicity itself. just three colours, four ingredients, and a splash of oil and vinegar.
the flavour combination of tomato and mozzarella is one of my all-time favourites. i love the creamy blandness of the cheese, and that sweet/tangy thing tomatoes have going on. the ‘verde’ in the salad comes in the way of avocado and fresh, torn up basil leaves. it’s all i ever really fancy eating for lunch, during the warmer months. 
to make, just chop up some lovely ripe tomatoes, an avocado and a ball of mozzarella, and put the whole lot into a serving dish. add in a few torn up basil leaves and drizzle generously with olive oil and balsamic. lastly, sprinkle over some sea salt (i like lots, because i’m a salt fiend) and some black pepper if you fancy it.  



don’t forget to keep some crusty bread on hand to soak up all that delicious bottom-of-the-bowl oil, vinegar and tomato juice…
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17.05
image credit: found via pinterest, originally from pretty stuff tumblr

1. watching the most beautiful clouds roll over our house yesterday afternoon.

2. spending yesterday with my friend and her little girl. we visited the ponies, and had a pub lunch :) it was the most delightful way to spend an afternoon.

3. also, helping my friend’s littl’un take some photos using my camera made me super happy. she looked so darn cute pottering about with it around her neck :)

4. wearing my new pyjama trousers. they’re the comfiest things in the world and why oh why do i ever bother to squeeze myself into jeans?!

5. tucking a little love note under jason’s pillow before i left to stay at grace’s on wednesday night.

6. finally managing to achieve the yoga crane position! it’s taken many hours of practise, i can tell you. why yes, i do have too much time on my hands! ;) 

7. wearing flipflops in the house. they’ve allowed me to kid myself it’s not been raining all week!

8. buying posh oranges when doing an online food shop, and having them arrive in their own little paper bag. it’s the little things that please me the most, you know?

9. having a cuddle with grace’s cocker spaniel daisy on wednesday evening. she’s the softest, soppiest dog, and likes to snuffle in close to your neck.

10. fish finger sandwiches. we think they rock.

tell me, what’s made you happy this week? i love reading your responses each week, so leave a comment below! :)

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16.05
image credit: via how sweet eats

these pinterest fails made me laugh! we’ve all been there ;)

will you go and see the great gatsby? i really didn’t enjoy the book all that much, but love baz luhrman’s work so think i’d like to give the film a go. also, here’s leo di caprio raising a glass in titanic, 16 years ago. crazy hey?

how wonderful does this peppermint hot chocolate sound? still not over my thing for hot choc, even though it’s spring. it’s ridiculously cold at the moment though, so hot chocolate-drinking is completely legitimate!

best thing i’ve found on the internet to date. a complete encyclopedia of honey boo boo terminology. brilliant.

this made me well up!

the wildness of poppy stems.

the prettiest ponytail.

in love with these bowls from urban outfitters.

olivia palermo is endlessly perfect.

did you watch the first episode of hannibal last week? jase and i though it was good, but i’m nervous it’ll get too scary for me ;)

what do you think of disney’s choice to give their ‘brave’ heroine a makeover?

p.s. can you tell i’ve been struggling to decide on a name for these types of posts? think i’ve finally settled upon ‘the edit’…but who knows, next time it might be something else entirely! #foreverfickle…

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