18.06

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The tree outside our house has blossomed (bloomed?) so late this year. The flowers are only just opening up. I wouldn’t have noticed how late it is if I hadn’t found a picture of it I took over a year ago, when it had been in full bloom since early May. Spring seems to be lingering, doesn’t it?

I hope that really sunny week we had isn’t summer done over and done with. I just can’t get on board with another washout summer, it’s too depressing for words. I had to give myself a stern talking to the other day because I caught myself starting to think longingly about winter already, when cold weather like this is justifiable. There must be warmer weather coming soon though, mustn’t there?

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In other news, I collected my essays from uni yesterday…and I’m pretty happy! My dissertation was a bit of a skin-of-the-teeth job, but hey! That’s okay! Unless I’ve totally flunked my Drama and Witchcraft exam (not likely, but possible) I should be on track for a nice comfy old 2:1! And thank GOODNESS for that!

In other OTHER news, I popped in to see my Grandma’s next door neighbour on Sunday afternoon, and she told me that the lovely old garden centre over the road from their little row of cottages is going to be demolished. That garden centre has been a family institution for the last 15 years, and I’m more upset than I care to admit to think it’s not going to exist anymore. Cesca quite literally learnt to walk at that garden centre when she was a tot, and it never really feels like Christmas until we’ve made our annual trip to the Christmas department to choose a decoration to hang on the tree. Though I promised myself I wouldn’t, and *couldn’t* bear to go there without my Grandma, I think we’re all going to have one last trip there before it gets knocked down. It is the end of an era, after all.

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17.06

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I made churros for the first time this weekend. Jason and I have had a thing for all things cinnamon sugar ever since we went to the county show a couple of weeks ago, and had the best cinnamon sugar doughnuts ever in the whole entire world . The churros were pretty awesome, but not quite as mind-blowingly amazing as those hot doughnuts we ate right out of a paper bag.

I’ve been scared of deep fat frying for ages, but now I’ve seen how simple (and weirdly satisfying) it is I’m planning on frying everything in sight. These chocolate cake doughnut holes are next on my list of recipes to try, in the hope they taste like our beloved Tim Horton’s chocolate Timbits.

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How was your weekend? :)

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14.06

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In the past week, I’ve been…

Wondering…if maybe I should start learning how to knit? I was in my local fabric shop last week buying some hessian (seriously the most boring fabric I could possibly have come away with from that shop!), and got hung up looking at all the lovely wool. I’m quite fussy when it comes to scarves and can never quite find ones I like during the winter, so if I teach myself to knit this summer and start to on a scarf ASAP I *might* just have finished it in time for winter! If anyone knows of any good online knitting tutorials, link me up! :)

Eating…not nearly enough! I mentioned on Twitter that in the past week I’ve become someone who forgets to eat lunch. Forgets…food?! Who.am.I? I think it’s because I’m still trying to settle into a regular daily routine, and keep eating at funny times of day. I can always judge if I’ve eaten enough by how stressed I feel whilst cooking dinner. On Tuesday evening whilst making fish pie I had such bad low blood sugar-induced rage I could barely keep from chucking salmon across the room. And then Jase got home from work and fed me crisps, and all was well again. Bless that man :)

Listening toErato, because it reminds me of last summer. I hope they release a full album soon, because I’ll be first in the queue to buy a copy.

Missing…my Ma! She’s been in Ghana for a week now, and I miss her! I also am dead bored with getting stinky cat food on my hands every single day whilst feeding her cats, so wish she’d hurry home! ;) I’ve felt really sad that she wasn’t around to call this week, since so many months of hard work have come to fruition and I wanted to tell her all about it. I’m glad she’s home on Monday :)

Drinking…a Starbucks mocha cookie crumble frappuccino, as recommended by Rachael. I didn’t think Starbucks could make the mocha frap any more amazing than it already is but you know what? They’ve managed it!

Loving…watching a woodpecker hunting for insects on the bank by the pond outside our house. I’ve never seen one close up before! I’ve also been loving my pyjama pants. Not grotty ones for sleeping in, but the ‘fashionable’, daytime-approriate ones from Urban Outfitters. Whoever decided that wearing fancy pyjamas outside was a ‘thing’ this season is a genius! (p.s. Is fashionable an old-fashioned word? I feel like it is. It’s like ‘trendy’. Urgh, I’m getting old.)

Wishing forthese cups. I linked to them on the blog almost a year ago, but when I went to buy them they were sold out. Next month, little cups, next month…

p.s. I’m thinking of starting to alternate these rundown type posts on Fridays with my old faithful ’10 things that’ve made me happy this week’ posts. What do you think? :)

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13.06

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About a month or so ago, I went through a phase of being completely and utterly obsessed with Wagamamas Amai Udon noodles. I could¬†quite happily¬†have eaten those noodles three times a day with a little pot of kimchi as a snack in between, seven days a week. But since Wagamamas isn’t the cheapest and I’ve been wanting to learn to cook Asian food for a while now, I decided to have a go at making an udon noodle dish myself. Continue reading

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