Our annual work trip to the south of france is always a nice time to relax by the pool and eat and drink and eat some more  – and this year was no exception.

Set amongst the olive trees and vineyards.


Always love eating outside.

Time to digest – and take in the surroundings. Pretty tough.

An evening meal at the local vineyard (my most favourite restaurant – ever, EVER ).

How amazing is this light fitting!!

oh, and the food!

Good weekend all round.

A Long Weekend

We spent the weekend camping in Dorset.

The weather (for the most part) was glorious.

We spent most of our time chatting, eating, singing and prodding the fire.

My essential supplies for the train journey.

(If you’ve never read Oh Comely – I can’t recommend it highly enough, full of fantastic articles, pics and cool stuff)

The south west countryside.

View from the campsite.

Beach time.

When the light started to fade, we lit the campfire and got dinner started.

Garlic shitake mushrooms to start.

Dinner was eaten so fast I didn’t get a chance to take a pic,

but we had Indian spiced marinated lamb and chicken pieces, sweet potatos and corn on the cob.

We chatted and sang (thanks to the talented Ad for his guitar playing) around the embers.

Lit our lanterns,

and made a wish.


For the most part, we had a good weekend – until I got poorly and had to rest (no one needs to see pics of that!!), here are the good bits…

We decided it was time to demolish the little treat we bought ourselves back from Berlin.

Cat biscuits (made of chocolate) – what’s not to love!?

Brunch at the newly opened branch of Caravan – the best brunch ever.

Avocado on toast! (and no, I couldn’t possibly make it this good at home)

Kings Cross skyline.

In the 30 degree heat we all wanted to run through these.

A stroll along the Regent’s canal.

Picnicking with good friends.

The view from Hampstead Heath.

I can’t get enough of this game!

The Summer so far

Clear (-ish) summer skies.

A trip to the seaside and a stay in a gypsy caravan (Elvis themed obviously) for a friend’s 30 (minus 1) birthday.

A mini wedding (belated 6 month anniversary) celebration for some special friends.

Then a trip to the Olympics for some synchronised swimming action!

… oh and Bolt.

Pure gold.

2.5 days in Berlin


Walking shoes (the before shot).

Red carpet time.

Relaxing by the lake.

Urban art.

Bier Garten’s are all over and the best place for some down time…

…before the evening begins.

Underground art.

We went to Berghain and this is the only picture we have to prove it

(and that we were allowed to take).

This place has the scariest door policy (bouncer) you’ve ever seen.

All you have to do is act really disinterested and don’t say a word in the queue – but it’s worth the hype and probably the most interesting social psychology experiment I’ve ever experienced.

Leopard print U-bahn.

Fernsehturm – Berlin’s Needle.

The best way to get around the city (apart from by bicycle).

Stadtschloss, Charlottenburg.


With the weather looking a bit like this at the moment…

…there’s nothing like hanging out with some friends to brighten a Summer (monsoon) day.

I visited some friends (who have an amazingly calming acquarium) …

… for a morrocan themed dinner.

 Carrot & Orange and Fennel & Cucumber salads, soooo tasty!

And then you put it all together like this:

shredded lamb, flat bread, pomegranate, a dob of yoghurt and harissa (for the adventurous) delicious!

Thanks to the lovely chef for a great eve – looking forward to next time to try out the sous vide…


We’re off to Berlin (Super, ja!) this weekend – see you on the flipside!