Weekend Wanderings

This weather lately… I’ve been loving it. We have been able to nip out for some gorgeous wanders nearly every weekend for the last month (keeping the biscuit/walking balance right).

So where have we been? Let me tell you.

In and around Horsted Keynes

So I’m biased, because this is where Jack and I are from but there are so many lovely, and easy walks around our “home town” village. And I would thoroughly recommend you have a nosey at them. You can do a massive loop and then end up back on the village green, for a delish pub lunch at one of the two pubs. The Green Man is my favourite. Though if you are us, which you’re not, you could go for a sneaky *free* Sunday roast at your in-laws.

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Lewes to Glynde and back

This was a longer walk, with a lunch stop in the middle at the Trevor Arms. It was I think around 4 hours of walking in total, and quite up hill and down dale ( is that the right word?). It was so beautiful, but I actually didn’t take any photos as I totally forgot to take a charged camera with me. The pub you can get to via train if you don’t fancy the long walk, and it was an amazing veggie roast – I want to go again! Also Glynde might be one of the prettiest places I have been recently!

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Photo stolen for my lovely friend Jon (in the hat) who planned the whole awesome day. Thanks Jon!

 

The South Downs

I wouldn’t even know where to to start with the South Downs – there are so many amazing walks you can go on round them, along them, up and down. We, when feeling lazy, like to drive up to Devil’s Dyke and walk along the top. Before we had a car, we took advantage of the bus route that heads out there – I think there is even an open top one if you are feeling brave or it’s glorious weather.

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If you want to give a walk around sussex a go, there is loads of information online – the power of google. Check out circular walks here to start you off.

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28th Birthday

Whoop whooop! I’m getting old. 28 people. 28.

Being the self serving person I am, I usually make a massive deal out of my birthday and get all my favourite people together but… I’m tired. We’ve had a big year this year and I saw lots of lovely people in the lead up the wedding and it feels a bit much to do a big celebration this year.

Instead J and I went for dinner at Hotel du Vin – just the two of us, to celebrate my birthday on the 13th and Jack’s which is actually today. I think it might be the lowest key birthday celebration in my living memory. Short note about the meal – Jack’s Moules Frites Marinière was apparently delicious and there was loads. My grilled Globe Artichoke with Buffalo mozzarella and preserved lemon wasn’t very good. But we made up for it by going to Kooks for a cocktail and dessert. Yum.IMG_1953

On the 13th, we woke up pretty early and headed out for a walk along the Undercliff walkway out to beyond Rottingdean and back.

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Then unashamedly pigged out in Zizzi’s who had sent me a *have a free birthday main* email voucher. Yes please, I like free pizza.

Tonight, if our car is in functioning order following it’s MOT, I’ll hopefully pick Jack up from work and either take him out for dinner or hunt down an appropriately exciting supper to have at home.

On Sunday some in laws are coming over for Sunday lunch and then later this month I am seeing some lovely ladies for a little lunching which I am looking forward to.

What do you like to do for your birthday?

Bank Holidays

I love ’em. We should have more. All Mondays ideally… but no, ignore that, that’s not practical for a productive working life.

However when they do come along it’s good to use them. For the most recent bank holiday weekend (Easter) I made mine into a beaut of a five dayer. That’s right folks five whole days off and I am going to tell you how I spent them.

Thursday was spent:

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  • Hen Planning – Myself and my buddy Alice are busy planning a hen for our lovely friend Ailie who is getting hitched in June. I will share some info after the event, for fear that she might get wind of what the deal is.
  • Holiday Planning – I’m tagging on to my sisters holiday in September for a long weekend in Majorca and I can’t wait!Screen Shot 2015-04-08 at 4.04.43 pm

Friday was spent:

  • Waking up some hungover men – J went out with some Sussex based buds for what I am calling his sussex stag.
  • Lunching with Fran and Amy at Burgers & Cocktails by Giraffe – It was lush and I was good and had a salad until I had a delicious Sundae for dessert. Oops.Screen Shot 2015-04-08 at 4.09.34 pm
  • Visited the Brighton Museum with Amy
  • Date in the evening with J – We headed to Meat Liquor for our first visit. I have to say: I didn’t love it. Maybe I am too old, uncool and stay home too much but it seemed loud. Loud visually and audibly. I did like the food, which is a surprise as a veggie in a meaty world but the veg burger was good and the cocktails were lush. But I couldn’t think. Couldn’t enjoy them or J’s company because I wanted to Get Out! That’s just me though…

Saturday was spent

  • Being lazy – then feeling bad about being lazy and going to the gym.
  • Going for Dinner – With the lovely Lou, Lou, Adam and Jo – We went to Breeze and I’d go again. The food was tasty and it had a good vibe (forgive me for the use of vibe). It was very hot there though – knitwear not necessary!

Sunday was spent

  • Eating – Easter Sunday lunch was spent with all of J’s family tucking into a great lunch his dad cooked and too many dessert and then chocolate eggs. We did venture out on a little little walk around the village but not long enough to warrant the sheer quantity of chocolate.
  • Watching a detective drama – Vera on ITV on sunday evenings – I don’t know that I am sold but I did watch the whole thing. Ask me again after this weekend.

Monday was spent

  • Walking – We were so lucky to have such beautiful weather for a walk on Monday (the second bank holiday) and I got sunburnt would you believe it! We saw lambs – spring lambs! Awwww.Screen Shot 2015-04-08 at 4.46.07 pm
  • Eating – after a significant walk (2.5 hrs round trip) we got to The Coach and Horses and sat out in their Garden for some grub. It was good and you should definitely eat there if you are in the area (Danehill/Chelwood Gate)
  • More Eating – We had takeaway round our flat with some friends from Mumbai Express in Brighton – what we believe to be the best Indian takeaway in the City. Personal opinion but you should totes check them out – I love the vegetarian Thali.

So I think you’ll agree a lot was packed in, and I probably need to go on a fast to repair the damage done to my pre-wedding eating plan but it was fun and I can’t wait for the may bank holiday in a few weeks time.

What did you do with your weekend?

Brighton Favourites

I thought I would share my favourite places in Brighton, in case any of you happen to be in Brighton and at a loss as to where to head.

Food For Friends

I freaking love this place, so much so I have never bothered to try Terre A Terre. I love their Vegetarian menu, and it’s such a treat having such an amazing, broad choice of food. Being betrothed to a meat eater, we do tend to hit up regular restaurants more.

J is a bit of a fan of their Sticky Toffee Pudding – you can kinda see why!

Sticky Toffee

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Koba

Koba Menu

Cocktails, cocktails, my lovelies. J and I went to Koba a little while back, in what must be a very Dry January, and we had the place to ourselves! This place is normally pretty buzzing, but we got to sit where we wanted super quick service, delicious happy hour priced cocktails, and then just a short skip home after.

Apple Crumble Cocktail

This here is an Apple Crumble, Super Sweet!

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The Creperie

I snuck in here with the lovely Charlotte and Andy when they came to visit for New Years ( Yes, I’m sorryI spoilt my appetite for dinner that night) and the crepes were all that you need from a crepe, sweet, crips edged, filled with deliciousness. I had a Nutty Ella, and I wish I had photo to share with you, but I scoffed it too quickly!

The Creperie

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Blackbird Tea Rooms

This place… this place has the most delicious cakes of anywhere I have had cake in Brighton; I have had a lot of cake from a lot of places. Also, I’ve yet to photograph a single slice… I always eat ’em too quickly!

Their breakfast menu is also excellent, I had  Welsh rarebit with Portobello mushrooms & soft Duck Egg last time I visited (though swapped my duck egg for scrambled egg: fussy!) and it was lush!

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Festive Flat

We’re moving, but I haven’t let that put a stop to our festive cheer.

This weekend I made wreaths with Js mum and little sister, and it was super fun. So here is a round up of all the festiveness going on round ours and what I got up to over the weekend.

Mincepies

I made some, and my very own mincemeat. The mincemeat recipe is Delia’s.

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The Mince-pie Recipe…

 …was given to me by a J’s mum from a friend of a friend and I am going to share it with you all shortly, and wish you luck, I made this batch a bit too thick with the pastry, but it is the most delicious recipe.IMG_0211

Christmas Trees

I went Christmas Tree shopping with my mum at this amazing place, between Lindfield and Ardingly in West Sussex.

If you fancy heading there yourself, maybe next year if your tree is already up, here are the details:

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And this beaut below was our choice, and decorated by my fair hands. Good shape wouldn’t you say?

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Wreath Making

Below you can see the lesser of my efforts, I forgot to photograph my table decoration before gifting it to my mum.

It was a wreath to go around a candle, and was so painstakingly made, that I couldn’t bear to try and move it this weekend when we move flats (did I mention we’re moving?).

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Fireworks, bonfire burning and cold toes

     Some of the highlights from the Lindfield Bonfire Night.

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The procession this year was pretty awesome, with other bonfire society’s from the likes of Chailey joining in.

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If you want to snoop, there are more photos (official ones) here.

Bonfire Night Plans

 

 

 

Remember, remember…

Bonfire night might be one of my favourite traditions, and there is one I love to go to in Sussex: Lindfield.

Firework display - Dark night sky behind.

The evening is really festive and kicks of my favourite time of year, the lead up to Christmas.