Weekly thoughts #5

This week...
  • I realised how much time has slipped by since my last weekly thoughts, about two months... whoops!
  • We enrolled our latest addition to the family into puppy school! Ted starts puppy classes in September. We hope this will ensure that he's well socialised with other dogs and perhaps will suppress some typically unappealing Jack Russell traits such as 'small dog complex'!
  • Swimming on Tuesday night is probably my favourite way to spend time at the gym. 
  • Having finally been able to book some time off work is exciting! I've only had a long weekend or two yet this year. A full two weeks off work at the start of September is well overdue.
  • Having said that, I've had a great couple of days meeting amazing local food producers to find out more about their businesses. In the last two days I've been foraging for wild ingredients, meeting a herd of rare breed Gloucester cattle and the single Gloucester cheese produced from their milk, a fantastic local artisan baker and a aristocratic goats cheese maker. It's been an interesting few days!
  • I put slippers on for the first time since last winter! The last week has felt decidedly Autumnal. I'm kind of mourning the loss of summer already.
  • This weekend will be spent eating and trying on bridesmaid dresses with my soon to be married best friend.
I hope you all have a lovely weekend. Let me know what you have planned!

The Wheatsheaf, Northleach, again...

The Wheatsheaf Cerney cheese
Wheatsheaf Bavette
The Wheatsheaf, Gloucestershire
Wheatsheaf marathon pudding
 A friend recently groaned when I started talking about The Wheatsheaf, apparently I've mentioned it before! However you can't really blame me. There must be a reason that Tatler, The Times, The Guardian et all keep coming back and as it's right on my doorstep it'd be rude not to make regular use of such an excellent pub! Well 'right on my doorstep' is not technically true, since moving a few weeks ago but it was my local pub for many many years... until now!

So we went the weekend we moved out as a final moving treat to ourselves! It really never disappoints. The starter I had may look fairly uninspiring from the photo but that's not just any old goats cheese and tomatoes! That's Cerney goats cheese from down the road at North Cerney. They stock it at my work too and it's genuinely amazing cheese! Creamy and light and coated in oak ash with numerous awards under it's belt. Combined with sweet heritage vine tomatoes and basil it's a cheese dream! However the thing that really stands out for me at the Whatsheaf is their selection of steaks. 
They've been championing the more unusual, cheaper steak cuts for a good few years now. Whilst I've seen Bavette and Onglet steaks creeping on to a few restaurant menus more recently, The Wheatshef was definitely ahead of the crowd with the current 'cheap steak' revolution. They also certainly don't take the piss on price. The Bavette steak with salad, chips and an amazing salsa verde was £13 and delicious. Nothing fancy just very good, tasty food. 

Now, on to the pudding. Jay Rayner recently wrote what was basically an ode to 'the Marathon pudding' in The Guardian and although on the one hand I wished he'd kept it a secret, I'd also feel sorry for all those who would miss out on this pudding in their lifetime if he hadn't written about it. It's nothing sophisticated but a damn good chocolate fondant with ridiculously moreish peanut butter middle topped with ice cream. The last time I went though I could have sworn they'd made the portion a lot smaller than my first experience of it, or perhaps I was just feeling greedier. Ether way their attention to detail is spot on. All the dishes somehow just taste better then they would elsewhere. They've managed to nail a concept that you'd think would be more widespread. Excellent ingredients, cooked simply but very well and not trying to be anything more than that. I kind of miss that it's not down the road anymore, but at least my bank balance will be healthier!


 It's all change this summer. I'm now a few months in to my new job and a couple of weeks ago finally got the keys to my new flat and moved in. On top of that we may have made one of rashest decisions ever and got a puppy! 
Meet Ted he's an 8 week old Jack Russell who so far is surprisingly well behaved but we're under no illusion as to how much training he's going to need!
I'll do a full post on the flat soon!

White dresses

One of my very best friends is getting married next summer and although it's a long way off we're soon going dress shopping. I've never felt like a particularly girly girl but the thought of wedding dress shopping makes me giggly and excited! It's only for the bridesmaid dresses at the moment though. However I can't help pinning wedding dresses all the time in anticipation for her big purchase, I don't know what's wrong with me! They're just too pretty, especially all the ones selected for this post. I think my very favourite is probably Hollie (second down on the left) by Australian brand Grace Loves Lace. Many of them are a little revealing for a wedding day but they are beautiful!

Weekly thoughts #4

This week...

  • I got excited about the prospect of finally getting the keys to my new flat, and then frustrated when the date rolled around and it didn't happen, but then excited again as I'm sure I'll get them soon.
  • I helped install a beehive at work, not something I ever thought I'd do. I even got to wear a full bee suit! 
  • I bought some beautiful asos maxed-out suede loafers in nude and felt posh on their inaugural outing! I'm considering them in maroon too.
  • I did a huge Ikea haul recently but haven't got around to photographing it. On the to do list!
  • After a particularly hectic Wednesday, it was lovely driving to the boyfriend's in the sun and getting to see him after our first separate weekend in god knows how long.
  • I met the cutest little puppy on Wednesday afternoon. He was so wriggly and excitable though that when I picked him up to stop him from charging off he weed all over me. Oh the joy of puppies!
  • The sunshine this week has been heavenly. I'm just sad I've been stuck in an office for most of the week.
  • I've been considering a big purchase this weekend...a mac book pro.... oh decisions! Any advice on buying a new computer would be appreciated! Drop me a comment below.

Butts Farm, Cirencester

I was babysitting my nephew at the weekend and we headed out for an afternoon to Butts farm, a local rare breed farm. This is basically a post with one aim...cute pictures of pigs! 

Time to tan

I'm on a tanning quest. I've never really taken to fake tan. I tan naturally very easily and whenever I've tried self tanning in the past it never looks quite right and it's always a massive hassle! I'm more of a lip balm and go type so any beauty product has to be seriously quick and easy for me. For example, I've just discovered spray on moisturiser and now I wonder how I ever lived without!
So, I'm after the kind of glow I had last summer, photo below. However, there's no prospect of a holiday any time soon and therefore my current pasty face, and body, need some help! The following products are all on my radar. 

1. I picked up the Garnier gradual tanning moisturiser recently. Obviously my first issue with this is that it isn't spray on but the idea of the gradual tan appeals as it sounds like it can't really go wrong! Also at such an affordable price I don't feel like I'm wasting money if I decide I don't like it.
2. St Tropez is a pretty obvious option. Again, it's one I haven't tried but it's a bit more of an investment tan, so this one might not be my first option as a casual tanner!
3. I've read a lot of good reviews for St Moritz. Apparently it's a very similar formula to St Tropez and gives really deep colour. The big difference is that it's extremely cheap!
4. I actually already own the Clarins gel but have never used it so this is going to be first on the tan experiment list. The gel formula sounds idiot proof as I'll be able to see where I'm applying it as I go unlike the more common mousse formulas. I'll let you know how goes!

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