Tuesday, 31 May 2011

The Month of May

Waking up with a hangover from a wonderful wedding the day before....
Exploring Greenwich in the bank holiday sunshine and then a 'phone call from mum about granny....

A train ride through the Kentish countryside to see mum and dad. Sun shining, green green fields, oast houses and a great book made it less sad. Coffee and shopping at The Goods Shed, eating lunch outside in the garden, a walk along the river, seeing ducklings and ending with walking through a field of cows.
Drinks at The Phoenix.
Discovering the maxi skirt that suits me, having wanted one since last summer but discovering that maxi dresses don't suit me - a straight jersey maxi skirt is for me.
A great Friday evening shop. A favourite Whistles top - I may buy it in white too. Getting to grips with eye lash curlers and discovering that Lancome Hypnose is truly a great waterproof mascara.
Mooching around the Forest Hill Open Studios.
Meeting up with dear friends at a Eurovision party.
Finally receiving notification of our mortgage. We shall be moving.... An initial visit to Criterion Auctioneers to see how it operates for when we're ready.
Meeting dear friends, who were previously friends and colleagues, for supper at The National Portrait Gallery Restaurant. Delicious food, gorgeous company and the views of London sky line - superb.
Discovering the perfect summer red nail varnish - Essie 5th Avenue.
A dear friend was over from New York so it meant the chance to meet up with a lovely group of friends. We met at Bam Bou I've been to the bar before, and this time the cocktails were just as divine but we ate - and the food was absolutely delicious.
Sunday lunch with my aunt followed by boules in the garden.
I would love to tell you all about the christening we attended in a field for Rogation Sunday but alas due to the most horrific accident we spent that time sitting on the A3. The party afterwards was glorious and we spent the Monday recovering from over eating and drinking.
Oh no I've just realised that May started and finished with a hangover...

Cakes baked. Real Cookie Girl's Strawberries and Cream cupcakes for Eurovison (they shall be baked again). Hummingbird Lemon Bars, Lady Grey Tea loaf and a disastrous Ballymaloe apple cake for Granny's funeral.
Books read - High Wages - my first Whipple. I am so glad I saved it perfect for this time. I loved it - strong woman, friendship, clothes, shopping and day dreaming - what could not be more perfect for me? Hons and Rebels by Jessica Mitford. The hand that first held mine by Maggie O'Farrell, The Rector's Daughter by F.M. Mayor.


  1. You've been a busy bee as usual. I too finished The Rector's Daughter during May! Hope your June is just as eventful, but with no traffic hold-ups and maybe a few less hangovers?

  2. Yay, Maggie O'Farrell! She is from the same small town as me and my old English teacher is mentioned in her first book - I have a major girl crush on her.

    Wishing you a happy June!

  3. How exciting that you will be buying a house! Just take my advice and don't buy one that needs new everything...

  4. A very exciting month! I agree that Whipple is wonderful... Look forward to reading more of her work myself.

  5. You have a very pretty life.

  6. potterjotter - Oh I love those conincidences. I'm still reading it and now the sun is shining it feels more of a winter kind of book.
    Kirsty - Hurrai for Maggie O'Farrell. Happy June to you too.
    Verity - It's been interesting reading about your house buying/moving/renovating whilst ours has been going through slowly. Hopefully it's just cosmetic but there seems to be more talk of 'damp'.
    JoAnn - Yes I want to read more Whipple. Roll on Persephone reading weekend!
    Laura - Hello and welcome. It's amazing how pretty life sounds when washing, shopping, day to day humdrum isn't mentioned.


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