I’m baaaack! And suitably shame faced that I haven’t blogged in SO long. Not that I think anyone is on tenterhooks waiting for a post but just because I feel disconnected. However, on the plus side it’s been one hell of a summer. And I have a new job! Well actually, I am officially my own boss which should make it easier to schedule in some blogging…in theory.
Perhaps to remind myself more so than to share with the blogging community, here are my top 5 summer highlights.
- RockSalt, Folkestone. Yep, typical me. A restaurant is at number one spot. Since I discovered this place entirely by accident back in the spring, I had been desperate to return. Luckily my clever husband won some extra husband-points and booked a table for my birthday. And let me tell you, it was amazing! We totally over ordered and totally ate the bloody lot. Because every morsel was just perfect. Common misconception is that RockSalt serves only fish but that is not true. Paul had a steak and I’m very happy to report that it was equally as well cooked as the array of fish we ordered. The highlights of which were baked mussels with smoked bacon and Kentish gala cider; Maldon rock oysters deep fried with seaweed & horseradish mayonnaise; and simply THE best lobster I have ever tasted, which was caught just a few metres from where we were seated. I could wax lyrical about this place for hours.
- Wedding Fever. We attended 4 weddings this summer, each very special in their own way. There is nothing that makes me happier than seeing people who are genuinely happy and in love, tie the knot. The first nod of congrats is to my beautiful baby sister Hannah, who looked absolutely stunning as she married her man. The sun shone all day and the venue (The Orchard in Maidstone) was perfect for capturing some incredible shots of the bride and groom. I was so proud to be her bridesmaid, but the photos of us all on the bouncy castle will most definitely NOT appear on this blog! Second, I have to mention one of my oldest friends and his breathtaking bride. We were so honoured to be part of James & Kelly’s day at Wasing Park in Berks. I’d not heard of this venue before but WOW. This exquisite barn style wedding venue was just so stylish. Well, until we arrived and hit the photo booth! (FYI my new fave thing ever.) We had the most amazing time, catching up with old friends and making some new. Lots of love all round.
- Alton Train Station. Now it’s not new news that I’m not a fan of stay-cations, but short breaks? Oh hell yes. And this was truly a unique experience. My mum introduced me to The Landmark Trust last year and as soon as I flicked through their amazing brochure of renovated land marks, I was hooked. We booked the train station for a 3 night break and it was every bit the adventure we had wished for. It was like stepping back in time. So much so that it slightly spooked Paul, much to everyone else’s amusement! We walked, explored, ate and drank. All the things I like best. My most treasured memory will be that of the 3 mile walk we took along the disused tracks. My son and nephew (who at 5 were perhaps a little unprepared for such a trek), were bolstered along when they discovered some carefully planted “pixie coins” in the trees. So cute.
- Fun with friends. This summer was packed with activities to keep my little boy entertained and we had some amazing days out. One of which was to Greenwich which is literally 40 minutes from us, and yet I’d never been. Needless to say we will definitely be going again. The park alone is brilliant and Jared spent ages just chasing pigeons while we basked in the sun with ice creams. Idyllic! In general, I think it’s fair to say we partied fairly hard this summer too. Birthdays, 40th parties, bbqs and a cracking hen weekend. I also caught up with some friends who I haven’t seen in a long time, and it was like we’d seen each other only days ago. I was buzzing from those get togethers. My cheeks genuinely ached from laughing so much. And there is no better therapy than laughter.
- A new chapter. The really big news of the summer is that I left my job. I said goodbye to some amazing people, who I loved working with. But now it’s time to start a new chapter and carve myself a new career. Let’s hope this writing malarkey pans out……