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A weekend with my family

December 7, 2013

Last weekend I went home to spend a couple of days with my family, as my sister and brother-in-law had kindly bought us an early Christmas present to enjoy together. He had booked us into Glazy Daisy, a pottery painting shop, on Saturday morning, followed by lunch at Juliets, a super sweet café nearby. It was so nice to spend time with the ladies in my family! And such a thoughtful present. As part of my sister’s hen party we had organised for everyone to go to the same pottery shop for a few hours, but I was unwell that morning so couldn’t make it. It was really nice to be able to make something for her, still.

My Mum and I accidentally wore matching outfits. I tried to make her change and she refused, but it was kind of nice wearing matching mama and daughter outfits. We arrived at the pottery shop a little early so headed over the road for a much-needed coffee. The cakes looked incredible! Sadly none were vegan, though.

Tea for my motherbear.

Coffee for me and my sister. I told you I was hooked on flat whites! 

Getting started at the pottery shop.

A little girl was sat on the table behind us with her Grandmother, and out of the blue she said, ‘Last week I found a dog hair in my sandwich!’. It made us laugh so much, and we all thought, welcome to our world. Cat/dog/hamster hair absolutely everywhere.

My Mum and sister working hard on their ornaments. We chose baubles of different shapes and designs to give to each other for Christmas.

My sister made matching mittens, one for me and one for her tree. You’ve got to love family nicknames!

My Mum forgot her glasses but I think hers came out pretty darn well. 

After we had finished painting (well, after Mum and Nat had finished waiting a good half an hour extra for me to finish – this wise guy decided that four baubles was a really good idea, and the perfectionist in me just had to make them perfect) we drove down to another part of Tunbridge Wells, near The Pantiles, for lunch.

Amazing lemonade! 

Such a sweet cafe! The staff were lovely.

Lunch! The salads all looked amazing, and almost all of them were vegan. I picked a kind of bruschetta that was topped with hummus and roasted peppers and basil, with a beetroot salad and a roasted carrot and sweet potato salad. Delish!

The bruschetta was super tasty, but for some reason the bread was stale and tough as anything, so halfway through sawing it apart it shot across the table and, obviously, landed upside down. Hummus literally everywhere.

After lunch we did a spot of shopping near the Pantiles before heading home. I had to get back to Brighton that evening as Trout and I were going to see one of our favourite bands, but it was lovely spending time with my Mum and my sister, with no boys around!

The next day Trout and I had a relaxing Sunday at home, catching up and pottering around the flat. We headed into town as I had a craving for cupcakes, and we picked up a few bits for dinner. I dragged Trout around three cake shops before we finally found one that had vegan cupcakes left, but it was totally worth the wait. Vegan and gluten free carrot cake, packed with cinnamon. It felt really seasonal! We scoffed our cupcakes and read our newspapers and magazines with my salted caramel candle burning away in the background. Welcome, December! You started off pretty well.

A simple dinner of falafel, hummus, couscous, chaat and naan bread. 

Yesterday I had a day off, apart from taking some photographs for one of our clients. I spent most of the day cleaning, making lists and Christmas shopping, met Trout for a little lunch date in the middle, and in the evening I went to a friends’ house to meet their brand new baby boy, Luca. He was just the sweetest! What a great end to the week. I hope everyone has a great weekend!

 

6 Comments leave one →
  1. December 7, 2013 1:20 pm

    looks and sounds like a great time,

    have a fab weekend xo

  2. December 8, 2013 3:45 am

    Such a fun looking weekend! I can’t even remember what I did… I guess I came home from Thanksgiving? Geez it was late this year.

  3. December 8, 2013 3:44 pm

    That looks like a great thing to do with friends. I’m hooked on flat whites as well, and that cupcake looks amazing!

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