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Monday, 14 March 2016

The Week That Was... 14th March 2016

This week has been one of contrasts. A day of torrential rain on Wednesday meant that local roads were impassable and when it did eventually stop, a hint of sun created a gorgeous rainbow. There were days when the temperature barely lifted at all, followed by a welcome reprieve of warmer weather and sunshine at the weekend. 

The Weekend
We took Saturday off and ventured into Worcester for shopping and breakfast at Bill's...

Banana & Blueberry Pancakes

For once, the weather was rather lovely and it made a change not be wrapped in a coat or huddled beneath an umbrella. The warmer temperature inspired a craving for salad and summer fruit and so, a quick trip into M&S was required to stock up on supplies.

Any suggestion of warmer weather and I need to spend time outdoors. We're fortunate enough to have a sheltered spot in the garden that creates the perfect suntrap and despite the temperature being only 10 °C at 1pm on Sunday, we ate lunch in the garden. Red onion and cheese focaccia with pesto and sun-dried tomatoes, served with bistro salad and almonds...

Red onion focaccia, lunch, garden

There wasn't a cloud in the sky...

Cloudless sky, sunny day

And we were joined by fellow sun-worshipper, the cat. Snoozing on the gravel while the sun's out is one of her all-time favourite things to do...

Cat sunbathing

I even went old school and scribbled this post longhand before typing it up later in the evening. I always love the idea of using the laptop in the garden but unfortunately this is something I've never mastered. If anyone has any tips for using a laptop outside, I'd love to hear them.

Sophia has booked her flight to the US and leaves on 10th June to work at Camp America for the second time. I won't get to see her again until 2nd September - but she goes with my blessing and I hope that summer 2016 will be equally as fabulous as last year. Olivia's secured an internship with a newspaper during the Easter holidays. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that she will also spend some time at home, or she won't get to see her sister until September.

Bond Movies
I finally got around to watching Spectre this week and have to say that I wasn't overly taken with it. For me, the film lacked a certain something that I couldn't quite put my finger on. Was I missing Dame Judi maybe? Or was it the suggestion of a link between Spectre and so many of the great Bond film plots that rankled? Did anyone else pick up on this too? Mr A jokes that I missed my true vocation in life and should have been a film critic. 

I spied this Umbra Wave Wall Art Frame for the bargain price of £4.99 at TK Maxx. It makes a simple, but stylish addition to the conservatory...

Next Week 
Next week is going to be hectic as we prepare to pick up Sophia from Uni and I take on extra hours at work. There are also multiple projects ongoing in the house.

Well that's about it from the Anderton house for now. Here's hoping the week ahead is a brilliant one for all of you. I'd love to hear what you're up to x

Copyright ©2016 Izzie Anderton


  1. Your salad and focaccia lunch in the garden sounds ideal to me! You're going to miss your daughter when she's in the US but she must have loved it if she's going back again. And I see you have a future journalist in your family too!

  2. I think I prefer Skyfall to Spectre. I liked Spectre but the whole leaving with the girl thing was a bit too cheesy. I love all the food you've eaten this week!

  3. Sounds like a busy week! Love that colourful piece for your conservatory, I seem to be always searching colour out at the moment - longing for spring! The focaccia lunch looks delicious!

  4. I'm not sure there is an easy way to use the laptop outside - the glare on the screen makes it tricky, so I tend to go old school if I'm outside too!

  5. It sounds like a good week. I can't use a laptop outside either, I can't bear screen glare. There is nothing wrong with back to basics though, I love my notebook.
    Your cat is adorable, mine was sunbathing the other day up against my patio doors, on his back! I like your bargain wall art too.

  6. That breakfast looks good and Worcester isn't so far away for us. Very tempted to combine that with a trip to see my grandmother.

  7. I am loving the sunshine these days too, we have spent last weekend outside, going for walks and shopping in town.xx

  8. Those pancakes look delicious! I need to have breakfast at bills too! It's lovely getting a chance to eat outdoors now, yay that spring is here! x

  9. Oh that picture is amazing - love it. I have never eaten at Bill's. Now I want to

  10. Ooh that breakfast looks amazing, I've never heard of Bill's, I'm going to look it up the next time we go for breakfast. I always go for Boston Teaparty but it's great to find somewhere else. I love the rainbow photo. I'm also a huge fan of getting outdoors into our little garden suntrap!x

  11. Oh that wall art is amazing. My cat has taken to doing the same thing

  12. Love the wall art. What an absolutely stunning 'bargain!'


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