Sunday, 26 February 2012

A very posh afternoon tea break



Solvi and Harald is in town, or a little out of town on a well deserved long weekend break and yesterday we decided to drive down to see them at the luxurious Four Seasons Hotel in Hampshire. 
So we drove down from London and walked into this formidable gate only to find a truly stunning English hotel.

John had not seen them since the wedding so it was great to be able to catch up with them again.

 The afternoon tea was off course laid out in style, you wouldn't expect anything else in such a classy hotel. Rose petals were strewn across our table with a stunning purple orchid in the middle.


Freshly baked scones with clotted cream and assorted finger cakes.
And "shots" of organic home made jams and lemon curd.

And off course champagne, while our men opted for milkshakes. 

Needless to say it was a wonderful afternoon spent in the sunny country side and such a blessing to get away from the work zone of our own house. It is moments like this that will last a life time.


Friday, 24 February 2012

Musings from the office desk

The Selfridges Food Hall hides a multitude of deliciousness.
I love going in there and just rummage through the shelves and see what I can find.
Yesterday I discovered this awesome tea:


When I buy books I definitely buy them sometimes purely on how the cover looks. (Well, not anymore since I have my kindle now, but I used to).
So, I loved the whole packaging of this tea so much I bought it, -purely out of how good it looked on the outside. Let's face it, the fact that they have even written Rose The Noir Biologique on the outside of the box sounds pretty inviting. (Forget the fact that on the other side it is written in Deutch). Plus it is pink! How cool is that. Just a couple of years ago it would go against my whole belief system to buy anything pink but lately I feel oddly attracted to the colour. 

The tea itself tastes like Turkish Delight in liquid form.
It is going up there as one of my favourites and I must remember to bring it back to Paradise with me.
Moral of the story: DO judge the tea by its packaging. You might end up with an awesomely delicious surprise.
Cheers!

Friday, 17 February 2012

Tranquility

Since our lounge/kitchen/hallway is covered in dust and stuff and boxes it is great to have the bedroom as a peaceful zone. 

 So I light candles every evening and take some cleansing deep breaths to try and wash the worries of the day away and get ready for some peaceful sleep. Just looking at the little Buddha statue makes me feel tranquil and happy.


Thursday, 16 February 2012

New Kitchen

We're getting a new kitchen.
The old one is slowly falling to bits and pieces. Our cooker doesn't work anymore and the wall tiles are about to fall down from the walls.

So, we have moved all the kitchen stuff into the lounge which is also our office..A bit of a mess at the moment and I cannot wait to see the new kitchen and to get the lounge back.


In the meantime we are out of food making facilities and are enjoying feasting out.
Today I had we had Pizza Hut for the first time in years and while it was pretty delicious probably 5 minutes after we inhaled it, I felt guilty.
It is like I can feel the cheese adding extra padding on my body.
In the not so distant future we'll be back on a beach but right now the idea of getting into a bikini is frightening!

So true

I found these images today. 
So true:

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Sunday morning




What better way to spend Sunday morning than to wake up and  hear the rain splattering on the windows and see the trees outside bending sideways due to high winds. Then to potter downstairs to the kitchen, fix breakfast together with mum and spend hours at the table lost in conversations. 

Whirlwind weekend....

I've spent a lovely weekend in Norway, catching up with most of my girlfriends.


I feel truly blessed having such an awesome bunch of powerful, beautiful, thoughtful, resourceful bouquet of girlfriends. These girls are solid. Most of us have known each other since the tender age of 6 years old when we started school together and even though our lives have moved in opposite directions the strong childhood bond is still there, gluing us together forever. ( I hope).


 Vibeke organised to have us all up at her place, so I brought my jewllery, (as I always do), and got a heart warming response to my creations, which left me floating on air :-) with my head full of new ideas to take with me to Paradise. 

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Brrr...I miss summer

Getting dressed in the winter is an art form in itself.
Wollen underwear, jeans, t-shirt, wollen sweater, wollen cardigan, long coat, hat, gloves and all this just for a quick coffee run.

We're lucky to have a Starbucks pretty close to our house.

What we also have is a Cupcake shop which makes cupcakes in shop every day and luckily I haven't noticed this shop until now.

Unfortunately, my willpower is not the greatest and now that I know where this shop is, it could do some serious damage to my thighs....

....but who can resist? In this cold weather we all need some extra "padding".


Sunday, 5 February 2012

Winter wonderland

The park is just a quick ten minute walk from our house, which is great. Today being a Sunday I thought I might head out early, (the park gets packed), to enjoy last nights snowfall. This is the first snowfall we've had here in London this season and the first time in history we have seen it in February.


The streets are covered in the white stuff but unfortunately it is all melting away rapidly.

The park was slowly filling up with kids and parents building snowmen and having a really good time. The child inside me really wanted to get out there and build my own but out of fear of being looked upon as a nutter I forced myself to take photo's instead.


No blue skies today, just plenty of snow and grey clouds.


Silent night

London has had an unseasonally warm January.
Then February came and boom! the temperatures have dropped way down.
It's been a really cold week and to keep the heat in we've drawn the curtains around five-ish every afternoon.
So I got a huge shock last night when I looked out our bedroom window and discovered that it had started to snow. It looks so stunning and peaceful out there on our street. I am dreading tomorrow as I know there will be Captain Chaos on the roads as England still is not well equipped with dealing with snowfall. However for now it is great watching the white flurry stuff fall down from heaven....


 .....and snuggle down underneath the duvet covers with John.


Thursday, 2 February 2012

Not just a nut.....

These little brown seeds originate from a large evergreen broad-leaved tree, which you only find in the South Eastern Asian islands of Java, Sumatra, Borneo, Bali, Iran, Timor and you will also find the tree in Nepal. The seeds have been considered holy for centuries.

You see these are not just normal seeds, they are alive with powers to change your life.
They have power to change emotions, circumstances and path of planets in your favour. They work on diseases, thoughts and change your life the way it was meant to be.... Empowered, fulfilled, abundant and divine. (According to this web-site)


They are traditionally used as prayer beads for Hinduism. Asian Yogis and Monks found that merely wearing the Rudraksha beads gave them astonishingly tremendous amount of tranquility, concentration that helped them meditate for a long period of time with spectacular control over their mind.


Personally, I think they look pretty neat on a bracelet, mixed with other semi-precious stones, who knows what power you may accumulate. If you see me flying in the sky at night you know what happened......zoom-zoom. 
It should also be noted that these bracelets are unique and can only be bought from me :-)