Things That Made Me Smile #8

1-157 - Copy-001Welcome one and all to my 8th roundup of the things that have made me smile in the last week. This week has been manic yet again, and despite my best intentions my blog has suffered from my hectic schedule. I’m not too happy on the way my posting schedule is going: I would love to be able to post every few days, regularly, and not feel like I have an endless backlog of posts to write up all the time. But unfortunately my work hours are just not conducive to this. So, dear reader, hang on in there, and I promise I will get the hang of this eventually!

+ For my days off I painted my nails purple. It’s one of my favourite colours, and never fails to make me happy. I also find I subconsciously coordinate most of my outfits with my nail colour for the few days I can have them painted, which makes my OCD self happy!

+ A visit to the Forensics: The Anatomy of Science exhibition at the Wellcome Collection, and to the Sherlock Holmes Museum in Baker Street. The first was a clear winner (the SH Museum was incredibly tacky and touristy), but both were a fun, crime-filled day off for me and Ben. More on both to come shortly.

+ We rounded off that day off with dinner at the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse on the King’s Road in Chelsea. The steaks were to die for and the service was wonderful. We had a lovely little date night drinking red wine out of fishbowl-sized glasses and eavesdropping on a very loud conversation in the very quiet restaurant! It was lovely, and again, I will post a full review soon

+ The shop displays in Chelsea. I particularly loved the glitz and bling of Butler and Wilson, a glamorous jewellery shop we passed. See above for one of their gorgeous pieces! I need to go back there with my sister, who is as much a magpie for crazy bling jewellery as I am!

+On Wednesday Ben and I had a very middle-aged day out at Polesden Lacey, a National Trust property in the Surrey Hills. The home of an Edwardian socialite, the house is still undergoing renovation to restore it to its original glory, but the overall impression we had on walking down that driveway, with the golden house on one side and the rolling hills all around it was beyond amazing. We had a highly enjoyable afternoon strolling around those grounds – and playing in the children’s playground…

+ On Thursday afternoon I went to catch up with a friend I haven’t seen in over a year. We used to work together, but what with one thing and another it’s been a while since we met for a catch up. It was great to see him and we had fun, but I drank far more than I intended to and suffered a great deal for it in the morning!

+ Spending an evening baking flapjacks. I wanted to make something for Ben, and although we bake on a ever more frequent basis, I will happily hold my hands up to the fact that Ben is the expert. So I wanted to bake something on my own. The flapjacks were about the easiest recipe I could find, and I had a hankering! Oats, honey, cherry and almonds – how can you go wrong?

+ We had the most delicious Sunday night dinner. Ben went to Kew Market and bought two sizeable rump steaks, and proceeded to serve them with fine green beans, peppercorn sauce and homemade gratin dauphinois. It was lush!

+ Watching Poldark on the sofa with Ben and Jon, and a pile of exceedingly good cheese Ben had bought from Kew Market. With two of my favourite people, sweeping Cornish landscapes and the ruggedly handsome Aiden Turner, is there any better way to spend a Sunday evening?

What has made you happy in the last week?

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