Woodland Magic

Parties, Gifts & Crafts, He and I, Adventures

My best friend’s getting married soon, and the location is out of this world, it is a walk through woodlands to somewhere exhilarating. Just wait till you see where it is, mind you though, it will be a long wait (the wedding is next year, and I am not sharing pictures until then, it’s also probably a secret and she hasn’t told others yet).

So, there I was, on Pinterest, browsing through Woodland weddings. A picture leads me to a post, and then onto something else, after a chain of following one image link to another, I came upon this glorious art installation on this page http://www.runeguneriussen.no/ Seriously, check it out for yourself. This made me want to throw my own woodland party. Isn’t it brilliant?

Maybe for my 30th? A wild woodland, wilderness party, wouldn’t that be lovely?  Lots and lots of lampshades hanging from tree tops. Lights in the dense forest leading the way.  Deeper and deeper you walk, until finally you come to a big plain. Away from all the chaos and racket of the world. Under the cover of the twinkling sky. You will find people sitting cosily wrapped up in blankets. Some are standing, drinking, chatting. Children dancing around the fire with fun adults alike (and hopefully some responsible adults minding the children of course).  Perhaps we will be visited by elves, fairies and gnomes. Goblins, imps and trolls. Perhaps even a unicorn. (Costume party, perhaps?)

It will be magical. We shall be singing, dancing, storytelling.

Celebrating.

[Image from http://www.runeguneriussen.no/]

This is a picture of us at one such magical place a few years ago.

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Cosy Japanese Night

Adventures, He and I

My trip to Japan inspired me to have my own little Japanese themed dinner at home. We invited the sister in law and family and such fun we had.

Hubby made sushi and sashimi. Some plain moulded rice into various shapes. Fish, teddy, cars, stars. I chopped fresh veggies ready for the hotpot. Camping stove on the floor. Plates and dishes laid out. Cushions and sheets. Candles and dimmed lights. Cosiness. Conversations, funny stories. Quality family time.

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First day of Autumn

Adventures, He and I

Today is the first day of autumn.  It doesn’t really feel like it, the days are starting to get colder, but I guess everything else will start kicking in a bit mid season.  Do you know that, autumn is my favourite season? I love hot chocolates, thick, woolly socks, creamy pastas, mulled rum (yes, rum, I will share my recipe with you in another post), and cosy sweaters. I also like to wear hubby’s oversized hoodies, even though he did buy me two of my very own. It’s just that something about it being his, which I love so much. They always smell like fresh spices. I love the smell of fresh spices. I think it makes it all the more ‘autumn-ey’.

I like the sound, the smell, and the colours of wood fires in the dark. I like to light up our fireplace and just stare at the gorgeous colours of the flame. I love to gaze out the window, especially in the mornings, and glimpse the beautiful orange-ness of nature. I love how all the leaves from gigantic trees, fall at our feet, and I love the ‘crunch’ they make as we walk over them.  I like to have candlelit dinners. I like to make casseroles and have live cooking dinners (my ever famous Miso Soup) with friends and family alike.

I like seeing acorns and pine cones on the ground. I love roasting marshmallow, I might even make s’mores this year. Did you know, hubby has never made s’mores before? It could be our first together.  I love baking and cooking and most importantly eating things with apples in them. I love the smell of freshly baked bread, which luckily for me, hubby loves doing. I love pumpkins. We did so well with Pumpkins this year, but alas, none grew to be massive and ripe and ready for Halloween. There is still time, I suppose, we will see how it fares. I love Halloween, and the mass of kids with their ‘Trick or Treat’.

I cannot wait to go walking around local parks and in parks in the middle of the city. They always look so splendid in autumn. I have seen mushrooms grow everywhere these days, and this year hopefully I will see the real red mushrooms with white dots on them. You know the ones, which you see in cartoons and children’s books. Did you know they were real? It blew my mind when I learnt that these pretty things were real and not just imagined up for children.

I may also start to keep a little journal about gardening, but I won’t make any promises. I would mostly do this for hubby, as he loves to garden and I love gardens. Hopefully it will inspire and motivate me to get the same level of energy and passion for gardening as he does, and most importantly, to have a beautifully planned out garden next year.  But like I said, don’t hold me to this one!

Wish you all a splendid Autumn!

Weekend in East London

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Last weekend I decided to go visit my good friend Suzie. She lives all the way in the east side of London. Normally, it takes ages to reach from my side of London to hers, but, that day was different. There was a football match in my town, and normally it means chaos and crowds. I don’t like crowds very much, and so to avoid the chaos, I decided I would leave a little bit earlier than I intended to. And so you see, that is where it all went unexpected. I reached the suburban side of Suzie’s town, an hour and a half earlier than intended. Would she be home? Would I be welcome? It would be rude to appear at someone’s house, well before the time stated in the invite. And so, there was the dilemma. Would I wander around East London like a vagabond? It didn’t seem like a safe option, considering all the news and awful things happening in the region. I just had to be rude, I decided, so I called her.

Luckily she was home and ready to welcome me. After catching up, freshening up and some girly chitchat, she decided to take me out to a Chicken Wings place. A 20 minute walk from Stratford, we ended up near a canal where a number of restaurants, bars and eateries were all lined up. Randy’s Chicken Wings, it was called, and yes it specialized in all kinds of Chicken Wings. We ordered ourselves the Gangnam Wings, a Korean style marinated wings and the Bacon Buffalo wings, (Buffalo wings are my favorite), a side of fries and to not feel guilty, a side of salad, (you know, so that it balances it all out) ha! The table had a huge kitchen towel, a rustic looking bucket for bones, and out food was laid. See how delicious they look. Yes it was messy and good!

After devouring the delicious wings and sides, we decided to walk around the area, looking for this local brewery where Suzie had her birthday planned. We wandered around here and there, back and forth, but found the place eventually, in a very Berlin-esque environment. I loved it!

The next day was going to be an exciting day; we were going to the Flower markets. Columbia Road Flower market to be precise. We started the day at Liverpool Street, walking through the fascinating Brick lane, with its arty walls, vintage shops and lots of food stalls. We broke our fast with a mighty Salt-beef bagel.  Damn, it was delicious! And made our way to the Flower market.

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It was buzzing. People,like bees went from one flower to another. Some held onto large green plants, while most had handful of colourful bouquets. We did plan to get there well early, before the mass of people started to roll in, but it was buzzing already by the time we got there. But still, it is so delightful and makes for a lovely Sunday morning.

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After a relaxing hot chocolate at a cafe, we had to call it a day and an end to our girly weekend. As soon as I reached home, I laid out my purchase from the day into a vase.

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Note: Thanks so much to Suzie, for having me over and taking me out on this charming adventure. It was a truly delightful weekend.
[Picture Credits: Suzie, Sweetpea]

The Caviar Man

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Remember how we ended up at Sketch , but not in The Pink Room?

Well, we finally made a reservation and went. It was all very exciting! We booked ourselves an afternoon tea, and boy was it stylish.

We were served a variety of finger sandwiches, cakes and pastries, and off course scones with jam and clotted cream. And it wouldn’t be an afternoon tea, without the tea. The tea was bottom less and we could change to any flavor we wanted.

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It was amusing, because the ‘workforce’ comprised of French chefs, Tea masters and the Caviar man. All dressed in Pink suit and a hat the caviar man was impressive and an interesting twist to make the experience all more urm… interesting I suppose.

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The room was filled with funny art by David Shrigley, I didn’t know who he was until I came home and googled him. Lots of naked men stuff behind my head, if you can see the pictures.

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The plates, cups and glasses we were served in were also amusing.  Check out for yourself.

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This time we went during the day, so the lighting was much better. The pinkness in the room was more vivid and prettier than the last time we saw it. Everything inside is so adorable.

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[Pictures by Petpot and Sweetpea]

Fairy Forest & Futuristic Loos

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Fairy Forest and Futuristic loos?

A rather odd combination, is it not?

Ha, well I headed to Sketch London with my friend Petpot (that’s not her real name btw, its just something between me and her) a few days ago. The main intention was to visit the Pink velvet rooms, but since it was fully booked, we decided to sit and have a drink at the neighboring room, The Glade. This Glade was like an enchanted fairy forest. The walls had beautiful wallpapers with a forest theme. The deco was amazing, very stylish. The bar looked like it was out of a 20’s movie, and, the piano played itself at the corner , adding to that ‘charming-ness’.

We sat on one of their elegant and stylish sofa / settees and drank some fancy champagne cocktails. A bit pricey, but it was alright for the experience.

Just before we headed out, we went to the bathroom to freshen up and it was hilarious!

From a rustic , enchanted fairy garden, we entered into a futuristic, techno feel toilet. The toilets were individual pods and the lights were all like a giant Rubik’s cube. It was such a contrast that we stood there laughing for a while and taking pictures.

There seemed to be a little reception area in the toilet too. How funny!