Saturday, 22 September 2018

Photo diary: week 38, project 365

I haven't posted anything in a whole week, feeling quite tired and rather sorry for myself. Nothing has actually happened, maybe it's one of those autumnal bouts of depression that I get from time to time. Last week was the 22nd anniversary of our wedding. I looked at the old photos, and they almost made me weep. I looked so happy and radiant.
I know I should snap out of this self-indulgent feeling sorry for myself. Yes, life is not what you imagine it to be when you're in your 20s, it sucks, but it also has its beautiful moments. I have my two wonderful boys, and just for that I have to be grateful.
Yet sometimes I indulge myself into thinking about walking out and not coming back. It's not going to happen, I'm a responsible person, but these thoughts do cross my mind.
With this gloomy mood I've hardly taken any photos, except some food snaps, so most likely this week's round-up will be "the boringest ever", as my child likes to say.

On Sundays I make pancakes for breakfast. We all have them with different toppings. I just like a drizzle of honey or maple syrup, while Eddie loves a more elaborate concoction of sliced banana, marshmallows and whipped cream.

On Monday Sasha had one of those 24-hour viruses, when his temperature went up. He finally got the school transport, and was supposed to go to school on Tuesday, but we had to keep him at home because he was unwell the day before.
Trying to eat more healthy salads. This was a mix of baby courgettes and cucumbers, sliced thinly, and marinated in lemon juice, with coriander. It went on top of toast with smashed avocado.

While he smiles for the photo, it has been not easy these last couple of weeks to get Eddie ready for school. He seems to struggle with a new class, as they mixed up children from two classes again. I remember it took him a while to get into it the last year, when they did the same thing. I just don't see the point in mixing up children every year, it changes all the dynamics.

On Wednesday Sasha went to school, yippee! He seemed to have a good day.
This was the day of our wedding anniversary. We didn't do much, just stayed at home, and watched another episode of Merlin.
My recent foodie discovery is a Swedish wild cloudberry jam, which I found in Ocado. It is so tasty, I just like to add a big spoonful to a plain yogurt. It's lovely on toast too.

Having a quick cup of coffee with my husband in town, after taking Eddie to school. We were sitting by the window, and the light was shining through a lamp on the windowsill, with those fake diamond shape beads, and reflections on the wallpaper were so pretty.

On Friday I was meeting a friend for a quick lunch. We haven't had a chance to meet for over a year, only seeing each other occasionally during the morning school run. It was lovely to catch up on the news.
I looked at the menu, and the breakfast served all day was more appealing than sandwiches or burgers. So, I had pancakes with maple syrup and crispy bacon.

breakfast ideas

Today we went to the swimming pool with the boys, and after that to Sainsbury's cafe for chips etc. I tried a haddock fishcake with baby potatoes. I think I've mentioned it already, but our local Sainsbury's serves very decent food in the cafe.

As I said, the boringest photo diary ever, mostly just our food diary.
Hope your week was more exciting.


  1. So sorry you haven't been feeling that good. Sending hugs.
    Those pancakes look yummy! I like maple syrup on mine.
    Poor Eddie. I hope things are easier for him soon at school.
    All the food looks so good x

    1. Thank you, Kim! I also hope Eddie finds his feet soon, as it's becoming a real struggle to get him to school every morning.

  2. I love pancakes. That's inspired me to make some for breakfast tomorrow. Hope Eddie gets used to the new class mix soon

    1. Thank you, Emma! We're very much pancake people, had them this morning again. :)

  3. I think it's par for the course - this is the first weekend that I haven't spent half of it asleep ! Especially with all the hassle with the boys, especially Sasha - fingers crossed that it all falls into place for you now, too. I'm loving all the foodie pics so no complaints from me ! xxx

    1. Thank you, Cheryl! I'm also hoping once we get back into the school routine, it will get easier.


  4. Hello Galina
    I love your photos very they are so cute!your sons are adorable and yes, the school isback again!
    I do volunteer work by taking care of students and pupils in school difficulties, like those are Tunisian children I teach them French and English, we do homework together but I also do conjugation, grammar, spelling and exams are being prepared. I have primary and secondary school children.
    I assure you my greatest pleasure is the success of these young kids!
    I hope that you will participate in my international competition!
    Have a nice Sunday!

    1. Thank you, Helena! How wonderful to hear that you do volunteer work with disadvantaged children.

  5. Sorry you feel like running away, think life gets most of us that way at some point. I have now got to the stage my house, my car, my job, my money so he can leave not me!!!
    Envious of the salad, I seriously miss things like this. imo bacon does not go with maple syrup or pancakes. I like golden syrup on mine

    1. Thank you, Elaine! I quite like the combination of bacon and maple syrup. I must have acquired a taste for it, when we lived in the States.

  6. Oh Galina, I wonder if it's a hitting 50 thing, I'm feeling quite the same as you at the moment and don't seem to be able to snap out of it. If you are ever free on a Tuesday or Thursday let me know, I could drive over and we could treat ourselves to cake and a laugh perhaps. I hope Eddie settles soon, school is tough here too #365

  7. Nothing boring about food! I can never have too many chips or pics of chips :) #project365