Last week has passed in a blur, and hopefully the next week will be quieter for me.
Sunday is often a mad day of grocery shopping, homework for Eddie, a pile of ironing, and other boring chores.
Eddie went out with his Dad to the play ground (my husband took this photo).
On Monday we went out for dinner to celebrate my birthday (it was later in the week, but that was the night when Sash was staying overnight at his respite centre).
We went to The Fleece, which was one of top 20 pubs in the UK over 10 years ago. I've been there before, and find it vert much hit and miss. Sometimes the meals are excellent, sometimes disappointing.
With the current menu there is hardly any choice for vegetarians. Looking at the mains, it was either a beetroot salad or Moroccan spice vegetable tagine with beetroot barley. For someone who doesn't like beetroot (looking at you, dear husband) it's not exactly a good choice.
I know we should have checked the menu in advance. But the wine was good, the ice cream and cheese were excellent, and the warm mini loaf of bread with garlic butter was delicious. It's the mains which were a letdown.
We walked home through the dark town centre, and looked at St Mary's church in the distance.
On the way home we wanted to stop by a sewing shop, which we passed by earlier. It was dimly lit from inside, and there were four headless mannequins deep in the store. They looked so creepy, as if they were moving towards the door. So Eddie and I wanted to show the sinister-looking mannequins to his Dad. It happened so, that as soon as we approached the shop and stopped by the glass door, the lights inside went out. Eddie screamed: Run!
We were running home, and laughing that the zombies were after us. And that's how we rock.
I love cheese, and enjoy trying new flavours. I bought this French goat's cheese coated with petals in Waitrose. It looks so pretty, and is lovely with grapes and sourdough crispbreads.
More food pics - this is an aubergine, tomato and sweet pepper appetizer, something similar to Italian caponata or Hungarian Lecsó. I like it cold, straight from the fridge, on a nice chunk of bread.
It was a downpour on my birthday. I came home after the school run with a hat soaked through.
I snapped this crocus later in the day, when I needed to pick up some stuff from the summerhouse. I keep ice cream in the freezer there, as well as a stash of crisps and some chocs. If I hide them at home, Sash will definitely find them and gobble up.
It was a super busy day for me. I met one friend in the morning to have a coffee together, then another friend treated me to a lunch. Needless to say, I was totally stuffed by mid-afternoon.
Hazelnut trees are in full bloom right now. They are pretty, but they are also a hay fever irritant, and Sash needs his medication when catkins release their heady pollen.
Today we once again took a bus to Oxford. This time we visited the Natural History Museum and Pitt Rivers. Eddie and I were more interested in the minerals.
This Nantan iron meteorite is from the asteroid belt, between Mars and Jupiter, and is as old as the Earth itself. Isn't it amazing?!
You're allowed to touch it. Eddie and I were joking that he might turn into an alien after he touched it.