I’ve been meaning to update my blog for at least two weeks to share all of my antics but I’ve ended up being too busy to write about them!
I went to London with my boyfriend to see The Specials at Brixton Academy as part of his birthday present (which was in January). We decided to each take the day off work and make a day of it, so we firstly went for traditional bangers and mash at Mother Mash just off Carnaby Street. I don’t eat meat so I went for the veggie option of vegetarian sausages, cheddar champ mash with mushy peas and gravy. It was amazing. Rob loved his pork and leek sausage version too.
Next we decided to go for a little wander around the streets of Soho where we saw an inconspicuous looking Ray Winstone (complete with the cliched sunglasses). We then got the tube to South Kensington and went to the Science Museum. It wasn’t actually as I remembered it when I last went 10 years or so ago, but it wasn’t a bad afternoon, considering entrance is free. Although we had forgotten that it was half term so we were also joined by crowds of screaming kids!
Then we headed over to Brixton. We stopped at a pub called the Effra for a pint before walking over to the Academy. The gig was really good, but we had to wait two hours for The Specials to come on stage – without any support bands (just a DJ). Again, the Academy was packed, I suspect the night had sold out.
I did try to upload a video we took but WordPress won’t play game!
I spotted another celebrity here – at one point I separated from Rob to push through people to get to the toilet. When I came out I knew it would take a while to get back to him so I stayed by the side of the stage. I turned around and Mark Lamarr was standing behind me. He looked like he was enjoying the gig too, until some drunk women nosily outted him.
The following couple of days I was working in London too, attending conferences. On the Friday I went over to Meat Market which is in Covent Garden. I was a little worried about my possible menu choices after looking at the name of the place, but I had a halloumi and mushroom burger which was awesome.
At the weekend it was Kemp Town carnival in Brighton. A friend who lives in the area was having a party in the evening to coincide with the carnival so we decided to check it out. We haven’t been too lucky with crowds recently – this was another day that was jam-packed full of people. 25,000, I read earlier today. Another great free day out though, I saw a few fun reggae bands, drank some local cider and ate an awesome vegetable curry.
We decided to have a bit of a quieter one this weekend and on Saturday spent the day in the sun starting to sort out the garden. It’s yet another part of the house we’ve been meaning to tackle, and now that the summer is here we can’t put it off any longer.
I should have taken a ‘before’ shot really to show the extent of the mess; but it was basically overgrown weeds up to my knees. We decided that it all needed to go, other than a few plants in the flower bed we discovered (it all merged into one before). There’s still a way to go and we’ll probably need to put down some new turf but it looks better already.
In the evening it was date night (we try to go out somewhere and do something as a date together one night a month) so we headed out to Browns for a meal. I had a stilton, sweet potato, squash and spinach
filo parcel while Rob had belly of pork. It was gorgeous!
Now we’re planning on spending the evening relaxing, watching films and getting ready for the week ahead.