This post seems to have been delayed for whatever reasons. I think in the most part because I was having fun in London with my friends and completely forgot. Whoops! Sorry about that. But as they (whoever they are) say “better late than never”.
Well, June has been a strange one. By strange I mean the weather has been strange. One day its summer then 24 hours later it’s as cold as a dreary autumn day. Daily I roll up my bedroom blind to see what awaits outside and more often than not I am surprised at what I see! Let’s just say, my umbrella has had its fair share of outings this month.
My June started in Naples, Italy. After a week staying in Vietri Sul Mare on the Amalfi Coast, my holiday finished in the bustling, vibrant city of Naples. I was staying in the old town with many a monument and church nearby as well as some great restaurant and bars. Steve and I found ourselves some gems. Who would have thought that we would be able to find a bar specialising in craft beers in the heart of the old town? Oak certainly satisfied Steve’s love of beer with about 50 different cans and bottles to choose from as well as a few local Italian beers on draught. They had a pretty mean selection of wines too and I would definitely recommend stopping by if you happen to find yourself in the bustling city. I am currently bringing together a blog post on my weekend in Naples so watch this space.click here.
My cake making skills were put to the test last month when my friend Chloe and I were put in charge of creating a selection of cakes for our dear friend Sarah and her now husband, Mark. I mentioned it in last months roundup, My May. Chloe made a truly exceptional double layered Victoria Sponge filled with fresh cream and strawberries and I made a trio of cakes that we served alongside. An almost flourless chocolate cake topped with crème fraîche and summer berries, a rose adjourned lemon and rose bundt cake and a Tunisian orange cake. I wanted to share the pictures with you as last month they weren’t ready so here they are now. Better late than never!
I was sent some gelato and sorbets from Baboo Gelato to sample. Baboo are based in Bridport, Dorset and make exquisite made using seasonal and fresh ingredients and local organic milk to create mouth-watering flavours like no other. Each of the artisanal ice creams are made in small batches in their kitchens in Dorset and I can vouch for each and every flavour tasting how it should. There is nothing synthetic here. Baboo have ice cream Kiosks in West Bay, Lyme Regis and Morcombelake as well as many farm shops in Dorset and Somerset. More locally to me in Exeter you can get your fix in Harry’s restaurant on Longbrook Street and Ebdons on Sidwell Street. I am currently working on some recipe ideas using by Baboo bounty!
I spent the last weekend of the month in London celebrating friendships. My first point of call after a very early train from Exeter was Kindred in Hammersmith. I was meeting my friend Chantelle for a brunch organised by Ladies-who-Launch. Another gorgeous and inspirational friend Emma Tattersall founded Ladies-who-Launch in April 2017. A campaign to celebrate women in all they do, with the simple aim of empowering the next generation of strong and fearless women and providing inspiration for women all over the world.
The brunch on this occasion was centred around a talk by Syreeta Challinger from Moments Of Sense And Style or MOSS for short. Her story of courage through adversity was inspirational and I spent the most part of her talk biting my lip and holding back tears. One of many things that resonated with me from Syreeta’s words was “to slow down, take time to breath”. I shall be taking that forward with me in my daily routine. I can’t do it all and shouldn’t feel like I have to.
Not only did I feel moved by Syreeta’s words at the event I was seated opposite a lovely lady called Zane who both Chantelle and I chatted to throughout the brunch. As we got chatting I found out that she has her own brand of bound notebooks and diaries that are absolutely gorgeous, called The Inspired Stories. I am definitely making an order with her for my 2020 diary! We got on so well and agreed to try and meet up again when I am next in London.Wine & Rind followed by dinner at her house. Gloria. I had wanted to visit for so long and it didn’t disappoint. Becca and I ordered cheesy, truffled pasta, pizza with egg and truffle and a vegan salad. We followed it up with Gloria’s famous “incomparable lemon meringue pie”. It was truly a wonderful way to spend my last day in London.
Enjoy what July has in store for you. Take it all in your stride and remember to breath and take time out for yourself.
Disclaimer: this post contains gifted items in return for blog and social media coverage.
Additional photos by Angel Wade.