My week started with a celebratory afternoon tea for my lovely friend Emma. A few friends got together to throw a belated Hen type party. ( The wedding was back in June! )
We feasted in style! It was an absolutely wonderful afternoon!
I had a bit of a haircut on Monday evening.. A couple of inches were chopped off by my stylist Billy Hitchcock at Toni and Guy on Queen Street in Exeter. I had been contemplating having the chop for a week or so and managed to jump on a last minute cancellation.. I am so glad I did it! My hair feels so soft now and the condition has improved no end! I absolutely love it!!!
Billy used a wonderful Kérastase product called Elixr Ultime – Huille Secrée de Fleur Blanche. It’s a leave in styling product that nourishes the hair and gives it a wonderful sheen. I have used it before but had forgotten how good it was.. My hair looks so glossy!
Billy used the brand new GHD Platinum straighteners to create a lovely natural wave in my hair. They are designed to create perfect styles at the optimum temperature from root to tip, reducing hair breakage by up to 50%.. Who wouldn’t want that??? I need them in my life.. Anyone feeling generous because at £165.00 a pop I might have to wait until Santa drops down my chimney on Christmas Eve!!?
My lovely friend Serena came over on Tuesday evening for what we call “a light supper”. I raided the fridge and started pulling together a meal.. I had been given some runner beans by my boss at work. They were from her mothers garden so I wanted to incorporate them. I made a rather nice salad with chickpeas, garlic and sun dried tomatoes. I will have to post the recipe at some point.. It was delish! Along side that I made a marinated kale salad, mixed roasted veggies ( most from Cassie’s mums allotment.. Fennel, courgettes and Cavelo Nero) plus some tasty harrisa sweet potato wedges with alioli dip!! So tasty.. And it enabled me to give my fridge a bit of a clean in the process as it was pretty much emptied of fresh goodies! I need to get to the farmers market!
Little Sicily joined us in the courtyard for dessert and a glass of fizz! This picture reminded me of a quote from one of the songs from The Sound Of Music.. “I’d like to stay and taste my first champagne. Yes?”
On my day off I met up with my friend Cat for a catch up at Giraffe. I hadn’t been for years if I am honest but she fancied brunch and I figured it would be a good shout. She opted for a breakfast burrito and a red bush tea and I had a green smoothie.. I forget the name but it was full of papaya, banana and mint. It was very good! The burrito looked amazing.. I tried a little bite. It was spicy but very good. A good hangover cure I would say.. (Can I add I wasn’t hungover!)
After brunch we went to the farmers market.. There were lots of scrummy veggies.. I purchased some yellow tomatoes and a yellow summer squash from Shillingford organic.
After I had said my goodbyes to Cat I mooched up the High Street and discovered a free art exhibition in a little church. I stopped by obviously to have a nose around. I thought some of the work was rather good.. All portraits and nudes drawn by students at Exeter College.
I particularly like this oil on canvas but I think the red dot indicates it was sold.
After the exhibition it was on to Exeter central library to take out some cookbooks.. I just love reading and getting inspiration from cookbooks! The library is a great place to pick some up when finances don’t allow you to buy!
I got a good selection I think!
I purchased some more clogs!! You might remember my blog a few weeks ago about my new found love of Lotta from Stockholm clogs. I couldn’t resist the wonderful red colour! So bright and cheery.
Have a fabulous week everyone!