Life Rambles: Friday Favourites #19

Gosh it’s a chilly start to the day, what’s with that? I actually saw a blanket of daffodils at the weekend and thought that meant that spring had arrived, but maybe not. It looks like spring is on hold for a few more days. But at least it’s started to arrive, I’ll hold that in my mind for now. It’s Friday so I’m going to share a few of my favourite things from the last week. I love looking back on the previous week and remembering the small bits of joy that have come my way.

First up is last weekend’s run. In the half marathon training plan that I’m following Sunday’s are the day for long runs. Sunday’s run went as follows; warm-up, run 60 minutes, walk 15, run 60 minutes, cool-down. So 135 minutes sandwiched between a warm-up and cool-down. If I’m honest I wasn’t looking forward to it as I get quite bored running sometimes. Luckily I was running with Fi so we planned a route through London to distract us. It went a little something like this Victoria > Buckingham Palace > Green Park > St James’s Park > Embankment > Blackfriars Bridge > Gabriel’s Wharf > The Cut > Elephant & Castle > Stockwell > Clapham Common.

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This route actually worked out quite well, and I can see good places to extend it for next week’s longer run. We didn’t run together the whole time – we went our separate ways about halfway through. But it was a good run. In fact I hit the 12 mile mark, which I am extremely pleased with. A very productive Sunday morning I think! I also snapped the picture above of Buckingham Palace as I was crossing the bridge in St James’s Park.

Now for a bit of shopping talk. I’ve finally spent the last of my John Lewis vouchers from my 30th birthday! It only took me 10 months! But I wanted to make sure I got something to keep, so of course it was going to be new house related. I love the idea of touch lamps. However until now the only ones I’ve found are more suited to a gentleman’s dark wood study than my room. You know the ones I mean, gold metal and then odd green glass as the lightshade. Not really the look I’m going for in any part of my house, especially not in my bedroom. Thank god that John Lewis has moved with the times as I’ve been able find this glorious grey version with the cutout lampshade, the lamp casts a glorious pattern on my bedroom wall and is just what I needed to make the room feel more like me. There’s something about pockets of muted lighting that just scream cosiness and comfort.

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I nipped into Primark the other day looking for appropriate work wear for my upcoming work trip to India and I stumbled across a couple of cheap and cheerful gems. You know the sort of things I mean, the bits and bobs that catch your eye and make you smile. I couldn’t resist nabbing this fabulous cup, I’m in love with the gold and mint colour and every time I see the word ‘Hello’ I start singing like I’m Adele. Although actually it turns out that this is not an ideal situation when I’m in the office!

I also found a canvas bag with my initial on in a 3d printed letter. Anytime I see something stamped with an ‘L’ I’m all over it. It’s probably something to do with my younger years and trying to make everyone realise that I am Laura, not Fiona. There’s nothing like being called the wrong name over and over again to make you want to remind everyone in subtle (or not so subtle) ways! It’s the perfect thing to throw in my ‘real’ bag for unexpected shopping trips.

Also this week I’ve rediscovered my favourite salad. Spinach, lettuce, tomatoes, roasted sweet potatoes, mozzarella & chicken with a drizzle of sweet chilli sauce. Perfecto. Last night with a fridge full of food, I decided that this was all I wanted for dinner. I don’t often have cravings for salad, normally I’m all about the pizza and ice cream, but this salad is so delicious that it deserves to be craved.

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I’m currently reading The Boy That Never Was and I’m hooked after one day. I’m 100+ pages in and counting down until the end of the day so that I can get on my South Eastern train and dive back into the story. I can highly recommend.

What have been the highlights of your week?

Laura xx