Japanese Koi Company

Spent the afternoon looking around the Japanese Koi Company in Henlow. Not only do they have the largest Koi I’ve ever seen, but they also have lots of other tropical fish, birds, reptiles, bunnies, ferrets and even hairless guinea pigs, which I’m still not sure if I like or not.

 
 


Curry Night

Tonight I decided as I’m home alone that I would cook a curry, Bombay potatoes, dhal and chili tomatoes.
 
When I cook for myself I’m so much more relaxed, I’ll experiment without a care because after all it’s only me who’ll be eating it, however tonight I wish that James had been here to try my Bombay Potatoes… they were amazing. I couldn’t even save him any, because even though I was stuffed and had made a large portion I ate them all! I didn’t really keep track of what I was adding as I cooked, I was just having fun, so as I ate them I grab a pen and paper and tried to recall everything, because I have to have these again.  I’ll type it up and share it with you tomorrow.
 
Bombay Potatoes
 
Quorn Madras


Chili Tomatoes

Dhal

Be My Valentine

I LOVE Valentines Day…. I really look forward to it and I think it’s a really cute day worth celebrating. Nothing over the top but just a little nod to acknowledged the day. This year I suggested to James that we have a £5 budget and the the challenge would be to buy each other the tackiest valentines gifts we could find. Not much of a challenge as the shops were full of goodies to choose from.

My five pounds managed to stretch to a pair of ‘Love Machine’ socks with a robot on them, heart shaped chocolates and a small bear with a heart on his chest. I received a Hello Kitty holding a heart… perfect.

I was also spoilt my my besties, Sarah and Paul with chocolates and jewelry. Such a fun day.

 
 
My Facebook Profile picture on Valentines Day
My gift from James

 


Necklace from Sarah

Matching bracelet from Sarah

 

Amazing chocolates from Paul

Brownie from Paul…yum!

Snoopers Paradise Brighton

Yesterday we took a day trip to Brighton, we walked around The Lanes, North Laine and ate at one of my favourite places to eat Wai Kika Moo Kau.

The best thing about Brighton, in my mind and heart is Snoopers Paradise… I could spend hours in there, getting lost amongst the cabinets full of old goodies from my childhood, antiques, old photos of unknown people and places and general randomness. They also have an upstairs now, which was like a vintage clothing and jewellery boutique… but I also found a cabinet full of tiny glass bottles with butterfly wings in them and other bugs. The guy who made them came chatted to me for a bit, telling me where he found the bugs and how old they were… I couldn’t quite decided if I liked them or not, but was interesting never the less.

It was such a pleasure introducing James to some of my favourite places.

 
 

Weekend Away

 A whole week off work. Lots of plans, people to see, places to go and James’s birthday to celebrate. To start the week off, I booked us a night in a lovely pub/hotel in Dorset, St. Leonard’s Hotel. The room was perfect… everything I hoped it would be. We also got to catch up with my Mum, Dad, Brother and his family.

 

 

 
 

Resolutions

One of my new years resolutions is to sell my unwanted items on eBay each month – a big contrast to last years resolution to buy a dress each month! So I am over the first hurdle, I have put my first item on, a very cute table and chairs that has sat in my outhouse since May after I replied it with my antique farmhouse table.

Since listing the item I have become addicted and I’m constantly checking to see how many watchers and bids I have. Currently 66 watchers, 8 bids, up to £45.99 and it still has 3 days 7 hours to go. Very exciting, a great resolution.