Prague in early spring, part 1.

Two weeks ago I went to Prague for a Lord of the Rings prom. It was just as fabulous as I’d thought it would be. I had serious chills during the whole performance, it was incredible. The whole trip began on Friday evening.


I was so glad to go away for the weekend.


Our view from the hotel window was incredible.


The same view in the morning.


There was a slight haze that morning but it was a very warm and sunny day.


The National Museum.


Spring is here, there’s no doubt about it.


Wenceslas square in the early spring morning? Yes, please.


We had a busy schedule but I managed to meet up with Ellie for a cuppa on Saturday morning. And we took our usual semi-awkward selfie. I just can’t do these properly. :)


Then I headed to Caffeine where my family were waiting for me. By the way, I really recommend that café. So lovely!


Curiosity I.


Curiosity II.


We thought it’d be a shame to waste such a warm and sunny day by being inside and headed to Stromovka, the biggest park in Prague. There were cherry trees in bloom and lots of dogs frolicking around. Stay tuned!

Waterlow Park.


Waterlow Park is a gorgeous park bordered on two sides by Highgate Cemetery. We were there on a sunny, warm June day and it was a perfect end to our afternoon.


We were very lucky because we were there for the Open Garden Squares Weekend and we could check out various amazing, interesting and sometimes a bit unusual gardens all over London. The Waterlow Park Kitchen Garden was one of them — and it may have been my favourite.


I’m pretty sure this was the best-smelling rose in the world.

Some biweekly highlights.

Life keeps getting in the way of regular posts so here’s a quick catch-up.

Last week was all kinds of wonderful because it was spring break and there were some extra ice skating public sessions that week, Monday through Friday, and as they were all around lunchtime, I managed to make all four of them. It made my week so much merrier and it made my much happier and more energetic. Also there weren’t many people there, surprisingly, which made the whole thing even more special.


So much joy. <3


I also got some new gym clothes (this has been long overdue!) and I’m very happy with all the purchases.


We had some gorgeous days for the past two weeks.


It looks like spring is definitely a-coming! It’s so very early this year! How marvellous. I can’t wait for all the blooming trees and bushes.

On another note entirely, here’s some rather photogenic food I had last week.

Vegetable salad with couscous, fuet, mushrooms and cheese.


Sadly, we had to use chorizo instead of fuet this time around because we’d ran out. Still incredibly delicious but I think I prefer it with fuet in it.


Cottage cheese & berries.

A mini birthday post.

It was my birthday 2 weeks ago. And my mum’s. And my sister’s was last week. Phew. We didn’t really have a proper celebration because we’re not exactly big on parties. We all got together, just the three of us and Eda and had a nice evening in, with mandarin cheesecake that was heavenly and some Lambrusco. Sadly, there are no photos of any of that as I’d injured my elbow earlier that day and I was in a lot of pain.
However, there are some photos of the wonderful flowers we all got for our respective birthdays.

Freesias.


Very Phantom of the Opera. Loved it.


Orchids.

Gorgeous tulips.

And these were my presents plus things I treated myself to.


Three of my all-time favourite prints.


I am more than ready to say goodbye to boots.


My Eda. ♥

Theatre last night: Fiddler on the Roof.

The play was fantastic. It was all I wanted to be and more. The ending was extremely difficult to watch and I was fighting my tears at one point there. I didn’t expect it to affect me so much but I’m glad it did. So far this seasons we’ve seen Hamlet, Ostrovsky’s Enough Stupidity in Every Wise Man and now Fiddler on the Roof. There are still two more plays to see before the season’s out. So far, Fiddler on the Roof has been the best out of these three. Can’t wait for the two last ones!

Here are two snaps from last night.


Hiya!


And here’s my mum because I thought she looked even lovelier than usual last night.

My February weekends.

My February weekends are usually quite boring because it’s dark and cold outside and I just want my books and lots and lots of tea. Everything’s different this year, though, there was no winter to speak of and it seems like spring’s come early so I’ve been feeling really energetic and motivated. I didn’t have my camera on hand every time (bringing it to a skating rink or to a pool would be too much of a risk) but at least I had my phone with me so I could document those special moments after all.

Weekend #1


2 hours of Pilates followed by some swimming — not too shabby for a Saturday afternoon! We were the only ones in the pool and it was fantastic.

Weekend #2

I spent most of Saturday with Lenka celebrating our birthdays (a bit too early but it was the only weekend we could make it work AND have only one child on our hands :))

He makes the best faces. :)


This might be my favourite photo of Lenka ever.


I feel like his hair is turning a little bit ginger. :P


If you’ve never had prunes wrapped in bacon, you should get on that STAT.


I got these for my birthday. <3 I'm currently attempting to save the for later, maybe for my summer holidays… but I'm not sure if I'll be able to make it until then.

Weekend #3


I went ice skating and it was superb. I loved every second, as ever.
#gingersonice


Afterwards, I had a slice of this delicious pie. Yum.

Weekend #4


Another extra 2-hour long Pilates class + swimming. I’m quite sad I won’t be able to attend the next extra class (which is in 4 weeks) as I will be out of town.


More ice skating on Sunday because it’s just so much fun and it makes me feel amazing.


And here’s an extra shot of my new(ish) pair of earrings that my sister gave me for Christmas. Good thinking. :)

And that’s it for February. I have high hopes for March. :)

A tulip Monday.


I decided to do something nice for myself today and I went and bought a bunch of flowers. It was such a great idea because it brightened up my whole day.


I also spent some time writing in my Listography book. It is incredibly calming and therapeutic and I don’t do it nearly as often as I’d like.


I love how colourful they are.


I need to do this more often. :)

Have a wonderful week!

Sunday breakfast.

Breakfast is my favourite meal of the day. I wish I could have a proper one every day but getting up at 5 am makes it quite impossible. I don’t have time to cook in the morning OR to savour it properly. This is why I love Saturdays and Sundays, because I can actually make something that takes more than 3 minutes to put together and I can sit there and enjoy it for as long as I like.

I found this recipe on Pinterest and it caught my eye. It’s really easy to make, it’s delicious, nutritious and also vegetarian and paleo-friendly, if you’re into that. Perfect really if you are bored of your usual, run-of-the-mill breakfasts.

You can find the recipe here.

I hope you’re having a wonderful weekend!

Puppy love.

Having Eda around before and during Christmas was fantastic but of course it made the separation even more painful. However, I might see her (and her human parents, my sister and her byfriend) in a couple of weeks. There will be several birthdays to celebrate and I’m really looking forward to seeing everyone.
For now though, here are some photos of Eda taken in December.


One of her favourite spots in the house: my bed.


She makes the best faces when she thinks she’s been caught doing something she wasn’t supposed to do.


My favourite girls.


We tried to put a Christmas hat on her. We failed.


Presents status: Eda approved.


She liked my little sister’s new reindeer.