My week in 15 pictures (and some words).

I took a week off work — well, almost. I only taught 6 am – 9.30 am and spent the rest of the day with my sister Beth and Eda. My other sister is on her holiday right now so I get to have her for 2 full weeks. :) Beth really wants a dog of her own so I’ve been trying to show her how much responsibility it is to take care of one. There was no need to stress the pros of having a dog because really, having Eda around is wonderful. She’s extremely affectionate, she adores her pack of humans and she’s just a sweetheart.

We took long walks every day. I couldn’t have chosen a better week to take off work (more or less). It was super warm and sunny all week long.

However, with the hot weather also came the storms. Every day. Eda’s extremely anxious about them so it was rather painful to watch her being so stressed out about them. When they were finally over, she was so exhausted that she slept for hours on end. Like this:

We also went to the zoo, as we do every year. I didn’t take my camera along for the ride this time because I took some pictures in the London Zoo (stay tuned!) and I thought it’d be a bit too much. There are a couple of pictures up on my instagram, though. So here’s just a pic of me with Beth and another one with my mum. By the way, my dress is Yumi and the pictures don’t do it justice.

We decided to eat out that day because we’d been too tired to cook. So this happened:


No regrets. It was delicious.

Saturdayy was fun as well. Me and my friends had a barbecue in Marek’s garden where there is also a pool. It was a fantastic, fun night. But more on that later, it deserves its own post.


Martina made me this gorgeous lavender flower crown last night. I’m wearing it to work tomorrow.


Today we’ve decided that we’re going to try and grow some avocado plants. I’m curious to see how this will go. Plants don’t like me much and they tend to die quite quickly when I’m around. :P


This was our lunch today: Jamie Oliver’s Broccoli salad with halloumi cheese. It was dreamy.


We also put up one of the souvenirs we brought back from Oxford. :P

And here are two more photos of Eda, just because.

Have a great week you lot!

Chia pudding with cherries.

This is probably my new favourite summer dessert. Chia pudding with seasonal fruit — it hits the spot when I’m craving something sweet and at the same time it’s healthy and light. Perfect for summer.

I used:

1 and a half cup almond milk (this was my preference — you can use coconut, rice, soy — whatever floats your boat)
1/4 cup chia seeds
2 teaspoons cocoa powder
2 tablespoons maple syrup (again, depends on your preferences — the original recipe said 3 tbsps but I tasted it after 2 and it was definitely eonugh for me)
1 cup cherries (or any other seasonal fruit — I can’t wait to make it with raspberries)

Mix the almond milk, chia seeds, cocoa powder and maple syrup together in a bowl and put it in a fridge for at least 4 hours. I left it in there overnight. And that’s it.

Two brilliant weekends.

The first June Sunday was special because my friend Marek came back from his one-semester-long stay in Scotland. We were the first batch of friends to meet up with him.


Marek, Martina & Veronika.


Veronika & I.


I spotted some cherries on the way to the pub! Nothing says summer quite like cherries.


Last weekend, I had to solve a tough logistical problem: how do you dress for ice skating when there’s 30° C outside? I sorted it out eventually and had the best time back on the ice after some 7 weeks of not skating (due to ice rink inspection). I love that I don’t have to wait until autumn/winter to go skating again. I have so much work to do, so many things to improve on and so many new things to try, eventually. It makes me so happy. I tend to approach ice-skating the same way as I do yoga. I focus on the joy it brings me — and it seems to be working for me.


This was our Sunday breakfast. It was 25°C of course we decided to eat on the terrace.


Veggies and a home-made smoothie (mango, banana, tangerine, mint).


You just can’t beat a morning like that.


I picked these flowers on my way from ice skating on Saturday.

I love our little terrace garden.


We had salmon and cous cous with veggies for lunch.


Our new dahlias.


Leftover cous cous and a tomato salad with dill for dinner.


I love dill. I think it’s severely underrated.


I want more weekends like that.

The hospital experience.

This is not the post I thought I’d be making but such is life. If you don’t like hospital-related stuff, you’d better skip this one.

Last week I had to go to the hospital in the middle of the night because I was in too much pain. A brand new experience all over, my first time riding in an ambulance and all that. By 3.30 am I was lying in a hospital bed with an IV in my hand (more firsts) but finally I could feel the pain going away.

I spent the next few days reading and being afraid of what the hell is going on. They did a lot of tests but they were all coming back all right.

Luckily, I had some visitors every day because let me tell you, the days seem twice as long in the hospital. There’s not much to do and I would always wake up really early, which made the day seem even longer.


My mum and Lenka came every day.


On Thursday I could even step outside. I was chuffed as it was 30°C and it smelled like summer.

They released me from the hospital on Friday around the noon. I have to be careful and watch for anything that might make it flare up again (as it is my back that is causing the problem, as opposed to gallbladder or kidneys, which were originally thought to be the culprits) but I am more or less all right now.

It could have been much, much worse.

As walking and generally moving around does me good, the first thing I did last weekend was visit Lenka. I was greeted by a very happy baby.


He’s always so smiley! Adorable.


My mum with baby Tom.

I’m still trying to spin this experience into something positive — and I think I’m getting there. It’s not necessarily bad to realise that we’re not going to be around forever and thus we should make the best out of the time we have here. That’s the angle I’m going for.

Monday brunch.


I usually start at 6.30 am on Mondays but many people cancelled on me today so I decided to make the best of it and have a proper breakfast/brunch for once.


Here’s the whole thing.


Grapefruit.


Millet porridge with a teaspoon of peanut butter, banana and some grapes and almonds.


Lilacs. My favourite flowers. Can’t get enough of them.

Have a great Monday you lot!

Easter weekend snaps.

I have been dog-sitting for the past week and a half and it’s been a lot of fun! The only downside to it is that I have much less time than I’m used to — I’m trying to spend all my free time outside with Eda because the weather has been extremely nice and warm lately and it’d be a shame not to. For that very reason I’m super late posting these photos — but I hope you’ll enjoy them anyway. :)


The thing is, we don’t really do Easter. We’re not religious at all and there are some local Easter traditions that we despise so we don’t actually celebrate it. But we wanted to celebrate the return of spring so we actually decorated this year!


We’re big cider fans.


Our traditional Easter tea cakes.


All done!


Making what we call the “spring stuffing”. (You’re supposed to put in nettle but we couldn’t find any anywhere so spinach had to do.)


This year, we decided to do it differently and make it into fairy cakes.


It was a success.


Lamb with some sprigs of rosemary.


The finished product.


We made a rhubarb crumble trifle.


The recipe is from the April issue of BBC Good Food. You can find it online here.


I love these egg cosies!


I was worried about how I’m going to handle a dog on my insane schedule for almost 3 weeks but I have to say it really has been amazing.SHE is amazing.


And also terribly cute, of course.