Prague!

Two weeks ago, during the half term holiday I headed to Prague for a few days on a city break with Dan.  (How is it that we’ve already been home for over a week?  Where did that time go?!)

We had debated whether or not to take a holiday this Summer since long before I fell pregnant.  Despite having been together for more than 9 years our holiday experiences have been rather limited.  We headed to New York for New Year a few years back, and we took our honeymoon in Italy in the Summer of 2014.

New York with Vick and AlexAlthough I also spent several months in Idaho upon finishing High School, and helped organise a school trip to Malawi in 2012, there is a lot of Europe that I am yet to see, and as we would be traveling when I was almost six months pregnant, we thought it best to stay relatively close to our home country for our proposed trip!

sunriseThe original plan had been to sort something for August, when our two year wedding anniversary will fall, but an early investigation online meant that we soon realised I would no longer be able to fly at that stage of pregnancy.  So instead, two weeks before half term we booked our flights to Prague during the holiday – a city Dan had visited previously, but one I had only read about.

We traveled out from Birmingham airport on the Bank Holiday Monday, and our hotel was then a 40 minute journey from the airport by taxi.  Everything struck me as being incredibly cheap very early on in the trip.  Our taxi ride came to less than £20!

We couldn’t believe our hotel ‘apartment’ when we arrived.  Our motto has always been to not use too much of our holiday money on the accommodation, but to save our pennies for the fun memories instead.  Our hotel rooms are usually on the small side, with just enough space between the bed and the wall that we are able to shimmy around to climb into bed after a day of adventure!

So after we had checked in at our Prague hotel and climbed the six(!) flights of stairs we were very shocked to see that our usually very tight holiday quarters was this time made up of several incredibly large rooms, with our own kitchen area, lounge, a bedroom that was twice the size of our own back in England and a nice sized bathroom.

It didn’t take long for us to unpack and head out for a little walk in the surrounding area.  Purchasing a large pack of bottled water was a must.  It was super hot and I was already gasping for a drink!

Exploring Prague

On the first night we headed out for pizza at the restaurant next to the hotel.  Our meal consisted of one large pizza each, two pints of beer for Dan, two bottles of ice cold still water for me and a dessert for Dan.  In total, our meal out came to the equivalent of less than £18.  My two waters actually came to more than Dan’s two beers in price!

Beer and water in Prague

Day two and we ventured right into the town, where we waited to see the figurines appear on the astronomical clock.

Astronomical clock in PragueWe arrived a little before the midday appearance, and the square was packed with tourists, also waiting to view the figurines circle around the top of the clock when the hour was chimed.  The square cleared afterwards as quickly as it had crowded and already feeling rather peckish we decided to pick up a mid-morning snack.

Dan had managed to see some epic donut pictures on LadBible from Prague the week before our trip and so we were on a mission to find the magic looking doughnut cones, with insides covered in chocolate spread, and then filled with strawberries and icecream, topped with chocolate sauce.  In his preparation, Dan had even written down the address of the bakery we could find these magic desserts, but there was no need.  It turns out that the doughnut icecream cone is Prague’s speciality and we were spoilt for choice when it came to finding one.

Prague icecream cone

Dan had a few issues when it came to ordering his though…

The woman on the stall didn’t speak the best English and when Dan tried to explain to her that he didn’t want strawberries, just the chocolate inside his cone, she didn’t grasp that he was also still after the icecream.  She selected a cone straight from the hot grill which didn’t meet at a point at the bottom, proceeding to coat the insides with chocolate spread before handing the warm cone to Dan.  Dan pointed out that he did still want the icecream inside, but rather than pick up another fresh cone to fill she continued to fill the piping hot cone without a bottom with icecream.  Even before Dan had collected his change the bottom of his napkin had started to turn soggy with the melting mess!

We quickly found a set of steps to perch on so that we could try and consume our cones whilst making as little mess as possible.  I turned to see that there was a long trail of icecream drips from the stand to where Dan was sat though, and he had managed to get icecream all over his hands, his face, his jeans and his jacket.  Funniest thing ever!

Prague icecream coneSide-by-side comparison of my icecream cone and Dan’s one!

Most of our second day abroad was spent exploring.  After purchasing our icecreams we headed up to look at the Cathedral on top of the hill.  It was such a steep climb up to the very top in the heat and it seemed like every other person was heading back down in the other direction!  We made it eventually though and were treated to some beautiful views and a walk through the slightly sheltered gardens.  The forecast had threatened thunder since we arrived and so I had brought an umbrella along with us.  Good job, as, when we began our steep climb back down the hill again, the sky turned rather black and we could see fork lightning around us in several directions.  We hurried down the hill to try and miss the rain and managed to make it with just a few drips on the top of our umbrella.

Thunder clouds in Prague

It waited until we hit the bridge before absolutely hammering down.  We could barely see the sky had become so dark and the wind was so ferocious I thought several times that I was going to go off the side of the bridge led by the umbrella!  We eventually made it to the other side of the bridge only to struggle to push our way through by the arch as it contained everybody that had made a run for it when the rain hit.

We squeezed our way through and found the Museum of medieval torture, so decided to pop inside and avoid the worst of the rainfall before heading back to the hotel.

We were soaked through!

Thunder and rain in Prague

In fact, somebody followed us round the museum with a mop we had brought that much water inside.  Whoops!  We were literally squelching with every step!  The museum was interesting, but rather gruesome in places!

We headed back to the hotel for a couple of hours in the afternoon to avoid the worst of the weather and got ready to head to the Hard Rock Cafe that evening for burgers and beer (and non-alcoholic cocktails!)

Me and Dan at the Hard Rock Cafe, Prague(Trying to see if my mouth would stretch wide enough to fit round my sweet potato and mozzarella burger!)Me and Dan at the Hard Rock Cafe, Prague

I love when cocktails come with a whole side of fruit on the glass!

Having been to HRC in New York on our last trip, Dan and I decided that the list of Hard Rock Cafes should determine where we went on holiday next, and spent some time closing our eyes and pointing out random places in the list on our table!

By Wednesday we had already managed to see the majority of landmarks we had set out to see, so took our time wandering a little further afield and taking lots of photos.

Curved building in PragueCheck out that very twisted building we came across!

Photographing from the top of the bridge in PragueWe paid to go up to the top of the bridge tower and view out across the city.

Bridge tower in PragueIt looked so different from the day before when hundreds of tourists had been sheltered underneath it from the storm!From the top of the bridge tower in Prague

In the evening, we had managed to get tickets for a performance in the Rudolfinum and so we dressed up a little before meandering back into town again later that night.

Dan and me at the Rudolfinum, PragueUnfortunately, confused by the language once more, the seats we had managed to book were ‘poor visibility’ and I ended up sat right behind a pillar!

Our view at the Rudolfinum, PragueThis is the view from Dan’s seat, I sat one seat to the left, and wasn’t even aware there was a piano on the stage my view was that blocked!  Luckily, the people to the right of us never showed for the performance, so we scooched across and enjoyed clear views for the rest of the night!

Dan and me at the Rudolfinum, PragueThe building itself was beautiful and dressed up throughout with blue carpet and trim.Dan and me at the Rudolfinum, Prague

Our tickets were the equivalent of £7 each (although I’m sure would have been much more expensive had we not had quite such restricted views for the seats we paid for!)  The performance finished around 9pm and so we strolled back into the city centre to grab some al fresco dinner, just as the rain started up again.  Only a little drizzle though, and the restaurant we had chosen was under parasols.Eating out in PragueWe used our final morning to purchase a few souvenirs and gifts for people, chilling out with a twenty-minute horse and carriage ride around the city centre before lunch.  I wasn’t really feeling too hungry at lunchtime, but when I spotted this platter advertised at the Carte D’or cafe I knew we wouldn’t be leaving without ordering!Carte D'or icecream fondue

Our icecream fondue set came with four balls each of vanilla, chocolate chip, raspberry ripple and cookie icecream.  We chose milk chocolate for our fondue (although other types of chocolate were available) and we also received a bowl of nuts and platter containing apple slices, kiwi, bananas, cookie pieces and brownies.  This-was-amazing!  The icecream began to melt fairly quickly once it was out of the frozen counter, so the order of our selection was dictated for us, but there were no regrets!  The platter came to about £15 in English money, but if you can’t treat yourself whilst on holiday, when can you eh?!

Our flight ended up being delayed by over an hour on the way home, then we hit roadworks on what seemed like every single A-road on the way back, so it was fairly late by the time we arrived back in Northamptonshire.  As a treat, Dan let Bella sleep up on the bed with us and she then did not leave my side at all the following day!
Bella asleep on meHow do you decide where to head on your holidays?
Do you prefer sight-seeing holidays or relaxing ones?
Any fabulous local specialities you’ve found to rave about?!

Going off food!

Food just hasn’t appealed to me in a while.  This is Summer, I’ve been on holiday from work for the past month and have had plenty of time to experiment in the kitchen but the last thing I’ve wanted to do each day is eat or spend time playing with food.

Evening meals have been a last minute whatever-is-in-the-freezer attempt unless we have been going out to dinner, which we have done a few times over the holiday.

Dan threw together these veggie burgers for me the evening after completing the Grim 70.  I much prefer my flavourful veggie burgers topped with fresh salad to his boring, bland beefburgers.  They really filled me up but at the same time I would have been fine without.  I only really ate because I knew I should be eating.

Veggie burgers in a bapFor our anniversary, I ordered the same burger I always order from The Holly Bush Inn in Staffordshire, but I left some of the meal on the side.  It was still delicious and filled with flavour just like a pub burger should be, I just wasn’t feeling the food love that day.
Burger from The Holly Bush Inn in SaltI did enjoy my Prima Vera salad from Pizza Express when we used up the last of our BP vouchers earlier in the month.  I’ve come to realise that there are some places you can’t order a salad from as it ends up being a few soggy, questionable-coloured, limp leaves on a plate.  At those restaurants I actively avoid the salad selection.  Pizza Express really know how to do a good salad though, and I’ve been working my way through their salad selection using our vouchers over the past few months.
Pizza Express salad - Prima VeraIt’s been a long while since I have had a caesar salad out at a restaurant.  I think perhaps I overdosed on them in my early twenties when they were the only ‘healthy’ option available at restaurants.  I didn’t mind this one from TGI Fridays when we headed to Milton Keynes for Dan’s indoor skydive last week but was glad that Dan’s dish contained tomatoes so that I could steal them for a bit of variety.  It’s been a long while, but I always thought that caesar salad contained tomatoes too?  Am I wrong?!Caesar Salad from TGI Fridays

The first meal I felt that I really enjoyed since running Grim was last weekend when we visited Fakenham Garden Centre for a meal for my Dad’s birthday.  It was just a simple cheese and bacon stuffed potato with side salad, but I cleared my plate feeling happy and satisfied.
Stuffed jackets with side salad

Last night we went out to a jazz restaurant in Olney called Cafe Brio for something different and for Dan to have something to look forward to after his first day back at work after a fortnight off(!)  We ordered our meals and as our mains arrived, Neal Astbury started up singing some Michael Buble hits.  He really was very good and it made a nice change to have entertainment over dinner.

I went for the Chevre pizza which consisted of; Goats cheese, sundried tomato, mozzarella, roast peppers and tomato sauce.Chevre pizza at Cafe Brio, Olney

The dough of the pizza was delicious – I like my pizza bases to be nice and soft and this was definitely that!  I dipped the crusts in a large ball of garlic butter that we had on our table, and this topped the flavours off perfectly!

Because we wanted to stay a little longer we also ordered dessert.  I went for the Chocolate Fudge Cake with icecream.  To me, fudge cake has to be eaten warm, so I asked for it to be heated up, only our waitress forgot.  I didn’t want to return it as the icecream had already been added to the dish.  It wasn’t quite the same served cold, although I did still scrape the plate.Chocolate fudge cake at Cafe Brio, OlneyI think I am more of a Winter-eater than a Summer one.  I love roasted vegetables and warm soups with crusty bread.  Homemade comfort food served in a big pot and dished out from the middle of the table.  Although I love salads, at home they take a lot of preparation, and with Dan not liking a single salad ingredient it can be rather faffy having to prepare a salad for just me.  I do have several tomatoes growing on my plants outside now though, so am looking forward to adding a few to upcoming meals and perhaps making some homemade tomato soup to store in the freezer over Winter.

Running does suppress my appetite as well.  I find that I have to really ensure that I am eating enough in the evening after a run as my body just craves nice cold milk.  (That, I could drink all day!)

My appetite has started to reappear this week but I am hoping I will also feel the desire to experiment in the kitchen again soon as well.  I have enjoyed cooking and trying new recipes in previous years and this is probably the longest I have gone without really feeling the love.

I am planning on signing up to Hello Fresh to try and give things a kickstart.  I was going to today, although their meals for next week don’t really appeal to me as much as some of the ones I have seen them advertise so I’m going to see what pops up for the following week before committing.  (Anna wrote a great post a while back reviewing Hello Fresh if you are unsure what it is all about.)  I’m hoping it will sharpen up my cooking skills and give me some new ideas for dishes to experiment with.

Have you tried Hello Fresh?
Chocolate fudge cake: hot or cold?
Do you find running suppresses your appetite or that you ever just ‘go off’ food?
Should Caesar salad come with tomatoes?

Pilates, Whole Foods, bloggers and Coombe Abbey

This weekend was a busy one. I do love busy weekends but really struggle with getting back into the working week again afterwards when I haven’t made time for the housework, schoolwork and admin stuff I would normally slot in over the weekend.

On Friday evening I headed to Wellingborough Rugby Club where one of my old coaches was holding a charity race night (all races were pre-recorded and shown on the big screen).  Dan and I didn’t have much luck with the actual betting, but we did pick a winner in the raffle!  Dan graciously let me have the free one to one pilates session (I really couldn’t imagine him giving it a go!)Pilates win in the raffle

I’m a little nervous about somebody seeing just how weak and inflexible my body is, but at least in a one-to-one session I won’t be able to compare myself against lots of super supple people.  This week is a little busy with a 10k race on the calendar tomorrow evening, trail run with friends on Wednesday after school and then a parents evening on Thursday but hopefully I shall manage to book my pilates session for the start of the Summer holidays and it will work out as a nice way to wind down at the end of term.

On Saturday morning I headed to London to meet up with several other foodie/fitness/running bloggers and some classes from Vie Fitness & Spa of Ann Arbor. It was something I had both looked forward to and been incredibly nervous about for a long time. Some of the bloggers that I knew were going I regularly communicate with over blog comments/Twitter/Instagram but there were a few bloggers that I hadn’t heard of before, so most likely would not know who I was either. My biggest worry was that when we met up (outside Whole Foods at 1pm) that I would be stood right next to other bloggers without noticing and then there would be that awkward realisation a little while later, followed by an awkward silence coming from the embarrassment of not realising…  Awkward!

In the end I decided to give parkrun a miss in the morning rather than rushing back home following the run, showering and changing super quick, leaping in the car and storming off to London probably leaving my directions on the kitchen counter and forgetting my purse – which would without a doubt have stressed me out.
Instead, I decided to give myself a lot of extra time, enjoyed a little lay in and went through my directions in great detail with Dan. I decided it was probably easiest to drive down to Camden and so Dan found me directions to a parking lot not far from the station and I ended up arriving with plenty of time to kill at a little before 11am, long before our meeting.

Whole Foods was easy to find and after some brief stressful moments pushing through the crowds in the city I decided it would be best to find a pub with WiFi and perch up with my iPad until a little nearer the time. I am really not a London fan and much prefer to live life as a country bumpkin!

I hate London screenshot(As you can tell from my phone screenshot I’m rubbish at responding to social media alerts!)

Just before 1pm I headed back over to Whole Foods. There was someone outside.  Should I recognise them? (I didn’t!) I panicked, rang Dan and continued to walk round the corner on the phone. Turns out I shouldn’t have recognised them (unless they repeated the same ridiculous panic procedure as me but then instead of returning, left completely!) and as I turned back onto the street a few minutes later I spotted Anna. I recognised Anna from having read her blog for the past few years and so immediately felt a bit more relaxed.  As I got closer I could see that she was stood with Pip and Cat and not long after Ceri joined us as well.  I felt very silly for having a moment and being shy. I’d been looking forward to meeting up with the other bloggers for ages.

Our first task was to grab some lunch from Whole Foods to take to the park. This should be easy right? Apparently not! It did make me smile that all five of us spent a long time deliberating over what to choose. There was certainly much more choice than when I pop to Tesco on a Saturday lunchtime! I walked by as Pip was ordering a burrito box without the burrito and decided to follow suit. I am all about the variety when it comes to meals and so I got the guy behind the counter to throw everything in that box; rice, black beans, guacamole, lettuce, tomatoes, sweetcorn, red onion, sour cream… My box was overflowing with delicious food and I made a mental note to recreate this box for some of my lunches this week. I also picked up a pot of mixed fruit salad.

Whole foods burrito counter

Claire joined us before we headed to the park and the six of us found a nice half-shady-half-sunny spot out on the grass.  It was so hot out there on Saturday, the shade was a welcome break.  The chat was nice and relaxed over lunch. Mainly food natter with a bit of running thrown in. Anna had brought along her Cakeathon medal and my jealousy grew for how beautiful and HUGE and heavy it was in real life!

Anna and I blindly followed the London-based folk back out of the park and to inSpiral, a nearby vegan cafe, to meet up with a couple of other bloggers a little later.  I was glad it wasn’t just me that was a bit overwhelmed with navigating the streets of London!  I was amazed at how many runners were out on the streets in the middle of the afternoon.  It was so hot outside and the streets were so crowded I couldn’t imagine that getting a very consistent run in would have been particularly easy.  I’m glad I live where I do.

Once in inSpiral we met Laureen and Lily for drinks and cake.

Blogger meetup in inSpiral

Despite the eight of us having all blogged regularly for a while now we only managed to take one photo between us which included actual people.  (Picture above stolen from Cat!) But, we did all manage to take photos of our meals from the day.  But of course(!)

It was a great debate over what to drink.  In the end I settled on an inSpiral shake – ‘Made from a tub of our raw vegan cashew-based ice cream and blended with your choice of milk and a dash of agave nectar.’  I went for mint choc chip with almond milk and it was lovely and refreshing.  I do much prefer almond milk to cows milk since I have begun drinking it.  If only more places offered a choice like this!

My cake of choice was a Raw Hazelnut Tart – ‘creamy hazelnut and vanilla filling on an activated buckwheat, cacoe and hazelnut crust topped with a raw chocolate ganache.’

inSpiral Raw Hazlenut Tart

…I made the right choice!

I had a great day and chatted to so many lovely people.  I can’t believe how nervous I had been at the start of the morning now and wished I had chatted more.  With so much in common with everybody I’m not sure how I expected us to have nothing to talk about, because there was not a moment of silence once we had all met.  It was just a shame that the day seemed to go by so quickly.  I shall definitely be putting my name down for another meet up! :)

The drive home was a little eventful, as the fuel gauge display in my car would not display anything and I had no idea how much petrol was remaining in my car, or at what speed I was driving!  Once out of London I managed to pull over and turn off my car.  When I started it back up again the display seemed to work so I asked no more questions!

The following morning I was up bright and early to marshal at the Coombe Abbey running festival for Go Beyond.  The day was completely different to the Saturday and this time I had awoken to grey skies and constant drizzle.  The A14 being closed off and adding an extra 35minutes to my journey didn’t brighten my mood at all. Coombe Abbey running festival start line Go BeyondI was managing the registration tent on Sunday; directing runners to the right queues and running over to the chip guys with details of runners entering on the day.  The weather did pick up a lot later on in the day and I’m pretty sure my face got a little burnt in the afternoon.  I did get a few odd questions whilst chatting to runners before they collected their entry packs.  One runner had forgotten his money and wondered if he could pay in euros?!  (The answer, for anyone thinking of doing the same in future, was ‘no’ I’m afraid.)  Apparently the day before someone had asked the question ‘If it doesn’t rain this evening, will the course be dry?’  ?!

After seeing the last runner off over the finish line (10 minutes after the marathon had begun, as he had misjudged how long it would take him to get to the event!) I broke down the registration desk and moved over to the finish line where my next station point was at.  I do enjoy being on the finish line – giving out medals and seeing people achieve what they set out to do.

Go Beyond Coombe Abbey running festival medals

One runner really stood out on race day.  Rosanna Andrews from Northampton Road Runners was running the half marathon and won it.  Outright.  First lady, but also the first person to cross the finish line for the half marathon distance!  Her Mum was also the third lady over the marathon finish line. I’ve never watched a race before where a woman has come first!  There was actually less than two minutes between the first guy and the first lady for the marathon as well.  With the course set on loops (12 loops for the marathon distance) it was really exciting to monitor the current placings as runners started each new lap and to keep track of who was in the lead.

I was absolutely knackered by the end of the day though and enjoyed a little nap back at home before tea!

How do you prefer your weekends?  Busy or relaxed?
Have you ever met people through their blog before?
Favourite random question you have been asked as a marshal?!
Have you ever witnessed a woman beating all of the men in a race?

A parkrun pacer

Yesterday afternoon at school a rather exciting package arrived.

Classroom fan without bladesMy classroom is yet to have air conditioning installed.  Air conditioning is a rather expensive luxury so as a temporary solution, I was asked to source some fans for the Computing department.  I chose to order four of these Dyson bad boys.  They look rather pretty huh?!  They have no blades so child-finger safe and are really quiet so I can still teach over the top of them being on.  They oscillate (a word I only learnt the meaning of yesterday!) and have a nifty little remote control that you can stick in place on the top as the fan itself is magnetised.  I’m looking forward to being much cooler in school next week!

By 3:30 yesterday afternoon, Dan had rung to say he was going to be late picking me up after work.  My school finishes at 3pm, – much earlier than most.  Dan finishes work in Cambridge at 4pm so usually gets to my school a little before 5pm to pick me up for the drive home.  Usually I stay in the classroom and get some marking done, but it was so nice and sunny yesterday afternoon that I decided to head out on a walk and ring one of my closest friends for a catch up instead.

I headed out along the river and took some pictures using my school iPad along the way.

River walk after school River walk after school River walk after schoolI was rather concerned that I still felt rather exhausted from the run on Thursday evening.  When I’d woken up that morning I felt a bit stiff and lacking in energy.  I hoped that I hadn’t ruined my chances of a good race at Shires and Spires on the weekend.  I had promised a friend that I would try and pace her to a sub 30 minute PB at Northampton parkrun on the Saturday morning though.  30 minutes is a very achievable time for me, so I wouldn’t really be pushing it, and I hoped that the easy run would loosen my legs ready for the ultra the following day.

When chatting to my friend yesterday evening, I discovered that her PB currently stood at 31:59 so I tried to convince her to aim for just under that to hit a new PB instead, but she was very insistent that she wanted to aim for sub 30 pace.  To a non-runner, two minutes over a 5k sounds like no time at all, yet I would be stoked if my parkrun PB time suddenly jumped from 26:55 to 24:55! (impossible!)  I thought it would be better to head out at a 31minute speed (10minute miles) and if she was feeling OK in the second half, pick the pace up to take a new PB, but I really struggled to pull her back at the beginning.  She briefly ran a sub 9mm pace which I knew she wouldn’t be able to maintain.  After about half a mile I finally managed to pull her back enough to get into a bit of a rhythm.  We stayed between 9:30-10mm for a little stretch and I was doing my best to think of lots of conversation to keep her mind busy so she wouldn’t think about her legs and crash and burn.

She gradually started to fade though and struggled up the hill the second time round, after having powered up it the first time round the two lap course.  From here she kept asking to walk but I wouldn’t let her.  As we reached the playground (300m from the finish-ish) I told her to start extending her stride and picking up the pace.  She told me very definitely ‘no’, but I picked up my pace slightly and she followed, before leaving me to sprint the grass finish for the final stretch.  Crossing the line in 31:43, a 16 second PB for her.

I had been checking my watch for pace and total time for the final three quarters of a mile trying to do the math.  I knew she probably would achieve a PB but I was trying to judge by how much.

I jogged in behind over the line, finishing in 31:45, position 289/365 and gender position 92/144.

I feel that I can pace 30 minutes pretty well – as proven in parkruns #22 and #23.  However, when pacing somebody there is a lot more to consider than just sticking to a monotonous pace.

– What topics to talk about that don’t require responses other than grunts.
– Assessing if they can no longer maintain the required pace.
– Assessing if their goal is achievable for them on the day.
– Adjusting pace dependent on other runners around on the course.
– Lots of maths!

After getting our barcodes scanned, we found Laura and headed to Magee Street for our what has become our regular Magee Street bakery fix.

Magee Street Bakery, NorthamptonLaura and I have been several times now after parkrun but have never had to queue before.  That is, until today.  The queue was right out of the door!  Our secret spot is out!

Magee Street Bakery, NorthamptonOnce we were inside though, we could easily grab seats and relax with our goodies!  I went for a feta, sun-dried tomato and olive tart and it was delicious.  Might try to recreate this one at home once I get my new kitchen.

Magee Street Bakery, Northampton - Feta, sun-dried tomato and olive tart

 

Whilst I had been out, the lady buying our house had popped round with some mail that had gone through her letterbox for us.  She told us that all paperwork has now been completed for our house and has been sent back to the solicitors so hopefully we should receive another moving date soon.

After a little tidy up, Dan and I decided to head out for lunch as it was still so sunny.  Sunny, not muggy thankfully, as I would NOT be happy if it was like it was during the week tomorrow for the race.  We decided that pub lunch in a beer garden was the only option for today so headed to Samuel Pepys and were the sole occupants of their lovely beer garden.

Samuel Pepys beer garden, NorthamptonshireA nice cold cider and chicken and pesto baguette with side salad and vegetable crisps went down well in this weather!

Samuel Pepys, Northamptonshire. Chicken and pesto baguette

Have you paced anyone before? – How did you find it?
Do you find that non-runners don’t give credit to how much seconds count over short distances?!
How have you been made the most of the weather this weekend?