Sunday, 13 July 2014

Adventures on My Bike #1

Tattenhoe Valley Park

Tattenhoe Valley Park

Furzton Lake

I went on my first long bike ride yesterday on my new Bobbin bike, it was a beautiful afternoon for a cycle ride, 26 degrees. I ventured on quite a long route, it was about 12km and I passed through a few new places I haven't been to before. I was impressed with the Tattenhoe Valley park, it is a long cycle route following a brook for a couple of miles, it was very peaceful with not many people around other than a few dog walkers and other cyclists.

I ended my ride round Furzton Lake, which I also sometimes run around, where I took this photo of a load of geese. They started to take offence after I took this photo and chased me away!

Sarah xoxo

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Life Lately #5

Watching - I've finished OITNB on Netflix so I'm back to Gossip Girl again. I've also been watching two of my guilty pleasure programmes - Buffy and Gilmore Girls. I'm also currently watching The Secret Life of Students on catch up, it reminds me so much of first year of uni. Oh, and the World Cup and Wimbledon too, obvs.

Reading - I've recently finished The Goldfinch which I read whilst I was on holiday. I really enjoyed the first nine tenths of it, but the last chapter or so I got a bit bored...I'm trying to get into The Luminaries but finding it hard going, has anyone persevered with it? 

Eating - I made the most delicious seared tuna steaks for dinner this week. I'd never cooked tuna steaks before but I was most impressed how they turned out. I've also been eating lots of fresh berries - strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries - delicious. 



Drinking - a lot of green tea. Latest variation is green tea with camomile, lavender and lime flower. I also had this sparkling elderflower cocktail last week to celebrate my new job :) 



Doing - I've recently finished a beginners yoga class, so I'm now 'graduating' to any of the various different types of yoga available at my yoga studio. Oh and I've been on holiday to Mallorca too: 

#holidayselfie

And to Kings of Leon: 


Hope you've been enjoying the summer so far? 

Sarah xoxo



Thursday, 10 July 2014

My new Bobbin Metropole bike

After months of saving up and waiting, today my beautiful new bike finally arrived. It's a Bobbin Metropole in mint green and I love it already. 

It's so beautiful: 


I've already been out for a quick test ride on it today, I'm planning on going out on it as much as possible whilst it's summer to enjoy all the beautiful lakes and woods around. I might start a new blog series of my bicycling adventures...

Sarah xoxo


Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Absence makes the heart grow fonder...?

Hi everyone, I must apologise for my absence from blogging for the last few weeks. I have been internet-less for weeks now (and still am); I’m posting this from work.

As you will know if you are a regular reader, I’ve been in the process of buying a house for some months now. It has been a long and very painful process so far. We thought we would be exchanging and moving out of our house at the end of March. It was all agreed. Unfortunately things haven’t worked out so smoothly. We are still in our old house, we haven’t exchanged yet and we are in a chain of awkward people who are generally very inefficient and don’t seem to share our urgency. For example, the people at the top of the chain are an old couple who a) went on holiday for 3 weeks without telling anyone and b) don’t use email, so everything has to go by post, meaning a 3-4 day turnaround for every enquiry. So frustrating! It has been a very stressful couple of months with our buyers threatening to pull out several times causing us no end of stress and problems.

The even more annoying part of the whole situation is that because I thought we’d be long gone by now, and we had our TV, phone and internet supplied by Sky who have a 30 day cancellation policy, I got everything cut off on the 6th April. So for the last month, we’ve been only able to use 3G data on our phones and watch DVDs. I’m missing Netflix so much! O2 have made so much extra money from me in data bolt ons, just to do the bare necessities of online life.

Hopefully I’ll soon have some good news on the house and it’ll be worth the wait, although I’m starting to feel like it’ll never happen as we’ve been waiting for so long now; it’s been seven months since we put our house on the market and we’ve been in limbo ever since.

Prepare Ahead and Save Money: Things to Consider When Buying a House
Image c/o Pinterest

I am missing blogging and have lots of posts in my head which I need to write; things I’ve bought, places I’ve been, food and recipes, so please bear with me and I’ll be back soon with some interesting reads!


xoxo

Monday, 7 April 2014

Healthy Recipe : Spinach and Chickpea Curry

This recipe is an adaption of this recipe, which I simplified to make it even easier without losing any of the flavour. 

Spinach is a great source of iron (as you will remember from Popeye!) which is important if you’re cutting back on the amount of meat you’re eating (as I am) as well as vitamin K, vitamin A, vitamin C, folic acid, magnesium and vitamin B2. Chickpeas are also a superfood full of protein, fibre and other vitamins and minerals. So basically, this recipe is delicious and super healthy. It’s also great if you are following a clean eating plan.

 You will need (to serve 2-3 people)

•    A tin of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
•    A tin of chopped tomatoes
•    A few handfuls of Spinach (fresh or frozen, I use frozen)
•    1 onion
•    Teaspoon of garlic and of ginger (I use frozen)
•    Handful of fresh coriander
•    1 teaspoon of : Cumin, Garam Masala, Curry Powder and Paprika
•    Brown Rice (60g per person for a medium portion, 75g for a large portion)
•    ½ a lemon
•    Teaspoon of sunflower oil

Instuctions
  1. Boil the kettle, and add the water to a pan with the rice. Brown rice usually takes about 25 minutes to cook, so this will cook while you make the rest of the curry.
  2. Chop up the onion
  3. Heat up a teaspoon of sunflower oil in a saucepan
  4. Add the onion, garlic and ginger and fry for a few minutes
  5. Add the spices and stir through
  6. Add the chickpeas and chopped tomatoes, then the spinach
  7. Let it all simmer until the rice is cooked
  8. Drain and serve the rice, and spoon the curry on top. Squeeze some lemon juice over the top.
  9. Enjoy!

Saturday, 5 April 2014

My first yoga class experience

Today, I attended my first yoga class at Whitespace Studio in Stony Stratford. They were doing an open day with free drop in classes, so I went along with Nick's sister Kate, her friend Gabbi and my friend Jess. I've never done yoga before, although in the past I have done pilates courses and the Les Mills BodyBalance classes (which is a combination of pilates, yoga and tai chi).

I was a bit worried about being the worst in the class as let's just say my balance is not the best (lol) but the class we ended up doing was a type of yoga called Yin yoga which didn't involve any standing on one leg (thank goodness). It was much more focused on doing less poses and holding them for a few minutes at a time. It was nice to have some time to relax after a very stressful week and stretch out some of my tense joints and muscles.

The studio is in a beautiful old building and is much bigger than I thought it would be. All the people working there were really friendly and made us feel very welcome. There were lots of people there for the open day, it was very busy and the studio had provided cakes and some Indian snacks (presumably from the Indian restaurant next door).

Jess and I ended up signing up for a 6 week beginners yoga course. Whitespace also do a whole timetable of lots of different types of yoga and pilates, but we thought we'd start at the beginning and work up to trying out some of the different classes once we've got the basics down. It starts at the end of April so I'm looking forward to learning more about yoga. Maybe I'll be balancing on one leg by the end of the 6 weeks....
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Image c/o Pinterest

Now I need to buy a yoga mat, does anyone have any recommendations? Have you tried yoga before?

Sarah xoxo

Friday, 28 March 2014

Wishlist : Matt Sage Green Bobbin Bike

I've been looking at ladies vintage style bikes for a few months now. I don't own a bike at the moment, but with summer on the way and an imminent move to Milton Keynes (for those who don't know, MK has miles and miles of redways which are safe cycling paths criss-crossing the city), I've been dreaming about swishing about on a beautiful bike complete with flower lined wicker basket filled with picnic food.

I'd never heard of Bobbin until last week when I walked past a bike shop near Embankment in London and saw a red one in the window. A quick browse of their website and I found that they do bikes in all different colours as well as selling their bikes in stores all over the world.

I think I've fallen in love with this beautiful sage green bike made by Bobbin. It's called a Birdie as according to Bobbin it "symbolises the start of a journey: to the end of the street and eventually beyond, out into the world, where untold adventures await."

Perfect:







The matt sage green is a new colour for 2014. It's so lovely.

Of course, I'd need the accompanying wicker basket too.




 Although I'd love to fill it with flowers like this:
Because my utopia will be compact, and the streets bike-friendly, everyone will bike everywhere. This will teach the citizens to be both environmentally conscious and health-conscious.
Image c/o Pinterest
Or this - I want a pug :) 
I will totally do this with my pug. In the basket on the front of my bike! TOO CUTE
Image c/o Pinterest

Someone please please please give me £395 so I can buy one?

Xoxo



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