It’s been another manic weekend for me but I’m not complaining; it’s been wonderful. I was out of the house for a good 13 or so hours yesterday which, unless it’s been work related, hasn’t happened for a long, long time. I met my friend on the train to Brighton in the morning after a little bit of confusion over which trains our tickets were valid on. We had a good catch up on the train and headed down to the pier once we got to Brighton, getting caught up in some local school parade on the way!
We made the error of walking through the arcades on the pier and spent the best part of an hour playing on the 2p machines. It was so nice to just be playing games like we had when we were both young and just talking and laughing carelessly. Much to our excitement, we won lots of our 2ps back (which of course, went straight back into the machines) along with some lollies and a weird looking teddy bear model in a suit! It’s crazy how addictive those games are – especially when you can see that the coins are hanging right on the edge (I mean, they always are because that’s how it’s designed but that doesn’t stop you believing you’re on to a winner!)
We wandered around the lanes for a little bit and stopped off for a drink before heading to the Seven Stars pub for lunch. We laughed so much while we were walking around the lanes, it was a completely beautiful, care free moment – mainly triggered by a group chat on WhatsApp with some of our other girls and lots of photos of double chins! Like I said in my last post, your friends don’t have to be with you physically for you to all have fun together.
Lunch was delicious – we both had pulled pork with a BBQ sauce in brioche buns. Simple, yet amazing! The pub had a really good selection of craft beers and made their own flavoured gins which they make amazing cocktails with. Feeling a little bit tipsy and seeing lots of football fans descending into the centre of Brighton, we decided to head back to the train station and home again. It was a perfect day and, like Beth said, no matter how long we don’t see each other for, we always pick up right where we left off.
Getting back into Victoria, I then made my way across to Dalston Junction for my first visit to this summer’s Street Feast. I went to all of the Street Feast locations across London last summer and Dalston Yard was by far my favourite so I was super excited when I got an email a couple of weeks ago saying that it was back again! I topped up my alcohol levels with some more craft beers and filled my belly with mini sliders, ribs and some salted caramel brownies (oh hi chubbs!) We found a perfect place sit and watch people as we carried on drinking through the evening.
I’ve been ignoring my emails for a couple of days so had over 200 to wade through, read, delete, file, blah, blah, blah and lots of new blog posts from other bloggers to catch up on (I always sign up to the email subscriptions on blogs that I love so that I never miss anything). Then I made a start on my own blog posts for this week whilst watch The Beach – always a good film to watch when you’re thinking about travelling.
I sorted through the huge pile of notebooks that I’ve collected recently, all of which have business and blog notes in them in no particular order – it feels good to be a little more organised again.Then I set aside some time to work on the business plan and website for my new venture which will hopefully be my source of income for when I leave the UK to go travelling. It’s been a lot of hard work so far but I feel like I’m slowly starting to make progress!
I’d pencilled in some time to take some back up photos for the blog, Twitter, Facebook etc. so that I could edit them and file them away ready for those days when I’m struggling for inspiration or just out of images but I didn’t actually get round to that as I got side-tracked by ironing (jeez am I getting old?)
Finally, I made an updated “To-Do” list which, rather ironically, is longer than the one I worked through today! But that’s not for today, future Dani can worry about that.
It’s been a busy but amazing weekend. Now the chicken is cooking nicely in the oven and I’m going to chill out with a lovely Sunday roast and a film this evening and pretend that the weekend isn’t over!