Anyhoo. I won't bore you all with every single detail of my week at home. I really didn't do very much other than the things I've just mentioned, and a little bit of shopping. In fact, I had one majorly successful shopping trip to Craigavon shopping centre (dizzy heights!) with my parents in which I bought a dress I'd been after (but unable to buy online) the elusive green cardigan and yellow belt I've been looking for, and a nice blue cardigan as well. I also did a lot of window shopping with my sister, and accidentally (drunkenly) bought a dress from a friend. I have no self control. But then, you all knew that.
On the Wednesday of my visit home I hopped on the bus down to Belfast (cheaply thanks to Ulsterbus and their 'summer rambler ticket') to meet up with two dear friends, Roseability and Clarabelle. We had an accidentally cheap lunch at a well known chain of pizza restaurants (they brought us the wrong bill) and then spent the afternoon drinking outside in the drizzle at a fabulous bar called Muriel's. It's on Church Lane (opposite the side of the In Stores) if you're in the Belfast area, and it's worth a visit. We had a canopy to shelter us from the drizzle and lots and lots of Sauvignon Blanc. Apparently the eponymous Muriel was a lady of ill-repute, running a hat shop on the ground floor and a knocking shop on the first floor. The bar is decorated accordingly. I didn't have my camera with me, so I only have grainy vignette snaps, but it is a really lovely bar with friendly staff and well worth a visit. It felt very decadent to be lushing it up with two beautiful ladies, it was an excellent day.
Upstairs in Muriels
I've got a few photos from the week that I'll share with you guys. These are dog heavy, because the dog kind of pushes herself into the foreground.
This is a cafe in Belfast. I stood for about ten minutes trying to figure out what the name meant, before I figured out the missing letter. I am so lame. Wind OR Dairy?
Oh, but I do have one totally mad story to share with you. I can't find evidence of this elsewhere on the internet to back it up, but I have been assured that it is true! One of my mental uncles (one of the ones we don't talk to because he's an asshole) was BURIED ALIVE FOR CHARITY. Guys, I'm sorry about the capital letters but seriously. BURIED ALIVE. Apparently it was to raise money for the local gaelic football team and youth club. So, you can see the thinking there, right? No? Me neither. A cousin who is an undertaker supplied the coffin (which had a tube for air, I guess) and led the funeral procession, there was a funeral mass and my uncle's wife and friends pretended to be in mourning for the two days he was buried alive. You could not make this shit up. I don't know how much money he raised. I don't even care because he's an asshole.
Anyway. Yeah. So that happened. But the rest of the week was lovely, and it was really nice to get back to Leamington on Saturday. Nic was waiting for me at the airport and he'd cooked me dinner and it was just so nice to sleep in my own bed (my bed at my parents' house is too soft because it has about three mattresses on it!) And the sun came out on Sunday, which was also lovely. I had a long lie in, read some of my book, and then Nic and I went out for a wander in the sunshine and to forage for blackberries.
Nic was very pleased with his crop. He was thinking of the apple and blackberry crumble he was going to have later
Going back to work on Monday kind of (totally) sucked. Especially as Monday starts with an utterly soul-destroying meeting in which someone usually says something pissy which makes me feel depressed. So, yeah. Today was better though, marginally, because we had an office party in the afternoon. So free wine helped dull the pain, and running into the gorgeous Louise on my way home made the afternoon unexpectedly excellent.
Yeah. I caved in and bought this in the Fever sale, and it arrived just before I went home. So I've already worn it lots - and having worn it to work it's a wee bit wrinkly in this photo, and I'm a wee bit wine-wrinkled my own self. But what are you going to do?!
Right, I'm off. Nic is just about to serve me up my dinner (veggie sausages and mash - yum!) I'll be back soon though. Honest.