I'm in a bit of a strange place at the moment where my personal life is absolutely brilliant and I'm really happy, but work is horrible and making me very angry. The fact that I'm happy outside of work is getting me through the work days but I also feel a bit like the happy smile is a mask between the hours of 9 and 5. I'm lucky to have good friends in my workplace who understand but a lot of the time I'm smiling determinedly but inwardly feeling like I want to swing for someone. I'm finding ways to cope with it, but it's really tough. As I said, focusing on how many good things I have going on is helping and this past weekend was a welcome break from the work stuff.
As you know, I spent Friday afternoon and evening sewing away. Nic had a long lie-in on Saturday morning but I got up early-ish to redo the zip on my Home Sewing is Easy dress and to finish the seams. The sun was shining and putting some finishing touches to the dress with a big mug of coffee was most pleasant. After breakfast, Nic and I went out for a walk in the sunshine and went for lunch at Stone Monkey. Stone Monkey is really fab - it's very laid back and cosy and the food is utterly delicious. We lingered over lunch and coffee, reading and chatting, before heading back into town through Clarendon Square:
Sewaholic Cambie dress and Vivienne Westwood for Melissa Lady Dragon Wing shoes
As you can see, it was very sunny! I'd put one of my more wintery coats on but of course I ended up carrying it. Because the Cambie dress is lined it's actually pretty comfortable in cooler temperatures and you won't be surprised to learn that I'm planning on making some more.
Because, you know, I DO multiples. This is my sixth pair of Lady Dragons. When I find a style I like I bloody well stick with it, don't I? Don't come here looking for innovation, folks:
I've sold a few things on ebay recently so I treated myself to these. They were sort of a consolation because the pair I wanted were sold out in my size and I feel sort of bad for the shoes now, because they're just brilliant. I think they're just on the fabulous side of ugly. Like my other pairs of Lady Dragon shoes they're really comfortable and they were just right for an afternoon walk. We had planned to get back early but the weather was so gorgeous we lingered in the park for a while before walking along the river.
We had planned to go home at this point, but were seduced into staying out for a last drink on the terrace of the Grand Union to watch the sun set over the canal. I know most places look nice in the sunshine, but Leamington is especially beautiful. I feel very lucky to live here.
Leamington Spa Mission in South Town
Nic and I had a quiet Saturday evening in, I hemmed my dress and watched a DVD. Once the sun went in, it was very cold and it was freezing in our bedroom. I went to sleep with the hood of my onesie up! But Sunday was sunny and gorgeous and I had a grand day parading around in my new frock. In the afternoon we went along to Wilde's for their monthly Jazz jam.
Wilde's does an absolutely cracking Mojito. The wine was Nic's and was very good, too!
After dinner we were back out, to meet some friends for drinks in a nearby pub. All in all it was a really sociable, fun weekend. I felt revived for the week and I'm still feeling the benefits of it now. Sunshine or not, I'm hoping for a similarly enjoyable weekend this time, especially if this fabric I bought on Monday arrives on time for some weekend sewing!
Alexander Henry - From The Hip
Now. It's cold, and I am lame. So I'm going to go to bed. Goodnight!