Month: June 2016

Thinking About: Reinvention

Reinvention is a word I’ve heard and read often in the last few months, and it feels particularly relevant now. It seems to be a time of life for many of us where perhaps kids are all grown up, grandchildren on the way, career changes (voluntary or not) or retirement are imminent, and rather than slowing down we’re looking ahead and asking “what’s next?” It’s an exciting (and a little bit scary) time, but the good news is that we have some experience under our belts, we’ve lived through some ups and downs, and often have more confidence and inner resources to marshal now than when we were younger. We’ve come to realise what a precious gift Time is, and are determined not to squander it. Looking ahead, my goal is to motivate myself to posting more frequently and regularly. Some of the things I will aim to do during my Reinvention: The important thing is to remain open to new friendship opportunities. ‘Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever’ I will do some freelancing/consulting …

Birkin Tea Room

Cyclists, fishing ponds and a little tea room, Birkin Tea Room fits the bill, service with a smile and a price list that won’t break the bank. We were ladies who do afternoon tea for birthday treats. This quaint little tea room in the village of Birkin, tucked right at the bottom of North Yorkshire, is a great place to stop off for afternoon tea. Serving a good variety of sandwiches, both hot and cold, great coffee and a vast array of scrumptious homemade cakes, plus several specials of the day – it’s the place to be! Birkin Tea Room were nominated as one of the “Official Team Sky” cafes’ for the recent Tour De Yorkshire Stage 2. They even provide bike racks for the numerous cyclists that visit! A nice hot chocolate must be the perfect way to warm up after a bike ride. Afternoon tea is great value, tiered plates arrive with finger sandwiches and a small quiche, a scone with clotted cream and jam, and topped off with a selection of homemade …

C’est La Vie – Vendredi

Sometimes we bumble along, feeling life is good, all is normal, confidence at a high, and then wham…… Been a disappointing week or so for me, but that is absolutely nothing compared to the sadness of the family of Jo Cox. Here are a few Friday photos, snippets of my soul, which make me happy and smile….and look forward! Loving my garden in June, and Grey Goose needs a coat of paint! G ∼♥∼ G

Copenhagen in Three Days

A couple of weekends ago a friend and I  landed at Copenhagen Airport, with an address for an Airbnb apartment, a 72 hour Copenhagen City travel pass, and an exciting prospect of three days ahead to explore this Danish capital city. I absolutely adored our three days in Copenhagen and here are the reasons why: Unbelievably cool Scandi design and our delightful Airbnb Copenhagen was my first Airbnb stay and it literally couldn’t be topped – I’m now an enormous advocate of Airbnb. The apartment in residential Christianshaven was both 5 stops on the Metro and 15 minutes from the airport, right next to one of the many canals. It belonged to a doctor in southern Denmark, their flat was clean and bright, with minimalist features that gave me the impression of living inside a friend’s house. Having a kitchen for breakfast and a relaxing lounge, with a balcony view over the canal just made our trip. Cycles everywhere You have to watch out for them when crossing a road. The city’s small and the cycle …

Iced Raspberry Green Tea Limeade

Pretty. Refreshing. And pretty refreshing. This unique, naturally pink green tea limeade is the perfect drink for summer – or any other time of year. Now we just need to bring on SUMMER. INGREDIENTS for 2-3 servings: 500ml water 100g fresh or frozen raspberries 60g granulated sugar Zest of one lime 2 bags green tea, or loose leaf green tea in T-sacs Juice of 2-3 limes (depending on size/juiciness) Lime slices and/or fresh or frozen raspberries for garnish (optional) DIRECTIONS: In a medium saucepan over medium heat, bring the water, raspberries, sugar, and lime zest to a boil. Stir until sugar is dissolved, about a minute or so, then remove the pan from heat. Add green tea bags and steep for exactly one minute. Remove tea bags. Let sit for 10 minutes. Strain through a fine mesh sieve. Discard solids. Let cool to room temperature, about 20 more minutes, and then stir in the fresh lime juice. Add ice to individual glasses and pour over ice to serve. Add lime slices and/or fresh or frozen raspberries …