July/August update part 2. Our wedding anniversary.

July 30th brought with it our first wedding anniversary. The past year has flown by and I really am struggling to believe that it has been a full year (and now some)!

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Here is one of my favourite wedding photos… look at those beautiful Californian trees! Taken by the lovely Lilia.

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I was very lucky and for our anniversary The Husband went to Tiffany and got me a rose gold Soleste eternity band. He also had a card made for us with our names typed with a vintage typewriter. He knows me so well! Swoon.

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We went out for dinner in the evening and had a lovely time; this is my french apple tart.

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These are my flowers from The Real Flower Company. The Husband did a really good job at choosing these for me. I’ve always wanted to buy some flowers from here and not got around to it. Sadly, they were not worth the money that was paid for them (the roses were a bit damaged/old and the lovely message that was on the card was re-typed and incorrect) but I appreciated the thought and it was nice to try them. There were some lovely herbs in there, including rosemary, sage, lemon balm, mint…

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We went away for the night to Fawsley Hall Hotel which is in Northamptonshire. HEREis a review of our stay. We had some lovely (virgin) cocktails in the lounge in the afternoon.

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The decor was really nice.

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The food was even better.

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There was also a cinema. We watched Woman in Black.

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We were given a complementary fruit basket and box of truffles.

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We finished the trip off with a delicious breakfast in our room.

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Here we are!

So there we have it; we had a lovely anniversary…

Oh, I got The Husband a painting by his favourite artist, Paul Horton (first anniversary is traditionally ‘paper’) – this one is called London Calling.

L. x

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July/Aug update part 1 – the one where I drink gin

Last summer I discovered that I finally liked gin. I then had some gin on a flight to Seattle which made me feel weird and it put me off… for a while. This summer one of my favourite pubs in Brighton was refurbished and they put a gin bar in upstairs, called The Nightingale Room… dangerous. I’ve now discovered a love for gin that runs deep. Real deep. I love the stuff. I’ve gone from drinking once every couple of months to having a gin a couple of times a week. See, dangerous!

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One of my favourite things in this world is elderflower. This is Gordon’s elderflower gin and it is delicious when mixed with cloudy apple juice.

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Here is the neon sign in the gin bar – the bar also has a piano, a top hat, some old books and bags of character. I love it.

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The Brighton Gin is served with Brighton rock – how cool?! This is my favourite gin to date – I’ve still tried less than 10, so I’m no expert, but it’s delicious. Especially when served with light Fever Tree tonic.

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This is the HUGE ice block that they have on the bar in The Nightingale Room. They serve their gin (they have 23 on offer) with an ice cube the size of a Rubik’s cube. It makes it even more delicious.

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I managed to track down a bottle of Brighton Gin in Lewes, East Sussex.

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This was the beginnings of my birthday-gin. I love it served with lots of lemon and lime slices.

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This is me playing with the glitch app, which I really like at the moment. It mixes things up a bit and fancies up my Instagram feed a bit.

Some of my favourite gins so far have been:

Brighton gin – “clear and bright in the glass” “subtle notes of juniper” “fresh citrus and a touch of spice” “gentle and approachable” “versatile and adaptable”.

Bloom gin – “incredibly delicate on your tongue” “floral notes” “hints of sun-warmed honeysuckle and delicate chamomile” “uplifting citrus taste of pomelo and a touch of earthiness complete the taste” “so sweet, smooth and different”. I had this one served with fresh strawberries and it was wonderful.

Brockmans gin – “like no other gin” “unique recipe of exquisite botanicals” “refreshing influence of citrus and aromatic wild berry” “intensely smooth” “sensual and daringly different”. This was served with fresh blueberries and was sweet and delicious.

So now that I’ve shared some of my favourites with you, maybe you can share some of your gin secrets with me? Leave me a comment!

L. x