Good Stuff #8

It's been a while since I've posted one of these... 
Here's what's been making me happy:

Finding my (probable) costume for Beth's Disney hen do.

Buying (and making) a reduced gingerbread tree, post-Christmas.

Finding this photo while making a calendar for my parents. 
I think my Mum and I got the looks in our family...

Seeing an amazing double rainbow over Watchet harbour.

Discovering (and eating) a Mexican-themed breakfast in Giraffe.
Weirdly, 'huevos rancheros' was one of the answers a few days before, when we went to see...


Five Things That Remind Me Of Home [52 Lists]

My Mum's chicken stew. I fear that I will never be able to replicate it. 

The sea. I grew up (very) close to the sea. I love being near the waves, and the rougher the better (ahem). Hearing the sea instantly relaxes me...

Days out. When I was growing up we used to have a day out as a family almost every Saturday, and I still love going for walks or going to the seaside. I don't miss accompanying my Dad on his ferry-watching missions but you can't win 'em all...

Monopoly. My Grandad was a bit of a Monopoly fiend, and he taught my brother and I how to play. We started young, so it took several years before we were able to have a game that didn't end with one of use throwing the board off the table in a fit of rage! It's been a while since I've thrown the board, but I do still like to insist that everyone sticks to the rules...

Christmas stockings. Seeing my parents' fireplace with the Christmas stockings hung around it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Yes, I'm 27 and I still get a stocking, what of it?

That was my first instalment of Ema's 52 Lists project (so it'll be more like 49 Lists for me...). If you're joining in, send me your links!

Eight Things I Learned From Watching 'Don't Tell The Bride'.

Wedding dresses basically make you look good. Even if it's not the kind of wedding dress you thought you wanted. Unless it's a see-through wedding dress. They never look good.

Love sometimes conquers a lot of planning fuck ups.

You may as well not bother with years of planning. Most of these guys manage it in a week and everyone still loves it.

It doesn't really matter if you tell your fiance what you want. He'll do the opposite.

I don't want to get married  on the top of a ski slope/on Muscle Beach/in a science museum at half term.

Behind every chilled out man is a very bossy woman.

The more bridesmaids you have, the more horrific the dress shopping will be.

I want to have a gig-themed wedding.

2013: One Photo A Month

January [snow]

 February [Margate]

March [birthday 'champagne']

April [marathon watching]

May [meeting the parents]

June [Valley of the Rocks]

July [Croatia]

August [Isles of Scilly] 

September [South Bank]

October [Cardiff] 

November [Green Chain]

December [Christmas cake]

London: Covent Garden Christmas Decorations 2013

Well, I'm not going to win any awards for frequent posting, am I? Fingers crossed this is me getting back on the blogging train.*

Christmas feels like a VERY long time ago, but I have a lot of love for the Covent Garden Christmas decorations, so I wanted to share...

I think the Covent Garden decorations and tree are always the best; the Oxford Street/Bond Street ones are always a bit 'meh'. And don't even get me started on the Eros snow globe...

* Choo choo!