Saturday, 11 July 2015


Good morning, and good weekend! Today's blog title is brought to you by my current soundtrack and also inspired by a beautiful sky yesterday evening - more of that later.

As a busy week draws to a close I am feeling pretty good. The Whole 30 is going well for me, Andy and our friend Rachael. Okay, so we may be having dreams about accidentally eating biscuits but I'm pretty sure it wasn't real... was it? #whole30problems

Work has been pretty full on the last couple of days which has been a good thing. Much as I like to take my time over things and be methodical, I've realised there's nothing like a bit of urgency to get me going and give me a sense of accomplishment. That has been lacking a bit since I returned to work after travelling, and I welcome it. It's so good to feel like you're making a difference - whatever we do, we all need that sense of purpose.

I've also managed to fit in a visit to my cousin's newborn twins on Thursday evening which was just lovely. I was very proud of getting little Freya into a baby grow one-handed (me, not her!).

I ended the working week with a special treat for Friday breakfast. The usual smoked salmon frittata with a side of avocado plus some cauliflower mash with blueberries... Sounds a bit odd, but warmed through the cauliflower tastes almost like porridge. I bet if you added some coconut milk it would be amazing. Note to self for next time.

After work I went for a nice long walk and chat with my friend. The original plan had been to go to the Champagne bar at Southsea Castle, but we're both off the drink this month and thought a walk would be a nice change. It was, and the sky was just stunning.

Refreshed after a good walk and talk, I got home in time to knock this simple dinner up - pan-fried duck breasts with some steamed vegetables. I actually saved the fat I drained from the duck as it cooked and used it to saute the pak choi. It was a good move! The duck from Meat Porter was SO GOOD. I was sad when I'd finished it. To be fair though, I'm always a little sad when I finish a good meal. Any meal. 

I then snoozed on the sofa for the first time in a long time. This week defeated me.

This morning is all about getting the house ready for some guests we met on our travels in Goa and are heading out for dinner with tonight.

We were in Goa right at the end of our trip. We really wanted a totally chilled week on the beach. Having had some disappointing beach breaks in Sri Lanka and Bali (I know, who'd have thought?) we were braced for more of the same in Goa. We needn't have worried. We both loved it. We stayed in a gorgeous little cottage and the bridge above was part of our daily walk to the beach.

We also met our lovely friends who are coming to stay tonight. We definitely want to head back. The food was just amazing - I never tired of the curries... If you want to take a look at our travel snaps, there are a load on Instagram under #jandyworldtour

Curry for dinner tonight, but it was cold frittata for breakfast. Tastes like cold pizza - always a positive.

Have you managed to keep in touch with friends you made on travels/holiday?

We've made an effort to keep in touch and meet up and I've loved having that link back to our time away.

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