COPENHAGEN

Wonderful, wonderful Copenhagen! 

Ever since I was a little girl (and mildly obsessed with the biopic of Hans Christian Anderson starring Danny Kaye, ahem) I've wanted to visit Copenhagen, and this time last week, that childhood dream came true as we visited "the coolest kid on the Scandinavian block" - as promised by Lonely Planet.

It really is a pretty cool, and very beautiful city and whilst I know it's not really representative of the Denmark that i'd really like to discover one day, it was an amazing place to visit none the less. It kind of reminded me of both Briggen, in Norway and our very own uber-cool city, Bristol, but with more blonde girls with top-notches.

We took a walk from where we docked via The Little Mermaid and through the park to the Royal Palace, where we saw a guard leave his post to tell off a mother who had let her child sit down on the pavement. Note to self - no sitting on the Queens pavement! India found this hilarious, apparently not at all wary of the massive gun he was carrying, instead just giggling at the fact that he had actually told someone off! As a result of this teeny 30 second snippet of our day, all her Denmark souvenirs are of course postcards or magnets of the Royal Guards. Ha!

We walked a little further before stopping for beer and ice-creams (with marshmallow cream of course) to chat about what to do for the rest of the day, before agreeing that a boat tour and some more exploring would do the trick!

I spotted these two ladies waving to passengers on our little boat and thought "what a nice place to be retired" ...

We went under lots of really low bridges on our boat tour and on every one was this sticker "it's only love, give it away"...

It soon started to rain, so we opted for lunch at Ophelia which is the restaurant situated inside the Royal Danish Playhouse - such a gorgeous place to stop at. I tried a traditional smoked salmon Smørrebrød - a Danish open sandwich, for my lunch which was delicious and even though it was mega trendy inside and full of locals, the kids were more than welcome there & we'd definitely go back for seconds!

When we arrived, a group of musicians were finishing up a performance, which sounded like it would have been the perfect soundtrack to our meal. After they had packed up, they strapped their massive instruments to their backs and cycled off home in the rain. I noticed how everyone seems to cycle in Copenhagen and yep, no-one moans about the rain!

Thanks for having us, Copenhagen! We will definitely visit again.

KOM NED

Kom Ned, as my brother-in-law tells me, means comedown in Norwegian.

Well, it couldn't sum my current state any better really, as we got back from our holiday yesterday. Over the course of a week, we visited Belgium, Denmark and Norway - the country that stole my heart when I first visited last year. We had planned to visit Helsingborg in Sweden too, but the plans changed last minute due to a horrible storm preventing us from doing so. I was truly gutted as Sweden is some where that has been on my to-visit list for a long time, but these things can't be helped and there's always next time, plus a million IKEA visits in between, no doubt!

Judging from how I felt when we came home last time, I wanted to have something in place to soften the blow this time around and possibly even cheer me up a little as a bonus! So, before we left, I booked myself in for a new tattoo. It's one that I have been planning for a while and was originally saving it for my 37th at the end of September,  but I thought i'd bring it forward a couple of months instead. So, this Tuesday will be happy new tattoo day to me - hurrah! I'm still working on finalising the chosen design, but i'm close and the images above give you a little insight into what i'm hoping for.

[image above by Katie Holten]

SOTOL MARGARITA

You know things are bad when you are thinking of Margaritas at midday, right? 

Things in the UK are HORRIBLE* at the moment and i need cheering up! i've been wanting to share my favourite Margarita recipe with you for ages (it's SO simple) and so i thought that now, in the midst of this shit-storm**, would be the perfect time. 

Sotol is hands-down my favourite tipple of all time. It's an absolute treat to have it because it's a) quite pricey and b) it takes about 15 years for the plant to mature and when it does, it only yields about (when processed) 750ml of Sotol - eek. Tequila is obviously much easier to get your hands on over here, in Doomsville, but make sure you go 100% agave, none of that crap that comes with the bottle wearing a plastic hat, or a gimmick worm at the bottom, FFS!

Simple Sotol / Tequila Margarita (aka my favourite drink / lets cheer this crappy time up)

Ingredients

  • 1 part sotol / tequila
  • 1 part lime juice
  • 1 tsp agave syrup
  • 3 cubes of ice

Method

  1. Add all the above to a cocktail shaker, and shake. Serve over ice in a salt-rimmed glass.
  2. Drink & keep them coming because..

 

 

*UK - what did you do? What the fuck did you do? Let it be known, that I am one of the 48%. I wanted to remain the European Citizen I was born as. I believed I lived in a country where the majority of us believed in a future based on love, kindness and hope. I was wrong, I was in the minority and now I have to sit back and watch all the vile hatred unfold. I am totally depressed about what we seem to have become.

**sorry for all the swears, i'm just really, really pi$$ed off.

AH, DEVONIA

When in Devon, you eat cream teas, you dip your feet in the sea, you take lots of photos and you drink cider and fizzy lemonade. Well, that's what we do and as i'm Devonshire-born, Devonshire-bred, thick in the stomach and thick in the 'ed, I consider myself somewhat of an expert.

If you're in 2016, you can also stay in an amazing Air bnb, like we did. What's even better than this though, is that if you are a blogger, you get to take one of those mirror-selfies, then edit it in photoshop when you get home, to make you appear less like you've eaten nothing but chips and fudge for days. 

We heart Devon. I sometimes think it would be nice to return home & live a slower-paced life down there, but I know I'd miss the city too much. And anyway, having A Cheese Ploughmans for every meal, probably isn't something you should attempt for longer than three days. 

See you in August, Devon!

OUTFIT NOTEBOOK - ENTRY #3

I get stuck in fashion ruts. BIG TIME.

There are a couple of reasons for this;

a) I don't really like shopping for anything other than trainers and tequila.

b) If i discover an outfit that I can breathe out in, i'm pretty much going to wear it until it falls apart. 

c) I like black. 95% of my wardrobe is black, the other 5% left for grey cardigans & striped tee's, because nope,  i'm still not over the stripes.

So, with those rules, and whilst deciding what to wear to my school reunion, I cobbled together this ensemble. And I love it! So much so, that i've worn this exact thing to the last 3 eveningy/socially things I've been on and the best part? NO HEELS! Hurrah.

Oversized dress - I got one from Asos

Superstars -  office 

Bag - I can't find a direct link to mine as I picked it up at a little indie shop in Bath - but look at this beautiful one on etsy 

Bangles - similar

HAPPY SUNDAY / I LINK YOU

Hello Sunday, nice of you to pop by. My Sunday morning sounds like Joni Mitchell (it always does) and it smells like fresh coffee and sourdough toast with butter & marmite. The sun is streaming through the window and my paper has just landed on the doormat, so we're off to a good start. Here's some linky dinks if you fancy lazing yourself into Sunday with me.

- I love the idea of this foodie mashup

- i'm trying to get here with my hair, but it's taking forever

- i'll be adding to this board, prepping for our trip next month to Sweden, Norway & Denmark. I'm SO excited.

- vegan teens. An interesting read!

- a gorgeous bedroom makeover from Lori and a beautiful living room one too from Lottie

- speaking of makeovers, check out this amazing camper