WHAT a week. The last week in glorious, glorious blighty before I fly away to Canada. Happy? YES. Sad? *sigh* yes. I will miss so many people as well as the countryside and British food! SO with that in mind, I have tried to see as many friends as possible this week as well see (and eat) as much as I could before I go. WOOSH.
SO after our GLORIOUS time at Murakami on Sunday, Kate and I had an equally fabulous Monday as we utilised a £50 voucher she had for the Urban Leisure Group. One of the restaurants owned by ULG is Ask for Janice which is located in Farringdon and is filled with all kinds of yum and joy.
As you can see, we very much got stuck into things! Above are crab cakes, a three 1/3 pint flight of craft beers, baked eggs with merguez sausage, red pepper and sour cream plus a juicy cheeseburger with a brioche bun and a big ‘ol pickle!
Later I had to say goodbye to Kate for the last time, which made me very sad. Luckily I was meeting up with my friend Dominic for a margarita and to see McQueen at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. You can read my review of the show here.
On Tuesday, Will and I performed at the Hertford Folk Club, held at the lovely White Horse pub in the town centre. There was ale and folk aplenty. One of our songs went a bit wrong as we had only learnt it that day, however a fun evening was still had!
AND back to London. Again. It was my friend and ex-colleague, Amelia’s, last day at work on Wednesday and I was invited to the leaving lunch, which was very nice! We went to Beagle in Hoxton and it was most delicious. I had the above whole plaice (HI !) and a glorious summer cocktail, even though the weather outside was FOUL.
Later I met up with my friend Cher-Ann for a couple of drinks before getting the train back to the shire.
I was very absorbed in packing towards the tail end of last week, so there isn’t much to report for Thursday as presumably you don’t want a picture of my clothes in a pile! I did get to hang out with this hun rather a lot though – above is a picture of him totally wiped out because we had been playing ball in the garden for a while. Life is hard for Mr Bracken, as you can tell!
To the seaside! Mum and Andrew decided it would be nice if we took Bracken for an early evening walk in Felixtowe and they were right – it was very nice indeed. I was glad to see the English coast for a last time in who knows how long and the walk itself was refreshing and filled with blackberry bushes. Yum.
Later we went to a nice pub called The Ship Inn in Great Yarmouth for some good English fish n chips. YAS!
My run of English stuff continued as I had an afternoon Pimms followed by afternoon tea! Oh to be a full-time lady of leisure!
I met the newlyweds for a cheeky drink and they filled me in on what they have been up to since their fabulous wedding last week. We then headed to Nancy’s, a newish tea room in Newmarket that is very cutesy and kitsch. I had a tasty chocolate tea accompanied by scones with cream and jam. Hurrah!
Ach and ouch, my heart hurts! On Sunday my mum hosted a leaving party for Will and I. It took place in her lovely garden under some marquees. Almost all my friends and a good portion of my family were able to attend along with some of Will’s family. A few of us sang some songs, all of us ate and all of us were merry! A perfect day by all means.
So. That is IT. My month of goodbyes is almost over and somehow it doesn’t feel like it can be real. How can I not see some of the loves of my life for a year…or maybe more? Yes, I will be living in an amazing city with one very very big love of my life, but waaaa. I wish I could take all of these people with me. How can I do it, why am I going when my life here has been so fantastic? I’ll tell you – it’s now or never. My friends and family are growing up and we need to explore the world a bit before we find a place to settle down in it.
This is hard. But, with my lovely Will in tow, I am so hopeful that our life in Toronto will be every bit as marvelous as it has been here. If we find friends half as glorious as ours are back home then we will be lucky. I now have one FULL day in the UK left…I guess check back on Sunday (when I’ll be writing from Canada!) to see how I spent it!
Love to all!