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When the water's gone, we'll drink the sand

I can't start this post without mentioning my lovely new layout, courtesy of Gillian at Elevator Musik. Do you like it? She has just started up a blog design shop and did the whole design for £20.  I only paid on Friday night and she had it all done by this afternoon, how awesome is that? If you're thinking of a redesign or even some minor tweaks I highly recommend.

This weekend has flown by so fast. I was on call last week with work which meant lots of work in the evenings and sleepless nights, so by the time Friday night rolled around I was about ready for PJs, a cold cider and an early night. We've been cooking lots of things from this month's Olive magazine this week and I made homemade pizza with meatballs and mozzarella, which was amazing.

Yesterday morning we headed to my parents' in Lee on Solent, where we stayed until Sunday morning. Saturday lunchtime was spent scoffing pizza and dough balls in Pizza Express in Port Solent. Port Solent has a cinema and shops but also has a marina, and is actually where Tom and I first met when arriving to take part in a sailing event at work, so it has fond memories for us. In the afternoon we all lolled on the sofa (Bodhi too!) and watched Charlie Wilson's War and then Indiana Jones.  My Mum made homemade burgers for dinner and then we all retired to bed, stuffed full of food.

This morning I awoke to blue skies and sunshine, which felt pretty special! We took Bodhi for a walk along the beach, scavenging for driftwood and hag stones.



We came home to warm croissants with wild rose jam, and I spent some time enjoying my parents' garden. It's such a lovely place to be on a sunny day.



We then travelled back home and this afternoon has been spent pulling up weeds in the garden, writing letters and soaking in the bath. I have also been nosing around Etsy searching for wedding presents and treats to go in a package I'm preparing for another lovely blogger - would anyone be interested in an Etsy favourites post? I seem to have accrued quite a few!

On a final note, the beautiful Katy asked me to be part of her 'Here's how we wear' series last week and she picked the theme of 'Little black dresses'. If you head over to her blog you'll see my outfit, and here is one that didn't make the cut. Was nice to get all dressed up even though I didn't have anywhere to take my LBD!



Hope you've all had lovely weekends,

31 comments

  1. Loving the new blog layout! :)
    And you look absolutely stunning in that dress! Hope you've had a lovely week!
    x x x

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  2. Sounds like you had a brill weekend! I'm a bit obsessed with cooking magazines at the moment although haven't tried Olive yet! Your LBD looks fab! I have one similar with a bow on the front but can never find the occasion to wear it! X

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  3. Ssounds like you had such a great weekend!Mine was spent moving!Booo!that jam sounds delicious,I need some in my life!Ahh yes,I love esty theme posts!I do rather love your dress!xxx

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  4. Gorgeous layout! Gillian's quite good at what she does.

    By the way, your home looks so lovely!

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  5. twit twoooo! Your little black dress is gorgeous.
    Lovely photos, loving the new blog layout too. Kind like the none obvious header, fab xx

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  6. Ah, I love your new blog layout - so pretty yet really fresh looking! Sounds like a lovely relaxing weekend - your parents' summer house is beautiful! I only live about 2 minutes away from Port Solent, it's where me and my OH went on one of our first ever dates too :-) xx

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  7. Sounds like you had a lovely weekend! Your new blog looks just a pretty as you in that LBD! x

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  8. I really like the new layout - my blog is young, but I am already sorely tempted for a re-haul minus the 're'! Looks like a charming weekend!

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  9. Love your new blog layout :) and I love Gillians blog too.
    Looks like you had a lovely weekend, great pictures :) you look lovely in the black dress :)

    Jo. x

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  10. Loving the new layout! Sounds like you had a brilliant weekend, even though I've lived in Portsmouth for four years, I've never actually visited Port Solent! And also, homemade burgers are the absolute don, my mum makes them when we have a barbecue and there's nothing quite like them! x

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  11. your parents garden looks incredible.. i see where you get your green fingers from now miss sweet rosie :)
    you also look absolutely beeeeeeeeeeautiful in the black dress, you little queen bee!xx

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  12. OH AND YOUR NEW LAYOUT IS AMAZING. LIKE YOU.

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  13. The new layout is gorgeous! And that looks like an amazing weekend :) Love that dress, it looks fantastic on you! X

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  14. They new layout is very cool. And suits you well.

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  15. Love the new layout! Mine is dying for a makeover!
    Your photos are lovely as usual and your weekend sounds lovely :)
    And check you out in that little black dress! Swit-swo!
    xx

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  16. Love the new layout! And you look gorgeous in that dress :)
    - Rhiannon
    laviedelamourx.blogspot.com

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  17. Really liking your new layout, Gillian did such a great job!

    http://www.rafflesbizarre.blogspot.com

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  18. Sounds like a lovely weekend (especially when it involves cider) Love the new blog design :) xx

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  19. You seriously have the best weekends ever! All your pictures are beautiful every weekend, I really need to move closer to the sea (: Your new layout is lovely too, very tempted to let Gillian loose on mine but I have no idea what I want! xx

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  20. Your new layout looks amazing - as does your weekend! :)

    xo,
    Lela
    Last day to WIN my Havaianas SHOE Competition!

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  21. Your photos are great:) New layout looks really nice too x

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  22. These photos are so very pretty, as are you in that lovely black dress! Also, your new layout is gorgeous!

    Emily Wears Things
    xx

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  23. I absolutely love the new layout! So tempted to get mine done x

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  24. I've just emailed about getting my blog pimped- hopefully she'll have time to do it- I'm so fed up of mine!! Your parents' garden looks beautiful, as do you (as always!) I'd definitely be interested in an Etsy favourites post! xx

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  25. Love the colour in the photos! i did a post on etsy not long ago too :) xx

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  26. Your new blog designs looks lovely! I was just thinking mine could do with a new one and now after seeing your new design you've persuaded me to start nagging the boy into sorting me one :P Lovely pictures, sounds like you had a lovely weekend :) And your black dress is stunning!!

    x

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  27. Love your new blog design! Sounds like you had a nice weekend too - fab photos!
    Lianne

    rubyrubyslippers.blogspot.com

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  28. You look gorgeous! xx

    www.satinandsouffles.com
    www.satinandsouffles.com

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  29. Love the new layout :)
    You look lovely!

    Ayeisha
    x

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  30. The new layout suits your blog perfectly. It sounds like you had a lovely weekend, homemade burgers are the best. Loving the clutch in the last photo!
    R xx

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