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A breakfast, a walk and Meat Market

Before I start this post I want to... acknowledge I suppose that there has been quite a few different types of posts and content on this blog recently.  I think when people talk about introducing new content or talking about things outside of their norm or comfort zone they're often apologetic but I think there's too much in the way of apologising or feeling guilty regarding, what is essentially your space on the internet so I'm going to refrain from doing that.  When I started my blog in August 2010 (yes, that long ago!) it was almost like an online diary; just jottings of what I'd been up to.  That still forms a large proportion of my blog but the nature of my personality is that I always strive to improve things and do something new and so evolution has naturally taken its course and that's no longer all that my blog is to me.  I put an awful lot of time and effort into my blog and I want to not only share my life with you but also write about things you might be interested in.  I plan posts meticulously and take a lot of time writing them - I never just shove something up that I've been sent or post a blog for the sake of it or just to fill the page.  Occasionally I'll do sponsored posts if it's something I think you'll be interested in.  I'm sorry if you don't agree with sponsored posts, I hope if that's the case you'll stay reading and just click past these but I'm not going to turn down payment for something that's relevant and interesting to me, and potentially you; I've worked in Press and PR and I like building these relationships as I think it works for everyone.  I spend a lot of time scouring the internet for various things; presents for others, new clothes, new things to wish for, DIYs, graphics, recipes etc. and I like to think that sometimes these are worth sharing.  I also take genuine enjoyment in putting outfits together and I like to share these here too.  Again, it's not what I started the blog for but it's the way it's naturally evolved and I won't fight that for the sake of being devoted to what I originally intented this space to be for.  Posts here won't all be about buying things or clothes, - as with the below posts a lot of the time they'll be about stomping around the forest, eating breakfast or just sharing my week with you (and honestly, they're my favourite posts to write).  But that isn't all that this blog will be anymore and I hope that's okay.

Phew! Now that bit's over, onto show and tell.  Last weekend my good friend Charlotte came to stay.  Charlotte is actually one of my oldest friends as we met in our first year of college and were inseparable pretty much from the first day.  She's one of those awesome friends where you can not see them for a year and then when you do you fall straight back into your old friendship.

I wanted to show her the sights and sounds of Christchurch so we obviously paid a visit to my favourite haunt, Cheese and Alfie's.  We both had eggs - Charlotte had eggs benedict and I had eggs royale.  You can also see my 'deluxe hot chocolate' which was utterly divine.

Breakfast

I'm not a religious person but I think that the Priory in Christchurch is just one of the most beautiful places to visit.    The church was founded in 1094 and is steeped in history and stories.  It has huge stained glass windows and is such a peaceful, calm place.

Christchurch Priory

After we'd nosed around Christchurch we took Bodhi for a long walk.  We walked from where I work in Highcliffe along to Highcliffe Castle (I'm so lucky to have all these beautiful buildings and places to visit so near to me) and then back along the beach to Mudeford Quay.

Highcliffe Castle
Mudeford Quay

After all that walking we had hungry bellies again so I whipped up dinner and we made a huge jug of mulled wine before settling in to watch Elf, which will no doubt be watched again over the Christmas period!

On Sunday Tom and I had tickets to see Alexisonfire at Brixton Academy.  I have so many restaurants I'd like to visit in London that we couldn't miss out on an opportunity for dinner whilst we were there and so we went to Meat Market in Covent Garden.  Meat Market has a bit of a cult following and you often have to queue (signs above the stairs on the way up state a strict 'no queuejumping' policy!) but we were lucky that because we went slightly before it gets busy for dinner it was relatively empty.  Situated on the mezzanine floor above the Jubilee Market it's pretty much a 'fast food' restaurant; order at the till and then grab your food a few minutes later.  Tom and I both had burgers, which were huge and very messy! You don't get knives and forks, just a big ol' roll of kitchen roll and by the end of it I had it all over my face, hands, and jeans! Tom had chilli fries which were like a meal in themselves! It was very yummy and sloppy and very filling.

Meat Market
Me at Meat Market
Meat Market burger
Meat Market

We then went on to Brixton Academy for the gig.  It was really good seeing Alexisonfire and bittersweet that it was their farewell gig but if I'm honest it kind of took the edge of it that it was quite a tiring ordeal! The coach travel in total was over five hours and we got to the Academy and 7 and Alexisonfire played until 11! I was exhausted by the end of it and then on the coach home there were loads of drunk teenagers drinking vodka and being noisy which ruined my plans to snooze in my slippers (yes I packed my slippers!)

Tom and I both had Monday off so we went and bought our Christmas tree and decorated the house.  I'm going to post about this separately as I don't want to give you photo overload! This week has been a busy one at work along with my keeping up the exercise classes I've been doing so I'm looking forward to the weekend for a bit of a rest.  Have you all had lovely weeks? I only have 9 days at work left until I break up for Christmas so I'm getting super excited to have a nice break and spend some time with friends and family.


20 comments

  1. I fucking love you, Rosie.


    That is all.

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  2. Love love love this post! Looks like you've had a great weekend! And the meat market in Covent Garden looks amazing! xxx

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  3. Alexisonfire was amazing! We went on Sunday and loved it too.

    Laura
    Maxandmummy.blogspot.co.uk

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  4. I love reading your posts when they involve Christchurch etc. I live there but I love seeing it through the eyes of someone else who also lives there, it seems you actually take advantage of all the lovely places here x

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  5. OMG! Their 'farewell' gig. I could curl up and cry.
    Aside from that. Awesome post. I actually quite enjoy a lot of sponsored posts, not just on your blog but on lots of blogs.
    I need to come to Christchurch soon. Again, still haven't been to Cheese & Alfie's and I visited the priory recently but got there far too early and it wasn't going to open for hours and I'm desperate to go inside! There's a church round the corner from my house where we had a carol concert with the Brownies this week and it's so beautiful inside. I can't imagine how grand the priory is. Love Highcliffe castle too, haven't been there in years. And the beach is really nice too
    xx

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  6. My blog started as a beauty one so I can only imagine the disappointment for the people who still follow me from back then (mid 2009!)

    I don't think I could talk about beauty in every single post without spending an awful lot of money on makeup and products.

    My life has changed so much since then, as have my tastes, so I just write about whatever I like. That's why your blog is one of my favourites because you do the same.

    xx

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  7. I blumming love your blog!! I love it because it is genuinely about you and what you enjoy in life. Blogs that are overly planned, have the same posts week in week out, only post things about their perfect lives (which are staged most the time) and you don't know anything about the person who writes it, actually just make me depressed.

    And I'm all for sponsored posts if they're about a brand you genuinely believe in and would buy/use. As I know yours are!

    On that note, after leaving a comment on your post about your Joules jacket, they contacted me and sent me goodies in the post. AMAZING!!!

    Your blog is your own personal space on the internet and you can write whatever the hell you want!!!

    Jen | sunny sweet pea xx

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  8. Aw Rosie, I love your blog! I much much much prefer blogs that are chatty & genuine - like yours is!

    I am also a fan of sponsored posts when they are relevant & written well, & I think it's a really good way to discover new brands & things (& if it's something that I'm not that fussed about, then that's fine too - I'll just not engage with that post).

    I was in London last weekend too & had wanted to go to Meat Market, but thought it would be cruel to drag Craig along as he's veggie. Next time though! xx

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  9. I don't see there being any need to apologise either! I love seeing all different sorts of contents on people's blogs- though I've noticed if I post something different to the usual standard outfit post people don't comment/click through that much, but I'm not really fussed about that.. I really want to try Meat Market, I've been to Meat Liquor but wasn't too keen on the decor.. xx

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  10. Rosie, your blog is awesome. I've been reading it for ages (though I only subscribed recently, because I'm lame and forget to follow people that I've bookmarked) and have always thought of you as one of those top notch bloggers that cover a bit of everything and do it really well, which you are in my eyes. I think your personality really shines through your posts too, no matter what you're posting about which is lovely. Basically what I'm trying to say is that I agree with your choice not to apologise for what you blog about - my blog is constantly evolving too and sometimes I sit and wonder whether I should be explaining why - sometimes I point out that there are changes happening, sometimes I just go with it - but it shouldn't even be something you think about really.. it's your space so you should do what makes you happy with it!

    And as for anyone that turns their nose up at how you've 'changed'? Well, that's kind of like someone coming up to you and saying (as a really bad example haha) 'you used to wear a lot of pink in 2010. You don't wear pink anymore. You've changed.'

    Life is about evolving as a person and so it's only natural for your blog to evolve too. Also, I'm jealous you live near so many beautiful places.

    Ramble complete xx

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  11. I love when bloggers blog for themselves and write about what they want to write about, these are my favourite blogs to read and yours is one of them! I am always excited to see new posts from these bloggers as there is variety and personality and also this is how I try to blog myself. You can't please everyone but if a blogger writes about something I'm not interested in one day I just skip that post, it doesn't put me off them, I just excitedly wait for the next post.

    This is a bit of a ramble but I agree with what you've said at the beginning of this post and am happy you'll continue to blog for you and let your blog eolve in the way you want it to. A happy blogger makes for a happy and interesting blog!

    Much love m'dear <3

    http://www.rafflesbizarre.blogspot.com

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  12. lovely post and great pictures. It sounds like you had a lovely time :)
    last few days to enter my Christmas giveaway on tie-dye-eyes!

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  13. looks like a great time! very nice photos. I can't miss the wonderful architecture posted here and your lovely plaid scarf (I'm a fan of this pattern)
    as for blog posts. I notice difference as well and it breaks my heart when I don't receive a response I aimed for on some post and can't understand why. But your posts are very interesting a good written. I enjoyed each of them

    Lyosha
    Inside and Outside Blog
    P.S. I'm hosting a glasses giveaway on my blog here check it out!
    P.P.S. you are doing a great job on this blog and bring your temper and thoughts in all your posts (well..I read latest but still). following you now

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  14. Wow, that church really is gorgeous. And also I love your hair color! Beaut-i-ful! And I second CHarlotte above...I love that you write for yourself...do your thing, girl!

    Brooke

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  15. I looove this castle. Have to go there some time soon!

    Hope you have a good weekend!!!

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  16. I noticed that your blog is changing! Good for you! Why not take opportunities that come your way to work with brands you love? It's your own blog, you don't have to write it for other people. Like you said, you spend a lot of time on your blog so just do it for you!
    x

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  17. Oh yum that burger is making me crave meat so bad right now! I don't mind sponsored posts at all and my blog has changed lots since I started it 4 years ago too. I think it's good to change though because otherwise people get bored!

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  18. Your posts are always amazing and your blog is YOURS, so write about what you want to write about and we will all keep writing! I love that youre taking opportunities and caring about your readers :) And your photos are gorgeous, glad you and Tom had fun

    http://alittlebitunique.blogspot.co.uk/

    x

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  19. "I think there's too much in the way of apologising or feeling guilty regarding, what is essentially your space on the internet" - I so, SO agree with this! I have to say I also hate it when people apologise for not posting...firstly it's ok to have a life, secondly it's like they presume people have been sat around missing them/their blog!

    That's my rant over!

    Lovely photos :)

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  20. Lovely photos. I'm totally jealous. I'm happy your not apologizing. It's good to evolve. Or so many bloggers apologize for whatever and in the end now I'm just sick of reading the apologies and just want to get to the content. That's why when I got back to blogging I made a 'resolution' not to apologize.

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