Lucy's Life (oh, and a bit of Daniel's life too!)

A record of (almost) everything


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Pretty Monday

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Every Monday we all need something pretty to take a peak at because Mondays are always:

1. Too quick to come around

2. Too early

3. Too long

3. Too boring

I have a real weakness for beautiful china – fine, delicate, pretty bone china with flowers and gold rims…ohhh, I’m in heaven. An elegant teapot, dainty cups & saucers, a milk jug, some cake plates and a cute little sugar bowl – it’s like being a small child again playing tea parties.

I have a bit of a collection as my sister and I do vintage tea parties and tea rooms as a side thing – all I need now is a dresser to display my wares.

Happy Monday,

Lucy’s Life x

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Wet Socks & Crab

The last week has flown by – a delightful mix of long walks, fresh air, friendly people, good food and laughing down in Dorset during our few days away. One of my favourite things is walking along a beach, not so much when it’s sunny, but when it’s cold. I love empty beaches, with the bracing wind in your face. The roar of waves whilst you snuggle inside a warm coat, burying your ears beneath a woolen hat.

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We visited Hive Beach, walking along the coastal path one way and returning via the beach (much harder work walking on the shingle!). Daniel’s grandfather used to take him and his brother out mackerel fishing on this beach, something that the locals have been doing here for hundreds of years, so it’s a special place for Daniel to visit.

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There is something about the English coastline – a rawness that makes it beautiful in a different way to a sandy beach in an exotic location. We walked along the coastal path, where the sea buckthorn is just offering up its golden yellow flowers and then walked in the wash along the beach on the way back whilst Daniel skimmed stones and we (unsuccessfully) dodged the larger waves – ending up with sodden socks for some of the walk back.

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Someone had suggested eating in the little cafe right on the beach at Hive Beach – it’s only a tiny little place with a little awning out front to protect people eating from the elements  – but it was fabulous.

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Another time when it would have been fabulous to have fury four legged friend to have joined us on our adventures!

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As I am sat here with a cup of tea, writing this, I wish I was back on that beach walking along the shore surrounded by the fresh, salty air hand-in-hand with my husband.

Have a wonderful weekend people.

Lots of love Lucy’s Life x x x

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A rare treat – lunch at Chez Bruce

We don’t very often get the chance to put our glad rags on and head up to London for a posh meal – both Daniel and I are total foodies, but more often than not, cook and entertain at home. Eating out can be expensive, and we both have really high expectations with our food because we LOVE cooking and eating. We therefore tend to have people over for dinner because there is nothing worse than spending a heap of money on just OK food, when you can buy really fabulous fresh ingredients and you have a husband that can cook like Daniel can (by the way, this was one of the main reasons I married this man).

Daniel’s dad invited us to the rather posh and wonderful Chez Bruce for lunch to celebrate his 70th birthday this weekend just gone, and we had a wonderful afternoon eating lots of simply amazing food, drinking champagne and talking and laughing with Daniel’s family. Perfect. I am such a lucky girl.

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I started with a crab salad, followed by roasted skate wing with a beautifully light pear and almond tart to finish. DELICIOUS.

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The birthday boy had a blast, and Daniel looked so dashing in his suit!

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I had a sneaky sleep in the car on the way home (too much food + bubbles = sleepy Lucy), and then we spent the rest of the evening playing charades. Fun times.

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Hope you had a lovely weekend too.

Lucy’s Life x x

 


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Flippin Gor’geous

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Every Monday we all need something gorgeous (pronounced: “gooorgeus”) to take a peak at because Mondays are always:

1. Too quick to come around

2. Too early

3. Too long

3. Too boring

This is me with one of Molly’s puppies. Molly is my sisters Springer Spaniel and she had the most gorgeous, healthy puppies earlier this year. They started off all sleepy with their eyes closed for the first few days and then transformed into these squeaking, wriggling, energetic balls of fun. Into everything, constantly moving until they crashed asleep after too much excitement for such small bundles. I tried to steal one and take it home, but Daniel said I wasn’t allowed. Maybe ONE day soon, pretty please????


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What I believe….sometimes it’s good to be alone

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Nearly every second of every minute, hour, day, week, month and year, I am with other people. At work I am surrounded by colleagues. At home, Daniel is more often than not, home before me. We have a stream of friends, family and neighbours who pop by, and for that I am grateful – grateful to have such a wonderful network of people around me….but…..

It’s human nature to just every now and again, need total time alone. No-one else to consider. To sit silently and think, ponder, consider and just be. It’s essential for my soul, to have some peace and quiet and feel calm and collected. Some mornings, I have the luxury of a totally quiet house after Daniel has left for work and I sit and eat my breakfast. Those few minutes are precious. Every now and again I have the pool at the gym all to myself and the space is refreshing. When I run over the fields on a Sunday morning and don’t see another human being, I have a great sense of freedom and the time to appreciate the space all around me.

So I am sat here this morning, on my own, Daniel at golf and having chosen not to go and do something with other people for a change, just sat with a cup of tea loving every moment of this solitude, knowing that shortly my husband will be home and gentle chaos will be restored.

Happy Sunday,

Lucy’s Life x x


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Flippin Gor’geous

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Every Monday we all need something gorgeous (pronunced: “gooorgeus”) to take a peak at because Mondays are always:

1. Too quick to come around

2. Too early

3. Too long

3. Too boring!

This is Baby Milo, my nephew and quite possibly the most adorable thing on earth. I can’t explain how much love I have for him, and how special it is when he produces his wide gummy smile (whilst drooling all down your arm!).


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What I Believe……there is no such thing as a bad decision

In life, almost endlessly we make decisions. Some small, some large, some that impact us for a few moments and some that last a lifetime. What drink to have in the coffee shop, what clothes to wear that day, who we spend time with, what job we do, where we live and how we live daily, weekly, monthly, yearly. I am where I am today because of all those decisions I have taken up to now. I feel very much at this point in my life that there has been no such thing as a bad decision for me.

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I think is natural, through my life, especially when I was younger, I have really been hard on myself when I have felt (with hindsight) that I made a bad decision. Taking THAT job, dating THAT man, not taking THAT opportunity. Every decision molds your life and if you start to criticise yourself for having taken certain actions, you then become scared to make decisions in case you make the wrong choice. You float aimlessly. You doubt yourself and that is more dangerous that making a wrong decision. Sometimes in fact that decision was the right one for you at that time, although it may not feel like it later. Sometimes you simply didn’t have all the facts. Sometimes, you didn’t have an option. Sometimes it leads you somewhere you never imagined was possible.

I beleive and feel that there is a certain amoutn of pressure to be perfect. To be right all the time. To make all the right decisions. But to coin a cliche, you do learn from your mistakes. I am perfect, just maybe not someone elses idea of perfect.

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But for me, all my decisions to this point in my life have made me stronger, more knowledgeable, more adaptable, more focussed, more aware. My life so far has been a journey of ups and downs, twists and turns and I like where I have ended up. OK, there are times still when I wonder what if……but on the whole, I’m glad I made every decision the way I did, because now I am here. Right where I want to be.

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(I hope this “What I Believe” becomes a regular Friday post and that it inspires you to think about things in more detail).