19 April 2014

marylebone farmers market

Mouth watering, heavenly, scrumptious and tempting are just some of the 'yummy' words I would use to describe the Marylebone Farmers Market in London.

Hubby and I decided to check it out a few weekends ago on recommendation from a friend who lives close by and always seems to turn up to any party with a pie or cake purchased from the market.

On first glimpse the Marylebone Farmers Market looked quite small when we arrived, but I soon learnt that looks can be deceiving, as every single stall and seller here was quality - so by the time I had sampled and shopped my way around almost two hours had passed!

Here are some of the goodies I came home with...

Fresh pasta - Marylebone farmers market, London
fresh roasted beetroot & ricotta ravioli  - amazing to look at, and to gobble down

Fresh pasta sauce - Marylebone farmers market, London
homemade pasta sauce. Hubby and I went for the Roasted Butternut Squash

Yummy baked goods - Marylebone farmers market, London
yummy baked goods!! This seller was a Aussie lass - and she made a Lemon Slice almost as good as my mums. Needless to say I couldn't go passed this brownie either!

Organic apples - Marylebone farmers market, London
fresh organic apples, perfect for cleansing the palette

Giant beef burger - Marylebone farmers market, London
hubby sampled a home grown beef burger too!

Cheese! - Marylebone farmers market, London
cheese, glorious cheese. Need I say more? It was so pretty too...

Free range double yolk eggs - Marylebone farmers market, London
double yolk free range eggs

Purple broccoli - Marylebone farmers market, London
purple broccoli - gotta get some veges too

Tomatos! - Marylebone farmers market, London
fresh and flavoursome tomatoes

The Marylebone Farmers Market is held every Sunday between 10am and 2pm, and is a popular local shopping spot from what I could tell. If you're a Londoner and in the area it's definitely worth checking out. You might leave with an empty wallet, but you'll have a full shopping bag and belly, and a smile on your face. 

There was something for everyone - those who like to cook from scratch, and those who like to pretend they cook from scratch :)

There was plenty of cute dog watching too.

Fresh coffee - Marylebone farmers market, London
me, enjoying my morning coffee hit

And bonus, right behind the market is a lovely little garden for you to sit and watch the world go by while your body tries to digest all the food you've just packed away!!

The tulips are looking beautiful at the moment.

Garden - Marylebone farmers market, London

18 April 2014

photo Friday - Little Venice, London

Happy Good Friday to you! I hope you're all doing something exciting, spending some quality time with your family or at least being a bit lazy and enjoying a day off work :)

As you read this I'm winging my way off to Finland and Estonia for the Easter long weekend!

However, last Friday I was working. It was a glorious sunny London day, and I managed to escape from the office at lunch time to top up on vitamin D. My workplace is situated alongside the canal close to Paddington station that links up with Little Venice. So I grabbed a ice-cream (very healthy lunch) and went for a stroll...

Little Venice - London

Little Venice is an area in London that I would consider a bit of a hidden secret. It's not too well known, so is a lovely peaceful place for a walk or run. And there's also lots of lovely caf├ęs and pubs dotted along worth a visit as well.

Little Venice - London

You can start off in Paddington, and then depending which route you take either head towards Regents Park and Camden, or further west.

Little Venice - London

I had a lovely 30 minutes making my way along the canal, checking out some of the house boats and snapping these pics on my phone.

Have a great Easter everyone.

16 April 2014

bookclub - Into The Wild

Apologies for this late post today - I've been a bit under the weather, and couldn't face a computer screen last night. I did cosy up with a good book though!

On a amazing positive note - my little blog has just reached 100 followers! Wow :) Thanks to everyone who follows along and enjoys reading my updates. I write for the enjoyment of sharing my experiences of travel and life with you rather than anything else, which is why you don't see any advertising here.

A few months ago I read Into The Wild - and absolutely loved it. I think it's a fairly well known book, so today instead of my regular review I'm going to share a short synopsis to jog your memory, and some of my favourite quotes...

Into The Wild
by Jon Krakauer

"Don't settle down and sit in one place. Move around, be nomadic, make each day a new horizon. You are still going to live a long time, Ron, and it would be a shame if you did not take the opportunity to revolutionize your life and move into an entirely new realm of experience."

Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer

Synopsis:

In 1992 Christopher Johnson McCandless - a young man from a well-off family, who had recently graduated from College hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. He had given all his savings to charity, abandoned his car and possessions and burned all the cash in his wallet. Four months later, his decomposed body was found by a party of moose hunters. Jon Krakauer wrote this non-fiction novel after retracing Christopher's steps over the two years between his college graduation and the discovery of his body.

“Nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.” 

“The trip was to be an odyssey in the fullest sense of the word, an epic journey that would change everything.” 

"The core of mans' spirit comes from new experiences."

“I now walk into the wild.” 

4/5 claire stars

Want to know about other adventures I've visited through words? Here's my reading list:

Or read about my Book Club - the beginning here.
  1. if nobody speaks of remarkable things by Jon McGregor. 3/5 claire stars
  2. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. 4/5 claire stars
  3. Battle Hymn of the TIGER MOTHER by Amy Chua. 4/5 claire stars
  4. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. 4/5 claire stars 
  5. three to see the king by Magnus Mills. 3/5 claire stars
  6. Rules of Civility by Amor Towles. 3/5 claire stars
  7. the Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris by Jenny Colgan. 2/5 claire stars

14 April 2014

5 things I love about Germany

Happy Monday!! I've just spent a very relaxing long weekend in Germany. The sun was shinning. The beer and good times were flowing.

Here are just five of my favourite things about Germany in the Spring...

1. Gorgeous flowers and gardens
There's always somewhere super pretty to enjoy a picnic and sun time.

Gorgeous tulips - Germany

Cherry Blossoms - Germany

Spring flowers - Germany

Garden feet - Germany

River walk - Germany

2. Beer Gardens
There's nothing like sitting outside and enjoying a refreshing brew with a view!

Beer Garden - Germany

River Beer Garden - Germany


Drinking by the river - Germany

3. Yummy Beer Garden food
Not the healthiest - but very hard to resist.

Schnitzel - Germany

Pork - Germany

4. Yummy bakery food (are you sensing a theme?)
In Germany there is literally a bakery on every corner.

Picnic in the park - Germany

Easter bakery - Germany

5. The enthusiasm for celebrating Easter..
Only one week to go guys!

Easter bunnies - Germany

Easter eggs - Germany

Easter decorations - Germany

Have an amazing week!

11 April 2014

supermarket shopping in Germany

Hello from Germany!!

I'm currently enjoying a few days off work visiting my oldest friend (we've known each other since we were six years old!) who happens to live in one of my favourite European countries.

Since this is a 'catch up and chill' holiday rather than tourist sightseeing, we stuck to the pure essentials today... supermarket shopping for yummy food and beer drinking in the sun. Oh yes!!

Supermarket shopping in Germany

Im happy to confirm that supermarket shopping in Germany really fits the stereotype. I mean there is a whole section dedicated to just sausage! An entire aisle of mustard. Another of cheese, and of course what would a German supermarket be without an entire aisle of gherkins to choose from?

Ahhhh beer, pretzels and gherkins. All a couple of gals really need.

Yummy German snacks

And a sunset to top it off.

Spring sunset in Germany

Have a lovely weekend everyone :)

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