Monday, April 19, 2010

A Day at Hampstead Heath....

Spring has finally come! The daffodils and tulips are out in force and I was excited on the weekend to have a day of 18 degrees.....yes 18. And yes it did actually feel warm after such a long, cold winter. We headed to North London to check out Hampstead Heath, stopping at Goodge St along the way to pick up some picnic supplies. It is a big call, but had THE BEST sandwich and muffin I have ever had. A little italian deli made a rocket, mozzarella, sun dried tomato and parma ham ciabatta for us with so much flavour it was amazing. And we found a place called Candy Cakes which did iced muffins. The blueberry cheesecake with raspberry icing was to die for!!! Mmmmm.

The array of muffins at Candy Cakes.

Our lovely sandwich, olives and organic cider.

A gorgeous spring day at Hampstead Heath. We sat for ages eating, drinking and lazing in the sun. Entertainment included a woman dressed in a beige linen suit, heels and talking on her mobile phone chasing her naughty golden retriever across the park (he managed to find the only muddy puddle in the whole place!).

The muffin: before.

One of the ponds at the Heath.

Couldn't resist taking a photo of this tree, these are everywhere at the moment and have the most incredible flowers, if anyone knows what they are called please let me know!!

Easter: Boats, Bournemouth, Beach and Druids

The Easter weekend began with heading down to Putney to see the annual Boat Race between Cambridge and Oxford. Only being about 10 minutes from our house on the bus we had no excuse! This year it was Cambridge's turn to win....although they still trail Oxford overall.

The crews at the start of the race.

Team colours all over Putney.

Looking back at Putney from the Fulham side of the Thames.

We then headed down to Bournemouth to see James's parents for Easter Sunday. Above is Boscombe Beach near Bournemouth. After lots of yummy food and easter eggs (and big bellies!) we headed home on Sunday via a lovely drive through Shaftesbury, Salisbury and Stonehenge.

Salisbury Cathedral.

The lovely politically un-correct sign at Stonehenge....very un-Britain like!

Gold Hill in Shaftesbury.

A giant Hovis!!! A famous advertisement was filmed at Gold Hill.