Whilst I may enjoy a drink (or three!), I very rarely get drunk, as it doesn't take much to tip me over from giggly to dying, so I usually stop before I reach that point. So I'm not sure how I managed to get more than a little bit tipsy not once, but twice this weekend!
On Friday I went to the Cider Tap after work, to meet up with Angharad (another student on my course, visiting London for the day). Somehow I've failed to make it to this pub before, what have I missed all these years! A pub specialising in just good cider, was spoiled for choice! However, two strong ciders on an empty stomach soon had their effect on me - probably a good think that the bar queues were so long, otherwise I would have had more, enjoying the company of Angharad, her partner and their friends, out in the sunshine, with a good cider. A great way to finish a rather "meh" week at work.
Some photos, found online, of the Cider Tap.
Wasn't really capable of cooking dinner by the time I got home though, so Rob took us to the chip shop. Something else I very rarely do! Great comfort food but a bit heavy on an "ahem" delicate constitution, so i had quite a sleepless night.
Saturday we had a quiet day. I decided to get up early, as I couldn't sleep anyway and got on with some sewing (with the intention of studying on Sunday morning). I'd bought some Indian sewing kits in Bradford last year, with the intention of making some nice summer wear, so I started on making a tunic from a lovely black and gold sequinned fabric. Unfortunately with these kits, the fabric isn't decorated all over, just a panel down the centre with the rest left plain, so initially my tunic pattern was too wide for the fabric. After bodging this somewhat, I discovered that my pattern was way too generous in the measurements (as it was a simple pattern, I stupidly didn't pay much attention to the measurement or ease) and it looked like a tent! A few more adjustments later, and I am ending up making a very pretty, fitted kameez tunic - which is basically what the kit is intended to make. Not sure where I am going to wear it (as its a bit glam for workwear!) or how my predominantly Indian neighbourhood would take to a "westerner" wearing "their" clothing - all this crap about cultural appropriation is making me a bit paranoid of abuse these days.
In the evening we'd been invited to a wedding do at the lovely Knights Templar pub in the City. A little concerned about getting there, due to the massive anti-austerity protest that day but thankfully that appeared to go largely peacefully and we decided it was OK to drive into town.
Had a fun evening, catching up with friends and drinking a little too much of the complimentary prosecco! Oops! I've largely stopped drinking wine these days as it does have a bad effect on me, however I tend to make an exception for fizzy. Well, its usually just the one glass on arrival at events, so never enough to hit me.
Sunday, as a consequence, was mostly made of hangover. :-/ I was incapable of doing any studying, nothing would sink in, so I faffed around on the computer, tried to do a bit more sewing and then went shopping for a picnic. Basket full of comfort food and no booze!
We set off late afternoon to David Searle's Solstice Picnic on Primrose Hill. A lovely place to sit and relax with friends, with a fantastic view of London. We spent a few hours catching up with Sylvia, Lorena, David, Howard & Lande (and kids). Lovely to see H&L's twins in real life, Josh has a cheeky grin and I'm sure its going to be a little devil when he grows up. He took quite a shine to me and Rob for some bizarre reason, however I managed to make his sister cry ...... oops! She wasn't happy about my taking away the cigarette butt that she found on the floor, making me out to be quite evil! ;-)
I was tempted to sit in the park until sunset, for the Solstice, but it was getting too cold and I needed coffee, so we headed home, via the pub for a coffee and watched the sunset through our patio door at home instead.
(not my photo but my phone is just too slow to transfer any pics over at present) and it was a little busier than this example!