So, what have I been up to lately?
Unfortunately, after almost getting rid of a prolonged bout of sinusitis, I promptly came down with the flu, which I probably picked up at my doctor’s surgery last week. What a bore. I’ve been ill for four days now and am slowly on the mend, but there’s been a lot of lazing around in bed with Vogue and a mug of Lemsip involved.
Luckily, I managed to vote in the General Election last Thursday before becoming ill. I’ve already talked about becoming a fully paid up member of the Liberal Democrat party, so the way that I voted probably wouldn’t be a huge surprise to anyone. It was an emotional night – Oscar and I were both horribly ill and couldn’t sleep at all so we stayed up and watched a lot of the results coming in. I became very tearful when the news arrived that my home town, Colchester was still Lib Dem – I can’t really explain why it means so much to me, but I guess my Liberal Democrat leanings first began while I was at Sixth Form there so it’s an entirely sentimental thing.
Anyway, in other news, there are just three weeks to go before we head off to Paris – if the stupid volcano in Iceland doesn’t dictate otherwise! I’ve started seriously thinking about where I want to go (in terms of researching some fabulous blog posts on art, architecture and French history) and also what to wear. I’ve just cheered myself up buying some new bits and pieces for my week away:
Pewter sandals, Warehouse.
Lace camisole, Warehouse.
La Catrina vest top, All Saints.
Besides visits to Chanel, Louboutin, Sephora and Ladurée, I am planning trips to the Conciergerie, Versailles, the Louvre (probably more than once as usual), Carnavalet, Hôtel de Soubise, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Musée d’Orsay and Saint Denis amongst lots of other things. I’ll be armed with my Carte de Musée and camera as usual and as we are staying a few minutes walk away from the Louvre, everything I need will be pretty much on our doorstep! Felix is very excited about seeing the Eiffel Tower at last.
It won’t all be shopping and art though! I’m also planning to sneak out one night on my own and see Sex and the City 2 while I am there. What could be better than seeing it for the first time in Paris?
Another fun thing that we are planning to do while we are there is to take my wedding dress with us and ‘re-take’ our wedding photos, only this time we will be posing in front of the Eiffel Tower, Louvre Pyramid, Notre Dame and at the spot on the Pont des Arts where Big and Carrie had that kiss.
In other news, we are looking forward to Camp Bestival at the end of July, my Arvon Foundation course in August, a trip to Birmingham in October for Oscar and I to see the live show of In The Night Garden with the lovely Meg and family and considering booking a week at a Featherdown Farm camp site as well. It’s not strictly camping as the tents are more like Napoleonic military bivouacs to my mind, with old fashioned cooking stoves and all sorts of homely comforts. It looks utterly idyllic though and I’m sure we’d all appreciate a bit of chilling out time after what has been quite a hectic and draining year! Best of all, you can hire a pet rabbit or your own chicken coop for your stay for £10 a week so that you can feed your own chickens and collect eggs – how Marie Antoinette is that? I can’t wait.
We are thinking about going in the Autumn sometime, possibly to one in Dorset or Devon so that we can take the boys to a castle or stately home maybe, if they start getting a bit restless but otherwise we plan to spend the week cooking slow food, chilling out, reading books and playing board games by lantern light while enjoying the peace and stillness.
I think this would be a perfect purchase therefore, so have just pre-ordered it along with Sherlock Holmes on Blu-Ray. It might be useful in Paris too actually, as we have rented an apartment for the week and I’ll be cooking there for the first time ever, which I am feeling a bit nervous about! I’ve also pre-ordered this as well:
I know it’s a bit sad, but I absolutely adore the companion book to the first film (and it comes in pretty useful for work too when people ask ‘where does that dress come from?’ or ‘where was that scene filmed?’ questions so this one should be MEGA handy). Yes, I am a SATC addict. And proud of it.