Monday, 13 May 2013

My Weekend

I'm trying all manner of new things today, and the first one is blogging before I go to work! So I am sat here, with hair like Sideshow Bob from The Simpsons and wearing my gym wear. I'll spare you a picture. The reason for this, I finally got to relax at the weekend, which led to some good thinking time and a little bit of refocusing.

Normally at weekends Chris and I are either running around like mad things, or completing a list of tasks as long as your arm and suddenly before you know it, it's Sunday night and we're getting ready to start the new working week. During the week I had a good natter with Chris about this and how I was feeling that all I was doing was working or cleaning, and not really getting to do the things I love doing such as blogging. So we jigged a couple of things around and have changed our weekend structure a little bit. First up was Park Run which is a staple of any good weekend, but sadly just before the race a gentleman collapsed with a heart attack and the event director took the very respectful decision to cancel the race. Thankfully there was a nurse and a doctor at the race who quickly worked on him and I have no doubt saved his life. As I type he is in a poorly but stable condition and our thoughts and prayers are all with him. 

We were still in a bit of shock when we got home and I think we were also feeling like we had been hit by a bus, you know that feeling when you are coming down with cold, so we quickly did a little bit of cleaning (I don't get to escape the cleaning that easily!) and then went to bed, where we slept solidly for 2 hours. We felt refreshed and settled down with a good movie and Doctor Who, and a lovely lasagna and salad. 

On Sunday, we woke up excited as we were going to see our best friends Cathy and Janne for Sunday lunch at the 3 Acres. This pub literally sits on top of a massive hill by Emley Moor television mast.




The views are amazing. 




And the company was even better.


The 3 Acres is a gorgeous cosy pub. we had the Sunday lunch which was 3 courses for £29.99 and which includes coffee and mints at the end. I had the smoked haddock rarebit to start, which I have to say was truly delicious. The haddock was nestled on a bed of tomatoes and fell apart in your mouth, the rarebit (and you know I love a good rarebit!) was cheesy and creamy. Heaven. Then onto 28 day matured beef with Yorkshire pudding, 2 types of potatoes, parsnip, carrots, peas, cauliflower cheese and lots of lovely rich gravy. This was lovely, the beef was full of flavour and the portions were generous. I had clocked the dessert when I was scanning the menu and had bitter chocolate and orange mousse. Delicious, dark bitter chocolate with a hint of orange to take some of the bitterness away and white chocolate shavings. Heaven! We finished with coffee and mints (although I had to forego the mints as I was stuffed). This was a wonderful meal in relaxed and cosy surroundings. It's definitely a  treat, but one that is well worth it. 

It was lovely to catch up with Cathy and Janne. We are missing them lots, but are getting very excited at seeing them for the madness that can only be the Eurovision Song Contest next week. Lovely food, lovely company what more can a girl ask for ! 

We were so stuffed, we didn't have tea and decided to work off a Yorkshire pudding or two at the gym. I ran for a mile and then went round the weights section of the gym. Oh weights how I have missed you! We came back, planned our week which is shaping up to be a mental one already and then off to bed. 

Because we weren't haring around at 100 miles an hour, it was lovely to do things that we really wanted to do, such as seeing our friends, having a nap and going to the gym. It enabled my mind to relax and my body to do the same and despite my eye bags currently resting on this ipad, I know I have had a restful and heavenly weekend. It gave me time to refocus and time to take a bit of stock on how I am living at the moment. A quality weekend! 


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