my favourite bloody Belgian

my favourite bloody Belgian

June’s on the way and I’ve been a busy busy bunny as ever!  I like to reflect from time to time and count my blessings, so here’s a few shared moments from May !

My first wonderful discovery this month is the locally inspired, but Belgian brewed, “Bloody Belgian“. This commemorates the Belgian refugees who came to live in this town during WWI and indeed they we’re lovingly termed here as “the bloody Belgians!” – read the beer article to learn more!!

This beer can be enjoyed at Twickenham Green’s lovely Sussex Arms. The super friendly staff, the grotto-fairy-like garden and the very ‘alternative’ feel of the clientele makes this place my new local haunt. And I have three more “Bloody Belgian” flavours to try too… 🙂

The home garden is looking superb at the moment. The glorious sunny weather and the occasional rainy afternoon has made London much greener this year… And out here, blue-cheese toast and coffee is the best way to start my day!  Vive le Twickenham!

Breakfast with a green view!

Breakfast with a green view!

The first BBQ of the year took place this month too, courtesy of my sister’s master skills with the coals and my enthusiasm to skewer everything in sight! We had veggie kebabs, king prawns, chorizo sausages, organic burgers and even a red snapper on there. Now I just want sunshine, BBQ food and salad every day… super yum!

master chef!

master chef!

veggie & halloumi kebabs

veggie & halloumi kebabs

las gambas

las gambas

red snapper

red snapper

May was a special time for friends, fun, dance and music, and DJ-graphic designer, Nati, left lovely Barcelona home to stay with us in Twickers. She also loved the Sussex Arms pub and the London Smoke ale, which is VERY different from the San Miguel and Mahou.

arty shot from the Sussex Arms (Nati and ma soeur)

arty shot from the Sussex Arms (Nati and ma soeur)

As guest DJ at The 100 Club, Nati also entertained us with her own sounds, as well as introducing us to her friends in the old punk band “Close Lobster”, who also played the same night. Later they amused us after their performance as we danced the night away at The borderline club and now I know how the crazy punk bands chill out after a hot sweaty gig!  These guys are the ultimate ‘die hards’!

But then again, we’re not so bad ourselves because after our farewells to the punks, we headed for some industrial bone-snapping moves at Slimelight in Islington. Even though it’s an old haunt, it feels REAL good to be a veteran here! I can’t explain how wonderful it feels to float out of Torrens Street at 7H00 and eat hot bagels around the corner whilst waiting for the Tube to open. F**king awesome way to spend a weekend with friends!

Claudia and ma soeur enjoying a Slimer fag break!

Claudia and ma soeur enjoying a Slimer fag break!

my new lunch haunt

my new lunch haunt

Another discovery made this Springtime – thanks to my fab friend Alec – is Rapha’s bar at Spitalfields. I’ve visited their other place at Soho, but I have to say the Spitalfield’s club is fantastic (and very near my client’s office during the week).

We take lunch here sometimes, which serves the most amazing Italiano toastie ever, along with a sharp cortado, whilst you feast your eyes on the multiple screens to watch a Basque race or the Giro. The staff are very friendly, and I can’t resist going downstairs to look at the latest Team Sky showcase of kit and bikes… they even have a special training room with intriguing LEDs behind a vault-like door…

The best bit (for me) is the ladies clothing and bikes – especially now that Rapha is supporting the professional Canyon-SRAM women’s team. The colour schemes are quite different and one day I’m sure to walk out with a top or two after a feasting!  Cycling tops are great to wear for my rowing machine programme 🙂

paraphernalia in the Rapha coffee tables!

paraphernalia in the Rapha coffee tables!

And no article is complete without a “photoschmoot”!

born to sleep!

born to sleep!

blanket meets fur

blanket meets fur

This little kitty keeps everyone busy with his demands for kisses and kippers 🙂

I’ve been busy in the glass studio too, finishing off the bikini bead wear, and playing with some new ideas for men’s beach glass wear. Let’s see what June and July brings!

Originally published: Tuesday, May 24th, 2016 at 00:21 in Living matter, Monologues

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2 Responses to “May was a buzzin’!”

  1. Coach M says:

    Lots of fun being had over yonder! Keep those articles coming. I do enjoy reading them over here in Bloody Belgium 😉

    • Indeed, I love writing for my BP site and I must make time to do more 🙂 Any writing tips on finding the right balance?? I did install the WordPress app for my smartphone so I could write on my City commute, but I keep forgetting about it 😀

      The ‘Bloody Belgian’ beer is quite a discovery and I laughed when I saw it at the bar on promotion… I thought, “no escaping bloody Belgium!” The staff were very enthusiastic about the beer, so I’m going to make sure I try all four of them. That pub has a resident cat too… just had surgery apparently, poor mite.

      Hope to see you and E soon! Hugs to you both, and the kitties X

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