Quality time

Hey guys! I hope you have all enjoyed your weekends and the sunshine. Did anyone see the Olympic opening ceremony- Danny Boyle is a genius.

This weeks workouts:

Monday: REST

Tuesday: Variation of strength workout A 20 minutes of gentle cardio on the cross machine and bike

Wednesday: Jillian Micheal’s Yoga Meltdown Level 1

Thurday: Body balance

Friday: extended version of strength workout B and minutes of gentle cardio on the cross machine and bike

Saturday: 3 mile run and yoga stretches including sun salutations, pigeon pose and the plough.

Sunday: REST

I’ve really enjoyed this weeks workouts.  Yesterday’s run was lovely in the morning sunshine and body balance was wonderful as always.  The Jillian Micheal’s Yoga Meltdown Level 1 was intense, I was so worn out afterwards!

Well, I’ve had a fab couple of days. I had yesterday off work, so Alfie and me decided to make the most of the sunshine and spend some quality time together. It feels like forever ago that we spent some time together properly as are working schedules are different most of the time and he works away during the week.

We decided to take off to Stratford-upon- Avon (Shakespeare’s birthplace, for anyone interested!) and have a little picnic and enjoy the sun. I thought I would go bear legged with my favourite pair of shorts:


OTTD: blue floral top: Newlook, utility shorts: Warehouse, sandals: Evisu, hear vintage earrings: Forever 21, pink bow necklace: Forever 21.

Before heading out I made a lovely breakfast of basic green smoothie made using ice, hazelnut milk, kale and a banana with cherries and a chopped pink lady apple on the side with some white chocolate wonderful for dipping.


I love simple breakfasts like this, the hazelnut milk made the smoothie extra creamy too, yum!

Picnic munchies:


A wholemeal bagel stuffed with loads of hummus, watercress, and cherry tomatoes- definitely a fab combination!


I also had some Thai sweet chilli crisps on the side, which was a bit different from my normal foods, but they tasted oh so good!


Chopped strawberries, doughnut peaches and blueberries made a really great picnic dessert.

We sunbathed by the river for a while before taking a walk around the town:





Stratford really is a beautiful town full of so many interesting and historical buildings. I love cultural towns like this and it was just seeping out of every crevice here.

During are little exploration we found a quaint little chocolatier that also sold organic farm fresh ice cream, so of course we couldn’t resist and both had some.


I had a scoop of the honey comb and a scoop of the lemon meringue ice creams. This the most creamiest ice cream EVER, my favourite being the lemon meringue. It reminded me of lemon sherbets that I used to eat a lot when I was younger.

Dinner last night was equally as good:


Baked salmon with garlic, red chilli, ginger, lime juice, mirin, soy sauce with stir fried veggies in a char sui sauce, delish! I baked the salmon in a make-shift foil bag so it would steam and take on the flavours of the ingredients and boy it did!

To finish our day we chilled out on the sofa and watched a movie and of course snacks are mandatory where movies are concerned:


Said snack- grapes, dried mulberries and raw chocolate covered goji berries.

Other food highlights from this weekend include:


Overnight oats in almond milk with blueberries, banana, honey, cinnamon and almond butter.


Salad beast of watercress, salad leaves, avocado, courgette, red pepper and chick peas.

It has been so great spending some quality time with my hubby to be.  I guess be busy all of the time with our own stuff makes the time we spend to together that extra special. 

How do you like to spend quality time with your loved ones?

Do you find that absence makes the heart grow fonder?



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12 responses to “Quality time

  1. Looks like a lovely day out 🙂 I love how the nice weather has made picnics finally possible! x

  2. runningcupcake

    I loved the opening ceremony!
    I think it is important to have a balance- I do not want to be having to spend every second with Andy, and time apart makes us appreciate each other more when we spend it together I think.
    You had beautiful weather there- I have not been to Stratford for years but those pictures have reminded me of how pretty it is.

  3. Such a good use of the weather, it looks beautiful! I love day-trips. And day-trips with ice cream are even better! Your salmon looks really yummy too. I think foil wrapping fish is the best way to cook fish. Easy and no mess!

  4. Bec

    Wow Stratford is absolutely gorgeous! What a beautiful town and great use of the weather over there. We keep hearing about how lovely it is! 🙂

  5. Wow, I don’t think I could choose – all the food on this post looks so delicious! It’s lovely that you and Alfie had some time together and that it was while the weather was nice – it’s miserable here again now 😦
    I do find absence makes the heart grow fonder – when you don’t see much of someone, to have a special weekend like that must have been perfect.

  6. Looks like a lovely weekend. It’s so nice to have quality time like that.

All of your comments make me smile :-)

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