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Diary | A Staycation of Sorts

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Here's to love and laughter and happily ever afterDon’t you just hate the word “staycation“?

It’s one of those cutesy, made-up words, which makes me cringe a little to type, but I’m using it anyway, because I think we might have had a bit of a staycation this week. It felt like it, anyway: as I mentioned in Friday’s post, the sun made a welcome return to this part of the world, so I spent the (rainy) weekend frantically trying to get ahead with work, so we could take a few days off, and enjoy what’s left of the summer.

First, though, THIS:

gold pineappleYup, I bought a gold pineapple. As I said in my Instagram Story of the unboxing (because now that Instagram Stories is here, NOTHING can arrive in our house without a ceremonial unboxing video. I have a feeling this might be one of those things we look back on in years to come, and be all, “WTF was I thinking?”, but for now I’m just working on improving my “opening packages with just one hand, so the other is free to film it” technique. Who says blogging doesn’t teach you new skills?), I think this is possibly the most “blogger” thing I’ve ever done, because, let’s face it, pineapples are SUCH a blogger thing, aren’t they?

Because of that, I DID try to resist the call of the gold pineapple, but resistance proved futile, so yeah, here I am, a fully signed-up member of the “Inexplicable Pineapple” club. It’s funny where life takes you sometimes, isn’t it?

Here’s what happened during the rest of the week….

A Walk in the Woods

Mini with poppy on the frontOn Sunday, Terry and I went for a walk in the woods. The sun had yet to make an appearance at this point, but we’d been working all weekend, so it was nice to get out of the house for a bit, even although my phone crashed halfway, through, which prevented me catching that strange looking water-based Pokemon I found by the river bank. Oh, the humanity!

A Drive Along the Coast

Fife coastline, Scotland

On Tuesday, my parents picked us up, and we headed off for a drive along the Fife coastline. It was an absolutely beautiful day, and I took approximately a millionty-one photos, which I will, of course, be boring you with on Monday, so stay tuned for that…

More Greek food

reflection in sunglasses

Greek salad

On Wednesday, Terry and I were back at Mr Nick’s Greek Kitchen in Edinburgh, for another al fresco lunch in the sun. Well, what can I say: we like our Greek food, and Terry’s mum (who normally keeps us well provided on that front…) was on holiday last week, so… This was one of the hottest days of the year so far, and although my camera roll tells me we didn’t actually DO all that much, it was just really nice driving around in the sun, with the roof down and music on, enjoying a day when you don’t actually HAVE to do all that much, if you don’t want to. It was that, more than anything, that contributed to the “holiday” feeling of the week: I just wish I could bottle it – I’d make a fortune!


Another unboxing

Office shoes delivery

I’ve been a little bit obsessed with Office shoes lately. As my style has been changing this year, I’ve been finding myself less interested in some of the more colourful shoes I own, and more drawn towards classic courts, in neutral shades that go with everything. A couple of months ago, I bought a pair of their ‘On to Point’ courts in nude suede, and I’ve been wearing them to death ever since (I know no one’s going to believe me on this, because people always seem to assume I’m lying about being able to walk in heels, but they’re one of the most comfortable pairs of stilettos I’ve worn…), and this week I decided to add these grey ‘Natalie’ courts to my collection:

Office grey 'Natalie' d'orsay court shoes

Office grey 'Natalie' d'orsay court shoes

It turns out that grey shoes were the one thing that was missing in my life, and I already have a ton of outfits planned around these. With that said, I’m having to restrain myself from buying the ‘On To Point’ courts in every colour they make them in, and that’s a LOT of colours, guys, so let’s just hope Terry doesn’t read this post, huh?

Of course, if you follow me on Instagram Stories, you already know all of this, and in way more detail than you could possibly ever want to. If you’re NOT following me on Instagram stories, meanwhile, what are you waiting for? Why don’t you want to see a video of me opening a box containing a pineapple? Actually, on second thoughts, don’t answer that…

How was your week?


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  • Emily H
    August 21, 2016

    I love Fife! My favourite spot along that coastline is Elie, but really that whole string of towns is wonderful. Next year I have to catch the arts festival at Pittenweem. St. Andrews is also worth a visit with that amazing beach.

  • Andrea Thomas
    August 21, 2016

    What a lovely week you have had. Sorry but in my opinion no need to jet off away because we have such lovely places close to home. I love Fife, Perthshire Loch Lomond and also Angus..I mean who could not adore Dunkeld or say Glen Doll?

  • heather
    August 21, 2016

    Yay for pineapples! Funny how they’ve become an Instagram thing? And also yay for greek food; that salad looks delicious! We just got a greek place that opened up near here, but they don’t have salads.

  • Anna nuttall
    August 21, 2016

    Sound like you had a better week then mine, I might be unemployed very soon – which sucks! Sorry for putting a damper here. Let end on something positive, I was following your instagram stories last week and they all looked amazing and looked a lot of fun. xx

  • Doretta Johnson
    August 21, 2016

    I just caught up with a bunch of your blogs and you are just AMAZING! I especially love the photography.

  • Myra
    August 21, 2016

    I went on a beach holiday to Woolacombe in Devon (trip advisor’s best British beach again this year and best family holiday and I can confirm it is great). The weather was warm and sunny and even the sea was not entirely cold. Our grandson had a ball body surfing, and ate a mountain of ice cream and local sweets and fudge. Which he is not usually allowed. But six of us squashed into a caravan was a challenge. Much fun and laughter ensued.

  • Myra
    August 21, 2016

    And the dog was allowed off the lead on one part of the beach so he had a ball jumping through the waves chasing his ball.

  • Anna
    August 21, 2016

    Isn’t “staycation” a horrible word? I’m recovering from surgery so I haven’t been very far but I am taking advantage of mum pampering me and gone to a lot of local cafes for tea and cake 😊

  • Miss Kitty
    August 22, 2016

    I would love to follow you on Instagram, but I don’t really do social media. I waste enough time on the internet already! Love those grey shoes. Now I think about it, I think my wardrobe has a grey-shoe-shaped-hole in it as well… Perfect excuse to do some shopping 🙂

  • What Lou Wore 365
    August 22, 2016

    I have a pair of grey suede courts from H&M, half the height of the Office ones. I wear them all the time! They really need replacing actually but they were such a good buy (£5, oh yes), I’d be devastated if they broke before I can replace them.

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