Weekly Love: Week 175

I was going to use this, my little space to chatter about whatever I fancy to put my politics hat on for a moment and encourage everyone to vote in the upcoming EU Referendum. I still think you should vote, but instead I want to pay tribute. I rarely talk about my other job in politics here because I want this blog to be a place people can escape. But sometimes something happens that hits too close to home. Most weeks I sit next to my boss, my local MP while he meets his constituents to help them with their problems at his constituency surgery. For Jo Cox, an MP with two small children to be gunned down and killed outside her surgery is unfathomable. This weekend, while you’re enjoying the sunshine, and spending time with your friends and family, please take a moment to think about everyone who has lost their lives working for our democracy.

Weekly Love 17.06.16[1]

1. Enjoying my first Pimm’s of the summer at Polo in the Park. | 2. Getting dressed up for the Polo in this wonderful Boden number I snagged last summer. | 3. Regent Street all gussied up for the Queen’s 90th birthday weekend. | 4. An Asian inspired dinner bowl: soba noodles, king prawns, edamame beans, radishes, cucumber, spring onions, sugar snap peas, pea shoots and my house Asian dressing. | 5. Drinking (more than one bottle!) of Hush Heath’s simply fantastic English rose at The Compasses Inn in Crundale. Honestly one of the best rose wines I’ve ever had. | 6. Rainbow freesias for the kitchen table.

Weekly Love 17.06.16[2]

7. Fish and chips from the House of Commons cafeteria out in the sunshine on the terrace of Parliament with the London Eye and a row of big red buses on Westminster Bridge in the background. Visiting our London office for the day and realising how really lucky us staffers are! | 8. Breaking into a bottle of Chapel Down’s new Kit’s Coty single estate, oak aged English chardonnay that will change everything you ever thought about English wine forever.  | 9. Getting our Shawarma on at Le Bab on a Friday night in Soho – review to follow soon! | 10. Some Born & Raised Pizza action at Polo in the Park. | 11. Picking elderflowers to make my first ever batch of elderflower cordial. | 12. Greeting the locals on an afternoon walk.

What have you been enjoying this week, and what do you have planned for the weekend? I’m taking my father out for lunch (my mother is tagging along too!) for Fathers day. I’m driving so he can drink for a change, but my biggest Fathers Day gift to him? I’ve reviewed the restaurant before, so my camera is not coming with us!