Weekly Love: Week 195

Remind me if I ever suggest I may want to move house that I never, ever want to do it again? I never want to pack, unpack or shift another box ever again! I’ve been lucky that I’ve managed to go 24 years without every doing it, but on the other side of the coin, that is 24 years worth of stuff to get through! While it has been overwhelming at times, it has been fun to find old photographs, newspaper cuttings and toys that were forgotten until I opened up their cupboards. I think I had honestly even forgotten that I used to draw and paint before I took up photography, until I started sorting out different grades of pencil, soft and oil pastels from charcoal, gouache from oil paints. We have such beautiful gardens full of flowers at the new house, I think once we’re sorted, I should try picking up a paintbrush again to try to capture the world around me in a way that requires a bit more investment than choosing and framing a shot, then simply pressing a button. 

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1. Tulips are blooming in our new garden in Kent and in St. James’ Park. | 2. Delicious lunchtime Poke bowls from Island Poke. | 3. Meeting the new neighbours at the new house. | 4. Beautiful, ornamental magnolia in full bloom. | 5. Post-work prosecco, lemonade, mint and peach liquor spritzers at Borough Market. | 6. Emptying out the freezer for the big move with a Full English.

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7. Sticky Toffee Pudding and locally made presse at The Hop and Huffkin in Sandwich. | 8. Lunching on some delicious Higgidy pies. | 9. Bright pink blooms getting me excited that everything is becoming more colourful as we get into spring. | 10. Celebrating National Stripe Day with Jude’s Strawberry tease – my new favourite ice cream flavour. | 11. Flowers in memorial at the Carriage Gates outside the Houses of Parliament. | 12. Sunny Sunday mornings in my parents new garden.

Finally, I wanted to share a few snaps from what I got up to on Wednesday night. As some of you may have seen on my Instagram Stories, a few weeks ago my friend Edward brought two tubs of Magnum’s new ice cream to enjoy after dinner. The concept is simple: the same great classic Magnum flavours (classic, almond and white chocolate), served in a tub. Leave it out of the fridge for 10 minutes, then crack the tub, breaking the thick chocolate surface to reveal chocolate rippled through the ice cream, and around the outside of the tub. It’s fun, and kind of sexy, just like the launch party we were both invited to this week. A string quartet, plenty of bubbles in coupes, a long glass table, gold ice cream spoons, all set up in a massive old, empty townhouse overlooking Buckingham Palace in Belgravia really set the scene for your new favourite tub full. Pick one up for the weekend (it is set to be the warmest weekend yet this year), and grab two spoons.

What have you been enjoying this week, and what do you have planned for the rest of the weekend? I’m helping friends host a spring brunch in North London tomorrow, and on Sunday I’m hoping the weather is good for a trip to Columbia Road Flower Market before Sunday lunch at one of my all time London favourites (more on that later!) For more like this, don’t forget to sign up to my monthly newsletter, which hits your inboxes on the first Sunday of each month, packed full of seasonal eats, mini cookbook reviews, and other updates.