This past weekend was a bank holiday weekend and Tom invited me to come to his family's house in the English Countryside. I can't even begin to describe how beautiful and movie-like his home is. The house was this gorgeous countryhouse that I was sure I was going to get lost in with all the rooms, doors and staircases. There was a garden and lots of farmland, a horse, sheep, 2 wonderful dogs, a pool...it was absolutely amazing! We saw a show, "Copacabana" by Barry Manilow, at this fabulous theatre called The Watermill the first night we got there. The second day Tom showed me around the town of Hungerford, which was adorable and so quaint, full of antique shops and little boutique stores. I could definitely see myself living there in the later years. We had lunch with his mom, 2 friends he grew up with and one of his mothers friends and then after lunch headed off to a town carnival. It was a really small provincial town where not much goes on and the carnival was a parade with 5 floats and then a fun fair. We tore that fun fair up! Tom, Michael, Bex and I played games, drove bumper cars and the octopus. We also played in the nearby playground, which I have to say was way cooler than most playgrounds I've been to...there was a trampoline-y kind of thing! Our last day there pretty much consisted of puttering around. Bex, Tom and I played croquet, which I am terrible at, and tennis, which I am also terrible at. Then Tom took a swim while I relaxed in the sun. Later Michael came and Tom, Michael and I took the dogs for a walk around the farm and in the woods. I later watched the boys play croquet...I didn't want to show off my skills anymore. We had a late dinner before heading back to London after an amazing weekend. I have to say though, country living certainly isn't for the faint of heart. Within being there for a hour one of the dogs came around the corner with a dead rabbit in her mouth, then on the walks the other dog found a multitude of animal carcasses. The 1st night I went to be and there were a ton of months flying around my room which freaked me out a little and Tom told me "its an old house, just roll with it." Oh...and then there was the fish gutting. Dinner the last night was fish, that when Tom took it out of the fridge it was still bleeding and staring at me. Tom took that fish into the house and gutted that bad boy right in front of me...I was scarred, but I ate the fish and it was good! All in all it was a good weekend!
What I did instead of croquet
Then after the weekend I decided that my hair needed a change. The strawberry blond wasn't doing it for me anymore and I wanted my red hair back. So with the number and recommendation of a salon in London by the lovely Laetitia I headed up to Wedge get my hair did! I love it. It's still very red, but I am enjoying it!
Lastly, yesterday I met up with Naomi who is finally back from her 2 months in Wisconsin. Naomi and I have been meaning to meet up for quite some time since the Spring, but it has not been able to happen...until yesterday! She introduced me to this really cute vegetarian cafe but more importantly she introduced me to Scoop where we indulged in some of the most delicious gelato ever! I had a scoop of the caramel and a scoop of the milk chocolate. Nom nom nom! We ate our gelato, walked around St. James Park and watched the pelicans. Naomi is also unemployed so we wallowed in our "unemploymentness" together. It was a nice day out in the nice weather.
So that's what I've been up to recently...