I was very glad that everything seems to have calmed down in London today and I can ride my bicycle again. I'm absolutely loving my new found freedom and I've been going all over the place. The first day I rode it I didn't even like a car going past me! I'm fine now although I'm steering clear of main roads, bendy buses and car doors opening! I never took my driving test and haven't had a bike for twenty five years so it's brilliant having a form of transport at last. I can't believe it's taken me this long to get one. I can't even think of the money I spent on cabs...
I've been eating at my friend Elaine's restaurant A Little of What You Fancy SO much. It's brilliant because you can go for breakfast, lunch or dinner and the menu changes every day. The food is so fresh and delicious, I can't make anything as good. It's more economical for me to buy soup, salad or one of Elaine's specials than shop and cook for myself.
I've been finishing a work project so I've been a bit quiet and haven't been out that much. Here's some of my week in pictures. It's mostly eating!
David Waddington riding my bike, Phoebe Arnold and Giles leaving Elaine's restaurant after a long lunch.
Drinks in Giles' garden. David took this - he could have got one of us all smiling. I have no idea why Giles is balancing on a milking stool on the grass
I've been working out new routes on my bicycle. Here's De Beauvoir Square which is at the top of my street. I thought it looked rather lovely in the afternoon sun with it's Victorian gothic houses
Take out from Elaine's - Lots of leaves and fresh herbs - I wish I knew what they all were - rocket, basil, amarynth, the best olives ever, vine tomatoes, caper berries, feta cheese and baby capers. There's tons hidden under there.
I was having my breakfast in the garden when I spotted this little chap - I think he's adopted me as he's been back every day since - this was pre-lawn mowing. Look at at the state of it!
The next day there were more showers followed by a double rainbow over my back garden
Take out from Elaine's again - the same but with roasted peppers and tomato. I also had red pepper and chilli soup - amazing.
The Actor and I had our Sunday lunch at guess where? A Little of What You Fancy. He loves it. It's too handy being up the road. Plus we bump into loads of our friends.
I had a Bloody Mary (of course) and The Actor had a real ale, brewed in London Bridge. We shared a ham hock terrine with cornichons, capers and caper berries. He wanted another one but I stopped him as I knew he'd want pudding too.
Then we shared the rump steak with pak choi, chilli, spring onion and tamari dressing - so much lighter than a Sunday roast on a hot day
And roast chicken with puy lentils and chorizo with rocket - both fabulous.
I've been laying off the chocolate a bit recently (only so I don't frighten everyone on the beach) so this was a real treat - under all that vanilla cream and fruit is Elaine's flourless chocolate cake which is divine.
Then I was house bound because of the trouble and my lunch was cancelled. Boo. Of course I was glued to the news and didn't get much done.
Luckily it was a nice day but I looked grumpily at my bike sitting in the hall every time I passed it
It makes me happy see more flowers on my Magnolia Grandiflora tree
Isn't it beautiful?
Back to Elaine's today to have breakfast with my friends Pablo Flack and Hazel Robinson
I had the scrambled eggs with bacon, vine tomatoes with fresh basil and mushrooms - that's olive oil in the background in case you're wondering. It was a perfect breakfast.
Pablo and Hazel both had the scrambled eggs with kippers. I pinched a bit and they were lovely.
Here's me riding my bicycle out of the restaurant earlier. I've been challenging myself to wear really bright colours - apart from today - and always a silly pair of sunglasses. I'm hoping motorists will think I'm a) stupid and b) have no road sense - It's working as they're giving me a very wide berth. Perfect!
I'm off to try and catch up on my blog reading. Have a great evening xxx