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What I wore for a sunny coffee date

Boden summer skirt and breton

Last week, James and I had a free morning together and headed out for a coffee date. It was a lovely sunny day in our beautiful little city. We walked around the market and then headed for coffee at The Old Fire Engine House.

The Old Fire Engine House Ely

Morning coffee there is a sweet, informal affair where you help yourself to coffee and cakes in the kitchen before finding a spot in the garden to enjoy it. In summer, it’s the perfect English cottage garden to wander in.

Boden summer skirt and denim jacket

I wore my lovely new Boden skirt – an early birthday present from my mum. I love a Boden skirt – and this one is perfect! Full, but not too short and the denim jacket stops it looking too prissy.

Boden Florence skirt Boden Florence skirt and breton stripes

What I wore:

Skirt: Boden. This print is sold out now, but there are others available in the same style.

T shirt, Boden – past season, but this is basically the same.

Jacket: New Look

Sandals: Clark’s, past season


My Week


Last weekend was a lovely end to a busy half-term. On Saturday, the weather was good, so we devoted the day to the garden. First, we went to the garden centre and stocked up on new pots and summer plants. We also indulged in one of their delicious ploughman’s lunches before heading home with our car boot full of plants! We spent a happy afternoon planting out the first of the pots. The boys particularly enjoyed helping to create a little miniature garden each in a new pot – in which they’ve planted a sunflower, strawberry and some thyme.


Sunday was wet and cold again, but it didn’t matter as my sister, brother-in-law and niece were coming over for lunch. We did a really relaxed Sunday lunch – ham, new potatoes, salad and freshly baked bread.

We (slightly) inadvertently ordered a ginormous ham which wouldn’t fit in even our largest pan. So instead of boiling then baking it as usual, it was cooked slowly in the oven (under foil) for 4 hours. It came out absolutely beautifully, and I think we’ll carry on using this method in future! My word of the week this time has to be ham. Such was the size of it, we’re still eating it now!


For the bread, James made the sweetest miniature loaves:



For pudding we had the gloriously retro trifle – which tasted disconcertingly of bubble gum but was really very nice. I think it really needed some raspberries or strawberries in it though. Next time!


The boys really enjoyed seeing their cousin Beth, who is now five months old – that perfect age, where they can sit up and be interested in things, but can’t crawl or get into trouble yet! Despite, the wet weather, we had a great day.

Monday was the last day of the holidays. It managed not to be too gloomy, but it’s always going to be a bit flat. Tuesday morning dawned, and we all managed to get up on time – although actually leaving the house was a whole different (and very painful) thing. Hopefully things will click back into place again soon.

Tuesday was also a particularly cold and miserable day. Here’s Tom having hot chocolate and marshmallows – on the 2nd June!


On Thursday, the summer switch finally got turned on! The boys even went off to school in shorts. Will it last? Can we officially say it’s summer now? I daren’t just yet. But for now, I’m going to enjoy sandals and sunnies while I can.

Also this week, I bought into the patterned trouser thing. They’re everywhere, although the selection in Ely wasn’t great. I choose this pair from New Look, which were only £9.99 – so it won’t matter too much if they turn out to be a mistake.


I kind of like them, but they do feel a little pyjama-like. Maybe flowery ones would’ve been better? Although I guess then they’d feel even more like pyjamas. I’ve worn them out a few times this week, but I suspect they will probably become summer house-trousers.

Also this week I have been enjoying the contents of my lovely parcel from Laura of Laura’s Lovely Blog.


We were both taking part in the Bring Back Paper activity organised by Jocelyn of The Reading Residence . It’s a mail swap, designed to spread a little happiness via the post. And Laura’s wonderful parcel certainly brought a smile to my face! I’ve been enjoying using the pamper products this week in the bath, and the chocolate and wine may have vanished too. Thank you Laura! You can read all about what I send to Laura here.

So that was my week. I hope you’ve all had a good one – here’s to a sunny weekend!

The Reading Residence