Sunday, July 10, 2011

Summertime, friends and food

July has begun here in Ireland and even though it should be warm, balmy and full of sunshine, this unpredictable year has kicked in again and it's a mixture of baking sun, cold winds and Irish rain.

It's been a little bit more social for me than usual, with a surprise dinner with an old friend I hadn't seen since 1999.  We've been friends since we were 14 and every time we meet up, it's like only a few days have passed.  We had so much fun and now I miss her all over again, as she lives in the US.  A photo of some very happy gingerbread men from the restaurant where we ate:
Then a few days later it was my birthday.  With recent events and the ups and downs of the year so far, I was unusually ambivalent about this annual milestone.  I feel lucky to have made it through another year (not to be overly melodramatic, but I really do feel blessed) and we celebrated with lunch at the Romany Stone in Wicklow. Picture is of sweet potato and chili soup, homemade pesto, wholemeal bread, breadsticks, white wine...yum yum....

Then there was a late birthday shopping trip into Wexford, where I bought some cute black Mary Janes, tonnes of glossy magazines, art supplies, scented candles and then collapsed with a Mocha Coffee and fudgey brownie.  These things are quite necessary sometimes:

Sadly, it's back to reality this week, with work beginning on Wednesday.  Until then I shall spend these rainy, unsettled July days tending the garden and our increasingly heavily-laden tomato plants - I can't wait to eat them with some sea salt and olive oil!  Hope you're having a fabulous summer wherever you are! ~Siobhan xox


Ellinor Forje said...

Yes to all the food in this post! Thanks for sharing the photos and feel free to drop by me too, soon.

Little Gothic Horrors said...

I'm ravenous after seeing all these delicious-looking food/beverage pictures!!

I have a best friend who lives in London. We've been friends since we were 15. I love her, but I never make enough fuss when she comes to visit because we are so comfortable together that it feels like no time has passed.

It's midwinter here, in Australia, so enjoy your northern hemisphere summer!!

laoi gaul~williams said...

hi, i arrived here via milla's blog! your mary jane's are just beautiful~oddly enough i was looking at a yellow pair a few days ago!

going back to your older posts i just loved the For strange women perfumes and the goodies from Villainess Soaps~i have bookmarked both!

Karen said...

Just found your blog and wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed reading it, will call back regularly.


ruthie said...

Very belated birthday wishes to you, it looks as though you had delicious fun x

That's Not My Age said...

I have a few good friends that I don't see very often and it's always good to catch up - it's harder though when people are thousands of miles away. That soup looks good!