Freddie Mercury had it spot on with that song 🙂
But first things first…
I went out for a lovely meal at Elvey Farm, a converted farmhouse in the middle of beautiful countryside, last night. It’s a stunning old house, complete with low beams and small rooms, and the atmosphere, the music, the lovely staff were all perfect.
The food was to-die-for too. I’d spoken to the owner on the phone and he said anything could be made gluten-free for me but as soon as he told me the fish of the day was sea bass with tarragon sauce and asparagus, I was sold. It came with baby potatoes, pureed Jerusalem artichoke, broccoli and carrots and was out of this world, as was the locally-made ice cream that came after. Happy days.
A couple of the people that came hadn’t come on Monday. I love celebrating a birthday on the day and at the weekend because you get a double one 🙂
One of my friends bought me these:
I’m really starting to worry about this addiction now – EVERYONE I know seems to know about it. Oops 🙂
The raisins also came with this genius mini door-hanger:
On the other side, it says: “Please wake me up! Chocolate needed – send supplies!”
It was a great night – and not a bad day either: meet my new friend:
I chose it yesterday but couldn’t bring it back because a) it wasn’t ready and b) I cycled to the shop. I may do a lot of cycling but I’m not quite up to the two-bikes-at-once thing. Yet.
The bloke in the shop recommended I get a man’s bike because they’re bigger and I’m tallish with long legs. I also went for a “hybrid” one, ie not quite a road bike but much less like a mountain bike than the one I had been riding. The man told me exactly what made it different; something about wheel size, gear cogs, tyres etc… but I can’t really remember the details 🙂
I can remember one of the pearls of wisdom he let slip – that men and women have different bike sadlles because “we’re different down there”. Really? Who knew?!
But I got it at a bargain price and today, having cycled my mum’s bike to hers, my dad gave me a lift and I cycled it home, the long way. Then to the farm shop. Then up the yard 🙂 I love it!
It makes you sit a lot more upright than you do on a mountain bike, which I like because I get backache otherwise. It’s also really smooth and, like the bloke said although I can’t remember why, the gears are more suited to roads, so I don’t run out of them when I’m going downhill. Lots of happy cycling to come on this baby…
Sad to admit but I also like the fact it’s got room to attach a carrier thing on the back. I’m such an old woman.
The rest of the day included a great ride on Dave and speaking to my brother. He’d been trying to ring to wish me happy birthday but because he’s still working in South Korea, it’s been difficult. I hadn’t spoken to him for ages so it was great to hear his voice 🙂
Off to get myself organised for a mad busy week (again)! But, before I do, UK readers who haven’t seen Laura’s great blog lately should get over there double quick because she’s having an amazing Nakd, Vivapure and The Raw Chocolate Company giveaway!