sunday coffee date :: six.

sunday coffee date :: six.

So that was an unexpected mini hiatus! I meant to get back on track in the latter part of this past week, but I had neither the time nor energy to write - hopefully I'll be more organised in the coming weeks, as it's always so busy leading up to the summer months.

The thing is, I've been throwing myself something of a pity party these last few days. I have no patience for moaners and groaners (I don't mean people being anxious or down about actual problems, but more those who are constantly complaining about everything in their lives - even the good things!), so I do try hard to keep negative thoughts to myself (and to E, of course) and always know that there are people with far worse issues who live through them with grace and kindness. But sometimes, I think the only healthy thing to do is to unload, share, and acknowledge the misery!

sponsored :: greek yogurt pancakes with skyr

sponsored :: greek yogurt pancakes with skyr

Do you know what's even better than a stack of pancakes? Whipping them up at 5:45am on a weekday.

Am I being sarcastic? Ever so slightly. Nothing beats pancakes on a lazy Sunday morning, and 5:30am is a painful time to get up for most of us, but some days it's a necessity for me in order to get things done so I can still have a life outside of work and chores. And I actually don't mind it once I stop cursing in my head for the first 5 minutes past the first snooze, especially if the sun is streaming in through the windows so early (although it does make for some funky backlit lighting, due to the position of my dining table. sorry about that). You have to admit, having a plateful of beautiful pancakes to enjoy makes it all a little more bearable!

regent's park & first date memories

regent's park & first date memories

If the forecast is anything to go by, it seems that London is as fickle as ever and thinking of retreating to that murky will-my-bones-ever-feel-warm-again winter-but-not-really season... so let's just rewind back to that glorious Sunday two weekends ago. 

After that delicious burger and wander in the market, we stuck to the rest of the plan and went for a walk in Regent's Park. It's one I don't go to as often as I'd like, and it seemed everyone had the same idea that day and it was bustling with people. I didn't mind though, and the blossoms were still in full swing and looking absolutely gorgeous. I got my soft serve fix (which I had to eat at lightning speed in the 27C heat! Positively tropical for the UK), E tried to educate me with weird facts of nature (he's one of those types that absorbs endless reels of useless information from the random documentaries and articles he seems to love), and we reminisced about how one of these gems made an appearance on our first date (over 10 years ago!).

marylebone farmers' market

marylebone farmers' market

There is nothing I love more than making my way through a bustling market on a sunny day - especially in London, where we don't take the sunshine for granted! This past Sunday, E and I had just a couple of hours free together between work and more work, so we grabbed the chance to soak up the rays and hunt down something quick and delicious to eat.

After a bit of googling to search for markets in London that are open on Sundays, I found Marylebone Farmers' Market. Being so close to Regent's Park, it seemed like the ideal find - we'd grab a few bits to eat, and head to the park for a picnic. That didn't quite happen, but you'll see why!

no. 197 chiswick fire station

no. 197 chiswick fire station

This newly opened hangout in my neck of the woods of West London is what you might call "instagram/pinterest heaven". You'll see what I'm talking about as you scroll down - I mean, those copper cups, the lights, the white booths and succulents... I'm in love with it all.

E and I took advantage of the 50% off soft launch last weekend, and went for a lovely casual brunch on a Saturday. It was already a treat as our work schedules don't often allow us to have brunch/lunch together on the weekends, but to find ourselves in this place where we instantly felt at home was a bonus!

No. 197 Chiswick Fire Station is a renovated fire station (hence the name) that is now an independent restaurant, cafΓ© and bar.