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Ultimate Coffee Date: June 2017 – the big catch up

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Well hi! Long time, no speak! How are you?

I have been trying to think of the best way to actually get back into blogging again – talk about losing your stride! I figured that an Ultimate Coffee Date would probably be a good opportunity to just have a bit of a brief catch up. So settle in, grab a coffee, maybe a biscuit, and let’s get to it!

If we were having coffee, first off, I would probably try explaining my absence from my blog and make a bit of a hash of excuses. Work, mental blargh, lack of ability to form coherent sentences, life. You know, the usual. I’ve missed the blog. I enjoy writing, but I don’t like posting for posting’s sake, and if I am honest, while “life” has indeed continued along its merry way, I haven’t much felt like posting.  Which is naff. Because I haven’t posted in so long, I was also torn in my decision to go to Blogtacular or not. I went last year, and I honestly think that a second visit would probably be more useful as I wouldn’t be so nervous or unsure of what to expect. Unfortunately, I’ve left it a bit too late now, and definitely want to be in more of a blogging swing of things before I go back so that I can take more things away from it.

(Photo credit: Mollie Makes)

If we were having coffee, I’d probably look a little more relaxed than I have done recently.  I’ve just come back from a week away with my mum and sister.  It was meant to have been a family holiday, but it turned into a girls’ week away, which I think actually turned out to be better than it probably would have been, had it been a family holiday. We went to our holiday destination from when we were children – a little town in Herefordshire called Ledbury.

Photo Credit: Hoseseasons

We stayed in a Scandinavian style lodge, which has limited mobile signal, and is in the middle of nowhere, resulting in an enforced (and well needed) break away from technology for the most part. The lodge itself was really nicely decorated, and I genuinely wondered whether we could move into one permanently.  We managed to head out every day to do something – whether it was getting a bit soggy in a walk around the ruined castle at Ludlow, or sitting in the sunshine watching a rather brilliant falconry display. I have a real soft spot for owls anyway, which was completely reinforced by their burrowing owls (like “Scarp” below), and a European Eagle Owl who is foster-mum to all sorts of orphans.

If we were having coffee, I’d probably still be raving about the amazing salted caramel chocolate cake that I had when we visited the International Bird of Prey Centre this week. Sometimes, salted caramel can just be a bit “meh” and it’s always a bit of a lottery whether it’s going to be any good. But this stuff? Amazing. It was rich and chocolatey and properly-salted-caramelly. I think one of the Centre’s five labradors (this one is called Agapanthus) would have liked to help, but apparently he’d already managed to scoff someone’s birthday cake earlier in the week anyway. And besides, the cake was too good to share (and also, too good to photograph – I didn’t hang about to get stuck in!).

If we were having coffee, you’d know I was reading Mark Sisson’s Primal Blueprint. I haven’t ventured back to a Whole 30 or anything yet, though I know I am heading that way (sob… no more salted caramel chocolate cake… sob). In the midst of wandering around the internet (or more specifically, Instagram), I was looking for food inspiration. I follow a paleo convert called Paleo Bailey on Instagram, but didn’t realise until very recently that she also had a blog. So I hopped on over, and got reading her post about her “paleo bookshelf“. Really, I was on the hunt for another good recipe book. But I read through the list and reviews, and decided that perhaps Mark Sisson’s Primal Blueprint was worth a read. It’s pretty heavy on the science side, but it does make sense, and I can see me heading back to a more paleo way of life soon. I feel best on it, and that should probably be enough to tell me that I don’t want to keep chasing down my current path.

What’s new in your world? Been on holiday recently? Matt is going to Le Mans for the 24 hour race, so we’ve somehow managed to do two holidays apart this year! Oops!


Thanks as always to Deborah and Coco for hosting Ultimate Coffee Date each month! I think it’s a lovely way to catch up with and discover new blogs.

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Author: Steph

Blogger learning to live a healthier life, losing weight and starting to run.

15 thoughts on “Ultimate Coffee Date: June 2017 – the big catch up

  1. I’m not sure when Blogtacular is, but in my experience many blog conference attendees are either newbies starting out or people trying to get their blogging mojo back, so you might fit right in! That vacation sounds great. I used to love salted caramel — maybe I had too many “meh” ones.

    Thanks for joining us for coffee!

    • Blogtacular is next weekend, so I have left it a bit late now. I’m definitely considering going next year though.

      I hear you on the salted caramel “meh”. It’s always a gamble.

  2. those little lodges look adorable and I bet a great place to relax and unplug with your family. Nice to have you back for the coffee date. Have a great weekend!

    • Thanks Deborah! I love the monthly catch ups, for writing it gives me a good “in” back into blogging, but also as a reader, it’s great to see what everyone else is up to!

  3. My summertime vacation is coming up in July and I couldn’t be more excited! My boyfriend and I are going to thru hike the Tahoe Rim Trail in Nevada and California. I’m definitely ready for some “us” time!

  4. Good morning from the coffee date! I love those cabins you stayed in- how pretty! I agree some unplugged girl time is always a great way to unwind and relax, I am sure it is something we don’t do enough of! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

  5. Welcome back to the blogging world! I definitely haven’t been posting as much lately either because lie got super super hectic and I’ve also been feeling reallyyy lazy, haha. I’d love to have a girls’ week with my friends sometime/someday! That sounds like a really fun trip! I feel like I really need to unplug for a bit!

  6. I love salted caramel so much; I don’t think I’ve ever had a meh experience with it. lol. Mixing it with chocolate sounds absolutely amazing! As does your holiday with your mum and sister.

  7. Welcome back! Those cabins look fab- and a break from technology is always a good thing for a proper re-set.

    • Thanks Maria! I completely agree. It was lovely not to have to check anything, and my instagram viewing had been getting out of hand, so couldn’t have come at a better time.

  8. Welcome back!
    I’m sad you didn’t upload a pic of the cake 😉 it sounded DELICIOUS.
    Those cabins look amazing as well. Love holidays like that.

  9. I love your owl photo, your trip to the Bird of Prey centre sounds great. I’m not so good at capturing wildlife in photographs, you seem to have a skill for it 🙂

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