We’ve all been there. It’s the end of a long, extreeeemely annoying day and all you really want is that (very) large glass of wine.
Corkscrew in hand it takes you a minute or so to get that vino decanted from bottle to your glass. But clearly, for some of us, this process just isn’t fast enough.
Enter the POWER TOOL that can open a bottle in seconds!
Do you need your glass of wine opened in seconds?
The Boatyard is a restaurant which clearly rates itself.
And it does have good reason. It’s situated in probably one of the best spots in Essex, tucked down in Old Leigh, with unrivalled views of the estuary.
On a balmy summer evening, there are few places I would rather be than sat, cocktail in hand, on its long wooden deck out at sea, the sound of piano drifting out.
And, what is more, I have also discovered a new favourite cocktail.
The Boatyard’s Rosè Spritzer is basically summertime in a flute. Macerated strawberries were mixed with Pimms No.1 , Frais de Bois, Elderflower and a dash of sugar syrup, shaken and double-strained into my glass then topped with Rosè Champagne.
The Boatyard’s Rose Spritzer
I am surprisingly fussy when it comes to wine glasses. Which, considering I am possibly one of the MOST accident-prone people you will ever meet, is not really a good thing.
When packing up our house for our recent move I realised that, thanks to various good nights (and a couple of, well, average ones) we were down to just seven wine glasses. Four of which were actually Champagne flutes. Two of which we never use because they are Swarovski. And were a wedding present. And absolutely cannot be smashed. So the best way to avoid this is to basically use them about once a year. And even that’s flirting with disaster. (Seriously at a house party of a good friend, I once smashed three glasses. In less than two hours. And it wasn’t even dark.)
Paul Costelloe Living, Palermo Red and White Wine Glass, £5, Dunnes Stores
It’s no secret that I enjoy entertaining. Despite our cottage not being on the large size, I love having people back, and plying them with food and fizz.
However, as much as I like to potter in the kitchen, when one is slaving over the stove it’s not uncommon to miss the punch line of a story – or drop a utensil (or five) having been distracted by a particularly humorous tale.
So the idea of having a chef come to my home, prepare and cook the food, sounded rather too good to be true. Especially, when they promised to WASH UP as well (we don’t have a dishwasher so this is the stuff dreams are made of.)
Hostess with the mostess (thanks to rather a lot of help!)
There is A LOT of affirmation wall art around at the moment. And I’m as susceptible to a good one as the next person. (In fact, a cursory glance around my lounge/diner – where I am sat typing this – reveals that I have no less than three different types of affirmation art within reading distance.)
And while there is an argument that one can overdo it with the affirmations, I spotted this one today in Flutterbyes, Lakeside, and it made me smile. So I thought it only fair to share… (This one is £19.95 by the way…)
Very true, I reckon…