Friday, 18 October 2013


Hooray for the weekend.  We are being spoilt with glorious sunshine and blue skies, a chill in the air and leaves turning the most amazing colours, and the forecast is that way for the next week.  Love it.

The Huzz and I sneaked a midweek morning date in this week.  First breakfast at an old favourite cafe / bar and then two hours wandering the Portland Japanese Garden for a little photography.  The colours are amazing  in the Fall and if you get an early start, the mist is gradually lifting as the sun beams through the leaves.  Stunning.  Lucky us. We need to do these dates more often.

Japanese Garden images by me.

This Saturday evening the Huzz and I will dining out with friends at the Portland restaurant 'Beast'.  It should be a meal to remember - 6 courses with accompanying wines at each course!   Long table with other diners we've not met and and 2.5 hour feast!  I'll report back....

We seem to be doing pretty well and checking stuff off the 'To Do' list lately.   The 'Done' list is looking longer than the 'To Do' which is always nice and makes my shoulders feel a little lighter.

After last weekend's busyness, I asked myself "What happened to those lazy Sundays with lie-ins, walks, reading the bumper Sunday newspapers on the sofa and really relaxing?  Do you remember those?  Hopefully there are a few on the horizon with the winter months ahead.

Anyhow, this Sunday a potential drive over to the coast has been discussed, and that could suit me perfectly.  Gotta make the most of the best Fall weather and a walk on the beach, dog and kiddos burning off some energy outdoors.  It will be just the ticket after that 6 course dinner on Saturday!

Happy Weekending.



  1. Those colours are truly stunning and the weather sounds wonderful too. We are having plenty of rain and grey skies.

  2. Beautiful pictures, and it sounds like a lovely weekend. Enjoy it!

  3. I am kind of sad! I lived in Portand for 4 years and never went to the Japanese Garden! Beautiful!

    1. Hope you get back to Portland to visit the Japanese Garden. It's beautiful any time of year, but I think the Fall is extra special.

  4. I love your photos of the Japanese Garden. I haven't been there in ages even though it's less than 3 minutes from my house. How was Beast? It's still on my To Do list.

    1. HI Angie. Beast was very good. We enjoyed all the 6 coures, perfectly proportioned and great flavors. Great wines to go alongside too. I little on the pricey side, but worth the extra expense for a special evening (and the Huzz and I don't get out that often these days!). Try to get to the JG - its stunning right now and with this gorgeous weather, so worth an hour or so wandering around.

  5. Hi Vikki - looking at your blog and the beautiful photos of the Japense Gardens and got excited when I realised we all visited there all those years ago with you. x


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