After a week of torture (which continues today) I must say I have had a rather glorious weekend.
Now such weekends of joy are such a delicious rarity. My life is never so wonderful. Shall I set the scene?
Certainly a weather forecast of 26°C for an entire weekend is unheard of in our green and pleasant land. Our weekend commenced early on Friday morn. We had a car, we had water and we had the weekend. Perfection. Our first stop was the purchase of some sour sweeties, tangtastic indeed!
Then where did we happen upon? The wonderfulness that is Bicester Village. For those who have never visited the designer outlet mall you are missing out! It's not all about the big names like Gucci and YSL but deliciously discounted Ted Baker and Luella (hello potential comrade dresses!).
Unfortunately we were mainly there for the sexy man suits. Bean must be playing rugby at work (well his bosses are South African) because he wears his suit out on a regular basis! Double unfortunately my true love is no sniper shopper and we soon lost each other as I fawned over Alexander McQueen dresses and looked for potential lovelies for my mamma.
We did finally meet as I tried to convince the Bean to purchase some pretty shirts and ties and then I casually commented I would pop into Burberry. Obviously full of people trying to buy dubious checked items. I don't have anything have against the check per say however it can lead to scary nightmares such as this.
Now I have swooned over a particular dress for a long while. Indeed I understand it may not to be everyone's taste and so I guess I can understand why this baby was discounted by 90%!!! It's the second one from the bottom with the exquisite lady on the skirt. What do you think? J'adore. How could the weekend get any better?
Well Bean did manage to purchase a couple of rather sexy suits. I wish I got to see him at work, so to speak! Yet, the day was young and we still had travelling to do. Travel to the Cotswolds! I haven't been to the Cotswolds since I was wee. The parents of Bean had hired a little lakeside cottage for the weekend as one of the many brothers, currently over in Germany working, was over here on a course. Do there was almost an entire Bean clan, including nephews! We got to talk to Steve the swan (he likes fajitas) and sit out on a wonderful deck overhanging the lake and eat and drink ourselves silly.
Then Saturday arrived with more sun and opportunity. I lay on a lounger and read and cared not there was no wifi. The afternoon came and I was catatonically relaxed. Ha ha, I was jumped upon by Einstein (the elder of the nephews) and ran around with him and Uncle Bear and tried to tire him out! Impossible! The other nephew, House, has just started walking at 10 months and he is zooming around wanting to try and eat everything.
Our day was not over, we got to visit the Cotswold Wildlife Park. Serious eekables! I got to play with my new little toy (thank you eBay!) I hope you enjoy the results. I think I will need to play around a lot more to find the perfect setting but I love this tiny little camera. It is rather strange when you are used to fiddling with digital cameras which have a screen for framing photographs. However it does allow you to be more free in snapping!
So what did we see. Sleepy Einstein certianly woke up as soon as we entered and saw penguins!!! Hands down my favourite animal. We were even there for feeding. How can you not love these cute little Humboldts?
And rather exhibitionist meerkats. Anyone from the UK will not be able to resist speaking to them in a Russian accent. Such is the power of advertising!
The little camera also has a video camera function. So I proudly present my voice to you. I am certainly far from anonymous now! Unfortunately my excitement somewhat detracts from my usual cut glass accent! Enjoy my little chat with a rather shedding parrot.
Spielberg I am not.
We saw Rhinos, Lions, Ostriches, Zebras (the Einstein is rather in love with the film Madagascar!), wolves and a rather huge Tapir. Along with a rather charming Pig called Morris. I really do need to go to more zoos (and try to reconcile my thoughts towards them).
However perhaps my best moment of the weekend was watching Bean playing with House. My ovaries may have exploded. Although they were somewhat mended by his wails for his mother which may have occurred but a few minutes later. Man and baby. Swoon. I love Bean.
So I got to play on swings and be with my future family (I love they call me their sister already) and I finally asked my lovely sister to read at our wedding. As a writer I cannot wait to hear what she chooses. I have given her free reign to find something as suitable or unsuitable as she wants.
I was so sad to leave, but leave we must. Back to life, back to reality and all that. How was your weekend? I believe some amongst you may have been married! So many congratulations.