Bright Spots | Week Twenty-Nine

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+ High summer, and the mercury readings to match.
+ Tucking into Skyfaring (Mark Vanhoenacker) – an elegantly penned tale of a career in the skies.
+ An idle afternoon in sun-dappled Richmond Park, the closest slice of country you’ll find in this city. We gorged on crusty sourdough dipped in pea and mint houmous, marvelled at the deer from afar and watched jets descend overhead towards the airport. A near perfect day.
+ Sister time: Ellie is spending some time in London this summer and spending time with her is one of my very favourite things.
+ Hyde Park on a Sunday, everyone summering – couples, families trailing children on scooters, tourists risking life and limb on Boris bikes, friends lazing in deck chairs, many a 99 flake.
+ The bakery just round the corner, which provided aforementioned crusty bread for our picnic.
+ One last family supper before my parents flew east, back to their adopted city of Singapore.
+ Exciting plans on the horizon – a sister weekend in Edinburgh, an August jaunt to Devon and a swiftly approaching visit from our favourite Americans!
+ A delicious aubergine and chickpea dhal followed by a dusk-lit stroll to the river.
+ An adapted version of this for dinner. Eggs, courgettes, goat’s cheese. What more could a gal need?
+ Friday afternoon: celebrating my grandparents and their 60-year marriage (more words of joy on this, to come). We had all of their best friends in one room, cake to celebrate, champagne to toast with and bunches of bright sweet peas on the table rivalled only by the gleam of their surprised, happy smiles.