What Not To Worry About #41

What Not To Worry About #41

Hello friends! How are we feeling this Monday? There is a definite nip in the air in the mornings isn’t there? I’m finding myself getting out of bed a little slower, with one foot out first, tentatively testing the floor to check it’s not too cold before retreating back under the covers for just a few more minutes. The clocks are due to go forward this Saturday so the mornings will be even darker and the bed will feel even toastier I am sure. I might just have to start treating myself to a warm porridge to lure me out, with lots and lots of honey of course.

I hope your weekend was a good one despite Brian trying to out-do Ophelia with more wind and rain! Shannon (my little sister) and I had trotted down to Dublin for the weekend but the weather made it pretty difficult to see where we were going never mind actually seeing the pretty buildings. Fortunately Dublin isn’t short of cosy pubs to dry off in so we spent a few hours warming up between dodging puddles so we can’t complain too much.

In spite of the weather we still had a ball exploring Dublin and most of all, enjoying the wee luxuries that came with staying in the Merrion Hotel, a pretty swish hotel in the centre of town. The stay was a birthday gift from Shannon and my Dad and it was so exciting to feel like an aristocrat for 24 hours; the doorman welcoming us in, the concierge delivering our suitcases to our room, a little birthday tart waiting for us by our bed (the dessert you filthy minx!). Of course this is not the life we are used to so we lapped up every second and took a million photos of it all because if you don’t Instagram it, it hasn’t actually happened right?!

The most stylish elderly couple walking arm in arm (I had to take a photo!)

Luckily the weather cleared up on Sunday and we went for a mosey around St. Stephen’s Green, admiring elegant couples and ivy clad walls. After making a final stop in O’Donoghue’s (the birthplace of The Dubliners whose portraits you can find hanging on the walls), we drove down to the Powerscourt Hotel to admire the estate and the hills, bracing the chilly winds for a few seconds to snap a few photos before running back to the car. It’s a beautiful part of Ireland, so rugged and wild it’s hard to believe you’re only a half hour’s drive from the city. We promised ourselves that the next time we pretend to be fancy we will do it in this hotel and run about the heather like we’re in a Brontë novel.

Our doorman

Alas, we are back to porridge today and with that in mind, I have another weekly roundup of the unnecessary worries that I am letting go of for good. Feel free to borrow some of mine or even better, tell me some of yours? Would love to know!!

Choosing ethical clothing – in last week’s post I mentioned taking a few photos with my pal Mel Wiggins who is an inspiration to anyone who is wanting to make more ethical purchases when buying clothes. Sometimes we can really stress ourselves out when we go shopping, worrying if we’re contributing in any way to an industry that exploits the vulnerable & impoverished. This is where Mel steps in and introduces businesses that are doing it the right way and who are producing beautiful clothing that will save our conscience. Have a look at her latest post for more information including the photos we took while dandering around the Argory 🙂

Providing Hallowe’en treats – I LOVE Hallowe’en so it’s no surprise that I thoroughly enjoy decorating the house a little in preparation for the little visitors that descend upon the house searching for treats. Last year Andrew put a sheet up on the front window and had a scary projector show which amused the adults way more than the kids so we’ll be keeping that tradition up this year. Also, I’m going to be trying my hand at these bad boys to try and shake up the usual habit of buying a multipack of sweets that I just end up eating myself anyway!

Repetitive breakfasts – I am so boring when it comes to breakfasts! I have the same thing almost every day; granola, almond milk and chopped berries. Now that we’re approaching the dark and cold mornings I have decided I am going to start making porridge although I haven’t made it in years. Is there a good receipt to use that you’d recommend? Who does the best oats?? It’s the type of thing I should be ringing my Granny for!

Lack of documentaries – I have loved watching Louis Theroux’s new ‘Dark States’ series which has provided an incredible insight in to working class poverty in America. The series has finished now but the new series of Blue Planet will be starting this week and I am so so so excited to hear David Attenborough’s grandfatherly voice coming out of my TV, sharing the most amazing footage of the deep blue. Hans Zimmer has provided the score for the series too so no doubt I’ll be an emotional wreck after each episode!

Having a poor bedtime routine – my bedtime routine is something along the lines of: take off make up (un)properly, brush teeth, take a book to bed in the hope that I’ll actually read it (and then end up scrolling through social media for a half hour) and try to have a normal conversation with Andrew before passing out. Not too impressive is it? Reading this article gave me new inspiration – and a good laugh too!!

 

Have a great week folks!! x

41 thoughts on “What Not To Worry About #41

  1. Love your blog as always Alex ….. here’s a hearty but different twist on plain old porridge for breakfast Porridge pancakes:
    75g porridge oats
    Small tub of yogurt flavoured or natural
    2egggs
    1tbsp sugar or sweetener
    Little olive oil
    Fresh strawberries, raspberries, blackberries basically any berries, a mixture of them all or indeed fruit of any kind (banana is rather lovely as well)
    In a blender blend together the yogurt, porridge oats, egggs and sugar.
    Heat a pan, add a little olive oil, heat and drop in your mixture … it’s usually enough to make about 5 good sized pancakes (if making some for Andrew double up your mixture). Cook for about 3-4mins until edges are firm and ready to flip over, cook for a further 3-4mins until they are golden brown and hey presto you have your pancakes.
    Top with berries, a good dob of natural yogurt and finish with a tbsp of honey or a drizzle of maple syrup. A lovely warm, filling and yummy breakfast that will certainly keep you going to lunch. Enjoy ? xx

    1. It’s so easy to turn a routine in to a habit but I’m hoping that I’ll get a bit better at winding down before bedtime!

    1. That is such a good tip Jessica! Scrolling before bed is such a bad habit, I do it in the mornings too and is definitely a bad habit. Thanks for the advice!

  2. I wish I could stop scrolling through social media too. If I read a book, I fall asleep faster but then I forget what I’ve read and have to start again hahaha

  3. Oh, I love Mel’s blog. Her approach to eBaying clothes has completely changed how I shop – I now pretty much only buy clothes for myself and my kids on eBay. It’s actually so easy and I’ve found some brilliant bargains, plus it gives the clothes a new lease of life!

    1. Ah so porridge is a staple part of your breakfast then! It’s such a hearty way to start the day though so I’m going to give it a whirl this winter 🙂

  4. Oh, how I wish I could go back to the days when the only thing I was reading in bed was a book. I miss it. I know it’s self-inflicted and I do have a choice, there is so much to catch up on when the boys go to bed! Love your photos, they are amazing and you are right, there is a nip in the air and it is so much harder to get up and get motivated in the mornings. Hurry back, summer!

    1. I can only imagine how hard it is to get time to read when you have kids but even squeezing in 20 minutes before bed can be such a good way to wind down!

  5. omg! Your photography is beautiful! I need to go to Dublin and see these beautiful locations you shoot at! I have the same thing for breakfast every day too! Maybe I will switch it up and try yours!

    1. Thank you so much Amina! You should definitely try and visit Dublin one day although you should see so much more of Ireland if you ever make it this far!

  6. Um how amazing are that old couple?! They look so glamourous, I’m glad you got a photo of them. I’ve only been to Dublin once, and it was a pretty quicky flying visit so I would love to go back and explore more.

    1. I know it must be so hard as a Mum to make time for yourself but you deserve to, try and put that laptop away for a few nights a week so you can wind down a wee bit!

  7. I love all your photos, especially the changing colour of the red leaves on that building. I am not a porridge lover myself but my children love it with honey and banana on a cold morning. x

  8. Ooh, I panicked there for a moment thinking the clocks were going forward an hour….it’s back, isn’t it 🙂 Thanks for the link about ethical clothing, that’s something that I’ve been thinking about recently so I’m heading over for a look x

  9. I love your photos, especially the one of the elderly couple. They look so so stylish! Dublin is such a gorgeous city, I haven’t been in years!

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