GRACE NOTES XI
A quiet week has preceded the upcoming [and infinitely busier] one ahead; the pre-holiday prep list really is racking up and I have birthday dinners, catch-ups over coffee, and beauty-related meetings scheduled within the next few days, amongst all the usual pre-trip madness [packing, ordering $$$, last minute bikini purchases]. Consequently, this Sunday's 'laze' will be pint-sized [or should I say Venti cappuccino-size?]; a pinning-spree from under the waffle duvet, a quick flick through this month's Vogue, and tub-time with my last remaining So White bath bomb [yes really, I stockpile them], before the to-do list calls.
What's on the agenda for your week?
P.S. I must also throw in a mention for the newly launched Origins Original Skin Retexturising Mask, which landed on my desk this week and erased my open pores in one use.
from the archives
Ahead of Tuesday's highly anticipated release of Go Set A Watchman [tipped to be the year's bestseller], I've spent the past week rereading To Kill A Mockingbird. Unlike most, I didn't read this under the National Curriculum; a fortune I am incredibly grateful for, as after a term spent picking apart prose and compiling lists of literary devices I almost always ended up despising some of my favourite reads [a case in point, Emma; once beloved, now unread since A Level English]. However, To Kill A Mockingbird is a beloved classic and I warrant there are few who haven't read it [under duress or not]. Speaking volumes for racial and class issues in the post-Depression Deep South, the novels tells the story of a lawyer defending a black man [charged with the rape of a white girl] through the eyes of his young daughter.
FURTHER READING : Read the first chapter of Go Set A Watchman.
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eat : the wharf, castlefield
Hearty pub dinners with finesse are served in Brunning & Price pubs across the country, including Castlefield hotspot The Wharf. A chain without the chain feel [it's family owned] Brunning & Price are famous for occupying architecturally interesting spaces, with an eye to eclectic but historically appropriate decor, and a menu dedicated to showcasing locally sourced ingredients. The Wahrd itself offers both intimate nooks and crannies as well as a dedicated downstairs bar space. The menu features a luxe spin on the fishfinger sandwich alongside Lancashire cheeses, Cheshire made sorbets, and the brand's signature bacon and cheese burger [a personal favourite].
FURTHER READING : A brief history of Castlefield, starring The Wharf.
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