A Beautiful Bank Holiday Weekend

It’s Bank Holiday Monday, and the weather is absolutely glorious. The sky is blue, the birds are singing, and Mr Shouty Man is happily sitting on a wall outside, shouting to himself. He’s a daily occurrence at the minute, often appearing around 11.30am, where he shouts to himself for a while before wandering off, still shouting. Despite the noise, I’ve opened all the windows, been shopping for some fruit and vegetables (nothing nicer than a fresh fruit salad on a gorgeous day) and The Bloke is busy in the garden in an attempt to calm the chaos that the winter months have created.



I slept in until 10.00am today – I must have been tired after the weekend. It was my little sister’s 30th birthday, and I had travelled up north to spend the weekend with the family. I stayed at my mother’s house, and my youngest sister drove us to meet my sister and her boyfriend outside the restaurant. We went to the Red Hot Buffet in Manchester – an all-you-can-eat restaurant – and I was determined that I was going to get my money’s worth! It was certainly a new experience for me – there were foods from all over the world, and I filled my plate on numerous occasions with Mongolian prawns, spring rolls, pizza, vegetable samosas, olive tapenade, onion rings, garlic naan, mushroom korma, spiced potato wedges and different types of rice. To finish, I helped myself to minature pancakes, lime jelly, chocolate brownies, minature strawberry cheesecake and marshmallows with sauce from a chocolate fountain. The staff presented my sister with a cake, made her stand up and sang to her (which she was mortified at), we talked, we laughed and we had a really great time.


My sisters and I outside the restaurant

There has also been a ‘Carry On’ weekend on TV, and my mum and I (who are Carry On obsessives) indulged in lots of the films while I worked my way through several chocolate Easter eggs. My other sister drove out of her way to drop me off at the train station, which I was really grateful for, and my journey back down to Birmingham was crowded. I found a seat next to a really nice Irish girl who seemed to be having a row with someone via text message, so I didn’t attempt to talk to her as she seemed agitated, and logged onto Twitter for my weekly #SundayBlogShare party. I let out a little gasp when I discovered that it was trending (which caused the girl sitting next to me to shoot me a bemused look), and excitedly started scrolling down all of the new posts that had been shared that morning.


#SundayBlogShare trended yesterday!

Unfortunately, the more popular something is, the more spam it receives, and it took me about an hour to remove, block and report the accounts (and with it, the pornographic pictures) that were threatening to take over the party. Grrr. However, several hundred new bloggers joined in for the first time, and as a result there were nearly 1,700 posts shared during the rest of the day. I am still amazed at it’s popularity, especially since it was only registered in December, and it continues to grow every single week, with some awesome bloggers helping me to promote it and share their links each Sunday. I excitedly returned home to The Bloke and squeaked at him, and then promptly ignored him for several hours while I continually read and retweeted as many posts as I could. It’s a good job he is a patient man.

Today, I don’t want to even look at the scales. Over the last week I’ve indulged in tapas, fish and chips, pizza (twice) a huge buffet and an enormous pub lunch, and I must admit that I am feeling a little lethargic and bloated. The Bloke feels the same way. We both always have good intentions, but we are a bad influence on each other, both emotionally relying on food, indulging in beautiful meals and buying small treats, which we easily consume in an evening. While other couples that I know will have several glasses of wine in an evening, I don’t drink that much, and he doesn’t drink at all, so we eat sweet things instead. He’s a chocolate monster. As I do the majority of the cooking, I think that it is about time that I started to take responsibility for our eating habits – I know that we can support each other through it but I know that if I present him with healthy meals, he’ll eat them. I’m also going to suggest that we take advantage of the beautiful weather and go for a walk today – we live next to an enormous, well maintained park, and I think that it’s about time I got myself moving!

What about you guys? Did you have a nice Easter weekend?

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31 thoughts on “A Beautiful Bank Holiday Weekend

  1. Hi Suzie,
    I managed to tweet on the Sunday Blog Share. I am slowly dipping my little toe into Twitter. We had a fabulous Easter even though it was fairly low key and times at Church had changed so we did turn up but ended up at the patisserie instead. I wrote about Easter for the A-Z Challenge today and included links to customs from around the world as well as photos of our day.
    Take care & best wishes,

    • Thanks Rowena – I’ll check the post out! I’m glad you had a lovely Easter – my brother-in-law was in church for most of the weekend with his family, but my family aren’t religious at all. I’m so pleased to joined in #SundayBlogShare – It will get easier for you over time!

  2. No bank holiday here at mine! We get 11 days a year for holidays in addition to our 4 weeks of vacation… but anything related to Easter got traded for something else 😦 lol

  3. Congrats Suzie on an awesome weekend, don’t feel bad about the excessive food I have done the same and was feeling a bit regretful until I saw your post, glorious food!! enjoy my friend

      • I guess its a common theme, eating excessively when you feel happy. I eat excessively when Im happy and sad, and angry and confused so I guess it means I eat a lot but it’s enjoyable though so who is to blame us

  4. Glad to hear you had a wonderful weekend. 🙂
    Know exactly what you feel about the food.
    It was another astonishing #SundayBlogShare (too bad about the rude stuff, that’s annoying for you) – I’m still catching up on the tweets this morning. 🙂
    Thanks again. We’re off for a long walk. 🙂

    • Thanks my lovely! So glad you enjoyed #SundayBlogShare… I hit my maximum on the RT’s again but it takes me a week to catch up on the reading haha! Enjoy your walk!

  5. My Easter consisted of Cadbury eggs, Hawaiian pizza and Playstation. Almost perfect! 🙂

  6. I can’t believe I missed #SundayBlogShare, yesterday, Suzie. So sorry about that. I’m blaming it on the chocolate and the one too many glasses of red wine I consumed during Sunday. Oh…my head this morning, and that bright sunshine. It’s been a dark glasses day for me, but it was all so much fun.

    Great to hear about your weekend. You three look so much alike. I want to sing that song “Sisters” now 🙂 So pleased how well #SundayBlogShare is doing. I’ll be there next week, I promise 🙂

    Have a great week.

    • Well I think that’s just disgraceful Hugh! You missed a Twitter party for wine and chocolate?!!! 😉 don’t worry about it my friend – you’re welcome to participate whenever you’re free! Hope the hangover goes soon! Me and my youngest sister looked identical when we were growing up, but the middle one looks more like our dad…

  7. Happy Bank Holiday! Does a banker in a suit come to your house at night and leave money in your wallets and purses??? I’d like that holiday!

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