Easter weekend round-up #3

What a weekend! The Easter bank holiday has to be one of my favourites (not to mention the longest) and I took today off work to make it last even longer (that’s five days worth of fun!). We kicked it off on Thursday night with dinner at Salsa, a Mexican restaurant down the road from where we live. The benefits of having some great restaurants on our doorstep means there’s no need to drive or get a taxi, so as you can see from the picture below we enjoyed a bottle of wine before we left! Notice the Easter bunting in the background? I made it earlier in the week and wrote about how to make it here. This is also my favourite outfit of the weekend (Top: Miss Selfridge | Skirt: Zara | Boots: Topshop)weekend round-upFriday morning we did a bit of home shopping (my favourite!) and paid a trip to John Lewis Home, Next Home and Home Sense. I lust over most of the home ware in John Lewis, they have so many nice things! Their kitchen stuff is to die for, just look at this selection of Le Creuset stone ware! I also spotted this garden dining orb (does it have a proper name?!) but priced at just shy of £8k I had to leave it out of my basket…weekend round-upweekend round-up I wanted some new cushions for our living room to replace our winter ones during the summer months (stags and tweed just don’t get me in the mood for summer!) so I bought two cream cushions from Next Home to match our sofas. The blind is from John Lewis for our dining room and the rest is from Home Sense. Pay attention to the cake pop mould, you’ll see the results later down this post! weekend round-upAfter we finished shopping we headed down to Bournemouth beach for some lunch on the sand. The weather was just so beautiful it would have been criminal not to have visited.weekend round-upweekend round-upweekend round-upLater that afternoon we took advantage of the weather and longer evenings to paint the outside of our house. Our house is red brick but there’s an area of plastering around our garden dining area and we wanted it to look nice for the family BBQ we had planned on Saturday…. weekend round-upI’d done some baking for the occasion and made some cake pops with the new mould I bought on Friday – I was pretty happy with the way they turned out as half expected them to be all sorts of odd shapes and sizes! Unfortunately I was too busy having fun to take any pictures of the BBQ itself but it was lovely having the garden full and everyone over. We lit our chimnea once it got a bit chilly and the kids (and adults) enjoyed toasting marshmallows. We were so lucky the weather was nice considering how it turned out on Sunday… (note more bunting!)weekend round-upweekend round-upweekend round-up weekend round-upWe woke up on Easter Sunday to a grey sky and rain – so disappointing! We couldn’t face the idea of staying in all day so headed into Bournemouth for a wander through the gardens and along the beach. We ended up walking about three miles in the rain but it was nice to be outside. Even though the weather was rubbish, the flowers in Bournemouth Gardens were out in bloom and gave us a taste of spring!weekend round-upweekend round-upWe stopped for a coffee to dry off and K was served with a cappuccino complete with a chocolate powder chick – a nice touch to remind us it was indeed Easter day!weekend round-upWe decided to stop by my Mum and Dad’s house to say hello and my Mum produced a home baked Simnel cake – it was delicious. She makes one every year and they never disappoint! We didn’t stay for long as we had a couple of friends coming round for coffee (our third one of the day!) and spent the rest of the evening eating Easter eggs, BBQ leftovers and watching a film.weekend round-upOn Monday we travelled to Longleat in Wiltshire to spend a night at Center Parcs. K’s mum had kindly invited us for the week but as both of us had work commitments we could only stay one night. Center Parcs is always a relaxing little holiday and we stayed in one of the woodland villas with the rest of K’s family. It was lovely spending time in the great outdoors (a welcome change from the office!) going on cycle rides and walks in the forest. In the evening we ate out at Strada, one of the restaurants in the Plaza – a big glass-domed complex that feels almost sub tropical with a huge fish pond in the centre.weekend round-up weekend round-upToday we walked across the park to the Sports Centre for a game of badminton, coffee and a bit of shopping. Then as lunchtime approached we slowly walked back up the winding boardwalk, meeting the ducks and other wildlife along the way. weekend round-upweekend round-up weekend round-upOne of the best things about Center Parcs is the Pancake House restaurant. Their menu is filled entirely with savoury and sweet pancakes! I went for a chicken and mushroom one which was so so yummy. weekend round-up weekend round-upWe sadly had to wave goodbye to everyone this afternoon and headed home to Bournemouth. It has been such a wonderful long weekend and I really don’t want to go back to work tomorrow! At least there are some Easter eggs left to cheer me up! With only three days left until the weekend I can’t really complain…

Did you have a nice Easter break? What did you get up to?

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4 thoughts on “Easter weekend round-up #3

  1. What a brilliant Easter looks like great fun. I love Bournemouth. The outdoor eatting pod in John Lewis is amazing wouldn’t you want one of these in your garden Lucy x

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