Bex Maini and the twins in April

Weren’t we lucky with the weather for Easter weekend?!  We loved having a taste of summer and it was perfect for our plans with various friends and family over the 3 days.  We enjoyed a BBQ on Saturday, a traditional roast (but eaten al fresco) on Sunday, not one but two egg hunts in the garden and an afternoon visiting two local pubs with brilliant beer gardens on Monday.  The whole month has generally been busy again with lots of fun activities and even more exciting photography news for me too 😀

 

Mother’s Day sushi at Kitcho, Greenwich

On mother’s day itself, we struggled to book somewhere having changed plans so late in the day.  Luckily I found a great wee sushi place not far from the in-laws’ house which had lots of good reviews including being fun for kids and we managed to get a table.  I’m so glad we did, it was perfect!  Amazing sushi, lovely staff and the twins adored all the food, as did the grown ups.

Service was a bit slow, especially at first as they were very busy and seemed very short on staff but once we ordered the food came quickly and was well worth the initial wait!  Super fresh, pretty and delicious, we ordered a great range of things from the basic edamames to scrummy wasabi prawns and of course an epic platter of sashimi and sushi which we all love, even Kalyan & Priya!

Dishoom, London – review

While in London I was also thrilled to finally enjoy a meal at Dishoom in Granary Square near Kings Cross.  I’ve heard great things and been jealous every time Nik visited with his parents after training days in London.  I was not disappointed.  Their virgin mojitos were awesome, the food was so authentic and utterly delicious and I loved the atmosphere and decor!

 

Easter Holiday Fun

We’ve had some really fun play dates in the Easter holidays.  We managed to fill all our days when I wasn’t at work with some lovely activities with friends, some of whom will be starting school with the twins.  We had chilled out relaxed days at home on gloomier days, walks, parks and lots of cake!

 

 

The Ivy, Tunbridge Wells – brunch review

Nik booked brunch for us at The Ivy in Tunbridge Wells.  It was a lovely surprise to wake up and fine out we’re going for a posh breakfast!  I’ve wanted to check it out since it opened but we kept forgetting to book in advance and could never get a table.

The food was lovely too, I chose the eggs benedict and Nik had the vegetarian breakfast.  Both were excellent and the kids shared a portion of pancakes which they loved – served with yoghurt, fruit and a warm strawberry coulis which tasted so fresh!  The twins’ babyccinos went down well and Nik and I enjoyed a coffee and Virgin Mary each too.  All excellent, we’ll definitely be going back.

 

John Lewis Easter fun

We had no idea that John Lewis Home in Pembury had an event on, we actually just popped in to use their toilets and cafe but found the Easter bunny, face paints, dancers and singers providing lots of entertainment and stayed for 2 hours!

 

Walk on Ashdown Forest – Duddleswell

Another of our holiday play dates was at Duddleswell on the forest, we had a lovely walk followed by cake (see below – so impressed) and the kids all managed to get filthy having fun with the sand on the tracks, throwing it up all over themselves and each other!

 

Duddleswell Tearooms

I’d never been here before but was so impressed with their cakes, so many options and all super fresh and tasty!  Priya had the victoria sponge which was loaded with fresh cream and strawberries, I had the baked lime cheesecake – so light and zingy.  Kalyan had the rich chocolate cake which was very moist and all of the slices were utterly huge!  Excellent value and a lovely quaint little cafe too.

 

Easter weekend fun

As I mentioned above, we had a wonderful Easter weekend.  An Easter egg hunt complete with Easter bonnets and BBQ with friends on Saturday was ideal in the glorious sunshine.  On Sunday we ate our traditional Sunday Roast al fresco with bubbly and smoked salmon blinis to start and on Monday we went to The Anchor to sit by the river with some drinks and then headed back to Uckfield for dinner at The Highlands.

VOGUE!

As for my exciting photo news, I had an image published on Photovogue on the Vogue Italia website!  I’d been submitting for months (they have very strict time restraints on when and how many you can submit as well as very high standards in what they accept) and finally had this one of Simon in his paint shop accepted and then less than two weeks later, the one below of Priya and her friend on our trampoline!  To say I’m thrilled is an understatement!

 

Spring!

I love spring and find it’s a time I most love getting out with my camera in nature, particularly with my macro lens!  Here are a few shots I’ve taken recently in local woodlands, some of which have formed part of April’s colour chase challengepurple

 

Next month:

I’ll be filling you in on our lovely holiday to Portugal as well as a review of Sunday roast at The White Hart, Buxted.  Plus we’re off to Woodlands Festival at the start of June which I cannot wait for!  We had such a great time last year and tickets are still on sale if you fancy coming along to this fun family festival in Kent…