10 favourites this week (#133)

10 favourites this week

Happppyyyyy Monday, everyone! I’m feeling particularly happy today because I’ve got the day off work! It was Sam’s 30th birthday yesterday, so we’re currently in the Lake District enjoying a bit of R&R and some fresh country air.

I’ve had one of the loveliest weeks in ages which is also putting a big smile on my face today. Here are my 10 favourites this week…

1) Walks on the canal

In amongst the very autumnal weather, we have actually had a little bit of sunshine this week and I’ve been making the most of it by going out for some lovely walks along the canal. It’s so nice to get out for some fresh air after a long day in the office and it always makes me fall in love with where we live that little bit more.

2) Finishing The Hate U Give

I mentioned last week that I’d started this book and this week I finished it. it was absolutely incredible – moving, funny, heartbreaking and so very important. I highly recommend that you all read it and then come and talk to me about it as I have so much I want to discuss!

3) Afternoon naps

I was a little bit under the weather this week and feeling a little bit sorry for myself. I hate taking sick days and it’s very rare that I give myself the time to rest and recover, but on Thursday I really needed it. I spent the entire afternoon napping, which was just what the doctor ordered and it reminded me of the good old uni days when I would do that at least 3 times a week!

4) Researching our family holiday

My Mum has very generously offered to take my sister and I and our partners on a family holiday next year to celebrate some exciting life changes and we’ve spent lots of time this week researching it. Our current thinking is New York as we all love it so much, and even though it won’t be until next summer, I’m already too excited. It’s been years since we’ve all been away on a proper family trip and I can’t wait.

5) An amazing meal at Tattu

On Friday night we got Sam’s 30th birthday celebrations started with an incredible meal at Tattu in Leeds. It’s a relatively new addition to the city and we’d heard good things about the Manchester venue, so it seemed like a good place to try. We had SUCH  great night – the food was incredible, the service was fab and the interiors were stunning (they had huge big blossom trees everywhere which we loved!). I would definitely recommend it if you’re looking for somewhere a little fancy for a nice meal.

6) Lots of family time

This weekend has been extra lovely as we’ve been able to spend lots of time celebrating with our immediate families. Both sets of parents came up to Leeds for the weekend and it was lovely to all have a proper catch up for the first time since the wedding. Plus we got lots of nephew cuddles and smiles which is always a bonus!

7) A brill day at Magic Rock Brewing Company

We jumped on the train to Huddersfield on Saturday to check out the Magic Rock Brewing Company with our friends and family. They have an ace tap room with plenty of craft beers on offer, and they also had a street food stall serving up the most delicious Malaysian food. It was a really fun place to spend the afternoon – even if we did have slightly sore heads yesterday…

8) Giving Sam his birthday presents

I don’t know about you, but I think I actually prefer the thrill of giving presents to receiving them! I loved finally getting to give Sam his birthday pressies yesterday after months of planning and thinking of ideas. I’m also really excited as he now knows we’re off to Bilbao and San Sebastian in October, so we can start planning our trip properly. Let me know if you have any tips for either place!

9) Brunch at the Mill Kitchen

I’ve mentioned that our local cafe, the Mill Kitchen, is one of my favourite places to go for brunch, and it seems to be becoming a bit of a tradition that we go there on Sam’s birthday! We headed up for brekkie with the Aireys yesterday and it was a fab start to the day – their avocado toast is SO yum.

10) An ace Sunday in the Lake District

Once we’d finished brunch, we jumped in the car and headed straight across to the Lake District. We arrived mid-afternoon and had a lovely day wandering around Grasmere, drinking G&Ts in a sunny beer garden and eating some really yummy ice cream. This part of the world is honestly SO stunning and I’m determined to book another trip back soon.

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  • This all sounds so lovely! I’ve never done a family holiday but it sounds like perfection! x

    • We haven’t been on one since I was a teenager so I can’t wait! x

  • Another gorgeous week as per darling, and how lovely of your parents to do that for you!
    Bee xxx

    • I know, it is so generous and we are all really excited! X

  • Oh how I love these posts Sophie, I hope you’re having a lovely time in the Lake District. Walks always take me to my happy place to and yours by the canal sounds wonderful. I’m adding that book to my books to read list, which is getting alarming low! I can’t wait to see what it’s like.

    Afternoon naps are just the best aren’t they? I hope you’re feeling much much much better now. It sounds like such a nice week spent with loved ones and eating good food. How lovely of your Mum for the holiday, I’m sure you’re going to have the most amazing time!
    Wishing you a great week ahead,
    Peta x

    • Oooooh definitely let me know if you read the book!!! x

  • I always love reading these posts from you Sophie! Sounds like a lovely week 🙂 Ow, I miss Leeds!

  • Amy

    Glad you enjoyed The Hate U Give, it’s amazing! I love how it manages to be both a topical, issue led book but also a really personal story about a girl finding her own identity in difficult times.

    • It was amazing, thanks for giving me the nudge to read it! x

  • Haaaappy Monday Sophie! Hope you are having the most beautiful day in the Lake District – happy 30th to Sam also 🙂 Sounds like you have had a lovely week. I cannot wait for our annual family holiday! We go to Center Parcs each January and it is the absolute dream! Although, New York sounds INSANE! Have a great week lovely lady 🙂 Immy x

    • We haven’t had a family holiday since I was a teenager so it is even more exciting! x

  • All of this sounds so lovely – and I really want to read The Hate U Give! Looove the lake district and hope you are having the best week, it sounds fab and seeing you speak about it has made me want to book a little trip there so much. xxx

    Sophie | Sophar So Good

  • Sounds like a lovely week, hope you’re feeling better! Sometimes you just have to take it easy! x

    • I’m feeling loads better thanks Jasmin, I think my body just needed the break! X

  • Sounds like such a lovely week! I would love to visit the Lake District!

    Hannah x

    • Thanks Hannah – it’s a gorgeous part of the world, you should definitely go! x

  • I’d love to visit the Lake District; it always looks so so beautiful. You’re week sounds like such a good one…and New York again, AMAZING!


    • The Lakes are so gorgeous, well worth a visit! X

  • Oh my God, The Hate U Give is incredible, right? I didn’t want it to end. I think they’re making a movie of it, too, so that’ll be really interesting to see when it comes out. I just loved the characters so much – it felt like everyone had a real, fleshed out storyline rather than just being a bit-part character in Starr’s story, but without distracting from the overall arc. Just so brilliant and moving.