Hello happy Saturday. How lovely has the sunny weather been this week. Doesn’t that sunshine make such a huge difference? Although today is not as bright, but I am so thankful we missed the snow. We almost got stuck in it on the motorway last night coming back from Manchester and it was pretty scary.
Sorry for all of you doing dry January this post may just be a little torturous, as there is a lot of gin talk. This week has been a week of gin. Oh and more ill people, Jack came down with Joe’s bug this week. I tell you what I would make a terrible nurse. Hense why the Christie boys are so rarely ill!
Despite that it’s been a busy week, it seems like there has been something to do almost every evening. Joe starting back at Air Cadets has been a bit of a shock to the system as that takes 2 nights up, but he loves it and its such a great organisation to be part of.
So apart from our chaotic family life, this is what I have been up to this week.
Making Planner Stickers
I posted my planner sticker tutorial post this week. And am thrilled with the result as they were my first attempt, and have so many ideas on how to use print and cut on my Cricut, I can’t believe I didn’t try it before. You can even print onto vinyl for labels, jars etc its such a fab feature if you are a craft geek like me.
Making Cocktails And Photographing Gin
I also spent some time playing with a cocktail recipe for the new Batch Apple And Honey Gin. I had grand plans of using sparkling apple juice with it, but mixed with prosecco and gin it just tasted like cider! So I went with a more simple recipe and topped it with elderflower foam. The recipe is here if you fancy trying it out. Its delicious if I don’t say so myself.
I also got to go along to a gin photo shoot with Batch, I love watching photographers at work and picking up hints and tips from them. Karen from 5 Little Boys photography was not only such a gorgeous person but I loved watching her work alongside the lovely Johdi from Batch at Will’s Bar in Barrowford. Check it out, its so cool!
Making Award Winning Gin
I kid you not I won the second best gin! On Thursday night Karen and I took part in a gin distilling workshop at the makers of Cuckoo Gin in the village of Brindle. If you are local and love gin you have to try it. I will share more later in a post. However the evening is all focused around how Brindle Distillery distil their gin. As part of the evening you get to taste their gins. I say taste the measures are huge!
You also get to distil your own. It felt like such a huge pressure, yes I might have taken inventing my own recipe quite seriously. But I love gin and know what I like. Anyhow it was worth the effort as my gin won 2nd best gin of the evening. Ok it was only out of 12 but still! I can now add my award winning gin to my C.V ha ha. But jokes aside it was a fabulous evening and something I would highly recommend.
Watching Swan Lake
I have wanted to see Swan Lake forever and it did not disappoint. The ballet is addictive and so different from musical theatre. Don’t get me wrong musical theatre will always be one of my favourite ways to spend my time. But the ballet feels such a serene, dramatic yet calming experience. Swan Lake is one of those ballets that make you want to be a ballerina. I think it’s the tutu’s of dreams the swans wear.
It is going to be another busy week. We have Joe’s first parents evening at his new school. So far we have been thrilled with how he has settled in. He is so much happier now he is finally able to learn in a safe environment.
I am off to see Saturday Night Fever at the Palace Theatre Mancheste , I have seen it before but it was on a weekend away and after a day drinking wine in Covent Garden with friends. If I am honest I can’t fully remember it so it will be nice to see it again through sober eyes. The show has been completely remastered from when I last saw it and I blooming love the film and the BeeGees so can’t wait.
And then next weekend we are off to Center Parcs for our annual trip with some of our closest friends. I can not wait for a chill out weekend and lots of forest walks.
Have a fab weekend what ever you get up too.