‘Budweis Mule’ Hoptails and my Mince Pie ban …

Just when I think I’m getting my ‘shit’ together , I find myself in tears watching today’s Christmas movie offering.

I kinda figure this is my normal and I’ll be up and down for most of the festive season… [ and like Buzz Light year …to infinity and beyond.]

I’m embracing the good moments and letting myself have my ‘down’ moments in the safety of my own home.

Despite what I may come across like through my little musings on here I am a positive person, or rather I try to be.

So , this weeks good moments have come mainly in the form of drinking establishments and trying out new concoctions; Something I never shy away from.

I may have given up cake, chocolate and mince pies [ who am I?] for the whole of December [ to raise money for the fabulous Eve Appeal and in memory of Mum ] but I’d not be so bold , or daft, as to give up alcohol too !

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Ladies that Lunch | The New Lunchtime Menu at The Botanist, Sheffield

“The writer is a mysterious figure, wandering lonely as a cloud, fired by inspiration, or perhaps a cocktail or two.”

Cake, cocktails and good company are three things that make me happy.

I might not have got cake but I got the later two when I was invited along to The Botanist for a Bloggers Lunch earlier this week to sample the new lunch menu.

Cocktails for me came in the form of Gin & Rhubarb Old Fashioned , just the one as I was driving.

It came in a short glass with just a slice of lemon and ice for garnish and was extremely strong. It’s a cocktail I would order again without a doubt [ just not when I was driving !]

Good company came in the way of Rach [ my wingman ] and a group of lovely Sheffield bloggers and their plus ones. It was great to eventually meet some familiar faces.

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Summer time feeling … at the Botanist

We all know that food generally makes me extremely happy. To coin a phrase it makes me as happy as a pig in muck …

To coin another I ate like one [a happy pig in muck, that is]

So last night I was invited by the lovely guys at The Botanist in Leopold Square, Sheffield to try out their new summer menu.

My usual eating companion is the lovely Sue. [the naughty 60] However last night as he’s never been before I decided to treat my boyfriend. He is really particular about his food and quite vocal. The perfect critic. He’s also been working ridiculous hours so I thought it would be nice to get him away from it all for a few hours… and actually speak to me! Hello I’m here… [ method in my madness]

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The Botanist,Sheffield

Picture the scene if you will from the film ‘The Secret  Garden’ the one where the little girl makes her way through the bramble,  through the rusty old gate and finally steps into the secret garden for the first time…

You got it yes…

Last night as Liz and I made our way up the stairs to the third floor of The Botanist (situated in Leopold Square) and entered into the restaurant our faces where more or less the same.

One’s of pure awe and admiration (or as we say around these parts ‘gob-smacked’) as we beheld the sight in front of us.

If you look the right way, you can see the whole world is a garden” Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

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