Valentines; The day that all single people stereotypically dread – but this year I am not single; sorry Beyoncé

I won’t be singing ‘single ladies’ with you anymore and I refuse to ‘put my hands up.’

Anyway, I headed down to Mark’s last Wednesday – back down south woohoo! I was a little bit worried because of all the flooding and horrible weather we had been experiencing; Nottingham is dry as a bone, whereas my hometown of Newbury is badly flooded. But the journey down to Mark’s was fine, I expected the tracks to be waterlogged but they weren’t, so I sat back in my seat and watched the countryside go past (which was pretty flooded).

When I arrived at Mark’s we made creme egg brownies (see my ‘Creme Egg Brownie Heaven’ on how to make them and also general blabbering about how good creme eggs are). They were so delicious and I ended up having a nap from the overdose of sugar and chocolate but I told Mark it was because I’d spent 4 hours traveling down from Nottingham – haha.

Creme Egg Brownies.

Creme Egg Brownies.

After a full recovery from the overdose of chocolaty heaven, we headed into Greenwich to visit the National Maritime Museum which was amazing. The building itself was breathtaking – the classic old meets the new. The museum was home to items of British sea history including maritime art, ship models and plans, scientific and navigational instruments. It was truly impressive and engaging having so much history under one glass roof. I’m a secret lover for museums – I hadn’t been to one since visiting Athens in 2011 so it was a nice surprise when we turned up outside.

Love, Hope and Faith; reclaimed stained glass.

Love, Hope and Faith; reclaimed stained glass.

The West/East Divide.

The West/East Divide.

Mark got some pretty cool photos, we headed outside to go back to the car and we found this gem:

After we left the National Maritime Museum with our brains full of knowledge (sort of), we headed to Mark’s favorite place for milkshakes – Byron. I can hear your thoughts now – all they ever do is eat and drink – HELL YES! I never need persuading to eat, even when I’m not hungry (it’s probably really bad).

Chocolate & Strawberry Milkshakes at Byrons

Chocolate & Strawberry Milkshakes at Byron

We only had milkshakes and some onion rings, but as we were presented with what looked like a silver vase full of yummy milkshake goodness, we instantly thought about the thousands of calories that awaited to be drank – oops. It was so creamy, flavorsome, thick and rich – amazing! I don’t even feel guilty, ok maybe a tiny bit.

The next day was Friday 14th – VALENTINES DAY!

My first ever one, I didn’t know what to expect but I got treated like a queen (yes a queen not a child-like princess). Mark took me to Zingara, a bohemian restaurant where we had 3 courses! Yes more food! Our table was in a Moroccan styled garden with trees and fountains, heavy fabrics and unusual wooden tables and chairs – thank god it was under cover though, as it was tipping it down outside; not good when we had made an effort and dressed up properly for the occasion (so dapper, even if I do say so myself)

Before we got battered by the wind and rain.

Before we got battered by the wind and rain.

Main; meatballs in a spicy sauce with fragrant couscous.

Main; meatballs in a spicy sauce with fragrant couscous.

We were surrounded by other couples and tables of 2 which was a bit weird – the garden inspired area where we sat was like a designated area for couples – cornered off from non-couples by a glass wall (strangest feeling). We had a good time though chatting, eating & drinking, and once again over indulging – especially after the arrival of our desert, prepare yourselves…

“A melee of fudge brownie, marshmallows, chocolate and vanilla ice cream drizzled with toffee and chocolate sauce” – the exact words from the menu, there was no two ways that we wouldn’t be ordering that beast! WOW!

Unreal.

Unreal.

Still can’t believe the size of it – I ate most of it as usual. Think I’ve just realised how food orientated I actually am – OH NO I’M OBSESSED WITH FOOD!

HELP….

After our meal, we needed a lay down and it was perfect timing to do gifts – I got Mark tickets for us to go see Paul Chowdhry, a stand-up comedian on his summer tour this year and a DVD of his previous tour ‘What’s up white people?’ – if you haven’t heard of this guy or seen him in action, you need too. He had us in stitches – his ability to imitate people is hilarious! Mark got me a super cool Casio gold watch – as he knows I love watches and had been eyeing up his for months; yes we have matching watches (don’t be grabbing that sick bucket ok?) – haha!

We finished up our 3-day valentines weekend by heading to (yeah you guess it) Starbucks! After having seen on their Facebook page they had made a new drink just for valentines – we had to try it. It was a triple hot chocolate, it was so rich! The barista took my name – it is always a tricky one when I say what my name is as 9 times out of 10 they get it wrong. I usually say ‘Autumn as in the season’ but everyone here at uni laughs at me when I say that. I’ve been called Alton before, but this time was the funniest, my name was supposedly Horton! I mean what the f***? Is that even a name?

This is my new name apparently.

This is my new name apparently.

It made us giggle but I got slightly annoyed as I get it everywhere I go – I guess that’s the downside to having a super cool name (not blowing my own trumpet or anything) – wait yes I am, haha.

So, that’s been my lovely valentines weekend – I hope it wasn’t too lovey dovey that you actually went and got a sick bucket whilst reading! As the words of some ‘cool’ people on Twitter finely say with intelligence “Sorry, not sorry”

Peace out,

Autumn x