This week I visited…
Northern Ireland! Ahhhh it was so nice to fly out to see my sister and see her new flat. I haven’t been back to Belfast since we first went together when she found out she’d been offered a job there (as documented in one of my fave vlogs of all time, here) so to explore the area she now lives in was really awesome.
She picked us up from the airport and we headed straight to Giant’s Causeway in the north, about an hour or so in the car. As we were getting closer we started seeing signs for the Northern Ireland Potato Festival which, yep, was taking place at Giant’s Causeway that very day. WHAT ARE THE CHANCES?! I am chalking this up as my favourite coincidence of all time.
Giant’s Causeway is as spectacular as everybody says it is and we were blessed with exceptionally lovely weather – by the time we’d climbed to the very top I was in just a vest – but the highlight had to be our impromptu helicopter ride over the Causeway and neighbouring beaches.
I’m aware that “impromptu helicopter ride” sounds exceptionally flash but we got a really good deal as it was the potato festival (literally, the potato festival was the best) and Cutting Edge Helicopters were doing a special price just for the day. (Honest Dad!).
There were times where it felt like we were flying over the Caribbean, genuinely. The sea was so crystal blue in places and that coastline from the sky? Absolutely jaw-dropping.
No point me trying to do justice to it with words though when you can watch this vlog from the helicopter instead…
We also went to Portrush for cheesy chips and beans on the beach but I forgot to take any pics or video as I was too busy feeling like I was walking around in a Visit Northern Ireland ad. It’s a beautiful part of the world.
On the Sunday we went out for brunch and then took the sightseeing bus tour which covers everything from Stormont to the Peace Lines. ST hadn’t been to Belfast before so it was a really easy way to lazily introduce him to the city, especially as we’d done enough walking the day before to justify at least 100 potato cakes.
I’ll always recommend a bus tour, I bloody love them.
I’ve been eating and drinking…
My fave meal of the week was the aforementioned Sunday Belfast brunch at Harlem. I have so much time for their pancake/soda bread/potato bread combo that seems to accompany all their brilliant breakfast dishes.
I didn’t snap this veggie breakfast feast (gah) but it appears in all its glory in my first Belfast vlog.
Tasty Wee Numbers deliver their treats to England by the way, which is dangerous to know.
I also went to Thai restaurant Patara here in London for the first time this week. There are a few branches but we went to the one on Fulham Road. Hands down the best Thai food I’ve had in London. I HIGHLY recommend the mushrooms in chilli and basil. Oh and the corn cakes. Yes.
This week I’ve been watching…
Without wanting this post to sound like one long love letter to Belfast, I’m so pleased that The Fall is back!
I did find the first half of the first episode drawn out, especially as it feels like so long ago that I watched the second series, but by the second episode I was completely sucked back in again. The only thing that can surpass my love for Gillian Anderson is the little girl who plays Olivia – what a great actress eh? AND she gets to hug Jamie Dornan a lot.
If you like female-led police dramas, I blogged a while ago about my five favourites here. (Yep, The Fall is in there).
Westworld started on Sky Atlantic this week and my goodness, it was sumptuous. People are saying it will fill the Game of Thrones shaped hole in your life but I’ve never seen Game of Thrones so can only say this: it’s stunningly well made and looks set to be brilliant. Cowboys, sentient robots and violence set against a Wild West theme park backdrop? YES PLEASE.
Here’s the trailer…
Other things I enjoyed watching this week included the film Moon (it’s on Sky Cinema or it’s £2.49 on YouTube here) and the BBC Four documentary When Wrestling Was Golden: Grapples, Grunts and Grannies. This documentary looks at the golden age of British wrestling and is on iPlayer for a while yet – a great Sunday afternoon doc if you’re after something to watch this afternoon.
I saw the latest Barnardo’s ad on TV for the first time this week too…
I thought it was a great advert.
I’ve been listening to…
We did a fair bit of driving in and around Belfast last weekend and Cool FM quickly became my fave radio station, especially on the Saturday night when the track choices were phenomenal. Oh and did I mention that WE GOT A SHOUT-OUT?! Wish I’d recorded it on my phone but yes, “this is a shout-out for Heather, Stephen and Poppy who have just been at the Northern Ireland Potato Festival” was broadcast across the airwaves which sent us into a mild frenzy during our little car disco.
I realised I could listen online from home this week and I’ve been doing exactly that, partly because of the completely bonkers local radio ads but mostly because it makes my sister feel less far away.
I’ve heard about people who move to new cities and countries but still read their old local freebie newspaper so they feel in touch with their local community and I guess it’s a bit like that.
If you also miss Belfast for some reason – or just like to hear Toploader frequently – you can listen to Cool FM online here.
Well my last The Week That Was post was very late, only going up on Wednesday, but it was a good one and includes a brilliant play, a WONDERFUL doughnut and a gigantic pigeon.
Then I also wrote a post about indoor plants and how they can help with a general sense of wellbeing (is topiary set to be the next biggest craft trend? PLEASE SAY YES) and I made a video about the top ten things that help me relax and feel calm. You can find the video here and they’re all practical tips rather than stuff like “book a £300 spa weekend”. It’s the first time I’ve made a listicle video let alone a sponsored video, so I hope people like it.
As a side note, the actual making/editing of that video gave me a new found respect for pro vloggers. Sponsored blog posts are WAY easier to put together than sponsored videos! I really liked making it though and I was really happy with the end result.
ALSO it’s nearly been a year since I joined YouTube, so consider this a note to self that I should write about what I’ve learnt in the past year of toying with it. I wrote this after just six weeks of venturing into vlogging but I’d love to do an updated version.
Next week, I’m looking forward to…
Going to Cornwall at the weekend for our second wedding anniversary! I genuinely can’t believe how quickly that has come around, it feels like only yesterday that I was worrying about the fact I had a massive bruise on my arm (not to mention some sexy out-of-season mosquito bites) ahead of the wedding day. Ahhhh, that was a fun cover-up job for my lovely make-up artist!
Enjoy your Sundays, party people xxx