Random Moment of Delight #18 ~ What makes a perfect weekend for you?

Random Moment of Delight #18

I really would like to know what would be your perfect weekend?

I don’t really have a ‘list’ of what would make it perfect for me and there are probably lots of different variations that would make it perfect, but this Bank Holiday though it tested me physically really was ‘up there’ for an amazing weekend and as such the whole weekend has become my Random moment of delight.

Do you want to know why?


Friday started off a bit dismally having to have a blood test, believe you me she sucked out my blood so fast in to 3 containers I thought “oh my this must be what it is like to be attacked by a vampire”.  Considering I used to pass out every time I had a blood test I was doing pretty OK.  As I left the doctors looking rather ashen face, yes a bit dramatic there I know, I saw a rather beaten up old sign saying “antiques fair on now next to the library”.

Well I am a sucker for antiques, vintage, retro anything fair. You stick the word ‘fair’ after any name, I am your man, or woman and I am THERE!!!

This market has been going since 1985 apparently so I found out, the first friday of every month, yet not many people know about it.  I think the stall sellers have virtually been there since the beginning and as such it was fab for me, they had a history for every item they were selling and of course I got to have a great chin wag.

I in my crazy state of elation put my name down for a stall, luckily there is a waiting list, perhaps by then my madness will have calmed down.  Yes I have loads to sell I can hear you muttering “but why would she want a stall?”  I have tonnes of stuff, dogs, cats, children etc, I plan on living a debauched lifestyle with the proceeds I make from their sale.

I met one stall owner who had some rather erm risque items, I can’t help but show this to you.  It reminds me of my A-Z challenge and the letter X = Xenophobia, I had a Pears Soap picture that went with it, you can see it here.

I think a few people were surprised that Pears would have such a picture but in those days I think these things were considered normal.  Much like what is shown for sale below.  It is of a black person whose hand moves up, you put a coin in the hand which pushes the coin in the persons mouth, the eyes roll.  However, you turn it around and, well you can see what it is called.  I come from a mixed race family, my husband aka shrek doesn’t really seem to be bothered by such things, in fact finds amusement in most, though realizes back in the day it wasn’t so amusing.  Luckily people are far more educated these days right?

So we move on to Saturday

I went for the most beautiful walk, through Richmond Park.  Though I have done this before it was just stunning to have this stroll in Spring, the sunshine was out and well I was having moments of severe love for Mother Nature believe you me.  You can see more about this walk here.

This walk became a part of the Weekly Photo Challenge which is set by the Daily Post, the theme Spring.  Some of you will of course have already read it 🙂

In the afternoon I had invited the neighbours over for some home baked cake….sssshhhh..do I hear some of you laughing at that?  How rude!

Yep I know I had an explosion in the oven but I am the eternal optimist.

So I baked coffee cake with a buttercream Drambuie topping and filling mmm yum it worked a treat and nah I am not showing you a picture until next Fiesta Friday, until then you have to put up with just this!

Oh yes it went down nicely with the bottle of champers they brought over, sheesh the first time I invited them over after living here for four years and they are going in month but heck that is my style!


Next we move on to Sunday

Sunday I went for a small walk as was feeling the effects of probably too much mileage on foot the last two days.  You would be amazed the distance one can clock up going around an antiques fair, oh my the toing and froing, backwards and forwards, let alone the park.

So lunch time came and what I omitted to tell you was that on Friday I started to prepare a chicken meal, taken from Jhuls, Filipino BBQ for Fiesta Friday #14, the recipe of which you can see here. 

I didn’t have all the ingredients and if honest didn’t measure it all up properly, ie you know the ketchup it was a squirt there and tipping the soy sauce in going “OMG I didn’t know the hole was so big now I lost half the bottle over the chicken” kind of thing. The ingredient I missed out was the vinegar.  I was feeling far too lazy to cook anything Saturday so by Sunday it had had two days marinating and I put it on the griddle as there was no way I was starting up a BBQ.

Oh boy the chicken barely touched the sides of the children’s throats, oh lordy it is soooo good you have to try this recipe, really!

My youngest is studying Roald Dahl at school.  The teacher in her infinite wisdom who seems to control our lives, told all the children to tell their parents to take them to the Dahl museum in central London, this was a no no for me.  However there is a Charlies Sweep Emporium in Kingston not too far which was the 2nd opt out venture given by the teacher.

This is where we venture Sunday afternoon.  The children had a budget of £4 each.  We don’t ever usually let them have sweets as OMG seriously, one has ADHD, I am not that mad, but well they have to have kiddy fun times occasionally so we bit the bullet and thought well Monday is a bank holiday the sugar rush can come down then instead of at school.

Their eyes nearly popped out and so did mine.  I blew a hefty £14 on sweets, yep yep little piggy me, can you hear the oink oink sounds?  It was the American stuff that got my attention, all nice, bright and full of chemicals, yum!

We finish off on Monday

So I start off giving the kids a special treat breakfast to keep them going for the day.  We have lovely healthy pink fluff on toast with fruit hrrrm yum that would definitely pass the schools healthy menu criteria, thank god the teacher doesn’t know or I would be in for a spanking.

I topped it off with a healthy shake or whatever you call it and this I got from Nancycreative, it is actually called a blueberry Green Tea smoothie and you can see the recipe here.

I missed out the flax seed because actually I didn’t have any and when I first read it for some reason my head said flatulence seed and that put me right off.  So yes I gave my children tea on top of Mr Fluffy, woooahhh that set them off for the day.

On this day we then went to a fair at Morden Hall, it was organized by Oakleigh Fairs and I felt very happy because the Director of Oakleigh Fair had given me a family ticket to attend.  I did a big write up follow up post on my Living in East Sheen blog, you can see it here.

It really was an amazing fair and well worth a peek at my post if you can manage the time, there are some great photos.

So absolutely pooped now it is Tuesday and think I have earned a rest hehe.

Thank you for reading/viewing xxx

Justine-Not Transparent

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  28 comments for “Random Moment of Delight #18 ~ What makes a perfect weekend for you?

  1. May 6, 2014 at 7:08 PM

    It sounds like you had a great weekend Justine 🙂


  2. May 6, 2014 at 7:44 PM

    Sounds like jam-packed fun!


  3. May 6, 2014 at 7:55 PM

    You have most certainly earned a rest! I couldn’t handle that much noise and stimulation (I’m a bit sensory defensive) four days in a row. (yes, that’s why I had my kids 12 years apart… to keep down on the noise! lol – not really) I LOVE that you read flatulence for flaxseed… hilarious!!!!! It sounds like you and your family had a terrific time on your long weekend.


    • May 6, 2014 at 8:06 PM

      Yess it was full on and usually just one event would be enough. I’m paying a bit for it now but sometimes when these things come up you have to grab life by the balls so to speak :-d


  4. May 6, 2014 at 8:08 PM

    Wow, you did make the most of your bank holiday weekend. The sweet shop looks brilliant, I’m sure that Roald Dahl would approve! We have been to the Roald Dahl museum (it’s in Buckinghamshire) and is very good if you’re passing, but I’m not sure I would make a special (long) journey to go there. My son (7) had a massive slice of Bruce Bogtrotters cake and loved it!! I like the look of your chicken dish, will have to investigate that, thanks for the link. 🙂


    • May 6, 2014 at 8:46 PM

      Hehe a pleasure! The museum is in Buckinghamshire? Sheesh the teacher didn’t say that lol she’s sneaky! We won’t travel that far they will just have to use their imagination hehe


  5. May 6, 2014 at 8:23 PM

    You made me all hungry with your cooking..


  6. May 6, 2014 at 8:33 PM

    What an eventful weekend! Sounds lovely (and a bit mad for a peace-loving person like me!) 😉 Also, I’m off to grab some sweets, you made me do it!!


    • May 6, 2014 at 8:57 PM

      Haha blame me right? Yes was manic but good but now I can have peace 🙂 what sweets did you get?


      • May 6, 2014 at 8:59 PM

        I got Nutella! And now I got it all over my keyboard. I don’t recommend eating Nutella and typing at the same time.


  7. May 6, 2014 at 11:13 PM

    What a fun weekend! I am curious though what that pink fluffy stuff is on the toast or bread.


    • May 7, 2014 at 6:03 AM

      It’s Mr Fluffy it’s like a spread marshmallow not really healthy well it’s low fat but pretty sweet and judging by the colour not natural hehe


  8. May 7, 2014 at 12:10 AM

    Oh, Justine, i’m glad it was you to-ing and fro-ing and I get to read about your adventures. You certainly packed a lot into your holiday weekend!

    I liked the champagne from the neighbors best (with cake, of course).


    • May 7, 2014 at 6:02 AM

      Hehe thank you I’m still recovering lol! That’s the beauty of wp having a visual memory otherwise I would have to rely on my addled brain hehe


  9. May 7, 2014 at 3:30 PM

    What a fabulous weekend! I wouldn’t want that antiques fair thing sat on my shelf though, it’s damn creepy…reminds me of a ventriloquists dummy!! xx


    • May 7, 2014 at 3:34 PM

      Lol you’re funny I’m not sure I would want it but def thought it interesting enough to post about. Is creepy yess


  10. May 7, 2014 at 8:43 PM

    What a wonderfully busy weekend you had…. ‘memories’…. Diane


    • May 8, 2014 at 8:49 AM

      yes lots and lots and now recovering hehe x thank you for popping by x


  11. May 8, 2014 at 8:00 AM

    Glad you had a lovely weekend, Justine! And thank you so much for trying out the BBQ. Well, it sounds that without vinegar worked just fine. 😉


    • May 8, 2014 at 8:54 AM

      it did it was fab and soooo easy 🙂 thanks you for sharing it int he first place x


      • May 8, 2014 at 8:56 AM

        It’s my pleasure, Justine! So glad you liked it! ❤


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