They’ve done it!!

Ahhhh, well done, England!! Hubbie and I were truly euphoric when the final whistle was blown and England was through to the semi-final.

We watched the game at our local pub, the Eagle.

A brief period of calmness before our tension and excitement rose in a crescendo…

 

Then, came the second goal…

 

The place simply erupted!

We were going to leave Bella at home but she insisted to accompany us by sitting between the front door and us.

Well, you didn’t know what you were letting yourself into, did you?

She was a bit scared by all the shouting and clapping.

Ahhhh, they did it! They are through to the semi-final!!

 

It was utterly exhausting to watch the game but it was all worth it in the end.

I can hardly wait for the Wednesday’s game!!!

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Last Tarte Flambée @ Strasbourg

I love my Bella to bits and nothing will ever change my feeling towards her. However, the life with Bella the Dynamo tends to be full of unexpected mini drama and it can be a bit more than I am asking for. For example, I took her to our usual Regents Park run this afternoon and she came back with loose claws, one definitely on her right front paw and another suspect on her left hind leg. How did it happen?! Are you a trouble magnet or something? You are the trouble wearing fur, aren’t you?

Nothing was wrong with her then…

On our way home, I noticed that something was wrong with her. Normally, she was pretty chilled out on my lap after playing in the park. However this time, she seemed to be paying too much attention to her paws. I felt around her pads with my fingers, expecting some small twigs and leaves stuck between them but found none. And Bella didn’t like it at all. She never dared to sink her teeth in my fingers, yet she made sure I knew her discomfort. At home, I gave her a more through examination while Hubbie held her so she wouldn’t wriggle too much. Then, I discovered one of her claws was definitely loose. Oh dear, I will have to make an appointment to a vet tomorrow, I sighed. My heart sank because I was super committed and busy this Monday and a visit to the vet would be overladen my plate for sure. However, it has to be sorted and the life is like that, isn’t it? Continuous problem solving exercise…

Probably, the sky above the pavilion was telling me something…

There may be trouble ahead…

Anyway, let me get back to the evening my mum and I had our last tarte flambée aka the flammekueche at Strasbourg.

After leaving the cathedral, we sauntered southward, trying to find some inviting eatery along Rue du Maroquin.

‘What do you fancy, mum?’ She pondered for a while and replied, ‘How about Alsasian pizza with beer?’ It sounded very agreeable, therefore, we headed to Le Gruber la brasserie Alsacienne.

The restaurant was pretty full but soon their receptionist ushered us to one of their tables facing the street…

Since it was one of those summer weekends, Strasbourg was brimful of tourists from all over the world, especially from France and Germany, and we were a little worried as if the service could be slow because of it. However, the staffs, who must have been dealing with the tides of visitors on daily bases, seemed to be totally unfazed  and came to take our order fairly quickly.

Mum ordered tomato and basil tarte flambée and I ordered a ham and cheese one…

Mmmmm, tarte flambée and beer are the best bed fellows! The saltiness of the dish enhanced the flavour of the beer so well. We enjoyed our last supper at this historical city very much…

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The Angelic @ N1

Don’t panic! I’m not reporting another pub closure! This pub, The Angelic, is very much alive and kicking on Liverpool Road, Angel.

One of Hubbie’s staffs was leaving today, and we decided to have lunch together at the pub.

They were a stone’s throw from a bustling Angel Central…

The Angelic was an airy and modern gastro pub and offered an extensive range of wines and foods.

Everyone except me wanted fish and chips, but I opted for mulled wine grazed ham…

The ham was really tender and tasty. It was not at all salty, and the sweetness of the grazing was lip-smacking good. The fish and chips were equally well cooked, and everyone seemed to be very happy. The service was swift and friendly. The atmosphere was relaxed and civilised – no loud music nor raucous crowd. It was 10/10.

Bella the Pup behaved very well too…

Once settling down on my coat, she was having a nap throughout our lunch. She was so quiet, we sometimes just forgot she was there! 10/10, Bella!

When we were leaving, a couple with a toddler wanted to say hi to Bella. We all squealed with delight when we discovered that both girls were 7 months old and even shared the same name. Their daughter’s middle name was Bella!

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Growning pain

Bella is doing really well. She is growing fast and as she grows older, her power of destruction multiplies!


Bella is like a magpie. She carries off all sort of things, some of them are larger than her to a sofa. By the way, the steps by the sofa used to belong to Mr.B. One of the few items we kept for the memory of him. I still get very upset when I see his photographes. Bella is a great help when comes to cheer me up though.

We have started her house training since all the vaccinations have been completed. I take her out every 2 hours but she hasn’t grasped the concept just yet…

In her mind, hitting a pavement means meeting her adoring public and sunbathing. I wish if I could explain to her that it also involves doing her business and WALKING…

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