Unhappy Bella

Apparently, Hubbie and Bella are not very happy in London. He complained about Bella’s excessive barking when I phone him from Toulouse to find how they were getting on.

‘She doesn’t stop barking!’

Oh Bay-Bay!

I imagine she is very bored and also confused about my absence. I wish if I were there to entertain her so both Hubbie and Bella would be happy. However, I am in France and doing my best to make mum happy. Oh I don’t know what to do…

BTW, wi-fi at most of the hotels we stayed so far are terrible! The signals are so weak and mum and I are very frustrated!!

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Grandma’s girl

After finishing packing, my mum, Hubbie, Bella and I went to a local pub, the Eagle, for an early supper and drink.

On their flat-screen TV, the FA Cup final between Chelsea and Man U was on and we all watched it while munching on cold meat and bread.

Bella loves her grandma!

Bella was so comfortable in her arms. She nodded off in the end.

Oh Bay-Bay, you will have to be without me and your grandma for next 17 days. Hope you won’t miss us too much…

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How things used to be

This lunchtime, I took Bella for a walk around Hoxton and Shoreditch before heading off to Heathrow to pick up my mum.

Let’s grab a quick bite at Friends of Ours on Pitfield Street…

On their menu, there was lemon Ricotta hotcake which would come with caramelised banana, raw cacao brittle, passion fruit purée and creme fraiche. Ohhhh, lemon! It sounds a bit like Harry & Meghan’s wedding cake, I wavered momentarily.

No, eat properly!

I opted for mushrooms on toast instead. The dish was very wholesome – consisted of oyster & portobello mushrooms, baby kale, chickpea hummus, Jerusalem artichoke on top of a slice of organic sourdough bread.

Is there anything for me?

Sorry, Bay-Bay. I have nothing to offer other than a bowl of water.

Next to the eatery was a pub, the George & Vulture, and it was very busy with lunchtime crowds who seemed to be impatient for the weekend. Who can blame them? It’s Friday!

After lunch, Bella and I strolled towards Shoreditch High Street. As we walked down Rivington Street, I reminisced about the time when there were decent fashion boutiques around Hoxton Square. There were two prominent shops such as Hoxton Boutique and Start and I used to look forward to checking what they had on their rails. Where have they all gone? I felt sad as we walked past the spots where they used to be.

On our way back, we found another new development on Bevenden Street…

I hope this is nothing to do with the Kardashians!

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I hate you!

London plunges back to the winter again the weather-wise. It is so annoyingly typical of the British climate that it allows we all to dip our pale toes, which had been hidden away in woolly socks all winter, into the warmth of the sun and then, all of the sudden it hauls us back into the days of cold wind and rain! How can you do it to us! It’s like snatching a lolly away from the hand of a tender child!! Ugh!!!

I am very sorry, Bay-Bay. I gave you a summer haircut too soon.

I hope she won’t catch a chill…

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Too hot!

Oh my word, what a scorcher!

All the sudden, the summer had arrived in London and it took us by surprise. Bella the Hairy and I hit the park as soon as the sun was out because a good weather was never guaranteed when it came to the British weather. However, the past few days were a little too warm for Bella.

Shall I throw a ball for you?

Despite drinking water throughout the walk, she appeared a bit worse for wear.

Ok, let’s have a break in the shade…

The forecast was 26°C max – later, it turned out to be  29°C! – but I felt it was hotter than that. I wished if I came in shorts not in skinny jeans!

After the break, we pressed on…

 

It is probably about time Bella should have her summer haircut. I shall ask her groomer to make her more streamlined…

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