This weekend A and I took a trip back to his hometown of Carisle for his Dad's 60th birthday celebrations. The weather getting to Carisle on Friday was dreadful and whereas usually we'd stop off somewhere for a coffee, we didn't bother and just drove straight there. Friday evening was a quiet affair and we went bowling with A's sister and his Dad where we had yummy mix platters between us for dinner and then played on the amusements. After bowling A and I went round his friends house for a few drinks and had a relatively early night.
Thankfully when we woke up the next day the sun was shining! We went into town where we had brunch at an amazing restaurant called Merrienda in Treasury Court. This place is a complete gem and if you ever visit Carlisle, it's well worth asking for directions to. It's a very no nonsense, no fuss kind of a place and I love it for that. I'm definitely going to go back and do a proper post on this all to itself as it truly deserves it. I also love their chalkboards, especially the Bob Dylan lyrics as you first walk into the courtyard.
Next A and his Dad took me on a mini sight-seeing tour of the city, as the last few times I have been the weather has been horrid. We wandered inside the Cathedral which was beautiful, up to Tullie House and around the Castle before heading back into the centre for a browse of the shops. I spent hours in Alternative, a fantastic little gift shop which sells lots of little nick nacks and housey stuff! Then I headed to Hoopers where I managed to get Cowshed products for 50% off!
Now before A's current career took off and way back in the days before he went to university, he worked in this amazing Italian restaurant! As a surprise we'd arranged a surprise meal at Gianni's for A's Dad's 60th! It's a family run Italian which is always busy but in that good how an Italian restaurant should be way. The garlic pizzas are a perfect starter to share and the desserts are to die for. Gianni's is five minutes walk from the train station and so worth a visit if you'll be in town.
We set off home this morning and stopped off at Matalan where we purchased the above cushion which was only £6 but is very appropriate considering A's job and it looks great on the sofa! Back in the North East, I popped to Sainsburys where I grabbed some veggies and a chicken for a slap up Sunday roast which we've just polished off. I am now ready for a bath with my new Cowshed products and a very early night!