The perfect picnic hamper

On Monday I spied a what I thought was a lovely old picnic basket with birds printed on the lid in a charity shop near my work. After thinking about it for three days I went back today and it was still there.

These photos don't really do it justice but I will try and get a better shot of it sitting a lush green field with picnic rug and mighty picnic feast to post.

And... it's not just a picnic hamper with birds on top.... it's a kool bin (or a chilly bin as we call it back home). Brilliant -  the wine and treats will stay cold. I can't wait to christen it. The only con is that I can't fit it into my bike basket as it's too big.

I was quite inspired by this morning's issue of Stylist  with its Rob Ryan designed picnic theme. Time to break out the new Ottolenghi cookbook (Plenty) and make some treats for this weekend's planned adventure to Epping Forest.

Tea’s made…

My 30th birthday was, well quite fabulous really. Without going on too much... The day started with breakfast with two of my favourite people at Islington's Ottolenghi.  Ricotta and orange filled crepes covered in lashings of berry sauce served up with lots of strong coffee. Yum.

This was when one of my many amazing birthday presents was unveiled. So amazing in fact that I've dedicated the rest of this post to it. Introducing my 1950's teasmade.

In pride of place.

Amazing.

Alarm clock to get me out of bed.

And even the light works!

Thanks Asha you rule. More exciting birthday present updates to come...