Cocktail Journal April 2017
That time of the month again for a catch up on my adventures and cocktail making exploits. As May is now upon us one thought is sticking in my mind. What is up with the weather??? I mean I know we’re in the UK where it is so much colder and varied anyway but it feels like winter and yet we are in the middle of spring!
The sun has been shining but as soon as you walk out of your front door you realise its just a tad too nippy for you to be leaving your jacket at home. If only we could have the appropriate weather for the time of the year.
April has been a great month.
Now that I am determined to post on my blog twice a week I am ensuring that my weekends do not go to waste by being lazy. I am becoming a real explorer of London and beyond. There are an endless number of cool things to do and see and these make for the perfect things to write about.
Travel posts about Greenwich
Last month I visited the sites of Greenwich: Cutty Sark, National Maritime Museum and Royal Observatory Greenwich. I am a member of the Greenwich museums and I wanted to express how much I love this beautiful part of London. This gave me three posts for my blog that is always a bonus.
London Walk – Inns of Courts
Finally, I got around to doing another London Walk. Following my first walk of Mayfair, I wanted to see a part of central London I had not really explored before.
So I decided to walk the Inns of Courts. If your first thought was just “huh, where?” I thought the same thing. This is the area around, Holborn, Chancery Lane and Fleet Street. I did it during the hot sunny weekend in early April. It was such a good walk and I’m looking forward to writing about it.
Easter – York
For Easter, I decided to get my travelling hat on and go to York for three nights. I’ve been hearing for a while that York is such a great place and I would love it so I went for it. The weather was a mix of cloud, blue sky and rain. Typical British weather but I totally made the most of it. Post coming soon.
London Bloggers group – Instagram pod
At the beginning of the month, I finally got around to looking at ways to connect with other bloggers. The first thing I did was type London bloggers into Facebook. The top match was the perfectly named London Bloggers. I promptly joined and kept an eye on the feed for anything of interest to engage with.
From this, I joined an Instagram pod. I had never heard of such a thing but decided to just go for it as it coincided with me starting to improve my feed with a coherent theme related to my blog. A pod is basically a group on Instagram where we share our insta posts and have to comment on all posts shared. This has been such a good experience so far as I am connecting with other like-minded bloggers.
London Bloggers meetup – Escapologist
Right at the end of the month was the latest London Blogger group meet up. It was a daunting experience to meet up with people I had never met before but there was extended happy hour so it couldn’t be that bad. The meet up was at Escapologist bar in Covent Garden. We had a booked area in the VIP room. The coolest thing was that the VIP room was hidden behind a secret door. The area had four tables that we had all to ourselves, it was so cool. Everyone was so nice and it just proves that bloggers are awesome genuine people. Bring on the next meet up.
April is the right time to reflect on what I have achieved with my aims for this year:
- Write the second draft of my book
- Schedule blog posts a month in advance. Eight posts per month minimum. One post in each blog category minimum Yes
- Create a blog design that is coherent with my original vision Yes
- Stick to a fitness schedule. Exercise every day and a do 3km run every weekend
- Eat healthier Yes
- Register for and complete more online courses.
- Buy a DSLR camera Yes
- Attend astronomy viewing sessions.
- Buy my first telescope.
- Start a second 100-day project.
- Start an animation project using the A3 lightbox I have.
As you can see I am getting this year’s aims so I’m proud of myself. I love my new camera by the way.
A classic cocktail to top off a brilliant month.
- 30ml lime juice
- 30ml Cointreau
- 45ml Tequila
- Extra lime to garnish
Rub the rim of a small with a lime wedge then coat the rim with salt. Shake together the Cointreau, tequila and lime juice with ice. Strain and pour into the glass with crushed ice. Quarter a lime, squeeze the juice into the glass and throw in the excess pieces. A margarita you have.
How has everyone’s April been?
How was your Easter?
Do you like margaritas?
No need for postcards, please feel free to leave a comment…