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RIDELONDON

Yesterday I completed the Prudential RideLondon for the second time: 100 miles through London and Surrey with 26,000 other riders, thousands of incredible bikes, hundreds of MAMILs, dozens of cycling club jerseys from all over the country and plenty of sunshine.  The conditions were perfect: bright and sunny, warm but not too warm (although it hit 27C in the afternoon: hello topped up tanlines) and not too windy.

RideLondon-Surrey 100, 2015 - 100 mile bike ride - cycling sportive

FRIDAY'S FFFFOUND: BLUE PALM PRINT

Alexander Henry beautiful blue print

CUCKOO BIRCHER MUESLI

For breakfast this week I've been trying out Cuckoo, a delicious new take on traditional Swiss bircher muesli, developed for adventurous palates with innovative varieties. The healthy, on-the-go pots are filled with fruit compotes, British jumbo oats, creamy yoghurt and crunchy linseeds and are all natural, low GI and calorie, suitable for vegetarians and high in plenty of fibre and protein. 

Cuckoo bircher muesli | healthy breakfast | foodie blogger

There are five flavours to choose from: elderflower & cranberry with a blueberry and blackcurrant compote, mango & coconut with a lime twist and ginger, apricot & Madagascan vanilla with tangy raspberry, dark chocolate & sour cherry (my favourite) and apple & cinnamon spice. 

Sold at Selfridges and Waitrose

COMING UP ROSES

Debenhams Flowers kindly sent me a peony, rose and lily bouquet, which has brought my living room to life for the past week. It's been six days already: the peonies aren't even properly opened yet and both the roses and lilies are in glorious full bloom and beautifully fragrant. Enter the code DFBLOG25 for 25% off bouquets at debenhamsflowers.com to treat yourself, your friends or your home.

Peony, Rose & Lily Bouquet | Debenhams Flowers | lifestyle blog

 Peony, Rose & Lily Bouquet | Debenhams Flowers | lifestyle blogPeony, Rose & Lily Bouquet | Debenhams Flowers | lifestyle blog

Peony, Rose & Lily Bouquet | Debenhams Flowers | lifestyle blog

SCOTCH & SODA

Last week my mama was visiting over her birthday for a few days of nice dinners and exhibitions, so I took her to see the fabulous circus show Scotch & Soda at the Spiegeltent on the Southbank. I've seen quite a few cabaret shows like these over the years - I love the mix of live music and circus acts from trapeze, contortion, dance and acrobatics and this one is particularly mindblowing. The human body is amazing.

Scotch & Soda circus show, London Wonderground | theatre blog

The brand new production is from the guys behind the Cantina show I saw in 2012, with a multi-talented cast featuring some of Australia's best acrobats and musicians. They switch between singing and playing horns, saxophones and makeshift instruments to swinging from ropes, piling up on a bike, catching each other mid-air and lots of gravity-defying balancing acts. And getting naked.

Scotch & Soda circus show, London Wonderground - theatre blog

Head to the 1920s-style glamorous red tent at the London Wonderground for an evening of raucous and rowdy fun with Company 2 before it closes later this weekend.

Scotch & Soda runs until 2 August 
at the London Wonderground, Southbank Centre