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If the sun was shining …

Gin and raspberry cocktail in the sun

It’s 03 March and it’s snowing today in Edinburgh. Fricking snow … in March. All the optimism I was feeling when I wrote my last post has frozen solid with today’s plummeting temperatures, and in my longing for blue skies and warmer temperatures, I got to thinking about what I would be doing today if the sun was shining.

First of all, I wouldn’t be wearing my winter clothes. I would be adorned in florals, basking in the sunshine, preferably with a cocktail in my hand.

Gin and raspberry cocktail in the sun

I would go to the beach. It’s been so long since I’ve felt the sand between my toes and listened to the sound of the waves.

North Berwick 2

I would get lobster and chips from the Lobster Shack in North Berwick. It makes fish and chips decadent.

Lobster shack 2

Ice cream. If the sun is shining and you aren’t eating ice cream, it’s a sad day in my book.

Salted caramel gelato

In an ideal world what would you be doing today?

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  • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

    Oh how I wish the sun was shining here as well (okay it is sunny but it is freezing outside!).

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Scotland is like that a lot too. It’s blazing sunshine but it still manages to be freezing. It’s such trickery x

  • Gingi Edmonds Freeman

    I am actually really jealous of all the snow everyone is getting! lol… It’s far too hot here in California, it’s like we didn’t even get winter. :-(http://www.domesticgeekgirl.com

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Living in Scotland where we get winter most of the year round, I can’t imagine not having one. Although I think I would trade some of it for a bit more sun ha ha. I am such a sun lover x

  • http://www.brookemeaganjones.com/ Brooke Jones

    We had snow yesterday, but fortunately it didn’t stick around. That doesn’t mean much though because we still have what we had before and that is a mountain so high that I can’t even see my car on the other side. Ah well, the sun is shining today so there’s progress! I love ice cream. It upsets my stomach and is totally worth it :-) I’m hoping to get out to the ocean this weekend. It might be cold, but just being by the sea is an instant pick-me-up!

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      I totally agree Brooke – it’s nice to just be by the sea. I might do the same and head down to the seaside and sit with a blanket and a hot drink and dream of summer x

  • Charlie D

    Since I too am longing for the summer days in an ideal world I would have been sitting under a tree somewhere with a good book in my hands, hiding from the sun, why not while sucking on an popsicle !

    xo, Charlie

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Charlie you paint a perfect picture! Fingers crossed that summer will be with us soon x

  • Cat

    Oh my goodness, that lobster and ice cream look divine! The sun is very shiny here in California, but we’re in the middle of the worst draught in recorded history, so it’s a little bit ominous… That being said, I’m in a short dress and took a lovely walk outside with the dog today, so I can’t complain :)


    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Thanks Cat. The lobster is really good – it’s such a nice treat! Ooh I would love to be able to take the dog for a walk in a short dress just now, rather than the dozens of layers I have to wear. Sorry about the drought though – I hope you get some rain soon x

  • http://www.globetrottinginheels.com/ Elisa

    Your day sounds pretty awesome, I would love to join you in all the above if the sun was shining! I know I’d definitely be more willing to be up and about rather than feeling like all I want to do is curl up on the sofa with a book and a giant mug of steaming hot Earl Grey. Oh spring, please come soon, we miss you.

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      I know what you mean! I find it so hard to do much else in the winter than snuggle under a blanket with coffee and books or DVDs. I can’t wait for the weather to get better so I can go and do lots more outside x

  • http://ourruins.com/ Valerie Price

    Oh wow, these photos are all so beautiful! I wish the sun was shining here too!

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Thanks very much Valerie. I hope the sun shines for us both soon x

  • http://afashionneverland.blogspot.com Caroline Mason

    Thats incredible! I’m in London at the moment and it wasn’t nearly that bad, but still not spring weather. But if it were summer I would definitely reading a book somewhere in the sand right now… hopefully with that ice cream cone!

    I’d love it if you could come check out my blog as well! x afashionneverland.blogspot.com

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      It was slightly crazy Caroline. I don’t think we’ve ever had snow here in March before, or at least not that I can remember. I’ll definitely come and check your blog out Caroline, thanks for stopping by mine x

  • http://www.mirandasnotebook.com Miranda | Miranda’s Notebook

    Wow, in an ideal world I’d be having that lobster and fries right now too!! Ugh, can’t believe you’ve had snow! I can’t wait for sunny days and outdoor cocktails either. xxx

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      I feel like we have been stuck in winter forever Miranda. Hopefully spring won’t be too long in coming – at least the mornings are already getting lighter, that’s a good sign x

  • http://meandmr.com melaniekay

    Haha I love this post! You need to visit Indonesia– it’s really hot here!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      I seriously do need to visit Indonesia Mel. That would definitely get me my sunshine fix x

      • http://meandmr.com melaniekay

        Yes!!! Please visit!!!

  • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

    Siobhan that is awful, I am so sorry to hear that! I hope you are feeling better today x

  • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

    Sara that lobster was so good! I can’t wait for the warmer weather to come around so that I can go to the lobster shack again. I love the sound of California, hopefully I’ll get there one day x

  • http://www.thelifestylediaries.com/ Lauren Hudson

    YES someone else who loves Lobster Shack! It’s amazing!

    P.S. totally did not realise you were Scottish!
    Lauren xx

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      I am so excited that you also know about Lobster Shack it is soooo good! I’ll happily stand in the hour-long queues to get some of that lobster x

  • http://acrossthehogsback.wordpress.com/ Gianni Washington

    Wow…I would follow your lead on a sunny day because these are all great ideas. I’d add a stroll through Hampstead Heath (or any foresty parkland), and some outdoor reading. Lobster and chips?!?!?!?!?!? My life will be incomplete until I try that.

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Your sunny day sounds perfect too Gianni. I think lobster and chips should definitely become a much bigger thing than it is, it’s so good!x

  • http://www.throughthethicket.ca/ Kathryn

    That definitely sounds like an ideal day! That being said, I’m going to the sugar bush tomorrow which is a really fun spring tradition. Plus it’s maple flavoured everything!!

    x Kathryn
    Through the Thicket