Weekly Ponderings 16

This week I was excited by…

Well, not that much if I’m completely honest! You may have read my last post which was basically a big old moan about what a terrible week I’ve had (with a few coping strategies thrown in for good measure). Luckily, a friendly invitation from the Grand Hyatt Doha pinged into my inbox early in the week and on Thursday evening I found myself at the media launch of Swiss Gastronomic Week, where I caught up with old friends, met some new lovely faces and gorged on lots and lots of cheese while listening to some pretty impressive yodelling. It was impossible to be sad after all this.

The best food stand ever?! @grandhyattdoha #cheese #switzerland #swissfood #food #foodie #foodporn #foodstagram #fdbloggers #foodblog #foodblogger #doha #qatar #dohafoodies #Swissweek #TheGrill #followyoursunshine

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This week I was reminded…

About the sheer resilience of people when faced with tragedy. In the wake of the earthquake in Nepal at the end of last week, there have been so many wonderful stories about communities coming together for good and miracles are still occurring every day. You can read some heart-lifting stories here and here. But for every positive story, there are thousands of devastating ones. If you would like to help then The Guardian has written a great article about the ways that you can have the greatest impact.

This week I appreciated…

My wonderful Mummy Bags for sorting, packing and sending off 150 odd wedding invites

This week has been tough! Over on www.followyoursunshine.me today I’m talking about how to get through bad weeks with a smile on your face… Such as focussing on positive things like our gorgeous wedding invites fiiinally going out! (Here’s my mum’s one in pride of place on her mantle piece) 😊☀️@normaanddorothy #wedding #marriage #weddingstationary #weddinginvites #wedmin #weddingstyling #invitation #normaanddorothy #love #excited #happy #lbloggers #expatblog #blogger #ontheblog #followyoursunshine

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Eating healthily for the first time in a very long time!

I just had the healthiest dinner I’ve eaten in about a decade @deananddavid_superfood #nofilter #noflash 😉

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All of the people that offered me support this week! I have some really great friends, a wonderful support network in Doha and some rather awesome blogger mates too…you know who you are! Thank you!

It’s impossible to feel glum when somebody hands you a mug of hot chocolate with a smiley face on it #happytuesday #hotchocolate #huginamug ☕️ #photooftheday #instagood

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Needed #mondaymotivation #wine #theritz

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Quote of the week…


Sorry for the doom and gloom. I have a rather more light-hearted post on its way for you next, promise! And it’s May Daaaay! Hope all of you Brits enjoy your fabulous long Bank Holiday weekend. I’d love to hear about all of your plans.


    • May 2, 2015 / 3:16 pm

      Thank you love. I hope you're having a wooonderful long weekend!

      Polly xx

  1. May 1, 2015 / 2:55 pm

    Well, you're hot chocolate made me smile! I hope you're feeling better lovely, sometimes it comes at once!
    Lots of love,

    • May 2, 2015 / 3:21 pm

      Hehe that was from my wonderful pantry guy at work. He's amazing – nobody can be sad for long with him around! Thank you love, I'm on the up again. It did feel like a lot of things fell apart all at once!!

      Polly xx

  2. May 1, 2015 / 6:09 pm

    Its like our brains are in the same places at the moment, next week will be better!!


    • May 2, 2015 / 3:21 pm

      I know! Your post resonated with me so much. That's my girl. The only way is up. Keep your chin up!

      Polly xx

  3. May 1, 2015 / 10:16 pm

    The wedding is getting so real…!

    • May 2, 2015 / 3:22 pm

      Ahh I knooowww!! SO excited/nervous/happy!! Only 2 months now 🙂

      Polly xx

  4. May 2, 2015 / 10:14 pm

    Just catching up on your blog now Polly, sorry to hear you had a tough week – I didn't know you were working with Nepal. It's such a tragedy, what has happened there. Gastronomic Week sounds fun, Paul is Swiss so we certainly eat lots of cheese and chocolate!

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

    • May 3, 2015 / 8:49 am

      Thanks so much Suze. Yes, it's a real shock and hard to come to terms with but as I said, there have also been some really lovely stories too. Haha, that sounds like a fantastic excuse if ever I heard one! 🙂

      Polly xx

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