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Ten happy things – June 2023

London Skyline along the Thames at dusk

Each month I like to look back and reflect on what made me happy and brought me joy. These are my ‘ten happy things’ for June!

Completed Orlo on Tour

In June I delivered four sessions (6 in total but 2 were in May) for social media management platform, Orlo, on social media and wellbeing. As part of Orlo on Tour we went around the country, starting in London and ending in Glasgow.

I’m so delighted that Orlo placed such importance on wellbeing that they invited me to speak at each of their events. I had a really good time and got to meet some lovely people as well as learn lots from the other speakers.

Raising an Aperol Spritz

Visiting family in Edinburgh

As I had to travel to Glasgow for work, I stayed the night in Edinburgh so that I could visit my dad and family. I had dinner at a lovely Thai restaurant with my cousin Liam and his wife Sarah, whose wedding we went to in Lucca last year. We had such a fun night!

The next day I visited my dad and had a good laugh looking at old family photos. I then met up with my aunt and cousins for lunch on the shore in Leith before getting the tram to the airport to catch my flight home. Although it was a quick visit I managed to fit a lot in and spend quality time with family.

View of Edinburgh Castle from the Gardens in Princes Street

Gifted an Afternoon Tea meal box

I was delighted to be gifted a fabulous Afternoon Tea meal kit by Indulge. No boring sandwiches either! The weather was really nice that weekend so off to the park we went to enjoy the wonderful spread of sweet and savory dishes – and of course the traditional scones with cream and jam.

Afternoon Tea in the park

Lunch with Teri

I had a bit of an impromptu lunch with my lovely friend Teri. It was a gorgeous day so having lunch aboard the Darcie & May Green was a treat. We both ordered the Dirty Daisy, which is tater tots with chorizo and poached eggs – delicious! I also ordered a non-alcoholic cocktail, which was really refreshing but ridiculously over-priced at £9.

We had a quick walk along the canal after lunch as I had an appointment, which was a shame as I would’ve loved to have spent more time with Teri and enjoyed the sunshine.

Lunch with a non-alcoholic cocktail

Dinner at High Timber

I won a competition a few months ago on Instagram and part of the prize was dinner for two at South African restaurant High Timber. We decided to go near our wedding anniversary so that it was a special treat.

It was a beautiful, warm evening so we sat outside. High Timber is right on the Thames so has a lovely view of the London skyline. Owner Neleen looked after us so well. We had a great evening! The food was beautifully presented and delicious. The steak was the star of the show and the sides that accompanied it were perfect.

Ribeye steak with chips and sides

Instagram Reel got over 12k views

I was delighted that one of my Instagram Reels – featuring one of my favourite foods – got over 12k views! The most I’ve ever had before is 8k. Although that’s nothing compared to my friend Fee of Where’s the Rooftop, whose Reel of the new rooftop bar at Battersea Power Station has had 1.2 million views!! How amazing is that?

Lovely lunch at Burro e Salvia

We’ve walked past Burro e Salvia (Butter and Sage) many times and even bought some items from their deli so it was about time we booked a table for lunch.

It’s a very unassuming restaurant and is designed like you’re eating in a family home in Italy. All their pasta is handmade on site and they also run pasta-making workshops.

The menu is pretty small but caters very well for vegetarians and meat eaters alike. We really enjoyed the food and will be back!

Eating pasta at Burro e Salvia in Shoreditch

Holiday in Puglia

We spent a wonderful six nights in Brindisi, in Puglia. We’ve been to Puglia a few times – to visit Gallipoli, Lecce and Polignano a Mare – and it’s such a beautiful region. Whilst Brindisi is not the prettiest city we’ve visited, it did have some lovely parts and some great towns and beaches nearby, including Ostuni – the White City.

A little street of shops in Ostuni

First swim in the sea in 2023

How I was longing for a swim in the sea! The water wasn’t quite as warm as I was hoping and it was sometimes a bit cold getting in… but once you got in, it was lovely. We found this great little beach about a 30 minute drive from Brindisi, called Torre Santa Sabina. It has a watch tower from the 12th century! There is an amazing restaurant here called Sapurito, which had the best pasta of our entire holiday. It was so good!

Torre Santa Sabina beach in Puglia

Lunch with Neha

My lovely friend Neha happens to work around the corner from my office so we meet up for lunch from time to time. This time we had lunch at Isla Terrace at The Standard. The weather was rather nice so it felt a bit like we were on holiday! We shared the courgette and artichoke flatbread and the salmon poke bowl, washed down with homemade lemonade.

Kirsty and Neha having lunch outside at The Standard

The food was great – especially the flatbread. It was wonderful to catch-up with Neha and hear all her news.

So that was my ‘ten happy things’ for June. How did your month go? What made you happy and brought you joy? Let me know in the comments!

Kirsty Marrins

Reader, writer, occasional runner, travel lover.




  • Neha D’souza

    A fab few lovely 10 things to remember. A big fan of these. Here’s to more fabulous lunches x

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