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So what have I been up to I hear you ask (?). Well I’ve taken time off. Just been busy adulting, moving house, changing jobs etc and now I’ve turned 39. I know I don’t look it right. I celebrated as always be stringing it out and doing as much as possible with as many people, I have so far had 3 meals out, seen 2 London shows, 1 exhibition and a ballet. My OH took me to London for a couple of days and treated me to Mary Poppins the Musical, The Tutankhamun exhibition and to see the Mouse Trap. Then I caught the Moscow City Ballet’s The Nutcracker in Manchester

Mary Poppins

Having never read the book I only have the movie as a point of reference, there are a few deviations, I assume for logistical reasons, including a very bizarre scene with a giant puppet. I’m not sure if this would have scarred me as a child but as an adult it was fairly creepy. As always I bought a programme and also got myself a little key ring in the shape of the parrot headed umbrella, I did want to actually umbrella but was not parting with £32 for the privilege.

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Tutankhamun Exhibit at the Saatchi gallery ( showing till 3rd May 2020)

Entrance fee £28 if ticket bought at the day (£25 if bought in advance)

Audio guide £6 (£5 if bought in advance)

This was right up my street I flipping love a historic exhibition, and this one did not disappoint. There were plenty of pieces which have never been shown outside of  Egypt, which was pretty special. The audio guide adds extra detail to the pieces with additional points form the collections curator. I wont spoil it to much but here are a few of my favourite pieces.

This is a very popular exhibit, as you can imagine, so you may have to wait a  little to see a particular piece but nothing that caused much of an issue.

The Mousetrap

This is one of my favourite shows, I had never seen it before and obviously as it’s a whodunit I’m not going to give it away. But O.M.G I loved it. Again bought a programme, and a magnet here. Please go and see this if you get chance. Not necessarily in London but if its ever on near you.

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The Nutcracker

A friend unexpectedly had a spare ticket for this show in Manchester and as it was close to my birthday he decided this was the perfect way to get out of buying me a present. I gladly accepted the offer and went to see my second ballet. It was spectacular, performed by the Moscow City Ballet to Tchaikovsky,  and as this was music my dad used to listen to it was nice to see dance set to it and recognised a lot of the pieces. Loved it

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So whats next……….

What I did on my holidays

So this years summer travels took me across the sea to beautiful Jamaica. More specifically the luxury Bahia Principe Runaway Bay and it was stunning. 

The rooms were decked out with either a super deluxe king bed or 2 doubles, tv, fully stocked mini fridge, bottle of vodka and rum.  Jacuzzi bath, double sink bathroom, toilet, shower etc. But rooms are rooms anywhere.

We chose the luxury side as it was adults only, so no kids. Personally heaven for me. Unlimited visits to the a la carte restaurants, branded spirit drinks etc.

My favourites were the Jamaican and Japanese. Mainly for the food but the shows they put on are super fun. Oh and who doesn’t love a good buffet breakfast 

       

 The beach was exquisite, private and peaceful. I tried to get down there each morning before others arrived. Just to have some me time 

        

Pools were clean with constant entertainment or quieter areas if you wanted to peace, grounds lush and green.

     

           
This was 2 weeks of relaxation, reading and rest

Below are a few of my holiday essentials;

Sunscreen and after sun lotions -stay safe

Books, with my personal recommendations

Sunglasses these are Joanie Clothing 

Chub rub stick

Bug repellent 

And the famous big cup, super for filling with cocktails and keep it them cool

Things to think about before the big I DO

So just over a year ago I said I DO, and we did it our way.

Over the past decade or so I have been to so many weddings and watched so many people plan their big day and you know what I learned………nothing.

I’m not being flip, I mean I learned nothing. See I always knew what i wanted. Just me and ‘him’. That’s it, my wedding was going to be like my marriage, about us.

Now I know other people like to share with loved ones, family, friends etc, but We always knew it would be just us, that and abroad!

There are lots of fayres, venues, and people to tell you what you should do. But screw that. What do you want?

Now saying that I did do somethings traditionally, I went wedding dress shopping, tried a million shoes on, googled hair styles etc.

As some one who values my time I wanted to get as much done together a possible, for my dress I visited a specialist plus size supplier and had the best day trying on about a dozen dresses. Eventually I found the perfect one, I just knew!

As for shoes I googled wedding shoe suppliers for wide feet (I’m all about that comfort). One place that came up was Elegant Steps, down I went and there was so much choice. Heels (of all heights), flats, wide fits, every colour (gold, silver, cream, rainbow) and style you could think of.

I went away with a few ideas, sadly I injured my leg a week or so after therefore heels were out and comfort was in, I went with converse in the end. Perfect.

That became the theme of my day, comfort!

I am reminded of all this after being asked to contribute to Elegant Steps recent piece on how to make your wedding less stressful. I guess I was just lucky, I had the least stressful day ever, we went to Vegas and was in and out in 7.5 mins! What more could you want!

 

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Good luck if you’re planning your big day.

My main tip – remember what you want and do that!!

 

 *Although I was asked to contribute to the Elegant Steps piece all thoughts and opinions are my own. I was not paid as part of this piece 

 

 

A photo worth…….

As we move into a new year, and a world ever more obsessed with the instant digital world, having our every thought and desire at our  fingertips, I realised something.

I couldn’t remember the last time I physically developed a picture. I take them all the time, every day in-fact of mostly meaningless things, but don’t ever commit entirely to the process of developing them.

So after considering for sometime I treated myself to an instant camera. My grandma had a polaroid camera when I was a child, I used to love playing with it and pretending to take photos, I was never actually trusted to use it when there was any film inside (well rarely)  but it wasn’t the point.

So after a little research I opted for the Instax Mini 70, by Fujifilm. It came with 10 films and the battery already to go. My OH treated me to a case for it for our wedding anniversary, perfect for protecting the camera, especially with my known clumsiness. The camera is really easy use and super fun.

The images are smaller then those the polaroid used to produce but I love them!

Off i went on a little walk with the puppy to have a play, and i couldn’t have been more thrilled with the results

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Interested in your own Instax Click here for more info

 

if you go down to the woods today….

so, once a year me and my girlfriends head of to the woods for some peace, relaxation and reflection……

ok so maybe i mean we take enough drink to satisfy a sailor, and essential spend the weekend doing what the hell we want, either way its OUR weekend.

 

so this year, like every other, we packed our page and loaded up the car and headed for Centre Parcs (Whinfell).

this year we treated ourselves to one of the new all singing, all dancing, all hot-tubing, cabins.

this place was a dream, hot tub, en suite rooms, sauna, steam room. this place had it all.

this was heaven, pure heaven!

centre parks is such a special place for me and my girlfriends, thats why we keep going back. yes it can be pricey if you’re going as a family but as we pay for ourselves it works out pretty cheap.

this year we went bowling, took a pottery painting class and generally relaxed in our tub.

the site has so many extras, tropical pool with slides, wave machine and rapids, archery, high ropes, climbing, bike riding, spa, ports centre, segway etc

 

there are also such a wide selection of restaurants, Cafe rouge,Bella Italia, Starbucks, Takeaway service and even a Pancake House

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all in all another successful trip

 

Same time next year!

 

what goes up…….

So i decided to challenge myself earlier in the year. Climb Ben Nevis, ambitious i know. then disaster, I  partially tore my achilles tendon junction late in 2015.

still i was determined to get fitter and do it.

so off i set with some of my guy pals to camp and climb.

we stayed at Glen Nevis campsite Friday – Monday, giving ourselves 2 full days incase the weather was dodgy.

you really can experience 4 seasons in one day. We decided to head up on the Saturday as that had the best forecast. and boy were we right. the weather was glorious and the views were breathtaking.

now we didn’t exactly rough it we had electric hook up and took a slow cooker and George Foreman grill, but hey its 2016.

we also took the opportunity to visit the local town of Fort William while we were there. Not so much to write home about but was nice enough to visit, and partake in a bit of bowling!

Sadly i didn’t make it to the top, my friends did however so thanks to them for the pictures from there.

My plan is to get my leg 100% better and try again next year!

but hey i had a super weekend so no complaint here!

just for reference here is the mountain the day after we went up……. oh wait its hidden behind that low cloud!!

 

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Haddon Hall – Country Living

Now i am  little nerdy, not a bad thing but something i fully acknowledge.

So when i was away for the weekend recently i took the opportunity to visit Haddon Hall.

Nestled away in beautiful Derbyshire Haddon Hall is probably the finest example of a fortified medieval manor house in existence. Present-day Haddon Hall dates from the 12th Century to the early 17th Century, whereupon it lay dormant for over two hundred years from 1700 until the 1920s, when the 9th Duke and Duchess of Rutland restored the house and gardens, and once again made it habitable.

Avoiding fire; warfare; family misfortune and changing fashions, little has changed over recent centuries and Haddon provides a unique view of early English life and history.

 

the views from the garden were quite breathtaking, as you can see.

now if only i could win the Lotto and buy myself a little slice of Country Living

 

Y Not?

Before you berate me for the terrible grammar/ spelling I am talking about the Y Not? Festival 2016.

Now i have to admit i hadn’t heard of this festival before a friend very kindly asked me to accompany them for the weekend, and i wasn’t disappointed

Now the line up was pretty similar to that of Kendal Calling, with headliners being Editors, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Maddness, The Hives, Blossoms, etc. some pretty big bands I’m sure you agree. And how could I forget The Lancashire Hotpots

But as always some of the less well know bands on earlier on the main stages and smaller stages managed to catch my attention. Those of note for me were Circa Waves, Eliza and the Bear, Coasts and most of the Country and Western ones in the Saloon Bar.

 

Essentials

  • Tent – erm kind of a given
  • Sleeping bag (s) – double for nighttime warmth
  • Pillows – coz, well i like some comfort
  • Food/ Drinks – Free dried pastas and bottled water and of course the obligatory cider is a must for me!
  • Lanyard – i mean not only do you look super cool but also you can plan your stages
  • Sanitiser – if i need to explain why then we can’t be friends!
  • Head torch – ( see picture) – just for fun and hey see how awesome i look!

 

this is definitely one of the festival line ups i will be checking out next year

 

 

 

Life’s a ……… Beach?

So I recently spent 2 weeks in pure paradise that was Mexico, more sepcifically the Riviera Maya area. 

This is my 3rd visit to the area and it did not disappoint. And there may be serval posts to cover the trip. 

In the mean time I thought I’d share with you a few of my pool side/ beach essentials

My sun hat – a previous Mexican purchase

A cover up – Primark special

Swim suits – various outlets mostly      Tesco,Sainsburys and Debenhams

Books – plenty of them (plus those on kindle)

Suntan lotion – factor 50 all the way

Insect repellant – a must in Mexico!

iPod -obviously 

Sunglasses – no need to explain why! 


Not much use to anyone I’m sure but a little look into my world 

till next time

TTFN

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