Saturday, 29 October 2011

Holiday Snaps #2 Our Little Place

Home from a wonderful two days in London! We had such a fantastic time, but the pics are on Mr D’s camera, which he has gone off with so I thought I’d show you some other pics!

Following on from My First Holiday Snaps Post,   here’s some pictures of the Cottage & village we stayed in.

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Here is Chapel Stile. If you can see the church, our cottage was right next door.

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You can just see the church on the left behind the cottages here, and the big hill behind was one we went over to find Grasmere. Where there was My New Favourite Tea Shop.

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The lounge area. How cosy was that fire after a long day walking.

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We always have a Open fire or wood burner in the cottage when we go away, it’s one of the Must Haves.

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This is the dining area off the kitchen. I loved that window seat, I sat on it and watched the walkers setting off for the day, or stood in the street looking puzzled over their maps!

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That sign says No Parking. Lilly Landy thinks she can park anywhere. We were asked (politely) by the vicar to move her on the Monday for a wedding that was taking place in the church. We saw no sign of the wedding. Do vicars tell little white lies??

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The view from the kitchen out to the front garden and the nice little bench, which didn't get much sitting on due to wetness!

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As the cottage is on a hill there were some steps leading up to a nice little sitting out area, and what a lovely view we had from there!

Mr D and I have been together for 22 yrs and we have only ever been abroad together once, when we went to NYC for our 10th wedding anniversary. With places like Chapel Stile at our fingertips, can you blame us!?

Do you go abroad for your holidays or do you like to explore your own country?

I can’t wait for the next holiday!

SmileX

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Turn your speakers up

I’m feeling better, thanks.  Apart from the cracker of a headache I had earlier, but the drugs soon told that who’s boss.

Half term. Busy.

Tomorrow, though, I’m leaving them all to it and skipping off to London with Mr D. Good old National Express coach is the only way to travel to London. Cheap, and guaranteed a seat!

We’re going to see these boys in Shepherds Bush.

Feel free to turn your speakers up. Loud.  Cos apparently that’s how it should be heard.

We’ve decided to blow the budget and booked a B&B near the venue for the night. So two days to peruse the streets of London. (read-two days of Tea Room hopping) 

While on the music subject, I’ve been meaning to post this video for you all to see.

Ed was born in Halifax, England, but he moved to Framlingham which is about a half hour drive from my little town, and our very own Mr D did do the sound for him way back when he was a little known youngster gigging in local venues.

I can’t say the music is hugely my kind of thing, but the video is well worth a look right to the end.

Just while we’re on a roll..we went to Colchester Arts centre last week and saw these boys. Really good.

Stage Presence anyone??

Well I have a list to get done for work before I head off and I’ve only got half way through it, ice cream delivery, cash and carry, butchers, bank………..see ya at the weekend!

SmileX

Sunday, 23 October 2011

Remember When..

You were younger & if you got ill you could stay in bed all day. No responsibilities, no-one expected you to drag your poorly ass out of bed and go and run around after anyone else.

You didn’t have a job to go to, or if you did, well your mum could just ring them up and tell them you were too ill to turn up that day and it wouldn’t matter if you missed some days of work because the money you earned was just pocket money really, and not counted on to pay the bills that month and the responsibilities  you had at work really weren’t that great, so they could certainly do without you.

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Someone else would sort it all out while you could just concentrate on snuggling under your duvet in your germ infested bed and get better, and a glass of Lucazade would appear at regular intervals on your bedside table from ‘The Get Well Fairy’.

Your friends didn’t stay away as if you had a red cross on the door, they didn't have responsibilities either, so they really didn't  think about what would happen if they ‘got the bug’ too.

If only we knew then what we know now. We wouldn't be wishing we were all grown up so much.

I’m feeling better today, but yesterday was pretty crap I can tell you. 

Smilex

Friday, 21 October 2011

Pumpkin….Anyone??

 

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It’s that time of year. Lets talk about Pumpkins.

I just made some Pumpkin Ice cream for work, There is Pumpkin soup on the menu too….and I I feel pretty bad for admitting it….but as we are all amongst friends I know you won’t hold it against me.

I don’t like it

There I said it.

I love looking at Pumpkins, carved or un carved.

This year I’ve bought some more Halloween decorations, to get in the spirit of things.

Reading Blogs I love seeing you all going skipping off to the Pumpkin Patch for the annual choosing of the perfect one for you. (We don’t do that over here, we go and buy them from the supermarket. Booo.) I love the thought of Pumpkin flavoured and all things Halloweeny. 

But, the reality is…..I just don’t like the flavour.

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Does anyone like the flavour?

Do you carve your Pumpkins?

Do you decorate and/or send Halloween related mail?

Answers on a postcard…….or the comments section

What are you up to this weekend? (carving pumpkins?) I have lots of work to do but I also have a ton of mail to catch up on, and a swap parcel to create (yey!)

SmileX

Monday, 17 October 2011

Sat night out :)

Saturday night (actually about 2pm as Mr D has all the setting up to do…) we set off to Norfolk to a village hall where the boys were playing to raise funds for a bowls club. :)

I took my big girls camera to play with

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If you ever take pictures of bands you will feel my pain. The boys have the annoying habit of jumping around a lot, so that gives the age old problem. Slow shutter speed for low light….versus fast shutter speed for hyperactive band members.

It can however give some interesting effects…

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The case of the ghostly guitarist…

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Or the case of the ghostly guitarist & front man!

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Does anyone have any secrets for taking pictures of moving things…(people!) in low light…bearing in mind I hate flash!!

(yeah i know i can be an awkward little thing when i want…)

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It was a good night….even though I was Kerrrrrrnackered when we got home at about 1.30 am and I had to be up at 6.30 on Sun morning to get to the Vintage Market where I had a stall..(yes it was worth it!)

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I just thought I would include a pic of the drummer, as he always (mostly) has a symbol in front of his face when I take photos….

Then of course, I decided that I was worthy of a backstage pass…

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I mean really, don;t they know who I am!!!?

So that’s my excuse for being ready for my bed right about now…..you?

SmileX

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Book Review No. 24!

Thank you for the comments on my holiday snaps. I have more for you, but until then, you can always hop on over to my

other blog 

To check out my new favourite Tea Room in the Lake District!

It’s come hard, this going back to work lark, and I have much to do for the Stall I have on Sunday at a local ‘Up Market’ Yeah, like a market….but posher haha!! But i have Friday & Sat off to sort out my treasures.

I’ve got a bit of a back log of book reviews to do, so here’s one for ya!

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Imagine losing the most important ten years of your life …

Alice is twenty-nine.She adores sleep, chocolate, and her ramshackle new house.She’s newly engaged to the wonderful Nick and is pregnant with her first baby.

There’s just one problem.All that was ten years ago …

Alice has slipped in a step-aerobics class, hit her head and lost a decade.Now she’s a grown-up, bossy mother of three in the middle of a nasty divorce and her beloved sister Elisabeth isn’t speaking to her.This is her life but not as she knows it.

Clearly Alice has made some terrible mistakes.Just how much can happen in a decade?

Can she ever get back to the woman she used to be?

First five sentences… She was floating, arms outspread, water lapping her body, breathing in a summery fragrance of salt and coconut.  There was a pleasantly satisfied breakfast taste in her mouth of bacon and coffee and possibly croissants.  She lifted her chin and the morning sun shone so brightly on the water she had to squint through spangles of light to see her feet in front of her.  Her toenails were painted a different colour.  Purple. Funny.

Where I got my hands on it..  Ever heard of  The Book People? Well they are so cheap. Every now and again I order a pile from them. And its free delivery with orders over 25.00. So it has to be done. Cos you don’t want to be charged for postage do you?

The cover.. Pretty. Nice and dreamy & kind of floaty, which is quite fitting for the subject.

 

Made me want to… While I was reading this book I spent a lot of time thinking back ten years ago. When you sit and think about all the things you’ve achieved in the last ten years you will be amazed. And how you’ve changed….or not!

Who’s the lucky duck that’s getting it next?.. This is going to my book swap friend, I think she will love it!

This book reminded me in a lot of ways of Sophie Kinsella’s novel ‘Remember Me’

I am a sucker for these types of books and I’m not really sure why. They are very light reading but really entertaining.

Poor Alice can’t figure out how it’s come that her husband hates her so much, and it’s weird when you see how much she has changed in ten years without realising it. She’s almost a completely different person, and one whom she doesn't even like!

Ten years ago, I had never made ice cream before. I didn’t know the difference between a Cappuccino and a Latte, let alone made any, I certainly didn’t think I would be in charge of a shop with a staff of about 10. But here I am. 

SmileX

Sunday, 9 October 2011

Holiday Snaps #1 The Day I stayed Home Alone

 

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As promised….a few snaps of my own from our week away.

Welcome to Priest End Cottage, Chapel Stile,  The Lake District.

We have never stayed in a village in The Lakes before, preferring to stay in the middle of a hill, no neighbours barring sheep (pun intended) no phone reception, & sometimes even no TV.

This time we opted for a wee bit of civilisation.

In Chapel Stile, we had neighbours (the whole village was pretty much holiday lets apart from the nice little 90yr old lady we found down the street) We had a village shop, a Church, and a pub! Happy Days!

My Nikon didn’t come out much as it rained so much I didn't want to get it wet, and the old point and shoot was just handier for climbing the hills with. (there just aren't enough hands available to cling onto the rocks, sort the clothing out …waterproofs are on and off constantly…. and hold on to the prized DLSR)

This day however, I was home alone so I took it out to play.

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I took a little visit to the church next door. I like looking at church’s. I had heard on the grapevine that there was a coffee morning, but there was no one there when I went in. (I resisted helping myself to the tins of biccies that were on the table…in case HE was watching Smile

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See we did get a bit of sun light

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Stained glass is so beautiful

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The Church sat on a hill over looking the village. See that hill in the distance? We walked to the other side of that one day.

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After I had been to church, I walked down to the village shop, bought some bottles of wine, then lit the fire and read my book, and waited on the return of  The Adventurers.

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More holiday snaps coming up.

I’ve spent the day catching up on laundry (bleuuuuuur), getting some stock ready for a stall I have at a market next weekend (excited!!!!) and visiting family.

How about you?

SmileX

Saturday, 8 October 2011

Honey I’m Home!!!

What a lovely week we’ve had. 5 of us and a wee doggie in a cute village in the Lakes.

It has to be said the British weather was pretty crap. In the 15 years that we’ve been staying in the Lakes, this was the worst the weather has been for us. Hailstones. Gale force winds.

But, being British, we put a brave face on. (as well as waterproof leggings, neck warmers and new walking boots) and off we trudged to see the views.

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I haven't sorted out my photo’s, so I got some from Google images just so you get the picture (see what I did there) The pic above is the village, our cottage is next door to the church.

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We saw a lot of these wee pals on our wanders.. the sky was not always  this blue. I stayed in on the worst day while the others climbed a hill in a hail storm. Well someone has to get the fire going eh?

So home it is, the weather down South is definitely cooler than when we left, I have a lot of catching up to do, and getting ready for forthcoming projects which I will tell you all about soon. And Thank  yous to make, I’ve had some pretty fabulous mail lately.

I’m on a mission to be more organised. Just so I can fit it all in. Now. Where’s my note pad? And my glass of wine? mmmmmmmm.

SmileX