Friday, 31 August 2012

Silver Bells

 

There's a definite chill in the air today, which makes me look forward to Christmas. Cute hats, scarves, tights and skirts! Can’t wait!

PS. She is my new Girl Crush.

SmileX

Monday, 27 August 2012

Ted

 

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Mr D & I had a date to the local cinema last week to see Ted.

We sat on the back row with our bottle of cider, and laughed.

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Ok, so some of it is a bit silly, and of course it is totally unbelievable. But it still made us giggle a lot.

Esp as we kind of have our own ted.

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The least said about him the better

What did you think of the movie?

Do you have a Ted of your own?

SmileX

Friday, 24 August 2012

THAT Powder Room

 

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You know when you were little and you just had to go to the bathroom in all your mum’s friends houses, cafe’s etc  just to check them out and be nosy?

Well I’m still like that.

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Having said that, if anyone visits The Ritz in London and doesn't take a trip to The Powder Room, I would question their sanity.

There’s only 3 cubicles, but the place is bigger than the downstairs of my house.

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Nice little sofa to relax and gossip…

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And a handy bottle of water if you’re thirsty after all the gossiping…and cakes….

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Note Lisa’s ginormous bag…we both took ‘comfy shoes’ with us, so we needed big bags. And boy, were we glad of those comfy shoes, as once we’d sat in the theatre with bare feet for a couple of hours, we couldn’t put our posh ones back on!!

It’s a bank holiday weekend here which probably means it will pour down, which is ok with me as I’m working most of it…I’m thinking of the dollars the pay will be converted to for NYC at the end of Sept. (eeeek excited!)

Do you work bank holidays?

SmileX

Monday, 20 August 2012

Afternoon Tea at The Ritz? Why Thank you!


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I’m going to tell you about it, as I just know you are on the edge of your seat waiting. I’m just not sure I’ll ever be able to do justice the the Fabulousness that is Afternoon Tea in the Palm Court at The Ritz London.
We arrived a full ten minutes before our seating which was 11.30 am. The lovely smiley doorman didn’t bat an eye when we asked if he would snap us on the steps.
When I told people we were going to the first sitting of 11.30 (each sitting lasts an hour and a half) they looked as though we were mad. How can it be Afternoon Tea at that time? Well, on booking this months ago, this was the only time available. (What recession?) Having been to the first sitting, I would say do it. When we arrived the foyer was lovely and calm, not many people getting in our way so we could take photos. We also got a pretty good prime spot for people watching.
The seating arrangements in the Palm Court seamed to be just for people like us. (people watchers.)
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Where as normally a table for two would have the chairs facing each other, our table for two was set so that we were facing out into the foyer, we had a fantastic view of all the comings and goings, and could see the harpist.
On entering The Ritz (after nearly damaging my friend in the revolving doors) we were greeted by a laughing staff member who asked if I was trying to leave my friend behind as I had whizzed in without her (keen? moi?) This friendly man told us to drop a ‘not so subtle hint’ to our waiter that it was a special occasion and we may get a nice surprise. He even told us to make sure we said it was my Birthday That Day and not the week before!
Subtle not being Lisa’s middle name….she made sure the waiter knew that it was a Birthday celebration in no uncertain terms, which meant that halfway through our sitting I was presented with a little Birthday cake.
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Check out the kissing couple behind me! Cute!! I did my good deed for them and took a photo with their camera.
I had been told (Lisa has been to The Ritz about 3 years ago) that photos were not permitted which I was having a panic attack about. How can you go to The Ritz and not take photos? Don’t they realise I have bloggy friends waiting for evidence!?
So how pleased was I to be told that yes. Photos are permitted, but discretion was a must. Which is why the big girls camera only came out of the bag now and again. Thank goodness for camera phones Smile 
I thought this was a great touch, as although everyone was taking pictures, there was no scraping of furniture and posing to disrupt the lovely calm atmosphere.
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The menu (which came home with me of course! consisted of your choice from a huge list of teas. (We both had The Ritz English Blend) The tea was replenished at regular intervals in the very heavy and very silver tea pot, by the nice waiters who would come up and open the tea pot to peer in asking ‘would we like a fresh pot?’ Um yes please! (don’t they know who I am!?)  And fresh cups?! Why thank you!!
Dainty rectangular sandwiches were on the bottom tier of the cake stand, and these were replenished once we had scoffed. The middle tier was empty while they ‘kept the scones warm until we were ready for them’  and the top tier was full of yummie cakes.
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As well as this we were served with a choice of Lemon Drizzle (the best I have ever tasted) or strawberry tart from a trolley.
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Our sitting lasted from 11.30am till 1pm and although I did wonder if they would be hurrying us along for the next bunch of hungry morsels, it was the complete opposite. The bill was only brought when we asked, and Lisa went up to pay. The card terminal was having a slow moment and there was a split second of her looking over at me in a panic of  ‘are we going to have to wash up?’ The head waiter even went over to them at one point which made Lisa turn a slight shade of pink, but it was all fine in the end, and he assured her he just went over as she looked worried! haha!
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you can see the waiter having a little giggle as Lisa walks away Smile (just ignore the stern one in the dark dress…..she probably never got a Birthday cake)
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As you would expect, I have a million and ten photos of our time there, which I will show you in another post, as you have just got to check out the ladies' powder room, and the other rooms we subtly wandered around in.
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Isn’t this waiter just everything you would expect a Ritz waiter to be?!
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If you look just to the left of the right hand plant pot at the top of the steps you will just make out one happy blogger.
Although the place is obviously the poshest place I will ever set foot in, there was no feeling of being out of place (Lisa kept telling me ‘of course we can do posh!’) The staff were so friendly and helpful, and apart from the gay couple in their pastel pink &  cream linen suits we spotted who looked like they probably go there every other day, all the other diners were as enthralled as we were, discreetly snapping away!
As you can tell, I would thoroughly recommend the experience!
SmileX

Friday, 17 August 2012

And to top it all off….

 

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I will be here tomorrow.

Must pack, to see the rest of my weekend plans hop over to my other blog as I’m too lazy to type it all again!

Favourite Things

Thank you for all your Birthday messages. At the risk of sounding like a sickly sweet cheerleading homecoming queen, I love you all.

(btw. I have nothing against Homecoming queens. It’s just that I will never be one. And I’m happy with that. Really.)

SmileX

Monday, 13 August 2012

That weekend I turned 40

It’s official. I’m now 40. Halfway to 80.

This weekend was packed full of fun times, cake, (lots and lots of cake) good friends lets not forget about the wonderful pressies.

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Friday afternoon was spent in a little tea room in my town, 12 of us girlies piled in took over the place and scoffed.

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all of the food was made by the owners, who were there to serve us. Absolutely gorgeous!

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Friday night was spent at our friends house where we ate fish and chips, (only a chip butty for me *fu-lof-cake*)

Saturday (the Birthday) we headed off to Brighton.

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Having never been to Brighton it is fair to say I was excited. Everyone told me the vintage shops were fabulous (they weren’t lying) and it is a very happening place with a great feel to it.

We spent our time wandering The Lanes (for anyone wanting to know, the North Lanes are best for vintage shops) visiting tea rooms (separate post for those!), and drinking ‘some’ wine.

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The Graffiti was great!

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Don’t you just love it when a sofa appears in front of your weary legs?

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One day we will go back and go on The wheel.

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Happy couple Smile 

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My travelling companions. They are watching people get spun upside down on the ride at the end of the pier. No thanks!!

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To the right of the pic above  you can see the remains of the old Brighton Pier which was destroyed when it burnt down in 2003 leaving just the metal skeleton.

There is no photographic evidence that we spent the evening on Sat in one of Jamie Oliver's  restaurant's. (verdict….very funky decor..food, ok), meeting up with some friends in a bar, and a trip to Budgens at 1am. Then spending a bit of time convincing the reception staff at the Premier Inn that our door key would not work even after 3 attempts of them ‘reprogramming’ it. We were not just a couple of drunks. The door really was faulty. (which btw was good for us as we have been refunded the FULL cost of our room due to their 100% good night guarantee!! )(which we actually knew nothing about until the nice desk lady asked for Mr D’s card to make the refund!)

Sunday was spent mulling the day before over at breakfast and on the way home visiting with a best friend from my Primary school (love face book) where we sat in the sun and ate more cake, and caught up over the last 18 or so years since we last saw each other!!

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Look at us as respectable grown ups. The stories we could tell of our youth!

I think it wouldn’t be a lie to say I have been spoilt.

Hope you’ve all had a fun weekend too with lots of sun! (and cake)

Smilex

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Tealightful Tues. I want to need my hat again


Was it really only just over a week ago that I sat in the garden on a glorious sunny morning and indulged in a tea tray of tea and pancakes?
OK, you're right. Yes there is a flake in there too. I'm getting quite partial to a flake. Or two.
FYI the teapot held 4 cups. I counted.


The weather is being particularly british at the moment. Not to be trusted one little bit.
The washing on my line has been out for two days now, maybe it will get dry tomorrow?


Do you like my new hat?
I want to wear it again please.
If you care, the jeans and cardi-waistcoat-thingy I'm wearing was hand me downs from the oldest niece. My silver Converse (which I love) were half price but then who would pay the ful price of about 80.00 I don;t know) & the floral blouse from Primark.
My hair needs cut. Mr D did it last time, I'll have to get him on the case.
:)X


Monday, 6 August 2012

I thought I looked so cute when I got dressed….

 

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It was so nice to wake up to sunshine at Damyns Hall where we stayed at the weekend,

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A good day to wear my cute summer dress I thought..

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Off I skipped to buy treasure from the nice vintage stalls

As you can the weather had other ideas. Drenched.

Mr D could hardly contain himself when I eventually got back to camp. He did however manage to find the camera.

As you can see!

British summers, don’t you just love them .

SmileX

Thursday, 2 August 2012

Book Reviews no’s 16,17,18,19 The Aurora Teagarden Omnibus!

 

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Love Charlaine Harris, Of course there's True Blood, but I’ve been dipping into her other series and I have not been disappointed yet. If you want to see my reviews on her other series there’s The Lily Baird Mysteries here.

I’ve had this book since last year but being an omnibus and hard back it is BIG. I’m not usually a fan of big books, preferring small ones that I can carry around in my handbag, but I took this one away with me on holiday and read it.

THE AURORA TEAGARDEN MYSTERIES: An omnibus edition of Roe Teagarden's adventures! Aurora Teagarden loves reading about famous murderers - until she finds herself investigating a real-life killing spree! The first four novels in the Aurora Teagarden mysteries series. Lawrenceton, Georgia, may be a growing suburb of Atlanta, but it's still a small town at heart. Librarian Aurora Teagarden - Roe - grew up there, and she reckons she knows everything about her fellow townsfolk, including which ones share her interest in the darker side of human nature. This is omnibus edition contains four novels: Real Murders (book 1); A Bone to Pick (book 2); Three Bedrooms, One Corpse (book 3 ); The Julius House (book 4)

I loved this, but then I never expected otherwise. Loved the name of the heroine, Aurora Teagarden sounds like the perfect librarian’s name if you ask me. Charlaine always creates such likeable strong female heroines, but if I may say so, they do all seem to have …ahem….quite a few men friends throughout her books….not in a horrid 50 shades way, just something I’ve noticed…

Of course there is a murder in each of these novels and of course Aurora always seems to find herself in the wrong (right?) place at the wrong (right?) time. I’m usually quite good at solving mysteries but these kept me nicely guessing till the end.

There’s no super naturalness in this series so its more in line with The Lily Baird mysteries rather than True Blood or the Grave Sight novels, but it didn't make me love it any less and I am definitely going to find the next books.

Anyone else read these?

SmileX

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

My first ever Guest Post!

 

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Today my lovelies, you will find me guest posting over on Kirsten’s blog

My life tinted pink

Between you and me, I’ve always wanted to type that sentence. I feel like I’m a proper bona fide Blogger now.

So, if you care about what I have to say, (I'm telling you all about our little (growing) collection of military vehicles) get your butt over there and give Kirsten some blog love.

SmileX