Thursday, 31 October 2013

This week…



betty's tea and scones
Another trip to Yorkshire to visit Grannie in her new sheltered accommodation. Where there is a a spare bedroom especially for Grand daughters to stay.
And wifi. Must take lap top next time, or buy a tablet.
betty's shopping
I did a fair bit of shopping in Betty’s Tea Room, and a fair bit of questioning why they haven't expanded to the southern quarters of England. It never fails to amaze me every time we visit, no matter what time of year, the crowds that go there for tea and cake, to sit in the coffee area, or the groups of people that queue to have afternoon tea in the inner sanctum of the restaurant.  Mothers with children pointing to the extremely cute marzipan ghosts and pumpkins for their Halloween treats, and buying ‘that raspberry tart there’ to take home for Daddies tea.
All come at a price, but when it’s served to you by attentive staff dressed impeccably like they dropped straight off the set of BBC’s ‘The Paradise’ those extra pounds you pay are totally worth it.
bettys pressies
Suffice to say, it’s been a good week. Now I have to go and cut up a wig and roll it in mud in preparation of the works Halloween dinner tomorrow night.
Happy Halloween all.
SmileX

Sunday, 27 October 2013

Sunday Thoughts…

 

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When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money.  Then take half the clothes and twice the money.  ~Susan Heller

I have found out that there ain't no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.  ~Mark Twain

The most important trip you may take in life is meeting people halfway

Unless the storm stops us, sis & I are off to the North to visit Granny for a few days, have a great week!

SmileX

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Sucked in


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I succumbed to the black hole of time wasting that is Netflix. Because there is always room in life for another excuse not to do the laundry.
So far I’ve watched Hansel & Gretel, which was quite entertaining for an afternoon in after a night shift, and at the moment am working my way through The Hills.
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I’ve watched episodes of The Hills on MTV, usually in the wrong order, so I thought why not? It’s worth it if only to see what Heidi looked like before she became.. well… Speidi.
I’m sure I will watch much more ‘credible’ films and documentaries in the future, but for now, I’m just indulging in fluff.
SmileX

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Sunday Thoughts..

 

rain

“Some people walk in the rain, others just get wet.”

“The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.”
Dolly Parton

“There’s no such thing as bad weather, only the wrong clothes.” Ranulph Fiennes

“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain”

SmileX

Thursday, 17 October 2013

End of the Season

 

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Regular visitors of my blog will know that in the ‘show season’ I will mostly be found on a windy airfield with a pimms or cup of tea alternately in this truck. The season runs from bout May through to the beginning of October, and now we find ourselves with the task of packing up our home on wheels and putting her to bed for the winter. Mr D has spent the summer making a new shelter for her, to protect the old girl from the elements, so she should be happy & cosy.

This doesn't mean we will ignore her for the whole of the winter, we have been known to take her out and park in some snow filled woods for a night or two…remember this adventure?

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I have to admit I might be secretly hoping for lots of snow this year, I do love it, and there’s nothing cosier than setting up camp and sipping a mug of mulled wine/cider in front of the wood burner.

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I might do a post about our home on wheels next, I’m not sure I’ve ever shared her story.

SmileX

PS. Thank you for all your lovely comments on my last post, I am feeling so much better today, even went out for a walk along the prom, It’s so lovely you all come to visit me when I’m feeling rubbish, it makes my day.

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Lately

 

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I bought the box set of Mad Men too long ago, and had only got to series 2 of 4. So today, as I am off sick from work (I’m blaming Mr D for spreading his lurgies) I confess I have been sat on the sofa with a blanket and my teddy, and have watched many hours worth. There’s a chance I will finish it before Mr D gets home.

The story line isn't as good as the fashions that’s for sure, but it’s still making me feel better, all snuggled up here.

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Winter is coming, the burner has been lit, and I’ve broken out the casserole mix’s.

SmileX

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Sunday Thoughts…

 

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“I love Humanity but I hate humans”
― Albert Einstein

“I like seeing people when they can't see me.”
― Dodie Smith, I Capture the Castle

“I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me.”

SmileX

Saturday, 12 October 2013

Marriage & Other Games Book review No. 16

 

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When Charlotte Briggs' husband Ed is sent down for fraud, she cannot find it in her heart to forgive him for what he has done. Ostracised from their social circle, she flees to the wilds of Exmoor to nurse her broken heart. But despite the slower pace of life, she soon finds that she is not the only person whose life is in turmoil. There's Sebastian, enfant terrible of the British art scene, desperately trying to find his muse amongst the empty bottles. Then Fitch, who married the high-spirited Hayley thinking he would find wedded bliss, but instead has found marital hell. And finally Penny, local GP and recent divorcee, who is determined not to hurtle into middle age embittered and lonely. Over the long winter months, the four of them share advice, copious bottles of wine, laughter ...and maybe more.

This book came out of the book room of the charity shop I volunteer in. To say I am in book heaven a couple of afternoons a week would be the understatement of the century.

I don’t think I’ve ever read this author before. I say I don’t think as I admit to reading so much chic lit that sometimes they blur into each other. There aren’t many chic lit books that I remember a year later, and although I did enjoy this one, It definitely will be in the ‘have I read that one or not’ section in the book shop next year.

A chic lit book based in the country. How many of those are there on the shelf I wonder, It has plenty of those moments that are so predictable and yet you are pleased they happen.

I read this book months ago and the fact its taken me so long to admit that speaks volumes.

SmileX

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Inner Fear

 

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Once upon a time, when I was a wee lass, I was the tidy one. My side of the bedroom was always neat. (Sis & I chose to share a bedroom when we were young for many years, even though we had a spare room) In fact as my parents like to remind me, I would tidy messy big sisters side of the room for a pound a go.

As I’ve gotten older, I have become a bit of a collector. I collect books, tea cups, in fact pretty china in general, royal memorabilia, vintage radios…the list is on going. Always a new thing to add. Sparkly pretty things I just can’t leave in the shop. There are wicker baskets around my house, (oh I have a bit of a thing for wicker baskets too) filled with wool, books, toiletries, china… Sometimes I dream of a bigger house, but really the truth is it’s like the age old hand bag problem. The bigger it is, the more junk you carry around with you.

I do have an inner fear of becoming the subject of a BBC documentary. Sister has threatened that if I die first she’s getting a skip.

So the last couple of weeks I’ve taken a deep breath and decided that my bank account would benefit from a cull.

I’m proud of myself.

The above picture is a case in point. These magazines I could not thriw away or even give away, but really, I would never ever read them again, so why am I keeping them? Well they are going to their new home tomorrow to sit on someone else’s shelves.

Go me.

SmileX

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Forgotten treasure..

 

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When I decide to dive into my shed I always come out amazed. It’s a teeny girl size shed, but it is full to the brim with stuff. Mr D does sometimes comment but he knows better. He used to even try to put his junk treasure in there but we soon put a stop to that.

I love these. I remember finding them, they aren’t all exactly matching but they look so lovely together don’t they?

I actually had to put sun cream on at the weekend. In October. In England.

My winter pansies are looking rather lovely too..

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SmileX

Monday, 7 October 2013

The Waverley Paddle Steamer

 

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Last week we took the steamer to London. 7 and a half hours on the sea. Luckily I didn’t feel sick for long.

If you’ve ever thought about doing this, I’m telling you. Do it. It’s run by volunteers and one day you get the feeling it won’t be going anymore.

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It does all kinds of different routes to the Thames, so you really have no excuse.

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Mummy & me.

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Paddling under the Dartford bridge.

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We really were in the middle of the ocean!

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Mr D had been wanting to take this trip for many years, he was a very happy boy.

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When we got to our destination the bridge looked so pretty all lit up.

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Having the bridge open up for you is something else.

Go and book your trip here

SmileX

Before I Met You Lisa Jewell Book Review no 15

 

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Having grown up on the quiet island of Guernsey, Betty Dean can't wait to start her new life in London. On a mission to find Clara Pickle - the mysterious beneficiary in her grandmother's will - she arrives in grungy, 1990s Soho, ready for whatever life has to throw at her. Or so she thinks...
In 1920s bohemian London, Arlette - Betty's grandmother - is starting her new life in a time of post-war change. Beautiful and charismatic, Arlette is soon drawn into the hedonistic world of the Bright Young People. But less than two years later, tragedy strikes and she flees back to Guernsey for the rest of her life.
As Betty searches for Clara, she is taken on a journey through Arlette's extraordinary time in London, uncovering a tale of love, loss and heartbreak. Will the secrets of Arlette's past help Betty on her path to happiness?

I bought this with a book  token, I have read quite a lot of  Lisa Jewell in the past but to be honest none of the books have stuck in my head, and I stopped reading her for a while. This one appealed to me first because I liked the cover,(I’m so shallow) and second because some of the story is set in London in the twenties, and I am becoming a bit of a fan of that time. (must.watch.The.Great.Gatsby.)

I wasn’t disappointed, Lisa Jewell is often thought of as chic lit, but actually this book is a lot more than that. It’s a mystery which flips between the eras of the 20’s and mid 90’s.

I took this book away with me for the weekend, and I think I may have been a teeny bit rude to the man who sat under our shelter to wait for his family, I was so engrossed in the mystery I really really didn’t meant to be entering into polite conversation with him. I really don’t care that you are enjoying watching the tank go around the arena, can’t you see I’m trying to read!!!

This has made me much more likely to pick up a Lisa book in the future!

SmileX

Sunday, 6 October 2013

Sunday Thoughts

 

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“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” 
Ernest Hemingway

“We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.”
― Ana├»s Nin

“you can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will.”
Stephen King

Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.

Benjamin Franklin

SmileX

 

Friday, 4 October 2013

A day off for Treasure Hunting

 

New vintage shirt

This week, the sis & I went off in search of treasure.

The youngest niece had the day off school, due to the teachers strike (no comment) so she got dragged came along too. Never too young for treasure hunting.

We went HERE.

battlesbridge tea room

Oh my. My new favourite place.

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The tea room at the very very top of the centre was worth the climb.

battlesbridge tea room view

With a nice view

Antique hunting

A whole array of little shops, this one was an old railway carriage. Oh I could have lived in that one.

garden

Lots and lots of garden things to buy or sit on.

There was so much to see, a maze of treasure filled rooms. I got lost.

I bought the shirt in the first picture. I could have bought a lot more but I restrained myself until the next visit. Which will be soon.

SmileX

Thursday, 3 October 2013

Froctober, Kylie style

 

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So I’d never heard of Froctober. I’ve heard of Movember, but Froctober was new to me until I read Kylie's post

In the aid of Ovarian Cancer Research, Kylie will be wearing a dress every single October day, and showing us all on her blog.

For the record, Kylie if one of my bestest bloggy friends, I pride myself in having the best blog buddies, who have become more to me tan virtual friends, she is just the sweetest, and has even offered her services to my Niece if she ever finds herself stuck whilst travelling. (She may live to regret that)!

She is also pretty shy on her blog, you don’t normally see photos of her on there, so believe me, this month is going to be a real treat for you all, here are the dress’s you’ve missed so far..

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How cute is this!!  (you can buy it if you like, all proceeds are also donated)

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So. Go without the morning Latte. Pass up the bar of chocolate. Buy a takeout instead of sit in.

And pass on the money to support Kylie in her campaign.

Click here to sponsor her

Remember every little helps!!

SmileX