Wednesday, 31 July 2013

This month, I am...

July was a blast! I had soooo much fun being a tourist in London, getting my geek on at Harry Potter World, being a kid in the 100 Aker Wood and partying the night away, in aid of charity, on a boat. August is going
to be a particularly quiet month, especially after the epic-ness of July, but I think I (and my bank account)
need some time to calm down and recover.

Listening to: In A World Like This by Backstreet Boys - it came out on Monday and I've been playing it non-stop ever since. Backstreet Boys are my childhood sweethearts and no matter how old I get, I'm pretty sure I'm always gonna love them :)

Reading: The Last Time I Saw You by Eleanor Moran. "When Olivia Berrington gets the call to tell her that her best friend from university has been killed in a car crash in New York, her life is turned upside down. Her relationship with Sally was an exhilarating roller coaster, until a shocking betrayal drove them apart. But if Sally really had turned her back, why is her little girl named after Olivia? As questions mount about the fatal accident, Olivia is forced to go back and unravel their tangled history. But as Sally's secrets start to spill out, Olivia's left asking herself if the past is best kept buried."

Watching: as Supernatural is STILL on hell-atus (roll on October), I'm currently enjoying re-watching season 4 of Fringe. I am still yet to start Game of Thrones - there are not enough hours in the day.

Excited about: getting Hubby back on Saturday (he's away on Scout camp)!

Thankful for: the cooler temperatures. I really do not like heat and 30+ degree everyday was too much for me, so I'm thankful that the weather is now cooler and I hope it stays that way #rollonautumn

Aiming to: buy some new fence panels for our back garden - the current ones are beyond repair and desperately need replacing. I'm also scouring the charity shops to find wooden photo frames for a 'gallery' project I'm planning in my living room.

My nails currently look like this:
Proud smile because I did this myself, free-hand :)

Monday, 29 July 2013

Weekend Recap

Hello Monday, we meet again.

I'm not too sure why I've decided to use this past weekend as my first 'weekend recap' post 
because it was actually a really chilled out weekend - I didn't do a great deal. 

I've got a few busy weekends planned over the next month and I have a number of projects on the go 
to jazz up a few rooms in our home - which I will share with you - but this weekend was pretty quiet.

Anyway, here we go...
Friday night, I fell asleep watching Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.
Saturday morning, I waved Hubby off - he's gone away with his Scout group to Lincoln.
Saturday night, I celebrated a friend's 30th birthday with fancy dress.
Sunday afternoon, I went for a relaxing stroll with my mum and Izzy. I love seeing the summer turn
into autumn and things are beginning now that the corn is changing colour.

That's it; I said it was pretty quiet.
How was your weekend?
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Friday, 26 July 2013

Visiting the 100 Aker Wood

I've been a fan of the Winnie the Pooh stories since I was little when my mum introduced me to the adventures of Christopher Robin and his friends. So, when I knew we'd be spending some time in Kent this summer, with Hubby's auntie, I knew I HAD to make the 130-mile round trip from her house in Hythe to Ashdown Forest in East Sussex, where Christopher Robin Milne spent his childhood playing with Pooh, Piglet, Tigger, Eeyore, Kanga, Roo, Rabbit and Owl in the 100 Aker Wood. In reality, the 100 Aker Wood is actually a cultivated pine plantation called Five Hundred Acre Wood, located within Ashdown Forest.

Our journey started in the village of Hartfield (near where AA Milne lived and created this imaginary world) at Pooh Corner, where we purchased a map which showed us the locations of all of Pooh and Christopher's favourite places to play, including: Poohsticks Bridge, Galleon’s Lap, Where the North Pole Was, Roo’s Sandy
Pit and The Heffalump Trap, as well as The Enchanted Places Memorial Plaque.

After lacing up our walking boots, we began with an 'expotition' to Pooh Bridge...

Just before you get to the Bridge, there is this cute note from Winnie, stuck to the tree that he 
obviously calls home...

Pooh Bridge

No trip to Pooh Bridge is complete without a game of Pooh Sticks...
And the winner is...
I was not happy :( I'm a sore loser

After getting over my disappointment at losing, we headed to Gill's Lap Car Park to begin 
our 'expotition' to the Enchanted Places. Firstly, we visited Galleon's Leap...

Then we walked on to The Heffalump Trap, which is a very deep pit, 
perfect for trapping an unsuspecting Heffalump...

We think we might then have come across Roo's Sandy Pit, 
although it's not very sandy so it's hard to tell!

We consulted the map to make sure we were where we thought we were...

We were on course, so we stopped for a moment to admire the view at The Enchanted Place,
where a memorial bronze plaque was unveiled by Christopher Milne in 1979,
commemorating the link between Winnie the Pooh and Ashdown Forest.

We then continued on, following the map across the forest, 
before coming to Where The North Pole Was...

After climbing a mountain hill in the heat, we made it to the top, 
to look out across the whole of the 100 Aker Wood...

We had a fantastic day; the area is so beautiful. Christopher Milne was a very lucky child to have been able
to play in such a stunning area and his father had a great imagination to be able to think up and send his
son on so many adventures with Winnie the Pooh and friends in the 100 Aker Wood. I would recommend
this fantastic day out to the young, as well as the young at heart!

Image from the 'Two Expotitions' map, which we bought from Pooh Corner.

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Life Lately

I've decided to rename 'My week in photos' post as 'Life Lately' because, well, they're not always a week;
more often than not, they're longer than a week, so Life Lately fits much better :)
I spent a sweaty Sunday (14th July) travelling back from Kent
Monday means back to work - booooooo!
It's been bloody hot this week - too hot to be at work!
My Thursday night - a good book and elevated feet in an attempt to reduce my ankle swelling,
caused by the intense heat!
On Saturday, I finally found some flowers for the green vases I bought for our bedroom a while back :)
Whilst walking with my mum, Hubby and Izzy on Sunday, I found SIX four-leafed clovers!
The research for our summer 2014 holiday has begun - and we're defo going abroad!
It started raining last night, providing a little welcome relief after a month of nothing but sunshine
and temperatures in the late 20s/early 30s every day, something us Brits are just not used to! Fingers 
crossed that this means things are going to get decidedly cooler around here!

What have you been up to lately?

Saturday, 20 July 2013

Groovy baby!

At the beginning of the month, Hubby and I went away for the weekend with a few friends 'up north'.
We spent a relaxed Friday night in Chester catching up on the past few months, before moving onto 
New Brighton for the main reason for our weekend away: a 1960's themed fancy dress fundraising cruise 
up The Mersey in aid of Cancer Research UK. 
We made the most of the rare British sunshine with an afternoon on the beach in New Brighton, 
before donning our 60's finery to party the night away on a Mersey Ferry :)
As you can see, we had a fantastic time and an amazing £10,792.50 was raised on the night for 
Cancer Research UK, which is fantastic!
PS: I apologise if you're now humming Ferry 'cross the Mersey

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Harry Potter World (p.II)

In my last post, I showed you just some of what you can see at Harry Potter World Warner Bros Studio Tour; because I took SO many photos, I'd like to continue today, with part II. Be warned, this post contains lots of photos of me and Hubby acting like children :)
The famous cobbles of Diagon Alley, featuring the shop fronts of Ollivanders wand shop, Flourish 
and Blotts, the Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes, Gringotts Wizarding Bank and Eeylops Owl Emporium.
The house where the magic began: 4 Privet Drive.
Sampling the iconic but disgusting Butterbeer
Hagrid's motorcycle & side car
All aboard the Knight Bus
James & Lilly's house in Godric's Hollow
Running from Voldemort's Army
You really can not comprehend just how BIG this model of Hogwarts really is!
That really is it. I hope I've given you a little insight into what you can see at Warner Bros Studio Tour.
If you, or your children, are a Harry Potter fan, I would highly recommend the trip to Watford; there's
so much to see and do and everything is the authentic props/sets used in throughout the eight films.
Although, if you do go with your children, be warned: the gift shop is VERY expensive (£25 for a House
scarf) so maybe pre-warn them that they can only have one souvenir - it's not worth going bankrupt! :)