Saturday, 19 January 2019

Best Bits of 2018 - Charity achievements

May saw myself and my oldest friend take on the Moonwalk challenge, 26 miles through the streets of London in aid of Breast Cancer. Having lost friends and loved ones to this disease and seen people close to both of us going through treatment for it is was a cause close to our hearts.
Accident and Surgery nearly put this challenge on hold, but (looking back now, I'm not sure how)we both crossed the finish line after 10 hours. Exhausted, Emotional and so very proud.
Having taken on the Shine walk the previous September I thought I would be ok with this, but with limited training and post accident recovery this was a huge undertaking both physically and mentally. Both of us were extremely glad to see the finish line.
The walk's theme this year was wild West so Cowboy hats were in abundance across the city. along with the infamous decorated bras.
Famous London icons turned pink for the night and were a huge boost when you saw them glowing along the skyline.
I have never been so pleased to see mile 26 sign in the early morning and knowing that I was in touching distance to the finish.


Both of us have been plagued with injuries this year pre and post accident and have struggled to get back into a fitness routine. I hope that 2019 is a little kinder and I find my walking feet again.
However October saw me take on another challenge with my first 5k run.
This one was in aid of the Poppy appeal for the British legion. In and around Victoria park in East London  and accompanied by M,  I pulled on my running shoes and completed my first 5k.
Lets see what 2019 brings ....


Friday, 18 January 2019

Best Bits of 2018 - Winter - Spring

So its mid January and I failed again with blogging much for 2018 so I'm sharing some of my Best Bits from Instagram Stories and aim to blog a little more in 19.  I really enjoy looking back on my blog but sometimes life gets in the way, so im not going to get stressed about it I'm just going to share what I can when I can....
So 2018 M and I celebrated 2 years together and we continued to tick things off of our bucket lists.
January past by in a blur, with both busy with work we banished the January Blues with a winter retreat to a gorgeous Water Mill in Tuddenham Suffolk - it was the perfect place to escape the pressures of year end and work and recharge the batteries. Our room overlooked the water meadow where we relaxed and watched the sunset and sunrise in complete privacy.
Dinner in their award winning restaurant finished off a gorgeous stay.
This hotel was a great find and one that I hope to return to as it was so relaxing
February saw a Valentines Day trip to Paris for the day, it was freezing cold  (Hot Chocolate from Angelina's helped) but we still managed a trip up the Eiffel Tower and Dinner alongside the river Seine overlooking the Notre Dame.
It was a whistle stop trip on Eurostar from St Pancras and one that we will do again as M hadn't been to Paris so only got to sample a small selection of this city. We walked lots taking in the Sacre Coeur, Louvre, Arc di Triomphe, Notre Dame, Eiffel Tower
We had lots of fun, but were both weary on the return home.

February also saw us take in a movie night with a difference - Film & Fizz at One Aldwych Hotel in London was a treat - private cinema with prosecco and popcorn followed by a 3 course dinner in their restaurant . We took in this experience to see the award winning Gary Oldman take on Winston Churchill in The Darkest Hour. - Such a great film and a luxurious way to take in what will become a film great.

March arrived a we started to make plans for the year talking about holidays etc, it felt like Spring had bloomed and the gloom of the winter months was behind us. Unfortunately a very sharp cold snap and horrible car accident on St Patricks day halted our plans temporarily. 
Fractured eye sockets and facial trauma and lots of whiplash injuries resulted from a wreckless driver who smashed us off the road was how we finished off March.

Easter arrived and we spent it quietly with the 'Big Kids' whilst we rested and recuperated before I headed into hospital for Surgery. Restructuring work to my face and eye ran alongside a Restructuring and consultation process at work. 2018 had suddenly become a little stressful and uncertain. Physiotherapy and Consultative meetings filled much of April....
Both of us looked forward to the warmer months and feeling better.....


Sunday, 4 November 2018

Bonfire Cozy..


Its been some years since I did anything on around Bonfire night, it seems over the years that Halloween is eclipsing this old british favourite and it gets forgotten in the build to Christmas. I have so many lovely memories of Bonfire Nights of old I was determined to bring this back into my autumn plans.


This year M and I spent the evening with the 'big kids' having a Bonfire picnic in the garden.
With comfy chairs, blankets and a very cozy fire pit it was a lovely way to relax, chat and enjoy the evening.
Without getting too stressed we opted for easy food which once prepared didn't need much work:
Hot Dogs, Baked Potatoes, Beans & Cheese for mains
With the camping stove keeping the saucepan warm, the hot chocolate station proved to be a big hit as well.


Some of the evenings entertainment was made with the simplicity of Smore's and Sparklers around the fire.
It was a lovely chilled evening, with lots of laughter, and something I think will become a fall favourite.
I hope that your Bonfire plans are full of sparkle. x


Thursday, 1 November 2018

Farewell October...


November's arrived and we are into the last 2 months of 2018. I'm not sure where it has gone and every good intention that I have to blog more seems to get taken up with work and life.
With Autumn being so glorious I have been out with my camera and captured some lovely sights from the season and it definitely felt that London completely embraced fall and all its pumpkin and foliage delights.
Favourites included Covent Garden where Europes largest pumpkin was on display, Wild Things Flowers in Mayfair who's tin baths always bring a smile to my face and the lobby of Claridge's who's weekly floral installations in the lobby were a delight.
I have lots of other stories to share from October and will do so over the next few days (hopefully).

Saturday, 1 September 2018

Hello September

Hello September - its been a while and a lot has happened in the last six months but I finally feel like blogging and sharing a little of my life again.
September sees the whole back to school new term vibe and maybe that's whats has kick started me into thinking I may get some more time to write, blog and craft a little more. I've always enjoyed blogland  and have made some great friends along the way, so if you have stuck with me during my hiatus and are reading this, Hello and thank you.
I will update you all with a brief synopsis of the last few months in more detail over the coming weeks but for now I just want to bask in the late summer days and early autumnal mornings as we head into my favourite season.
Having just had the most glorious of summers on record I am hoping that autumn is going to be lovely too.
Summer was spent eating alfresco (a lot!) with beach picnics, festivals, and lazy evenings in the garden.
This year was definitely the best year to have a coupe car and enjoyed driving round with the roof down.
 The summer also saw me celebrate being another year older along with M and I's 2 year anniversary.


The last few months have include a horrendous car accident, facial surgery to repair some fractures, Consultation and Redundancy programme at work (myself included) Job Vacancies and Interviews amongst that there has been some positives, a beautiful 5 days on Rome, Coupe car for the summer, and some fab days / nights out in the city and coast for the summer.
Have lots to share and look forward to catching up on some favourites over the coming days.
Happy Saturday and Hello September xx



Sunday, 4 March 2018

Film & Fizz.....

Hello Weekend.... With award season upon us and the big one planned this evening of The Oscars I thought I would share a recent trip to the movies for our monthly "Friday Night is Date Night"
For some time I have wanted to go to One Aldwych's Film & Fizz nights, but timing, schedules and film choices haven't aligned. February we struck gold and were able to book to see Darkest Hour with Gary Oldman, since the trailer released last year I have had this movie on my must see list for 2018 and boy I was not disappointed.
One Aldwych is a lovely hotel on the fringes of Covent Garden which houses a 30 seater Curzon Theatre. Film & Fizz nights feature popcorn and champagne whilst watching the movie and then a 3 course dinner in its Indigo dining Lounge on the mezzanine overlooking the bar.
So with champagne in hand and popcorn on the table it was time to settle down in the very comforatble leather lounge seats to watch Gary Oldman transform himself into Winston Churchill. This film is a must for anyone thats a fan of The Crown or of British history, fascinating from start to finish, covering a very short period of Churchill's parliamentary reign from appointment as Pm to making the decision to take the country to war it is a masterpiece.
Oldman is suprb and deserves all the accolades that he has won, however it isnt all about him Kristen Scott Thomas as his wife Clemmie is fabulous along with Lily James as his PA. I would imagine that there has been a huge rise in people booking trips to the War Rooms and Parliment on the back of this film and watch this space for a Churchill inspired walk that I've recently completed in London.
With the movie over it was time for supper which was a delicious 3 course of:

Poached Dorset Lobster with heritage carrots and coastal herbs.

Organic Rhug Lamb with mash, capers, raisins & mint

and Warm apple and rhubarb crumble with vanilla custard.

With a lovely ambience and time to just chat and enjoy the sights of London life around us it made for a relaxing evening.
The only problem is I now dont want to go back to the cheap seats at the cinema!



Thursday, 1 March 2018

Hello March......

Well March has
arrived with a flurry of snow blizzards, icy wind and the country grinding to a halt. with February bowing out to temperatures on -6' it definitely feels like Winter is reminding us that he hasn't left and that all signs of Spring have been blown away.
I have a couple of things planned for March but hope to get my trainers out and start some serious training for my moonwalk in May.
Looking forward to catching up with friends and also make some plans for Easter which is at the end of the month.
Happy March everyone, stay warm and safe travels in the snow.

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Farewell February...

Farewell February.... its been a bit mixed, I've had some lovely moments in the month and also a few challenges. With the 'beast from the east' due to arrive imminently I am sure that March is going to be a little challenging too.

  • February saw me take a lovely winter break with M to the gorgeous Tuddenham Mill.
  • Spent a lovely afternoon with Emily and the Makelight ladies talking photo's instagram and all sorts of  lovely over tea & cake
  • Flowers at the beginning of the month and for Valentines both as gorgeous as each other
  • M and I went to dinner in Paris for Valentines Day.
  • Friday night date night of Film & Fizz with Churchill, Prosecco & Popcorn.
  • Snowdrop hunting for the Spring season and another friday night date night with Burgers, cocktails and a walk through Soho and Chinatown.
Looking back February you weren't too bad, caught up with a few friends and family at a Quiz night and over curry. Looking forward to catching up with a few more in March....

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Paris is always a good idea!.....

So says Audrey Hepburn!...... and that's exactly where we headed for Valentines Day. Yes I know that its a little twee but trust me you would never have known it Valentines Day in Paris in comparison to how OTT the UK does Valentines.
M has never been to Paris so when Eurostar sent me their £50 return deal I never expected to be able to book Valentines day but we did and that's where we headed. Starting off in the gorgeous station of St Pancras is always lovely and even with a 4am alarm call I was still greeted with roses and a card (definitely a keeper!)
We were booked on the 7am train and we left on time and started the journey with prosecco strawberries & cereal, arriving in Paris just after 10am. I had planned a small itinerary to give M a whistle stop tour of the city. The day was quite foggy and misty to begin and grey clouds loomed for most of the day, however this didn't deter us from having fun. A hike up the steps to the Scare Coeur was our first stop where we stopped to view the skyline of Paris. The walk down was easier which lead us past Galleries Lafayette and into the square of Paris Garnier the stunning opera house. We both said that we would come back for a few days and try to see the ballet there. Next stop was the Louvre which was packed, I think everyone was looking for options to escape the chill. Our escape was via Angelina chocolate shop for Hot chocolate which is just like molton chocolate! With this warming us up we headed towards the Champs Elysees to window shop and have some fun at the Arc de triomphe watching the cars avoid crashing.
With time running away with itself we headed across the Seine for our pre-booked time to ascend the Eiffel Tower. We only visited the 2nd level and didn't go to the top as it had sold out (everyone pre-booking for proposals!) this was fine with us as it was freezing by this stage.
We enjoyed exploring the side streets around the tower and look forward to returning when all the re-generation around there is complete.
Our final stop on our whistle stop tour was to see the Notre Dame which we managed to get to just before dark and before the rain started.
After walking the best part of 12 miles it was time to find a quaint French restaurant which we did along the river and have dinner before heading back to Gard de Nord for our 8pm train home.
Both of us loved the day and will look to go back for longer in the Spring.



Sunday, 25 February 2018

Winter retreat...

Thank you to those of you that messaged me following my last post, I am feeling a little brighter and better now. February has been a mixed month and a time to refocus and recharge the batteries. With some time off work, M and I had a couple of days away for a winter break in the gorgeous countryside of Suffolk.
Our winter retreat was in the gorgeous Tuddenham Mill between Newmarket and Bury St Edmunds, it has been on my bucket list for some time and we secured a fantastic deal with the mill for February which was perfect.
With very little surrounding the hotel it allowed us time just to relax, unwind, talk and just chill, something we both knew that we needed.

Our room was one of four that overlooked the water meadow and with floor to ceiling glass windows / doors it was lovely to watch the sunset and sunrise.
Tuddenham Mill offers a wide range of rooms; including some very cute nooks (look like large luxurious pig sty's!)
As you can see we had glorious views, blessed with the weather which enabled a lovely walk around the village road testing my new Hunters!
As well as luxurious rooms the hotel houses a 3 AA rosette restaurant which we dined in for the evening.
M opted for the lamb which was cooked perfectly and he said it was the best lamb that he had eaten. I chose the pork belly with baby beets, which was absolutely delicious. For dessert M had baked croissant with brandy soaked currants & apple with ice cream and I chose the rhubarb, lemon and ginger meringue which was amazing.
A delicious Merlot for dinner and then coffee with dessert it was a deliciously relaxing evening and the perfect way to celebrate 18 months from our first date.
With complimentary champagne and sloe gin as a nightcap I think it was the most alcohol that I had drunk in about 15 years.
With the watermill features still in place the restaurant and bar are housed around them and make a lovely feature of them.
We had a gorgeous stay here and would definitely make a return visit.
It was the perfect place for a winter retreat as it was so quiet but I am sure it looks equally as lovely in the summer.

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

January blues...

So with all good intentions 2018 hasn't started too well on the blogging front... with an internet speed at home which quite frankly could be being powered by a hamster on a wheel I have taken to reading and blogging from the tube and the coffee shop when I get a break at work, which as you can see has been minimal. Also out of no where the biggest hurricane of January blues swept in and took me off into quite a horrible space. I can now blame that on my age and look forward to more of it in the future.  Thankfully a number of high celebrity females have also begun to discuss the dreaded menopause and I don't feel quite so mad and alone with thinking that I need to be committed somewhere.
January has been a mix of a lot of work with the odd day off. Work has been a mixture snapping back after Christmas and then stocktaking to close off the financial year. We have also seen recent new appoints of a CEO and leadership team which has started a huge programme of change.
Time away from the corner shop has been spent reading, walking and catching-up with M. I did catch a few of the Lumiere light spectacles in London on one of my walks home along with a quick coffee and an hours gossip with my friend Caroline and her mum who I met many years ago through our blogs and have an annual coffee/drink when she is in London each January.
As a start to a new year it hasn't been the easiest of months - but I am looking forward to a better February with some time booked away from work and a few treats planned I am hoping that I will start to feel brighter and a little bit more myself.

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Word of the Year - 2018

I'm not big on resolutions so I try not to make a huge list at the end of each year, however what I have started to do in recent years is set myself some goals for the year that I can realistically achieve.
This year I have chosen one word that will be my arcing frame to 2018 and this year it will be:
Its a word that if my friends would describe me in 5 words it would be one of them they would choose. However this year I need to be better at it. Life, Home, Work and time for Me needs to better Organised. This will allow be to achieve the goals that I have set for 2018.
2017 was about Change and being Spontaneous and whilst I did do both in bucket loads I became more disorganised which I am hating and doesn't work for me.
2018 is about finding a balance.
So I've started with getting a few things straight at work - it may only be a shelf but its a start.😊

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Happy New Year .... and Hello 2018

yes I am back after a year of sporadic posts and long hiatus's  - no excuses other than work and life got busy which left little room for blogging and bits. I've been in a bit of a fug since New Year and I am hoping that some blogging, reading and just a little de-stressing will help.
So as well as looking forward and sharing some favourites, I will also be sharing some adventures from 2017 which were pretty big.
Here's a flavour of some of mine and what you can expect....
  • The Slimming World journey continues with me reaching target in 2017 and a lose of 6 stone ... watch this space as the target may move!
  • May - An amazing adventure with my aunt through the Baltics to St Petersburg - 10 countries in 16 days.
  • June - An evening with Adele at Wembley ( so lucky to be gifted this ticket last minute and so see this incredibly gifted lady live)
  • September - a 26 mile walk through the night for Cancer Research ticked off my 'challenges' list - more challenges planned for 2018.
  • November - shared a fabulous 5 days in my favourite city showing M why it is so special.
  • December - Christmas as Claridges - the perfect way to celebrate M's birthday and our 1st year together.
  • November - New York, Broadway and the Divine Miss M - Bette Midler on Broadway in Hello Dolly another tick on the bucket list.
So hello all .... happy new year and look forward to getting re-acquainted with you all over in the next few weeks.... hugs Tx

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Birthday Treats @ 42nd Street

During the summer I became another year older and part of the celebrations see me spend a lovely evening with M being wined and entertained in the West End.
I am notoriously difficult to buy for so along with a couple of gifts M booked to take me to see the biggest musical in the West End at the moment.
42nd street opened a couple of months ago and we were lucky to see it on one of the nights that my friends husband is tap-dancing his way across the stage.
Prior to the theatre we dined at The Savoy Grill . The restaurant is associated to Gordon Ramsey but sits within the beautiful Savoy Hotel. In stunning art deco splendour the restaurant is just beautiful.
With a 6pm booking we dined on the pre-theatre menu which offered a great selection of courses and variety of dishes at a very good price.
We both started with the Tomato Gazpacho, followed by the Chicken Liver parfait (T) and Ham Hock terrine (M). Beef Cottage pie with sauteed spinach and heritage carrots was the main and for dessert M chose Dark chocolate mouse with polenta shortbread and I had the Pineapple carpaccio with chilli, lime & mango.

This was accompanied by a glass of prosecco and coffee and chocolates. The service was fantastic and the food was delicious.
The ambience and the decor of the restaurant is real old school art deco British / Hollywood glamour. It was lovely to get dressed up on a Monday night instead of rushing home from work.

After dinner we made the short trip across the road to Drury Lane where we had tickets to see 42nd street.
This show is a spectacle from the point that the curtain rises to the finish. The show set in the post Wall street crash of  1930's New York it features a young wanabee actress who has just stepped off a train from Hicksville, she arrives late for her audition for the chorus line of the newest show on Broadway. With the Director having lost all of his money in the crash he is being funded by an tycoon who wants his ageing actress girlfriend (Sheena Easton) to take the lead. As rehearsals continue tensions grow which results in an accident the night before opening night which sees the novice step into the lead and take Broadway.
The song and dance scenes in the show are fantastic and anyone who has dreams or aspirations to tap dance in their childhood this is a must see show.... I loved it and now cant wait to take M to Broadway and 42nd Street later in the year.

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Goodbye Summer .... Hello Autumn!

Yes after a summer hiatus I am back!, I had so many good intentions to blog over the last few weeks but life and work have kept me busy. I am hoping with the nights drawing in a little more I will get back into some semblance of a routine and get back to blogging more. I know that lots of people have moved on from writing blogs, but its still something that I like to do, however I am no longer going to get stressed if I miss a few posts!

  So life has been busy since I returned from holiday. I've celebrated birthday's, anniversaries, including M & I's 1st year "friendversary" and spent some lovely days out and about in the city.

We have played the tourist a lot over the summer months visiting Kensington Gardens, Buckingham Palace, and picnic'd in St James Park. We have walked lots and dined in The Savoy and the recently opened The Ivy at Tower Bridge along with burgers and BBQ at Byron and Bodeans. I'm not sure how I've managed to stay within target but I am hanging on.
Birthday treats included lunch with Bestie as we share the same birthday week so always try to do something together. With her job relocating to Chelmsford I joined her for lunch which was an old school lunch favourite of fish finger sandwiches! and cake!!.... there has been a bit of cake over the last couple of months. Definitely getting back on plan in September.
Lunch was lovely and a great hour of gossip and laughs.
Another night out with an old friend was to see the West End musical Beautiful - a great show, showcasing the amazing talents of Carole King. We had a lovely time and I am so glad that I saw this before it finished in the West End. It is now on a UK tour and I would recommend it, if it visits a town near you.
Another lovely evening out was an impromptu walk along the river after work which resulted in cocktail and coffee watching the tennis on a rooftop overlooking St Paul's. Madison Bar and the rooftop of New exchange at St Pauls has been a favourite for a while but was new to M. We were passing as the sun was setting so I decided to pop up and share this little gem, not knowing that the tennis was being screened on a big screen, so we grabbed a couple of drinks and sat for a while watching the sunset and a few sets of tennis.
As you can see the walk and views were stunning and I will share some more of my summer adventures over the next couple of days.
have a great evening.... look forward to catching up with some favourites in blog land x

Friday, 30 June 2017

Goodbye June - Hello July.....

So another month has passed and I've completely lost my blogging mojo, the post list gets longer and life gets busier.
I have a plan for July, so I hope to get some posts up of life and stuff over the last couple of months.
June although doesn't look like I've done a great deal, having had nearly 3 weeks off work in May, June was full of life at the corner shop, sale and a few celebrations.

  • June started with M passing his final tests and after 10 weeks of training being signed off and starting a new job. This has been a huge relief for him and a new career beckons for him. Bubbles and cocktails were in order for a Saturday night in town.
  • With the kits having been in the cattery for the duration of my Baltic adventure they have been real home bodies since coming home. Fitz has taken to finding every sun patch that he can find which includes the kitchen cupboard and the bathroom sink to snooze his way through the day.
  • My slimming world journey continued with me successfully hitting 6 stone loss and target which I am absolutely thrilled with. 
  • Days out included a lovely day at the seaside with M visiting the poppy installation at Shoeburyness followed by lunch at picturesque Leigh on Sea. Sunday at friends drinking Pimms and then an evening seeing Adele at Wembley Stadium.
  • June obviously had Fathers Day in it, so a trip to the cemetery followed by brunch with my mum.
June has been a time of catching up with friends, sharing holiday stories, celebrating and managing the corner shop.
I hope that everyone has had a lovely month and look forward to reading and seeing your adventures on social media and in blogland.

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

MIA at Sea..... A Baltic Adventure


Just popping in to say hello and farewell to May!.....
For this month I have a legitimate excuse for no blogging as I have spent 17 days of it at Sea travelling through the Baltic's.
Over the 17 days I woke up in 9 different ports, in 8 different countries and have sailed 3,471 miles with Captain Cook on the ship Aurora.

This beautiful cruise liner has been my home for 17 days in May
 This was my first cruise and I was unsure of what to expect, but was blessed with beautiful blue skies and calm seas throughout my cruise and thoroughly enjoyed it.
My cruise took in the following countries & towns:
Gdynia & Gdansk – Poland
Klaipeda – Lithuania
St Petersburg – Russia
Tallinn – Estonia
Riga – Latvia
Travemunde & Lubeck – Germany
Copenhagen – Denmark
Oslo – Norway
Skagen – Denmark
I will over the coming weeks share with you my adventures of life on ship and also the places that we stopped and what were my highlights. I am still wading my way through the unpacking, washing being back to work and photo editing!... 2,000 + photo’s that require sorting ( I promise not to share them all!!)..
here’s a flavour of my trip:

 I completely understand why people fall in love with cruising and choose to travel the world this way. I still have some air & land holidays that I want to do but wouldn’t rule out cruising again, but quite happy to be back on solid ground and looking forward to some new adventures in June.

Saturday, 19 January 2019

Best Bits of 2018 - Charity achievements

May saw myself and my oldest friend take on the Moonwalk challenge, 26 miles through the streets of London in aid of Breast Cancer. Having lost friends and loved ones to this disease and seen people close to both of us going through treatment for it is was a cause close to our hearts.
Accident and Surgery nearly put this challenge on hold, but (looking back now, I'm not sure how)we both crossed the finish line after 10 hours. Exhausted, Emotional and so very proud.
Having taken on the Shine walk the previous September I thought I would be ok with this, but with limited training and post accident recovery this was a huge undertaking both physically and mentally. Both of us were extremely glad to see the finish line.
The walk's theme this year was wild West so Cowboy hats were in abundance across the city. along with the infamous decorated bras.
Famous London icons turned pink for the night and were a huge boost when you saw them glowing along the skyline.
I have never been so pleased to see mile 26 sign in the early morning and knowing that I was in touching distance to the finish.


Both of us have been plagued with injuries this year pre and post accident and have struggled to get back into a fitness routine. I hope that 2019 is a little kinder and I find my walking feet again.
However October saw me take on another challenge with my first 5k run.
This one was in aid of the Poppy appeal for the British legion. In and around Victoria park in East London  and accompanied by M,  I pulled on my running shoes and completed my first 5k.
Lets see what 2019 brings ....


Friday, 18 January 2019

Best Bits of 2018 - Winter - Spring

So its mid January and I failed again with blogging much for 2018 so I'm sharing some of my Best Bits from Instagram Stories and aim to blog a little more in 19.  I really enjoy looking back on my blog but sometimes life gets in the way, so im not going to get stressed about it I'm just going to share what I can when I can....
So 2018 M and I celebrated 2 years together and we continued to tick things off of our bucket lists.
January past by in a blur, with both busy with work we banished the January Blues with a winter retreat to a gorgeous Water Mill in Tuddenham Suffolk - it was the perfect place to escape the pressures of year end and work and recharge the batteries. Our room overlooked the water meadow where we relaxed and watched the sunset and sunrise in complete privacy.
Dinner in their award winning restaurant finished off a gorgeous stay.
This hotel was a great find and one that I hope to return to as it was so relaxing
February saw a Valentines Day trip to Paris for the day, it was freezing cold  (Hot Chocolate from Angelina's helped) but we still managed a trip up the Eiffel Tower and Dinner alongside the river Seine overlooking the Notre Dame.
It was a whistle stop trip on Eurostar from St Pancras and one that we will do again as M hadn't been to Paris so only got to sample a small selection of this city. We walked lots taking in the Sacre Coeur, Louvre, Arc di Triomphe, Notre Dame, Eiffel Tower
We had lots of fun, but were both weary on the return home.

February also saw us take in a movie night with a difference - Film & Fizz at One Aldwych Hotel in London was a treat - private cinema with prosecco and popcorn followed by a 3 course dinner in their restaurant . We took in this experience to see the award winning Gary Oldman take on Winston Churchill in The Darkest Hour. - Such a great film and a luxurious way to take in what will become a film great.

March arrived a we started to make plans for the year talking about holidays etc, it felt like Spring had bloomed and the gloom of the winter months was behind us. Unfortunately a very sharp cold snap and horrible car accident on St Patricks day halted our plans temporarily. 
Fractured eye sockets and facial trauma and lots of whiplash injuries resulted from a wreckless driver who smashed us off the road was how we finished off March.

Easter arrived and we spent it quietly with the 'Big Kids' whilst we rested and recuperated before I headed into hospital for Surgery. Restructuring work to my face and eye ran alongside a Restructuring and consultation process at work. 2018 had suddenly become a little stressful and uncertain. Physiotherapy and Consultative meetings filled much of April....
Both of us looked forward to the warmer months and feeling better.....


Sunday, 4 November 2018

Bonfire Cozy..


Its been some years since I did anything on around Bonfire night, it seems over the years that Halloween is eclipsing this old british favourite and it gets forgotten in the build to Christmas. I have so many lovely memories of Bonfire Nights of old I was determined to bring this back into my autumn plans.


This year M and I spent the evening with the 'big kids' having a Bonfire picnic in the garden.
With comfy chairs, blankets and a very cozy fire pit it was a lovely way to relax, chat and enjoy the evening.
Without getting too stressed we opted for easy food which once prepared didn't need much work:
Hot Dogs, Baked Potatoes, Beans & Cheese for mains
With the camping stove keeping the saucepan warm, the hot chocolate station proved to be a big hit as well.


Some of the evenings entertainment was made with the simplicity of Smore's and Sparklers around the fire.
It was a lovely chilled evening, with lots of laughter, and something I think will become a fall favourite.
I hope that your Bonfire plans are full of sparkle. x


Thursday, 1 November 2018

Farewell October...


November's arrived and we are into the last 2 months of 2018. I'm not sure where it has gone and every good intention that I have to blog more seems to get taken up with work and life.
With Autumn being so glorious I have been out with my camera and captured some lovely sights from the season and it definitely felt that London completely embraced fall and all its pumpkin and foliage delights.
Favourites included Covent Garden where Europes largest pumpkin was on display, Wild Things Flowers in Mayfair who's tin baths always bring a smile to my face and the lobby of Claridge's who's weekly floral installations in the lobby were a delight.
I have lots of other stories to share from October and will do so over the next few days (hopefully).

Saturday, 1 September 2018

Hello September

Hello September - its been a while and a lot has happened in the last six months but I finally feel like blogging and sharing a little of my life again.
September sees the whole back to school new term vibe and maybe that's whats has kick started me into thinking I may get some more time to write, blog and craft a little more. I've always enjoyed blogland  and have made some great friends along the way, so if you have stuck with me during my hiatus and are reading this, Hello and thank you.
I will update you all with a brief synopsis of the last few months in more detail over the coming weeks but for now I just want to bask in the late summer days and early autumnal mornings as we head into my favourite season.
Having just had the most glorious of summers on record I am hoping that autumn is going to be lovely too.
Summer was spent eating alfresco (a lot!) with beach picnics, festivals, and lazy evenings in the garden.
This year was definitely the best year to have a coupe car and enjoyed driving round with the roof down.
 The summer also saw me celebrate being another year older along with M and I's 2 year anniversary.


The last few months have include a horrendous car accident, facial surgery to repair some fractures, Consultation and Redundancy programme at work (myself included) Job Vacancies and Interviews amongst that there has been some positives, a beautiful 5 days on Rome, Coupe car for the summer, and some fab days / nights out in the city and coast for the summer.
Have lots to share and look forward to catching up on some favourites over the coming days.
Happy Saturday and Hello September xx



Sunday, 4 March 2018

Film & Fizz.....

Hello Weekend.... With award season upon us and the big one planned this evening of The Oscars I thought I would share a recent trip to the movies for our monthly "Friday Night is Date Night"
For some time I have wanted to go to One Aldwych's Film & Fizz nights, but timing, schedules and film choices haven't aligned. February we struck gold and were able to book to see Darkest Hour with Gary Oldman, since the trailer released last year I have had this movie on my must see list for 2018 and boy I was not disappointed.
One Aldwych is a lovely hotel on the fringes of Covent Garden which houses a 30 seater Curzon Theatre. Film & Fizz nights feature popcorn and champagne whilst watching the movie and then a 3 course dinner in its Indigo dining Lounge on the mezzanine overlooking the bar.
So with champagne in hand and popcorn on the table it was time to settle down in the very comforatble leather lounge seats to watch Gary Oldman transform himself into Winston Churchill. This film is a must for anyone thats a fan of The Crown or of British history, fascinating from start to finish, covering a very short period of Churchill's parliamentary reign from appointment as Pm to making the decision to take the country to war it is a masterpiece.
Oldman is suprb and deserves all the accolades that he has won, however it isnt all about him Kristen Scott Thomas as his wife Clemmie is fabulous along with Lily James as his PA. I would imagine that there has been a huge rise in people booking trips to the War Rooms and Parliment on the back of this film and watch this space for a Churchill inspired walk that I've recently completed in London.
With the movie over it was time for supper which was a delicious 3 course of:

Poached Dorset Lobster with heritage carrots and coastal herbs.

Organic Rhug Lamb with mash, capers, raisins & mint

and Warm apple and rhubarb crumble with vanilla custard.

With a lovely ambience and time to just chat and enjoy the sights of London life around us it made for a relaxing evening.
The only problem is I now dont want to go back to the cheap seats at the cinema!



Thursday, 1 March 2018

Hello March......

Well March has
arrived with a flurry of snow blizzards, icy wind and the country grinding to a halt. with February bowing out to temperatures on -6' it definitely feels like Winter is reminding us that he hasn't left and that all signs of Spring have been blown away.
I have a couple of things planned for March but hope to get my trainers out and start some serious training for my moonwalk in May.
Looking forward to catching up with friends and also make some plans for Easter which is at the end of the month.
Happy March everyone, stay warm and safe travels in the snow.

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Farewell February...

Farewell February.... its been a bit mixed, I've had some lovely moments in the month and also a few challenges. With the 'beast from the east' due to arrive imminently I am sure that March is going to be a little challenging too.

  • February saw me take a lovely winter break with M to the gorgeous Tuddenham Mill.
  • Spent a lovely afternoon with Emily and the Makelight ladies talking photo's instagram and all sorts of  lovely over tea & cake
  • Flowers at the beginning of the month and for Valentines both as gorgeous as each other
  • M and I went to dinner in Paris for Valentines Day.
  • Friday night date night of Film & Fizz with Churchill, Prosecco & Popcorn.
  • Snowdrop hunting for the Spring season and another friday night date night with Burgers, cocktails and a walk through Soho and Chinatown.
Looking back February you weren't too bad, caught up with a few friends and family at a Quiz night and over curry. Looking forward to catching up with a few more in March....

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Paris is always a good idea!.....

So says Audrey Hepburn!...... and that's exactly where we headed for Valentines Day. Yes I know that its a little twee but trust me you would never have known it Valentines Day in Paris in comparison to how OTT the UK does Valentines.
M has never been to Paris so when Eurostar sent me their £50 return deal I never expected to be able to book Valentines day but we did and that's where we headed. Starting off in the gorgeous station of St Pancras is always lovely and even with a 4am alarm call I was still greeted with roses and a card (definitely a keeper!)
We were booked on the 7am train and we left on time and started the journey with prosecco strawberries & cereal, arriving in Paris just after 10am. I had planned a small itinerary to give M a whistle stop tour of the city. The day was quite foggy and misty to begin and grey clouds loomed for most of the day, however this didn't deter us from having fun. A hike up the steps to the Scare Coeur was our first stop where we stopped to view the skyline of Paris. The walk down was easier which lead us past Galleries Lafayette and into the square of Paris Garnier the stunning opera house. We both said that we would come back for a few days and try to see the ballet there. Next stop was the Louvre which was packed, I think everyone was looking for options to escape the chill. Our escape was via Angelina chocolate shop for Hot chocolate which is just like molton chocolate! With this warming us up we headed towards the Champs Elysees to window shop and have some fun at the Arc de triomphe watching the cars avoid crashing.
With time running away with itself we headed across the Seine for our pre-booked time to ascend the Eiffel Tower. We only visited the 2nd level and didn't go to the top as it had sold out (everyone pre-booking for proposals!) this was fine with us as it was freezing by this stage.
We enjoyed exploring the side streets around the tower and look forward to returning when all the re-generation around there is complete.
Our final stop on our whistle stop tour was to see the Notre Dame which we managed to get to just before dark and before the rain started.
After walking the best part of 12 miles it was time to find a quaint French restaurant which we did along the river and have dinner before heading back to Gard de Nord for our 8pm train home.
Both of us loved the day and will look to go back for longer in the Spring.



Sunday, 25 February 2018

Winter retreat...

Thank you to those of you that messaged me following my last post, I am feeling a little brighter and better now. February has been a mixed month and a time to refocus and recharge the batteries. With some time off work, M and I had a couple of days away for a winter break in the gorgeous countryside of Suffolk.
Our winter retreat was in the gorgeous Tuddenham Mill between Newmarket and Bury St Edmunds, it has been on my bucket list for some time and we secured a fantastic deal with the mill for February which was perfect.
With very little surrounding the hotel it allowed us time just to relax, unwind, talk and just chill, something we both knew that we needed.

Our room was one of four that overlooked the water meadow and with floor to ceiling glass windows / doors it was lovely to watch the sunset and sunrise.
Tuddenham Mill offers a wide range of rooms; including some very cute nooks (look like large luxurious pig sty's!)
As you can see we had glorious views, blessed with the weather which enabled a lovely walk around the village road testing my new Hunters!
As well as luxurious rooms the hotel houses a 3 AA rosette restaurant which we dined in for the evening.
M opted for the lamb which was cooked perfectly and he said it was the best lamb that he had eaten. I chose the pork belly with baby beets, which was absolutely delicious. For dessert M had baked croissant with brandy soaked currants & apple with ice cream and I chose the rhubarb, lemon and ginger meringue which was amazing.
A delicious Merlot for dinner and then coffee with dessert it was a deliciously relaxing evening and the perfect way to celebrate 18 months from our first date.
With complimentary champagne and sloe gin as a nightcap I think it was the most alcohol that I had drunk in about 15 years.
With the watermill features still in place the restaurant and bar are housed around them and make a lovely feature of them.
We had a gorgeous stay here and would definitely make a return visit.
It was the perfect place for a winter retreat as it was so quiet but I am sure it looks equally as lovely in the summer.

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

January blues...

So with all good intentions 2018 hasn't started too well on the blogging front... with an internet speed at home which quite frankly could be being powered by a hamster on a wheel I have taken to reading and blogging from the tube and the coffee shop when I get a break at work, which as you can see has been minimal. Also out of no where the biggest hurricane of January blues swept in and took me off into quite a horrible space. I can now blame that on my age and look forward to more of it in the future.  Thankfully a number of high celebrity females have also begun to discuss the dreaded menopause and I don't feel quite so mad and alone with thinking that I need to be committed somewhere.
January has been a mix of a lot of work with the odd day off. Work has been a mixture snapping back after Christmas and then stocktaking to close off the financial year. We have also seen recent new appoints of a CEO and leadership team which has started a huge programme of change.
Time away from the corner shop has been spent reading, walking and catching-up with M. I did catch a few of the Lumiere light spectacles in London on one of my walks home along with a quick coffee and an hours gossip with my friend Caroline and her mum who I met many years ago through our blogs and have an annual coffee/drink when she is in London each January.
As a start to a new year it hasn't been the easiest of months - but I am looking forward to a better February with some time booked away from work and a few treats planned I am hoping that I will start to feel brighter and a little bit more myself.

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Word of the Year - 2018

I'm not big on resolutions so I try not to make a huge list at the end of each year, however what I have started to do in recent years is set myself some goals for the year that I can realistically achieve.
This year I have chosen one word that will be my arcing frame to 2018 and this year it will be:
Its a word that if my friends would describe me in 5 words it would be one of them they would choose. However this year I need to be better at it. Life, Home, Work and time for Me needs to better Organised. This will allow be to achieve the goals that I have set for 2018.
2017 was about Change and being Spontaneous and whilst I did do both in bucket loads I became more disorganised which I am hating and doesn't work for me.
2018 is about finding a balance.
So I've started with getting a few things straight at work - it may only be a shelf but its a start.😊

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Happy New Year .... and Hello 2018

yes I am back after a year of sporadic posts and long hiatus's  - no excuses other than work and life got busy which left little room for blogging and bits. I've been in a bit of a fug since New Year and I am hoping that some blogging, reading and just a little de-stressing will help.
So as well as looking forward and sharing some favourites, I will also be sharing some adventures from 2017 which were pretty big.
Here's a flavour of some of mine and what you can expect....
  • The Slimming World journey continues with me reaching target in 2017 and a lose of 6 stone ... watch this space as the target may move!
  • May - An amazing adventure with my aunt through the Baltics to St Petersburg - 10 countries in 16 days.
  • June - An evening with Adele at Wembley ( so lucky to be gifted this ticket last minute and so see this incredibly gifted lady live)
  • September - a 26 mile walk through the night for Cancer Research ticked off my 'challenges' list - more challenges planned for 2018.
  • November - shared a fabulous 5 days in my favourite city showing M why it is so special.
  • December - Christmas as Claridges - the perfect way to celebrate M's birthday and our 1st year together.
  • November - New York, Broadway and the Divine Miss M - Bette Midler on Broadway in Hello Dolly another tick on the bucket list.
So hello all .... happy new year and look forward to getting re-acquainted with you all over in the next few weeks.... hugs Tx

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Birthday Treats @ 42nd Street

During the summer I became another year older and part of the celebrations see me spend a lovely evening with M being wined and entertained in the West End.
I am notoriously difficult to buy for so along with a couple of gifts M booked to take me to see the biggest musical in the West End at the moment.
42nd street opened a couple of months ago and we were lucky to see it on one of the nights that my friends husband is tap-dancing his way across the stage.
Prior to the theatre we dined at The Savoy Grill . The restaurant is associated to Gordon Ramsey but sits within the beautiful Savoy Hotel. In stunning art deco splendour the restaurant is just beautiful.
With a 6pm booking we dined on the pre-theatre menu which offered a great selection of courses and variety of dishes at a very good price.
We both started with the Tomato Gazpacho, followed by the Chicken Liver parfait (T) and Ham Hock terrine (M). Beef Cottage pie with sauteed spinach and heritage carrots was the main and for dessert M chose Dark chocolate mouse with polenta shortbread and I had the Pineapple carpaccio with chilli, lime & mango.

This was accompanied by a glass of prosecco and coffee and chocolates. The service was fantastic and the food was delicious.
The ambience and the decor of the restaurant is real old school art deco British / Hollywood glamour. It was lovely to get dressed up on a Monday night instead of rushing home from work.

After dinner we made the short trip across the road to Drury Lane where we had tickets to see 42nd street.
This show is a spectacle from the point that the curtain rises to the finish. The show set in the post Wall street crash of  1930's New York it features a young wanabee actress who has just stepped off a train from Hicksville, she arrives late for her audition for the chorus line of the newest show on Broadway. With the Director having lost all of his money in the crash he is being funded by an tycoon who wants his ageing actress girlfriend (Sheena Easton) to take the lead. As rehearsals continue tensions grow which results in an accident the night before opening night which sees the novice step into the lead and take Broadway.
The song and dance scenes in the show are fantastic and anyone who has dreams or aspirations to tap dance in their childhood this is a must see show.... I loved it and now cant wait to take M to Broadway and 42nd Street later in the year.

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Goodbye Summer .... Hello Autumn!

Yes after a summer hiatus I am back!, I had so many good intentions to blog over the last few weeks but life and work have kept me busy. I am hoping with the nights drawing in a little more I will get back into some semblance of a routine and get back to blogging more. I know that lots of people have moved on from writing blogs, but its still something that I like to do, however I am no longer going to get stressed if I miss a few posts!

  So life has been busy since I returned from holiday. I've celebrated birthday's, anniversaries, including M & I's 1st year "friendversary" and spent some lovely days out and about in the city.

We have played the tourist a lot over the summer months visiting Kensington Gardens, Buckingham Palace, and picnic'd in St James Park. We have walked lots and dined in The Savoy and the recently opened The Ivy at Tower Bridge along with burgers and BBQ at Byron and Bodeans. I'm not sure how I've managed to stay within target but I am hanging on.
Birthday treats included lunch with Bestie as we share the same birthday week so always try to do something together. With her job relocating to Chelmsford I joined her for lunch which was an old school lunch favourite of fish finger sandwiches! and cake!!.... there has been a bit of cake over the last couple of months. Definitely getting back on plan in September.
Lunch was lovely and a great hour of gossip and laughs.
Another night out with an old friend was to see the West End musical Beautiful - a great show, showcasing the amazing talents of Carole King. We had a lovely time and I am so glad that I saw this before it finished in the West End. It is now on a UK tour and I would recommend it, if it visits a town near you.
Another lovely evening out was an impromptu walk along the river after work which resulted in cocktail and coffee watching the tennis on a rooftop overlooking St Paul's. Madison Bar and the rooftop of New exchange at St Pauls has been a favourite for a while but was new to M. We were passing as the sun was setting so I decided to pop up and share this little gem, not knowing that the tennis was being screened on a big screen, so we grabbed a couple of drinks and sat for a while watching the sunset and a few sets of tennis.
As you can see the walk and views were stunning and I will share some more of my summer adventures over the next couple of days.
have a great evening.... look forward to catching up with some favourites in blog land x

Friday, 30 June 2017

Goodbye June - Hello July.....

So another month has passed and I've completely lost my blogging mojo, the post list gets longer and life gets busier.
I have a plan for July, so I hope to get some posts up of life and stuff over the last couple of months.
June although doesn't look like I've done a great deal, having had nearly 3 weeks off work in May, June was full of life at the corner shop, sale and a few celebrations.

  • June started with M passing his final tests and after 10 weeks of training being signed off and starting a new job. This has been a huge relief for him and a new career beckons for him. Bubbles and cocktails were in order for a Saturday night in town.
  • With the kits having been in the cattery for the duration of my Baltic adventure they have been real home bodies since coming home. Fitz has taken to finding every sun patch that he can find which includes the kitchen cupboard and the bathroom sink to snooze his way through the day.
  • My slimming world journey continued with me successfully hitting 6 stone loss and target which I am absolutely thrilled with. 
  • Days out included a lovely day at the seaside with M visiting the poppy installation at Shoeburyness followed by lunch at picturesque Leigh on Sea. Sunday at friends drinking Pimms and then an evening seeing Adele at Wembley Stadium.
  • June obviously had Fathers Day in it, so a trip to the cemetery followed by brunch with my mum.
June has been a time of catching up with friends, sharing holiday stories, celebrating and managing the corner shop.
I hope that everyone has had a lovely month and look forward to reading and seeing your adventures on social media and in blogland.

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

MIA at Sea..... A Baltic Adventure


Just popping in to say hello and farewell to May!.....
For this month I have a legitimate excuse for no blogging as I have spent 17 days of it at Sea travelling through the Baltic's.
Over the 17 days I woke up in 9 different ports, in 8 different countries and have sailed 3,471 miles with Captain Cook on the ship Aurora.

This beautiful cruise liner has been my home for 17 days in May
 This was my first cruise and I was unsure of what to expect, but was blessed with beautiful blue skies and calm seas throughout my cruise and thoroughly enjoyed it.
My cruise took in the following countries & towns:
Gdynia & Gdansk – Poland
Klaipeda – Lithuania
St Petersburg – Russia
Tallinn – Estonia
Riga – Latvia
Travemunde & Lubeck – Germany
Copenhagen – Denmark
Oslo – Norway
Skagen – Denmark
I will over the coming weeks share with you my adventures of life on ship and also the places that we stopped and what were my highlights. I am still wading my way through the unpacking, washing being back to work and photo editing!... 2,000 + photo’s that require sorting ( I promise not to share them all!!)..
here’s a flavour of my trip:

 I completely understand why people fall in love with cruising and choose to travel the world this way. I still have some air & land holidays that I want to do but wouldn’t rule out cruising again, but quite happy to be back on solid ground and looking forward to some new adventures in June.