Friday, 22 May 2015

The day a blogger came to London

When my blogger pal, Amel, notified me that she was visiting London and would love to meet, I almost squealed with delight.
After dipping in and out of each other's lives for about seven years now, thanks to the internet, we would finally meet in real life.
I was full of ideas for tourist attractions and London adventures. And after many messages, we finally met.

Our story began in Balthazar. It's a french brassiere in Covent Garden, whose philosophy is to combine the best ingredients with the most traditional methods to produce great quality food. Here we are!


After big chats we finally ordered a latte and scrambled eggs. What a good start to the day.


It was a grand place for breakfast, and we both admired the decor.


We then decided to take a stroll around London before a spot of shopping. A red double decker bus and the underground, how London can you get!


Not wishing to miss a thing, and both being fans of photography, we kept stopping to capture our day.


We even walked to Trafalgar square, in the heart of London.


Next stop, shopping! Back to Covent Garden and the market stalls were open. It's one of my favorite places in London.


I love all the quirky stuff.


The relaxing music was a welcome break.


There are usually street entertainers. This one was quite comical and managed to release himself from a ball and chains, without a key.


It was soon cake time! We spotted such a pretty place and decided to treat ourselves.


It was like Aladdin's cave in there, Full of rooms and treasure.




Oh that's me in the mirror.


Too much choice. (They looked almost too good to eat!)



I finally settled on this beauty.


Amel's choice. Not a bad one.


It was lovely to sit down and chat again. We have loads in common and the conversation was non-stop.
Then we wandered around London streets, and caught a tube to China Town.

More food. Just a light snack before home time.



What a wonderful day, one I will always cherish. Happy memories of the day a blogger, and friend, came to London.
Thanks for visting me, dear Amel.

Thursday, 14 May 2015

May day in the forest

Dear May, how I've missed you. Finally, you're here.
You bring forth flowers and sunshine. And you shower us with two bank holidays. Two bank holidays in one month!
This is why I love you, May.

On the first bank holiday I spent most of the day in the forest behind the cottage, with Mark and Tommy.


Tommy loved the freedom of the forest and running around to his heart's content.


We searched for sticks, one of Tommy's favourite games.


Tommy found an old tyre on an abandoned piece of farming equipment, which made a great noise against his stick.



Bluebells are appearing everywhere. Especially in the forest.


The forest is home to a giant snake. Don't worry folks, it's only a pretend one!


And the Gruffulo lives deep in the forest too. He comes out now and then to say hello, and pose for photographs


How lucky we are to have such a magical place, practically on our doorstep.

Saturday, 9 May 2015

Happy birthday, Dad

Another day, another birthday. This time it was my Dads.

Simply loved this 3D card from my lovely auntie Wendy.


Tommy got very excited handing my dad his presents and watching him open them.


My dad reading his book from Tommy.


As part of his pres, Mark and I took my dad and mum to Hyland's House and gardens. As you can see, it's a very grand house which is open to the public (and a very short car ride from our homes).


The grounds and gardens are magnificent.


At last, blue sky and pink blossom.


There was a pretty lake with ducks roaming about. Tommy wasn't too sure about the ducks. Plastic ones in the bath are his preference.


There was a 400 year old oak tree. Imagine all the stories it could tell us, from times long ago.


By the pond. Can you see Tommy was itching to run away and run around the gardens.


We all made a wish. But I can't tell you what I wished for, or it won't come true.


Amongst the flowers.


It really was a very special place.


Then we walked through the tunnel...


into the courtyard.


We browsed in the gift shop, where Tommy was treated to bubbles and new toy car.


After discovering a book shop and purchasing some bargains, we stopped off for cake and milkshakes.


Happy birthday to my amazing dad.

Friday, 1 May 2015

Crafts and monkey

The Berwick Tearooom requested more cards and gifts tags. So last Saturday I brought my parents to the tearoom for lemon and raspberry cake (dad had a scone), with my box of cards and gift tags.

Balloons and birthday cake.


Bunting and birdcages.


Floral gift tags.



Polka dots and butterfly.


After Tommy's nap, Mark and Tommy joined us and we visited a near by country park. Tommy had his monkey reigns.


On the big swing.


We browsed around the gift shop and second hand book stalls. Tommy found a pink scooter and had great fun pushing it around the barn.


On the way home we stopped off at our local pub and sat outside in the garden. Tommy was fascinated with the fish pond.


It was a very pleasant day. I think even monkey would agree with that.