Country Bumpkins

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Mum, Grandma and I went out walking in the countryside this afternoon. It was nice and relaxing Open-mouthed smile Continue reading

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Summer 2011 Highlights

Its almost the end of August and as summer’s coming to a close I thought it would be nice to do a post on some of the highlights of my summer.

Here’s some of the things I enjoyed this Summer:
A picnic in the park.

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A trip to the coast.

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Pub lunch.

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Eating BBQ food.

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Shop, shop, shopping.

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Making tribute to Caramel.

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Turning 19.

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Celebrating my birthday.

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A trip to London.

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Celebrating my Grandparent’s golden wedding.

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Seeing Take That at Wembley in a box.

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Planning for holiday.

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Going to Spain.

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I had a really great summer this year. Even with loads of tough things going on in my life like my sick grandparents, we’ve still tried to find time to do lots of memorable things, or even just making the most of the sunshine.

I think I’m ready to face autumn now. I hope your summer was everything you wanted and more! –x

From Nothing To A Three Course Meal

Yesterday was a dark old day again. It had to be like it on my day off from work too didn’t it?

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I had planned on getting up and going for a run in the morning, but there was no chance that I was getting up and going out in that. I’m not at that sort of stage yet. Plus you need the right gear to run in the rain safely.

So, what is there to do on a rainy Friday morning?

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Well you could just stay in bed. Or if you’re like me you could get up and turn your bedroom upside down and tidy your wardrobe. I keep so much stuff that I don’t use! Its very satisfying when you have a good clear up.

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Before:

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After:

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Much better Open-mouthed smile

I got some new storage boxes so I replace them with a big old chunky storage box I’ve kept for years. Moving that out left me with much more space at the top of my wardrobe. I moved some bits around so I could make some room to put away my summer basket, which I’ve been keeping at the top of my wardrobe. But seen as though I never use my summery basket once the summer ends, I’ve put it away in some draws under my bed.

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I decided to replace my summer basket with my Marc Jacobs bag, filling it with little bits and bobs. I also stuck a Fossil bag to the bag wall of my wardrobe. Why throw them away when they can serve a purpose in my wardrobe?

Who else likes keeping paper bags from shops?

By the time I was finished the rain still hadn’t lifted and I was stuck for what to do. The postman came around lunchtime and delivered me a very appropriate parcel.

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So cute! I saw it the other morning on eBay and knew I wanted to get it to match my other accessories. I have a crush on Cath Kidston stuff.

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So, our evening was looking pretty bland because my Mum wasn’t feeling well enough to cook everyone a meal. She has a gum infection at the moment and is on antibiotics. A plate of empty food was on the menu for last night! I had to rack my brains for ideas on what to do for dinner. By chance, my Grandma then rung us, inviting us all to her house for dinner because she knew my mum wasn’t 100%. Dinner was sorted! Open-mouthed smile

We went from having no plans to having a dinner plan in 10 seconds. And if that wasn’t enough my grandma went all out and cooked us a three course meal!

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We started with soup. My grandma served up this mushroom soup, which was absolutely gorgeous! Man, I love mushrooms! The soup was so creamy and delicious – everyone was very impressed with it, even Gary who isn’t a mushroom lover, really liked it!

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Our main meal was a tasty meat pie, the green beans were home grown in my grandparents allotment!

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We finished off with a plum crumble with custard! So tasty!

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Gary and I were definitely so stuffed, but so satisfied after our lovely three course meal! I would have been grateful with some soup for dinner so a three course meal was more than welcome!

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The sun finally came out yesterday evening, but by then it was too little too late!

Simple Family Times

When I woke up on Wednesday morning the first thing that I realised was that I could hear the sound of rain pattering on my window. Usually, I love the sound of rain while I’m in bed as I find it so relaxing. But Gary and I had plans to go to the beach with his brother Steve and his family, so I felt really disappointed that the weather had let us down.

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Initially I assumed the bad weather would mean our trip would be cancelled altogether. However Steve and Caroline were still 100% up for going, so the plans still went ahead! I pulled a hoody on and began to look forward to our day out again, it was only a bit of grey sky after all!

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We took a leisurely drive down to the coast where I was a front-seat passenger once again. By front-seat passenger I mean an annoying fidget bum who can’t sit patiently for one car journey without getting bored. Have you noticed how lots of pictures of our car journeys have been cropping up on the blog? Not cool. But what can I say? I need amusing.

I still like to play ‘who can spot the sea first?’ just like I did when I was 5 years old. Hah. Open-mouthed smile

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We arrived a little bit early and were the first ones there, however when we parked up we realised that neither of us had any change for the car park! So Gary had to nip to Costa to buy me a cappuccino so we had some change to park, cor, how inconvenient is that? Winking smile

We waited around for a bit, happily taking in our surroundings.

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Well, I say ‘happily’ … not all of us were as happy to be up so bright and early! Say hello to Mr Gazza Grumpy Chops aka I don’t do early starts.

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This picture cracks me up!! What a moody teenager I have to deal with sometimes. Sheesh. Smile with tongue out

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I was pleased when I saw some very enthusiastic little people show their faces at the beach! Say hi to Owen and Amie Smile 

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They were too busy playing to stop and say Hi for pictures!

The kiddies were loving the seaside, playing innocently with buckets and spades or paddling in and out of the waves. Thankfully the weather had settled and it was just grey by this point (no rain) so everyone managed to have a really lovely time! It was so quiet and peaceful! It seemed like nobody wanted to go to the coast on a grey morning, unlike us. It was so relaxing. We played with the children a little bit, searching through all the pebbles for any nice ones and the brothers fooled around Smile with tongue out. Simple family times!

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Owen dropped his bucket in the water and the tide took it out so we couldn’t get it back for him, which produced a few little tears from him, bless. So we took a wander round the high street to get him a new one. I love looking round the sea-side boutiques at Whitstable – they have all sorts of cute little gems stashed away. Lovely. We also stared longingly into the window of the bakers. Everything looked so edible and delicious! I resisted temptation as I knew I would soon be having fish and chips!

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As I’m sure you can imagine, they were queuing outside the door to get their hands on some of this stuff! Yum yum!

The look and smell of the bakers made all of our tummies grumble so we headed for the harbour to grab a bite to eat. We had a look around the fish market before buying our lunch.

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I ordered cod and chips, but when it arrived I was completely over-whelmed, it was huge! Surprised smile

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Compare to the size of Gary’s lunch! I think we should have swapped.

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We ate outside as the temperature was warm enough!

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Sadly I had to cut our family time short as I had work at 3 that afternoon Sad smile It would have been nice to spend a bit longer together, next time!

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I had a really lovely time at the beach, and it just goes to show that you can have a nice time in the summer, rain or shine!  Well this is England after all, the majority of the time the sun isn’t out. And I figured that I should probably start psyching myself up for autumn soon anyways.

The summer has absolutely whizzed by! Wait, scrap that. The year has absolutely whizzed by! I’m stunned that we’re in September next week. Madness.

Starting Again

Recently, I have come to realise that I am going to have to start from the beginning in getting fit again.
The reason for this is because gradually, over the course of the year the amount I have exercised on a whole has declined. At first it was declining slowly as I cut out say one workout a week. But it seems that Continue reading

Girl Growing Up: Part II

I did it!

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I went. I worked. I passed. I came home! Simples.

If you missed Part I, I’ve been away since Tuesday on a basic management course for work. Part of me questioned whether I would be able to stay away by myself for 4 days but I did it! All going to plan, this means I should be running shifts at work by September. Exciting stuff. Continue reading