Tuesday, 10 September 2013

3 go to Germany!

So, we said goodbye to Gran on 10th of August, then we packed up and headed off on our family holiday on the 11th! R chose not to come, so for the first time in 13 years we were holidaying as a threesome!

This year's destination was a departure from our "fly and flop" holidays of the last 4 years, as we had decided to drive to the Black Forest in Germany. We stopped off for a night in France on the journey, but that really was just a pitstop to break the journey into manageable chunks!

The Black Forest is a truly beautiful area, and despite a few weather hiccups (the sights aren't so great from the Black Forest High Road or the top of a Mountain when the cloud base is lower than you are - in fact visibility gets down to about 20 feet!) we had a great week walking, mooching around towns, playing on pedalos and eating Kuchen!

Negotiations are currently underway regarding next year's adventure, but we really enjoyed the freedom driving to our destination gave us, so I'm fully expecting another European destination :-)



Titisee


Feldberg


Apfelkuchen


Cows!














My wonderful travelling companions :-)

Katie x

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Time to Say Goodbye

Today we gather to say goodbye to the wonderful, feisty, stubborn, beautiful, caring woman who was my Granny Mick.

Finally, after months of knocking on death's door, she was allowed in on 11th August.

She's been ready to go for several years, and it was a very peaceful end - just as she'd always hoped for - she wanted to "fall asleep, and wake up dead", and that's exactly what happened.

She had a good innings - 99 years, 8 months and 1 week - but that just means that we all knew her so well, she's leaving a bigger hole.



This was taken about 5 years ago, and is one of the very first photos on my phone.



Here she is in March 2012, when she came to my house as a surprise visitor on my Mum's birthday.



This is her at her own birthday celebrations last year at the beginning of December - 99, with a glass of red in her hand (she had asked for champagne!)





And this was taken not long after, by Rhian as part of a photography project - using proper film.

I'm going to miss her.


Saturday, 17 August 2013

2 Girls Go Camping!

Earlier this year, as S was being very non committal regarding holiday plans, Kira and I decided to take matters into our own hands and to book ourselves a week, just the 2 of us, camping at Warcombe Farm, one of our very favourite campsites, just outside Woolacombe in North Devon.

As the time approached I began to get a bit nervous - we're both quite feisty - and the thought of us living together, just the 2 of us, for a whole week, was daunting! I wasn't convinced there wouldn't be a murder lol!

But, as you will see from the photos, we had a wonderful wonderful week, with the only strop occurring when there was an accidental swingball/head incident!

We've decided we'll repeat the exercise next year and are eyeing up a new inflatable tent!

























We managed to pitch the tent in the dry, but it started to rain overnight, and continued for 48 hours! (And we're talking monsoons here! The local town was flooded!)

But then the sun came - just in time for a beautiful sunset.


















Lee Beach...... (I've got no photos, but Woolacombe Beach is about 2 miles of Golden Sand - Lee is a bit more secluded and interesting if you just want to sit and/or explore!)















Breakfast......


And the sun stayed!

There's no photos, but we had a amazing afternoon body boarding, and did lots of touristy things, as well as a lot of chatting, card games, Chinese checkers, and our daily scrapbook :-)

Not sure where next year's adventure will be - maybe back to our very favourite South Hams, in South Devon.

Sunday, 14 July 2013

Photo Catch Up!

What did I do next?

I did get my phone fixed! I can highly recommend iDoctor4u in Guildford for a screen replacement - and they could tell me the price before hand -£60 - so up yours, Apple!

It's been a while, so I think I'll post photos and explain!




I met up with "The TMC Girls" on 16th June, who I worked with for 8 years until 1996 - we see each other usually about 4 times a year, and we always chat and chat and chat! This time we met for Sunday lunch at a pub, then went back to one of the girl's house to enjoy afternoon tea! Beautiful setting, and wonderful home made treats! (I say "girls" - we've met twice this year to celebrate 50th birthdays - I'm the "baby" of the group lol!)



My beautiful Small updated her profile picture - isn't she gorgeous! (I know I'm biased!)




Silver by Mail had half price "le stack" rings again, and at just £6 each, I decided it would be rude not to add to my collection!

I now have 7 in total, and have been mixing and matching merrily!




Not a great shot, but a group of 4 of us from work went to see Robbie Williams at Wembley Stadium on 30th June. This is the 3rd time "The Ladies What Gig" have seen him - and he did us proud once more!

Do you like our accessories? Lol!






3rd July marked our 20th Wedding Anniversary! Steve said to surprise him with something to do! We started off with lunch by ourselves in this beautiful tree house, then spent the afternoon quad biking!




Last weekend (6th July) we went to see Mumford and Sons! (Supported by Ben Howard, Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeros, Haim and Vampire Weekend!). Excellent!

So it's been an exciting couple of weeks!




I've also managed to take an unintentional "selfie" while riding my bike home from work!




Bunny ears turn Ben into an angelic kitty!




Rhian wanted a French plait - she's currently in Holland and will be taking part in the Nijmegen 4 day Marches - covering 100 miles in 4 days - marching in a squad in full uniform. Good luck Rhian!




And yesterday was scorching! And it's set to continue all week!




Pimms was required!

And that brings us up to date!

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Sad Times lol!

I've had an iPhone since they were launched in the uk - 11th July 2008.

S came home and very proudly presented me with this brick of a phone. I'll admit, I was slightly ungrateful - it wasn't pretty, it didn't fit in my pocket, and anyway, all I ever did on my phone was text, and make the occasional phone call.

Within a week my iPhone became an extension of my right arm!

I've slowly worked my way through from the 3G, to the 4, and I'm currently on a 4S. I've had many mishaps with them over the years, but never have I actually broken anything.

Then today this happened :-(




Amazingly the touch screen still works, but its a little difficult to read!




I'm not overly impressed with Apple - I phoned them to see if the screen could be replaced at a Genius Bar and I was told it could. Great! I asked how much that would be - they wouldn't tell me! I was told I would be given a price when they had looked at it. I said I appreciated it may be more complicated than it appeared, but if it was only the screen, what sort if ball-park figure was I looking at. She repeated that they would tell me at my genius appointment.

I said as she wouldn't tell me I would be taking my custom elsewhere.

What a ridiculous policy!

Monday, 3 June 2013

Style - Buttonsy Jewellery





My new "go with everything" necklace, from Buttonsy Jewellery (linking 'cos I love!)

It really does go with everything! Above it's with navy and pink, today I've worn it with green, and navy (again - I've got a bit of a navy thing happening at the moment!)





Here it is (rubbish quality shot, I'm sorry!) with purple.



It's blingy, it's unique, and I love it!

Take a lot at their Facebook page for lots more very beautiful items, all handmade and each piece unique :-)