Tuesday, 24 July 2012

July 2012 St Ives

Back as promised!!!! And wow...St Ives went beyond our expectations! Our house for the week had the best view ever!!! Overlooking the beautiful Portmeor beach! Staying in St Ives this time gave us a totally different experience - we barely left the whole week! We had everything we needed at our doorstep! Ahhhhh.....I love you Cornwall <3  

Friday, 1 June 2012

June 2012 A visit to Stoke ;)

A surprise visit to Staffordshire...do you recognise this?...Alton Towers :) 

Friday, 10 February 2012

Glenshee Feb 2012

 Three nights in a remote village in Scotland was my first taste of a ski-ing holiday. Within driving distance of Glenshee, this short break turned out to be fantastic! Arriving at 10pm on the Friday evening, we were welcomed with a hot dinner and glass of wine - it was a great start to the weekend. As predicted, the snow fell on Saturday but a few hours too soon leaving us house bound for our first day - but it did not spoil the fun. As a novice ski-er I was secretly relieved to be given a day playing around in a nearby field familiarising myself with ski-boots and other alien bits of kit!..whilst the others built ramps and obstacles to speed over! After digging ourselves out the following day we made it up to Glenshee where we spent the next two days on the slopes. The sky was beaming and every one of us had so much fun! I was absolutely shattered by the end of it, but felt great - sunkissed and smitten!

Leaving Glenshee

Monday, 12 December 2011

December 2011 - A New Home

My 'treehouse' view

I'm an instant star. Just add water and stir. (David Bowie)

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

November 2011 Brussels

Exploring the city

Brussels is not always a first choice when wanting a weekend away but combining well-priced flights and an unmissable discount for a top hotel - it turned out to be a fabulously gastronomic trip away!  Beer is well known in Belgium for its variety and altogether deliciousness - and they aren't wrong but what must not be forgotten is the food that accompanies it.  Over the two days, we managed to sample Belgium's well-known beef stew known as Carbonnde flamande but also Waterzooi, a cream based chicken stew - they are both delicious! Whilst the weather was crisp, it was dry allowing us to freely explore the city on foot.  One thing I noticed was their love for seafood; on street corners there were plenty of fresh seafood bars where you perched up to sip a glass of wine and enjoy a fresh oyster. 
It was fascinating city and I would love to visit again soon.

One of many bars with an
endless selection of Belgium beers

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Whitby 2011

A need for some sea air combined with a love for Captain Cook, we ended up in Whitby for the weekend.  Whilst the summer warmth was leaving us, the weather was kind and we had sunny blue skies for the whole time.  Whitby is such a lovely place to visit with its well known fish and chip shop and interesting history, you will not get bored or hungry! Whilst we were there, there was a demonstration on at the Captain Cook Musuem and much to my partners delight a chance to sample some of the wonderful delights they would have eaten at sea. The slow cooked meat was tasty but the suet pudding was just not for me!  
 Before leaving we drove up the coast to visit Staithes, a fascinating fishing village perched beside the sea. As we walked round the village, you could have heard a pin drop but you cannot help being enchanted by the steep cobbled walkways and tucked away allotments.

Friday, 29 July 2011

July 2011 - A family trip to Cornwall

Holidaying in Cornwall has been on my wish list for a few years and when we finally booked a house for 7 nights in July - I literally could not contain my excitement.  In seven days, we surfed, sun bathed, walked, drank, ate delicious food, hired a boat, went fishing and caught about 100 mackerel...it was unforgettable!!! The weather was glorious and our accommodation was delightful - we couldn't have asked for more!! As a six we have made a pact - we have to come back next year! *WATCH THIS SPACE* :)

Portmeor beach cafe...one word - 'PERFECTION'

An early evening fishing trip!

Small gallery in Falmouth

On the water in Falmouth (hire a boat - it is a must!!)

Monday, 27 June 2011

June 2011 - Back on English Soil

Tropical Warmth to English Shivers!
 Upon returning to the UK, I spent a month revisiting and exploring some beautiful scenery to reacquaint myself with the surroundings. A local reservoir, a newly regenerated gallery setting in Wakefield and a trip to Abersoch were all part of my reintroduction to beautiful Britain :)

A walk around a local reservoir

Approaching The Hepworth, Wakefield
The view from our campsite in Abersoch