Iced Coffee in the sunshine…. YUM!
If you have a Mum as amazing as mine then you are VERY LUCKY. I know I am…
Mum came to visit a while ago. She met Big Sis at the station and, after getting ready, we went for dinner at Turtle Bay, then drinks at The Milk Thistle (one of the secret bars in Bristol). We had such a lovely girly time drinking cocktails and eating yummy food. Big Sis is having a hen do in August (which i’m organising :D) but Mum isn’t coming, so we decided that this was the warm up weekend (The Chick Weekend!)
On the Saturday, we went for a day out in Frome. Frome is such a lovely town, with cobbled streets, bunting and cute little shops selling haberdashery, vintage clothes, homemade gifts and other pretty things. We went to the Garden Cafe for lunch, as recommended by Miss Catering at work. It was SO yummy, i’d definitely suggest a visit if you’re nearby.
After all that hard work shopping and eating, we went back home, ate some more and watched The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Such a good film- a lot more interesting, funny and moving than I had expected.
Sunday was BABY TIME! Big Sis’s fiance’s sister (keeping up?) and her partner have recently had twins (their story is on One Born Every Minute S6 Ep2 if you want to know it!), and we went to see/ meet them in Bristol. They are super cute, and R and M are sooper dooper mums. You can tell that the babies are going to be spoilt rotten! After making lots of googly noises, tickling some teeny feet and clapping hands, I dropped Mum and Big Sis off to the station and said bye.
On the way back, I couldn’t help but be a little bit smug. My family (and extended family) really are the best, and I’m a very, very lucky girl..
You might have read my post last year about our family weekend away. Well, this year it was my turn to plan the Sami Family Adventure, and I picked a cute little cottage in the centre of Tewkesbury, right near the Abbey.
We got there on Friday evening, and made a dash in the rain to get to The Boathouse for dinner, drinks and lots of chatting to catch up. The Boy could come this time as he had got his annual mountain trip out of the way beforehand (Ben Nevis this year), so he got to catch up with Mum and Dad too. And it was nice to talk to Big Sis and her fiance about their wedding plans too.
On the Saturday, we went to see the John Moore Museum, a little tudor cottage and church, and then went for a boat trip down the river. By this time it had stopped raining, just in time for a wander down the river to see the Mill.
After some lunch, we visited the Abbey and then chilled out before our BBQ. We had to move it inside because of the rain (The Boy calls this a “Welsh Barbie”), but it was still lovely. After that we chilled out, watched Glasto on the telly and then went to bed.
On Sunday, we packed up and drove to Snowshill Manor, a National Trust place nearby. It was right up my alley, as I love anything to do with collections, collectors and collecting! A guide told us the story of the eccentric Charles Wade, who owned the manor. After an idyllic childhood, Charles was moved to live with his Granny. Granny was stern and didn’t like visitors, noise or playing. But she did let Charles play with the Oriental objects in her large cabinet. This started an interest (obsession?!) that prompted Charles to buy a manor house and fill it with collected items after the war. He lived in the small priest’s house, and filled the manor with objects; everything from looms to ceramics, pictures to bicycles, furniture to model boats, and way more, including his room of Samurai armour!
It was a fascinating place, and I’m sure you could visit time and time again, noticing new things each time. I really liked the fact that Charles collected items that probably weren’t valuable or even wanted , which probably would have ended up in the bin; at that time the emphasis was on the new, not the old, and Charles saw the beauty in these objects despite this. He went against the norm, the fashion, the trend, and picked items because of his own interest rather than their value. And because of this, we now get to see some fascinting items.
Even the garden was full of hidden items..
What a lovely weekend!!
My New Favourite Summer Drink #1
Lemon and Green Tea teabag (I use Twinings)
Lemon and lime squash
Glass or mug (I used a pint glass)
Boil the kettle
Put a teabag into a glass/ mug, and add sugar. I used 1 and a half teaspoons of sugar (I usually have 1 in a cuppa)
Add enough boiling water to cover the teabag and leave to mash for about 2 minutes
Take teabag out and stir to dissolve sugar
Add a dash of squash (about the normal amount for a fairly weak glass of squash)
Add a whole tray of ice cubes and stir to get rid of heat
Top up with cold water (the colder the better)
I think it would work really well with a sprig of fresh mint, or some lemonade if- unlike me- you can stomach fizzy drinks!
Let me know how you get on! And if you have any other recipes for summer drinks, please leave a link in the comments 🙂
I love my dad. He’s the best.
However, he has one flaw… he is completely IMPOSSIBLE to buy presents for. He never knows what he wants for Christmas, and he always gets shortbread for his birthday simply because he likes it, and me and my sister have been fresh out of any other ideas for around ten years.
So when my sister came up with an actual birthday gift idea, I nearly dropped down on my knees and kissed her feet! We decided to arrange a weekend away for the family, as a present for my parents’ birthdays, and dad’s Christmas pressie too. (We’re making the most of having any kind of idea, okay?) Luckily, my sister is sooper dooper organised and basically organised the whole thing, which I do feel a bit bad about. But anyway, we set off for an adventurous weekend away, somewhere in the Cotswolds.
We stayed in a little lodge (top left) around a lake, and did a mammoth SEVEN HOURS walking over the weekend, which was well-timed to tire me out just before work started back for a new term the next day. Yawn! But it really was lovely. It was so nice to spend time with my parents, who I’m really close with, and also to see my sister and her boyfriend more too (The Boy couldn’t come as he was up Scafell Pike. As you do.)
We played crazy golf, went out for food, walked, and walked and walked. And then on the Sunday we walked some more, round some Rococco gardens (fab!) and a town called Painswick, doing a murder mystery tour which had incorrect clues; always fun!!
The most important thing was that mum and dad enjoyed it, and dad suggested it becomes a regular thing. Finally! We don’t have to watch him grimace at dodgy socks, chocolates he’s never going to eat or CDs he won’t listen to!
I won’t be mad if you adopt the idea for your own parents. Just let me know if it works!
On Friday morning, we woke up and went to set up my stall. The wind had been blowing all night, and the gazebo was wide open, which scared me a little- what if it took off?!
But we set everything up anyway, and the wind started to die down a little when people began arriving. Also, we were opposite the Bag Jump, which shielded us from the wind a little! I was really excited to open at 12, and people soon started walking round and having a look.
A bit later, my friends arrived and came to say hi which was lovely 🙂 And after an afternoon of selling, we zipped up the tent at about 9 and went to see the bands!
Hope you all had lovely weekeneds, whatever you were doing! I chilled out a lot with The Boy, watched TV, ate nice food and went to Bristol on Saturday for Harbour Festival. It was PACKED! There were so many people in the city centre, there to watch bands, eat nice food and shop.
We went and met my friends from work, had some lunch and chilled for a bit, then me and The Boy went off to do some shopping. The plan was to meet my friends again later to watch a band called Emily Barker and The Red Clay Halo (cos they’re awesome), but unfortunately, the weather put a stop to our plans.
It tipped it down.
It was that ‘out of nowhere’ rain, which strikes when you are in flip flops and a hat that you later find out is 90% made of paper. So, we squished and waded our way back to the train station, got home, tucked up in our PJs and ordered a chinese takeaway. Shame we missed a lot of the festival, but the snuggly night in was nice.
I didn’t blog yesterday as I didn’t finish making stuff til stoooopidly late, but it generally involved cutting out a whole load of bow shapes and getting started on making my bow necklaces, which I finished today, along with the headbands:
I checked the forecast, saw that it was going to rain, and decided to get the spray painting done straight away (after my shreddies and tea), as it needed to be done outside. I was quite chuffed with myself that I got everything sprayed with a first coat of paint, and some of my stall decorations completely done:
And I did it all before it started to rain! So I felt smug, scrubbed myself with nail polish remover, which i’m sure was REALLY good for my skin, then had a shower to get (most of) the paint off. I went out later to check the boxes, and…
The shed had flooded in the ridiculous rain, and my boxes were all sitting in a centimeter of water. Oops…
I stood there for a while saying “No. No. No.” like this would make it actually stop happening, then I grabbed all of the boxes and propped them up so they were off the floor. I’m hoping that they dry out overnight and will be ok to use still. We’ll see.(Obviously, I will keep you up to date on these Extremely Important Events as I know that you will be waiting with baited breath.)
On a side note… I have now made 3 papier mache buttons. Don’t ask.
I’m a bit in love with bows at the moment.
It started with a red and gold belt, then some cream patent shoes with fabric bows, then a black dress with a bow at the waist… I mean, how could you NOT like bows?!
I have been working on some new jewellery, ready for Leopallooza festival where i’m having a stall:
Aren’t they beautiful?! They are made from painted leatherette, and i’m really happy with how they turned out.
I’m still experimenting with designs, and need to make a few more to test out (it’s a hard task, being forced into wearing new jewellery all the time *sigh*)
What do you think?