It’s that time of year when we go on a family adventure and this year mum drove us all up to Cumbria. We split the journey and spent one night in Peterborough before we made it up to the most beautiful place of rolling hills that were also quite intimidating! We had hired a beautiful wooden hut called Dobby’s Lodge which had views over Skiddaw. The decor of the place was done so well and it had such a quaint and cosy feel. On the Sunday we went into the towns of Cockermouth and Keswick which were so different to any villages I have been to before with the river Derwent and river Cocker flowing through Cockermouth. St Bega’s church was a bit of a hidden gem in Bassenthwaite with a half an hour walk through fields to get to it. It is still a working church with a list of the service going ahead on the door. If you want somewhere to go wild swimming then you must visit Ullswater lake with a beautifully scenic backdrop and sailing ships out on the water it is the perfect place for a swim or kayak. For another water based walk you must visit the gorgeous waterfall Aira Force with the natural rapids and waterfalls it is a stunningly beautiful area. If you want an awesome short mountain hike then a walk in Whinlatter to Seat How is a nice 10km of mountainous terrain and is perfect for the dogs to have a run, the cafe may also be where I discovered Kiwi and Lime Old Mount Cider (delish)! We also went to a couple of awesome little pubs the Sun Inn at Bassenthwaite and the Ramblers Bar in Glenridding where I had traditional Cumberland sausage and mash for lunch!
If you want a quiet and tranquil afternoon filled with tea and delicious cake then you must go and visit Jo and the lovely staff at this delightful tea rooms in East Sussex!! I have only just visited for afternoon tea and it was so beautiful I had to blog about it straight away!! The Tic Toc is situated in a small village and is a combination of a gift shop, a hairdressers and a tea rooms out the back with an amazing view across the cliffs. I have been filled with countless cups of tea and lots of delicious sandwiches and cakes, which are all made by the wonderful team who welcome you with big smiles. To spend some quality with my cousin, nanny and mummy in a gorgeous setting is the perfect way to spend a Friday afternoon off work!
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We are so blessed to have so many beautiful country pubs in Sussex and although I have been to quite a few I haven’t even really got started! There is something really relaxing about going out for lunch at a country pub on a summers day when you can sit in a beer garden with the people you love and eat the most delicious and traditional pub grub. My favourite country pub in Sussex is the Royal Oak at Pett. It is such a lovely village pub with a cricket green opposite and is perfect for a lunch time sandwich with your family or friends. I don’t know if it is just me but when it comes to the summer I prefer to be out in the fresh air enjoying the weather rather than being sat inside a restaurant in the evening. I recently went to a country pub called the Ash Tree Inn for lunch with two of my very good friends and it really cheered me up because as we were waiting for our food to arrive, the local hunt rode past and actually stopped for drinks at the pub. The food at the pub was delicious although I did have a cheese overload with Camembert starter and macaroni cheese main ( thank you Shannon for ordering me a starter). My new saying lately is ‘Do What You Love’, when it comes to tackling anxiety and depression frequently and trying to please everybody but yourself, you don’t do anything that makes you happy and that you enjoy doing. One of my favourite things to do is spend time with my family and friends. Another of my favourite things is to go out to country pubs for lunch so I just combine the two. There are so many lovely country pubs around the whole of the country and although I am only blessed with the ones in Sussex most of the time, why don’t you go out and find a country pub for lunch. I can guarantee you won’t be 100% disappointed with your decision. Below is a list of some of my favourite country pubs around East Sussex.
The Queens Head – Icklesham
The Royal Oak – Pett
The Cricketers Arms – Alfriston
The Ash Tree Inn – Ashburnham
The Six Bells Inn – Chiddingly
The Barley Mow Selmeston
The Swann Inn – Dallington
The Lamb Inn – Hooe
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I hope you have all been having a lovely last few days of the Summer Holidays before you go back to school.
On Thursday I travelled down to Foxlease Training and Activity Centre in Lyndhurst, Hampshire, for a Girl Guiding Festival called Wellies and Wristbands. The festival is organised by volunteers and the centre manager and is like a mini Glastonbury for Guides and The Senior Section.
I went down as a volunteer and worked on the Security team along with some really lovely people. I was put in the Princess Mary House for my accommodation in the Australia room and lucky for me I was sharing a room with some awesome ladies!
On the Friday all of the units arrived from all across the country. They started arriving by twelve and had to have their tents pitched and be ready for dinner at 1700 that evening. The first evening consisted of five performers; The Waiters; Joey Devries, Victoria Louise, Josh Taylor, Jack Morlen and Michael Sutthakorn. The girls really enjoyed their first evening.
On the Saturday the girls could enjoy loads of different activities throughout the day, their was a Pamper Zone, a Walled Garden Café, different activities from crate stacking to kayaking, Hot Tubs, a Craft Tent, inflatables and Segway’s to name but a few things. On the Saturday evening there were another five performers: RoadTrip, Channy Thompson, Chloe Adam, Polar Collective and Alien Uncovered.
The Sunday was pretty much the same as the Saturday with the girls doing the activities they were unable to do the previous day. I was part of the Security team throughout my time and on Sunday I was by the stage for the performances on the Sunday. There were yet again some great performers that the girls loved: Kevin Simm, The Brooks, Lew Rey and District 12.
The whole event was a massive success with 2500 girls and leaders all coming together in one place! The décor for the event was amazing with windmills up the drive way, fairy lights through the campsites leading the way and lanterns, signs and bunting to give it the all important festival feel.
The Catering was amazing with the set menu being so varied and catering for everybody’s individual needs. There was also a Night Café which served chips and burgers, as well as a visit from Ice Cream Vans and a Tango Blast Van.
I met some such wonderful people over the weekend and will most definitely be going back again next year whether it be volunteering or taking my guides with me so that they can experience this fun and safe environment!
I will leave a link to the Wellies and Wristbands Song by Polar Collective Here
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I hope those of you that celebrate Easter have had a lovely Easter weekend and not eaten too much chocolate!!
This weekend has been a busy and eventful weekend with family visiting.
Yesterday my family on my dad’s side came down for dinner, which meant that our little cousin was coming down. We held an Easter Egg hunt for him which I joined in with as my little sister hid the eggs around the house and the garden, of course he got to take all of the chocolates home, we then did some Easter baking which consisted of making chocolate treats due to the time limit we had.
It was such a lovely day and I’m so grateful that I still have so much family to spend time with.
Today has started with seeing how many Easter eggs the bunny bought me, I’m glad to say there were five plus extras. I then had breakfast of the obvious choice (boiled egg and soldiers) in my new egg cup. There was of course an Easter egg for the pups as well.
Today has been a bit more of a lazier day though with a long windy hike up the South Downs with the pups to see the sheep and cows waiting to have their babies on the farm. And then chilling on the sofa with my family watching silly films and the reruns of Sherlock that have been on television with a glass of sparkling rosé.
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Today I have spent the day with my Nanny running around the local garden centre to try and find a rose plant do one of my retiring work colleagues. We went to a garden centre called Wyevale who I had rung up on Thursday and said they had the plant in stock but when we arrived they no longer had it. So instead I bought a Nutella recipe book and five children’s books from my childhood.
So rather than giving up we went to Blackbrooks which is such a cool store it is a mixture of a home and garden store, clothing store and a restaurant. We decided that we would grab some lunch in the restaurant I chose to have a tuna melt with a slice of cheesecake, which turned out to be like rubber and flavourless, with a cup of tea. We may have also shared a cheeky portion of chips.
After lunch we looked round the store where I bought a new polo shirt for my dad and some new plants for my mum. I nearly bought these really cute Gruffalo wellies for my cousins newborn son as a Christmas present but nanny persuaded me to get them some other time.
All in all it was a very successful trip to the Garden centres but the only thing I didn’t get which I really needed was the retirement rose! It will mean I will have to go on a further adventure tomorrow to find one.
This afternoon I have been back out to the farm with my parents and the pups. The fields have now been muck spread and will soon be plowed.
What have you done today?
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Today has been a very long and tiring day. The household had to wake up bright and early for a three hour drive to Cheshunt in Hertfordshire so that I could go to a selection day for a GirlGuiding international trip.
My day started with a marmite crumpet and the nerves of a mouse around a lion as this would be my first long motorway drive, even driving to the New Forest I didn’t use as much motorway.
Once we had set off and had gotten onto the motorway my nerves settled and the rest of the journey to the youth hostel was a breeze (although I did scream as I drove past a lorry in the Dartford Tunnel).
On arriving at the youth hostel I met the leadership team and seven other girls who were also up for selection. Everybody was so lovely and we partook in lots of teamwork challenges and silly games to get us all to interact and listen to one another.
At lunch time I had taken my packed lunch of a ham and egg salad, a strawberry and banana smoothie and my trusty apple. It filled me up just enough for the afternoon activity of choosing what we would focus on if we were to help refugees who had moved to England.
As it is Mothering Sunday today of course mum didn’t get to spend the day with my sister and I, as my sister stayed with my grandparents, dad and I treated mum to her favourite ever fast food meal of a Wimpy. We don’t have one local to us and when she saw that there was a restaurant in the High Street she of course had to have one of their burger. I must admit that they were delicious.
We don’t really celebrate Mother’s Day or Father’s Day in our house as we don’t feel that we should only dedicate one special day to our parents and grandparents. But my parents and grandparents do so much for my sister and I and I hope that my mum had as good of a day as she could have walking around the canal with the puppies.
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