On Saturday evening I was out on a walk along the seafront with my family and dogs when a lady came running up from the sea shouting for somebody to help her rescue a baby seal. My mum nominated my sister and I to go and help rescue it and I spent around half an hour running bare foot around the rock pools and in and out of the sea fully dressed trying to get this seal back out to sea. The seal was fine and finally went back out to sea but I ended up with five or six cuts on each of my feet which really blooming hurt. Today was a special day because we took my nan up to the O2 for her Christmas present. My sister, mum and I drove up to Eltham to meet up with my Nans best friend (Auntie Jan) at her house and we got the bus to the O2. We had a bit of time to spare so my mum, sister and I went on the Emirates Cable Car which was amazing, you could see so much of London! At two o’clock it was time for my Nan’s Christmas present, my sister and I were meant to be joining my nan in a climb Up at the O2 but unfortunately my sister couldn’t partake so my poor Auntie Jan got roped in to go up. The experience was amazing and the view was incredible. I would highly recommend to anybody who likes heights and a thrill to book tickets to go Up at the O2. My nan, Auntie Jam and I had an amazing time and our guide Rory was amazing as he stayed with my nan and Auntie Jan for the whole experience helping them when they got stuck! After the climb we rejoined my mum, sister and Uncle Ken for some dinner. We went to Zizzi’s which was as always incredibly and we all chowed down. I went for my usual Pink G&T, chicken and mushroom risotto and then to finish my sister and I shared the salted caramel brownie and the white chocolate and raspberry blondie. Today has been an amazing experience and I am so grateful that my family love adventures even on a Sunday! 💕
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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Yesterday I took her to the Sussex Exchange which is a gorgeous venue with an intimate cinema, that seats around 30 people, for top class viewing of films. If you want an amazing film experience then this is the place to go being only five pound more than any chain cinema in your two centre.
We went to see the new Beauty and the Beast because I hadn’t seen it and my little sister loved the film so much that she was more than happy to see it again.
I can truly say I laughed I smiled and I cried through the film and I am so glad I gave it a chance. For somebody who loves the classic animated films Disney makes this was the first live-action film I have seen. I wouldn’t go and see Cinderella or The jungle book because I thought that making films live-action would ruin them.
Everybody knows the story of Beauty and the Beast and if you don’t then where the hell have you been your entire life!! Emma Watson played the part of Belle beautifully and really portrayed an amazing real life character. You cannot fault any of the other cast that were chosen to play the well known characters of Gaston, Cogsworth etc. From the surprise of Ian McKellen and Emma Thompson playing parts to the likes of Dan Stevens and Luke Evans in the main roles it really was the movie for everybody. Josh Gad playing the part of LeFou was totally fitting after his previous role in Frozen as my favourite snowman Olaf.
If you are looking for a family film to see throughout the Easter or just starting the next list of films you want to purchase for home movie nights then this definitely has to be on the list!! This may be a late review of the film but I will end this post with the fact that if my little sister, who doesn’t watch films let alone Disney films, is happy to see this twice then it is certainly one of the hottest films of the year!!
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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As today is officially the last day of 2016 I have decided to have a look back in my year and share some of my favourite bits!
In January I opened my guide unit with 8 lovely guides, my mum and my best friend, since January my unit has grown to 16 girls.
In February we celebrated a special 50th birthday with afternoon tea at the Savoy which was fabulous. I also achieved my leadership qualification with brownies.
March brought with it a trip to PGL with the Cubs and a pirate party!
April saw me taking my little sister up to London for Las Iguanas and a Five Seconds of Summer concert! It was an amazing experience!!
In May my sister and I took another trip to London but this time to see Nathan Sykes, we drove up and then had a Nando’s picnic with the parents in Greenwich Park which was an awesome experience! I also had a trip to Brighton with my best friend to do some much needed shopping and have lunch at Jamie’s.
July was yet again for trips to London for the big gig with the guides to see Jess Glynne and Lawson along with many other artists. I also went to the BST Hyde Park festival to see Nathan Sykes, Olly Murs and Take That along with many others! I also moved my best friend in for the week where we did so much amazing cooking. I then went back to London for an afternoon tea and theatre trip which consisted of watching Matilda the musical (amazing) and then on the Sunday a trip on the River Thames accompanied by afternoon tea! Finally in July I had a week long trip with my family to the New Forest.
In August I had my birthday BBQ with my friends, family and sisters friends. We also had a trip to brands hatch where I went 100MPH in a Fiat 500 Arbath. And then took another trip down to the New Forest this time to Foxlease for the guiding Wellies and Wristbands festival.
October was a trip to Wembley to watch the NFL where I found my love for the Indianapolis Colts! I also went up the Shard with my nanny and we had a lovely girly day in Covent Garden. I completed my Guide leadership and to finish off October I took a trip to Tulleys Farm Shocktober Fest with my best friend, Ellie and Harry.
In November I became a Health coach with Herbalife which is so exciting and I cannot wait to start helping people reach their goals. Also in November I went to the Hastings Gang Show to support all of my friends and family!
December brought with it another day out in Brighton with my best friend where we went on the pier and ate zizi’s. I went on a trip up to Olympia with my mum and sister for lots of shopping and to watch the London International Horse Show. I managed to fit in some ice skating with my friends and finally in December I left my job to start new adventures in the New Year!
How much have you got up to in your year? It is so surprising how much you do!
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How are all of you lovely people?
On Saturday I held a party for my upcoming birthday. I love catering for lots of people and decided that it would be a good idea to have a theme where I can cook lots of different foods for people so we went with a BBQ theme.
The morning started by preparing the popular Peanut Butter, M&M and Pretzel Cookies using the recipe from the much loved Tanya Burr! I then moved on to prepare my special slow cooked BBQ which went down a storm!
I also made two different salads with the help of my good friend Hannah, golden vegetable rice, vegetarian pasta, garlic butter mushroom burgers, egg mayonnaise, tomato mozzarella and basil drizzled in olive oil, chocolate covered brownies and strawberries and chocolate dipped rocky road. We also cooked the normal food of burgers and hot dogs with sweet potato fries.
It was so lovely to spend time with my friends as well sat around the fire sharing some drinks and stories of the past. I rarely get to see all of my friends and to see them all together is a rarity so it was so lovely to spend five or more hours with them in one day.
There was also a very special theme for my party on Saturday and that was RED. you may have noticed from the title that there is a hashtag called #WearRedForHughie. I am so grateful to everybody who came to my party and wore red in memory of a very special little person who sadly passed away age three years old. A donation page has been set up for a Play Park to be produced in memory of this little person for the children in the local community to enjoy safely. The link to the donation page is right here –> Donation Page
What have you been up to this weekend?
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