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! 💕
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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I can’t believe my Guide Unit has been open for a year! This year has gone so fast and my unit has grown in size and almost tripled. I wouldn’t have been able to keep it going without the ongoing support from my mum, my best friend (Hannah) and the other leaders at the Brownie and Rainbow Unit.
To celebrate my unit being open for a year I decided it would be a nice idea to take the girls out on a day trip so, we hoped on a train and went to Brighton for the day. The weather was beautiful for a spring day so the girls didn’t mind walking between different destinations as much. Our first stop was the SeaLife Centre on the seafront where we saw so many different sea creatures and the girls got to play in the interactive rock pool. I had as much fun as they did looking at all of the fish!
We then had to stop off for our picnic lunch so we went down on the pebbles of Brighton Beach where we ate our lunch and talked about how much we enjoyed the Aquarium. Our next stop was of course the Pier where I allowed the girls time to play in the arcades and go on the waltzers at the end of the Pier (fortunately we had no throw ups of lunch and the girls really enjoyed the air hockey tournaments that we held). Whilst on the pier Hannah and I found an awesome game where you had to knock down the clowns to win tickets. I won myself enough tickets for a snazzy palace pier mug which I surprisingly love!
After an hour or so on the Pier it was time to make our way to Pizza Hut for our celebratory meal out. We had prebooked the table otherwise the poor restaurant wouldn’t have been able to cope with having 17 people turn up who all wanted to sit together! The girls had the Big Heroes menu option whilst the adults were allowed an adult meal which was delicious and everybody found something that they liked to eat. I of course finished off my meal with salted caramel cookie dough and ice cream. It was such a lovely trip to Brighton and the weather made it all the more worthwhile as it was warm and sunny for the whole day!! I want to take this opportunity to give a big shoutout to the lovely staff at Queens Road Brighton Pizza Hut who were so accommodating and treated our girls with respect thank you so much for allowing us to have a super fun time!!
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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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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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Happy June! I am going to share with you my favourite things from this lovely month of May.
First up is a foodie item and it the Propercorn Popcorn. I loved the sweet and salty flavour and the Sweet Coconut and Vanilla but there are so many other delicious flavours to choose from. If you ever fancy some popcorn this is the stuff to buy. I have recently bought the Sweet Almond and Peanut butter popcorn to try.
Second are these three gorgeous Spring/Summer nail polishes from the Rita Ora Rimmel London Collection. I picked up the Port a Loo blue, Bestival Blue and Orangina. These polishes coat so beautifully and do not take a lot of layers to make an impact. They last really well I have worn my polish for two weeks and it has only just starting chipping.
Third is a homeware item, I saw these in IKEA at Lakeside and I thought they were gorgeous!! They are little lanterns in baby blue to put tealights in. They matched perfectly with my room and I just had to get them.
Forth we have a couple of bodywashes, both by Original Source. One is in the Mango flavour which gives an amazing tropical scent for a warm sunny day and the other is in the scent Coconut and Shea Butter. I love love love these bodywashes and would highly recommend you try them.
I have recently been trying to use Dry Shampoo a lot more as the weather is getting warmer and my hair has lost some of its volume due to being over washed. I have started to carry around the Girlz Only Dry Shampoo and it really helps me during a long day at work or with friends to give me a little bit of lift in my hair.
Next is a Coffee and it is the Nescafé Azera Americano coffee. This drink is so light and doesn’t leave a horrible aftertaste like some coffees can. It is great as a morning drink or to impress friends after lunch. I love to carry a little tub of it around for when I am out and about working so that I know there is a hot drink that I like.
Finally we have my new babies, so precious that they have only been worn once when I was absolutely certain there were no puddles on the ground!! They are the adidas original superstar trainers in white and black leather. They are so comfortable to wear and although they are a bit on the pricey side (£70) they will be worn in all the warm weather we get.