Sunday, 23 April 2017

My Sunday Photo 23rd April 2017

Our week at Norfolk literally flew by. Most of the week was fine with a cold wind blowing off the North Sea, still the fresh sea air was certainly invigorating and I am definitely missing strolls on the beach. I could sit and watch the waves for hours, there is something soothing listening to them crashing in to the shore.


Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Lots of Fun at Chatsworth House

The Easter holidays are well under way and Chatsworth House are holding fabulous events both inside the house and in the gardens. Chatsworth House is the residence of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire who regularly hold exhibitions of art and floral work.

Inside the house, you will find five centuries of fashion from the Devonshire collection featuring couture dresses, tiaras, headdresses, christening robes, wedding gowns and coronation robes.

Walking round it was fascinating to view all the historical items of the Cavendish family and those in particular of Bess of Hardwick. Gee has recently written a project on Bess of Hardwick and learnt what a remarkable young woman she was. Towards the end of the exhibition you get the opportunity to try on various hats and pose for photographs in a frame, Gee thought this was highly amusing.

Our favourite display was the wedding gowns and christening robes, some were pure and simple whilst others, rather more flamboyant. But they were all beautifully preserved and displayed, even the mannequins were gorgeous.

Outside in the gardens you can wander around the Easter trail searching for willow animals on your way. You can also enjoy a trailer ride around the park with the farmyard team or ride on a horse and dray in the gardens, ideal if you have limited mobility. The gardens are truly beautiful with a sensory garden, cottage garden, rock garden, ponds and fountains and the one not to be missed is the glorious Cascade which takes pride of place in the centre of the surrounding areas.

Gee had a wonderful afternoon exploring the gardens and finding all the hidden animals and it was so nice to see the gardens beginning to rouse from their winter sleep. We cannot wait to go back and explore some more. Chatsworth is such a beautiful place to explore any time of year and there is always something new to see. Refreshments are readily available in the cafĂ© as you exit the house (the pizza twists are delicious).

We were sent free entry tickets for the purpose of this post but the opinion is our own.

The Places We Will Go

Sunday, 16 April 2017

My Sunday Photo 16th April 2017

We have just come home from a well earned break in Norfolk. The weather has been fine but  little chilly at times, nothing stopped this girl from enjoying the beach even though she did have a melt down on arrival at the chalet (no wifi for a whole week), she soon forgot about it and enjoyed quality time reading, playing board games and exploring the Norfolk coastline. Now we are home it is time to find the Easter Egg stash and visit family. 

Happy Easter Everyone.


Sunday, 2 April 2017

What's New in April

It as been a while since I updated my What's New posts but this last month I have been on the hunt for some items that I hope will really appeal to my readers and will also be useful.

Delicious New Flavour from Shaken Udder
Shaken Udder have released a fabulously fruity new flavour  that will remind you of the long summer days whilst enjoying Wimbledon.  The new Strawberries and Clotted Cream milk shake is a must, bursting with fruitiness and deliciously creamy I have to admit it is one of my favourites yet. You can find out more information at Shaken Udder and the milkshakes can be bought from Waitrose, Tesco and Ocado.

Stunning Diffusers from Landon Tyler
If like me you like the luxury of aromas then the diffusers from Landon Tyler will be a firm favourite.  They come in a variety of scents such as Vintage Blooms, Country Meadow, Dark Cashmere to name a few but my favourite is the Pink Cashmere, a sensual fragrance combining Jasmine, Amber, Patchouli and Musk to leave your room smelling divine. Landon Tyler also sell a range of candles and gift sets which make the perfect present.  You can buy Landon Tyler products from Boots and other stockists.

If you need a bit of energy - Pow Water
POW is a sparkling natural energy water that is created as a healthier natural alternative to existing energy drinks. Based out of Dorset on the south coast they are a small independent company and have recently launched it Boots stores. So if you are looking for a  natural burst of energy and don't want to take on loads of sugar or artificial ingredients then this is the water for you.  Containing Guarana, Ginseng, Vitamin B and natural sugars, POW lightly sparkling water is available in 3 yummy flavours, cranberry and apple, citrus and zest and my favourite coconut and lime.

An interesting read - Tragic Shores
Written by acclaimed novelist Thomas H Cook this book is an enthralling story of his travels to rarely visited destinations along with his wife and daughter.  From watching the pilgrimage of hopeful people at the healing spring in Lourdes to a treacherous cliff side descent to the leper colony in Kalaupapa in Hawaii it is a beautifully written captivating book which we draw you in to his travels. It is available from the 4th April.

Something tasty - Peter's Yard Sourdough Crispbread Bites
Peter's Yard have released the new and tasty Sourdough Crispbread Bites which are perfect for using with dips. Made from natural ingredients they are high and fibre, low in fat and are made with all natural ingredients. So you don't have to feel guilty about indulging in some tasty morsels whilst you are entertaining. Available in 3 tasty flavours, 5 seed, sea salt and cumin and nigella seed they are available at Waitrose and Ocado priced at £2.85.

For those long country walks - Bridgedale Junior MerinoFusion Hiking Socks
I had been looking for some comfy sock for Gee for a while and these junior hiking socks from Bridgedale are just the thing for playtime out in the fields as well as walking.  Containing merino wool they are super soft and comfy and fit perfectly on little feet. I thoroughly recommend these for any active child as Gee wears them all the time when she is playing and is always asking if I have washed them so that she can wear them again. Priced at £7.99 they are a bargain.

For sore eyes - Skin Shop Dry Eye Gel
It is coming to the time of the year when hayfever suffers can have sore eyes. The skin around the eyes can become dry, itchy and inflamed if you rub them. The Skin Shop Dry Eye Gel is a light natural gel containing cardiospurmum which has an anti inflammatory effect on the skin helping to soothe sore skin around the eyes. It is always handy to have a tube of Dry Eye Gel on standby should this happen. Priced at £7.95 it is available from the Skin Shop.

Beauty Treats - Lacura Icellage Range at Aldi
The eagerly awaited launch of the Lacura Icellage Range at Aldi is now here.  Launched online on the 23rd March, this range is now available in store.  I am such a huge fan of Lacura face products
and was eager to try out this new range. Lacura Icellage offers skin defence against environmental stress and counteracts the signs of ageing by improving skin fatigue, dullness and dryness which creates more resilient and younger looking skin. There are 4 products available, eye gel priced at £5.99, serum priced at £6.99, day cream £6.99 and night cream £6.99. All are designed to help combat the signs of aging.  The Icellage Range is a limited edition and luxurious skincare for women aged 35 and over.  So you will probably want to know is it any good? Well I have been using it for the past 2 weeks and I can honestly say it is just as good as some high end products that I had been using.  A big thumbs up from me.

Look after your feet - New Superdrug Range of Foot Care Products
Superdrug have introduced their new Poron foot care range to give you some added comfort. Insoles that can help to prevent blisters and calluses forming by preventing the foot from sliding in the shoe. Heel cushions to protect from slipping and rubbing and Sore Spots which can be placed anywhere in the shoe if there is a chance of rubbing. The Poron products will not break down and will ensure you have continuous comfort for your tired feet. Prices vary from around £3.95 - £6.25 which is a small price to pay for comfortable feet.

My Sunday Photo 2nd April 2017

The first 3 months of 2017 have flown by and I must admit I am so glad it is April. I love April. Spring is surely on its way and nature is doing its bit by providing us with lots of colour. How I long to be out in the countryside, walking for miles, admiring everything that is free in life. But for now I will have to admire it in smaller doses until I have had my operation on the 3rd May. Still with views on my doorstep and a week away at Easter to Norfolk I am looking forward to some rest and relaxation with the family.


Friday, 24 March 2017

It's Never To Early to Make a Will

Photo Courtesy of Unsplash

Losing somebody you love is one of the most horrendous things to experience. Recent events in our family circle has opened my eyes to the minefield that can happen if you are not prepared for this life changing event. Death has a huge emotional effect on close family members but it can also alter the way you live financially if there is no will available.

Lately I have been worrying about what would happen should this occur to me and/or my husband, we did not have a will and I don’t think I really understood how important it was. Once I started researching I wanted to make sure that Gee would be cared for should this event happen unexpectedly. 

My first thoughts were not of money but who would look after and care for Gee. We talked about this and felt we needed somebody young who loved her as we do and who can support her through school, college or university and provide her with the emotional and physical support should this happen. Gee has four older brothers who are all close by, but only two of them at present could offer her the security she would no doubt need. With this in mind, we had numerous conversations about appointing a guardian who would have the parental rights should anything happened to us both.

Obviously, the thought of losing us, at this present moment, is high in Gee’s thoughts due to her cousin losing his Daddy. So, it was quite clear from Gee that she would like to live with her elder brother and we wanted to take into account what she was telling us, after all it would be her future and we would want her to feel as happy and as settled as she could.

When we started thinking about money we didn’t think we had much to leave anyone but looking deeper, we both have pensions and insurance policies which would pay out in the event of our death, these could offer a substantial amount for the person caring for our daughter. Unions also offer free insurance cover that may have been taken out, it is worth asking if you know your loved one was in any Union. All which without a will, would be held intestate and administrators would be selected by the Probate Registry.

Of course, the important item in any will, is the family home. Would you want your next of kin living in it? If you are not married this could prove difficult for your partner especially if you have children which could be entitled to a share in the home.

Not only do you have to think about children and money, many of us will have jewellery, ornaments and items which have been passed down from generation to generation holding years of memories. If you wanted to leave them to somebody close who is not a family member, then without a will nobody would know the importance of this and that person would miss out on your wishes.

If like me it is something you have put off because you are young, don’t think you have anything to leave, or you think it may be expensive, it is worth exploring for yourself. Net Lawman have some great advice around wills which we found really useful.

This is a collaborative post.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

My Sunday Photo 19th March 2016

It has been a busy week, lots of appointments in different NHS departments for both myself and Gee, now I finally feel like we are getting somewhere. My spinal operation I had in September did not work and it means more surgery over the coming months as I am losing the feeling in my left leg. The thought of more surgery is daunting and one that leaves me with fear and dread of the unknown.  On the upside I have managed to arrange some grief counselling for Gee, she is still overcome with the death of Bert and although I have tried everything possible to help her, I think the only way forward is for her to talk to somebody who does not have close family ties.

When you wake up to views like this, you need to shake off any negativity and focus on the good things in life. Such beauty in the world outside waiting to be explored, it makes you realise that every day is a gift to be treasured.  Happy Sunday everyone.