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Showing posts with label Holiday. Show all posts

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

The Week That Was... 9th May 2016

Daisies, Blue SkyAfter another busy week, we were treated to some rare, but welcome warm weather at the weekend. I'm hoping that this is just the start of a fabulous summer ahead. It was lovely to see so many people out basking in the sunshine and taking the opportunity to explore the great British countryside. The evenings were heavy with the scent of last-minute barbecues and here, the first Pimms of the season was enjoyed in the garden. Today, the rain has returned with a vengeance. Here's hoping it won't be too long until the clouds disappear and we can get on with making the most of summer.

This was my week...

Sudeley Castle
As the weather was glorious, we chose to ignore the mountain of monotonous tasks requiring our attention last weekend and ventured out to visit Sudeley Castle in the Cotswolds instead.

Sudeley Castle, the Cotswolds

The castle was built in the 15th century, possibly on the site of a 12th century castle and is surrounded by ten beautifully laid-out gardens. The chapel, St Mary's, is the burial place of Queen Katherine Parr, sixth wife of King Henry VIII.

Queen Katherine Parr, Tomb, St Mary's, Sudeley

It's a fascinating place to visit and comes highly recommended.

The Promise of Happiness by Justin Cartwright. This was a gift from my daughter and looks promising so far. It's perceptive and features lots of amusing observations about a family in crisis. I can't wait to see how it ends.

Both daughters are working hard on dissertations and final pieces of work for university. Parcels filled with treats were dispatched recently - containing sweets from their favourite sweet shop in town, sachets of hot chocolate for windswept beach walks and cold evenings spent camping at a rowing event. Plus cookies and breakfast biscuity things perfect for pulling all-nighters in the library. Final letters from home featuring nonsensical news and motivational words were posted yesterday.

I can't begin to tell you how proud I am of my daughters.

How did the last 3 years at university go so quickly I wonder?

Holiday 2016
And finally, the holiday is booked... after much trawling through the internet last weekend in search of the perfect vacation for 3, (yes, you did read that correctly). Sophia's going to work for Camp America again this summer, so we offered to take Olivia along. It's been a while since we've taken a holiday with either daughter, but I'm looking forward to spending time with my eldest. We settled on a week in Sorrento at a hotel that's right in the centre of town.

Today, it's 63 days and counting. Not that I'm keeping tabs.

The Week Ahead...
I'm looking forward to Music Night on Friday and Eurovision on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. For Eurovision 2016, I'm hoping for lots of cheesy, eccentric entries and will probably be tweeting live throughout. I hope to see a few of you on Twitter on Saturday night. You know the rule about not tweeting after wine? Well this goes out of the window for Eurovision as I suspect that everyone's having a party on there.

It's amused me that the US will get to see Eurovision broadcast live for the first time this year. I can't wait to see what they make of it.

Well that's about it for this week. Wishing you all a wonderful week ahead whatever you're up to.

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Thursday, 24 September 2015

Mexico, here we come...

If I'm not around much during the next couple of weeks, that's because I'm on holiday in Mexico with Mr A. We decided to book a last-minute break as a belated birthday gift for my husband's 50th, as life has been rather hectic recently and summer 2015 won't be one that's memorable for its great British weather.

Our plans include...

1. Swimming (up to the pool bar),
2. Drinking lots of water - if you count the ice in cocktails and,
3. Healthy eating (if you don't include desserts).

If I have access to Wi-Fi, I'll continue to comment, read and post. If not, I'm going to miss you guys, and will hopefully have lots of tales to tell and photographs to share when I arrive home again. In the meantime, I've scheduled lots of blog posts from the archives that should (hopefully) appear on Twitter if you feel like reminiscing over old times.

The last time we went to Mexico was back in 2011 when our daughters were 16 years of age. These three pictures kind of sum up our previous visit...

First of all there was this. According to my daughters, this is me on a good day. I haven't dared ask what I look like on a bad one...

Next up, is this adorable raccoon who was always foraging on the beach in search of whatever tasty snack he could lay his paws on...

And finally, my favourite snap of all... the strawberry daiquiri. Several cocktails may have been tested prior to this, purely for research purposes.

Have an awesome couple of weeks if I don't manage to catch up.

Love and best wishes

Izzie x

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