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Showing posts with label Sorrento. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Sorrento. Show all posts

Sunday, 10 July 2016

The Week That Was... 10th July 2016

It's been an interesting week. One of those where you think everything's under control, only to realise that life has a tendency to change the best laid plans. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, it just needed more juggling and time management than I'd imagined. I'm optimistic that the week ahead will be a quieter one as we're off on holiday...  

If I'm not around much during the next week it's because we're on holiday to Sorrento. This will be my first trip to Italy and I'm looking forward to quaffing Prosecco, sampling authentic Italian food and exploring the Amalfi Coast along with Mr A and daughter, Olivia. Hopefully there will be lots to write about when I arrive home.

I'll be reading Moving, the latest release from Jenny Eclair (who also happens to be one of my favourite authors) while I'm away. If I love it as much as I've loved everything else she's written, there may be a review at a later date.

For those of you who don't know already, both daughters received 2:1s in their chosen degree subjects. Obviously, I am one very proud mum and can't wait for their graduation ceremonies during the same week in September.

We enjoyed a Skype call with daughter, Sophia, in Oregon as she was celebrating Independence Day and staying at a friend's house from camp. Modern technology is a wonderful thing isn't it?! She's 5000 miles from home and it was lovely to see her.

The Family pet
The cat has been unimpressed since Olivia arrived home from uni. Three year's worth of belongings abandoned on the floor of her summer residence (the conservatory) did not make the family pet at all happy. Each time she contemplated snoozing the afternoon away, she would turn and look as if to say, 'Seriously, what do you expect me to do with all this? I don't recall giving permission for all this stuff to be left in my favourite sleeping place.' On Monday, we made amends and sifted through Olivia's belongings and ended up  either donating, recycling or binning most of it. We were finally forgiven when the cat could see the floor and stretch out again for her many naps during the day, although naturally, she insisted on wrapping her paws around a chair and sleeping in a small corner of the room.

Falling asleep on the sofa
There has been a lot of this during the past week. Consequently I've missed the end of almost everything I've watched on TV and required updating by Mr A. I'm hopeful that the holiday will offer a much-needed reprieve after several crazy weeks involving long hours and moving the girls back home after their time away at university.

While I'm away...
If there's Wi-Fi I'll be around, tweeting and posting holiday photos and if not, then I'm going to miss you and promise to catch up just as soon as I'm back. I have scheduled some recent and not so recent posts for while I'm away and there's lots to look forward to on the blog, including a giveaway and a couple of book reviews once I'm home.

Wishing you all a fabulous week ahead.

Love and best wishes


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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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