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Showing posts with label Summer 2015. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Summer 2015. Show all posts

Tuesday, 29 December 2015

The Cute Little Note

Daughter, Motivational smilesBefore Christmas I was having a sort out in Sophia's bedroom. I needed to retrieve all of the presents I'd stashed there to make room for my daughter to create chaos of her own when she arrived home from uni.

There were several gifts hidden in Sophia's blanket box, the one that housed toys not so very long ago and is now a bit like the room of requirement from Harry Potter - providing storage space for any family member who needs it. On removing the final present, I spied a tatty Wells Fargo envelope with my daughter's handwriting on it at the bottom of the box.

It read something like this...

Daughter, directions, Charmed House
733 to Downtown Union Station
Get off at Venice Broadway (23 stops)
Walk to Broadway/ Venice (4756)
Bus 4 Sunset stop/ Marion 14th
Turn left at Marion Avenue
Bellevue Avenue
Right onto Edgeware Road
Turn left at Carroll

At the end of her scribbled instructions she'd drawn herself a smile...

Chatting to her later that day I asked where she'd been with the carefully itemised directions.

She's been a fan of the series Charmed for years and had wanted to see the house where it was filmed. Both daughters watched the series from a relatively young age, perhaps before they should have done and continue to watch it to this day. Imagine Sophia's dismay to learn that the house wasn't actually located in San Francisco where the series was based, but instead, outside of Downtown LA in a beautiful neighbourhood.

After a lengthy trip on several buses, she eventually found the house and discovered that it was undergoing repairs - the exterior covered with ladders. That did not matter in the slightest to my daughter. She had seen The Charmed House and that was all that mattered.

Never underestimate the power of a daughter - she will find a way to achieve something even if it's a long way from home, requires some careful planning using free Wi-Fi and a very long bus trip.

Sophia's already been placed for Camp America next summer. Nothing could make her happier and as soon as she finishes her final year at uni, my daughter will be leaving home again. 

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Monday, 3 August 2015

Suitcase Secrets

Suitcase secrets, Summer 2015, HolidaysSummer has to be my favourite season of the year. I dream of lazy days filled with sunshine, exploring the great British countryside and venturing further afield for holidays abroad. Does anything beat the simple pleasure of time at the beach I wonder? And isn't everything just so much lovelier when the sun's out? With the summer holidays well and truly upon us, I thought I'd share some of my holiday favourites and tips...

My next holiday is... currently being planned. We're thinking Mexico for two weeks of sightseeing, sun and cocktails.

The passport stamp I love most is... the Seychelles. It's where I married my husband back in 1992.

I'd always go back to... Boston and Cape Cod. I don't think I'd ever run out of things to see and do.

My favourite holiday memory is... a fabulous day in Boston. We walked the Freedom Trail, ate dinner at the Solas Irish Pub and watched the sunset from the Skywalk Observatory.

After checking in at the airport you'll find me... nursing a large cup of coffee, devouring a piece of cake and starting to unwind.

I never step on a plane without... Coconut Lip Butter from The Body Shop, Verbena Cooling Hand Cream Gel from L'Occitane and a bottle of water.

In my suitcase, you'll find... Birkenstocks, Boden bikinis and maxi dresses from Fat Face and White Company.

My dream trip would be... Italy. I'd love to explore Rome and Sorrento.

My top packing tip is... Roll, don't fold your clothes - they arrive a lot less crumpled that way.
I never go on holiday without... sunglasses, my iPod and a pile of books.

My recommended holiday read for this year is... Us by David Nicholls - hilarious, filled with one-liners and perfect for anyone who's been in a relationship for a while. You can read my review here if you wish.
If you're reading this post and want to join in... then feel free to borrow the idea for your own blog. Don't forget to send me the link as I'd love to read your post. And whatever you're up to this summer, I hope that you have a fabulous time x

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