Monday, 30 November 2015

10 years on

So this weekend marked 10 years of being with the husband so we decided to treat ourselves with a little weekend away. We booked to stay at Fawsley Hall Spa near Daventry and we had such a lovely time I would definitely recommend it. First of all they called up a few days before we were due to arrive and asked if we were celebrating a special occasion so when we arrived we found they had upgraded us to a suite and the service was brilliant. The whole hotel was steeped in history and had such a lovely atmosphere.

My favourite room in the whole place was the Great Hall. It had pictures of Monarchs hanging all around the walls along with lot's of sofa's and arm chairs to relax by the massive fireplaces.

The weather wasn't great this weekend so we spent a lot of time inside eating and drinking or at the spa. I even got up at 7:30am on Sunday to go for a swim! Just shows how much more energy you have when you get time to relax and enjoy yourself.
I started out the weekend with a Date night with the bestie on Friday. We went to see Mockingjay part2, which was brilliant and I can't wait to see it again, then we had a Chinese and bottle of wine. Just the kind of evening I had been needing. I do love going to the cinema, I still haven't been to see the new Bond movie yet so hopefully I'll get time to go and see it soon.
On the way back from the spa we stopped off at the Burghley House Christmas Market in Stamford which to be honest wasn't the best. It was so busy so took ages to actually get in and to be honest I was disappointed with the lack of actual Christmas stalls. There was a lot of clothes and random stalls and only a handful sold Christmas things! I did however find 1 -stall where everything had been up-cycled and the money made was all going to charity so I purchased this really cute bauble that which has pages from Jane Eyre all around it.
Burghley House was as pretty as ever.
This year they had some very strange statues around the grounds.
But all in all I have had the best weekend just not sure I want to go back to reality now! I haven't been all that happy of late so this weekend was just what I needed and this guy made it all the more special. Here is the husband in the new hat he got from Burghley. 
Today is also a very special day as my gorgeous little pug Reggie is 3 years old today. He doesn't like dressing up at all not even to put a winter coat on so he wasn't at all that happy when I put this hat on him this morning but then again he has become a right grumpy old man these days so today wasn't any different.
Thank you for Reading I will post again soon. S x

Sunday, 22 November 2015

Eat cake and be merry

Yesterday we went to my cousins wedding. We had a lovely day and the sun was shining but the wind was bitterly cold! Cake is a big thing for me at weddings. I am a fan of wedding cake and this one did not disappoint. The cake was absolutely beautiful.

Probably the only other thing I like as much as cake is cheese and when the evening came around and there was a cake made of cheese I couldn't of been happier.
The flowers were also very pretty but unfortunately this was the only picture I managed to get.
And here is a picture of the happy couple outside the church in the wind getting a confetti shot after the ceremony. 

Normally I'm always behind the camera but I managed to get one of me and the hubby. I think we scrub up alright especially considering the hubby was full of cold.
Photography is only a hobby of mine but I do love it. I don't think everyone else does especially the husband as I tend to take my camera everywhere I go! lol!

It was also a nice surprise to see our the photographer from our Wedding, Chris, was also the photographer yesterday, We have seen him at a few weddings over the years so it was nice to have a little catch up.
You may have seen from previous posts that I have purchased glossy boxes in the past and although they had some cute stuff in them they weren't really value for money. I have recently found a different kind of monthly treat that is a bit more up my street. It's called Book and a Brew. I had the first delivery last week and I was a very impressed. Basically the concept is that you get a book and a box of tea every month. I have only signed up for 1 delivery at the moment as I know that J has brought me a few books as stocking fillers.
So far so good, the book is called Love and Treasure and when I saw that Philippa Gregory had reviewed it I thought it was definitely worth a read. Also the tea you get with it is tea Pigs which along with Twinings, is my favourite so thumbs up!
 Well that's all from me. Going to go to bed to read a few more chapters and hope I don't get the cold from the husband but I am not feeling too special so it might be too late!
Thanks for reading. Will post again soon. S x 

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Take a break have a Kit Kat

So one of my lovely readers asked me the other day why I hadn't posted for a little while and the simple answer is that I haven't been all that happy lately. This is my happiness project and I can't post if I haven't been very happy. I know it's only been 2 weeks since my last post so it's not like it's been ages but it feels like it has! Anyways this weekend I started feeling a bit more like my self so I thought I would share a few pics from my weekend.

I started the weekend with a jog yesterday which is probably the first time in about 2/3 months. I have missed it but I didn't realise quite how much until yesterday. It was such a lovely crisp morning but I completely over did it so I think I won't go as far next time. After that, just to make my legs worse, I went for a walk in the park with my mum and sister and the furry babies.

As usual they all ran rings round us but I think we tired them out as they slept all afternoon after this.
Today I spent the day with 2 of the Besties in London. We started off the day at a lovely but very busy flower market in Columbia Road where we stopped and had some very yummy food at Lily Vanilli Bakery.  We also picked up some very pretty flowers as it would of been rude not to!
We then spent the afternoon drinking Prosecco on the terrace at the Print Room in Covent Gardens and having a good old catch up.
 We then had a little walk down Whitehall and paid our respects.
So after all the walking this weekend I feel like it's safe to say that I will need a new pair of legs, but other than that I have had a lovely weekend and I am not ready for it to be over but unfortunately Monday always has to rear it's ugly head, but Christmas is coming! Yeahy! I know this because Covent Gardens already have their tree up so it must be so and in my opinion it's a little small this year. lol!

I love Christmas. I'm not a fan of the shops at this time of year due to the amount of people as it no longer makes it a nice time to shop but this year I have already made a good start on the presents so more time to relax and enjoy.
I feel like the world has become a very scary place and this weekends events have only increased this fear in me so I am going to make sure that I enjoy my time with my family and friends and make sure I post lot's of happy memories on my blog.
Thanks for reading. I will post again soon S x

Sunday, 1 November 2015

Pumpkins & Pajamas

This weekend has been a pretty busy one. As I said in my last post, I think Autumn is my favourite season. I am loving walks with Reg and all the lovely colours this season brings.

Also it is now close enough to Christmas that I can start shopping so yesterday me and the hubby spent a good 5 hours in town. Granted a hour of this was spent with me in Spec Savers trying to pick out some new specs and then another hour or so was spent having lunch or having a coffee break so really there wasn't an enormous amount of time spent actually shopping but hey we made a start!

As I mentioned in my last post I decided to paint some pumpkins this year instead of carving them (a lot less messy and smelly) and I posted a pic of the cute one I did so here are the more scary ones.
 Which actually are not that scary. lol!
I also brought 2 big bags of chocolate ready for all the trick or treaters and we didn't even get 1 so we may of sat and eaten a lot of chocolate today! woops!
Last night we went out for a meal at Prezzo's with the sister blister and Nino. The food was so good I can't stop thinking about it today. I don't normally like to stray from what I know I like as when I take a gamble and try something new it never normally pays off...this time it did! I had grilled goats cheese to start and this lovely gorgonzola pasta dish that was probably one of the nicest pasta dishes I have ever had. It definitely made top 5! This was the goats cheese starter.
Unfortunately I didn't get a picture of my main as my memory was full on my phone but just take my word for it both of these were great and I also got Sam to share another bottle of wine with me, which is amazing, I may be turning her over to the dark side! lol! I also tried calamari for the first time which I wasn't all that impressed with, it didn't really taste of anything and was just really chewy.
Today has been probably one of the laziest days we have had for a while. I did not change out of my pj's until about 2pm and that was only because I had to go and get my break lights changed but I was back in them by 7:30pm so it wasn't all bad.
Because we were both being so lazy today neither of us could be bothered to make any lunch or go out and get anything so the natural solution was to see what I had in the fridge that I could just stick in the oven so garlic flatbread and balsamic vinegar was today's lunch. lol!
That along with too many Halloween chocolates filled us up until went out for dinner for the brother in laws birthday and to visit our friends that moved into their new home this weekend. So all in all a good weekend as I haven't actually had to cook once and I'm also very happy that the husband is now into House of Cards so today we watched a good 4 episodes so nearly finished with season 2. If I carry on at this rate I will be finished watching all 3 seasons on Netflix before Christmas so I will need a new programme to get into!
Anyways I keep telling myself I should go to bed earlier and start getting more sleep but it's really hard to go to bed when you know you have to wake up the next morning and go to work. Boo!
Thanks for reading. I will post again soon. S x