Merry Christmas Eve Eve ! 

It’s not a typo. Here we are, another year is gone and we are standing on the cusp of Christmas Eve.

Christmas – one of the most special times of the year for many of us, it’s become a landmark date a sort of target that we work towards. I love this season. 

For many it’s a time when we reflect on the year that’s gone by – albeit too quickly! For many of us Christmas means time off work when we can actually stop and wind down. A time to review and think about the year that has passed?

Are you looking forward to this Christmas and the year ahead? Are you melancholic or full of excitement for the forthcoming year, thinking of the changes and challenges that are ahead of you?

I am excited for 2017. I try to be an optimist and have the attitude on someone whose cup is always half full!
The clock has ticked on and it’s Christmas Eve now!

Merry Christmas to one and all and remember life is what you make it, you are in control. Xx
#christmaseve #christmas #life #reflections 

My early morning bedroom view 

Men! 

It always amazes me that no matter what you wish to watch on TV that TOH automatically assumes the right to the TV control and overrides whatever you want to watch! I could hashtag why are some men ignorant but that would be overstating the obvious! 

The Pass South Lodge Hotel Lower Beeding West Sussex

 As a treat for our very special birthdays, my group of friends, known collectively as “the girls”, decided to take out our other halves to enjoy a night of luxury and indulgence with us, dining at The Pass under the supervision of Chef Matt Gillan. Having never experienced fine dining such as this TOH and I decided to make a weekend  of it and to call into Brighton before we descended on our night of luxury.

I would thoroughly recommend Brighton for a weekend away, we only spent a brief amount of time there and enjoyed the seafront and shops. We didn’t have much of a chance to explore the famous Lanes but we will be back! 


Fish and chips at the sea front 

The Pavilion 

You may ask yourself was having the fish and chips a wise move before the tasting menu? As you can see the lunch was too good to miss” Note to self and others this was pre-fasting days, a social occasion and perhaps a contributing factor to the weight gain. 

In the early afternoon we drove to South Lodge, a beautiful hotel nestling in Lower Beeding West Sussex. My March afternoon photo does not give it full justice but it was beautiful


The food was sublime, if ever you get a chance to experience a taster menu it’s a treat not to miss! The attention to detail and service at The Pass is fantastic and one day we hope to return

Clothes shopping

It’s always a wake up call to go clothes shopping. Are the mirrors designed to make us look terrible and what is that horrible light that shines or us? It make me wonder is that how I really look. I find it amazing that the shops ever sell any clothes! I come back feeling depressed and resolve to lose weight! 

So when my diet is off course I think I need to try on clothes to give me that fright I need! 

Hello again!

I can’t believe how time has flied by since my last blog. My apologies, I have no valid excuses I’ve just not been “there” but hopefully I’m back now! I have a whole year of blogging to catch up on so hold on folks you could be swamped………..just joking!

I’m looking forward to reaching out to you in the next few months hoping for some new followers and some new inspiration, maybe spread some insight and gain new friends!

The main thing I want to do is take stock of my work focus (too stressful) which impacts on my whole life

Today is about me and two of my girls having fun so pray for sunshine and not too much rain!

We’re off soon to the Capital Summer Time Ball

#goodtimes #littlemix #summertimeball #capitalradio #fun 

Where is the summer? 

To date our May and June have not fulfilled the promise of sun filled days and warm dusky evenings.

We have had chilly evenings when you need a sweater or blanket to snuggle up in on the sofa sipping a hot drink! 

I have been harsh as I have turned our central heating off mainly on principle as it can’t be on this time of year!

How I long for those warm evenings when we can still enjoy the benefit of the increased daylight. It makes it so much more pleasant pottering around the garden listening to the birdsong.

So fingers crossed the weather will improve and summer will be here before we know it! 

I’m off to work where the heating is still on! 

Argh!!!!

Why Is it that once you embark on something on the internet it becomes such an enormous time wasters! I tried to design a new bathroom online and failed miserably, setting up the room size window and doors took ages and by the time I had that right  the stress of trying to fit a bath into the room in all sorts of ways has made me realise I need to give up the dream of the double ended bath and go for the big luxury shower instead! I suppose every cloud has a silver lining!

Instead I decided on planning some fun things to do in Bellagio, Lake Como, Italy where I am travelling to in a couple of weeks. That has proved rather therapeutic, the thought of electric bikes, private boat tours and ferry trips coupled with good food and wine certainly proved an escape! However suddenly realising the time I had spent fantasising myself as George Clooney’s new wife brought be back to earth with a bump.

I needed  to do a shopping list –  but there were of course other pressing jobs needing my attention such as trying to sort out Amazon Prime so that it could actually work on my TV. Needless to say after further research I discovered to my disappointment that my TV is not on Amazon’s list of compatibles even though it’s a Samsung Smart TV.  Is it a conspiracy? As an aside last weekend the same task actually wasted the whole afternoon as me and TOH nearly came to blows due to the poor instructions and lack of information from the said Amazon Prime. I have now bought the hdmi cable which is in fact the cheapest and easiest option! Well,  we will see when it’s delivered (by Amazon Prime)  can it be that hard connecting cables to the TV and iPad! So thanks Amazon Prime the whole TV streaming thing is a bit of a con for the 50 plus technophobe! You have had 2 subscriptions from me hopefully I will soon get to view some programmes 

Time check  –  going shopping in 45 mins now need shower, eat breakfast pay for our August holiday and do the shopping lst! I need to rewind back to 6.30 am when I woke up or not get so distracted!

Beautiful pictures  for contemplation and positive energy thoughts, enjoy I’m having a shower.

  

  

What is it about the first of the month! 

  

How many healthy eating plans, diets or exercise plans start and fail within a short period of time?

The penny has finally dropped for me – as when I am feeling accomplished at work it has an impact on my home life, resulting in less stress and feeling more empowered in my life including gym and diet. 

My job is stressful and I often bring it home with me and if I don’t do it, it sits there staring at me and mocking me so consequently I feel too guilty to go to the gym which then has the downward spiral with the diet. The “why bother” syndrome!

The whole work life balance is something that can really go out of kilter and so for me I know I must address it in order to accomplish the other small achievements.

My goal is to celebrate my small accomplishments and leave work at work! 

The thrill of the ride

Do you ever get that feeling when you are sitting on a roller coaster just before it starts and wonder why am I doing this! I had that feeling several times today at Thorpe Park. Whilst we had a brilliant day out each ride has me wondering am I really getting too old for this 😀

I think the danger is having an annual pass. We have had some use out of it and thankfully the year is now up. The saying you can have too much of a good thing is true!