Celebrate good times….


The birthday celebrations have continued with a BBQ on Sunday with my fab family, celebrating not just mine but also my lovely nieces 18th birthday too as we share a birthday.

It was a beautifully hot,sunny afternoon, great to catch up with everyone. I had my first ever taste of Gin and it was surprisingly good,this was followed by some wine and a snooze on the way home~(I wasn’t driving!).

Last night we went to Brighton and had a fantastic time on the I360 I have to confess that I’m not a fan of heights and as we waited watching the sun begin to set in the early evening sky I was quite amazed as to how high it actually is. In fact it reaches 450 feet and gives an amazing 360 degree view.

We boarded and found plenty of room to move around and take in the breathtaking scenery.

Their was no need to be worried about the height the capsule was spacious and I was soon wandering around enjoying the view from all different angles.

We had some pink champagne from the bar before returning to the ground. It was great evening one I would love to experience again.https://www.facebook.com/BritishAirwaysi360/


Today we went to https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Forge-Slindon/549215165250405 and had afternoon tea (another birthday treat) the setting was lovely, so peaceful and colourful with beautiful flowers where we sat in the sunshine.
The food was fantastic and was accompanied by some Prosecco and the most amazing cake.                   The company was lovely too!


What a lucky girl I’ve been~we are finishing the day with more wine~oops and a dip in the hot tub, I think I’ll need at least a month to recover from all of this~maybe it’s my age? Cheers everyone.❤️x

Pasta and Meatballs


Wow what a busy week, I feel like my feet haven’t touched the ground since I’ve turned 40, they definitely did today in fact it’s been lovely, the sun has been shining and I have been roller blading,yes that’s right I still possess my blades,I’ve had them for twenty years and on and off over the last few years they’ve been gathering dust but today my trusty Bauers came out of the garage for some use.
Considering I’m fairly rusty I didn’t do too bad and managed to stay upright for the duration I make that a win win situation.

I was however quite reassured to note that the first aid area was well sign posted and accessible but thankfully not needed(I hasten to add).


After some skating fun, my feet were starting to hurt and the volume of people had increased which in turn increased my chances of landing on my backside, so we decided to put on normal footwear and go for a lovely pub lunch.


During said lunch another culinary question was raised when I decided that instead of a main I would order a starter and a side order together as I wasn’t overly hungry, apparently this is slightly odd but as you may well recall I eat pizza with a knife and fork so who’s right and who’s wrong?! Would love some opinions on that he he.

This afternoon we came home and spent some time in the hot tub and generally chilled out.

This was followed by making dinner That probably doesn’t sound too momentous but actually let me stop you there~having spent a fair amount of time by myself and doing things my own way etc, it’s often little things that make you stop and think actually how nice it is it to do things together.

All too often these little things get overlooked but they can be the best things ever.

For example tonight making pasta and meatballs together, how nice it was not to be stuck in a kitchen on my own doing it, much nicer to have good company and help each other out. 

This was followed by having a candle lit bath run for me~again another lovely gesture.

So remember to appreciate things big or small even if it’s just pasta and meatballs~happy Saturday evening to you all.❤️x

Beautiful Dublin

Dublin you were amazing.What a beautiful and breathtaking city, a truly wonderful place to visit.

It doesn’t seem possible that last year I was sat in Costa in Bournemouth with three very good friends talking about my 40th birthday and what we might do to celebrate.

The idea of coming to Dublin came up and seemed like a great plan I had never been before. Some very careful planning followed.  Obviously arranging dates and somewhere to stay were top of the list.
We decided that we would look for an apartment/flat to stay in as it would give us flexibility and options for our three night stay.Fortunately for us we came across the perfect apartment on air bnb

http://abnb.me/EVmg/UDJSlmoBOF

It was situated in a perfect location, just a short stroll across the Liffey bridge and we were in Temple Bar, home to some lovely pubs, bars and restaurants, just what we wanted to find.

The apartment itself was spacious,very clean, bright and cheerful. Ideal for the four of us with two bedrooms and a sofa bed in the lounge. It was very well equipped and had absolutely everything we could of needed. Our host was friendly and very helpful too.        

On Our first night we cooked dinner and played some games before heading out to explore our lovely surroundings.

It had been a long day of travelling so we decided that we would go for a quick wander and then head back to the apartment.

Little did we know that we would stumble across a fantastic pub https://www.facebook.com/TheAuldDublinerPub/, playing amazing live music.

We couldn’t help but go in as we heard some great singing from outside.As we entered the pub there was a great atmosphere~lots of singing,dancing and smiling faces.

After grabbing some drinks we found a good spot and joined in singing our hearts out and dancing away in the crowd. Amongst lots of friendly people we felt totally at home and vowed we would visit again during our stay.

Before we knew it is was 1am and our little stroll had turned into a fantastic night out. Big shout out to 

https://www.facebook.com/jakesuleman88/  for fabulous music, singing and entertainment.

We walked back happy and still singing~hopefully providing our own entertainment even the kebab shop got a little rendition as we went passed! 

I was awake very early the next morning and went out for a little stroll by myself it was lovely and peaceful, I watched the world go by and took in the scenery in the morning sunshine. I was careful not to go too far as we all know my sense of direction isn’t great hehe.

After a cooked breakfast we set off for some shopping and a visit to the leprechaun museum.http://www.leprechaunmuseum.ie/

We all enjoyed this and had a good giggle about seamus the leprechaun and his tinder profile!!!

Before our big night out we went for dinner at cactus Jacks http://cactusjacks.ie/

Which had been recommended by our host. Their was plenty to chose from on the menu and the service was very good and speedy too, would definitely recommend a visit here.

Our big night out was full of giggles,dancing and laughter, not to mention more fun dares. The walk back to the apartment was a laugh too, meeting lots of people enroute and stopping for a quick selfie with the local Garda! Finally we had to go into the kebab shop for chips and of course curry sauce yum, yum.

Three hours later I was wide awake and ventured across the road to the conviently situated Starbucks, after a quick coffee. We went for a lovely  walk around Dublin, seeing the castle, cathedral and a quick trip to the Guinness factory. Not to mention finding the most amazing doughnut shop.We then headed back to the apartment and ended up having a little snooze! It was then all systems go to get ready before one last night out. We couldn’t resist another visit to the Auld Dubliner and had another great evening~the girls even tried a pint of Guinness~I had a sip but certainly couldn’t face a whole pint,I take my hat off to them!!

All that’s left to say is that I had a wonderful time with my fantastic friends who made it amazing, I was truly touched by all the hard work, time and effort they put into making it the best weekend ever. Maybe turning 40 isn’t such a bad thing after all.❤️x
*All opinions are my own based on the places we visited and enjoyed seeing*

This is 40

I can now officially say I am 40!Wow I can’t actually believe it but there it is the big day has been and gone, along with a fabulous weekend away in Dublin.

There will be more to follow about our adventures in Dublin but for now I’m trying to catch up with myself.

I’ve not been feeling great since getting back and I’m trying to convince myself that it’s nothing to do with a complete lack of sleep and far too much alcohol!


I was a very lucky girl and had some lovely cards and presents for my birthday, maybe being 40 isn’t quite so bad after all.
Having just about unpacked my own suitcase etc, my daughter gave me approximately a months worth of washing which needs to be clean,dry and ironed for tomorrow because they are going to have a week away with their Dad~talk about never ending.

The holidays are literally whizzing by and going so quick as usual, not that I’m complaining we certainly have been busy.

September will bring a new adventure for my youngest who will be off to high school~again this doesn’t seem possible my babies are growing up so quick, time really does go by in the blink of an eye.

I like to think I try and make the most of everyday, life is too short not to be smiling.❤️x

Dublin 2017


Yesterday the day finally arrived for our trip to Dublin.We started planning it last year and it has been eagerly awaited.

 I was up and uncharacteristically ready~not just on time but early!We made it to the airport in good time and after a few giggles with me getting to grips with looking in the right direction for my picture to be taken for my boarding pass and a quick pat down at security we were good to go.

We had a stroll around duty free and found Starbucks for some coffee before our flight.

Now flying isn’t exactly my favourite thing in the world and it’s fair to say I was feeling a bit green before we boarded but once we had taken off I was fine, they even made a birthday announcement for little old me after we had landed!!

The girls had made me a birthday t.shirt to wear on the flight, which I did but I’m sure you can imagine my surprise when after we had landed in Dublin and had a quick toilet stop they all appeared out of the cubicles wearing matching personalised t-shirts too!!
We then hopped onto a bus which took us to our apartment.Once settled~we decided we ought to go and get some food and perhaps more importantly some alcohol!! Two of us went to do that whilst the other two stayed back.
I was greeted by another surprise on our return as they had been busy decorating the apartment with wonderful photos of some great times we have shared, also birthday bunting and photo props.


I was also given a fab bright pink ‘hangover hoody’ which I’m sure will not only be very apt but also very useful over the next few days.

Once again they surprised me when I came back in by all three of them sitting lined up on the sofa wearing matching hoodies too he he.

After a quick dinner and a few drinks we had fun playing who/what am I, then decided to pop out for a wander.

This wander took us to a local pub were we sang and danced to our hearts content to some amazing live music.

We arrived home in the early hours of the morning, tired but definitely smiling. My feet were filthy from going out in flip~flops, it’s safe to say it’s was a fantastic day and evening.

As I lay in bed writing all this and thinking about everything, I know I am very lucky to have such wonderful friends~they have been here for me through thick and thin, the good, the bad and quite frankly some damn right awful times.

Come rain or shine we always end up smiling and I am touched that they have not only come to Dublin to celebrate with me but also put so much time and effort in to all the lovely things they have done for me.

Ladies this ones for you~here’s to the best friends anyone could ask for.❤️x

 

Flying by 

The countdown is well and truly on,In less than 24hrs I will be in Dublin.

And not to wish the time away but when we arrive back it’ll be less than 24hrs before I turn 40!!

 I have been debating triple checking my birth certificate just in case a mix up or misprint has occurred and I am in fact younger!

Funnily enough it’s also my nieces birthday on the very same day~she will be 18yrs.

She was born on my 22nd birthday and for the last 18yrs it’s been a running joke that we will turn 18 and 40 on the same day~I am not finding that quite so humorous now the day is approaching!

The time has of course sped by and a lot of things have changed in those 18yrs for both of us.

I have watched her grow up into a wonderful, beautiful young lady with a fantastic future ahead of her and I know I speak for all of us when I say everyone is very proud of her.

Of course I know that turning 40 won’t be any different it’s only a number and all that business but it’s just unbelievable how time just passes in the blink of an eye.

Still before I become officially 40 I have a fab few days away with my wonderful friends to look forward to. Dublin here we come!❤️x

  

That crazy little thing called life 

In life there will always be things you want and things you need.

There will also always be things that you can never have regardless of being wanted or needed.

These things aren’t just material things either,they might be feelings, emotions, the need to be understood when nothing seems clear.

However life isn’t simple it isn’t straightforward and it certainly isn’t easy. It’s true that life is what you make of it but at the same time, it’s the things that life itself throws at us that makes us the people we are right at this very moment.

We could spend a lifetime trying to understand things and looking for understanding from others but those things aren’t always in our control. 

Each and everyone of us is different and that’s what makes the world a special place.

Sometimes we need to take a step back, believe in ourselves, make our own decisions and be brave, stop looking for someone else to make those decisions for us. 

At times it maybe hard to see others point of view or for them to understand how and why we do the things we do but the ones who truly matter in life will always support you regardless if they agree or disagree.

They will be there to lend an ear or give a hug when needed.

Follow your heart and your dreams, and take every opportunity of happiness, however and whenever it presents itself.

Much love ❤️x

Thankful 

Today coffee and lucozade will be my favourite things~they do not encourage me to dance around,singing at the top of my voice, or make me believe that a Facebook live all about ham sandwiches would be a good idea.
They certainly do not give me a headache either!

On a positive note it’s a beautiful day~so I have taken my hangover out into the garden to get some much needed fresh air.

I’ve sat myself down with my feet up in a vague attempt at getting some sun on my half brown/half white legs, if I could even up my tan that would be great.

I am also reflecting on last night.It was another great night,wonderful company food and far too much to drink. Lots and lots of laughter and giggles and a long walk home in the pitch black!

I think it’s fair to say I’m happy with life right now~not just happy very happy. I feel blessed to share my life with everyone who is in it.

I shall continue to clear my head in this lovely sunshine and then start getting myself organised for Dublin~another amazing adventure which starts in only 4 days, I know it’s going to be great and lots more memories will be made.❤️x