Friday, 23 February 2018

My Travels - Cork, Ireland - Part 5

Best Friends



More laughter


and more rain!! 

My Top 10 Butters

  • Lurpak
  • Anchor
  • Countrylife
  • Kerrygold
  • Yeo Valley
  • Tesco Finest
  • Netherend Farmhouse
  • Rachel's organic
  • Waitrose West Country
  • President

Thursday, 22 February 2018

My Bucket List - ticked off the list

  • Swam with dolphins - Mexico
  • Jumped out of a plane - tandem skydive - NZ
  • Sang Karaoke - several times
  • Been on stage in a show
  • Flown in a helicopter
  • Grand Canyon
  • NYC - Empire State Building
  • Wine Tasting - Marlborough - New Zealand
  • Won a competition
  • Hiked a glacier - Franz Josef - NZ
  • Stayed in a hostel
  • Spa break
  • Flew across the world solo - UK to NZ
  • Island Hopping - Fiji
  • Jumped off a boat into the sea
  • Been the only person on an island - Fiji
  • Whale Watching - NZ
  • Mountain hiking - Canada
  • Arrived in a country with nowhere to stay
  • Done a charity fun run - Race for Life
  • Seen an octopus up close - Egypt
  • Seen a shark in the water I was in - Egypt
  • Visited Alcatraz - USA
  • War Rooms - Jersey, Channel Islands
  • Tower of London - UK
  • Cruise ship to New York - QM2
  • Guinness Factory - Dublin
  • Giants Causeway - Belfast
  • Been to 4 of the continents - Africa, Europe, North America, Oceania/Australia
  • Rode a horse
  • Rode a camel - Egypt
  • Got engaged to my soul mate
  • Zip line over a deep gorge - NZ
  • Seen salt lakes at dawn - Tunisia
  • Been to a festival (4 times V Festival) 
  • LA - Hollywood, Beverley Hills, Anaheim - Disney and Universal Studios
  • Met someone famous up close - Kodaline band
  • Times Square - NYC
  • Golden Gate Bridge - San Francisco
  • Been to Alcatraz - San Francisco
  • Stayed in a travel hostel - NZ
  • Stayed in a luxury hotel - Canada
  • Stood at the top of a mountain - NZ & Canada
  • Been up a volcano - Timanfaya, Lanzarote
  • Crossed a desert - Tunisia
  • Desert Caves - luna - Matmata Tunisia
  • Bought my first (and second) home
  • Passed my driving test
  • Harry Potter studios - London
  • Tower of London and London Bridge experience 
  • Jet boat experience - NZ
  • Seen a Giant Redwood up close
  • Been on a cruise - QM2 to New York
  • Flown solo - UK to NZ, Cyprus to UK
  • Fjords - NZ
  • Luge on a mountain top - Queenstown, NZ
  • Played in an orchestra 
  • Learned how to play an instrument - trombone / recorder
  • Seen a barracuda - Mexico - Cancun
  • Flown on the Dream Liner
  • Stood on Concorde
  • Seen a shark close up in the sea! Egypt
  • Seen underwater statues - Cancun, Mexico
  • Sunbathed on the roof of a building 
  • Visited Barcelona
  • Went body boarding
  • Got a tattoo
Pinterest Board - Bucket List Done

My Gallery - looking back

Barcelona 2017

Gran Canaria 2016

Gran Canaria 2015

Marrakech 2015

Tunisia August 2014

Tunisia 2014

May 2014 - Gran Canaria

Menorca 2013

Menorca 2013

Egypt 2012

Egypt 2010

What I'm Watching This Week

  • Emmerdale. I'm both shocked and applaud Emmerdale for its brave storyline with Ross and the acid attack. It was truly awful to watch, but people are going through this for real, so its good that a high profile show is showing the devastating impact. Maybe it might make someone think twice. The story with Liv and Gabby has been very sad to watch as Liv struggles with her feelings of well, no feelings for boys, or girls. Its been shown very honestly, and both are great young actresses. Debbie struggling with her guilt, but will she make it worse for Ross if she cracks and tells him? The Tracey's past has come back to haunt her, but with David having his own dark secrets literally anything could happen. Tense stuff this week. 

  • Orange is the New Black. We are working through boxsets and this is a new one for us. We are about 5 episodes in, and already hooked. Its actually quite shocking when, a few shows in, you find out its based on a true story. Crikey!! Its not for the squeamish that's for sure - literally no privacy, even in the loo, and a bit graphic at times, but its so real you cannot help but somehow relate to the characters woes. Will Piper and Alex become friends, more than friends or will love blossom elsewhere? One things for sure - nothing is for sure in this one. 

  • Gavin and Stacey. We having something of a retro binge this week - nothing better than a bit of classic Gav and Stacey comedy. Its only when you watch shows again, that you realise that in fact the humour for the most part, is not Gav or indeed Stacey. No - its Smithy and Nessa, Bryn and Gav's parents Mick and Pam who provide the laugh out louds. Stacey is a bit annoying, Gav a bit wet, but as an ensemble - pure genious. 

  • Corrie. Well those cobbles are seeing some action at the moment!! Pat Phelan is still alive and well, and Eileen as blissfully ignorant as ever now proves she's also rubbish at spotting a drug addict aka Billy the worst priest ever in soap. Brilliant recoupling of Daniel and Sinead on a brighter note, and I have so got to buy me one of those corsets!! Phewf! Courtesy of Carla as she goes in for the kidney transplant. Aiden altogether too calm about all things transplant donor, finally cracks, as he sobs after the op in heart wrenching scenes. 

Reasons to Diet #22 - Fed up of being fed up

Number 22: 

This reason for sticking to my diet is because I am fed up of being fed up about my weight and my body. I go on a diet, lose a bit, go on holiday or to the wedding - whatever the event that prompted the weight loss.

I pile it on again, and it all starts all over again. I never maintain - I only ever lose or gain. The more fed up I get, the harder I try, but then when I get to the end of the path, I go overboard everytime. I put it on and I feel fed up. I eat what I want, but then I feel fed up when I am fat.

So, that's reason number 22 - I do not want to be fed up about this anymore. It is just ridiculous and it has to stop.

Word of the Week - Soporific


  • causing or tending to cause sleep.

  • pertaining to or characterized by sleep or sleepiness; sleepy; drowsy.noun

  • something that causes sleep, as a medicine or drug.

  • Tediously boring or monotonous

definition derived from Merriam Webster