Afternoon tea has certainly had a huge revival over the past decade, and since turning 40 it’s one of my favourite things to do. When I wrote my A to Z of things to achieve this year, top of the list was to discover a new place for afternoon tea. Well in September I achieved this not once but twice, first enjoying afternoon tea in Birmingham during a weekend away with the girls. And the following week it was time for me to treat my mum for her birthday.

Champagne afternoon tea at The Mere

I decided to surprise her with afternoon tea at The Mere hotel in Knutsford in leafy Cheshire. … Continue reading

Just as we have been embracing jumpers and our winter boots, the weather changes and along comes a nice weekend. Well that’s what we have been promised so we shall see. Anyway enough about the weather, and here is a little look back at our past fortnight.

Little Loves

Read

I have barely had time to pick up my book recently. I promise I will get back into reading this week.

Watched

I don’t often watch vlogs (apart from when I am being forced to watch Zoella with the 11 year old), but somebody had shared this stunning video of What Alex Did when he visited Haven recently.… Continue reading

If you follow me on instagram you will no doubt have seen me posting about my recent trip to Birmingham. This was my 3rd trip to the city in just over a year, and it’s firmly in the top 5 of my favourite UK cities. The purpose of this trip was a girls night away. A chance to relax, catch up with 3 of my closest friends, and then return home feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. Slight exaggeration with the refreshed part, after the weekend involved bottomless cocktails and of course gin.

Weekend away with the girls

We chose Birmingham as our getaway as one of our friends lives just outside Bristol, and the train journey was around 90 minutes for us all.… Continue reading

Back in January I wrote my A to Z of things to achieve in 2017. Seeing as though we are halfway through August, I thought it was time to update you on my progress.

Discover a new place to have afternoon tea – I am booked in for afternoon tea in September, so this will get ticked off next month.

Hire a beach hut – In June I got to spend the day in a beach hut in Lytham St Annes.

Beach hut at Lytham

Visit a new city – Bath was our ‘new city’ and what a wonderful 4 day break we had back in February.Continue reading

My mum recently celebrated a very special birthday, and as a surprise I booked afternoon tea at Nunsmere Hall Hotel.  The hotel is situated in the heart of Cheshire, and despite driving past many times we had never visited before.  As soon as you enter the grounds of Nunsmere, you know you are somewhere special.

Nunsmere Hall Hotel

Being surrounded by a lake on 3 sides, it really does feel that you have escaped to somewhere magical. You can’t help but gaze at the stunning building and gardens, and once inside I felt like I had stepped into Downton Abbey. We were greeted by the most charming doorman, who showed us into the lounge area where our afternoon tea would be served.… Continue reading

Well the past week seems to have flown by. Katie had a fantastic time at cub camp, husband and I managed a ‘date day’ in New Brighton, and husband and son took part in a local downhill run. I was so proud of them as husband came 8th, and son finished 56th in his very first race. Huge well done boys.


Read

I have got back into reading this week, and I am half way through The House Husband by Owen Whittaker. It follows the story of Andy and his mishaps of being at home with his 2 children. It has lots of laugh out loud moments, plenty of swearing, and above all is a fantastic light hearted read.… Continue reading

I had every intention of writing this post yesterday morning, but unfortunately I spent most of the day in bed thanks to a migraine.  Thankfully it had disappeared this morning, and we have had a lovely day celebrating Fathers Day in New Brighton.

Happy Fathers Day

Read

I finally finished The Patchwork Marriage by Jane Green, and I really must devote more time to reading. For some reason I have been sucked back into the world of Candy Crush, which has taken over my reading time.  My aim for this week is to get back to reading at bedtime, starting with The House Husband by Owen Whittaker.… Continue reading

Afternoon Tea at The Mollington Bannastre Hotel

Afternoon Tea at The Mollington Banastre Hotel

Last Wednesday instead of doing the usual housework, I went out for Afternoon Tea with my best friend to Chester. Afternoon Tea is something I love doing, and first experienced it when I turned 30. It was another 10 years before I got to do it all again, and since November have been out for Afternoon Tea 4 times. Mainly to celebrate people turning 40 ! Oh and there was the time I took my husband with me. I can safely say Afternoon Tea is a ‘woman’ thing. When our lovely plateful of tiny sandwiches and mini cakes appeared, he looked around hoping that he too would get a plate, grumbling that those ‘teeny butties’ wouldn’t fill him up.… Continue reading