Cupcakes with friends #mysundayphoto

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Last week didn’t go to plan in many ways and often things had to be changed at last minute, meaning I didn’t get to do some of things I wanted to do…..but at least my friend Chris and I did manage (eventually!) to get out for a hot chocolate and a rather beautiful looking cake, in a place we wouldn’t have gone if things hadn’t gone against our plans! So perhaps sometimes things go awry for a purpose?

Go with the flow…..your reward will be cake!

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Sunny Sidmouth #MySundayPhoto

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Kev had a very rare day off this week. When I say rare, it was actually the first time he’s had off work this year and was in fact one of three days he had booked off over Christmas and was asked to cancel. He’s paid for it though – Thursday night he arrived home at 8.40pm and he’s at work for his second Sunday in a row. Not that I’m being grumpy about this at all on his behalf of course (yes I am).

However we did have a lovely day, and the weather was actually far nicer than it is so far today. We started the day early with a climb up to the top of Roundball Hill to watch the Solar Eclipse. Although largely cloudy, the sun did break through at the most important times and we managed to get a good view of the whole of the moon’s passage across the sun.

We were aiming for brunch out at the pub but by the time we’d got ourselves sorted we had lunch instead – Fish Friday Special – yum! Far nicer than breakfast (or at least on a par)! We spent the afternoon walking through Sidmouth’s gorgeous Connaught Gardens area where it was so warm and sunny we sat on a bench for half an hour drinking in the view with our coats off. Shame it was so far to walk for an ice cream as that would have finished things off perfectly!

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V is for …. VIP!

My baby, I can hardly believe I’m writing this, turned 16 yesterday! How the heck did that happen?! Only seems like minutes ago I was in the car on the way to hospital…. and we’ll go no further with that line of thought!

Yesterday was a lovely day…not quite how I’d imagined she’d want to spend her 16th birthday – paintballing with a group of friends – but they had such a good time that it really was the right choice. She’s a bit sore today but, hey, that will just remind her what a good day it was….every single time she tries to move!

I’ve spent this morning looking through old photos so I could put together a couple of montages to show her what a very important person she is. Hopefully none of them are too embarrassing?! The first is a selection of, mainly, birthday cakes! Lovely to see that her friends from the earlier photos are still in yesterday’s photos too. I’m hoping they’ll all be able to stay in contact after they all go their separate ways once exams are done in July this year.

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The second set is just a collection of photos from over the years. Some of them are firm favourites and others are the ones that she’s edited in herself!! Not sure she’d have included the one of her hoovering for the very first, and last, time though!

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Happy 16th Birthday Holly – you are and always will be my VIP xxx

 

Popping Into Poole #mysundayphot

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I did think I’d taken some reasonable photos of our trip into Poole. It was a lovely sunny day and the skies were blue. However, when I got home they looked washed out and grey. Fortunately, this photo taken as we were leaving, moving along, through the car window, came out much better!

As with last week’s day out, things happened spur of the moment and not entirely to plan (as I’ve said before, when do they go to plan in this blog?!). We’d driven over to Poole for my husband to look at a car. He’d phoned prior to us leaving to check it was still available and arranged to meet the sales guy, told him how long we’d take to get there (best part of 2 hours). However, he forgot to take his phone with him so we missed the phone call and text message to say that the car had been sold as we were mid-journey. After delivering the news they didn’t suggest we look at any other cars they had in stock, so we decided just to leave, cut our losses and have a look around Old Poole instead. Good choice!

The harbour area is lovely. The views are stunning. The seabirds, as you may have seen in my previous post, were eyecatching and entertaining. Lusting after the yacht-age in the harbour was mouth-watering. Imagining living in the amazing water-side houses was good fun. So, forget about cars, take a trip down to the water, a wander around town, eat fish and chips and be happy! We will be back!

 

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