Sunday, 23 September 2018

National Days for September - Today is Handwriting Day

  • 23rd September - Handwriting Day
  • 22nd September - White Chocolate Day

  • 21st September - Miniature Golf Day
  • 20th September - Pepperoni Pizza Day
  • 19th September - Popcorn Day
  • 18th September - Cheeseburger Day


  • 17th September - Batman Day
  • 16th September - Guacamole Day

  • 15th September - Strawberry Ice Cream Day
  • 14th September - Organise Your Home Day
  • 13th September - Peanut Day
  • 12th  September - Chocolate Milkshake Day

  • 11th September - 911 Remembrance Day
  • 10th September - Sewing Machine Day
  • 9th September - Teddy Bear Day

  • 8th September - Clear your desk day
  • 7th September - Beer Lover's Day
  • 6th September - Read a Book Day

  • 5th September - Cheese Pizza Day
  • 4th September - Wildlife Day
  • 3rd September - Skyscraper Day
  • 2nd September - World Coconut Day
  • 1st September - National Beard Day

Saturday, 22 September 2018

My Perfect Packing List

I do not travel light...


After many years of travelling, I think I have just about perfected the perfect packing list to make sure I am prepared for anything!!

Here it is:

  • Beach towel (if self catering)
  • Towel pegs (great invention to keep your towel on your sunbed!)
  • Sun cream (absolute must)
  • Body butter / after sun
  • Socks, pants, bras
  • Assorted bikinis - some suitable for water parks or jumping in the sea - supportive ones!
  • 2 x sarong
  • 2 x kaftans - one black, one white
  • Flip flops for around the pool and in the room
  • Walking shoes for beach and waterproof
  • Evening shoes - 1 x kitten heels, 1 x pumps, 1 x posh flat sandals
  • 2 x shorts for day
  • 1 x skirt for day
  • 6 assorted vest tops for day
  • Deodorant and mini body spray
  • Hair brush and tangle teezer
  • Hair bobbles and clips
  • Make up kit, including bronzer and one shade darker than usual
  • Nail polish and remover pads
  • Make up remover wipes, cleanser and toner
  • Eye cream, moisturiser and tinted moisturiser
  • Cotton buds and pads
  • Plasters, insect bite cream, savlon, eye drops
  • Probiotics, energy effervescent, aspirin, gaviscon, dioralyte
  • Toothpaste mini, mouthwash mini, toothbrush
  • Body wash, shampoo, conditioner, soap, razor, body scrub
  • Evening outfits - incl 1 x smart trousers / black jeans, dresses and skirts
  • Evening cover ups (in case the temperature drops or you have too much sun!)
  • Power brick for wires and travel plugs
  • Separate purse for currency (less confusing, just stick English one in the safe)
  • Evening bag, beach bag, backpack for hand luggage and for walking
  • Folder for passports and tickets and insurance paperwork
  • Playing cards, notepad and pen
  • Sunglasses x 3 pairs - best ones, day time ones
  • Cami set for night time - cool and loose
  • Hats - baseball hat, floppy hat - nothing worse than a burnt head!
  • Hair dryer, straighteners, hair serum mini
  • Warm fleece - for the return journey
  • Clothes for the return journey 
Now, obviously this is for warmer climes - but still good to be prepared even when heading somewhere hot! Socks, cover ups, you never know - best to have them and not need them. I always come in around 18-20KG on my packing, depending on what clothes I decide on, but that's easy to reduce if need be. 

I've learned over the years what I need, what I don't and what comes in mighty handy :) 

New Table, New Rules


We have had a new table - a lovely oak table - what a beautiful thing it is. So sturdy, so solid and so stunningly attractive. Suffice it to say that the old table, whilst itself not an ugly duckling, has been relegated to the garage whilst it awaits a new home. 

Along with the table, we now have four lovely leather chairs - it looks fabulous and has really made the room look inviting. As a general situation, we tend to in the evenings have our meals on trays on our laps. The table is usually an infrequent location for us to eat, but that is going to change. 

New table, new rules. Those rules being:
  • No clutter on the table
  • Table laid out for dinner
  • No meals on trays
  • Evening meals together, at the table
  • Breakfast at the table
  • Dinner at the table
  • No TV during meals (except music)
Hopefully, having a beautiful table will galvanize us to eat at the table, with the chance to have a conversation without the usual distractions. Meal times will become a feature instead of something to be rushed. We might start to enjoy the food, instead of distractedly eating without really thinking about what we are doing. 

i am looking forward to this. 


National Days for September - Today is National White Chocolate Day

  • 22nd September - White Chocolate Day

  • 21st September - Miniature Golf Day
  • 20th September - Pepperoni Pizza Day
  • 19th September - Popcorn Day
  • 18th September - Cheeseburger Day


  • 17th September - Batman Day
  • 16th September - Guacamole Day

  • 15th September - Strawberry Ice Cream Day
  • 14th September - Organise Your Home Day
  • 13th September - Peanut Day
  • 12th  September - Chocolate Milkshake Day

  • 11th September - 911 Remembrance Day
  • 10th September - Sewing Machine Day
  • 9th September - Teddy Bear Day

  • 8th September - Clear your desk day
  • 7th September - Beer Lover's Day
  • 6th September - Read a Book Day

  • 5th September - Cheese Pizza Day
  • 4th September - Wildlife Day
  • 3rd September - Skyscraper Day
  • 2nd September - World Coconut Day
  • 1st September - National Beard Day

Things to do in September



  • Deadhead summer plants
  • Blackpool lights
  • End of the Road Festival
  • enjoy the last of the long nights
  • X factor starts again
  • Go to the St Leger festival
  • reset your heating timer and thermostat
  • plant next years flowering bulbs
  • collect and sow perennial seeds
  • start to clear up the leaves
  • clean your windows inside and out
  • open your windows before it gets too cold
  • have a last late summer bbq
  • go to Gladfest in Wales
  • cook a local stew or broth - our version is lobby
  • go to a food festival
  • learn to cook something new
  • start your pre Christmas shape up
  • write your Christmas list
  • net your pond
  • go to the Totally Thames Festival
  • visit a British city
  • go to a pub quiz
  • back to school 
  • sign up for a college course
  • get a good book, find a comfy spot and get reading
  • enjoy a hot chocolate or speciality coffee
  • light up the fire pit and chimnea
  • get your tights out

Book of the Month - The Girl Before by J.P. Delaney

My book of the month for September is The Girl Before by J.P. Delaney.

Now, I shall start this by saying J.P. Delaney is not an author I was previously familiar with. I downloaded this on my kindle prior to going off on holiday, along with a load of other titles and authors, as I decided it was time to broaden my reading material. So I started this book with a clean slate and no expectations.

That said, it is not an exaggeration to say it is one hell of a good read. Its an interesting read, as it jumps from the current "girl" Jane, to the previous girl "Emma". One had been attacked, the other had lost her baby. Now, they have both in their timelines moved into what is described as the most high tech house I have ever heard of. Literally everything automated and controlled by IT and gadgets.

Its not an easy read - the creepy architect / owner of the house is clearly obsessive, controlling and manipulative. The book does at times crossover between psychological thriller and wannabee erotic fiction, but it is a good read for all that.

Right up until the end, its not clear where its heading, and there are some parts that are just horrible. The bit in the Japanese restaurant for one. Not my cup of tea certainly, but it gives a certain shock value to the book that is quite rare.

The ladies themselves, at first introduction seem quite weak but as the storyline develops, they become strong women, which makes it a compelling read. Its a fascinating book, which doesn't follow traditional story arcs. It has some great twists and a good, satisfying end. I thought this book was a fabulous read.

I have also heard it is going to be made into a movie, which is brilliant news. So there we have it, my book of the month. Let me know what you think of it. Enjoy.


My Top 10 Cereals

  • Kelloggs Cornflakes
  • Kelloggs Crunchy Nut Cornflakes
  • Weetabix Chocolate Cereal
  • Kelloggs Frosties
  • Kelloggs Rice Crispies
  • Kelloggs Coco Pops
  • Kelloggs Nut Clusters Chocolate Curls
  • Nestle Lion Cereal
  • Kelloggs Krave Chocolate Hazelnut
  • Nestle Honey Shreddies