Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Let There Be Light

Contemplating light, as we near the end of January and the days are stretching out, the nights getting shorter. So with this in mind, here is my interpretation of natural light and artificial light.

Natural light

Artificial light

@urbancottageind and

My Book of the Month - Dead Lake by Darcy Coates

I have never read anything by Darcy Coates before, so when I chose Dead Lake, it was a bit of an unknown entity. Billed as a supernatural thriller,  I can honestly say I was not disappointed.

When Sam heads to her uncle's remote cabin by the lake, her intention being to paint some new material for her forthcoming show, she gets more inspiration than she could ever have imagined.

Isolated, exhausted and tired, Sam tries to find motivation to paint, but somehow the images she produces don't quite seem to be her own....

This is a spooky tale 100%. I was reading this on a windy dark night, and I made sure more than once to check the doors were locked. It was that tense, and that is a rare find!

Sam sets out to find out just what is happening, having been completely spooked when she sees a man on the dock. She wasn't expecting anyone to be around. What makes matters worse is when she hears on the radio of all the missing persons cases in the vicinity.

With no phone signal, when she then finds her car has also been tampered with, Sam decides to call for help - the nearby ranger station. Cue a desperate race between Sam and her pursuer, as she uncovers grisly discoveries and finally unravels the mystery.

This is quite a short read, but the pace is breathtaking and it doesn't let up on the tension and suspense. A good read, and I shall definitely be heading for more of Darcy's output in the near future.

I would rate this a good 7 out of 10. The tension and suspense were great, but I would have liked a little bit more background on the main character Sam, as it was hard to attach with her. I also would have liked to know more about the perpetrator. Granted that would have made it a longer read, but a little more would have just filled it out that bit more. Great short read, recommended.

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

29 Weeks With

Week 29 - Adele
Someone Like You
Chasing Pavements
Send My Love
Make You Feel My Love
Set Fire to The Rain

Week 28 - Morrissey
Piccadilly Palare
How Soon is Now
Shoplifters of the World Unite
This Charming Man
The Boy With the Thorn in his Side

Week 27 - My Week with INXS
Never Tear Us Apart
Suicide Blonde
Need You Tonight
New Sensation
Devil Inside

Week 26 - My Week Goldfrapp
Black Cherry
A & E
Strict Machine
Ride a White Horse
Number 1
Ooh La La

Week 25 - My Week with The Kaiser Chiefs
I Predict A Riot
Coming Home
Little Shocks
Everyday I Love You Less and Less
Never Miss a Beat
Love's Not a Competition
The Kaiser Chiefs

Week 24 - My Week with The Killers
Mr Brightside
Read my Mind
Smile Like You Mean It
Somebody Told Me
The Killers

Week 23 - My Week with Paloma Faith
Only Love Can Hurt Like This
New York
Stone Cold Sober
Never Tear Us Apart
Just Be
Upside Down
Paloma Faith

Week 22 - My Week with Taylor Swift
Love Story
We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together
Everything Has Changed
I Knew you were trouble
Shake it Off
Blank Space
Taylor Swift

Week 21 - My Week with Kate Bush
This Woman's Work
The Man with the Child in his Eyes
Hounds of Love
Don't Give Up
Running Up That Hill
Wuthering Heights
Kate Bush

Week 20 - My Week with Kylie
Spinning Around
Can't Get You Out of My Head
Where the Wild Roses Grow
All the Lovers
I Believe in You
Kylie Minogue

Week 19 - My Week with Amy Winehouse
Love is a Losing Game
Back to Black
Our Day Will Come
Tears Dry on Their Own
You Know I'm no Good
Amy Winehouse

Week 18 - My Week with Foo Fighters
My Hero
The Pretender
Learn to Fly
All My Life
Best of You
Foo Fighters

Week 17 - My Week with Justin Timberlake
Cry Me a River
Sexy Back
Holy Grail
Rock Your Body
Take Back the Night
4 minutes
Justin Timberlake

Week 16 - My Week with Calvin Harris
Feel So Close
Acceptable in the 80's
You Used to Hold Me
Sweet Nothing
Drinking from the Bottle
Calvin Harris

Week 15 - My Week with Madonna
Into the Groove
Hung Up
Like a Prayer
Beautiful Stranger

Week 14 - My Week with Arctic Monkeys
I Bet That You Look Good on the Dance Floor
Snap Out of It
Fluorescent Adolescent
Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High
Don't Sit Down Cause I've Moved Your Chair
One For The Road
Arctic Monkeys

Week 13 - My Week with REM
Everybody Hurts
Losing My Religion
The Great Beyond
The One I Love
Bad Day
Its the End of The World As We Know It

Week 12 - My Week with Coldplay
The Scientist
Fix You
A Sky Full of Stars
The Hardest Part

Week 11 - My Week with Britney
Hit Me Baby One More Time
Piece of Me
Scream and Shout
Oops I Did it Again
I'm A Slave for U
Britney Spears

Week 10 - My Week with the Rolling Stones
I Can't Get No (Satisfaction)
Jumpin' Jack Flash
Ruby Tuesday
Paint it Black
Start Me Up
She's A Rainbow
Gimme Shelter
The Rolling Stones

Week 9 - My Week with Rihanna
We Found Love
Love the Way you Lie
Russian Roulette

Week 8 - My Week with Robbie Williams
She's the One
Rock DJ
Come Undone
Robbie Williams

Week 7 - My Week with Kings of Leon
Wait for Me
Use Somebody
Molly's Chambers
Sex on Fire
Kings of Leon

Week 6 - Pink
Who Knew
Just Like a Pill
So What
Blow Me (One Last Kiss)
Raise Your Glass
All About Pink

Week 5 - My Week with Take That
Never Forget
Rule The World
The Flood
Greatest Day
Back for Good
Could it Be Magic
It's Take That!

Week 4 - My Week with Beyonce
Beautiful Liar
If I Were a Boy
Love on Top
Single Ladies (put a ring on it)
Crazy in Love
R&B / pop icon - Beyonce!

Week 3 - My Week with Oasis
The Importance of Being Idle
Half the World Away
D'You Know What I mean
Go Let it Out
Some Might Say
Live Forever
Stop Crying Your Heart Out
Classic Rock & Roll Music - Oasis

Week 2 - My Week with the Stereophonics
It Means Nothing
Local Boy in a Photograph
Mr Writer
Maybe Tomorrow
Pick a Part That's New
the Bartender and the Thief
Classic Music - Stereophonics

Week 1 - My Week with Blondie
Blondie - Heart of Glass
Blondie - Call Me
Blondie - Atomic
Blondie - Sunday Girl
Blondie - Dreaming
Blondie - Hanging on the Telephone
Blondie - Rapture
Classic Music - Blondie

Learning Spanish - weather recap


Good weather:
  • Sun - sol
  • warm - calentar
  • Hot - caliente

Bad Weather:
  • Cloud - nube
  • Winter - invierno
  • Cold - frio
  • Rain - lluvia
  • Windy ventoso
  • Umbrella - paraguas
  • snow - nieve
  • thunder - trueno
  • storm - tormenta
  • strong - fuerte

329 Sleeps Until Christmas :)

I just thought to myself, I wonder how many days it is until its Christmas? Yes, I realise it is only January, but there are things to be planned ;) 

It is in fact therefore:
  • 329 sleeps until Christmas
  • 7876 hours until Christmas
  • 472615 minutes until Christmas
  • 328 days, 4 hours, 54 minutes, 50 seconds until Christmas :) 

Monday, 29 January 2018

A lion does not lose sleep over the opinion of sheep

I read this and thought hell yeah!! I have been so worried lately over what people think. Worried about letting people down, letting myself down, procrastinating everything and anything.

Then I read this and I thought - why am I worrying what other people think? I know who I am, and I am good at what I do. I don't need to keep doubting myself. I am a lion.

Lions roar. Lions rule their pride, and defend their own. They stand their ground. They don't have sleepless nights worrying what sheep think of them, or what sheep think, or even whether sheep even exist!!

So, from this point forward I am a lion. I just need to roar!! :)

Who shall I spend my next week with?

I find myself pondering who to choose next. Along the way, I have already chosen the Foo FightersINXSPink and Amy Winehouse. There's been Arctic MonkeysBeyonceJustin Timberlake and Goldfrapp.

I've listened to ColdplayKate BushBlondie and BritneyMadonnaKings of LeonOasis and REMRihannaTaylor SwiftThe Rolling Stones and Calvin Harris. I've chosen KyliePalomaRobbie Williams and StereophonicsTake ThatKaiser Chiefs and The Killers.

So who do I pick next? At this point, I am considering Adele, Katy Perry or maybe U2. Possibly The Spice Girls or Girls Aloud. Or I might go rock and think ACDC or Guns and Roses. I might go indie and choose Green Day or go classic old school with a bit of The Who or The Beatles.

So many choices, I shall mull it over a little longer. :)

My Travels Around the World

  • Tunisia x 4 times (Sousse x2, Port El Kantoui x2)
  • Egypt x 5 times (Sharm El Sheikh x4 and Hurghada, Luxor and Cairo)
  • Canada - Banff, Jasper, Edmonton, Calgary, Lake Louise, The Rockies
  • New Zealand South Island - Queenstown, Milford Sound, Christchurch, Franz Josef
  • Fiji islands - South Pacific
  • Cyprus x 2 times
  • Gran Canaria x 4 times - San Augustin & Maspalomas, Melanores
  • Lanzarote x 3 times
  • Fuerteventura x 2 times
  • Mallorca x over 10 times!
  • Menorca x 2 times
  • Ibiza
  • Zante
  • Rhodes x 4 times
  • Crete x 3 times incl 2015 to Hersonissos
  • Jersey
  • France - Brittany & Calais
  • France - St Malo, Rennes, Nantes, 
  • France - Normandy, Mont St Michel
  • Northern Ireland - Belfast, Giants Causeway
  • Dublin x 3 times
  • Cork - Republic of Ireland
  • Mexico x 3 times - Puerto Vallarta, Xcaret, Cancun & Riviera Maya
  • USA - New York via QM2
  • USA - California, San Francisco, Grand Canyon, Big Sur, San Diego, Las Vegas, LA, Colorado, Santa Barbara
  • Marrakesh - Morocco
  • Belgium x 3 times
  • Spain - Almeria
  • Turkey x 2 times - Kusadasi & Marmaris 
  • Mexico - Moon Palace, Cancun
  • Spain - Barcelona

Saturday, 27 January 2018

Laughing at misfortune - I couldn't help it!! Looking back!!

I did not want to go to the gym today. My legs were still sore and achy from Thursday's personal training session, I was tired, and I had a little bit of a sore head from having a couple of the old vino's yesterday evening.

So I forced myself to go, partner in tow, also a reluctant today. We ran, we rowed. He went off to do his weights, and I opted for the cross trainer. Directly in front of me, a couple were walking on the treadmills. Both wearing sweats and looking a bit too warm. She decided to take off her sweatshirt whilst still walking. 

The next thing I knew, she was on the floor behind the treadmill, flat on her back with the sweatshirt still over her head. I can only assume that trying to take it off had unbalanced her and she had been flung unceremoniously from the treadmill. I started to laugh, but tried to pull myself together as she was still fighting with the sweatshirt which was stuck on her head, and I wasn't sure if she was laughing or crying. 

Once she got the sweat off her head, I could see she was fine, but very embarrassed. By this point, it was me who was crying. I was absolutely helpless. I had to stop the cross trainer and go over to the other half, as it was totally inappropriate for me to be so close to her howling like a banshee with raucous hysterics. 

The other half had no clue what was up with me. I couldn't compose myself for a minute or two to explain, but once I did, I set him off too!! 

I finally managed to regain control of myself, and pulled myself together, continuing my workout. The problem was she had gamely continued her own workout, and I kept seeing her which kept setting me off again!!

I have to say, as a result, I totally enjoyed my workout today!! ;)

(originally posted in 2014) 

Thursday, 25 January 2018

London Weekend #1 - Wembley, Wahaca and Westfield!

Toys on their holidays!

Every time we go on holiday, we take our toys. G takes a different one each time. 

Where as for me, it is always Boofle. Here he is having a pint :

Dance like noone is watching :)

I read this yesterday. When you are dancing, do it like no-one is watching and just let yourself go.

You will really enjoy it if you just feel the rhythm and let all the stresses and strains flow out of you.

My recommendation for today is to dance like no one is watching. Just pop some music on and go for it. It will make you feel good so what's stopping you? :)

Why do I put on weight when it makes me miserable? :(

I'm miserable when I gain weight. There, I said it. I'm a real grump when I feel sluggish and bloated and unhealthy. You might therefore, and quite rightly, ask why I have done this to myself. A very good question.

Lets consider that for a moment shall we? I have done this to myself because food tastes great. Well, fattening food does, fast food does, snack food does. Lettuce does not. That's the truth of it. So my first considered response is I have done this because I love food.

I could leave it there, simples. Alas, its not so simple. Nothing ever is it? No, not simple at all, far from it.

The truth of the matter, for me, is this. I do love food, yes, first answer is true enough. Its the self control over how much, how often and what that is the problem. You can still love food and be slim. Plenty of people are.

My problem is that I am either in control or I am not. I am either on a diet or I am not. I never, repeat never, consider healthy eating to by my lifestyle. I'm on a calorie controlled diet, going to a diet club (insert practically everyone at some point in my life), pointing, food optimising, portion controlling, cutting out carbs - whatever diet, its a diet.

When I stop noticing what I eat, I eat what and when I want. I always go mad, no discipline in sight. The result? Massive weight gain. Which is horrendous for my appearance, my confidence, my ability to fit in my clothes and now I am bloody miserable.

I need to get a grip. I keep saying "diet starts tomorrow", but to quote the cliche - tomorrow never comes. I need to replace tomorrow with now, today.

I wonder to myself how I can even consider stuffing food down my chops when it makes me feel this way, its like something takes over me. All I can do at this point is diet. Nothing else for it.

The issue is finding a way when this weight is off again, of not doing this to myself again!! Solve that puzzle and I've cracked it. Right now, I'm (not so little) Miss Grumpy!! :(

My Top 10 Marmite flavour foods

  • Marmite and cheese straws
  • Cheesy marmite muffins
  • Marmite roast potatoes
  • Cheese and marmite pull bread
  • Marmite and mozzarella flat bread
  • Marmite chicken
  • Cheddar and marmite scones
  • Marmite chips
  • Marmite spaghetti
  • Marmite popcorn

45 Words of the Week

10 Pusillanimous
11 Countervail
12 Esemplastic
13 Churrigueresque
14 Inanity
15 Anachronism
16 Portmanteau
17 Requiescence
18 Phosphorescence
19 Sycophant
20 Obsequious
21 Gasconade
22 Convivial
23 Archetype
24 Pastiche
25 Disquietude
26 Rapacity
27 Metamorphose
28 Auspicious
29 Salacious
30 Chicanery
31 Byzantine
32 Capricious
33 Peregrination
34 Assemblage
35 Indecorous
36 Perturbation
37 Jettison
38 Lambaste
39 Permeate
40 Rebarbative
41 Conflagration
42 Esoteric
43 Felicitate
44 Prodigious
45 Corybantic

My New Word of the Week - Corybantic


  • Frenzied

  • Agitated

  • Unrestrained

  • Wild

  • Origin - Mid 17th century: from Corybantes, Latin name of the priests of Cybele, a Phrygian goddess of nature, who performed wild dances, from Greek Korubantes

definitions derived from and meriam-webster. 

Take That Live - Looking Back Part III

It got better, and better, and more spectacular. 

Acrobats, spinning worlds. 



Lots of costume changes. 

A flying motorcycle and side car!!

With Take That onboard!!

I can honestly say, this is the most amazing gig I have ever been too. Absolutely awesome. 

Take That rock!!! 

My new blog feature - National Days this month

Every now and then I become aware of a National day for "this" or for "that" or the "other". Usually I discover too late to actually be able to indulge in the appropriate celebration, whatever it may be. So an idea struck me, and that was to compile a list of the days coming up each month, so we can all be aware of them in advance!!

So, coming up, although granted January is already whizzing by, will the National Days for January.

This is going to be fun :)

My Retro Single of the Week - Robbie Williams - Angels

This week I have chosen the wonderful classic 'Angels' by Robbie Williams as my Retro Single of the Week.

Angels was released in December 1997. I had no idea it was that long ago. This was one of the many great collaborations between Robbie and Guy Chambers. Make no mistake, this song made Robbie huge!

It was the fourth single from his debut album, Life Thru a Lens, which was also released in 1997. Amazingly, it only reached number 4 in the UK chart. How can that be when its the song everyone associates with this guy? Unbelievable really, especially when you consider that this song is played at most of his live shows, not to mention at every wedding, anniversary or other such functions I have been since!!

The video is a subdued affair shot in black and white. Its moody feel features Robbie looking cool walking on a long beach, a  helicopter flying above him, breaking waves. There are close ups of a girl, and Robbie playing keepy ups with a football. Then he walking with her in his arms, wearing shades looking hot. They ride down the white beach on a motorbike whilst the helicopter flies overhead. It's a stunning video.

Angels is an anthem. Robbie sounds amazing, and if you have ever tried to sing it, you will appreciate his vocal talent and range - it is nigh on impossible to do the key changes and hit the notes he does so effortlessly.

The lyrics are truly beautiful. It begins "I sit and wait, does an angel contemplate my fate. And do they know, the places where we go, when we're grey and old". I could easily quote the whole song here, but jumping ahead to the chorus who hasn't belted this out at the end of a night out "and through it all, she offers me protection, a lot of love and affection, whether I'm right or wrong, and down the waterfall, wherever it may take me, I know that life won't break me, when I come to call, she won't forsake me" dum dum dum dum dum de "I'm loving angels instead". Oh my goodness even writing those words makes me feel emotional, and apologies for the dum dums, it just didn't feel right to exclude them!!

Such a stunning, beautiful, emotional and powerful song this. If you have somehow not ever heard this go and listen to it immediately!! You are missing out. If, like me, you already love it, then still go and listen immediately. I hadn't heard it for a little while - having not been to a wedding so far this year of course!! Playing it tonight made me feel good. 100% love this song. It just cannot be faulted in any way.

If you want more of Robbie, or more other music choices to inspire you, go check out My Music page here. Happy listening. :)

Take That Live - Looking Back Part II

The next thing we knew, we were under the sea. 

In a magical world full of jelly fish and seawood. 

Oh, and Take That of course. 



It was breathtakingly beautiful. 

Learning Spanish - This Week's Learning

Here is this week's learning:

  • exit - salida
  • soon - pronto
  • yes - si

And the rest:
  • eleven - once
  • toast - pan tostado
  • egg - huevo
  • Congratulations - felicitaciones
  • shampoo - champú
  • cinema - cine
  • noisy - ruidoso
  • storm - tormenta
  • necklace - collar
  • blister - ampolla
  • lighthouse - faro
  • hundred - cien
  • olives - aceitunas
  • pharmacy - farmacia
  • number - número
  • zero - cero
  • thankyou very much - muchas gracias
  • bracelet - pulsera
  • bruise - moretón
  • shark - tiburón
  • stupid - estúpido
  • skewer - brocheta
  • next week - la próxima semana
  • stairs - escalera
  • nice to meet you - Encantada de conocerte
  • jellyfish - la medusa
  • skin - piel
  • nap - siesta
  • meat - carne
  • shirt - camisa
  • pineapple - piña
  • knickers - bragas
  • live music - música en vivo
  • boarding - embarque
  • next - siguiente
  • roasted - asado
  • strong - fuerte
  • bank - el banco
  • noodles - tallarines
  • See you later - Hasta luego
  • mushroom - seta
  • I'm fine - Estoy bien
  • seashell - concha
  • biscuit - la galleta
  • open - abierto
  • a table for two - mesa para dos
  • ham - jamon
  • yellow - amarillo
  • married - casado
  • river - río
  • charmed - encantado
  • apple - manzana
  • name - nombre
  • red - rojo
  • sausage - salchicha
  • nice - bonito
  • orange - naranja
  • restaurant - restaurante
  • read - leer
  • salad - ensalada
  • leaving - dejando
  • nuts - nueces
  • grey - gris
  • dinner - cena
  • fifty - cincuenta
  • mother - madre
  • fish - pescado
  • reservation - reserva
  • when - cuando
  • chair - silla
  • nose - nariz
  • pasta - pastas
  • kiss - beso
  • smile - sonreír
  • onion - cebolla
  • friend - amigo
  • thunder - trueno
  • why - por qué
  • thigh - muslo
  • donkey - burro
  • warm - calentar
  • drink - bebida
  • what - qué
  • lemon - limón
  • garlic - ajo
  • forty - cuarenta
  • tree - árbol
  • teeth - dientes
  • father - padre
  • suncream - crema solar
  • milk chocolate - chocolate con leche
  • crazy - loca
  • girl - niña
  • happy - contento
  • steak - filete
  • sunburn - bronceado
  • horse - cabello
  • cough - tos 
  • head - cabeza
  • Summer - el verano
  • February - febrero
  • Pillow - almohada
  • Nine - nueve
  • Eyes - ojos
  • June - junio
  • key - llaves
  • dunes - dunas
  • home - casa
  • Stomach - estómago
  • Jump - saltar
  • May - mayo
  • October - octubre
  • Thirsty - sediento
  • Leg - pierna
  • Breakfast - desayuno
  • Six - seis
  • Hungry - hambriento
  • Moon - luna
  • Rice - arroz
  • Vegetarian - vegetariano
  • I don't know - no lo sé
  • Butter - mantequilla
  • Seven - siete
  • July - julio
  • Tired - cansado
  • Speak - hablar
  • Mirror - espejo
  • Small - pequeña
  • Amazing - asombroso
  • Sunglasses - gafas de sol 
  • Toilet - inodoro
  • Excuse me - disculpe
  • Tasty - sabroso
  • Mountain - montaña
  • How far is - que tan lejos esta
  • Waves - olas
  • Sandwich - emparedado
  • Roof - techo
  • Blanket - cobija
  • Eight - ocho
  • Forgot - olvidó
  • Woman - mujer
  • Night - noche
  • Another - otro
  • September - septiembre
  • Hands - manos
  • Flight - vuelo
  • Laugh - risa
  • Sing - canta
  • Can I have the bill - Me puede traer la cuenta
  • Spoon - cuchara
  • Black - negro
  • Bread - pan de molde
  • April - abril
  • Five - cinco
  • Sand - arena
  • Hot - caliente
  • Ear - oreja
  • Dark - oscuro
  • Like - me gusta
  • Sick - enfermo
  • Spicy - picante
  • Kettle - tetera
  • Flowers - flores
  • Sunbathe - tomar el sol
  • Feet - pies
  • December - diciembre
  • Cake - pastel
  • Fireworks - fuegos articiales
  • Rain - lluvia
  • Dress - el vestido
  • Year - año
  • Door - puerta
  • My name is - me llamo
  • Cooking - cocina
  • Four - cuatro
  • August - agosto
  • Massage - el masaje
  • Back - espalda
  • Purple - púrpura
  • Fork - tenedor
  • Knife - cuchillo
  • Three - tres
  • Dog - perro
  • January - enero
  • Stars - estrellas
  • Dancing - bailando
  • Brown - marrón
  • Two - dos
  • Spring - primavera
  • Crisps - patatas fritas
  • Friday - viernes
  • The Menu -La carta 
  • Bed - cama
  • Strawberry - fresa
  • Windy - ventoso
  • Can I have? - puedo tener
  • Bottle - botella
  • Birthday - cumpleaños
  • Green - verde
  • Ten - diez
  • Thursday - jueves
  • March - marzo
  • Umbrella - paraguas
  • November - noviembre
  • Autumn - el otoño
  • One - uno
  • Soap - jabon
  • Wednesday - miércoles
  • Cold - frio
  • Boat - barco
  • Hotel Room - habitación de hotel
  • Newspaper - periódico
  • Man - hombre
  • Walk - caminar
  • Shop - tienda
  • Running - corriendo
  • Cat - gato
  • Swim - nadar
  • What time is it? - que hora es?
  • Big - grande
  • Cloud - nube
  • Pink - rosa
  • Silver - plata
  • Pepper - pimienta
  • Omelette - tortilla
  • Shower - ducha
  • Tuesday - martes
  • Ice - hielo
  • Beautiful - hermosa
  • Awake - despierto
  • Love - amor
  • Shoes - zapatos
  • Money - dinero
  • Hat - sombrero
  • Monday - lunes
  • Glass - vaso
  • Water - agua
  • Sleep - dormir
  • Chicken - pollo
  • Sun - sol
  • Ice-cream - helado
  • Seat - asiento
  • Gold - oro
  • Sunday - domingo
  • Hair - cabello
  • Book - el libro
  • Garden - el gardin
  • Bathroom - el baño
  • Nude - desnudo
  • Towel - toalla
  • Sea - mar
  • What's your name? - Como se llama?
  • Cheers - Salud
  • Wine - el vino
  • Good - bueno
  • Beer - cerveza
  • Cheese - queso
  • Suitcase - maleta
  • Blue - azul
  • White - blanco
  • Where is? - dónde está?
  • Market - el mercado
  • Swimming Pool - la piscina
  • Saturday - sábado
  • Winter - invierno
  • English - inglés
  • I want one - Quiero uno
  • How much does it cost? - Cuánto cuesta
  • Tomorrow - mañana
  • Good evening - Buenas Noches
  • You're welcome - de nada
  • I'm sorry - lo siento
  • Please - Por favor
  • Thankyou - Gracias
  • Beach - La playa
  • Hello - Hola
  • Good morning - Buenos días
  • Goodbye - Adios

Take That Live - Looking Back Part I

The three remaining members stormed onto the stage, and before we knew it there they were in brightly coloured fabulouness!! 

It was an amazing sight to behold. 

And they sounded amazing too. 

There may only 3 of them, but my god they can put on a show!! 

Today, I began to try and get fit and slim - again!!

And so it begins. Again. For what feels that its like the hundredth time. I want to get slim. I want to be toned. I want to be strong. Not for holiday, though its always a strong incentive, but no, this time its for me. 

So today's program is this:
  • 10 squats. 
  • 100 abs. 
  • 10 push ups. 
  • 5 dog leg lifts. 
  • 5 donkey leg lifts
  • 10 star jumps. 
  • 10 tricep dips
  • 10 knee lift. 
  • 10 butt kicks. 

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Make like the Seaside at home

So its January almost gone, but still some sunshine to be had. Sadly not the summer days we imagine at the seaside though.

Which got me to thinking - if we do happen to get another chance at sunny days, how can I recreate the seaside given that we live nowhere near it?

Here is my plan to make our garden and home like being on a seaside break.

1 - make a sand pit
2 - get a paddling pool
3 - get a cocktail kit
4 - get some white fluffy towels
5 - get some beach towels
6 - pack a picnic
7 - get some soft ice cream and cones
8 - get the bbq out
9 - get some sea shells
10 - get a bucket and spade
11 - get a vintage swimsuit
12 - get some blackpool rock (doesn't have to be blackpool)
13 - get some games - giant jenga, giant kerplunk, bat and ball
14 - eat fish and chips in paper
15 - get some deck chairs
16 - make a "face in the hole" cardboard cut out of your choice!

Now there are the ingredients so I just need to lay them out to make it like being away at the seaside.

Obviously, once you have a sand pit, you can feel the sand between your bare toes and make sand castles! The paddling pool is clearly like dipping your toes in the sea - possibly a bit warmer though!

Cocktails for the adults, alcohol free virgin cocktails for the kids. White fluffy towels for after you get showered - wherever you stay, the towels are always white and fluffy!

Beach towels - of course. Plonk yourself down. Pack a picnic and eat Al Fresco. Ice cream in a cone - plus red sauce and sprinkles obvs. If in doubt, get the BBQ out - great if there are a load of you - bang on the burgers and the sausages, fry some onions - job done.

Get some sea shells and listen to the sea. Bucket and spade are obligatory. Vintage swimsuit - the British seaside is not for bikinis. Get you chops around some sticky sweet seaside rock.

Get silly with giant games, and make your own arcade games. For supper, fish and chips in paper is a must, with loads of vinegar, salt and pepper. Eat them sitting in a deck chair.

Finally - get your face in the hole, get a picture snapped and you are almost certainly at the seaside!

How I am going to get fit (starting Monday)

Trainers at the ready

Monday is D-day - Diet day. I need to weigh in, which I am absolutely dreading, and I also need to do my measurements so that I can track my progress in inches as well as stones and pounds. I need to recommence the exercise, which is going to be hard work. In a few weeks from now, things will be much better, but now, at the starting blocks it seems all uphill.

So how am I going to get fit again, and lose this weight that I have gained? And then once I have removed the gain, how am I going to reach goal weight and goal fitness? With a wedding looming in the future - my wedding - this needs to be the success story this time. I have no time for failure this time around.

With this in mind, here is my list of what I am going to include and try to accomplish my goals - not for the wedding, not for holidays, not for anyone other than for myself. This time its for me.

  • Zumba
  • Walking
  • Jogging
  • Running
  • Interval training
  • Dancing
  • Cycling
  • Squats
  • Sumo squats
  • Jumping jacks
  • Tricep dips
  • Push ups
  • Abs - crunches, sit ups, planks
  • Walking planks
  • Rotating planks
  • High knees
  • Front kicks
  • Punches
  • Burpees
  • Dog leg leg lifts
  • Kettle bell swings
  • Dumbbell work
  • Resistance work in groups - chest, shoulders and back, biceps and triceps
  • Swimming
  • Yoga
  • Stretches
  • Step box knee lifts
  • Box jumps
  • Squat jumps
  • Deadlifts
  • Butt kicks
  • Skipping
  • Mountain climbers
  • Box burpees
  • Donkey kicks
  • Inner leg raise
  • Outer leg raise
  • Lunges
  • Jumping lunges
  • Spotty dog jumps
  • Inner leg pulse
  • Kneeling lunge with weight
  • Ski jumps
  • Lying hip raises
  • Side to side lunges
  • Military burpees
  • Gardening
  • Housework
  • Dog walking
  • Stair walking
  • Stepper
  • Cross Trainer
  • Rowing machine
  • Treadmill
  • Boxing moves
  • Grit training
  • Body attack
  • Body pump
  • Double jumps
  • Bunny jumps

I am a Yo-Yo dieter

Where I was:

                    Jubilee Party 2012                                                     Tunisia 2008

Cairo 2007

Sharm El Sheikh 2006

Where I am now (ish):

Fuerteventura 2017

Lanzarote 2016

Marrakech 2015

Tunisia August 2014

Tunisia 2014

May 2014 - Gran Canaria

Menorca 2013

Menorca 2013

Where I want to be:

Goal weight - the diet has begun :) (Again!)