Tuesday, 16 October 2018

My Wedding - To Do List


  • The Dress
  • The Bridesmaids dresses
  • My hair
  • Their Hair
  • My make up
  • Their Make Up
  • The rings
  • My nails
  • My jewellery
  • Bridesmaids jewellery
  • Flowers
  • Venue
  • Number of guests
  • Guestlist
  • Seating Plan
  • Photographer
  • Stationery
  • Food
  • Drink
  • Table settings
  • Decor
  • Music
  • Entertainment
  • Accommodation
  • My dog
  • The Vows
  • The Honeymoon
  • Bridal lingerie
  • Hen night
  • Stag do
  • Date


My Top 10 Milkshake

  • Toblerone chocolate milkshake
  • Oreo biscuit milkshake
  • Dairy Milk milkshake
  • Cadbury creme egg milkshake
  • Lindt milkshake
  • Chocolate orange milkshake
  • Snickers milkshake
  • Nutella milkshake
  • Eton Mess milkshake
  • Galaxy milkshake

Today's motivation for working out

As I endlessly look for new ways to lose weight, tone up, get fit, get healthy, invariably I stumble upon various motivational phrases. Not a clue where most of them originated from, and I am not trying to pass them off as my own, but just felt a collection of them might just help me keep focused and achieve my goals.

So here is my round up of the ones I found personally inspiring and motivating:

  • You will never get the ass you want by sitting on it. 
  • You are going to want to give up - don't do it!
  • Losing weight is hard, being fat is harder. 
  • Exercise should be your stress reliever, not food.
  • You never know your limits until you pass them. 
  • Throw in the towel, or use it to wipe off the sweat!
  • The fact that you are not where you want to be should be enough motivation. 
  • Excuses will always be there, today won't.
  • This month's choices are next month's body. 
  • I'm a Fighter not a Quitter.
  • Workout because you love your body not because you hate it. 
  • 3 months from now you will thank yourself. 
  • Skinny girls look good in clothes. Fit girls look good naked. 
  • One pound at a time. 
  • You are stronger than you think. 
  • Train the quit out of you. 
  • In 2 weeks you will feel it, in 4 weeks you'll see it, in 8 weeks you'll hear it. 
  • My heart says chocolate and wine, my jeans say eat a salad!
  • I know what failure feels like, I want to see what happens if I don't. 
  • You regret the workouts you miss, never the ones you smash. 
  • I am tired of hating my own body. 
Right - where are those trainers.... 

Day 6 of My 5 Week Beach Body Challenge

Day 6:
  • 325 crunches
  • 15 squats
  • 10 burpees
  • 50 high knees

Day 5:
  • 300 crunches
  • 30 squats
  • 20 tricep dips
  • 25 tricep dips
  • 8 burpees
  • 5 squat jumps

Day 4:
  • 275 crunches
  • 30 squats
  • 15 push ups
  • 15 tricep dips
  • 5 burpees

Day 3:
  • 250 crunches
  • 30 squats
  • 10 push ups
  • 10 tricep dips


Day 2:
  • 225 crunches
  • 1 x 20 second planks
  • 25 squats
  • 10 push ups
Day 1:
  • 200 crunches / abs
  • 25 squats

Larger than Life - reminder of why I don't eat like I used to!

Here is me - larger than life!!


Thankfully, I am much less large these days. Having said that, I am heading in that direction again, but I have started my health kick again. I will never get to this stage again!! :) 

Monday, 15 October 2018

Spicy Veggie Wraps - Tonight's Effort


In my bid to be healthy, I am trying to put some variety into my meals to avoid de-railing or getting bored. Tonight's effort is Spicy Quorn Wraps. Basically, quorn mince with lots of spices, tomatoes, chillies and garlic, fried with chopped onions and peppers, wrapped in low fat tortilla wraps with a dollop of low fat mayo. Yum :)

Day 5 of my 5 Week Beach Body Challenge

Day 5:
  • 300 crunches
  • 30 squats
  • 20 tricep dips
  • 25 tricep dips
  • 8 burpees
  • 5 squat jumps

Day 4:
  • 275 crunches
  • 30 squats
  • 15 push ups
  • 15 tricep dips
  • 5 burpees

Day 3:
  • 250 crunches
  • 30 squats
  • 10 push ups
  • 10 tricep dips


Day 2:
  • 225 crunches
  • 1 x 20 second planks
  • 25 squats
  • 10 push ups
Day 1:
  • 200 crunches / abs
  • 25 squats

My Top 10 Sushi

  • Chicken Gyoza (dumplings)
  • Chicken Katsu Curry
  • Firecracker Rice
  • Beef and Garlic Teriyaki
  • Pumpkin Katsu
  • Chicken Katsu
  • Cucumber Maki
  • Spicy Chicken Roll
  • Vegetable tempura
  • Inari Pocket

What a fabulous idea - Adult colouring books!!

This evening I have stumbled upon something I had never imagined. Adult colouring books!!

Who didn't love colouring in as a child? correct. Noone. Everyone loves colouring when they are young.

But just for a moment imagine rather than pouring a glass of wine (or maybe as well as) you whip out your adult colouring book!! I don't mean adult as in X-rated either. I'm not talking about pornographic or sexual here.

I'm talking felt-tip pens and lovely pictures!! Yay!! Now I just need some lego to play with and I will be happy :)

Learning Spanish - This Week's Learning

This week's learning:
  • cheese baguette - un bocadillo de queso
  • seventeen - diecisiete
  • turquoise - turquesa
And here is the rest:
  • straw - paja
  • school - colegio
  • last day - último día
  • piercing - perforación
  • no thankyou - no gracias
  • cherry - chereza
  • wool - lana
  • my pet - mi mascota
  • tomato - tomate
  • carrots - zanahorias
  • toothpaste - pasta dental
  • thirty - treinta
  • I don't understand - no entiendo
  • ball - bola
  • last week - la semana pasada
  • unpack - deshacer
  • shopping - compras
  • wedding - Boda
  • of course - naturalmente
  • travel - viajar
  • special - especial
  • beef - carne de vaca
  • weather - clima
  • smoked - ahumado
  • lazy - perezoso
  • grapefruit - pomelo
  • fried egg - huevo frito
  • low fat - bajo en grasa
  • trousers - pantalones
  • cider - la sidra
  • twenty - veinte
  • vegetable - vegetal
  • maybe - tal vez
  • What time does it start? - A qué hora empieza?
  • thumb - pulgar
  • terrace - la terraza
  • town - pueblo
  • non alcoholic cocktail - cóctel sin alcohol
  • pet - mascota
  • anniversary - aniversario
  • sapphire - zafiro
  • socks - calcetines
  • toffee - caramelo
  • tweezers - las pinzas
  • pork - cerdo
  • blood - sangre
  • starter - entrada
  • thirteen - trece
  • bald - calvo
  • sad - triste
  • see you tomorrow - Hasta mañana
  • butterfly - la mariposa
  • over there - Por ahí
  • I don't like it - no me gusta
  • snore - ronquido
  • window - ventana
  • nevermind - no importa
  • blueberry - arándano
  • toilet paper - Papel de baño
  • milkshake - batido
  • to the right - A la derecha
  • I understand - entiendo
  • weekend - el fin de semana
  • where are you from? - de donde eres
  • scrambled - Revueltos
  • ticket - boleto
  • snake - serpiente
  • the sky is clear - El cielo esta despajado
  • sixty - sesenta
  • banana - plátano
  • slow - lento
  • city - ciudad
  • avocado - aguacate
  • sky - cielo
  • sunset - puesta de sol
  • how are you - cómo estás
  • to the left - A la izquierda
  • knee - rodilla
  • sugar free - Sin azúcar
  • shave - afeitado
  • bacon - tocino
  • anything else? - Algo más?
  • twelve - doce
  • baked beans - alubias
  • promise - promesa
  • wrong - incorrecto
  • airport - aeropuerto
  • brunette - morena
  • and you - y tu?
  • smoke - fumar
  • Balcony - balcón
  • room - el cuarto
  • scissors - tijeras
  • lost - perdió
  • nails - uñas
  • street - calle
  • sugar - el azúcar
  • port - puerto
  • a bit more - Un poco más 
  • bad weather - mal tiempo
  • salt - sal
  • nice breeze - buena brisa
  • ankle - tobillo
  • closed - cerrado
  • late - tarde
  • exit - salida
  • soon - pronto
  • yes - si
  • 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

Things to do in October

  • Carve a pumpkin
  • Make a scary costume
  • Go to a Halloween party
  • Protect your half hardy plants
  • Enjoy the Autumn colours
  • Lift tender bulbs and perennials
  • Plant your woody plants
  • Plant you daffodils and tulips bulbs for next year
  • Go to the treetop walkway in the Cotswolds
  • Hire a cosy lodge or cottage for the weekend
  • Go to the Palinka & Sausage Festival in Budapest
  • Celebrate Oktoberfest
  • The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival 
  • Cut back perennials
  • Sow some seeds
  • Visit the London Dungeon
  • Sweep up the leaves
  • Make a compost heap
  • Go on a ghost walk
  • Take a hot bath when its dark outside
  • Go to Fright Fest in Brighton
  • Watch some scary movies
  • Sign up for Stoptober if you smoke
  • Go to the Chocolate Show in London

Sunday, 14 October 2018

14th October - Today is National Dessert Day



  • 13th October - National Yorkshire Pudding Day
  • 12th October - National Savings Day
  • 11th October - National Stop Bullying Day.
  • 10th October - World Mental Health Day
  • 9th October - National Mouldy Cheese Day
  • 8th October - National Kick Butt Day
  • 7th October - World Smile Day
  • 6th October - National Mad Hatter Day
  • 5th October - National Do Something Nice Day
  • 4th October - National Vodka Day
  • 3rd October - World Architecture Day
  • 2nd October - National Name Your Car Day
  • 1st October - International Coffee Day

13th October - National Yorkshire Pudding Day


  • 12th October - National Savings Day
  • 11th October - National Stop Bullying Day.
  • 10th October - World Mental Health Day
  • 9th October - National Mouldy Cheese Day
  • 8th October - National Kick Butt Day
  • 7th October - World Smile Day

  • 6th October - National Mad Hatter Day
  • 5th October - National Do Something Nice Day
  • 4th October - National Vodka Day
  • 3rd October - World Architecture Day
  • 2nd October - National Name Your Car Day
  • 1st October - International Coffee Day

Things I want to do with My Life

Things I want to do in my life
  • Write a novel
  • Learn another language fluently
  • Reach my goal weight
  • Pay off my mortgage
  • Own a new car fresh off the forecourt
  • Own a place in the sun
  • Set foot on every continent
  • Own an apartment in London
  • Own an apartment in Manchester
  • Ride a horse across a beach
  • Go skiing
  • Learn to cook Sushi
  • Have the whole house how I want it to be fully finished
  • Have no money worries
  • Live abroad for a few months 
  • Go on a round the world trip
  • Own a horse
  • Go the races
  • Go on a theatre break
  • Own a place in Gran Canaria
  • Learn to ride a motorbike
  • Learn to scuba dive
  • Travel the world
  • Be in a play or a film
  • Change career
  • Get a degree
  • Swimming with sea turtles
  • Shark cage experience

Day 4 of my 5 Week Beach Body Challenge

Day 4:
  • 275 crunches
  • 30 squats
  • 15 push ups
  • 15 tricep dips
  • 5 burpees

Day 3:
  • 250 crunches
  • 30 squats
  • 10 push ups
  • 10 tricep dips


Day 2:
  • 225 crunches
  • 1 x 20 second planks
  • 25 squats
  • 10 push ups
Day 1:
  • 200 crunches / abs
  • 25 squats

My Top 10 Spud Fillings

  • Cheese and Onion
  • Veggie Curry
  • Cheese and Beans
  • Chick Pea Dahl
  • Chilli Con Carne
  • Sour Cream and Salsa
  • Feta, garlic and olives
  • Sausage and Cheese
  • BBQ Chicken
  • Cottage cheese and spring onion

Saturday, 13 October 2018

Day 3 of my 5 Week Beach Body Challenge

Day 3:

  • 250 crunches
  • 30 squats
  • 10 push ups
  • 10 tricep dips


Day 2:
  • 225 crunches
  • 1 x 20 second planks
  • 25 squats
  • 10 push ups
Day 1:
  • 200 crunches / abs
  • 25 squats

My Top 10 Cous Cous

  • Moroccan spice
  • Lemon and Coriander
  • Chilli
  • Roasted Vegetables
  • Aromatic Thai
  • Chargrill Vegetables
  • Tomato and Garlic
  • Red Onion
  • Giant cous cous
  • Cous cous and feta

Friday, 12 October 2018

My Bucket List

  • Ride a horse across a beach
  • Write a novel
  • See The Northern Lights
  • Christmas in New York
  • Visit Thailand
  • Visit Niagara Falls
  • Visit a pink beach
  • Ride a Gondola
  • Watch the sunset across the sea with a glass of wine
  • Ride a Segway
  • Sit in a hot tub in winter
  • Visit the Eiffel Tower and Paris
  • Visit Cambodia
  • Go to Bora Bora
  • Try some watersports - Jet Ski
  • Visit Hawaii
  • Visit Iceland and the hot springs
  • Visit the Trevi Fountain and Rome
  • Visit Pompeii Italy
  • Go Zip Lining
  • Walk behind a waterfall
  • Try body boarding
  • Visit Santorini Greece
  • Go to the Maldives
  • See the Taj Mahal
  • Go on a sea swing
  • Visit the Caribbean
  • Go to the Mineral baths in Tuscany
  • Visit Amsterdam
  • Visit Bali
  • Visit South Africa
  • Visit a Fairytale village
  • Go to Vancouver
  • Visit Saltburn tramway, UK
  • Go the chocolate festival in Bruges, Belgium
  • Go to the airport and book a random flight
  • Shark cage experience
  • Have a walk in closet
  • Dine in an underwater restaurant
  • Visit a black beach
  • Learn how to do a cartwheel
  • Visit the glowworm caves in New Zealand
  • Ride and elephant
  • Go to Venice
  • Have a flat stomach
  • Experience zero gravity
  • Start regular running
  • Midnight baking
  • Go for an early morning stroll
  • Visit Vienna
  • Learn another language fluently
  • Own a place in the sun
  • Go on a theatre break
  • Try Skiing
  • Reach my goal weight
  • Swimming with sea turtles
  • Go the races
  • Stay in a log cabin
  • Pay off my mortgage early
  • Learn to scuba dive
  • Skinny dip :)
  • Get Married
  • Go on a round the world trip
  • Own an apartment in London
  • Formula One experience
  • Learn to ride a motorbike
  • Have a sailing lesson
  • Fly in a Chinook Helicopter
  • Wimbledon
  • Own a new car fresh off the forecourt 
  • Go whitewater rafting
  • Go camping / glamping
  • Visit Budapest
  • Own an apartment in Manchester
  • Have no money worries
  • Get a degree
  • Change career
  • Have a flying lesson
  • Go Swimming in the rain
  • Swim in a river / lake
  • Travel the world
  • Have the whole house how I want it to be fully finished
  • Live and work abroad for a few months 
  • Be in a play or a film
  • Go to all the continents - 3 to go - Antarctica, Asia and South America 
  • Go indoor sky diving

12th October - Today is National Savings Day


  • 11th October is National Stop Bullying Day.
  • 10th October - World Mental Health Day
  • 9th October - National Mouldy Cheese Day
  • 8th October - National Kick Butt Day
  • 7th October - World Smile Day

  • 6th October - National Mad Hatter Day
  • 5th October - National Do Something Nice Day
  • 4th October - National Vodka Day
  • 3rd October - World Architecture Day
  • 2nd October - National Name Your Car Day
  • 1st October - International Coffee Day

My Top 10 Cream Cakes




  • Chocolate Eclair
  • Cream Finger Doughnut
  • Fresh cream bramley apple turnover
  • Profiteroles
  • Fresh cream and jam scones
  • Fresh cream meringues
  • Victoria Sponge
  • Cream horn
  • Fresh cream chocolate roulade
  • Trifle
  • Day 2 of My 5 Week Beach Body Challenge

    Day 2:
    • 225 crunches
    • 1 x 20 second planks
    • 25 squats
    • 10 push ups
    Day 1 was:
    • 200 crunches / abs
    • 25 squats

    Thursday, 11 October 2018

    Today is National Stop Bullying Day

    11th October is National Stop Bullying Day.


    • 10th October - World Mental Health Day
    • 9th October - National Mouldy Cheese Day
    • 8th October - National Kick Butt Day
    • 7th October - World Smile Day
    • 6th October - National Mad Hatter Day
    • 5th October - National Do Something Nice Day
    • 4th October - National Vodka Day
    • 3rd October - World Architecture Day
    • 2nd October - National Name Your Car Day
    • 1st October - International Coffee Day

    My Beach Body Challenge starts today - Day 1

    Day 1 of my Beach Body Challenge:

    • 200 crunches / abs
    • 25 squats
    What does tomorrow hold? 
    • 225 crunches
    • 1 x 20 second planks
    • 25 squats
    • 10 push ups
    I got this!! 

    My Top 10 Doughnuts

    • Strawberry Jam Doughnuts
    • Milk Chocolate Ring Doughnuts
    • Lemon Curd Doughnuts
    • Chocolate filled Doughnuts
    • Strawberry Iced Doughnuts
    • Caramel Custard Doughnuts
    • Dairy Cream Doughnuts
    • Mini Sugared Doughnuts
    • Triple Chocolate Doughnuts
    • Blueberry Jam Doughnuts

    Wednesday, 10 October 2018

    Today is World Mental Health Day - its important to think about that a moment

    Today is World Mental Health Day. You have probably noticed an abundance of meaningful quotes on social media today, as everyone does their bit to share awareness.

    Celebrities have been out in force, giving their support for the cause and its all fabulous. But is it? Isn't it truly awful that we so many of us have to go through this. Personally, I found my experience of mental health, to be frank, bloody well terrifying.


    I am not for one second suggesting that its bad that everyone is supporting this cause. What I find more scary than my own experience, is my newfound awareness of just how many of use have to go through this. I had no idea it was so common place, or worse, so likely to happen. Nobody warned me - I literally had no clue what the hell was happening to me.

    My own issue, was with anxiety. For some its depression, or addiction, or bi-polar, or any combination of the above, or its vertigo, or its agoraphobia - so many variations. Anxiety, or so I thought, was getting nervous for an event - like an interview or exam. I was entirely unprepared for it.

    For the first weeks of my experience, I was utterly and completely in denial. There was just no way I was going to accept it was happening to me. Not to me - I was tough, I was strong, I was resilient. Yes I was, but I also had anxiety. Quite a serious case of it too.

    Had I been prepared, had I known the symptoms, had I known anything about what I could possibly to do manage it, combat it, beat it, live with it I might not have battled against acceptance for as long as I did. What I felt like was a failure, that there was something wrong with me, that I was weak.

    I no longer think this way, as moving through it, like trying to walk through thick mud, and learning along the way, I have come out the other side with a different view of mental health completely.

    It doesn't just happen to other people, its not something you can avoid, and its not a weakness. We should all talk about it. Its nothing shameful, yet sometimes it feels it is. What we should do is make everyone aware of what it is, what it means, and how to live with it.

    Simple things like exercise can help enormously. Telling people you are having a bad day so they understand. Not being alone with it. Accepting it. So here is to everyone out there, those currently going through it, those who have been through, those that are living with it or around it, or those that have yet to experience it. We all need to be aware of this issue as its as common as a cold.

    My Bucket List - Done so Far

    Braving the rapids - that is me at the front

    • 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
    • Swim in the rain - Fiji
    • 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 
    • Get a tattoo
    • Barcelona City Break
    • Gambled in Las Vegas
    • White Water Rafting
    Pinterest Board - Bucket List Done

    My Top 10 Spices



  • Garlic
  • Chilli
  • Coriander
  • Cumin
  • Garam Masala
  • Paprika
  • Curry powder
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Piri Piri
  • Mixed herbs
  • Tuesday, 9 October 2018

    My Top 10 Sponge Cakes





  • Victoria sandwich
  • Lemon sponge
  • Chocolate sponge cake
  • Angel layer cake
  • Rainbow sponge
  • Coffee and walnut 
  • Red Velvet
  • White chocolate and strawberry
  • Coffee sponge
  • Vanilla sponge
  • Monday, 8 October 2018

    My Top 10 Buffet Foods




  • Cheese and onion quiche
  • Sausage rolls
  • Potato salad
  • Pizza slices
  • Potato Wedges
  • Chicken goujons
  • Garlic bread
  • Cheesy coleslaw
  • Pasta salad
  • Crisps and dips
  • Sunday, 7 October 2018

    My Top 10 Pasta

    • Farfalle (bows)
    • Conchiglioni (shells)
    • Cannelloni (large tubes)
    • Fusilli (coiled rods)
    • Spaghetti (straight)
    • Fettucine (ribbon)
    • Tagliatelle (thin ribbon)
    • Ravioli (stuffed)
    • Lasagne (sheets)
    • Gnocchi (round)

    Saturday, 6 October 2018

    My Top 10 Staffordshire Oatcakes

    • Plain Cheese
    • Cheese and Onion
    • Cheese and Sausage
    • Cheese and Bacon
    • Mushroom, Cheese and Tomato
    • Sausage and Egg
    • Cheese and Beans
    • Cheese and Tomato
    • Sausage, Cheese and Beans
    • Cheese, Mushroom and Veggie Sausage

    Friday, 5 October 2018

    My Top 10 Savoury Muffins

    • Feta cheese, onion and rosemary
    • Welsh rarebit
    • Cheese and Leek
    • Carrot and courgette
    • Spinach and cheese
    • Courgette and pine nut
    • Red onion, cheddar and bacon
    • Spring onion, cheese and pancetta
    • Carrot, spinach and cumin
    • Sweet potato 

    Thursday, 4 October 2018

    My Travels in Marrakech - Up on the Roof


    It was beautiful up on the rooftop


    It was still warm and bright



    The light changed as the sun lowered on the horizon



    It turned the mountains pink


    And the rooftops red



    It was breathtaking as the sunset and the city lit up



    Simply stunning


    Tiger in Marrakech!! Grr!



    I think its fair to say the animal print went to my head a little ! :)


    Not just mine ! 



    Travels in Marrakech - Champagne??




    Don't mind if I do:


    We did win it - on an all inclusive! 


    nice to have a proper branded drink though


    Can't beat some fizz


    Cheers! 


    My travels in Marrakech - fun by the pool


    Sunshine, good book, cold beer :) 


    Amazing pool



    Strange to be inland - it felt like an oasis



    Nothing better than a dip when its hot




    So relaxing


    Most of the time! 



    Travels in Marrakech - sunset over the Atlas Mountains


    Snow capped mountains


    Sparkling in the early evening sunshine




    The mountains rose up behind the rooftops



    We watched the sunset from a rooftop bar





    It was so dramatic with the backdrop of city and mountains




    As the sun set, the lights of the city came on




    The red city literally burned red as the sun finally set