Thursday, 9 July 2020

Best Afternoon Movies to Watch

  • Four Weddings and a Funeral
  • The Full Monty
  • Jurassic Park (any or all of them!)
  • Harry Potter (first 4, the later ones better for evening)
  • Notting Hill
  • Ghostbusters (either)
  • Superman 1,2 or 3 originals
  • Bridget Jones - the first one
  • Pretty Woman
  • The Truman Show

Monday, 6 July 2020

New Wishlist for 2020

  • Vintage lighting
  • Octopus ornament
  • Ericka Figurine
  • Mini Greenhouse
  • Primm 1.7m W x 2.5m D Mini Greenhouse
  • Gardening tool belt
  • Secateurs
  • Garden trug
  • Degree course
  • 4 man tent 
  • Ballet pumps 
  • Barbour Jacket 
  • Bathroom 
  • Beach bag 
  • Bedding 
  • Bicycle 
  • Bikini 
  • Black Ugg Boots 
  • Body butter 
  • Campervan 
  • Carpet 
  • Chaise longue 
  • Chanel Coco Mademoiselle
  • Chanel tote 
  • Clarins Eau Dynamiste body lotion and body wash 
  • Clarins treatment 
  • Comedian tickets / show 
  • Cottage break 
  • Courvoissier 
  • Crystal glasses 
  • Curtains - made to measure
  • Designer Watch 
  • Dress 
  • Egg Chair 
  • Festival tickets 
  • Garden statues 
  • Gas BBQ 
  • Gig tickets 
  • Grieb and Benzinger watch 
  • Handbag 
  • hardbound notebook 
  • Hobbit house 
  • Holiday 
  • Hunter Wellies 
  • Jodhpurs 
  • Land Rover 
  • Lawnmower 
  • Light fittings throughout 
  • Lingerie 
  • Luggage 
  • Lulu Guiness suitcase 
  • Motorhome 
  • New Kitchen 
  • NYC Trip 
  • Patio Heater 
  • Pearl necklace 
  • Pedicure 
  • Pinot Grigio 
  • PJ's 
  • Plastering work 
  • Pop up tent  
  • Angel wings ornament
  • Alapaha Angel Wings Figurine
  • Range Cooker 
  • Rattan furniture set 
  • Riding Boots 
  • Shoes 
  • Shower unit 
  • Slippers 
  • Solar lights 
  • Spa Break 
  • Spa facial 
  • Stationery 
  • Stone bench 
  • Storm Lanterns 
  • Sunglasses 
  • Swarovski Jewellery 
  • Treadmill 
  • Tumble drier 
  • Veneers 
  • Vespa 
  • Vintage luxury chair 
  • Wellies rack 
  • West end show 
  • Whiskey 
  • Wine Fridge 
  • Winter coat 
  • Yankee Candle 
  • Yo Sushi voucher/meal
  • Silver cutlery
  • Microwave
  • Cosmetic treatment
  • Wrought iron radiators
  • Roll top bath 
  • Electric shower 
  • Shower cubicle 
  • Kettle tap 
  • Slim Dishwasher 
  • Towel Radiator 
  • Underfloor heating 
  • Spa massage
  • Gold / Copper kitchen utensils
  • Copper saucepans
  • LED projector mobile
  • Water Feature
  • Table lamp
  • Floor lamp
  • Art - canvas
  • New toilet and sink
  • Bathroom tiles
  • Kitchen tiles
  • Kitchen units
  • American fridge freezer
  • Flip flops
  • Snow Boots
  • Mara™ - Fleece Lined High Rise Snow Boots
  • Wine rack
  • Craft Stuff
  • Dinner Set
  • Funky Socks
  • Mitsubishi Barbarian
  • Nissan Navara
  • Wine subscription
  • Bali Beach Beds
  • Solar charger
  • Beach towels
  • Good scissors
  • Bling jewelled bikini
  • Coco Mademoiselle Fresh Hair Mist
  • Coco Mademoiselle Velvet Body Oil
  • Coco Mademoiselle Fresh Body Cream
  • Coco Mademoiselle Foaming Shower Gel
  • Chanel Le Lift Eye Cream
  • Segway
  • Sleepeezee mattress
  • Spin bike
  • Weight set
  • Cross trainer
  • Leather dining chairs
  • Mascara
  • Kindle
  • Smart light bulbs
  • Smart electric hub
  • Tweezers
  • Baseball cap
  • Induction hob
  • Ankle bracelet
  • Beach holiday
  • Jo Malone Candle
  • Headphones
  • Lulu Guinness Handbag
  • Tweed jacket
  • Home cinema system
  • Wool coat
  • Acrylic nail kit
  • Kitten heels
  • Side lights 
  • Anglepoise lamp
  • Pond plants
  • Duvet cover
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Reason's to Diet #1 - Look Good in a Bikini



Number 1


#Reason No 1 - I want to look good in a bikini!! 

This is my intention to think of a reason every day to stick to my diet. 

If I can keep that thought in mind for each whole day, I hope it will be enough to keep me motivated and inspired. 

Friday, 3 July 2020

The Eternal Hopeful is back, with all things travel, lockdown, life, food, music - here we go again ...

Guess who's back, yes its me. The Eternal Hopeful. I was going for it, for a while. Then 2019 happened. 

My once beautiful blog became, basically, spam. Spam with eggs, spam with chips, spam, spam, spam and spam. I was low on time, low on energy, trying to secure new contracts, trying to deal with key lifetime events. In essence, my blog just became reposted, albeit once original, blog posts about Top 10's mainly. 

I did no new book reviews, or movie or TV recommendations. I didn't even regale you with my diet (fails) or any of my holidays, or gigs. I literally had no time for new content, and I sincerely apologise. 

Fast forward to New Year 2020. I relaunched with lots of ideas and energy. I got a new job, which was exciting, and committed to a plan for the year. Then noone expected what happened next, like something off a movie. In particular - Contagion if you want to scare yourself a bit. 

The whole world in a global pandemic. Countries locked down, unable to travel. The world changed, probably forever. I have been lucky to be able to work from home, but its been intense and its been a huge adjustment. Now, I feel the time has come to start being hopeful again. After the rain comes the sunshine and all that. 

I have lived years in a short 6 month period is what it feels like. I have had downs, more downs, a few more downs, an up, another down, on and on. The country has changed forever. My life has changed forever. 

So The Eternal Hopeful has changed forever. Out with the old, in with the new. I will share with you what it is like to be locked down in your hotel on holiday. What it is like to have a parent undergoing major surgery in the midst of the pandemic. Just life really. 

I once only really blogged about music, travel, fashion. This time, its more real. More every day. More of me. Join me in my adventure of day to day life as we have never known it. xx




My Top 10 Crisp Flavours

  • Cheese & Onion
  • Smoky Bacon 
  • Flamin Hot
  • Sweet Chilli
  • Roast Chicken
  • Mature Cheddar
  • Sour Cream
  • Black Pepper
  • Steak
  • Paprika

My Travel Wishlist

Lets fly lets fly away

I want to go:
  • The Caribbean
  • Italy
  • Cuba
  • Med Cruise
  • Iceland
  • Denmark
  • Bruge
  • Switzerland
  • Australia
  • Hong Kong
  • Thailand
  • Peru
  • Brazil
  • Florida
  • New England
  • Chicago
  • Washington
  • Goa
  • Norway
  • Cape Verde


Thursday, 2 July 2020

My Top Picks - Atmospheric Must Watch Films


  • Wind River
  • Old Boy
  • No Country for Old Men
  • Heat
  • The Revenant
  • Fargo
  • One Hour Photo
  • The Dressmaker
  • The Remains of the Day
  • The Bourne Identity
  • The Big Lebowski
  • O Brother Where Art Thou
  • The Shawshank Redemption
  • Insomnia
  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri
  • Collateral
  • Seven
  • Gangs of New York
  • The Grey
  • The Edge
  • The English Patient
  • The Shining
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
  • Sunshine
  • Unfaithful
  • The End of the Affair
  • The Hurt Locker