A weekend away from it all.

Wednesday, March 27

We all have a happy place.
Somewhere that only holds good memories and that you can escape too when everything goes wrong. 
Norfolk is my happy place.

I had already planned to go to Norfolk this weekend just gone but after receiving some pretty bad news there was no where in the world i wanted to be more than in this little house by the sea.

 A home away from home. The chap in charge of this place is the most genuinely lovely and humbling person i have ever met. He's become a good friend to us all and makes everyone feel welcome and then some! The only thing about the cottage itself is that no dogs are allowed. Judging by the white carpets i can see why but i did miss having Grizzle here with me. 
This is the place to go for somewhere to stay in Norfolk.
Waking up and seeing the sea behind those hills was such a great feeling of freedom. I could finally breathe a sign of relief that the world couldn't find me for a few days. 

 The sun made an appearance but it didn't really do anything to help the weather. It was bitterly cold and the wind was horrendous. Sadly we couldn't walk to the pier this time for fear of being blown away and catching frost bite!
The boy admired the architecture of these buildings. It's embarrassing how much we talk about building work! You can take the QS out of the office.. and all that! 
After the cobwebs had thoroughly been swept away we made our way to Holt for dinner in Byfords. Which is an amazing place if you can get in. I would avoid at bank Holidays though if you can because they normally have cues out the door to get in here. It's also been known to host a few famous people and is a favorite for visiting Londoner's in the summer. Since it wasn't anywhere near peak time we got a table by the fire and enjoyed an hour or two of peace...and a cup of tea or two.
Once our noses had started to defrost we took the coastal route to Wells to pay Rambo a visit..
His names not really Rambo. I just like to call him that! He lives in the field along the roads that cut off down to the beach, and has been here ever since i can remember. 
He's a handsome boy who always comes over when he hears someone stop for him. In the summer children pet him by the duck pond and feed on the ice cream truck that is always parked here. 

Normally i bring him food but i forgot.
..so he tried to eat my scarf instead. 

As you can see the wind really didn't want to play ball! 
Tweed Jacket - Joules | Scarf - Burberry | Jumper - Ralph Lauren

Obviously i couldn't not treat myself to something..

 Every time i leave this place my heart feels a little empty. 
One day i'll retire here to my little country cottage on the hills over looking the sea and the fields. My dogs running around with children and grand children. Spending my days baking and looking after my horses..
Do you have a happy place? Where is it?

Having a bad day? Good.. Me Too!

Monday, March 25

Yes i'm having a bad day. I will probably having quite a few bad days for a while but i am determined to make it through to the other side. So in spite of my Monday bitterness, bitchiness and down right shitty mood here are a few things to try to remember on days/weeks/months like this. 

Life isn't fair, but it's still good.

When in doubt, just take the next small step.

Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.

Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

Pay off your credit cards every month.

You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.

When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.

Don't compare your life to others'. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.

Life is too short for long pity parties. Get busy living, or get busy dying.

You can get through anything if you stay put in today.

It's never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.

When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.

Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

Over prepare, then go with the flow.

The most important sex organ is the brain.

No one is in charge of your happiness except you.

Frame every so-called disaster with these words: "In five years, will this matter?"

Always choose life.

Forgive everyone everything.

What other people think of you is none of your business.

Time heals almost everything. Give time time.

However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.

Believe in miracles.

Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.

rowing old beats the alternative - dying young.

Read the Psalms. They cover every human emotion.

Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back.

Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.

All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

The best is yet to come.

No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

If you don't ask, you don't get.

Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift.

Always play the hand you've been dealt. 

Monday Post: Weekend Musings

Monday, March 18

001. Since it was Comic relief this weekend i did my part by buying the TK Maxx tshirt and these little dinosaur noses. How cute are they? Probably the best noses yet? I like dinosaurs. Very much. 

002. The boy is home for Easter at the minute so on Sunday we took a little shopping trip to a local outlet place. He brought shirts and ties, i brought a McDonald's. I'm trying not to spend my money on things i don't need/ really want, hence why i only brought food. I needed/wanted the food!

003. I think i have the most docile dog on the planet. I dressed him up on Saturday afternoon while he was sat on my lap. He quite happily sat there and let us make him look silly and take photos. I think he likes the attention. Poser!

004. My original plan for Sunday was to go to the local horse event, but since it chukced it down we decided against it. So instead, Sunday evening we popped to the cinema to see the new Jason Statham film, Parker.The boy has wanted to see it ever since the advert caught his beady little eyes. He loves Statham's films. I do too, but for very different reasons ;) Plus you can buy big bags of magic stars at the cinema so how could we not?

005. Speaking of the boy. We finally decided what we are doing for our holiday this year. We are going to travel our way through Scotland. I've always wanted to go and since we like to be active we thought instead of staying in one place we would find some dog friendly B&B's, pack up the car, bring Grizzle with us and have a little tour around. I'm Excited! Does anyone have any Scotland recommendations?

006. Why oh why is Google getting rid of reader? I couldn't be more annoyed at this news. I feel like i'll be starting all over again with blogs. I better dust off my bloglovin account! If you want to continue to follow me i'll leave you some links at the bottom. Speaking of links, i'm on the look out for someone who can point me in the direction of those little blog buttons? 

007. I have another weekend away at the end of the week. The boy and I are going to Norfolk with his parents. The first time of the year and i'm hoping the weather will sort it's hissy fits out by then. I love Norfolk. It's such a happy place for me! 

Safe Haven Movie Review

Monday, March 11

I love going to the cinema. 
I'm a self confessed movie addict and will quite happily spend my time in the cinema with the over priced snacks and sticking floors, just to watch a good film. 
The other week the girls and I decided to spare our other halves from the girlishness and take ourselves for a date with Josh Duhamel and Safe Haven.  

Now i'm NOT an overly chick flick lover. I've never watched 'The Notebook' or 'Dear John' and 'P.S I love you' did nothing for me other than that i can't resist an Irish accent. I find most to be repetitive, far too predictable and completely boring at times. I prefer movies that have a tad more action or even the odd darker approach, and i'll admit that when the trailer first popped on my screen my thoughts were that this movie would be the same as the rest.
It wasn't.

When i searched for a longer trailer on Youtube, it hooked me in enough to agree to see it. At this point i still wasn't expecting much more than a few tense moments inbetween all the kissing in the rain and frolicking on the beach.
I was wrong. 
This, for me, is the perfect amount of girl chick flick cheesiness in with what is actually a surprisingly dark and guessing story line. It's hard to describe this film without giving away the whole story, and most importantly, without giving away the twists and turns that make you re-evaluate the story on more than one occasion. I will however say that if you do see this film be prepared for murder, abuse, drama and, of course, a love story that will keep your heart fluttering throughout. 

 It's only a 12 so don't expect to see more than any other 12 rated movie would allow you because it is only a 12 after all. Saying that, the story is a good one. 
I like movies that don't give everything away at once and this literally kept you thinking the whole way through, then just when you think you've got it all figured out it throws you something that nobody could have predicted right in the last 5 minutes. 

If you do see this film i strongly advise taking tissues with you. Personally I've only ever cried once in a cinema and that was when i was watching 'War Horse'. I'm not a cryer. However i had four girl friends with mascara running down their cheeks for most of the film and upon turning round realised i was probably the only one with dry eyes in the sight.  Take Tissues!

If i see a film and don't think much of it then i wont buy it once the DVD is released. However this one i would strongly consider buying. I'm not sure it would have the same effect now that i know what is going to happen but it is one of those films that you can grab a few of your girls and watch with a glass of wine, or even on your own, under a blanket with buckets of popcorn. 
It's not a 5 star film, but i would argue that it was a 4 star. So that's what i'm sticking too. 

You can watch the trailer here and all photos are from Weheartit.

Instagram Jam

Tuesday, March 5

 I haven't done one of these for a while. 
Here's whats been going on around here, with a little help from my iphone. 

I bit the bullet and parted my hard earned cash. Am i looking at the answer to all my tanning prayers? Or have i spent a wad of cash on a fancy bottle of nothingness? I have yet to see, so until then i will admire the pretty packaging. 

Grizzle took alot of naps and i played around with my new app. Its embarrassing how long i wanted to put hearts on photos! 

I brought a new onesie. (Note. If you enter a Chinese with 5 of your closest friends wearing these you WILL get free stuff! Well... You might not but we did, along with some very funny looks and two very scared children. ) 

Which quickly escalated into this... 
If anyone interested, Grizzle bit my head trying to pull the foxes nose off. 
He won.
This round. 

I made a commitment to get back to this fitness and being able to do the splits again by the end of the year.

I got a text from Dexter the dog in London, who was enjoying his mini break with his owner at the Hilton Hotel. 

Me and this fellow played in the garden.

I did some shopping..

And ate far to many of these.. 

With one very cheeky Border edging closer and closer every time i blinked.

What have you been doing lately?

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