Sunday, July 22, 2018

What I Wore 24th June

One of the things about being on holiday and going swimming a lot is that I end up getting changed a lot! I think my record was four times in one day. But that does mean that I got lots of outfit photos for my blog!

I had bought this cover up for the pool a few weeks ago on Crazy Clearance because it was really really cheap and I liked it a lot and thought it would be perfect to shade me a little bit from the sunshine. My swimming costume came from Yours, but a while ago. I like it though, it feels comfortable but also looks really lovely. I will definitely be taking the wrap with me on holiday later in the year too.

I always try to wear either a hat or a headscarf when swimming in the sun because I do burn my head easily. I forgot one day and ended up with a burnt parting which is so painful and then awful when it peels!

After my shower I got dressed. I had taken this yellow Scarlett & Jo skirt because it's perfect in the summer as it's just one layer and really cool. I bought this top three years ago just before we went to France and although I don't wear it a lot I do really like it and I thought it looked cute with this skirt.

We took this photo on the steps of the caravan just before we sat outside in the late sunshine with a cold drink each!

Friday, July 20, 2018

Trip to Cornwall - Day 2

On our second day in Cornwall we packed a lot in, looking back at these photos! We got up and went swimming first thing. We went into both the indoor and outdoor pools - I thought the indoor one needed a bit of work so much preferred the outdoor one, which was a nice temperature and got nicely deep for swimming, too. The weather was gorgeous, already nice and hot.

We left the pool about midday and got showered and ready, then went to Sainsburys in Helston. It was a decent size supermarket but didn't have some of the stuff we wanted, so we ended up having to make changes to the stuff we had planned on the menu. Oh well, it all worked out for the best.

We took the shopping back to the caravan and set off out again, driving round Lizard Point. We followed signs and ended up at a place called Porthoustock, which turned out to have an absolutely gorgeous beach made up of stones. We spent ages just sitting there and paddling a bit. We also thought it would make a nice place for a beach barbecue (one of the things on my wishlist for the holiday) so decided to come back the next day.

On the way back, Lee saw a sign for Roskilly's ice cream, so once we'd googled to make sure they were still open, we followed the signs. It's in the back end of beyond but I'd say it's worth it - there's a full restaurant, a petting zoo, and a gift shop. We just had ice cream - mine was salted caramel and cream tea and they were both yummy!

After that we just went back to the caravan and had burritos for tea :)

Me sunbathing, and also showing how blue and clear the sky was!

Gorgeous boat at Porthoustock beach

Lee paddling. The beach was quite narrow, but there was a big car park there too and great access to the beach, which was good. The stones weren't too uncomfortable to sit on, but I was glad we had our beach shoes for paddling.

The building was so weird and did look a bit like a nuclear bunker. I think it might have been an old lifeboat station? It was cool, I liked it

Panorama of the beach

Lee and I, but I do realise it looks like I'm trying to stealth take a photo of the people behind us. I wasn't, I promise!

Ice cream!

I started a new cross stitch project while we were away - I'll show more when it's finished!

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Trip to Cornwall - Day 1

On the 23rd of June Lee and I went to Cornwall for a week. We went in 2014 and had such a lovely time that we wanted to go again. I looked for a cottage but they were all really expensive, so we ended up booking into a static caravan on a holiday park near Mullion Cove on Lizard Point. The park had an indoor pool, an outdoor pool, mini golf, an arcade, and loads of entertainment. Some of that stuff we avoided, but we made good use of the pools. We managed to pick a gorgeous week for the weather - it was in the high 20s every day. This meant that we spent a lot of time sitting on the beach or round the pool, instead of spending time exploring small villages. I think we both needed it - we're making plans already for our next trip to Cornwall!

We set off from home around 9.30am. We made good time until Bristol, where there was traffic on the M5, and we didn't get to Mullion until just before 5pm. Now, Lee and I always like to go swimming as soon as we arrive somewhere, to shake off the car and relax a bit, but unfortunately the pools closed at 4.45 so we had just missed them. So we decided to head down to the beach instead.

We put our swim stuff on in case we ended up going into the water properly. I had a list of things I wanted to do and one of them was to swim in the sea, which Lee hasn't done in years and which I've never done with him. So I didn't want to miss out on an opportunity.

Now I'd been told that Mullion Cove beach was gorgeous, and maybe it was, but we couldn't find it. We ended up going slightly further up the coast to Poldhu Cove. It is a gorgeous beach and there were loads of people on it. There's a stream that comes down, so we paddled in that for a bit and then sat in the fading sun before heading back to the caravan to eat.

We had planned to bake something to take with us, but didn't have time, so I'd gone into one of the cafes in our village to ask if they would sell me a whole cake, and they would! So I ordered a chocolate fudge cake for £10 and we picked it up as we left home. It cut into ten pieces so it was definitely value for money, and it was really yummy too. We would definitely do this again!

We went to bed early because we had been travelling so much. The caravan was really clean and cosy, and the bed was perfect for me!

Lee took this as we set off - I drove his car for the first time!

Paddling in the stream at Poldhu Cove, I have never looked so glamorous

The beach with the stream/rocks in the middle

The caravan from the corner sofa. It had two bedrooms which I was glad about - the park has one bedroomed lodges on site but honestly they just looked tiny

And the cake! I will definitely do this again

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Books of the Month - June

I read nine books in June which was loads! It means I am, at the halfway point of the year, ahead of my Goodreads reading challenge. I set it for 60 books in the year, and at the end of June I'd read 34, which I'm pleased about. I loved loads of the nine books. As always, my reviews are over here on my book blog.

Being on holiday did mean I read three books, but even before that I was making the effort to sit in the garden and read in the sunshine. It made me feel so much better in general - I really do thrive in the sun.

Here's some of the books I read:

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Films of the Month - June

I watched eleven films in June. This doesn't seem like many, especially as Lee and I were away for the last week in Cornwall. We usually watch loads of films on holiday but due to the proximity of the beach and the gorgeous weather we had, we spent a lot of time outdoors instead of inside in the evenings. We only watched four films in seven nights, which for us isn't many at all! Anyway, here's what I watched:

Someone mentioned on Twitter that Suffragette was on Netflix so I thought I'd watch it. I think it did a decent job of showing that working class women were involved in the fight for equal votes too, even though most of them weren't given the vote in 1918 (it was given to women over 30 who owned property, which disenfranchised a LOT of women...). Carey Mulligan irritates me but lots of the cast were really good, so in all I enjoyed this and would recommend it. 

Being Star Wars geeks Lee and I went to the cinema to see Solo: A Star Wars Story. It isn't amazing, but it is amusing and I did enjoy it. I liked the bit where Han met Chewbacca for the first time, and I liked Woody Harrelson a lot. I honestly don't think it deserved to be slated the way it has been. 

As I said last month Lee and I started the Hunger Games trilogy, so we watched Catching Fire, which is my favourite of the four films. It's a perfect middle film. (For reference, my favourite Star Wars film is The Empire Strikes Back, so...) Lee enjoyed it.

I first heard of Telstar ten years ago because Carl Barat is in it and I'm a big Libertines fan, but I was warned off it because of Joe Meek's suicide at the end and my dad had just died by suicide. So trigger warning for that! But I felt I could deal with it now and I wanted to see it. I liked it, it's pretty dark and depressing but has some really funny bits. 

Further on my list of Disney films I wanted to see was Coco. I thought it was excellent, really fun and it looks stunning. I'll definitely watch this again. 

The History Boys is one of my comfort films and I love it so very very much. It has its problems but I find it really dry and funny. I haven't seen it in a while so I enjoyed the rewatch. 

I can't remember what reminded me of My Week With Marilyn, but I thought I'd watch it again. I saw it in the cinema in 2011 but have only seen it that once. It's alright; I don't really like Eddie Redmayne which sort of scuppers loving it. Michelle Williams is great at Marilyn, though

Ratatouille was also on my Disney list, so Lee and I watched it on holiday. Neither of us had ever seen it and we both really enjoyed it! 

My Cousin Vinny is one of our favourite films. Yes it's not deep or anything but it is really funny and Joe Pesci is great. We watched this on our wedding anniversary after we'd been out for the day. 

I saw Hidden Figures at the cinema with Sam but Lee had never seen it. He really enjoyed it, which I was really glad about because I think it's perfect!

Finally, we watched X Men: Days of Future Past. It is probably my favourite X Men film, but I am still holding out for two hours of Quicksilver effing shit up.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Lunch out with Philippa

Just before I went on holiday in June I went out for lunch with my friend Philippa. Usually when I see her we meet in Sheffield (last time we went to Make No Bones) but this time she came up to me. I'd been saying how nice Pot House Hamlet was, so we went there. It's really close to my house and the food is all homemade and really delicious. It's often really busy but I hadn't thought to book a table - but fortunately when we got there there were a couple of tables left so we got seated immediately. It isn't huge though and it was surprising how busy it was on just a random Thursday lunchtime.

I had falafel with salads, which is an understatement because it was huge and really yummy. There was hummus and tzatziki and olives and feta, as well as lots of couscous and salad. The falafels themselves were nicely spicy and really crisp. I will definitely get this dish again.

Pippa had the fish and chips, which are always really nice and freshly cooked. For dessert she had raspberry and ginger cake and I had this Oreo chocolate cheesecake which was so good and so filling!

I had just put this Scarlett & Jo dress on to wear, it's one of my favourite dresses and easy to wear. And thanks it has pockets! I love the polka dots and the fact that it's purple. I am definitely taking this on holiday with me!

Saturday, July 7, 2018

A New Maxi Skirt for Work

I recently wore this skirt for the first time for work. I had bought it off Simply Be a few weeks previously, hoping it would be suitable for work. And it is! It's really long, which I like in workwear, and it's comfortable and stretchy but still looks quite smart. I like the dark grey colour and I paired the skirt with this turquoise top for a pop of summer colour.

I don't often wear skirts in this shape, cos I normally go for more tiered ones, but I've struggled to find them recently. They must be out of style for the moment although I'm sure they'll come back in! I felt like this skirt would give me an odd shape, so I put my underskirt on underneath it, but having worn it I think it would be fine to wear by itself. Next time I won't bother with the underskirt!

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

A Friday Day Out

On Friday 8th June I went out for nearly the whole day for a whole day of fun. I had made plans to meet Laura at Meadowhall at 2pm for cake and coffee, but I decided to go a bit earlier to get some lunch. I'd not been to Yo Sushi for ages so I packed my Kindle and took myself off. It was nearly empty so I easily got a seat. I had some of the hot food and a couple of rolls from the belt, along with the bubblegum flavoured soda I had last time, which I'd really recommend. I had a pleasant time sat reading by myself.

Laura arrived at 2pm and we walked down to Debenhams. I wanted to buy some of my favourite perfume - I've been saving up for it for ages because it's not cheap. I'd looked in House of Fraser but they only had 100ml, so I hoped Debenhams would have the smaller bottles. They did! I bought one and we headed back to House of Fraser.

Laura had thought there was a Cheesecake Factory in HoF, but apparently it's not there all the time, so we just went into the cafe instead. I had chocolate fudge cake, it was nice enough for the price I paid for it. We sat there for a couple of hours chatting, which was lovely.

By the time I got home it was almost 5pm, so I just laid on the bed reading for a bit until Lee came home. We had made plans to go to the Showcase cinema in Birstall to see Solo. It was starting at 6,30 and I wasn't sure if traffic was really bad, so we set off quite early. We got to the cinema, bought the last two seats in the screen (the next screening was entirely sold out!) and went in. We were on Row B which was really close to the screen, but the seats at Showcase recline really far and are quite comfortable.

I really enjoyed the film. I know it's had mixed reviews and it wasn't perfect, but I thought it was kitsch and camp enough to get away with it. Woody Harrelson was great and Paul Bettany was too. I enjoyed Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, but he gave me young Jack Nicholson vibes. I am going to write more about it for my Star Wars zine which I really need to get to working on! Lee enjoyed it too, although he's much more cynical than me.

After the film finished we went to Chiquitos for food. Lee had a chicken burger, but I wasn't hungry so I had nachos from the starter menu, which were really nice. We had a really lovely time and I'm glad we went out to the cinema although I'm also really glad we had made plans to stay in for the rest of the weekend!

I was wearing this ancient Beth Ditto at Evans dress, I scored it on eBay a few years ago but have only worn it a couple of times I think. It's plain black, but it has sort of ruffled edges and a belt which I think sets it off nicely. I feel like it is slightly short on me, but with leggings on I decided not to care too much about that. I don't often wear all black but I do think it's a good look on me!

Bubblegum soda in Yo Sushi

Chocolate cake in House of Fraser

My very favourite very expensive perfume


Beth Ditto dress and leggings, along with my favourite trainers!

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Sophie Willan in Barnsley

At the beginning of June, Lee and Sam and I had tickets to see Sophie Willan in Barnsley. I'd seen an article about her and thought she sounded like our kind of thing, so we booked tickets. It was really good to see something in Barnsley, where Lee and I live, because we hardly ever go into town and it seems like a shame. We weren't even entirely sure where the Civic Theatre was, but it is nice to support things in your home town.

We went into town about 5.30 and met Sam at Wetherspoons for food, mostly because it was cheap and meant we could have a drink too. We headed across to the Civic at about 7.30 and went straight in to sit down. It wasn't full but it was full enough to feel full if you see what I mean.

Sophie's support act was called Jonny Pelham and he was pretty funny too, I'd see him again for sure. Sophie's act talked about labels she has had, including "northern", "female", and "working class", and why there needs to be nuances within all of those. She was extremely funny, very forthright, and swore a lot, which I love. She made us laugh but she also has sad parts of her act, and she also made us think. We all really enjoyed the show, and I would definitely see her again.

Friday, June 29, 2018

Trip to Hathersage Lido

I've been meaning to go to Hathersage Lido for about four years. Located in Derbyshire just on the south west of Sheffield, it's about 45 minutes away from our house across the tops, and I've got quite a few friends who've been before, so I've always wanted to make a trip and go. I mentioned it to Lee, who was off work the last week in May, so we said we'd go on the Friday. Only the weather was forecast to be rainy, so we weren't sure if we'd be able to go, but I said we should go there anyway and have a nice lunch out. Anyway, when we woke up it was hazy but sunny, so we set off.

The public session starts at 10.30 on a Friday, so we set off about 9.30 from our house. We've been near Hathersage camping so we sort of knew the way, and we had a nice drive down. We arrived about 10.20 and joined a queue - there were about 20 people ahead of us. The pool does have a capacity so I'd recommend getting there early in case it's really busy. There's quite a few changing rooms, so Lee and I got changed and then stashed all our stuff in two lockers.

The pool is heated, so it felt warm enough to get into. It's quite big, but it gets deep quite quickly so we had to hang on to the side a lot when we swam to the deep end. There was a rope down the length so people could lane swim, which is good if you want a proper swim, but Lee and I stayed in the other part. There were quite a few kids in, but not too many and we still had a lovely swim.

We stayed in until about noon, by which time I was just about to get cold. The sun was peeking through the clouds and we both definitely caught the sun, but I was at the point where I was beginning to feel chilly. On another day I would have sunbathed for a bit, but instead we each had a shower (there aren't many showers, so I was glad we'd got out before the cut off and everyone got out) and got dry.

We went into Hathersage for lunch, stopping at a pub called the Scotsman's Pack. The food was really nice - freshly prepared and delicious. I had a halloumi, avocado, and beetroot hummus salad, and Lee had vegetarian sausages and mash. I'd wanted some local ice cream so I was glad they had loads of flavours. I had salted caramel and double chocolate, and Lee had a chocolate brownie with mint choc chip ice cream.

We will definitely go swimming there again some time, it's utterly worth it if you're nearby. I don't think I've ever been to a lido before but I'd go to another!

I swear it was sunny when we were actually in the pool, these pictures make it look really dark

Plenty of room to swim!

My salad

Lee's brownie

And finally my ice cream! 

We had such a lovely day!

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Trip to Darlington in May

At the end of May I went to Darlington with my friend Katie to see our friend Kate. The three of us met at university sixteen years ago and have been friends ever since. I see Katie a few times a year because she lives in Wakefield, but I hadn't seen Kate in a year so we'd organised to get together again. We were going to meet up in Leeds like we did last year (which I seem to not have posted about), but I was a bit skint so I asked if we could drive up to Kate's and just go a pub instead. They both agreed, so I picked Katie up and we headed up to Darlington which didn't take long. The sun was just about breaking through the haze!

We went to The Tuns in Sadberge, where Kate's brother Paul is a chef. There's a nice beer garden so we sat outside and I think all of us caught the sun! We each had a starter, a main, and a dessert. I had pate to start with, then a savoury pancake with salmon and prawns, and then chocolate brownie. They were all extremely good and I'd really recommend the pub for food and for friendly staff too.

We stayed about three hours just chatting in the sunshine, before going back to Kate's, where we didn't stay very long before Katie and I set off back home.

I love these girls so very much - we lived together for three years at uni, they were my bridesmaids, and even though we don't see each other all that often, I know that they both have my back if I ever need them. We've decided to try to see each other over the summer instead of leaving it so long next time!

Coarse pate with bruschetta and onion chutney

Savoury pancake with salmon and prawns - this was so nice, and something really different

The most gorgeous squidgy chocolatey brownie!

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Films of the Month - May

I watched eight films in May which was quite a low number, but I really enjoyed what I did watch.

The first film I watched was The Rachel Divide on Netflix, which is about Rachel Dolezal and the controversy around her claiming to be black. It was a really interesting documentary and I would thoroughly recommend it. I don't want a picture of Rachel on my blog as I utterly think she's in the wrong, but I would recommend watching the film.

I have a bit of a thing about Mt Everest, I'm sort of fascinated with it. I don't see the point in climbing it so I'm really interested in people who do climb it. I also have a morbid fascination in all the dead bodies that are just left up there because it's too expensive to bring them down or because their families have decided to leave them on the mountain. I've read the book that this film is based on and like I say, I find it morbidly fascinating. 

I've got a list of some Disney films I want to see that I've not seen before and Brave was one of them. I enjoyed it, Kelly Macdonald and Billy Connolly were both great and the story is pretty cute. 

Lee has never seen the Hunger Games trilogy so we started watching it. I had to answer a lot of questions about the world that it's set in, but he thought it was a decent film. 

After I'd seen Love, Simon, I wanted to see this because Nick Robinson is also in it. I haven't read the book, although I've read The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon. I liked this film, Amandla Steinberg is fabulous. 

Someone recommended this to me on Facebook and I'm so glad they did. It's got Jodie Whittaker as a woman who has lost her twin brother and is about to turn thirty without him. She's muddling through life and trying to deal with her grief, so I empathised a lot with her. It's a really great film.

Walk the Line is one of my favourite films as I'm a huge Johnny Cash fan and think both Joaquin and Reese were perfectly cast in this. I love the music

Lastly I watched Moana, it was also on my list of Disney films. I thought it looked stunning, the ocean especially looked gorgeous! I'd watch this again.