Friday, 30 May 2014

Celebrate the small things

With thanks as ever to our host Viklit and her team of co-hosts;


The last couple of weeks have been crazy busy! I've been to London on a school residential. Lots of fun but exhausting! We packed lots in including, The National History Museum, The London Eye, The British Museum and Hampton Court. But the highlight for me was seeing the Lion King. I love the big West End musicals and I have never seen this one. I wasn't disappointed. The costumes and singing were amazing. 

We didn't have all that long at Hampton Court and I would love to go back again, maybe without loads of kids so I can fully appreciate it! There are some beautiful examples of stained glass and the rose garden smelled divine.

Other celebrations worth mentioning from the last fortnight are;
  • A night in a nice hotel with hubby. He was working but I got to enjoy this great view for the day!

View from balcony. Hotel was only 25 miles from home but felt like a real holiday as the weather was perfect.

  • The half term break to catch up on some sleep!
  • Two fun nights out with friends.
  • Cleaning the cooker (hate that job!).
  • Having a wardrobe clear-out and doing some recycling.
  • Getting a first draft completed. So pleased that I have be able to nail this over the last few days. I know there is work to do on it but hey for now I'm doing the first draft happy dance!
So, what's everyone else celebrating? I'll head round some blogs and find out. In the meantime, happy weekend to all.


We saw Stonehenge from the bus


I was pretty scared on the London Eye as I don't like heights!


A night time view from the Eye. Bit wobbly as I wouldn't go near the edge of the pods!


One of the many fabulous stained glass windows at Hampton Court

38 comments:

  1. Hi Suzanne - you have been busy .. and each visit will tempt for a longer stay next time .. I hope to get to the Natural History Museum shortly and on Monday I'm off the the Vikings at the BM .. and I definitely need to get to Hampton Court sometime ... but a stay in a hotel in Cornwall sounds better than the above - perhaps! Still it'd be good ...

    Cheers and welcome back to normal life .. cheers Hilary

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    1. Thanks Hilary. Didn't go in the Vikings at the BM but heard it is good, hope you enjoy it. The hotel stay was a lovely little breather in all the whirl!

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  2. I love the photo from the balcony! Congratulations on the first draft :-)

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    1. Thanks, Annalisa, it's a good feeling!

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  3. Looks like you had a wonderful trip! Have you ever been to Avebury? (like Stonehenge but more accessible?)
    Thanks for sharing your trip with us!

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    1. Hi Tyrean, no I haven't been there. They don't let you get too near Stonehenge now, I guess they need to protect it from everyone's hands and feet.

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  4. You are SO brave going on the London Eye! I would be too scared!

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    1. I chickened out when I went with my own family but could show no fear in front of a class of children!

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  5. Wow, sounds like you were a busy bee indeed. Sounds like it was fun and a nice break to at the hotel

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  6. Congrats on completing the first draft. I have a long way to go before I do that. The view from your hotel balcony is amazing.

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    1. It's a great view isn't it? Hope you continue to make progress on the first draft.

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  7. Congrats on that draft AND cleaning out your closet. I keep thinking about getting on that little chore. But closets are more daunting than novels. :-) I loved the pictures of your trip.

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    1. Sometimes having a clear out just means you buy new stuff to replace it!

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  8. Congrats on getting your first draft done! That is a beautiful view from your hotel window :)

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  9. Yay for the finishing your first draft! Glad you had a busy fun time in London as well. Pretty pictures. ;)

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    1. It was hectic but we packed a lot in!

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  10. Sounds like you had a great trip! The pictures you shared are lovely. :)

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  11. A school residential is the best excuse EVER to "have" to go to London! What a fabulous bunch of activities! I'm sooo envious! :)

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  12. WOW how exciting and beautiful!! Have a nice weekend.

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  13. Great view from the hotel. A pity Stonehedge was only seen from the bus, but cool that you got to see it. I adore the Ferris wheel in general, so the Eye would be my fav part of your trip. Looks like you had a good time. :)

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    1. I'm glad I managed to do it, but for me it was a little scary! I was shaking a bit when I got off! Thanks so much for the visit.

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  14. I've always wanted to visit London! I'm super jealous! :)

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    1. Hope you get there one day, it is an amazing city.

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  15. Hi Suzanne,

    Some time away and a first draft completed. That's a positive outcome. I really should get down to London. My adoring fans in Chelsea are missing me! :)

    Have a lovely weekend.

    Gary

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    1. I drove through Chelsea, I did indeed see signs demanding you and Penny visit forthwith!

      Blessings to you :)

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  16. Wow!
    I'm in awe of you for achieving all that with a class of school children! There's nothing more exhausting than helping out on a school trip - and I speak as one who's never managed more than a few hours at a time. I doubt I'd survive a residential - yet you seem to have come back and finished a first draft. Superwoman!
    So many gorgeous photos too xxx

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    1. It's probably adrenalin fuelled! I am flagging somewhat today or maybe that's just the thought of the end of the half term! xx

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  17. I want to have a clean over, that view, an organised wardrobe and a completed first draft please. :(

    You rock! Now go have a lovely (relaxing) weekend. :) X

    shahwharton.com

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    1. Hehe now let me just see where did I put my magic wand ...?

      Enjoy your weekend too Shah :)

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  18. I saw The Lion King a few years ago and absolutely loved it! Hope you've enjoyed a well deserved break this half term. :-)

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  19. You got to see The Lion King? Very cool!

    Also, congrats on the first draft! That's awesome! :D

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  20. Your trip sounds fabulous. Thanks for sharing the pics.

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  21. Sounds like a great time! I love the pic of the stained glass windows...so pretty!
    ~Katie

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