Funny At Fifty

Unfiltered thoughts on approaching 50... Laying myself bare and encouraging you to join me on this journey, With a Cup of tea of course!

Paris la Ville de L'amour

Its Here the Surprise holiday Id been waiting for, Hubby had arranged everything, I'm certainly a very lucky girl,  I had No idea where we were off to, I was told to pack for the cold, and of course being a minimalist, packing comes easy!

So we left bright and early, before the sun was up, and Mr P drove to the first destination.

Having never been, when we arrived at Ebsfleet I was a tad baffled.  there were no signs, of an airport, ferry terminal, so I kept quiet and went with the flow.  When we parked up, Mr P handed me an envelope, in it was our Destination.......

Drum roll.............

Somewhere Id wanted to go since a little girl..... Paris....Oh wow, to say I was excited, well is an understatement. I simply screamed with delight.  Now I was like a kid on Christmas Eve,
I literally got out of the car and yes... I done a little dance and scream...Yes I am Mad!
  So we gathered our case and went into the departure at Ebsfleet for the Euro tunnel.
Once on the euro tunnel it seemed like No time at all, until we arrived ....
Paris

we were staying in the Montmartre quarter the northern district, it was stunning, a short walk once out of the tube station and we were at our Hotel, The Mercure, it was lovely very modern contemporary, Then when we walked into our room, well , The view speaks for it self....

 


After settling in we ventured out not wanting to waste a moment, and arrived at Sacre-coeur Basilica
wow as you can see a beautiful Church which is the second most visited monument after Notre Dam.



Once wandering around this stunning church and grounds, we decided to find a little cafe for some lunch, and the tiny cobbled streets did not disappoint, I felt quite 'French", sitting outside a little bistro, with its covered tables, and patio heaters, I could've sat for ages simply 'being in the moment' and people watching, which I found out appears to be quite the past time of the more mature French.



But hey we can't waste a single moment, so off we went walking throughout the tiny streets, having a mooch.  we walked back to our hotel, and suddenly all the excitement had taken its toll...Remember Im 50 now!😉, But on route we happened to pass and amazing Patisserie, Oh my ....cake heaven!,
as you all know i'm a tad partial to cake, so of course it would be rude not to partake!



So we decided to......
....Yes have room service, now to some this may seem,  boring,  or even normal, but to me this is something I have wanted to do for ever! and it did live up to my expectations, We ordered a Club sandwich, oh and what a sandwich it was .....De....licious! then of course we had said cake , and All In bed! oh dear!




The following day we started with an amazing Buffet brekkie, got to say I always find it better to stick with the local foods, when abroad, personally I never like the fried brekkie etc, so for me it was local Fruit, yoghurts, pancakes with honey, and of course an array of pastries, just to fuel up for our day two adventures!

Day Two, Mr P had pre booked our Eiffel Tower trip, so we made our way there, done the obligatory
photo underneath the Tower.....


The architecture for me is amazing, it's something I love to see, and it certainly didn't disappoint.
As were the views across Paris, we climbed right to the top, but was a little windy, so done a few piccies and ventured inside for a hot choccy.



We then made our way to Les Grands Boulevards, where we had been told to visit the stores as the christmas displays are stunning. which they certainly were, but unfortunately we got caught up in the Riots, which I've got to say was actually quite scary, we were literally walking adjacent to the rioters , we had seen it on the news earlier, but never dreamed it would be so close. we went down to the underground, but then we quickly realised there was teargas in the stairways, so we managed to get above ground and break away from the hustle and bustle, Not something I ever want to relive, I can assure you.

Unfortunately we had to reschedule our evening meal plans because of them, as the taxi driver advised us not to go, and he kindly took us back to our hotel, so we simply changed and found a local restaurant.  Well day two was certainly eventful, but saw some amazing sights and was having a fab time!

Day Three
Once again we started with an amazing brekkie and then grabbed a tube to Lle de la Cite where the beautiful Notre-Dame Cathedral meaning Our Lady Of Paris is ....I feel extremely blessed to have had the great honour of visiting this stunning Cathedral, before the awful events shortly after our visit, A fire causing extensive damage.



I cannot put into words how stunning and surreal this place is, I walked inside and instantly felt that breathe of relaxation, and calmness.  the architecture is outstanding, and its simply Peaceful, even though you are surrounded by hundreds of people.  It was A Sunday, so were fortunate to see a service , there are so many nooks surrounding the centre alter, where people were praying, I felt kind of intrusive upon there prayers with a sense of intrigue.



Seeing as it was Christmas they had an impressive Nativity set, one of such I have never seen before so grand. It was so complex and told the story perfectly.

We spent ages just strolling around the cathedral, then outside in the glorious gardens.

We then walked into the Saint Germain des Pres, where we found a lovely little cafe, we simply sat, drank tea, and watched the world go by.
I love the little cobbled streets with tiny doorways and obscure shaped buildings.
that evening we managed to get to the cruise that Paul had booked, where we had dinner and mooched along the river taking in the sites.




Day Four
Unfortunately this was our last day, which happened to be the wettest day, so we decided to spend it in La Louvre Museum. And am I so glad we did. Absolutely gorgeous.  I could have spent a few days there, once again the architect was simply stunning. For me , although it was great to see the Mona Lisa, which was by far the busiest part, I was slightly underwhelmed to be honest.  My favourite area was the magnificent paintings upon the ceilings and the Grand corridors, connecting the different areas.  I now feel a visit to the Victoria and Albert museum in London coming on, my favourite museum.  But this was a close second.


And Yes just like that our visit came to an end,  we made our way back to the train station where we caught our train back to Ebsfleet.

Oh but how wonderful it was to fulfil a childhood dream , my visit to Paris, the city of Love was absolutely everything and more than i'd hoped it would be , and spent with the perfect person. 💋




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Finally 50 ...

yes my lovlies I'm Finally 50...


And what a celebration I've had, i'm such a lucky Girl, where to start ...?
My wonderful Hubby Mr P, well The boy done good, Love him!



He planned, apparently for months, and my surprise trip finally happened on the weekend just before my birthday, Im not going to elaborate too much as I will do a part 2, and maybe 3, yes I was spoilt.
But I was driven to Ebsfleet in Kent, very early may I add, and when we arrived, Hubby handed me a piece of paper with....


WE'RE OFF TO PARIS!

...written on the Hotel details, excited , well maybe just a little, Ive wanted to go from a little girl, and we've been to Euro disney, But actual Paris, the eiffel tower and Notredam and, well you know all those little cafes on cobbled streets , who wouldn't want to go?
Like I say I will elaborate in my next post, But all I can say is
Amazing, Loved every moment, For me its all about the time spent with my loved ones, so every moment was a moment to store in  my memories, for me to think back and remember , for me it was Perfect!

And my beautiful Daughter, well she knows me well, a spa day spent with her is just the ticket, and I've always wanted to goto champneys henlowgrange ,



 well my wish was granted we had tickets for January , what a Month, And my Best friend bought me a spa day at my Favourite lifehouseSpa , Ill do a part 3 on those, gosh got a lot to catch up on its been a whirlwind let me tell you.

Then when we arrived home, the weekend after my birthday my daughter had arranged yet another surprise for me, so we set off onto the A12, and arrived at the beautiful greenwoodshotel 


In Stock, how lovely I thought an afternoon tea , then well what a surprise I had waiting for me, thats another surprise I'll explain in another post 😉

I'm sorry for the criptic post, but I really want to tell you all about my lovely experiences I was so lucky to have had over the last two months celebrating my 50th Birthday, Yes I could've had maybe a present bought for me, but do I really need anything? No, do I love to spend time with my wonderful family, and friends, Yes, so for me it was so so Perfect.

Maybe being 50 isn't that bad after all?
But joking aside, yes I was nervous, silly i know it's just a number ,I'm not saying I hav'nt got nagging thoughts in the back of my mind, but maybe just maybe I can do this, in fact you know what Yes I can do this, Im positive, I can do this!

I am now officially a
Fabulous or Funny at Fifty, fifty year ('young') old.....
So lets do this...............................................................💋

to be continued...
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A Nearly 50 Finding my mojo...


My wonderful Mum with me and my little Sister...I'm the one on the right if you can't tell 😙

'20' days and counting...
Until my half a century birthday, And quite frankly I cannot 'adam and eve it'.  Inside I'm a 30 year old, without even a slight worry about age, I was always the person that said
"Age is simply a number, its how you feel inside!"
Well how the worm has turned, because my friends, I'm bloody well petrified,  As you all know my lovely Mum was diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimers at 50 and understandably this has been playing heavy on my mind, But with a fabulous Hubby, Daughter and Sister I have been able to , not eradicate the thoughts, as they will be there no matter what I think or do, but in a way come to terms with my fate.
               
         

      Que Sera Sera - What will be will be ....in the words of the lovely Doris Day
I am also lucky to have a fabulous Doctor who pretty much, In a softly softly way, told me in no certain terms that I could get any disease, or illness at any time, we cant change our fate basically. So instead of thinking negatively, and those who know me, know this is so not typically me, I'm a glass half full kinda gal.  Think Positive.!
Now I realise I was also suffering the wonderful Menopause which heightened my fears through anxiety and depression. Well we soon put a big Stop to that little side effect, Thank the lord for HRT.



Not bad for Fifty,  yes I have the aches and pains, fears and worries but I'm feeling more positive. Its not a cliche, I really can say I'm living in the moment, enjoying every minute, every experience, not putting value on material objects, things.
 Value for me is Time,  time spent doing everything I want to do, with who I want to do it with. Experience those moments that are precious to you and believe me you will have them etched in your memory forever, promise.
 My biggest downfall is learning how to say 'no', which probably resinates with many of you i'm sure, But I'm working on it honest!
These are my wise nearly 50 year words, believe me before you know it you will be here, if your not already!
So my lovely lot, we are Here 14 days pre-50....And I know I have got lots of celebrating to do, really don't know what mind you, as my lovely Hubby and daughter have arranged surprises for me...yipeee! I've just got to turn up. Perfect!

So I will be keeping you all posted of my Birthday adventures, with Piccies and Tea of course.💋




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Motorhome Adventure -The Art of Slow Living

Finally our Motorhome dream became reality In September...It was a tad larger than we anticipated but hey ho we can do this....


When we finally picked the beast up, and loaded up with our clothes, yes I travelled light, my capsule wardrobe on board, no not everything!, but I did take for all weather eventualities, Birkenstocks And wellies. And food, obviously Teapot and tea leaves, ooh and goodies. we were ready to Roll....Off we Go Me , Mr T & Miss Darcy all aboard our Home on wheels for the next 20 days. 
Creating our Memories...

The Motorhome was certainly well equipped with everything needed to cook , wash-up, huge fridge/freezer and shower and toilet.
There was a king size bed above the cabin, which maybe not such a great idea, believe me when I say
Not a pretty sight watching me climb the ladder up, and down again... really, I am nearly 50 you know!
Also a 'garage' yes you heard right a garage at the back of the Moho....this was fab to store anything in, like cases, shopping bags, wellies, and bottles of water.
it was really comfortable, our seats in the driving area were like armchairs, I can honestly say I never once had a backache from sitting down for a few hours, they were fab.


So our adventure started in Essex. we tootled up to Leicester for the first night and found a place to stay for the night, now apparently this is called 'WILD CAMPING'...yes you heard right, now i'm no expert believe me this is the nearest you will Ever find me doing the whole 'camping' thing, But I really don't think theres anything wild about it.  It was rather adventurous considering it was our first night, but we made it, and everything was tickety boo.  The feeling we both found really straight away was How 'FREE' we both felt!. Totally relaxed, That feeling of mindfulness, and escapism, away from reality, people, the world.  I can so relate to people who get hooked.

The second morning feeling refreshed and raring to go we set off to a place which was recommended,
it was a slight detour but , well simply WOW!
I cant describe this wonder , its so beautiful with its cascading water, apparently robin-hood-prince-of-thieves was filmed here. 


We loved that we could simply walk, and then pop the kettle on, brew some tea and have lunch.
Oh the freedom, it was fab.

After lunch we made our way to the Lake_District

For us the Lakes hold a special place in our hearts, as we spent our Honeymoon there many moons ago, so this is the first trip back, And it certainly didn't disappoint. Such a stunning county its really surreal, its hard to explain the sheer perfection our country has, its utterly breathtaking, I urge you all to take time out to appreciate what our country has.


We found lake Windemere as we drove into the valley my heart skipped a beat, it hadn't changed from all those years ago, something triggered my memory, and it all came flooding back to me. our time spent by the lake eating ice cream with hot chocolate sauce on top, wow what our memories hold. and strolling along as newlyweds.




We decided to find a campsite, so we headed into the wooded area in the hills. Where we found a beautiful Off-Grid campsite.  hill-of-oaks-park It was lovely, set within a wood next to the lake. totally off grid, no signal, yes we could've paid for wifi but to be honest it was so nice relaxing and not looking at our phones, tablets, we talked laughed and walked. the facilities were great, we hooked up and relaxed, (even more)

The following day we decided to drive up to Keswick and boy what a drive, we drove up via 




Its the highest point in the Lakes, from Ambleside to Ullswater, Wow what a view, and Phew Scary...
with its twisty turns and road side ledges it certainly wasn't for the faint hearted, and we done it in our Large Motorhome. But so worth it, we stopped and strolled over a tiny bridge, with a freshwater stream cascading down the hills, Miss Darcy took a welcome drink of sparkling fresh water, and I tip toed over the cobbles .

We ventured onto ullswater

Where we had a Hot Chocolate looking across the lake, Ullswater is the famous Ikea picture that most people will remember having in the 90's, overlooking the jetty on the lake.
It was so clear when we arrived just like glass , and peaceful doesn't even do it justice. I could've stayed there simply 'being in the moment' all day.

It was getting late so we pressed onto Keswick to meet up with a friend who happened to be on holiday too, it was so lovely we strolled around the famous Market town, and ventured into little art shops, discovering amazing prints of our surroundings. Then stumbled upon a pub that we had eaten in on our honeymoon. Yes Mr P has an amazing memory, it was so nostalgic.
We then continued making our way 'up North' through to Edinburgh and our destination Carnoustie. 
Where we spent some precious time with  Mum in law, taking her to lunch and having copious amounts of tea and amazing cake. The scottish know how to bake, one of my favourite garden centres dobbies make the best 'Huge' Scones so of course we just had to oblige, with Scottish strawberry jam and clottted cream....ooooh yes please!

So after a lovely few days seeing relatives we started making our way Back down country.
The beauty of a Motorhome is that you don't have to have a precise Schedule.. Now I'm your Ocd kinda gal, I have to have a list for a list, and know exactly what i'm doing, but because this holiday was a 'wing it' kinda holiday it was absolutely fine to change our minds, so we diverted from the plan to goto York,(we will visit another time I promise)  we decided to venture towards the .peakdistrict


On route, another suggestion from a client was to visit holy-island 


now this was a place we had been before but we timed it wrong and couldn't cross the causeway, this time we were lucky, and it didn't disappoint..It was extremely windy but the walk was beautiful, with its old buildings, fishing boats and stunning Priory, its a must goto.  so after our walk we sat with a cuppa before pressing on to get to the Peaks.



The website actually states:

"Take in a view you will never forget!"


And how very true, it was breathtaking, One of my instagram friends jessicarosewilliams
has recently moved to the peaks, and her photos are so dreamy, it was wonderful to see for myself just how picturesque they are.
For Mr P it was a must to go see
apparently the Dambusters practiced here, it was quite surreal imagining this event.





Hope valley is totally breathtaking, its no mean feat driving a large motorhome up and down the valleys, across cattle and sheep grids let me tell you, but oh so worth it!


 When we walked across rolling plains, I felt as though I was within my favourite classic wuthering-heights the moors surrounding me the eary feeling someones watching you....





Unfortunately we had a time to get the Moho back so had to leave and venture to our next unknown beauty.

We managed to find a quiet camping spot for the night where Miss Darcy managed to find some poor ducks to terrorise ( No ducks were harmed I promise)

The following day we made our way towards the coast, as you know this is where I feel most serene and peaceful so we drove towards the sea and stumbled upon a gorgeous place Salthouse Beach in Norfolk, and what a place to stop the night some wild camping, we literally were overlooking the sea,  Miss Darcy run out of the moho onto the beach , Not a soul there on this stunning coast,
 walking and taking in every moment, mindfulness at its best...



 Breathing in the salty air, and listening the the waves lapping over the sand, some crashing into the rocks, and the windy blowing through my hair.
 I wouldn't have changed a single moment,so when it was sunset, words cannot describe the natural beauty....see for yourself...







Then lucky enough to see sunrise...WoW!





Then just like that it was Wednesday time to go home, although I was ready to get home,
 Im a natural Home Body, I feel most able to be myself, comfortable in my own skin, relaxed and peaceful at home.
I have got to say, and Mr P agrees with me, for all the beautiful places we have been lucky enough to travel to, The Greek Islands, Maldives, Europe, Spanish Islands, Florida, New york, 

In the words of Dorothy
"There's No Place like Home"..."Apart from an adventure In a Motorhome. "

. The Wonders we saw
. The Memories we created
. The Idilic scenery
. And the precious Time we spent together simply 'being', living in the moment, talking, laughing, and being spontaneous.

I can't recommend this staycation enough, we have such beauty in our home country, go see it you will not be disappointed I promise.
And maybe your be as hooked as we are, watch this space there maybe a Motorhome trip abroad next time?

Till next time 
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My Sisters Wedding Day

Simply WOW!
What an whirlwind weekend.... All those Months of organising, planning, searching and imagining come to this.........

The Perfect Wedding Day......

"It started with a glance and ended in I Do!"

My lovely Sis asked me last year to help them plan there Wedding, Of course I got a tad excited, Lists and more lists.
The beautiful venue Leeford Place set within the heart of East Sussex was ready for us girls when we arrived on Thursday afternoon, and of course the sun was shining as requested with Him upstairs.

Such a lovely way to start the weekend. We sat in the grounds painting our nails, drinking Pimms, chatting and laughing. The room was beautiful with huge windows overlooking the grounds where the wonderful pergola and bridge over the stream lay. we had a great Meal then went upstairs to have some fizz.  I really enjoyed my sister time such perfect memories for us to treasure. I took this time to give her my pressy which she loved...


At last Wedding Day is here!
we started off slow easing into the day with a full English, although the Bride to be wasn't as keen, I wonder why? then my organisation head kicked in " lets do this!" I did have a few moments of "come on bath, hair, make up," Sorry Sis!

When we were all looking gorgeous we made our way downstairs, quite funny really it was like mission impossible, creeping down, as some guests were still to make there way to Fairlight, so I was shouting "stop".."Go"... "run"... phew we made it to the garden for some piccies!










At Fairlight we were overwhelmed , it was stunning, the approach to the ceremony was lovely, Our Dad walked along side Julie  as we walked up to the song How long will I love you Eliie Goulding we were all emotional, I could feel My Mum watching over us, such a poignant moment for us.  Then to see our daughter Louise standing ready to perform the ceremony, simply Perfect.
Once they said "I Do"

The best man handed them a small box, which they opened for us all to see Butterfly's let go,
stunning!





The Wedding breakfast was lovely, we all Laughed and chatted our way through the speeches and champers. Then during Tea a waiter, (all will become clear) simply toppled over, we were quite concerned about him, he apologised and said to the groom, "so sorry what can I do for you?"
to which Danny replied " Sing a song?", haha, the waiter promptly replied, " well as you mention it..."
And proceeded to pick up a mike and start singing, (See where I was going with this 😉)
I started to join in the sounds of "Thats Amore Dean Martin"....then it hit me , Mums song
well I was off...Happy Tears`!  He was fab had us all singing and dancing, even got us joining in the lyrics, a perfect surprise.


Its the little things, we were told to write any message on our name place notes then tie it to our balloon to then go outside and let them fly free... such a simple act but such a precious moment.

And let the Dancing commence....which was fabulous, to the point i'm still feeling the aftermath,
(I'm nearly 50 you know!)
We danced, chatted and drank till late and felt absolutely Wonderful.

I know we say it over and over, but It's so lovely to be able to create such Wonderful Memories for us all to cherish for many years to come, for us all here and for those we have lost and Love.
My Beautiful Sister told me "It was Perfect!" 💋




                                               Heres to the Bride & Groom, Julie & Daniel
                                                                       13/07/2018   





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