#WeekendCoffeeShare: If We Were Having Coffee on 21st May 2017

Thanks for joining me for this Weekend Coffee Share, created by Diana at Part Time Monster and hosted by Emily at Nerd in the Brain.

If we were having coffee today, you would be joining my husband and I in Llandudno. We’re here for the Porsches on the Prom event, which is a new one for us.

Have you had a good week? I’ve been busy freelancing again and it finally stopped raining long enough for me to cut the grass… there’s still lots of work to be done in the garden, but it’s been raining heavily every day which is very frustrating, especially as I want to get it sorted out properly.

On Friday I had my first ever Drive-in Cinema experience, which I really enjoyed despite the occasional radio interference. We went to see Grease which is one of my all time favourite films and the perfect choice for a Drive-in. We arrived just as the car park was opening so we managed to get on the front row. My husband was rather surprised and amused by the fact I knew every single word (and I don’t just mean the songs) but like I said, it IS one of my favourites!

Yesterday we went to Colwyn Bay which was hosting a 1940s Festival and later on we had a wonderful evening at Romeo… the food was just perfect! Afterwards we wandered along the promenade, listened to the sea and watched the stars. I absolutely love walking of a night, everything is just so tranquil.

Right, we’d best get back to work… Thank you for joining me for this Coffee Share, I hope you have a great week! Don’t forget to visit my fellow bloggers for a cuppa and a catch up.

#WeekendCoffeeShare: If We Were Having Coffee on 14th May 2017

Thanks for joining me for this Weekend Coffee Share, created by Diana at Part Time Monster and hosted by Emily at Nerd in the Brain.

If we were having coffee today, you would be arriving whilst I’m unpacking… I’ve spent several hours in a baking hot car so I’m going to pour myself an ice cold drink instead! We’ve just got back from visiting our family this weekend and have had a lovely time with our parents, as well as time with our niece and nephew.

So how have you been? I’ve mostly been busy doing freelance work this week. My husband and I and had a lovely evening with friends (and their three gorgeous English Setters) on Wednesday and yesterday I had a mini shopping spree with my sister. I also received some potentially exciting news earlier this week, which I will share at a later date if it all goes well… I don’t want to jinx it!

I’ve had a really long day and I’m feeling rather drained so I’m going to head off to bed soon. Thank you for joining me for this Coffee Share, I hope you have a lovely week ahead. Don’t forget to visit my fellow bloggers for a cuppa and a catch up!

#WeekendCoffeeShare: If We Were Having Coffee on 7th May 2017

Thanks for joining me for this Weekend Coffee Share, created by Diana at Part Time Monster and hosted by Emily at Nerd in the Brain.

If we were having coffee today, you would be joining me at home for a change. I’m going out to the shops in a bit, but I rather fancy a hot chocolate to warm me up before I go out. The weather was lovely during the start of the week but it’s turned much colder now, it feels more like autumn at the moment… you wouldn’t think we were heading into summer!

So how have you been? I hope you’ve had a lovely week since our last catch up. My big news of the week is that starting from Thursday, There She Goes will be the new host of Three Things Thursday! I’m really looking forward to it and reading about all the things that make people happy. If you want to know more about Three Things Thursday and how to participate you can you can read all about it on the FAQ page. There She Goes was also chosen for the Mystery Blogger Award the other day, which was a lovely surprise.

Last Sunday my husband treated me to a day out in London and we managed to cram in as many tourist spots as possible, it was exhausting but SO much fun! The highlight for me had to be the wonderful House of MinaLima which has four floors crammed with props from the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts films. I highly recommend it if you’re a fan. Best of all it’s totally free and you can take as many pictures as you like!

Yesterday we went to Nottingham, which is where my dad’s side of the family is from. My husband had never been before, so I took him to one of my favourite pubs – Ye Olde Trip To Jerusalem. It’s the oldest one in England and carved into the surrounding caves, it’s such a fascinating place! Unfortunately the journey home wasn’t so great, our car broke down about 20 miles from home (the alternator completely packed up) and we had to be rescued by the AA. The breakdown guy was really lovely though and made sure we got back safely.

Well I suppose I’d better get this shopping out of the way, thank you for joining me for this Coffee Share, I hope you have a great week ahead. Don’t forget to visit my fellow bloggers for a cuppa and a catch up!

#WeekendCoffeeShare: If We Were Having Coffee on 30th April 2017

Thanks for joining me for this Weekend Coffee Share, created by Diana at Part Time Monster and hosted by Emily at Nerd in the Brain.

If we were having coffee today you would be joining my husband and I London. We decided to take advantage of the fact we live relatively close to the capital and go sightseeing for the day.

How have you been this week? Did you take part in the A to Z Challenge this month? Today is the final day of the challenge and it’s been hectic at times but a lot of fun! In-between blogging and catching up with everyone’s entries, I have been working on my découpage (I’m just waiting for the Mod Podge I ordered to arrive), started a cross-stitch and baked some Shaun the Sheep cupcakes.

It’s been great chatting, but there are lots more places for us to see so I’d best get going! I hope you have a lovely week. Don’t forget to visit my fellow bloggers for a cuppa and a catch up.

#WeekendCoffeeShare: If We Were Having Coffee on 23rd April 2017

Thanks for joining me for this Weekend Coffee Share, created by Diana at Part Time Monster and hosted by Emily at Nerd in the Brain.

If we were having coffee today, you would be joining my husband and I at the lovely Dalemain Mansion. We’re taking part in Drive it Day today and have met up with the other participants at the stately home which is famous for it’s marmalade. You really must try some before you leave, it’s delicious!

How has your week been? I have been working on a few craft projects, including some postage stamp découpage. I’m undecided as to which varnish to use however, do you have any suggestions? Something that brings out the vibrant colours of the stamps would be ideal.

The rest of my week has been spent writing as I was determined to have all my A to Z posts scheduled by the end of Friday. Now that I don’t have to worry about those (all that’s left is the reflection post) I can concentrate on visiting everyone’s blogs and commenting. I have to admit I’ve found it much harder to keep track of who I’ve visited this year without the Linky List.

Thank you for joining me for this Coffee Share, I hope you enjoyed your marmalade! I hope you have a great week ahead. Don’t forget to visit my fellow bloggers for a cuppa and a catch up.

#WeekendCoffeeShare: If We Were Having Coffee on 16th April 2017

Thanks for joining me for this Weekend Coffee Share, created by Diana at Part Time Monster and hosted by Emily at Nerd in the Brain.

If we were having coffee today, you would be joining my family for Easter lunch. There’s plenty of chocolate to go around so feel free to take some. With mum’s moving date creeping ever closer, we’re down to the basics here so the crockery is becoming scarce… grab a cup whilst you can!

How have you been this week? I had a lovely day with my sister yesterday, one of my favourite shops; Vintage Home, has moved to a bigger site and had an open day with free drinks, nibbles and workshop demonstrations. Crafty Badger Ceramics who have also moved to the same site let us have a go at making our own clay ornaments which will be glazed and ready to collect in a week or so… I can’t wait to see the end result!

We also watched Moana the other night and really enjoyed it, especially Tamatoa the crab. We’ve been singing ‘Shiny‘ ever since… it really gets stuck in your head! I loved the references to the Little Mermaid, Aladdin and Frozen (plus the rest) throughout the film. Have you watched a good film recently? Which releases are you looking forward to?

Thank you for joining me for this Coffee Share, I hope you have a lovely week. Don’t forget to visit my fellow bloggers for a cuppa and a catch up.

#WeekendCoffeeShare: If We Were Having Coffee on 9th April 2017

Thanks for joining me for this Weekend Coffee Share, created by Diana at Part Time Monster and hosted by Emily at Nerd in the Brain.

If we were having coffee today, you would be joining my husband and I in the the beer garden of our local pub. The weather is beautiful today so we’re taking full advantage of the sunshine and spending as much time outdoors as possible. As it’s so hot today, we’ve decided to swap the coffee for a refreshing fruit cider… what would you like?

We’ve had a wonderful weekend, yesterday we went to Llangollen and had a lovely lunch at The Corn Mill followed by a trip on one of the horse drawn canal boats. Later on we walked along the World Heritage Pontcysyllte Aqueduct before heading to our hotel in Llanarmon. The room we had was absolutely gorgeous and the food was fantastic. We ended the evening with a moonlit walk through the countryside, it was so quiet and the stars were so bright… I could have watched the sky for hours.

Have you had a good week? I feel like I’ve spent most of mine continuously writing! The A to Z challenge is going well though, I’ve managed to keep up with all of my entries so far. I always find music to be a very personal thing so they can sometimes be hard for me to write but hopefully people are enjoying my choices.

Thank you for joining me for this Coffee Share, I hope you have a great week ahead. Don’t forget to visit my fellow bloggers for a cuppa and a catch up.

#WeekendCoffeeShare: If We Were Having Coffee on 2nd April 2017

Thanks for joining me for this Weekend Coffee Share, created by Diana at Part Time Monster and hosted by Emily at Nerd in the Brain.

If we were having coffee today, you would be joining me in Starbucks at the NEC. My husband and I are in Birmingham for the Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show. I’m very much looking forward to a Strawberries & Crème Frappuccino, what will you be having?

So how has your week been? I’ve been busy re-organising most of our shelves in the house as the lovely new furniture we acquired at the weekend has given us loads more storage space. We can finally display things that have been hidden away in boxes for the past two years, including the rest of my beautiful books and most of my Harry Potter collection:

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Yesterday I visited The Pen Museum and it was actually really interesting! I miss writing with ink (even though being left-handed meant I was forever smudging my school work and coming home with a blue hand) so it was fun to write with a fountain pen again. I was also able to make my own nibs using the traditional 19th Century machines and I’m really pleased with how they turned out:

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The A to Z challenge started yesterday (my choice for the letter A was a-ha) so the rest of my spare time has been spent writing entries whenever I get a chance. April is going to be a tough month to keep on top of things as I don’t want to miss any Three Things or Coffee Share entries either… hopefully I’ll be able to stay on track! Don’t forget to drop me a comment if you’re also taking part in the A to Z challenge, I’d love to read your posts!

Thank you for joining me for this Coffee Share, I hope you have a lovely week. Don’t forget to visit my fellow bloggers for a cuppa and a catch up!

#WeekendCoffeeShare: If We Were Having Coffee on 26th March 2017

Thanks for joining me for this Weekend Coffee Share, created by Diana at Part Time Monster and hosted by Emily at Nerd in the Brain.

If we were having coffee today you would be joining me for tea and cake with my mum as we’re celebrating Mother’s Day in the UK today. She’s the kindest, wittiest, smartest, most generous mum and friend a daughter could wish for!

How are you this week? I did some freelance work earlier in the week and caught up with everything after our trip away last weekend. I have also been moving the majority of our furniture. As mum is moving to a smaller place, she’s offered us several pieces of furniture which are a huge help as we need more storage… I just have to make them fit! We hired a van on Friday to collect everything and I wanted everything back home ready so that we could unload the items without worrying about where they would go.

I have started taking part in Three Things Thursday, which is hosted by Nerd in the Brain. All you have to do is post about three things (big or small) that have made you smile this week, they don’t have to be long entries, even a simple picture will do. I think it will be a great help with keeping positive throughout the week… are you going to join in?

You may have noticed a few changes in my sidebar, as I’m getting ready for the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge. My theme this year is Music: Favourite Artists which I hope you will enjoy. As there is no Linky List this year please let me know you’re taking part and I’ll make sure I’m following you!

Thank you for joining me for this Coffee Share, I hope you have a brilliant week ahead. Don’t forget to visit my fellow bloggers for a cuppa and a catch up!

#WeekendCoffeeShare: If We Were Having Coffee on 19th March 2017

Thanks for joining me for this Weekend Coffee Share, created by Diana at Part Time Monster and hosted by Emily at Nerd in the Brain.

If we were having coffee today you would be joining my husband, our friend James and I in beautiful Bruges. We went to the British Cars & Lifestyle show in Holland yesterday and have stopped in for lunch on our way to France. We’re doing a LOT of travelling today!

How has this week been for you? I’ve been catching up with various bits of admin, getting my scrapbooks up-to-date and I have started on the time consuming task of sorting through my dad’s stamp collection. As a stamp collector myself,  I was thrilled to find my dad’s collection whilst I was clearing out my mum’s garage. Unfortunately he wasn’t well enough to ever sort them into an album or file them properly, so up until now they have all been thrown into envelopes.

There are literally hundreds of stamps from all over the world for me to go through, but I have managed to remove all the duplicates so far. My ultimate goal is to put them all into a proper stamp album and use the ones left over for some découpage projects. I think after all these years of being hidden away it will be lovely to display them as a piece of art. Are you working on anything at the moment?

Well I’d best be getting back to the car, we’ve still got a long way to go! Thank you for joining me for this Coffee Share, I hope you have a great week. Don’t forget to visit my fellow bloggers for a cuppa and a catch up.