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London & Matilda the Musical

Hi guys!

Happy July! I can’t believe it. July is my favourite month so I’m quite pleased it’s here. 


I started this month with a trip to London. More tourist time! Originally this trip was for my Mum as we got her Adele tickets for Christmas. However, you may have seen in the news that she cancelled the last two shows. This caused a slight problem for us, but, I managed to book us tickets to Matilda the Musical. 


This musical started in Stratford but my mum gave her tickets away, meaning we never got to see it. This seemed like a perfect opportunity to finally see the show AND on the West End.


I do not have enough words to explain or describe how amazing this show is. From start to finish I was completely hooked. The kids are awesome, loveable and incredibly talented. It stuck to the original novel, with some tweaks and added catchy songs that I’ve had in my head ever since. 


The set was really clever. It was full of books (I LOVE) and lights and things popping up and across. It was always moving and constantly changing, keeping the audience captivated. The lights were a really clever way of showing the chalk writing and the chokey. 


My favourite (well joint favourite) characters were Matilda, played by Eva-Marie Saffrey and Miss Trunchbull, played by Craige Els. Honestly, Matilda made my heart melt. Miss Trunchbull brought the humour and entertainment to the show. It was a nice surprise to see this part played by a male actor too! Now I’ve seen it, I can’t see how it could be done any other way. 


I realise in every post I say things like ‘you have to read/see this’, ‘I don’t have enough words to say…’ but for this, it’s completely true. It’s just magical. I knew the ending of the story and I still had a tear. I felt on cloud nine when I left. It was truly amazing. 


Well, you know me. I love an opportunity to go exploring and be a tourist. I certainly did that this weekend and it was fabulous. Making memories with my lovely family, spending time together and living for the moment. It was lovely. 

I especially love these signs at the tube stations around London. This one resonates with me because it is absolutely true. If you’re around London, keep an eye out for them. 


Until my next tourist adventure! 

Big love to you all xx

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Croome – National Trust 

Hey guys!

It’s the last day of May and more importantly for me, my Dads birthday. As you probably know, we are huge National Trust fans so a birthday was excuse to visit a new place today: Croome. 

As soon as we arrived and saw the view, I could literally feel my breath leave my body. It was just stunning. It was a shame it was a cloudy day, but we could just see the Malvern Hills in the background. 


There’s a lot to discover at Croome. This used to be a secret wartime airbase where thousands of people used to work. You can relive the memories in the museum which is full of interesting, historical features. I loved seeing the uniforms and the emotional telegrams as seen below. 


The property, Croome Court, lies in the centre of the woodland. This used to be the home of the Earls of Coventry but it tells the tale of huge loss. Nevertheless, the outer of the building was visually impressive. Yet due to debt, the majority of the rooms were empty. This place requires imagination to recreate this in your minds from its hay day. My favourite features are the fireplaces. These are a couple of my favourites. 


The parkland was the best part. Green land everywhere, with lovely spring flowers. The smells, the fresh air – perfect for blowing the cobwebs away. The path leads to a beautiful lake with a fascinating Chinese bridge. 

I felt completely at peace today. There really is nothing better than walking around, at your own pace, soaking the freshness in. 


Really this place needs another visit just to see the rest of the land. For today it was just perfect to have family time. 
For more information please visit: National Trust Croome

I hope May has treated you all wonderfully. Yet again I feel like it’s flown by. 

So, here’s to June: sunshine, memories, happiness. 

Big love! 

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Coughton Court

Hey guys! 

I hope you’re all doing well. It’s the last weekend of my Easter holiday and the sun was shining again! I had to make the most of this so I took my parents to Coughton Court. 


We’ve visited here a number of times so we didn’t focus on the house. Instead, because it was so sunny, we took the opportunity to go on a number of walks. The first part we went to see was The Walled Garden. 


I suffer from hay fever so sometimes I get really sneezy. However, today I could smell the beautiful flowers. I love this time of year! 

Another walk we did was The Riverside Walk. Being near water always makes me feel tranquil and calm. I have no idea why, but I always feel better by water. We had some lovely ducks accompanying us. 

Sometimes I feel like I really take these places and family time for granted. Time is always moving and I really miss days out and time with those who mean the most because I’m working. However, this makes up for it! Making memories! 


For more information on this beautiful, historical venue please click here

Have an amazing weekend lovely people!

Big love! Xx

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The Big Wheel – Stratford upon Avon

Hey guys!

How are you all? Today was amazing because the sunshine came out so I finally got chance to get on the Big Wheel in Stratford. 

Firstly, the river and theatre looked beautiful. It really is quite breathtaking. 

I have to say, it was amazing. The views were stunning. Apologises about some of the glare on the photos. However, it doesn’t matter. It was just lovely. I genuinely have so much love for my home. For a price of £5 we spent about 5 or so minutes going around, taking in the scenery. 

I had the best time. There’s always so much to see. The town was thriving today as well. This Wheel caused a lot of controversy with the locals. Yet, I loved it. I see it as a positive to see the amazing views of our town. It made me incredibly humble for what I’ve got on my doorstep. 


Finally, my mum took this photo of me. It’s not horrendous but I wasn’t feeling particularly well as it was rocking at the top! A sunny but breezy day. 


I hope you’ve enjoyed these pictures. I loved it I have to say! 

Big love all xx

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Hull’s Weeping Window

Hey guys! 

Happy April! Hope you’re all doing good. I’m exhausted but still going. We’ve broken up for Easter and the sun is shining so I finally found time to visit the Weeping Window moving art installation. 


You may recognise it from the Tower of London in 2014 as part of the First World War remembrance commemorations. Sadly, I didn’t get there to see it which is why I’m very excited we have it in Hull for a few months. 


10,000 poppies are currently draped over the Maritime Museum. It’s incredible and very moving I have to say. I looked kind of silly just standing there, amongst the crowd, taking all of it in. Until I noticed everyone else doing the same. 

The poppies are going on tour! It’s definitely worth while you going to see them. Info here


Enjoy the sunshine people! 

Big love xx

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Bye Bye Blade

Hey all!

Happy Sunday! Two posts in two days! I am on it! Today’s post is another City of Culture post. Today marks the end of the iconic blade in Queen Victoria Square as it is being moved back to where it was made: the Siemens plant in Alexandra Dock. 

Photos below taken 3rd February 2017. 


It’s quite an overwhelming piece of architecture really. It’s massive! A whopping 75 metres in fact. As strange as this sounds, it’s incredibly smooth as well! 

The blade is the work of Nayan Kulkarni. He took a rotor blade, that would normally be used to be a part of a wind turbine, to create the artwork. It is there to represent the work in Hull on engineering and manufacturing. Whilst it had mixed reviews from those outside of Hull, for us it’s become a massive talking point. In a way, I can’t imagine the square without it. 

So today I popped back to say ‘bye’ and to marvel in it’s wonder for the last time. Apologies for the bedraggled selfie – it was raining and I’ve not been very well! 


That’s it! Bye bye big blade! What’s next Hull?

Big love x

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Ferens Art Gallery Hull


Hey everyone! Happy Saturday! 

I hope you’re all well and spring is treating you well. Today I had some spare time so I went for a wander around the newly refurbished Ferens Art Gallery. 

You may have heard that last month Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visited as part of their day around the City of Culture. I had to see what had changed and what amazing art was being housed here. 

The last time I visited the gallery was in 2012 as part of my Masters degree. I studied a module looking at art and Victorian literature. Now, 5 years later, I can’t believe how much it has changed! 

Gallery 1: Renaissance. It is here that Ferens currently homes Pietro Lorenzetti’s stunning panel painting, Christ Between Saints Paul and Peter. It absolutely took my breath away. I couldn’t believe how beautiful it was or how it’s still survived all these years. It’s dated to the 14th century after all! There was a queue of people waiting to see it so I was unable to get a photograph. Nevertheless I did manage to get a postcard. 


Also there were two other paintings that caught my eye in this collection. First, The Virgin and Child with Two Angels. The gold is striking. 


The final painting here that was absolutely beautiful was The Betrayal of Christ. I can’t believe how bold and striking it is. The colours, the gold, the story. It’s unbelievable. A picture is worth a thousand words after all. 


Next The Netherlands. Progressing through time we are now in the 16th and 17th centuries. It was at this point that the Netherlands flourished as one of the major European art centres. My favourite painting here is by Cornelius Gijbrechts. Little is known about this painter; he is an enigma. Nevertheless I love this painting because it represents the passage of time. It features an hourglass, pocket watch and burnt out candle. It shows the simple pleasures in life: the violin now, bubble and wine glass. It’s a trick to the eye this painting. I was stood gawping at it for ages. The more you look, the more you see. 


Onto Eighteenth Century Europe. My favourite here was the beautiful Anna Isabelle Milbanke. She’s an absolute cherub. Look at those cheeks. 


Onto my favourite collection of the gallery: Victorian and Edwardian Art. It is here that takes me right back to my Masters. I spent a long time working on Leighton’s Farewell. I found the face absolutely painful. I wonder what the inspiration was for this. Of course we can all relate; we’ve all said ‘farewell’ at some point. But what happened here?! 


My absolute favourite painting here is John Atkinson Grimshaw’s Princes Dock Street. It’s dark and moody. I love it. I love how Grimshaw plays with light in his other works too. It usually comes from windows of passing buildings. Very clever. 


Modern and Contemporary Portraits finally. Here this young lady caught my eye. I think it was her nose that I saw first (nothing offensive meant here!) She’s fabulous; her hair, make up, pale skin. 


There’s other galleries as part of the Ferens collection currently, but it was just these that caught my eye today. For a free venue it is absolutely fabulous. Well done Hull! 

Other exciting news! When I was leaving I saw them working on the Poppy installation. Sneak peak below! 


Oh Hull. We really are showing the world. City of Culture 2017! I’ve had a wonderful couple of hours wandering around aimlessly, absorbed by culture. 

Big love xx

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