I had an extremely busy weekend – and being the ditz I am, once again forgot my camera.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, we are having to move out of our little cottage, and back into my parents for a while. With a baby on the way and an inability to get a mortgage at this moment in time due to bad credit history, we are looking to relocate to the seaside once our little bubba is about 5 months old, and instead of forking out a ton of money on rent, we are looking into buying a static caravan and living on a site in Clacton. Whilst there (and me being on maternity leave), S can work on site and also do his accountancy course, thus we can save up for a deposit, and by the time we move back up here, the bad credit scores will have gone.
Obviously, if we are buying a caravan then we need money for it. Check. We have agreed to use our deposit to buy it as we can’t stay at my parents for too long, and renting is effectively throwing money down the drain. This solves our short term problems and we have taken into account space for the baby, and accessibility to local amenities. The park we have chosen in Clacton is just a few minutes from the sea, the town and the railway station, meaning that everything we need is nearby, and its easy for family & friends to come to stay.
You may be wondering why then, that it was a busy weekend.
Well, I had to work until 5pm on Saturday, I rushed home, packed a few things, and we sped down the motorway to Camber Sands. Steves parents own a caravan down at Camber, and are holidaying down there for the next few days. Knowing of our plans, they offered us a place to stay, so we could take a look around the static caravans that Park Resorts (the company which owns Camber Sands and the Clacton park we like) had for sale.
Unfortunately, the salesman that Steve’s stepmum says offers the best deals wasn’t there this weekend, so we are going back this coming weekend to speak to him, and seal the deal. We want to buy as soon as possible, so we can rent it out until the end of the season and then move in, thus earning some money back towards it.
However this did give me the great opportunity to sample some amazing local food. I apologise for the lack of pictures once again, but I hope I can do the establishments justice when describing them.
First & foremost, The Woolpack Inn in Romney Marsh in Kent. Just a few miles up the road from Camber, this gorgeous pub serves the most amazing food, and a great selection of alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks. We had all eaten here before, but we decided to go yesterday afternoon, as the weather was fantastic, and we fancied some good, home-made ‘grub’.
Seeing as the weather was so delightful, we sat outside in the pub garden, and listened to the refrains of a 50’s & 60’s singer reciting such tunes such as My Boy by Elvis Presley, and Oh Pretty Woman by Roy Orbison. Steves dad sampled the local bitter, his mum white wine and lemonade, and with Steve as the designated driver & me being pregnant, we stuck to Diet Coke (S) and orange juice (me).
For starters, I had a half pint of prawns with brown bread. I have avoided shellfish for most of my pregnancy but have been advised that I can have some every now and again. Steve had cheesy garlic bread, and his father some scallops.
For main, both Steve and I had steak and ale pie, me with potatoes & veg, and him with chips and peas. His mum had gammon steak with egg, pineapple and a jacket potato, and his dad had a pate,cheddar, stilton & ham portions. They certainly don’t scrimp on portions!
My main was great, but even though I felt stuffed, I still felt able to squeeze in some banoffee pie. Steve and his mum didn’t opt for desserts, but his dad had white chocolate & raspberry cheesecake. They were divine!
I promise that if we go again next week, I won’t forget my camera! 🙂 Overall, the quality, sheer quantity and price of the food is well worth another visit!
Thinking about my stomach yet again (well, I am eating for two, aren’t I?), when we popped into Rye, East Sussex on the way home this morning, I just had to pop in to this gorgeous little coffee shop called The Apothecary in Rye (their website can be found here ). What charmed me was the decor of the place, books everywhere, and a wide selection of cakes to choose from.
They have recently had a refurbishment, and an extension has been made at the back, which is where we decided to sit, away from the hubbub of the main seating area. Once there, we took a glance at the menu and for a little coffee shop, their menu was definitely extensive. They also have a chalk board detailing their specials. However, Steve & I opted for something from the menu and I chose a sausage roll, a apple and toffee crepe, and a chocolate banana milkshake. Steve chose a mature cheddar & pickle sandwich, a Nutella filled crepe, and a hot chocolate.
We both tried a mouthful/sipful of each others meals and drinks, and I have to admit the food was fabulous. We shall definitely be visiting there again, and I urge you to take a look in if you ever find yourself in Rye.
What did you do this weekend? Let me know in a comment below 🙂
Rachel over at Life of A Sweetaholic has recently been doing a ten day boyfriend challenge, which I said before I went on holiday that I would do. However, since I cannot promise to post every day due to work issues, and pregnancy appointments, I am going to do it all in one go here! I have taken a look at the Tumblr page where Rachel finds her challenges, and I will certainly be doing some, but they will probably be as whole posts, rather than a daily thing, as I don’t want to make a promise I cannot keep.
Feel free to post this challenge yourself, but please make sure you link back to Rachel, thank you 🙂
Where did you meet your boyfriend? This is a strange story. I worked in both my local shop and my local pub, and Steve worked in the pub next door, so we kind of knew each other through the pub trade. However, we became friends on a street corner… Don’t laugh, its not what you think! I was chatting to my friends Gaynor and Kirsty at the end of my road, and Steve was walking down to work. He stopped to chat to us, and before we knew it, an hour had gone by. After that, we would always make the time to stop and chat in the street, or if we were drinking in the pub the other worked in. The night we got together however, it was a Friday night (our busiest night) and I was working.
My boss had the night off, and being a friend of Steves, was sitting with him. Steve asked to buy me a drink, and I said no.. this is because I was working. My boss, however, decided it would be fine for me to drink behind the bar, because I was getting fed up with my colleagues who seemed unable to complete the easiest of tasks! Fast forward to the end of the night and I was slightly tipsy (the band playing were awful, so the bar staff had a few more drinks to make them sound better!!) and my friend who was meant to be walking me home had disappeared! Steve offered to walk me home, and when we got to my door, he kissed me. We spent every day together after that, however, being the bitch I am, I did break up with him twice, and I have no idea why now :S – Just being melodramatic, perhaps.
Favorite picture of your boyfriend
He looks so innocent here! (Yes, I have cut me out!)
Favorite picture of you and your boyfriend
I wish the ribbons weren’t in the way 🙁 This would be an awesome picture if they were! I still love it though 🙂 5 facts about your boyfriend *He’s three years older than me. *He has five names… it gets confusing. *He has so many skills (i.e job skills), its pretty impressive.. Carpenter, butcher, barman, driver, salesman… *My dad ADORES him *He is like a best friend to me
Make a list of the things you like about your boyfriend Hes kind, sweet, loving, generous, smily, treats me well, buys me River Island handbags..(love him for this), hes going to be a great father!
What did you do the last time you hung out?Well, we live together so we hang out all the time.. But I’d say pub quiz last night 🙂
What was the last movie yah’ll saw together? We haven’t been to the cinema in ages, but we watched Legendary with John Cena on DVD the other night.
What do you guys do often?Spend a night in with a takeaway and a film or a comedy dvd. Or we go out for a meal. Simple things.
Give your definition of loveSomeone being there for you through thick and thin & your most difficult times, and coming out the other side with you. Knowing your faults and flaws and loving you all the same.
Write a letter to your boyfriend Steve, Simply put, I love you. Thank you for being there through some of the darkest times of my life, and coming through them with me. You will be a wonderful father, and I can’t wait for our little one to be born, just so I can see you happy, smily and playing games with him or her. You’ll be amazing. Thank you.
I loved writing this post! Its a bit different to my normal posts, but it was refreshing! What do you think?
Sorry for the long absence, I did in fact get back last Saturday, but I have been so ill over the past few days I have not been able to stand being on a computer for too long.
So…My mum being my blog photographer didn’t work out all that well…
Pregnancy certainly didn’t agree with me whilst I was away. I felt frumpy and nauseous most of the time, and did not want pictures taken of me, which is disappointing. I have one of me in my new maxi dress from Ethel Austin at Thrigby Wildlife Gardens which I’ll upload later, but thats it 🙁
I have also found myself with writers block, not being able to think of anything to write about. Sure, I could write about my holiday, but I have barely any photos to back it up, and I think it would be quite boring! I will be putting up a post about my day at Thrigby Wildlife Gardens though, so keep tuned for that. Last night, however, I found an amazing post about writers block, and I urge any blogger with writers block to take a look at this post here . Alycia hits the nail on the head, and whilst its a simple post with pretty obvious ideas, its great for when you’re really struggling to find something to write about!
Since I’ve been gone for so long, I have missed out on quite a few posts. I did try and keep up with Google Reader but my phone was a tad useless and I do know I’ve missed out quite a lot! I aim to catch up over the next couple of days though!
Whilst I’ve been away, how have you all been? Don’t hesitate to comment letting me know about the past fortnight for you!
Hey girls, how are we all? What amazing weather we’ve had today! Hope you were all out enjoying yourselves!
Over the past few days, I’ve been spending the last of my money getting some clothes for holiday, and as I now need to accommodate my growing bump, I had to buy a couple of sizes bigger for most items.
Skirt, Primark, £5
Denim shorts, Primark, £5
Vest top, Primark, £2
Dress, £4, British Heart Foundation (originally George at Asda)
I also bought another vest top in nude from Primark, however the picture seems to have disappeared off my computer!
I also bought these gorgeous things:
I bought the offer at Boots of two Dove deodorants with a free Nails Inc nail polish. There are two colours to choose from, Havana(the one I got, pictured above) or Copacabana, a bright coral colour which I decided against, having far too many coral varnishes!
I also received my free purple eyeliner from Helen E Cosmetics, a great freebie which I heard about last week. The company is planning on doing another free giveaway soon, so make sure you like their Facebook page here and their Twitter page here to be in the loop when they next give away some freebies. Unlike some ‘freebies’, this gorgeous little company actually means free, meaning you pay no postage and packaging costs either.
Here is the eyeliner I received, and a quick swatch:
Not the greatest pictures, I know, but they were done late last night when I just wanted to go to bed! As you can see though, it really is a vivid purple, and I shall be posting pictures up once I start wearing it!
Only 4 days to go until my holiday, don’t miss me too much!