A UK-wide Cider Festival at Wetherspoons – what’s your favourite cider?

The annual cider festival is currently running in every Wetherspoons pub in the UK and this is the last weekend to celebrate lovely British ciders. I had stopped for a cheeky drink in my local Wetherspoons this week and was pleasantly surprised by the festival – a massive selection of ciders and it cost only 1.99 […]

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Cloud-shape spotting – look at the lovely weather we’re having!

Hi everyone! It’s a lovely day today with blue skies and the most amazing fluffy white clouds! This is the prettiest sky I’ve seen in a long time and I thought it deserved a few quick pics and a blog post! It’s supposed to be a ‘mini heatwave’ today according to the local radio station! I’m not […]

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My favourite photos – a pretty purple poppy

Look at this gorgeous wild poppy that I spotted growing outside an old garage recently. I’ve never seen a purple poppy before, so I quickly took a couple of snaps of it and noticed that it was actually growing out of a crack in some concrete! It’s amazing where wild flowers can grow,  and yet […]

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Mamma Mia! Here I go again..! My outdoor cinema experience :)

This past weekend I went to a fabulous event – an open-air cinema screening of Mamma Mia! As part of the Ip-Art Festival a massive screen had been erected in the park and the evening kicked off with an exciting session of music videos on the screen followed by the main feature once everyone had arrived. […]

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The Olympic Torch Relay – in a town near you!

Yesterday the Olympic torch passed through Suffolk so I went to our local town to see it go by. Although I’m always keen to join in local events (such as the Diamond Jubilee, see my pics here) I wasn’t quite prepared for just how exciting it would be to see the Olympic torch pass by! […]

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It’s festival season ~ Next up: Latitude Festival in Suffolk

Its less than two weeks to go until this year’s Latitude Festival, which is technically my ‘local’ festival, being held just up-the-road at Henham Park, near Southwold in Suffolk. I’ve been a Latitude festival fan since I first went in 2008 and it’s grown considerably over the years – probably due to its family-friendly-ness and its always being […]

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My Diamond Jubilee weekend in photos

I had such a hectic (but lovely) weekend over the Diamond Jubilee bank holiday that its taken me this long to recover and get back into full-swing! As you might remember me mentioning before the Jubilee, I had celebrations planned throughout the whole weekend – fitting in as many community parties and BBQs as possible! Luckily […]

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In the best possible taste eh, Grayson Perry?

Last night I watched the Channel 4 programme by artist Grayson Perry ‘In the Best Possible Taste’ in which he researches the British class system for his recent artwork: 6 tapestries titled The Vanity of Small Differences. Grayson believes that taste is directly influenced by our class and has created the tapestries to show the […]

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Photos & review of VW Festival Alive & V-Dubbin 2012

  Last weekend we attended the Alive & V-Dubbin festival hosted by VW enthusiast group Suffolk Bugrs at Jimmy’s Farm in Suffolk. We visited the festival on the final day, with the specific intention to view the main focus of the event; the show ‘n’ shine competition. We love seeing the best (and the worst if you’re […]

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Diamond Jubilee Weekend here I come!

I’m really looking forward to enjoying all that my local area has to offer to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee this weekend! Today I’ll be attending a village BBQ with my family and taking part in the jubilee quiz and tomorrow I’m off to the check out the celebration picnic in the new village that we’ve […]

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Summer Holiday update – lovely seaside snaps

Here’s a few snapshots of my lovely staycation holiday in sunny East Anglia: We had a great time walking the coast, photographing beach huts, playing in cheesy seaside arcades, bowling and eating lots of lovely treats! And we were very lucky that the sun shone and that hubby won at Bingo! Great fun and our […]

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It’s International Tiara Day!

I’ve just heard on Radio 2 that today is International Tiara Day! After a quick Google I’ve found out that this is the 2nd Annual Tiara Day from ‘The Secret Order of the Tiara’  and it aims to mobilizing women around the world to embrace and celebrate their powers of leadership in their own lives; […]

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Spring has sprung… and now it’s BST already!

So the clocks jumped forwards an hour last night to British Summer Time and, as if by magic, the flowers woke up, the blossom on the trees bloomed and birds sang loudly in the blue sky. I even saw a woodpecker this morning – that’s how very definitely spring/summer it is! I also noticed a very […]

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Christmas eve & the big day – What are your traditions?

Over the years, families develop their own Christmas traditions and this year I’ll be upholding our family tradition of new pyjamas on Christmas eve and my own personal tradition of eating a Cadbury’s Crunchie whilst opening my Christmas stocking!   When I was young Santa used to visit us on Christmas eve (on his sleigh/trailer) in our village […]

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Rocking around the Christmas tree…

I wanted to share with you my lovely little Christmas Tree. This is the first year I’ve ever had a ‘theme’ for my Christmas decorations – usually it’s dripping with baubles and tinsel of all colours – but this year, due to the need for a smaller tree in my little flat and therefore not […]

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Are reindeer real? I’ve never seen one in real life before…

Until last weekend! And I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw two real-life reindeer for the first time in my life (which consists of many years experience). It was possibly the happiest Christmas moment I’ve ever had. As I stroked the reindeer’s forehead I realised that this was the pet I needed in my […]

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Andy Greenacre’s new exhibition: “I remember when…”

Andy Greenacre’s new exhibition begins tomorrow at Ipswich Art School gallery. The exhibition is a collection of photographic work based on distorted images of memory and will be shown in the first floor workshop space “The Common Room” this weekend from Friday 9th – Saturday 10th December from 10am – 4pm both days. Additionally, the […]

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My 2010 Christmas Tree

I don’t think I can beat last year’s Christmas tree decorations but I wanted to share this photo of my tree with you to show off just how pretty it was with a rainbow spiral of baubles & garlands!   

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My favourite photos – Breakfast

This week’s WordPress weekly photo challenge theme is “Breakfast” so here’s my favourite photo of a breakfast we had recently – one of mum’s home-baked loaves:

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My Favourite Photos – “Wonder”

This photo of the House in the Clouds in Thorpeness sums up this week’s WordPress photo challenge theme of “wonder”. The house was designed for Mrs Malcolm Mason, a close friend of the village owner’s. He later called her his “lady of the stairs and starlight”. She was a writer of children’s books, which probably explains the […]

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Friday night dinner

We have a tradition in our family to gather together on a Friday evening for dinner together, and its always a takeaway, and I have started to wonder whether anyone else has the same tradition and what they do for their Friday night dinner. I’m about to have some fish & chips for my Friday […]

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Better than nothing?

A piece of neon art that I wouldn’t mind hanging on my wall – or sometimes above my head when I am trying to work and its not quite working.

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My Favourite Photos – Sunset in Suffolk

I love this photo of a beautiful Suffolk sunset, which was taken in Stonham Aspal in 2005 by Andy Greenacre. I especially love the silhouette created. This is my contribution to the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge – this week’s theme is Sunset.

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Review: Tim Minchin’s Comedy Prom at Snape Maltings

On Tuesday 30th August I was fortunate enough to see comedy rock star Tim Minchin‘s performance at Snape Maltings Concert Hall as part of their August prom celebrations. I say ‘fortunate’ for two reasons; firstly because the performance was amazing and will go down in history at Snape; and secondly because, as is the case with the […]

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Cuppa Tea & a Chat with Cassiefairy

I’m very excited to have been invited to host a Creative Masterclass in honour of Creative Connections’ birthday next week on 16th August. Creative Connections is a brilliant social network for crafters and business people and it produces the famous online magazine Creative Crafting. The subject of the chat masterclass is “Turning your hobby into […]

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