Thursday, March 28, 2013

Not quite a perfect day off...

Today was one of those days that help recharge your batteries and prepare you to face the world again.  It started with breakfast at Cinnamon Square in Rickmansworth (it's a fab cafe/bakery and the food is great).  Breakfast with my beloved and it's cooked by someone else - what more could you ask for.

 I then went to the Rain Spa to have a rejuvenating and uplifting facial - OMG it was amazing!!!  1 hour and 15 minutes of pure bliss which was not only a facial but also a head, neck and shoulder massage - at several points I heard myself snore as I started to drift off which I'm sure highly amused the therapist.

The therapy room with lovely fire
 Next was a trip to Watford to have a mooch round the shops while Ken walked dogs, and then we met for lovely afternoon tea in the  Christian Bookshop which we both love as it's quiet and they always have really good music on.

Ken with hot chocolate and snickers slice
My Oreo Frappe and coconut/raspberry slice
After we had finished our (little) snack we went into the RSPCA charity shop and look what I discovered sitting on the counter:

This is Molly who is three years old and so adorable - of course I had to stand there for a while to have a chat to her and give her some loving.

Next stop was to a friend of Ken's in Rickmansworth who has got three lovely cats - I spent most of the visit communing with Polo who is 19.  By the end of the visit I was covered in white fur and had several wet spots on my top as she drools a lot!!

Then to finish the day pizza with my beloved by candlelight - what could be more romantic.

Now the reason I call it not quite a perfect day off is a message that was left on our answer phone - someone rang up and made us listen to the celebratory song of Richmond after they beat my might blues!!  That's not very nice is it??  Though, I have to admit that I was going to do exactly the same thing if Carlton had won - what a shame I didn't get to sing the Navy Blues song.

Hope you all have a lovely Easter spent with those that you love.

Pamela & Ken

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Knight's Templar in London

We recently visited the Temple Church in London - any fans of Dan Brown will know it from the Da Vinci Code. It's a beautiful small church just off Fleet Street and when you're inside you can't hear any of the noise you normally associate with London.

They actually used the church for the film with Tom Hanks and there are pictures inside of the filming. The round part of the church was consecrated in 1185.

As you can see by the above pictures there's some great gargoyles in the church.

We also did a bit of a wander and ended up having lunch at a Turkish restaurant called Tas!! We had to have lunch there with a name like that.

Our Meze - very yummy.

Here's a few more pics from our meanderings.

Australia House


Nice building

If you look closely there is a man asleep on his motorbike

Now just so we don't disappoint anyone who thinks we live in coffee shops, we did finish up in BB's in Covent Garden having cake, but instead of a latte my beloved treated me to a small bottle of champagne.

Ken reading a paper we get at the Australia shop

Some of the loveliness

My red velvet cupcake in the middle.

All finished - stay safe and remember it's Earth Hour tonight - do your bit for mother Earth and turn everything off.

Pamela & Ken

P.S: Final shots - dessert tonight and Ken's cake I made him.

Chocolate coated strawberries - semi healthy.

Monday, March 04, 2013

Day out at Wisley

Our most recent day out was to RHS Gardens Wisley which is about 30 minutes drive away from us. They are beautiful gardens which cover 60 acres - we took mum and Aunty Chris there last time they were over.

We went specifically to see a butterfly exhibit that was on, but also to go for a wander in the fresh air. We had to queue for 45 minutes to see the flutterbyes, but it was worth it - they were handing out activity sheets to the children in the queue to keep them amused so Ken got one as well.

After seeing the exhibit we wandered around the gardens and yes we did stop for coffee and cake. Here's some more pictures for you to enjoy.

Ken admiring the tortured trees

willow bull

Sleeping plants

There were some beautiful orchids which I know several of my relatives would love.

It was a lovely day even though the garden still has it's winter coat on - we even joined the Royal Horticultural Society on the day so we can go back as much as we want this year - have to go back soon to see the spring blossoms.

The snowdrops were already out:

That's it - stay safe, keep smiling, and stop to smell the flowers.

Pamela & Ken

Witch Hazel