29.6.18

The Salt Museum, Las Salinas del Carmen | Fuerteventura

Located in Las Salinas del Carmen, a short drive from Caleta de Fuste, the Salt Museum is a really interesting and informative visit.
Obviously the majority of the museum is based in Spanish but there is a guide book you are given to follow to be able to understand the process in English.

Divided into two parts, the interior which features various visual tools, presentations and exhibitions about the history and importance of salt. I found it fascinating learning about how salt has played a part in various communities and religions over the years and how, to some, it’s more than just something they put on their fish and chips!
The exterior of the museum is fully operational so you are able to experience and view the whole process from sea to salt pot.

I never really thought about how salt was made or how the process was, and we didn’t really use the guidebook at this point as it was pretty self explanatory to watch the process and to follow each stage.

Without sounding like a complete geek, I think this is one of the most interesting museums I’ve ever been to. Being able to watch and learn about something that we use in everyday cooking. The fact it was still a working site and you could watch exactly how it is made and to watch the point the waves break and then travel down to the evaporation pods and then on to the salt warehouse to be transported and used around the country.

For just 5 Euros per person this was a worthwhile visit and if we weren’t watching and learning about the process we were being distracted by lizards or by the squirrels which had made a home at a water house at the site. As we sat and let them gather around us I mentioned to my boyfriend that, as they are seen as vermin, it would be the same as us being back at home surrounded by rats.

There is also the skeleton of sperm whale to look at on the site, with a backdrop of the ocean and coastline.

If you go to Fuerteventura I highly recommend a visit to this museum.

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28.6.18

June Lust List

Next month has gone from being a holiday in super hot Cyprus to instead a walking, camping roadtrip holiday in Scotland and a couple of the islands. 
As a result I needed new shoes for it. My trainers are all getting old and having got the grip I really need for this sort of holiday so I've been looking at walking boots. 


Of course nails had to feature. Before I go away I want to get my nails done. I usually go for a theme when I am going on holiday or have something coming up but I think it would be really cheesy to do Scotland themed nails. I'm thinking of going for something bright, pastles and either a turquoise/aqua or a peach colour.


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27.6.18

May 2018 Lust List | The Hunkemoller Special

Back in April we went on a week long holiday to Fuerteventura. Although not at my best with my body I felt confident enough, infact the most confident I have ever for some reason, to wear a bikini.
With a holiday in July to Cyprus I wanted to embrace my confidence and wear another bikini then too. I knew I wanted something a little more sassy and sexy, as well as flattering and comfortable.

As I do have a 'mum-tum' I prefer bigger bikini bottoms so I am quite limited with selections. I knew the kind of style bikini top I would like and which felt more flattering to my shape and size.
I was given the opportunity to review a swimwear set from the Hunkemoller Doutzen Stories range.

With an idea of what I wanted in mind...

  • Larger bikini bottoms (but not shorts)
  • A bandeau style top (with some sort of structure to it)
  • Sassy and sexy

I managed to find a set that ticked all three of those requirements. 
The Doutzen Diamond Mesh set has difference variences in the style of top or bottoms but I went for the bandeau style top and the diamond mesh cheeky bikini bottoms. The gaps in the sides make these a little more sexy and flattering.
The Doutzen Diamond Mesh Bandeau Bikini Top is so pretty due to the lace detailing. The back is a criss cross strap detail and the front is slightly low cut and padded giving a flattering shape to the bust.
Plus amazing quality, with a slight downside of coming up a little too small so worth sizing up.

This swimwear is beautiful for a day at the beach, a summer holiday or even a relax and sunbathe in the garden. 
Have a look at the rest of the collection to see what ticks your swimwear needs.

Here are some other items I am lusting after in the range.


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26.6.18

Mighty Claws Colchester | Review

Back in April the boys and I were invited along to the press day for new children's crazy golf course "Mighty Claws" in Colchester.

As I was away at Fuerteventura at the time of the press day we were lucky enough to be given the opportunity to go back at a later date.

So last month we headed down to Colchester for the afternoon to visit. Now, Colchester isn't that close to Lowestoft so it was a special trip really and isn't somewhere we could just "pop along" to on any given day. However, as this was a special occasion we made the trip, something the boys were really excited about.
Their grandad is a big golf fan and plays at his local club so the boys have been around golf since they were born. Not in a massive way but they are aware of it because of their grandad.

It was a little hard to find as we drove up the lane and we did miss the turn off initially. Once we got parked we walked to the entrance, which is the main entrance to the golf club, and were welcomed by the member of staff on reception.
I wish I'd got his name as he was super helpful and ran through everything with us. He was also really welcoming when it came to the boys, I do worry about taking them to places which are more "adult based" and that frequent a certain type of person but I soon felt comfortable.

We were able to choose the colour ball we wanted to play with and to also choose and arrange a time for our pizza booking.

Enter an ancient world, filled with cascading waterfalls, a stone fortress, ancient weapons and lots of unfriendly, sharp toothed dinosaurs. 18 holes of fun (and just a little bit of DANGER!). Adopted from the children’s story, The Mighty Claws Storm A Fortress.

We allowed an hour for our round of golf. With a quick toilet break to start an hour seemed about right and we were round the course in that time.
The course is perfect for all ages, in fact there were a few people there without children which proves that!
The boys really liked looking at all of the different dinosaurs and reading the information as we went around.

I think the only thing I would have preferred was a little more fun on the actual course and holes. At some points it felt a little more about ability which is fine depending on who is in your party. Me and Charles were fine with this as he has a little more patience whoever Harry, being younger and with less patience, got a little fed up and as a result didn't have as much fun as me and Charles. It didn't help that it was hot but next time I would be mindful to take my time a little more and to allow more time I think for some of the holes.

Once we had finished our games we headed inside to the restaurant and bar. Sitting down with a much needed drink we waited for our pizzas.
Fresh from the pizza oven we had one of each of the flavours available. Cheese, pepperoni and BBQ chicken. These went down a treat and again we had amazing service from the staff in the restaurant.
Charles wasn't feeling very well so didn't eat all his pizza, which is very unlike him, but the lady who was looking after us was so lovely and managed to sort us out a takeaway box for Charles' pizza and the remaining two slices of Harry's.

If you are local to Colchester than this is definitely worth a visit. I would try and plan your visit around quiet times due to the challenge of some of the holes and with their potentially being a build up of other players behind you don't want to feel too pressured.

We went home smiling...me especially as I won the golf, and with full tummies.

Thank you for the invite Mighty Claws, and particularly for the amazing customer service all round.

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24.6.18

How to check if your car tyres are safe?

Until my recent Service and MOT I'd sort of neglected my tyres. I guess I was a bit naive and girly about it and figured that as long as my tyres weren't flat and I pumped some air into them every now and again that it would be ok. I worried a lot more about the things you can't see and I definitely would have no clue about (engine etc) than the obvious parts of the car.

Looking into it a bit more, I've realised how the tyres are actually a bigger deal that I thought. Did you know that you are at risk of a £2,500 fine and three penalty points for a worn tyre? That’s per tyre, too. If all four tyres are worn below the legal limit, you could potentially lose your licence and face a £10,000 fine. For keeping yourself safe and penalty-free you should quit worn out old tyres. New tyres are available on Point S for Surrey or other parts of UK - with online booking.

As well as that, any insurance claim as a result of an accident due to worn tyres could be invalidated meaning your insurer could refuse to pay out any repairs needed to your vehicle.

According to law the legal tyre tread depth for cars in the UK and Europe is 1.6mm across the central three-quarters of the tyre across its complete circumference. Low tyre tread can severely affect the cars ability to grip onto the road surface also affecting steering, braking and acceleration.

Incorrect tyre pressure can increase your car's fuel consumption by as much as 5%, and reduce tyre life by as much as 25%.

So what can you do to make sure your tyres are legal and safe?

Keep a regular check on your tyre pressure. When you fill up on fuel at a petrol station check your tyres and fill them up if necessary.

To test the tread you can do the 20p test. Insert a 20p into the tread grooves on the tyre. If you can't see the outer band on the coin they are above the legal limit. However, if you can see the band and that section of the coin is still visible, your tyres could be unsafe.

Seek advice from professionals, and look at getting your tyres checked or changed at a local garage.

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20.6.18

Yorkshire Roadtrip | Hooks House Farm

Having the freedom to almost stay where we want and to not be limited with my boyfriends van is wonderful, however hygiene is important so when we went to Whitby this weekend we spent three nights in the van. Two of those nights were spent pulled up somewhere as we travelled through the night. First from Lowestoft to Scunthorpe and then from Scunthorpe to Whitby.
When we got to Whitby it was too late to find somewhere so we pulled up outside a church and slept there for a few hours.

Waking up we then drove to Hooks House Farm. My boyfriend had called to see they had space for us, which they did so we went there, had a shower and then spent the day in Whitby and Goathland

Despite seeing photos of this campsite before hand I didn't really expect the view to be as beautiful as it was. 
Surrounded by countryside and quite possibly one of the quietest campsites I have ever been on, all you really hear is the sound of bird and sheep on the nearby fields.
In fact it was so quiet that we ended up going to sleep at 7.30pm and I didn't wake up properly until 12 hours later! 
The showers and toilets were really clean (I hate showering at campsites but felt perfectly fine and comfortable here so that says a lot) and although we didn't need to use the sink area I was aware that this was available to wash up any cooking pans and so on. 

The only odd thing is camping on the wonk as the campsite is on a hill. I'm not sure how comfortable this would be if you were in a tent and not able to go onto some of the flatter parts but I kind of like the kookiness of it. 

The views are absolutely stunning but due to our early sleep we didn't go for a walk to explore the area a little bit more. However my boyfriend has been there before and told me it is lovely and well worth it. 
If we went back to Whitby or in that area I would definitely want to stay here again. 

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19.6.18

Five Things | Classic Films I've Finally Watched

One of my favourite things about my relationship, other than the person I am in a relationship with of course, is how relaxed and easy everything is.
There has never been an overwhelming pressure to impress or to live up to any sorts of expectations.
It straight away felt comfortable.
Cooking meals from fresh ingredients from the local fishmongers, various fresh juices (my boyfriend doesn't drink and I'm not a big solo drinker) an incense stick smoking on the sideboard, candles lit around the hot wood burning fire, the cushions on the back of the sofa plump and a soft blanket for us to cuddle under.

We don't really watch any tv series together as the days we see each other aren't always regular, but we do like to watch films together.
We've been watching a lot of classic films together which we find on various entertainment networks, films which have dated over time but with improved quality thanks to watching on a high dynamic range television.
We've watched films that I haven't really thought about watching before due to them probably being a bit too dark or something that maybe I'm not particularly interested in.
However, it seems my boyfriend has great taste in films and even though some are films I would have avoided in the past I'm glad I gave the films a chance as I surprisingly enjoyed them!

The Godfather

1972, classic Gangster crime film staring Marlon Brando and Al Pacino. I watched Gangster films in Media Studies in high school and I really enjoyed them. I think maybe the reason I struggle to watch them now is because I tend to pick them apart, to look at the lighting, to focus on the Femme Fatale, the angles...all the pieces that make a good gangster film.
Because it was such a long film we did have to break it up and watch it in two parts. I didn't quite expect to be as enthusiastic to watch the second part the following day but couldn't wait to get home from work and to get settled. 
We're still halfway through the second in the trilogy which we are a little slow at watching but I'm looking forward to watching all three.

Schindlers List

We'd been discussing the history of Poland and the Polish and we searched for Schindlers List and despite struggling to find it at first we eventually did and settled down to watch it.
I have to admit that at first I found it a little boring, and it took me quite a while...a long while really...to understand why Schindler was this hero and why he was so well thought of...until it became clear.
Well there were tears at the end and a big feeling of "What am I doing with my life when one man can do that?!"

Road to Perdition

Yes, this big Tom Hanks fan hadn't watched Road to Perdition until recently. I had tried to watch it previously but couldn't get into it. It definitely helped having my boyfriend watching it with me. I think I was slightly annoying and asked a few questions in the beginning. I think also the reason I had struggled before was because I hadn't really seen Tom in that sort of role before so it took a while to get used to it.
It blew my mind though and had me more convinced that there is nothing that man can't do.

Braveheart

We are going on a roadtrip in Scotland next month so my boyfriend suggested we watch Braveheart to have a look at the scenery.
Again, this is a film that's not really my style...I'm not that into fighting and I'm still wondering if Mel Gibson was the best person to cast as William Wallace...those eyes of his were pretty distracting and he needed to be a bit more rugged I think.
Anyway, I surprised myself by really enjoying it and not only has it made me appreciate why some Scots are as passionate as they are about their country, it has also made me look forward to visiting Scotland even more.

The Birds

Well, there I was saying classic films I enjoyed but this was hilarious. At the end we both looked at each other and said "Oh. Is that it?" as we expected a lot more from it. It felt like there was no resolution or no reason behind it all. 
It's one of those films that you hear a lot about and is a classic but isn't an all round great film..in my opinion. However, is well worth a watch for the awful dated affects and ridiculous acting...as well as the fake blood. 

What are your favourite classic films?
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Yorkshire Roadtrip | Goathland

After spending the morning in Whitby we got back in the van and stopped at a beautiful little village in the Scarborough district of Yorkshire.
Goathland was the setting for 1960s based tv series Heartbeat. Various buildings from the show are noticeable as you walk around, as well as three cars which are parked outside the row of shops.

We were both quite tired and I felt it was rude to be in Yorkshire and to not have a cup of Yorkshire tea. We stopped at the little cafe and had a teapot to share and a slice of cake each. My boyfriend went for chocolate cake and I went for lemon drizzle. At first I regretted my choice when I looked at his slice but as soon as I took a bite of the lemon drizzle I was pleased I went with that.

After we had a look at the shop next door we walked down the hill to the train station.
Charles is still really into steam trains and although he wasn't with us we still had a little look around the train station and I took some photos to send over to him.
It was such a beautiful little station which is on the North Yorkshire Moors railway, servicing steam trains.
Goathland railway station was used as the location for Hogsmeade railway station in the Harry Potter films, and the line filmed for Harry's journey.

There was a cute stream running beside the train station and I went for a little walk next to it. There was a bridge leading to the train station which to me looked like the area Pennywise is based in IT. It did make me a laugh. 

The landscape and atmosphere in this village is beautiful. I could have spent a long time there relaxing and walking around but as the day was getting on and we'd had little sleep that night before after travelling from Scunthorpe we then went to the van and headed to the camp site. 

I would definitely visit this village again. I especially loved the fact that sheep are walking around everywhere, grazing on the village green and surrounding moorland.

It was the exact kind of place you would imagine when thinking about a traditional, typical village. 

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