Saturday, 15 October 2011

An Autumn Wedding

Liza and Jim are getting married today, and combining the wedding with their sons Christening too.

Liza is a friend from work, and so, it’s very much a works outing, with all of my lovelies together.

Firstly Alison and Paul…

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Then Alison and David…

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Sharon – Chris, her husband, is doing the video

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Tracey, Adrian and Jack…

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Me (being played by Flossie today LOL) and Alison…

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Mandy and Mike…

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and at last……The bride and her Dad

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It was a really up beat, ceremony, and Dylan was good as gold bless him.

Then it was outside for some more pictures, before the bride and groom headed to the beach for some more pictures

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The weather was glorious, and the pictures that were taken on the beach were fantastic.  Unfortunately I don’t have any of those as we were already at the venue for the celebrations.

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Well done to the three of you, we hope you have a happy life together.

Jo Anne

 

Friday, 7 October 2011

43 Today and off to Godolphin House

I have wanted to go here all year.  The house is only opened on very short time slots, over about 3 weeks throughout the year, but happily, it’s the last day of the year that it will be opened today,and it fell on my Birthday!  Yay, todays day trip is sorted!

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The rooms have been restored to an amazing level of craftsmanship, and flow beautifully.  The volunteers on site told us that it was actually available to hire on the weeks that it wasn’t open to the public!

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It was a lovely few hours, finished off with carrot and coriander soup and a roll, sat at the picnic tables in the grounds.

Having got back in the car we headed home stopping off so I could buy some cakes on the way back, and then headed on to eat them with a nice cuppa.

What a great birthday, spent with the best of friends!

Jo Anne

 

Thursday, 6 October 2011

Jailhouse Rocks and Fowey is Fab

Another daytrip is planned to make the most of our at home holiday, and I decided that I really wanted to do the dungeons at Bodmin Jail again.  It’s been about 17 years since we last went down and did the tour, so to be honest I was dredging my memories to try and remember it.

I messaged Sally-Ann and Mike to see if they were up for joining us, and they didn’t hesitate!

The first thing you see, even before you enter the restaurant for the door to the stairs down, are the execution sheds, and hang mans drop. There is nothing left to the imagination!

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Once you climb down the staircase into the depths of the building, the atmosphere changes.  There is only ambient lighting, and your eyes have to adjust.  Needless to day, there is still probably more light than the inmates would have seen back in the day!

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Each room is set up as a diorama of a possible event that took place in there, along with mannequins, tools and furniture.  Some are quite quirky and others really quite gruesome.

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We took the chance to act daft…..

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but generally took our time strolling each room and cell, reading all of the literature that was placed around, and getting a feel for how terrible life was back then if you were a naughty person!

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As we climbed up the six floors, we could see that there was still an awful lot of building yet to be salvaged.  The enormity of it is astonishing!

A couple of hours or so later we came to the final area, which was down near where we had parked the car…

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I posed for my final picture as a 42 year old, but at least I did it in style, taking on my other persona the gorgeous and glamorous Flossie Merryweather (long story! LOL) Flossie now makes more outings than Jo as she is younger and far more fun Ha Ha!!

Anyway, that’s enough silliness, time for lunch!

We were going to get a snack at the Jail, but it was full on meals, rather than light bites, so we headed off with no particular plan in mind. 

Now we are very used to seeing where the road will take us, but Sally-Ann and Mike like a plan of action, so it was a bit of a leap of faith for them to trust that it would all work out…… and amazingly it did!

We ended up in Fowey.

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Lunch was wonderful. We went to The Galleon and had Thai fish cakes and salad – Yum! A wander around the streets of Fowey showed us that it would be worth a trip in the Summer to spend more time there.

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A truly lovely day, but we are all shattered now, and so headed back home to our ever faithful dogs.

Such a wonderful day.

Jo Anne

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Torquay Trip

We are on holiday this week as it’s my birthday on Friday, and the only thing I wanted to do, without fail was to go up to Torquay for the day.

I did the accuweather thing on my phone, and today was the day it said would be good weather, but not too hot, for a trip up there.

We finally got under way at 09.45am after I had a major panic attack about the 2 and a half hour journey, but I’m so glad Paul was able to talk me around.

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As we went over the Tamar Bridge, we found out that Kelly, Dylan and Paul were in Devon, and possibly near where we were headed.  Naturally I messaged them.PA040001

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By the time our food had been eaten, our friends had arrived, and we were able to spend a lovely hour or so with them, before we had to head back towards Cornwall, and our poor little dog, who no doubted needed a pee by now!

That said, we also needed the loo 45 minutes into the journey, and so ‘nipped in’ to Trago Newton Abbott for a wee and a quick grab of something we had not been able to buy at the Falmouth store…. Managed to get the swirl remover for the car, Mom!

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We crossed the border into Cornwall as the heavens opened, and my nerves got worse as the journey continued.  I know I’m a nightmare in the car when the panic sets in, but thanks to Paul, I got to do the trip I had wished for, and even seen friends unexpectedly. 

All in all a great day.

Jo Anne