A long weekend in pictures

As I mentioned last week I spent four days on a short break ‘up north’ with the family to celebrate a birthday. It was blissful so of course i’m going to share some of the fun times with you. Be warned this post is mainly going to be about the pictures, because that’s what I like best and honestly I don’t write well enough to describe my adventures and the beauty of The Peaks half as well as my pictures do!

So my trip went a little bit like this…

  • Road Trip! Queue good music, lots of talking and picking the service station we stop at depending on the coffee available. Hence the 16 miles of crossing my legs in order to go to a Starbucks!
  • Arriving in Sheffield to skip down the hill and meet the youngest Evans sister. Then touring her house before setting off to Bolsover Castle.
  • Promptly falling in love with Bolsover. Cooing over wall paintings, cute windows and fallen down ruins. And taking lots of pictures of course – the magic of smart phones!
  • Somehow finding our way into Matalan and exiting 90 minutes later with lots of purchases. You’d think that my sisters, Mum and I would have learnt not to shop together by now!

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  • Heading into the Peak District and discovering the lovely town of Bakewell.
  • Eating the best lasagne ever (thanks Mum)

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  • Training it to Leeds to have lunch with one of my favouritest people in the world. Lots of talking, lots of eating and lots of laughing!
  • Discovering the Chestnut Centre a conservation and wildlife park. A lovely long walk around the place and seeing otters, deers and owls. Along with pole cats, pine martens and field mice. Seriously if you are ever in the area go check it out.
  • Also if you are there then stop in at The Beehive pub in Combs for lunch – totally delicious grub.

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  • I also managed to fit in a run – I know I was surprised too. But having my Dad there made me do it and it was great fun. I left my headphones at home and we chatted away for a three mile explore around Bakewell. I, of course, had to stop a couple of times for photos as we saw rainbows. Yes we ran in the rain.

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  • The other plus point of going for a run was that I didn’t feel too guilt over the amount I ate (and drank) that evening! We headed to another lovely foodie place recommended by our neighbours. The Pointed Dog and Duck in Bakewell town. Checkout the trip advisor views here. Another excellent meal and the perfect place to celebrate Becca’s birthday. Plus she loved all her presents. One of which I made myself! So will be sharing soon.
  • We of course managed to fit in more board game time. Like that was ever not going to happen!

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  • Our final day started with a walk, then a trip to Costco before a long drive home. A thoroughly enjoyable weekend away with my family.

Honestly it’s trips like these that I live for. So much fun, full on relaxing and surrounding yourself with people that get you.

Lau xxx

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Christmas Time

So the Evans family Christmas is almost over for another year as tomorrow (Friday) I am leaving the family home and heading back to London town to return to my normal life – sad times, I honestly wish the festivities could last a lot longer! Luckily I’m not back at work until the 2nd Jan, so I’ve got a few days to get everything packed away and sorted for 2013!
I just thought I’d share a few pics of my Christmas celebrations with you. It’s an early My Week in a Pictures if you like.
Here’s my Christmas wrapping, the paper is from good old M&S then I added some bakers twine and attached some jingling bells to finish them off.

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Here’s our five stockings (pillow cases) on Christmas morning filled by santa and the colouring book is just one of the present that Santa gave me, he knows we so well!

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Here’s the turkey during cooking, isn’t it huge? We hardly made a dent the fist day. But that’s okay as we’ve been feasting on cold meat and/or christmas soup for the last two days. Completely marvellous if you ask me.

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And here’s the Christmas cake – I don’t like Christmas cake – it’s the fruit you see, but I do think it looks good enough to eat, Mum was in charge of decorating and she did a lovely job.

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Now onto the presents, in our family we always open our stockings in the morning then go for a walk -this year it was a very soggy one- before having our turkey lunch and then opening our other presents. This is also the one day of the year when my sisters and I do not have to help with the clearing up after lunch, instead it’s our job to get the presents ready, we divide them up and pile them by people’s respective chairs. Here’s my pile waiting for the unwrapping to begin. As you can see I was completely spoiled by everyone this year! The next photo shows all the paper after we’ve unwrapped!

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Here’s a quick snap of all my lovely presents. I can’t decide what my favourite thing was. There’s my gorgeous new shoes, slippers and boots, then there’s all the sparkly nail varnishes, the Avengers Assemble DVD and yes that is a pile of running clothes there, seriously who’d have thought that little old me would ever want those for Christmas. How times change! There’s also the beautiful grey bag from Oasis that I’ve been coveting for ages. Plus I was also given a cooking stone from family friends, which included their family welsh came recipe. I’m very excited to try that out as they’re the most delicious welsh cakes I’ve ever tried. Although I am worried about where I’m going to put everything in my little flat, I think I may need to have a bit of a sort out.

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Once all the presents were opened we settled down to an evening of board games and card games. It’s somewhat of a family tradition that we spend hours having fun together. The evening of games normally ends with slight hysteria, someone will do something incredibly silly and then we’ll all dissolve into peels of laughter. I blame the copious amounts of alcohol that generally gets consumed during the day! My favourite of the day, has to be Don’t Get Mad (pictures), I’d not heard of it before, but it was a thrilling game, so much fun and very clever.

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How was your Christmas? I hope everyone had a lovely day and got some wonderful presents.

Lau xxx