Sunday, 30 March 2014

Back from a blogging break

Well, when I say break it definitely wasn't planned I can tell you. Since the hubster retired one month ago, our feet haven't touched the ground - added to which this glorious weather we've been having of late was simply too good to miss. So, many apologies if I haven't caught up with you recently but hopefully I'm back on track now, just need to be organised and get myself into a routine again. As for housework - Mmmm that's another story. Oh well, live for the day that's my motto!

Anyway I've cobbled together a few piccies of some recent good moments during the last month.

A trip to Rochester in Kent - a place very synonymous with Charles Dickens. Wonderful Cathedral and we used our English Heritage passes to visit the Castle.

A much awaited visit to London's Royal Albert Hall to see my favourite Puccini opera La Boheme - simply wonderful!

Visited a local venue for an Artbookart book fair, where I met the lovely Sandie from Itchifingers who designed and created these wonderful journals - a very awe inspiring morning to say the least.

Several trips out in the campervan - stopping for a brew along the way. Do you like the jar of places to visit that my sister Helen gave me? She'd cut out lots of articles of local beauty spots from magazines - a lovely homemade lucky dip.

and of course it goes without saying that we simply had to partake in the obligatory Monday Munch! Look at the weather too.

Anyway dear friends, I hope to be back very soon. Wishing you all a lovely day today.

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  1. Welcome back Patricia, and I can see life for you two will never be the same again! Lucky ducks going to see La Boheme, which I really like too. How I'd like to see it in the Albert Hall. Isn't Rochester fun? We had the best day there running round the Dickens sights, and we also went into that castle. I love that you went there just like us! Your collages are very clever and a perfect way to catch up on your new life of fun. Happy days!

  2. Things will settle eventually but first, you must enjoy these early heady days of retirement! Our life very much revolves around 'tomorrow'. If we don't do what we want or need to on a given day, it goes onto tomorrow, then the day after that etc.

  3. Your breaks sound just fabulous - and I love the idea of a destinations jar!
    Where to next?

    1. ps. meant to say too that I read "East of the Sun" whilst I was on holiday and I LOVED it. Thanks for the recommendation :-) xx

  4. It sounds as if retirement is suiting both of you quite nicely! I love your sister's jar of places to go. What a brilliant idea!

  5. Good Morning Patrica, I for one am so happy to see that you are getting out in your camper van and going places together. Life is short and you are making wonderful memories together and enjoying life. Bravo!!! Love your jar of places to go . . . what a thoughtful gift :)
    Have a lovely day.
    Your blogging sister, Connie :)

  6. Welcome back! It sounds like you've been having a wonderful time. I'm so happy for you. You must really be enjoying yourselves. The jar is so clever and thoughtful, I am sure you'll be having all kinds of exciting adventures. :)

  7. Glad you're back blogging Patricia! I see you had many interesting events during your break. I think you had wonderful time in the Lexden Grounds, hadn't you?
    Have a nice week!

  8. Welcome back Patricia! I love the idea of a destination jar! Brilliant idea.

  9. Welcome back.. Your sister's jar of places to visit is a great idea. x

  10. welcome back, it looks like you've been having a great time!

  11. Now that is certainly the way to spend retirement!! I love the arrangement of your photos, so clever, I can never manage to do things like that. And the jar of places to visit, what a perfect gift.

  12. I was thinking about you last week wondering how you were getting on and I was going to get in touch next week if I hadn't heard from you, and there you popped up! I'm so glad that you have been busy doing lots of lovely things and getting out and about having adventures! Your sisters present is a lovely idea! I hope that you find some great new places to visit. Glad to hear that you are doing so well. xx

  13. Sounds and looks like you have been having a fabulous time, doing lots of great things.

  14. What a great time you are having! So nice that you can go where you choose, whenever you like.
    You both look very relaxed and happy.
    Lovely collages.
    Happy days. Betty

  15. It looks like you and your husband are enjoying life even more now that you're both free to get out and about together during the week. The collages are a clever way of sharing what you've been doing and where you've been so thank you.

  16. Hello Patricia,

    What fun this all sounds to have been. This is, of course, one of the great benefits of not working......just seize the moment and do it....whatever!

  17. Welcome back, Patricia! Looks like you have been having a super time and enjoying yourselves:)

  18. Sounds like you have been having a lovely time - and the weather looked gorgeous. You certainly seem to be making the most of your time together - now stop messing about and get on with some housework!!!

  19. Glad you are enjoying your husbands retirement. I love your sister's idea of the places jar. I am envious of your trips out in the camper van. My husband is in his 3rd week on retirement and he is so busy too, don't know how he had the time to go to work! Sarah x

  20. What a great post Patricia.. I love the way you have made your photos like post cards.
    How super that you are getting to use your camper van. How I would love one. I think i would be traveling all the time.!
    It looks like you are having better weather than we are.. Its just horrible here. Rain rain rain, wind and cold.
    Lots of excitement ahead with your hubby's retirement. You can up and just go when you want.
    val xxxxx

  21. Love the blog Pat now I can see what you've been up to as well as hearing all about it on the phone. Retirement certainly suits you both it has to be said. One long Bank Holiday it would appear, enjoy every minute you both deserve it
    Barb xxx

  22. What super reasons for not blogging, Patricia. I've been on a break too and I think it does us good at time to get away from the computer for a bit.

  23. Thank you for including the visit to the Artbookart Fair - and the lovely photos you have shared. It was so lovely meeting you at last!
    I love the jar of places to visit in your camper, what a thoughtful sister and lovely idea. Hope you get to visit many of them and it looks like you are making the most of your husbands retirement. Hoping for the same one day.
    We're going to see La Boheme. I will message you with more details.

  24. We visited Rochester a few years ago while still members of English Heritage and loved it, especially the views from the castle. I seem to remember there was also a very, very old oak tree I hope it's still there.


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