Tuesday, October 6, 2015

UK Road Trip: Holdsworth House

Hello again - Last June we went on a fabulous road trip with a couple

of our friends who are from the UK.  Our friend Chris is from the West

Yorkshire area and we were meeting them there as he was celebrating his

Mum's 95th birthday.  We were there last summer also and absolutely

loved the area, and more importantly his wonderful family and friends,

so we were really looking forward to returning.

I found a wonderful place to stay for a few days and was so excited

when we pulled up to Holdsworth House.  I was hooked from that

moment and this was only the back of the hotel!

After we were all checked in and unpacked, our friends along

with their friends all met us at our hotel and we had a few

drinks in the garden of the hotel before we were off to dinner.

We were pretty lucky weather-wise, as it only rained for a short time

the three days that we were there.  Unfortunately it rained on the day,

a wedding reception was supposed to be in the garden, so they moved it

indoors.  I don't think anyone in the wedding party minded one bit - as we

were chatting with several of the people in the wedding party before they

were off to the wedding.  Later that evening while one of us was enjoying

a leisurely evening of relaxing in a tub of bubbles, the other one of us may or may not

have crashed the wedding reception - it was the highlight of the trip for one of us.

Thankfully everyone at the wedding was in 

good spirits that night and  it turned out just fine.

I could have just sat in this garden for days

gazing at all the beauty

But our friends had other plans

for the next few days we celebrated a 95th birthday

Went to many villages and enjoyed the rides thru

the rolling green hills, truly such a beautiful place

Not surprisingly we stopped at many a pub along the way

and sat outside near some lovely canals and rivers

It was such a lovely time visiting our friend Chris' 

childhood friends, they were so wonderful to us

this year and last year on our visit there

my favorite part of traveling is meeting new people

and with these people

there was no shortage of laughter

I loved getting up early and going down for

some tea, just taking in all the beautiful objects

that were in each room

I felt like I was on a movie set - as it

didn't seem like real life to me

It was fun reading about all the exciting people that have stayed here

who also happen to be some of my favorites of all time

The Beatles

And Jamie Oliver - love him!!

It is also where one of my new favorite shows filmed a few 

episodes  - The Last Tango in Halifax.  I read about it

at the hotel so when I got home - I started watching it from

the beginning and I am hooked!!  Plus it was fun that I was

able to recognize a lot of the places that they filmed at.

This was my favorite breakfast seat 

love the window and the view!!

We had a cozy room with a 

lovely dormer window which we had open most of the time 

 it was so nice sleeping with the windows open and this

view from there wasn't bad either!

This beautiful door - I found myself pounding on it the first night we 

arrived, as our friends kept us out too late and we were locked out

At one point I was thinking we would be sleeping on the garden lawn...haha..

But thankfully, the desk clerk heard my pounding and opened the door

A lot of fun memories were made there that we will never forget

After three days in the West Yorkshire area

we rented a mini van with our friends and 

headed to Liverpool and Southport 

to meet the family members of our friend Sandra

in her hometown

and to visit with our friends that had just moved back

to Manchester after living in Los Angeles for 25 years.

To be continued soon......

Aside from this fabulous trip, I was able to fly up each month this summer to

cuddle with my new little love, my granddaughter, Olivia....she definitely fills

my heart with so much joy and she is growing so quickly!!  I can't wait to see her

again, but it most likely won't be for a few more months......thankfully her wonderful

parents keep me updated with lovely photos and videos.......and when she's a little

older we will become Face Time buddies....:)

Enjoy each moment, friends 


Wednesday, May 27, 2015

happy news!!!!

We interrupt this very quiet blog

to announce some very happy news!!!! 

My granddaughter 

Olivia Claire

was born on 5/19/15

We are so in love with 

this beautiful little lady,

Such a bright ray of sunshine

In our lives......



Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year!

2014 has been a wild year for me, it seems I was always on a plane going somewhere - sometimes it was for fun and other times it wasn't. Wiping the slate clean and wishing us all a very happy, healthy, joy filled year!

Cheers, my friends! 


Friday, December 26, 2014

the best present ever....

The best Christmas present ever is to find out you're going to be a grandma to a little girl! Hurry up May! 


Saturday, December 6, 2014

A Christmas Treat....

As I was reading a lovely friends blog last night about the 

holiday season, her words resonated so much with me

"We will be blessed because we will all be together"

were her beautiful words...

Isn't that what life is all about anyways, enjoying not only

the holidays but the everyday with your loved ones.

Next weekend is going to be one of those times for me

A couple of my best girlfriends are coming to town to

check a thing or two off of their bucket list

And one of those things is seeing the annual boat parade

in Marina Del Rey.

Even though I've lived here for nearly 12 years,  I have

never been to it - so I am truly looking forward to it

But more than anything, I'm looking forward to spending time

with my girls again - we don't see each other nearly enough

and it's always filled with lots of laughter, hugs

and a drink or two.......

The older I get, the more I realize how precious

these times are and I cherish every second of them.

I hope whatever you're doing this holiday season, it's filled with

lots of love, laughter, yummy cookies, heartwarming movies

and beautiful music!

Happy weekend friends!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

take a quick trip with me thru London.....

I can't even explain to you why I love London so much - it just captured my heart 

from the first time I went and keeps tugging at it each time I go.  It's not just me either,

it has the same affect on my guy too.....Looking forward to another visit in the 

not too distant future, hopefully!

Have a beautiful week, friends!


Thursday, June 5, 2014

why I live where I live....

My fabulous friend, Simone of the wonderful blog

series and asked me if I'd be interested in participating and

my answer was - yes DEFINITELY!!

I think it will be a wonderful series and one that

I am very interested in reading about myself!

This is what her series is about:

"Why I Live Where I Live" is a new blog series
 which I am going to be featuring over the next few weeks.
I have always been interested in where people
 live & why they live there, if it's a temporary
 or permanent home or if they have a plan to move somewhere else....
What brought them to where they are now, a plan or just chance....
and if they can see themselves staying there forever.
Is another city or country their dream home?

I have asked some of my favourite bloggers to
 answer these questions & look forward to hearing what they have to say....
I also asked them to choose just one instagram photo
to accompany their post, a photo that in
 some way sums up their post, their home & their town/city.

Head on over to Simone's wonderful blog,

The Bottom of The Ironing Basket

to read why I live where I live!

Have a beautiful day, friends!



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