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Birmingham in September

This month my OH turned 50, so to celebrate we popped on the train for 45 minute journey to stay in Birmingham.
Thanks to advance planning and Booking.com we got a great deal on an amazing Hotel right in the centre called Hyatt Regency Hotel.


The Hotel has an impressive 24 floors one of which is the Presidential Suite which comprises of 140-square-metre suite—the hotel’s largest—offers a spacious lounge with baby grand piano!!, bedroom with king bed, work desk, and kitchenette with a refrigerator, freezer, microwave, dishwasher, and 10-person dining table. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer views of the city from the hotel’s top floor. Soak in the whirlpool tub or relax in the steam room; visitors can use a separate powder room. For one night the cost is over £2,000 a night!!!!

Our room was on the 15th floor and had amazing views over the very much "under construction" city, but with the floor to ceiling windows you could see for miles. 




Within the Hotel we had use of the Spa f…
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Deckchair sock

Back on the day of Prince Harry's and Megan Markles wedding I decided to take my knitting and head to the lovely location of Slimbridge with my knitting.
I wanted to use up some ends of sock yarn that had been used but not completely on other projects.
I combined West Green Loft Yarn with the beautifully speckled yarn of Vicki Brown the colourway is Candyfloss.

I cast on and started the first toe while sat watching the River Severn eb and flow as the tide came in and went out.

I then went to the South Lake hide for a while.

I ended up at the Flamingo house.





I took them on holiday and sat in a tea room in Ilfracombe and did a few rows.


In June the Fushias where the perfect match with them.


Then at the beginning of July when the tea Rose and Hydrangea are in full bloom they we're finished.

1st July summer day walk

I am still striving to keep up the steps, aiming for 10,000 six days a week.  As it was another great day I decided to head out around Cheltenham.

As I walked passed the racecourse I realized the annual Cheltenham 5k and 10k race for Life event was on.

 A stop off at Wyevale Garden Centre. My little routine means that I get a nice refreshing drink, buy one or two small plants for the garden and have a short rest here.

I do love to see poppies blowing in the wind, this was the pathway down to the main racecourse.

 The racecourse is also home to Cheltenham Archers who where holding a tournament.  Is quite incredible how far away the target was they had to hit and I loved the road sign.



I don't know what these flowers where in the hedgerow, but oh so pretty.


Cheltenham is also home to Gloucestershire and Warwick Steam railway.  I have not been on the steam railway but it goes from Cheltenham through to Broadway where I went last weekend.  For a very reasonable £18 for an adult you c…

Day trip in the Cotswolds

This weekend I decided instead of just staying home and doing the usual dog walk around where I live and then sit in the garden I would take myself off for a day trip around a very small area of the Cotswolds.
There are so many places to visit and after this lovely day I intend to do more of it.  I used to go out alot when my son was young taking him to lots of places. But now he is a teenager and my partner is not really in to visiting a place more than once.  But I am quite happy to re visit places and I always have my knitting for company!
Thanks to the joy of social media I decided my first place to visit would be Cotswold Lavender Farm.
The farm is only 17 miles from my home and such a lovely drive through the countryside to get there.  I have visited the farm before, but last time we only made it to the tea rooms which is well worth a visit.
But this time I decided to walk in the fields and just have a couple of hours enjoying the scenery.
It is only £4 for adults and £2 for ch…