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Saturday, 24 June 2017

Spotlight Saturday - Some scrapbooking!

Just a quick blog post today - it's been so hot that I've come in from work every day and collapsed exhausted! It's also been too hot to do any scrapbooking as I do it in the conservatory, but I have used the time instead to catch up on some reading. However, I have 4 layouts to share with you which I created a couple of weeks ago.

This one I had loads of fun with! I used a stencil and embossing paste to create some dots and then added loads of brads to mimic the M&M's! I also used some pieces from a serviette I brought back wtih me.
This is a companion layout to the one above. I am really enjoying going through my stash and putting page kits together and this is one of those page kits.
This actually used up the last of my paper and embellishments from this collection. I bought this collection in 2012 to document our Silver Wedding Anniversary trip to theStates and it was great to use it up on a layout about Ben and Penny.
And finally a fairly simple layout, but again using up some scraps and a doily which had been lying around on my desk for an age!

Today is my birthday and I am going with the family for a treat - more on that next weekend!

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Spotlight Saturday - Spotlight on Take That!

I've not been to many concerts in my life - in fact I can count on one hand the number I've been to! My biggest concert was Take That back in 2011which I went to with my sister and her friends. We had a great time and Take That were fantastic.
Me with my sister's friends and the stage - 2011
So when Wendy suggested on our Christmas meal that perhaps she, Sue and I go to see Take That on their Wonderland Tour in 2017 I jumped at the chance, as did Sue! Three very expensive tickets and six months later we arrived at the O2 for the concert.
We arrived early to make sure we weren't held up by security too badly (which we weren't and it was very good and after recent events we didn't mind the heightened security in the slightest). We decided to grab a bite to eat at a Brazilian restaurant where they did the most delicious coconut coleslaw! After our meal we had time to waste so just had a walk around the O2, people watching and having fun together.
Wendy as Gary and Robbie and Wendy and Sue as Star Wars Characterss!
At about 6pm we arrived at our entrance and didn't have to wait long before they opened the doors and we went through the next security measures. The doors to the arena still weren't open but we were able to have a comfort stop and buy a £3 bottle of water to take in with us.
  The doors finally opened at 7pm. We were high up! Only one row of seats behind us!

The support act came on at 7.30pm and was All Saints. They were really good and we had a good time listening and singing along.And then after an interval Take That finally came on!

They were absolutely fantastic. Not only can they sing well but they are really good performers and put on such a fantastic show. 

We were all standing up, dancing as much as we were able and singing loudly to all the songs!
Their encore was my favourite of theirs - Rule the World. To finish here is just a 15 seconds clip of the song. Absolutely brilliant. 
video

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Spotlight Saturday

Spotlight on Liverpool

Sorry this is a bit late! Yesterday was taken up with Take That! More about the concert next week.

This week I want to briefly share with you about our day spent in Liverpool.Whilst we were on holiday in Wales we decided to take a day out and go to Liverpool. I booked the Hop On, Hop Off bus and so when we arrived we parked up and headed to the marina to catch the bus. The commentary on it was great - we sat on the top deck and the guy was so very knowledgeable about Liverpool and really friendly.

Liver Building

You can just see the Cavern Club on the left!
As we didn't have a whole heap of time we decided just to get off at the Anglican Cathedral as our ticket included the trip to the top of the Cathedral Tower. The Cathedral was very impressive as was the view from the tower.

 To get up there are lifts, but there are also some stairs to climb. Once at the top I felt very safe as the walls were high!



We had a cup of coffee in the Cathedral and a slice of cake before getting back on the bus to finish the tour. There are SO many places we want to go back and properly visit that another trip to Liverpool for a long weekned at least is in the pipeline.
Gate to China Town
After a fish and chip lunch we got the ferry across the Mersey (sing song here!) to the U-Boat Museum - which was quite interesting but didn't take very long to look around.
On the ferry
On the deck of the U-Boat

It was then back onto the ferry and back to the marina area - the ferry trip was really good and you got an excellent skyline view of Liverpool.
Skyline of Liverpool

Liverpool surprised me. I had visited on business about 29 years ago and hadn't really been impressed. This time I LOVED Liverpool and I can't wait to go back again and do some proper exploring.