Saturday, 22 November 2014

You can't beat Totnes! ;-)

When it comes to Christmas shopping, I'm at my happiest when I'm here, in Totnes!

So you can stick your big cities and their Christmas markets, 

which are essentially all the same: wooden chalet after wooden chalet and the

 crush crush crush of the crowds! 

It's Totnes, for me! Oh yes!  ;-)

What better way than to start the day here in Fat Lemons?

It's a friendly place; nothing is too much trouble

and the coffee is very good too!

Gold star!

The charity shops in Totnes are also looking very good this year !

We 'did' the charity shops' yesterday, as we had plenty of time

to browse at our leisure.

I'm always pleased to see people taking a pride in their work

and displaying their goods so beautifully.

Moving on...

I never miss a chance to go into 'Narnia'.

This time, I found an old yacht for the 'sailing/nautical'

themed area in my classroom. 


I love Narnia... and the best music is always takes me back to

my student days, when I didn't have a care in the world! ;-)

Moving on...

It was also a big treat to find a shop, which was new to me.

As I stood outside and looked through the window, the shop was calling

'Come in!'

In I went!

This is 'ninety-three totnes'.

It is stunningly beautiful inside and it is full of the most lovely

mid century and retro furniture.

Details :

This one not to be missed!

And I mean not to be missed!

You won't be disappointed with Totnes.

And make sure that you start with your cuppa at the bottom

of the hill... and then have another at the top!

Grey's is another lovely place to take a rest and watch the world go by!

I'm already looking forward to our next trip !

Maybe see you there?!


Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Weekend break! ;-)

This is the Villa Marina Hotel in Paignton, South Devon.

It's a lovely building which, apparently, was built by Paris Singer

(of the famed Singer Sewing Machine Company) for Isadora Duncan,

with whom he was romantically involved.

And this is where we spent two nights , at the weekend, 

to celebrate our wedding anniversary.

We had the top floor room.

You could be for given for thinking that we were in Paris!

However, the views in the opposite direction were very different...

Torquay! ;-)

And here's the view in the other direction...Brixham and Berry Head:

It being a very warm autumn, Paignton was still very busy, with many people

making their way to the pier. 

Here are a few of the delightful sights of Paignton:

Candy coloured residences.

The blue and cream of the harbour area.

Not forgetting the steam trains.

I spotted this lovely vintage poster...where better place than Devon?

The next day we jumped on a bus to Torquay.

Walking around the harbour, we couldn't fail to notice the big wheel;

a real attraction for some!

However, on Sunday, the wheel was dismantled and it's not

yet known whether it will return.

Personally, I prefer this lovely old building, The Pavilion, 

which has stood in the shadow of the big wheel, over the past few months.

I'm not sure what Agatha Christie (bottom left of the next photo)

 would've thought of the big wheel...maybe she would write a mystery surrounding it!

(with rogues and scoundrels scrambling over the seats as the wheel 

is in get the idea and can picture the scene?!!!LOL)

We had a lovely break; there's nothing like a bit of sea air to 

freshen the soul!

And there's nothing like a line of beach huts to bring a smile to one's face there?! ;-)

Friday, 17 October 2014

Death by emulsion!!! ;-)

 I have a newly decorated 'classroom' at

'Sally Hall Tuition' !! 

It's all thanks to Mr Snippets...who hates decorating! LOL ;-)

I chose a very pale lemon for the walls and this sets off my

beautiful Eileen Soper prints, perfectly.

I chose some lovely cream and gold frames ( distressed

and absolutely perfect!!)

This room had never been decorated since the day we moved in, in 2001.

'I won't be doing it again in my lifetime,' were the words

that he uttered, a few days ago, whilst brandishing a paintbrush,

as if he wanted to attack someone!

(Death by emulsion!!) ;-) ;-)

But it's all come together, really well;  Mr Snippets, beavered away

and he worked like a trojan every day, for a number of days.

I love it!

I feel very inspired being in my lovely room; I only hope that the children do too!

I have all sorts of interesting things in my room.

As a classroom teacher, I loved doing art and craft with my classes; 

I loved displaying children's work to its best;

I loved creating an inspiring environment, in which to work

 I miss all of that.

Mustn't forget the tea tray!! A vital piece of equipment

for every teacher!!

I have little 'snippets' of my own children in my room too.

Helen and Nich are both examples of what hard work can achieve

and I am mighty proud of them and how they have grown into

such wonderful adults. 

They each inspire me in their own way.

For anyone who doesn't know, I am a private tutor based in South Devon

 and I teach English to children of

primary school and secondary school age.

You can find me here .

So that's it... Blu Tack is now banned!

Oh... and I would offer to hire out Mr Snippets

as he's done a fantastic job but...well

I want to live long enough to teach many more lessons

in my fab room!