Friday, 21 September 2018

Rainbows are my happy place.

Image found on Pinterest, can't find original source.

Thursday, 6 September 2018

The Hurstwood - review

England's Medieval Festival 2018 - review in pictures

We had a lovely day out at England's Medieval Festival again this year.  Sadly we only made it to the Saturday and didn't end up camping but we still had a blast!  The joust this year was amazing again and we had a great time making more felted goodies with Karen Rao as well as enjoying the parade and battles of course!  We also caught the falconry display this year and enjoyed the new food offerings in the main Buxom Wench Bar tent.

Such an awesome day out!

Oast Farm Jaunt

We went for a little jaunt down to our local cafe recently.  It's a lovely little walk along part of the Wealdway for us to get there and the kids always love hunting for sticks and apples as we go.  Currently enjoying beating the nettles back so we can get past without being stung.

Monday, 3 September 2018

Cafe 212 - review

You may or may not have noticed, there's a new cafe at the top end of town.  Cafe 212 opened quietly a few weeks ago.  Opposite Thai Terre, they've transformed the old angling shop into a bright, spacious cafe offering a large menu of breakfast and lunch choices.

I took the twins along for brunch one Sunday morning to check it out and we had a lovely time.  It has a bit of a European flavour with some dishes having a Turkish style to them but there are all the usual suspects too.  I chose the 212 breakfast for the twins to share and I went for the Eggs Royale.

The 212 breakfast includes toast, sausage, bacon, bubble & squeak, fried egg, tomatoes, beans and mushrooms.  I tasted a little of everything and it was lovely, especially the bubble & squeak!

My own breakfast was nice too, a simple but yummy eggs benedict served with a little salad.  The coffee was also nice and much needed (I had a large latte)!

The twins loved their babyccinos too, especially the Lotus biscuits that came with them!

Overall I would say they serve no frills, tasty food.  There's an extensive menu with something for everyone from pasta to baked potatoes and a few European options, even catering for those with allergies as I saw they have gluten free options, it all seems to be freshly made which is great!

They even have a kids corner with loads of toys and a lockable gate so you can supervise your kids from one of the back tables while you eat in peace knowing they can't get out and cause mischief.  We really enjoyed our morning there and will be happy to go back again and give some other items on the menu a try.

Saturday, 1 September 2018

Saal Digital wall decor review

I was recently offered the chance to review a wall decor product from Saal Digital and had fun going through the various options available.  They offer the usual traditional canvas prints as well as more modern looking aluminium and acrylic print options.  I decided I wanted to print a recent photo of the twins enjoying bathtime to hang in the bathroom so I opted for the weather resistant option of PVC foamboard.  I wasn't sure how this would feel but as a light, easy hanging option which I could print larger for the same price as other options, I decided to go for it and was pleasantly surprised with the feel and quality of it.

Ordering was easy, I just uploaded my image and checked the crop after choosing my dimensions and material as well as the hanging mount option.  Mine is the 40 x 60 cm which costs £41.95 plus £5.95 shipping.  They currently have an offer for £15 off when you spend £30 though so you could nab a bargain before the end of September.

It arrived quickly and very well packaged.  There was no chance of damage with the thick cardboard protecting it and tight plastic wrap holding it in place for transport.

The print quality was very good too, the only issue I had was the shadows printed a little greener than the original image appeared.  It shows up fine in my photos but the tiles have a green tone compared to the actual bathroom tiles the print is hanging above.

It looks fab on the wall though but I need to move the hook it's on as the previous frame hanging there was a different shape so this is sitting a bit high.  I'll update this post with a wider shot of it in the bathroom as soon as I manage to fix it in the right place - probably once the kids are back at school!  Roll on Thursday for some peace!  ;)

Friday, 24 August 2018

Amira's Kitchen - New cocktail bar

I love the new look bar in Amira's Kitchen, it now looks more like a bar than an extension of the restaurant with new stools and tables.  The stools are super comfy too and along with the makeover is a new cocktail menu.  There are five options at the moment but they're planning on expanding this.  They currently offer:- Pina Colada, Cosmopolitan, Mango Daiquiri, English Garden Gin Cocktail and Pomegranate Bellini.

I love the Bellini with a twist and the Mango Daiquiri is made with real mango puree so is lovely and refreshing with the crushed ice and a twist of lime.  My favourite was the English Garden one though, so delicious and I do like a nice gin cocktail served in a big bowl glass.

The cocktails are £7.50 each and we also enjoyed some poppadoms & chutneys (£5) to nibble on as the perfect accompaniment to our tasty drinks.

We had a lovely evening chilling in the bar enjoying a few drinks, the atmosphere was lovely with the bright colours of the bar and others enjoying some drinks before heading up to the main area of the restaurant for dinner.  I took some photos of the bar when I was there with my family recently for dinner.

You don't have to have to be eating there to enjoy the bar area though, just pop in for a few drinks and maybe enjoy some of their delicious street food during the week.

Hemina and I received drinks and nibbles in return for my honest review.  As always, all opinions are my own.
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