Spring Cleaning…and relax!

What a busy weekend we have had, hubby decided that he wanted to move his computer from the small box room at the front to the bigger spare room at the back, to create a Gaming room! A relatively easy task you may think….oh no not at all. We had to move the wardrobes (full to bursting) out of the back and put them in the front room, so we had to basically empty both rooms to achieve our goal!!!

I don’t know about you but we have so much junk…I must admit I am a bit of a hoarder, I like to keep things as keepsakes. Photos for example, I have tons of photo albums as I just love to have actual photos to look at rather than looking at  them online. What about  you? Do you keep everything digital these days? Or do you like physical things?

I first emptied the wardrobes and put everything in our room, sorting would be done as we put everything back in. I found 18 handbags…who needs 18 handbags, I only use 1 at a time and I rarely swap between bags as I end up leaving something I need in my other bag!!

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I also removed all the Blu-Rays/DVDs (a few hundred!) from the front room, the computer was then moved and we were ready to swap the furniture (a good hoover and clean first though!!) As everything was put back into its new home we were ruthless and threw lots of things out, I had about 10 bags of rubbish and 7 bags of clothes, I took two trips to the local tip to get rid of it all.

At about 5.15pm we realised we should probably stop and have some tea…hmmm…lets go to the Indian 🙂 Our local, the Spice Lounge  is the best, we frequent it on a regular basis it is that good!

Although it was a tiring weekend it felt good to de-clutter! We just need to be disciplined and not collect and hoard stuff in the future.

Emma x

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Norway Cruise – Stavanger & Flåm

We have been back from our cruise just over a week now, it seems such a long time ago. I won’t bore you with a day by day account of what we did but I wanted to show you some of the places we visited on our travels. This was the second cruise we have been on to Norway and we visited the same ports which gave us the freedom to do our own thing rather than going on official excursions.

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Stavanger is the gateway to the spectacularly scenic Fjordland of Norway.  The ship docks right in the town, it was Sunday, so everything was closed!! Last time we were here it was May Day…everything was closed!! Oh well at least we didn’t spend any money.

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We had a walk around the town, along the port past the Petroleum Museum and the Greenpeace boat, then through Gamle Stavanger, the old town which has pretty 200 year old white wooden houses. It is also home to the Norwegian Canning museum.

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Emma’s Tip: If you need Wifi head over to Burger King which is only a short walk from the port, or McDonalds which is just around the corner!

Flåm (little place between steep mountains), Sognefjord

Sognefjord is the world’s longest (204km) and deepest (1308m) fjord. It is overlooked by snow capped mountains and surrounded by cascading waterfalls. Flåm is nestled in the innermost part of Sognefjord. The extraordinary Flåm railway (the Flåmsbana) rises more than 2845ft above sea level in just 12 miles.

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We did not go on any organised excursions as this is the second time we have been here, however I would definitely recommend the railway. The first time we were here we took the train up the mountain and on the way back were dropped off and rode the rest of the way down on bicycles…this was fantastic.

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This time we took a walk up the road for about 3 miles then walked back to the ship, a nice 6 mile walk in before lunch 🙂 The scenery is absolutely awesome, snow capped mountains against a lovely blue sky.

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Some Mountain Goats, mmmmeeehhhhh, mmmmeeehhhhh…

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Flåms lovely little church

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This sign made me chuckle :0)

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Before we could sail off back down the Fjord the ship had to turnaround…hmmm…this could be tricky. It is difficult to show on pictures how the ship turned around in such a narrow space. It is a surreal experience, sitting up on deck watching the scenery move as the captain slowly but surely turned the ship 180 degrees.

Once we had made it safely round it was time to get dressed for dinner.
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Whilst sailing past stunning scenery
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I hope you enjoy my photos of Stavanger and the stunning Flåm.
Until next time.
Emma x

Norway Cruise – Part One

Hallo!

I am currently sat in the Spinnaker Bar aboard the mv Arcadia. I am enjoying a Costa Gingerbread Latte (my favourite!!) whilst looking out on spectacular views of the Fjords of Norway and listening to classical music (how very refined!!).

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This is the first chance I have had to write my blog since my brief post from Southampton on Friday, there is so much to tell but I won’t bore you with all the details right away!!

We arrived at the Port at approx. 11am, we dropped off our car at the terminal, our luggage was whisked away and off we went to check in – so far this is a breeze! There was a fairly big queue but it moved pretty quickly, we checked in and received our ‘Cruise Cards’, went through security and were sitting in the Belvedere buffet by 12 noon. All in all it was an extremely quick and easy check in, a fabulous start to our cruise vacation.

After we had eaten (the first if many many meals) we had to wait for about an hour and a half until our cabin was ready, we passed the time relaxing by the Neptune pool, this pool has a retractable roof which is really good as it means you can still enjoy the pool even if the weather isn’t great…we are expecting it to be closed for the majority of this cruise!!

Once our cabin was ready off we went, our luggage hadn’t yet been delivered however we could see our suitcases so the other half went and snaffled them (naughty, naughty), but it meant we could unpack and get everything tided away. We had a deluxe balcony cabin, right at the aft (aka back for non sailors!) end of the ship. The cabin had a nice big bed (queen size in English terms I reckon), small sofa, big flat screen TV (this was a surprise to me as all the photos I had seen they had been tiny, not that we’re on holiday to watch TV), we even had a bath (not really long even to enjoy a soak in, but it did mean that having a shower was much easier and obviously a balcony!! I will be doing a full review of the ship when we return home so if you would like more info on the cabin and its facilities come back then!!

We were due to sail at about 4.30pm, so we got wrapped up (it was a bit windy up on deck) and went to the Sun Deck (Deck 10), the Entertainment team were hosting the Sail Away party. As I mentioned in my previous post it was a special day for Southampton as the three Cunard Queens (Mary 2, Victoria and Elizabeth)had sailed in together in the morning and were due to sail out together later that night – all in celebration of Queen Mary 2’s 10th Anniversary. We were lucky enough to sail out past all three. Although windy the weather was glorious as we sailed out, we even got sun (or maybe wind) burn!!

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If you have ever been on a cruise you will know that there are 2 sittings for dining, we usually opt for first sitting as we don’t like to eat late, however as we booked this last minute we we not given a choice and had been allocated the 2nd sitting which wasn’t until 8.45pm!!! We had been up since 5am and there was no way we could stay up that later to eat dinner, I would be asleep in my Soup!! So we opted to go to the Belvedere Buffet, it was very good, we had a table by the window and it was very quiet, big thumbs so far. Even better you can jsut keep going back for more…I can us taking a few extra pounds home with us!! After dinner we went and had a drink in the Crows Nest, a lovely bar at the front of the Ship on deck 10, it offers some great views.

We only made it till 8.30 and off to bed we went.

Farvel!

Emma x

 

 

Off a Cruisin’

Up we got at 5am ready to drive down to Southampton where we are going to pick up P&O’s Arcadia. We stopped for a Costa breakfast at Rownhams services.
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I also had a Bacon roll but I ate that before I had a chance to photograph it!!

It is a special day in Southampton as all three Cunard Queens are in together, hopefully I’ll be able to get some good shots of them later.

We set sail at approx 4.30pm this afternoon and after a day at sea we arrive in Stavanger, Norway early Sunday morning. I am keeping my fingers crossed that the weather is sunny 🙂

Looking forward to writing about the ship and the places we visit on her.

Emma x

My Week

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I’ve not been up to much this last week, we have however booked our next vacation…yippeee!! We are off on a P&O Cruise to Norway…next week. Now I don’t think I am going to be doing much sunbathing 😦 I have been keeping and eye on the weather and although it is sunny it isn’t much much warmer than 10 degrees…oh well I will keep my fingers and toes crossed.

We are going on Arcadia, an adult only ship…hmm I am hoping me and the hubby are not the youngest on the ship!! We are super excited though to have some a chance to relax and enjoy great food, wine, cocktails and some stunning scenery. Look out for Ship and Port reviews over the next few weeks. Anybody have any experiences of P&O’s Arcadia ship?

So what else have I been up to…well I told you about starting the 30 day shred, I am still keeping it up, I managed to progress to Level 2 a week or so ago and last night I even tried Level 3!! I am definitely feeling it today! I must say I feel the difference between levels 1 and 2 was much more difficult than 2 and 3, anyone out there tried it ? What do you think?

I also went to the hairdressers to get my holiday ‘do’, I have been thinking about it for a while and finally got round to it. I had blonde highlights and loads chopped off…I love it, although it won’t look anything like this when I try and do it!!

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I inherited a new FABULOUS bag from my friend Amy at work…I can’t wait to show it off.

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Until next time. Goodnight

Emma x