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Tansley Market and Boot Sale
First day of our holiday my daughters and me decided to go to the local market and pick up some local produce.
We walked down a 60 mph road with no paths to the Market, this was the only way from the Campsite we were staying at, thought it would be nice to get some country air.
After a 20mins walk we eventually arrived at the gates where the guy said £3.00 please, £1 per adult, this is the first time I have been charged to get into a local market. I asked what it cost to go in a car and he said it was £1.10. I could understand the charge for the car because you are taking up space to park the car.
This does not seem to be a very green view. I thought into today's climates it would be preferable to encourage people to not use their cars, not charge them more for not using their cars.
Have you ever lost your TV Remote Control, no neither have I, but I have broken the remote for the upstairs TV which has special features that are only available on the remote control handset its self, my husband started muttering about having to buy a new TV (in his dreams). So I thought I would do a bit of surfing as he keeps telling me how good the web is. Using the Google search engine I came across a company that sold replacement remote controls, this site was Which and Shopspy.co.uk approved and uses the World Pay Payment system, the site was www.remotecontrols.co.uk. My TV is over 10 years old and they had a replacement that was priced at £16.50 plus £3.50 Postage and Packing. How the site works Select a manufacturer , a model type and type in a model number They have over 100,000 replacement remote controls in stock and if your chosen replacement is in stock you will be given a price and can select how many you wish to purchase. You can also purchase suitable batteries from the same page. Choose the postage method you want and proceed by clicking the 'Complete Order' button. If the site can not match your selection, you may e-mail them as their available database expands daily. You then select how you want to order. By cheque (mail or phone order) or online with your credit card. If you choose online order you will be directed to a secure payment page on which you can enter your delivery details and credit card details. Once your card payment has been authorised you will be sent an order confirmation by e-mail. My new remote arrived today which is only a couple of days after I ordered it. It isn?t exactly the same in looks, but it has all the same features plus extras, I used to have to adjust the TV colour and contrast from the front of the TV but now I can do it from the remote which is good. The replacement is manufactured by Wallis UK and I am v
I picked up a brochure from our local Focus Do It All store, but I noticed that B & Q stock parts as well. I found the brochure very informative and it enabled me to cost out the project, and decide on the wood and style. Still they assume you have a lower newel base, so I was still stuck. On the brochure there was a website address, I wrote an email to them and very quickly I received a big A4 sized Brochure, with the brochure was a very nice letter. The new brochure described what to do to install (in great detail) a replacement/ a new newel base. Another problem was solved by this brochure too, our banister would have to disappear into the ceiling of the landing, diagrams showed how to over come this, and I must say that I am really impressed with the outcome, in fact I can’t stop looking at it and smiling. It is an improvement and it goes well with its surroundings. It took my dad and me a weekend, the first day involved making the frame, once cut to size you needed to glue in place and leave to set over night, the second day you need to insert the spindles and spacers. The project didn’t cost much over a hundred pounds, it is worth it, safety wise and in looks.
Hawkshead are a mail order catalogue who have just recently started taking internet orders too. Hawkshead sells clothes of an outdoor nature, trainers right the way through to smart working shoes, and they also have nightwear. The Internet site is very easy to use, I have used the company and had to return a coat due to a faulty zip, they sent a return slip to cover the postage and credited my Credit card very quickly. The mail order catalogue is set out in a very casual and visually pleasing way, with lots of special offers for multi buys. You normally get a catalogue sent to you every season, with their latest designs, including old favourites. Hawkshead belongs to the Zoom Group, so you can earn Zoom points on purchases, if you are a member of Zoom. You can also spend your Sainsbury’s Reward Vouchers at Hawkshead. Website: www.hawkshead.com Address: Hawkshead, Main Street, Hawkshead Village, The Lake District. LA22 0SW Telephone: 0870 543 4000
We decided to try a restaurant on the Quay of Exeter that had been recommended by a friend, only trouble was we couldn’t find it. So we decided to try a take away in the city centre, we came across a little pizzeria called Pavani’s. We took a look at the menu, which was by the entrance, it all sound really nice so we thought we would give it a try. The menu was written in Italian, but with English translation next to it. We both started with a starter called Mushroom Delight, which was a bread-crumbed ball with whole mushrooms and lovely garlic sauce. There were two of these bread balls with a rich tomato sauce drizzled on top, these were unbelievably delicious, (I would go back just for theses). For a main course I had Veal with a mushroom and white wine sauce served with sautéed new potatoes and Carrots, the mushroom and white wine sauce had a really rich taste and I wiped the plate clean, so as not to waste any. The chef made me a special treat of a spinach stuffed tomato which was lovely too. My husband had Carbonara Tagliatelle, which he said was lovely, my eldest daughter had a pepperoni pizza, and it was enormous, and the other two had chicken nuggets and chips, they have a variety of other children’s meals. We didn’t try any of the desserts, as we were all too full, maybe next time Pavani’s is a licensed restaurant, open Tuesdays to Sundays 6pm – 11pm. The address is 28 South Street, Exeter EX1 1EB. It cost under £48 for 5 of us to eat, the atmosphere was quiet and candle lit, with Italian music playing in the back ground, quite pleasant. The Menu was mainly Pastas and Pizzas with some more variety of different meals (meat with vegetable and potatoes etc...), including an assortment of dishes for vegetarian The chef for me to try brought out the Spinach and Tomato dish; we were the only people in the restaurant at the time. Another enjoyable thing was
, you could see your food being prepared and cooked and the chef was singing/whistling happy tunes, you could tell he enjoyed his work very much.
For Christmas my husband bought me a new mobile phone. A Siemens C35i, it is very light and small compared to my old phone a Philips Diga. The C35i display has icons for Network signal, Battery Charge, date and time using the 24-hour clock, and your network provider, mine is BT Cellnet. You have two selector buttons, which correspond to options on the display. The book icon allows you to view your address book and if you double click on it the V.I.P. address book is viewed (you can not double into your V.I.P address book when sending messages, which is quite annoying). The Green Phone icon allows you to pick up calls etc… and the Red phone icon allows you to reject calls and to go back while using the menu bars, a long press of the Red phone button turns the phone off. Underneath these are all the numbers. The C35i has WAP capabilities; I have not used the Internet through the phone so I cannot comment. Using the menu option you are given sub menus of My Services Cellnet Internet WAP Internet Office & Fun Appointments Calculator Currency Conv. Games Chronometer Messages Write Message Incoming Message Outgoing Message Message Set-up Voice Message Cell Broadcast Records Calls Missed Calls Received Calls Dialled Alarms Missed Profiles Normal Quiet Environment
Noisy Environment 3 Empty for your own use Audio Ringer Setting Volume Melodies Vibration Call Screening Service Tones Record Melody Time/Charge Charges Charge Set-up Divert All unanswered All Calls Specific Divert All Fax Calls All Data Calls Status Check Clear all Diverts Set-up Menu Mode Phone Security Network During Calls Fax/Data mode Clock Car Use Headset Usage Hints Using info Basic Use Ways to call During a Call Dialling Lists Phonebooks V.I.P. Phonebooks Voice Mail Text Messages Accessories I use a hands free kit with my phone when I
am in my car, you can program the phone to pick up after 3 rings if the hands free kit is plugged in, by ticking the box next to Headset in menu The phone vibrates and lights up when a message or a call comes through, these can be disabled to conserve battery charge if needed. I use the chronometer as an alarm clock when away from home to wake me up in the morning. The alarm starts quietly and gets louder and louder. There are over 20 pre-programmed melodies for the ring tone and message prompt, you can have a V.I.P. ring, normal ring and Message prompt all with different melodies. My phone is used as a pay as you go, 10p for text messages, calls are 2p at weekends 25p in the evenings week days and 45p at peak times. The phone is very easy to get the hang of and costs £99.99, and there is a voucher for £5 in the box to get you started. You can buy vouchers or pay on Credit or Debit cards. Overall this phone is an excellent buy.
Yesterday we went to Thorpe Park. We got into the car and off we went. On arriving at the park we noticed a great big splash of water rising higher then all the buildings, the excitement grew. The weather was very overcast and the radio announced that there could be showers. We made our way to the season ticket entrance, the plus side of this is not having to wait in long queues, Ahh but there were no queues where are all the people. We put our cards through the machine and walked in to be greeted with a massive bridge over loads of water. The through whole of the walk we enjoyed the jolly music, which really gets you in the mood for a fun day. Eventually we reached the end of the bridge, we entered a place called Atlantis, which was dark and cave like. We needed the toilets, so that’s where we headed. In Atlantis we were greeted by a clown on stilts, this was very amusing trying to get the kids to shake his hand. There is a games armada, which is a games arcade, a treasure shop, full of treasures all kids could want, Dropped Anchor Inn, for adult refuelling, Neptune’s Chambers for Corporate Hospitality and Atlantis Café, for snacks and drinks. On a lower level there is Neptune’s Beach Shop, which has things like one use camera and more treasures, Neptune’s Ice, which has lots of Ice Creams and Lollies, we kept well away from theses shops. We went straight to the toilets, they were on the lower floor, you had to go down lots of steps to get to them, but they were very easy to find. On coming out of the toilets we couldn’t face going back up the stairs, so we came out of another exit which lead us to the Vortex and the Zodiac, which are not my sort of rides, having three children made them impossible, there are aged 9, 7 and 3 (a very small 3 size wise). We walked a bit further and we found ourselves at Octopus Gardens, where the children were in their element. These rides were for a max o
f 1.2m high. Happy Halibuts - was their first ride, it took them round and round fast and then up and down getting faster and faster. The three of them fitted into 1 car. Up Periscope - is a submarine, which goes round and round you can pull a lever and the submarine will rise into the sky, they had to sit in pairs, but the submarine held 4 people. Slippery serpent – it is a land train in the shape of a snake, it goes through tunnels and round a very bendy track. Ollie Octopus – you are seated in pairs in circular seating around an octopus. The ride goes round and round getting faster and then when you least expect it one side tilts up so you are going up and down. The girls absolutely loved this ride and went on it a few times we eventually managed to persuade them to try another ride Galleon Races - These are pirate boats that ran around a circle going up and down over hills and bumps while getting faster and faster this was another ride the girls had to be prised off after having several goes. While they were on this ride a child not mine decided to let themselves into the Fantasy Fish - ride which was not working I told the attendant of the galleon races and he spoke to a supervisor the supervisor went rushing over, thinking she was going to tell the child off I felt bad but she didn’t she started the ride up, I can understand why this ride was left unattended, it went really slow and did nothing much, very gentle, but they all piled on for a go anyway The Swinging Seashells - this was the last ride in octopus garden there was a vertical wheel with seashell cabins attached which you sat in, if you were small the attendant locked the door with a key which made you feel the children were safe, but the bigger children just had the doors latched shut, while loading you are left suspended in your shell at the top you had a good view of the area from here, you went round a couple o
f times before it was time to get off. We suddenly realised at this point we could do with a map, we had used our season tickets and were not presented with a map at the kiosk. There was a wooden hut next to the octopus park that had maps plus information on how to become a season ticket holder, there were also hot doughnuts being sold in a nearby kiosk we managed to stop ourselves having any. Our tummies were rumbling at this point after the doughnut kiosk so we decided to stop for our dinner, which we had packed. We found some really big stones in the Amity area which we decided looked fine it just happened to be a safe watching distance away from one of the new rides TIDAL WAVE, which of course the girls wanted to go on next. (Shaking in my boots not into terror rides myself) the ride was fascinating to watch, the car climbed up the long slope to the top when it whizzed round the top before coming back down the other side creating a massive tidal wave at the bottom which covered anything in its path with water, still not looking forward to going on it though. Then you never guess what happened YES YES I am saved the car got stuck at the top of the tall climb and it just sat there. Then suddenly when we thought nothing else could go wrong, we heard a massive explosion and flames shot out of a large oil storage container. The kids started to get very panicky and then we noticed on the map that this was supposed to happen, the flames that is not the car getting stuck. After what seemed like ages, a person started a long walk up the maintenance steps, this took a long time 15 minutes at least, they were at the top and still nothing happened, another person started the long climb up. Eventually the car started to move and the ride continued, but only with empty cars for sometime. The ride opened again to a chorus of, I think we will give this ride a miss, from my 3 children (Thank Goodness). I feel sorry for the people s
tuck in the car, but they saved me from going on. I had to walk past KFC which smelt absolutely wonderful in the Amity area there are plenty of restaurants, shops and of course the Arcade area, my mum needed the toilet, the nearest toilet to us is by the Detonator which is another of the new rides, you are sat in a very padded seat with a locking bar, this surrounds a tall scaffold pole, you are taken to the top and then the car is released and let to fall, brakes are put on just as you think you are going to hit the floor, of course, I didn’t go on this either, I just watched it while waiting by the toilets. Pirates 4D we have to wait 45 minutes for the next show, lets do something else while we are waiting, a quick look at the map and we realised we were close to Thunder river, passing the rib shack with dragging feet, but didn’t stop, oh they smelled so nice, but we carried on walking passing by a coffee lounge and then burger king. Thunder River, Lots of steps and bridges later, we are waiting in line for the ride of our life, it didn’t take to long before we were climbing on board our boat the Girls took the dry seats, and we were left with the wet ones, we set sail, smile for the camera, down we go, up, down, round and round, funnily enough the dry seats got the wettest the next time round they were laughing on the other side of their faces, we came round this corner very fast and my youngest disappeared off her seat as we hit a rock and nearly fell out of the boat, bit shaken but all right. Just when we thought we were home and dry ha ha jets sprayed you, as the boat approached the end, the boat is pulled up a slope and you dismount on a moving platform. On the way out you can look at your photo on a television screen and have it printed as a photo, fridge magnet or key ring for £3.99 plus £3.00 for any additional purchases. We didn’t like the picture so we went on again, no didn’t like that pictur
e either, on again, at the end of the third go my youngest definitely didn’t want to go again, but the picture this time was fine everybody smiling. Oh no, an hour has passed and we have missed the pirates 4D, we will have to find something else to do. They have spotted the flying fish, which is a roller coaster but I managed to persuade them the teacups where better, so we all traipsed on the teacups. First go we thought we went fast and it was fun so we went on again, second go we thought we would try harder and mum turned green and we were still spinning 5 minutes after the ride was finished. Mum decided not to go on again and so the 2 eldest kids went on for another 2 rides. And I went in search of chocolate for my mum and took my youngest one to the toilet Just in time for the next show of pirates 4D, then my mum decides to leave us in the queue and visit the sweet shop across the road, we were all handed big red wet glasses as we entered the waiting zone for the film, AND still mum wandered around the sweet shop, the waiting area was filling up fast and still no sign of mum, I was beginning to think we were going to have to go this adventure alone, just before we were going into the building she materialised with bags of sweets for my 3 children. We walked into the building to find the floor was wet and we wondered what we had let ourselves in for, we put on our glasses and we started to watch the film. Then the map of the title screen nearly poked us in the face, the bees (vibrating seats and cool air blowing in our faces), one of the pirates got birds muck on his head, at the same time some water dropped on our heads too, my mum thought it was real. At the end the bad pirate jumped through the hold on the screen and spat water at us, and we got water and air blown into our faces. Then we went on to ranger country remembering from my childhood Mr rabbit’s tropical travels being gentle and relaxi
ng. We got on the boat which holds 6 people, having children on one side and adults on the other, the first bend we nearly sunk the boat, so we hastily decided to rearrange our seating arrangements, the ride could have done with a lot more plant growth, I think it must have been adjusted to accommodate the new detonator ride as there was lovely painting of wild animals on the fence and there was lots of your saplings, the thing I didn’t like about this ride, was the exit forced you to go through the shop, where we had a chorus of, can we have this, can we have that, we had missed the rangers showcase as they finished at 3:30. Mrs Hippos Fungle Safari – you are in a dessert jeep going on holiday the car hold 4 people two in the front and two in the back, and you go round a wiggly track, with lots to look at on the way. All the way round we honked the horn, which was on the car. The track was quite long. Chief Rangers Carousel – This is a mild roundabout with horses and cars from around the park, like teacups, flying fish and loggers leap car. I went on the teacup, which did not spin, with my youngest. My mum went on the flying fish with daughter number 2 and my eldest rode a horse. Mr Monkeys Banana Ride – sounds gentle doesn’t it? We all lined up but when she announced that glasses and hats had to be removed, I bailed out, because I cannot see without my glasses, and took my youngest with me. Leaving mum and my 2 eldest daughters. Lucy and I went on the Carousel again, this time sitting in the flying fish car, it goes gently up and down. I could see my mums green face while going round on the carousel; she didn’t look at all happy. We finished and walked over to the banana boat to be greeted by a green faced, green coated, angry being, repeating under her breath never again. It appears the banana boat is a big banana that swings backwards and forwards until it is vertical, leaving
you with a very strange sensation in your stomach. My mum let them go on again so we stood and watched, we dragged them kicking and screaming off the banana boat and entered Canada Creek, this being the last area as it was now getting quite late, Canada Creek railway station was closed, as was the waterbus, because of foot and mouth, both these, normally take you to the farm, which of course was closed too. Rocky Express – thinking it was a mild kids ride, how wrong could we have been. We realised after they lowered the handrail and it locked into position this was not what it seemed at all. It whizzed round the circular track going up and down hills at a very fast rate. I thought I was going to crush my youngest. My mum and I departed the ride when it finished with my youngest but the two older ones stayed on for a few more goes. We found a seat and had a cup of tea and my mum brought 3 different colours of ice drink for the kids, green (lime), red (cherry) and blue (raspberry). Yet another doughnut kiosk, this time we could not resist (they were lovely and still hot), the kids joined us and we drank our drinks and finished the doughnuts, this was it, the last, the final ride, the log flume….. Loggers Leap – We had a little wait, about 10 minutes in the queue then it was our turn, I sat at the back with my 3 year old in front of me, then the 7 year old, then my mum, and at the front was my eldest age 9. We set off around a bendy waterway it was very pleasant but then I noticed how feeble the structure to the flume looked, my nerves started to rise, we entered a tunnel, all you could see was red lights, we seem to be going on a upwardly direction, then I realised we were going to go down in the dark, that wasn’t it, we continued back in the daylight now, could it get any worse, then we started to climb and climb (this being the tallest log flume in Britain), we were at the top when I realised th
at I was not going to enjoy this, I couldn’t hold on as I was holding on to my 3 year old and I was quite amazed that I was still in the log at the bottom, as I thought I was going to fall out, however we were all very wet. My mum enjoyed this ride so much she didn’t want to leave the log, no only joking, she had trouble leaving the log. Drenched, time to go home, Oh no, the banana boat was still open, the 2 eldest had 3 more goes before it shut, at last we were back at the car, and able to sit down, my youngest was quite sure she wasn’t tired, but I persuaded her to wear some pull-ups for the way home, before we got to the main road there was snoring from the back seat, we were all tired but we had all had a great day out. We are looking forward to going back soon. More information: www.thorpepark.com 0870 444 44 66 Open Between April and October Season Ticket Prices £70 Daily ticket, purchase ticket through internet site get reduction.
When I was younger I really looked forward to visiting my cousins, because they were boys and they had a scalextric, which I thought was absolutely fabulous. The track used to go under their bunk bed and the cars had working headlights. Now that I am grown up and a parent with three girls of my own I remembered back, and last year bought them a scalextric set for Christmas. The sets today are a lot less technical to set up; you just simply plug in and play, with my cousins set you had to plug things here, there and everywhere. I have now purchased a massive Formula 1 set which comes with very detailed Formula 1 cars and two of the new type of hand controllers, which are and lot more comfortable to use. The set is so big when set up; it takes up the whole of the living room floor. The set comes with instructions on how to make up the track and several other track ideas, a leaflet about the Scalextric Enthusiasts Club, which I joined and that cost me £14 p.a., when you join the club you receive a Limited Edition TVR Slot car, which is fully working and comes with two spare brushes and a nice display box. Regularly through out the year you receive a magazine called Racer, this magazine has lots of very useful information, and lots of news stories on real racing drivers and tracks. The Formula 1 set cost me about £50, but this was in a half price sale. The set, which I bought for my daughters, was about £50, this was the normal price. The cars come with spare brushes, (contacts between the track and the motor of the car), two hand controllers and enough track to do many different tracks. Scalextric sets are all compatible with each other, so you can build your dream track layout. I have seen some amazing tracks in the Scalextric Magazine. My youngest who is three really enjoys racing and she is very good at keeping the cars on the track, unlike my eldest who spins off at every bend. R
eplacement cars start at £20 so it is quite an expensive hobby, but it is very enjoyable.
On visiting our local Just tiles, to get some replacement tiles and adhesive, the man helping us recommended the use of MAPEI Ready for use ADESILEX P25 paste adhesive for ceramic tiles. I found the paste, which only comes in white, very thick and had a very good gripping power on the tiles, so much so that you couldn’t remove a wrongly placed tile without the use of a thin tool, which you needed to lever the tile off the wall. This adhesive can be used on prefabricated or cast reinforced – concrete walls, gypsum – plasters and timber surfaces provided that they are water stable. That was very useful as we were tiling round the bath and the end was wood and along the side was plaster. The opening time of the adhesive in normal temperature and humidity conditions is between 35 and 40 minutes, so the tile must be laid within this time. There wasn’t much information on the tub that the adhesive came in so I logged onto their web site, which was very helpful and very easy to find your way around, the only thing that didn’t seem to work was the search facility. I was trying to find how long you had to let the adhesive dry before you could grout it, I managed to find 4 A4 sized pages of information which had every thing I could possibly want to know. This is when I found out that it should only be used be a professional, which probably explains the lack of information on the packaging. The adhesive should not be exposed to water for 10 days after fixing. You are able to grout after 24 hours depending on the absorption, but the cure time is anything from 7 – 14 days according to absorption. While the adhesive is still fresh it can be cleaned off the tiles with a damp cloth, but if it has dried you will need to use petrol, acetone or turpentine. Tools, hands and materials coated with this adhesive can be cleaned easily with water as long as the adhesive is fresh. We were retiling our bathroom around the bath due to leaks. We had removed the old tiles and we were left with a very uneven wall, chunks of plaster came away with the tiles that we removed. We were worried we would have to use a filler, but we thought we would try the adhesive first, it levelled out the rough surface giving a nice surface to apply our tiles too. A 5kg tub of adhesive enable us to fix 180 11cm x 11cm, but we were laying it on thick, so on a new freshly prepared surface it would cover more area. ADESILEX P25 is supplied in 25kg, 12kg and 5kg plastic buckets.
We arrived into Cornwall on our annual holiday, there was a place called Jamaica Inn, which really caught my eye. In the second week my Mum and Dad came to stay with us in our farmhouse, which we had hired for 2 weeks. My Dad mentioned the fact that he was interested in going to the Jamaica Inn he had seen it too. We decided to go for a meal there the day my Mum and Dad were leaving to go home. We walked in, expecting to find a smugglers inn; instead we were greeted with a canteen style self-service food bar. Don’t get me wrong, the food was lovely, and they did kids versions of the adult menu, they also did the normal Children’s meals Chicken Nuggets etc… On the Jamaica Inn site there is are Museums, which we didn’t have enough time to look round, we did visit the gift shop and came out loaded with goodies, the shop has lots of Nautical and smuggler novelty gifts. They also have accommodation available from £25 per person per night. Many coaching Inns have passed into obscurity, along with the highwaymen and smugglers who frequented them, but today Jamaica Inn is standing high and isolated on Bodmin Moor, with cobbled courtyards, beamed ceilings, roaring fires and real ale. We ate in the Pedlars Food Bar, which serves sumptuous hot and cold Cornish dishes, while the Du Maurier Restaurant has a relaxed atmosphere and a reputation for succulent steaks and local fresh fish. Dare to stay overnight in a four-poster room and even if our resident ghost doesn’t materialise you’ll enjoy an en-suite bathroom, colour television and tea making facilities. Jamaica Inn is a popular meeting place for business functions, celebrations and weddings; they can cater for up to 200 people, from finger and fork buffet to full waitress service and also disco parties. Explore the past, enter Daphne Du Maurier’s Smuggler’s at Jamaica Inn, and ex
perience the novel ‘Jamaica Inn’ in tableaux, sound and light, encounter plucky Mary Yellan and arch villain Demon Davey, the vicar of Altarnun. You’ll be captivated by probably the finest collection of smuggling artefacts in the country. Daphne Du Maurier once stayed at Jamaica Inn. In 1930 she spent a night there, and the setting of the infamous Bodmin Moor, the atmosphere and the legends, stirred her imagination to create one of her best known novels, Jamaica Inn. Daphne Du Maurier was entranced by Cornwall, by romantic windswept moorlands of the type which surround Jamaica Inn, by mysterious creeks and the Cornish people themselves. Although her passing in 1989 was a great loss at Jamaica Inn you can still relive a moment of her life. The Dame Daphne Du Maurier memorial room features her Sheraton writing desk, with memorabilia such as the Du Maurier cigarettes, named after her father, and a dish of Glacier Mints, her favourite sweets. Picture her tapping out another chapter of mystery and romance at the vintage typewriter. Mr Potter’s, Museum. At Jamaica Inn they have recreated on of the last truly Victorian Museums dreamt up by the famous taxidermist Walter Potter. Over 10,000 eccentric exhibits from all over the globe, rub shoulders in the Mr Potter’s quaint make believe world. You’ll see rabbits learning to read, watch kittens at a tea party, and you may even find out who killed Cock Robin. The Jamaica Inn is Located in a stunning setting halfway between Bodmin and Launceston, just off the A30 at Bolventor. Look out for the Brown signs to Jamaica Inn and Museums. Open all year, small admission charge for certain facilities.
Presingoll Barns is Cornwall’s first factory outlet. There are lots of different shops on site, fudge kitchens, where you can watch fudge being made, and purchase lots of different flavoured and coloured fudge, biscuits and sweets. There’s a Glass painting shop with an assortment of Mugs and Glassware, which you can purchase. You can watch as masterpieces are being created, in the back of the shop. The Candle Shop (which was the incentive for this visit), this is where you can watch a plain candle turn into a beautifully carved coloured candle. We love burning scented tea lights, and Presingoll barns have an unbelievable range of them, with really powerful scents, they smell wonderful. Presingoll barns, has free parking for a 100 cars. They have a Pottery shop where you can purchase hand made pottery made locally at Liskeard. A gift by design shop, with cups, silk flowers, novelty gifts, collectable dolls, nautical and fishy gifts and Teddies Galore. You can have a bite to eat in the Rafters Bakehouse while you are there because they have their very own restaurant, where you can buy freshly prepared food, cakes which are baked daily, home-made dishes, which are all sensible priced. Last but not least there is a Clearance Cabin, with discounted stocks, end of line and seconds all at half price or less.
Launceston Steam Railway is Cornwall’s famous narrow gauge line. You pay one entrance fee and you can go on the train as many times as you like. The trains run every 40 minutes or so, there are open and closed carriages, we had a go on both types. The steam engines run from Launceston to Newmills, through the Kensey Valley, very beautiful country side, The steam engines were built when Victoria reigned in 1880’s and 1890’s, by the Hunslet Engine Company of Leeds, they worked on the slate carrying lines, high in the mountains of North Wales. There are four of these engines being used at Launceston; they are maintained in the railways workshops, which are open for visitors to take a look. At Newmills Station there is a choice of footpaths (not really suitable for buggies),you can take a short stroll to a really beautiful spot where picnic tables are provided and eat your lunch, sitting next to the River Kensey. At Launceston Station there is a Railway Workshop, a Transport Museum, a well-stocked Book shop and a lovely gift shop, which has lots of train products including lots of Thomas the tank engine goods. The shop is situated on the station Platform. There is a wide choice of refreshments available at the Railway Buffet, including of course Cream Teas. In Early Season Good Friday until Easter Tuesday, then Sundays and Tuesdays until Spring Bank Holiday. Peak Season Spring Bank Holiday until the end of September daily expect Saturdays Late Season Sundays and Tuesday in October Christmas Santa Specials The Entrance Fee changes so you need to phone before you go to check prices Tel: (01566) 775665
I love gadgets for the kitchen. For many years now I have wrestled with the Fresh Pineapple, which comes in our Fresh Food Hamper. I always end up with sore hands and the most horrid yellow mess, supposing to be freshly prepared pineapple, hacked to bits, not at all, looking like the nicely shaped circles from the tins. Where was I going wrong? Well this year is going to be different, with the purchase of a Pineapple slicer and corer from the Lakeland Ltd Mail Order Catalogue, costing £4.50. You cut the top off the pineapple, put the gadget central on the top of the remaining pineapple, then push while turning clockwise, you end up with a spiral of pineapple, perfectly shaped, the cylinder core and the pineapple skin. I have bought so many new fangled gadgets that don’t really make your life any easier, that just end up above the units in the kitchen, never to see the light of day again, out of pure frustration. This Pineapple Corer and Slicer is amazing and so quick and very easy to use and clean. I used it yesterday for the first time and I was amazed how easy it was to use and it was an effortless task, which normally takes hours, but was completed in Minutes with hardly any mess or much wastage. I would advise though that you do this on the draining board as lots of juice comes out of the bottom of the pineapple, when turning. I will buy, whole pineapples now, whenever I fancy them, the world is my oyster. Fresh Fruit Salads with Fresh Pineapple, Gammon Steaks with yes you guessed it Fresh Pineapple. Heaven.
I had a Representative from Coldseal Windows and Doors knock at my door after repeatedly telling him I had only recently had my windows replaced and my porch rebuilt, he still persisted saying all I had to do was book an appointment. If I didn’t book an appointment he wouldn’t get paid. I said I wasn’t interested, he said that it didn’t matter and that I only had to book an appointment to enable him to get paid. I repeated again on no terms was I interested, he carried on again; in the end I just shut the door. This sort of harassment only blackens the name of the firm; I will now never ever use this company, due to the harassing representative. What is wrong with people today? NO means NO, in my book. I think door-to-door sales people should be banned. I don’t mind looking through catalogues which are put through my door, but the above sales tactic is bullying and quite scary. Why are these people not given full training before being let out on the street?
We took my Mum and Dad out to celebrate his birthday; we decided to go to the Pheasant at Winnersh. They were displaying Sunday Lunches from £4.50, which seemed quite reasonable. We walked into a very very smoky atmosphere. The eating area seemed extremely cramped, and weren’t to comfortable if you sat on what looked liked church pews. The dish of the day was Roast Lamb, there was also Roast Chicken and Roast Beef, and we made a selection of Roast Lamb and Roast Beef. In our party there was seven of us to feed. After we had ordered our food through a waitress, which came to the table, there was a long wait over an hour at least, other customer received and finished their food, before we had even received our food. The staff seemed very unprofessional and didn’t seem to have any sort of uniform, or dress code, they could have been dragged of the street for all I knew. The foods eventually arrived, well we thought it had, but we were mistaken, it was just the vegetables and gravy. The vegetables and gravy sat for a while, growing colder and colder, waiting for the meat and potatoes. When the meat and potatoes arrived they weren’t very generous with the meat, and the potatoes ranged from being burnt to being nearly raw, but extremely hot. My husband found foil mixed in with his Roast Beef. We had young children with us, and we didn’t feel like waiting any longer in the smoky environment, so we decided to visit the local Sainsbury’s to purchase Raspberry Turnovers for our pudding.