Me encanta México

I love Mexico!

This is the third time we’ve been to Mexico, and although we said we’d probably never come back as it was time to explore some other countries we were booked to go to Egypt when it all kicked off so decided to cut our losses and come back to the beautiful Riviera Maya, which is about an hour south of Cancun. Staying at El Dorado Seaside Suites, which is billed as one of the most romantic hotels in the world we once again had a fantastic time in the gorgeous tropical surroundings this part of Mexico has to offer.

I took my trusty DSLR with us and here are some shots from in and around the hotel, as well as a couple from Isla Contoy. Enjoy! x

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Always Exploring

Hey everyone!

Sorry for my super long hiatus, I’ve been on holiday in Mexico which has meant the blog has had to take a little break, but I’m back now and rather than sunning myself in 30 degrees I’m back to the crisp Guernsey winters. This weekend I had a great little treat when I ventured out with my sister, brother-in-law and my two gorgeously mischievous nephews to do a little island exploring.

Now having lived in the island for 26 years (except when I went to uni for three years), and given the small size of Guernsey you’d be forgiven for thinking it likely that I know everywhere there is to know here, and that there’s no where left to explore. But as much as it pains me to admit it, you’d be wrong. There’s one place that I’ve seen in many photos over the years but have never known where it was, and that would be the half-moon hole in the wall at Saints Bay Harbour.

So after donning my big winter coat and wooly hat, I let my sister and family lead the way until we got to the cute little harbour that still has moorings and is used regularly by local fisherman. As it was my first time there I thought it would be rude not to grab some shots of the area, so here are a couple I took on my wander.

Enjoy!

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Dawn O’Porter’s Best Friends Ball

When you live on an island and a lot of your friends live on the mainland quite often I’m looking for good reasons to pop over and have a cheeky weekend staying with my BFF and her boyfriend.

Dawn O’Porter’s Best Friends Ball was not only an excellent excuse to visit friends but was all to raise money for Breast Cancer Care alongside the launch of their new Pink Friday’s initiative which runs for the month of October as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month – for more info see here.

Hosted by fellow Guernsey-girl Dawn, also involved were the lovely Gemma Cairney from Radio 1 as well as Dawn’s Hollywood hubby ‘Roy from the IT crowd’. We were also treated to musical performances from Sophie Ellis Bextor, Kate Nash and even a spice girl in the form of Melanie C! Other performers were comedienne Andi Osho and also a dramatic reading by Laura Dockerill from ‘The Booby Trap’, which I would highly recommend all women go out and buy as £1 from every copy goes towards Breast Cancer charities.

All in all it was a truly amazing girls night out which was all in aid of such a fantastic cause, so thanks to Dawn for hosting but also special thanks must go out to Gemma Cairney for playing Blu Cantrell and Sean Paul which was undoubtedly the highlight of the night!

Obviously I had my trusty camera with me so instead of just telling you about it, below are some snaps from the night. Enjoy!

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Dawn O’Porter – our lovely hostess for the evening

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Me and my gorgeous bestie Little Miss Notting Hill aka Annie xx

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Sophie Ellis Bextor

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Makeovers were offered by the lovely folks at Smashbox
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OMG it’s a Spice Girl!! 
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The Kissing Booth where you could get a cheeky kiss from Chris O’Dowd for the bargain price of a tenner

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Dawn O’Porter ‘Oh my god I just danced with a Spice Girl!’
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Dress by Anna Scholtz at Simply Be available here

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Taking a picture of taking a picture

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The actual picture with the super lovely Gemma Cairney – loved her!

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With Chris O’Dowd

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Guernsey Girls – with Dawn O’Porter

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Bits and boobs from our Andrex Washlets sponsored goody bags – love the pink diary!

Did anyone else go to this? If so, I’d love to hear what you thought about it below!

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Also check out what Little Miss Notting Hill thought of the night here!

Herm Island – Paradise Found

I’m sure I’m not the first person to refer to Herm as Paradise, and I certainly won’t be the last, but that’s exactly what it is. Sometimes I have to stop and pinch myself to realise how lucky I am to have this gorgeous haven of peace and tranquility (there’s no cars at all on the island, only quad bikes or tractors) just a hop, skip and jump away from my own native Guernsey.

This was not my first trip over to the island so far this summer, having been there only a few weeks earlier for the Real Ale and Cider Festival. But this time I went with my mum, big sis Emma and my gorgeous nephew three year old Sebastian (is that name good enough for you Katie Hopkins?!) for my mums birthday as we fancied doing something a little different and by going over on the 8.30am boat it was only £9 each return for us adults and a few pounds for Sebby, I can’t actually remember exactly how much but it wasn’t loads.

It was a gorgeous day and when we arrived at Belvoir Beach around 10am we were actually the only people there so felt like we were on our own private beach which was awesome. Given the heat and the sunshine, I did unfortunately get a little burnt on my face but thankfully not too badly and I also did something I never thought I would ever do which was sunbathe in a hoodie (it was a little windy at times despite the sunshine and I wanted to cover my red hair) and still get burnt! By anyones standards I’d say that’s pretty impressive?

Anyway, whilst we wandered along the sandy paths and up and down the winding hills I took some shots with my trusty Nikon as well as my iPhone and here is a collection of some of the stunning sights that Herm has to offer.

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If you like what you see and want more information on visiting Herm you can find out more at their website here.

Have any of you ever had the pleasure of going to Herm Island? Did you like it?

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When The French Market Came To Town

Today whilst out and about with my camera I stumbled across a French Market selling everything from cheese and meats to clothing, bags and jewellery. The market is only in Guernsey this weekend so of course I had to take advantage of this and ended up with bags stuffed full of luscious looking strawberries, buttery french biscuits and pastries, a range of mustards and of course the obligatory cheese. I’m not going to lie, tomorrow if going to be a glorious foodie bank holiday.

As I was out with my camera anyway it seemed only right that I capture some of the market in all its glory. Enjoy.

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The Herm Island 2013 Real Ale and Cider Festival

After finishing work last Friday it was a mad dash to get home, showered and back down to the harbour where our boat over to the glorious island of Herm was awaiting. Along with eight other girls from work we decided to give the boys a run for their money and head over to the Herm Island 2013 Real Ale and Cider Festival.

Showcasing real ales, craft lagers and ciders from around the Channel Islands and UK, the week-long festival was an extravaganza attracting hundreds of Guernsey locals over to its sister island Herm.

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We headed over with what seemed like most of the island, as the boat was jam-packed, and 20 minutes later were in Herm. I had never been to the festival before so I had no preconceptions about what to expect, but when we had to queue for 15 minutes to even get in I knew this was going to be something pretty special.

Entry to the festival is free, but you can pay £5 for a souvenir glass, which must be bought if you’re drinking beer or cider as they won’t give you a glass at the bar, and a programme, which features information about each of the ales and ciders on offer. For a further £10 you buy 20 tokens which can then be used to purchase your drinks at a cost of 4 tokens for each drink.

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Some of the ciders on offer – the strongest quickly ran out (make of that what you will!)

I thought that all of the costs were ok so far, but I must say that the cost of food did seem somewhat pricey. It was £10 for a plate and you could then choose from three food options; paella (I don’t like fish), some sort of pork dish (I don’t like pork) and veggie chilli (the only option for me), which was actually pretty nice alongside a couple of pitta breads. Admittedly it was all you can eat, but as I only liked one of the three choices I only went up once, so £10 did seem a little steep.

So onto the actual drinks, I started with Westons Twist Raspberry, which at only 4% was one of the weaker ciders on offer. Described in the programme as a ‘light, fresh and fruity sensation’ my first drink tasted just like raspberry juice and went down a little too well! For my next cider I wanted to go for something a bit more out there so chose one called Fiery Fox, which at 6.5% was somewhat stronger than the first cider but was one of the only strong ciders left on offer (most were gone by the time we arrived at 7.30pm!). This Welsh cider is described as having a ‘smooth balanced flavour that has a fresh, crisp sharpness’ and whilst this went down equally as well as the Westons, for me the taste wasn’t quite as nice. After my first two, I wanted to continue trying new ciders but many had began to run out and whilst I tried one more, whose name escapes me, it tasted quite vinegary and wasn’t really for me. The Westons was definitely my favourite, so I decided to stick with that for my last couple of drinks.

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My half of Fiery Fox

As well as the ales, lagers and ciders there was also a Champagne and wine bar which some of the girls decided to frequent instead. The Space Pirates of Rocquaine provided the entertainment with a collection of folk and rock songs, which the crowd certainly seemed to enjoy especially a hen party dressed as pirates with their Jack Sparrow look-a-like guest of honour, who were dancing away long into the night.

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The crowd at the Herm Real Ale and Cider Festival

Outfit-wise as I knew it was likely to get a little chilly I plumped for my George at Asda jumper and jewel print trousers from Asos, teamed with a black lace top from New Look and Khaki coat from Dorothy Perkins. Unfortunately I didn’t get any photos but will definitely try to remember next time!

At 10.30 we wondered back down to the harbour to jump on the boat back to Guernsey, and on the way reminisced about what a great night had been had by all. Overall, I would highly recommend the Herm Real Ale and Cider Festival to anyone who wants to have a chilled out, laid back evening listening to music and trying out new drinks with friends. Just make sure you take plenty of cash as there are no machines on the island and you’ll definitely need them! Oh and remember you’ve got to get a boat home at the end of the night, so it’s probably best if you don’t try all the ales and ciders!

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