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The Go To Girls Blog goes to the Rodeo.

We like to go on trips when we are on holiday so we are not stuck in any one place at a time and we get to see more than one place at a time too.  We were looking on Viator at what trips we could do while we were in America this time and we came across a genuine Western Ranch Rodeo experience.  IMG_0109I have always wanted to go to a dude ranch and see a real rodeo.  We booked it and received the ticket with the details of the day.  The ranch was located at Southern Osceola County.  We were to get picked up at the hotel were we staying at and be taken to the ranch where we would stay for the day .  I heard from my friend that these places do not treat the animals very well which upset me as we love animals but we had already booked the trip and I wanted to go more than ever now just to find out if she was right.  (more on my findings later in the blog) img_20170827_1752551522127073692879440.jpg

The day came and it was one of the most beautiful days I have ever seen, blue skies dotted with fluffy blue clouds, a warm breeze blowing in our faces.  The bus picked us up and off we went, the drive was about one and a half hours and when we arrived the ranch was amazing.  Sprawling fields, golden sunshine it was perfect. The bus driver directed us to the man who will guide us throughout the day.  The day began with my favourite part of the whole trip, the hayride.

We were helped onto a huge trailer on the back of a tractor and we sat on hay bales and off we went.  The tractor drove around the fields of the ranch while a local cowboy played his guitar and sang some old country favourites.  I literally have never been so relaxed in my life.  If i could bottle that feeling i would be rich.  We watched the wildlife as we sat back soaking up the sun.  Apart from stopping a couple of time to open and shut gates the ride seemed to go on forever and we will remember this trip for the rest of our lives and this was only the first part of the day.

What next?  Ooh a bbq.  Yummy we were getting a bit hungry by now. The guide showed us to the bbq area, it was like a wooden marquee with tables and chairs all around and then across the room was a row of tables stocked with food.  BBQ chicken, hot dogs, ribs, burgers you name it, they had it.  We filled up our plates and headed off to find our spot to sit.  We found a table right of the back of the room and got sat down.  Oh no we forgot drinks.  On a table at the side of us were drinks dispensers full of lemonade.

Two glasses of iced lemonade and i was off back to the table.  We loved the bbq, i don’t know how they cooked those ribs but they were delicious.  After the bbq we had a bit of free time to explore the ranch.  There were a few shops which sold genuine cowboy boots and hats.  we had a good look around the shops to pass some time while we waited for the rodeo to start.  The work and detail that went into making these hats and boots was amazing, they were so beautiful i wanted to buy them all but living in the UK when would i wear them?  Such a shame i did not still have a horse!  What next?

IMG_0095 A genuine wild west looking bar!!! OMG! i am in heaven!  the only thing missing was the swinging doors.  I don’t know if they were just in the movies but i really wanted to walk through some.

We went in for a beer and a cool down as it must have been high twenties outside maybe even hotter!  Chris spotted the souvenir glass to get his beer in! Can you guess?  Yes it was a cowboy boot.  He was like a kid in a sweet shop lol!  IMG_0100Can we have a boot-ful of beer and I had a cocktail (of course! although i cannot remember for the life of me what it was called)  Before we know it the time has come for the rodeo to begin. We made our way to the stalls to get a seat with a good view of the show.  The compere of the Westgate Ranch Rodeo came on the microphone and the show began.

First on was the bull riding, i was watching for straps on the bulls privates as my friend had told me they tie them up to make the bull buck and i am not sure but i think she might be right!  I don’t agree with this, although i am not educated enough to make an informed comment on the ethics of this so i wont.  All i will say is i dont think i will go to anther rodeo unless i have researched it so i am able to make an informed decision.  Anyway off my soap box back to the rodeo.  Next was the trick riding, now this was impressive.  Two of the riders were raised on horses and were 6 and 9 years old.  The tricks they did on those horses were so skillful and precise it was truly amazing.

Our daughter would have done this if she was born in America as she was horse crazy when she was small and would literally jump on any horse she could.  This was truly a day to remember, it left me with a pang of guilt about the ethics of animal treatment and i am going to research the subject so i am better informed.  All in all i loved it from start to finish and it gave us a real glimpse into the life of a real dude ranch and all it entails which i dont think either of us will forget in a long time.

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The Go To Girls Blog Visits…… Seaworld.

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It was during our first visit to America we decided to visit Seaworld.  Why? I am not sure, maybe because it’s what you do when you visit Orlando or was it because we live in a port and we love the sea and all things ‘fishy’.  Who knows? Well anyway, off we went.  Seaworld is a mixture of animals and rollercoasters so a perfect combination for me and Chris.  You know he loves rollercoasters and at this point it was before i became brave and started riding rollercoasters like a crazy person.

When we went to America the first time I would not ride any rollercoasters as i was a total chicken poop. LOL!  On with the trip, i have not seen so many aquatic creatures i could not name as i did in this park. I did not even know turtles could grow to this size, it must have been at least 2 or 3 feet long

We went to the usual rays and penguins and sea lions, the list goes on but then we came to this tank and I can tell you i literally did not have a clue what i was looking at.  It was well, all i can describe it as was wow! what is that?  These are my exact words.  It was a big sort of grey flesh balloon, with a small sort of snout and a back flipper.  I had to read the information on the side of the tank (embarrassing i know) to discover what on earth i was looking at.  Turns out it was a Manatee.

I had never seen an animal up close so serene and so beautiful.  It was just bobbing around on the water, a bit like I do when  i am on my lilo.  Onwards we went, to the polar bear, i had no idea they were so big.  It really made me think about how little i knew about animals.  I know about dogs, cats, horses, you know the usual pet type animals we have back home.  Even though i love animals i realise now how little i actually know about animals in general.  It’s like we live in an animal-less  bubble.  So i promised myself i would learn as much as i could while we were there.

Yes you are right how much could i learn in a day but you would be surprised how well-informed the staff are in some of the animal parks you visit.  We tried to ask as many questions as we could and read all of the fact sheets we could find and by the time we left we had learned a lot.  We learned about the Narwhal, the unicorn whale, the hooded seal and the killer whale (we were told by another member of the audience this particular whale had recently killed its trainer, this is obviously unconfirmed)

We went to a fresh fish stall to buy fish for the seals, we were allowed to feed the seals. I asked Chris to pose for a picture whilst throwing a fish, within a second of holding up a fish a heron swooped in and nabbed it right out of his hand.  I happened quicker than I could snap the photo.  We laughed so hard and nearly lost the rest of the fish. If you look carefully at the picture above you can see the bird responsible and the gutted look on the seals face!!! LOL!!

After we had looked around the animals it was time for Chris to unleash his inner child and go and ride some rollercoasters on his own.  I did feel bad leaving him to ride them on his own but not as bad as I would have felt if i had ridden them with him.  Have a look at Chris’s face before the ride.  Would you say he looked a bit nervous?  I did but he denied it! Obviously he would he is a man after all.

Check out his face when he finishes riding them.  My beautiful pictureSo funny! Just like the big kid he is.

As usual we had a great day and telling our stories brings back some amazing memories.

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Charity Starts At Home…….. Hull & Haltemprice – Living with Water.

You may or may not know much about Hull but back in 2007 we suffered terrible flooding which saw thousands displaced for years.  Thankfully, something is being done about making sure we are prepared for it if it happens again.  I found out about this event on my dinner  from work and thought it is not my usual blog topic but Hull is very important to me. If I can get the word out even a bit for them then it would be worth writing about.  It is called ‘Hull and Haltemprice Living with Water’.

This is a partnership between Hull City Council, East Riding of  Yorkshire Council, The Environment Agency and Yorkshire Water. They have a vision where water is ‘not seen as a threat from flooding but where communities thrive, This event is to raise awareness and money they are rolling out an event called Hull-timate Challenge?  It got me interested with the display of a small part of what we can expect.img_20180706_1255012411351267558980507.jpg

Imagine an obstacle course so large it runs around the entire city centre of Hull of around 5km.  Yes, that’s 5km of obstacles.  It is family friendly course and can be done by any age from 4 upwards.  There is the option to do 7.5km or even 10km for the more seasoned athlete, obviously i will be doing the children’s one.  LOL!!

I met a very lovely volunteer img_20180706_1254262265696507928709251.jpg(sorry, how rude of me i did not take your name for my blog, please comment your name below so i can include you.) who introduced me to this guy, img_20180706_125635512704626245383187.jpgRob Edmond, who is running the show.  He told me anyone wanting to know more of the Hull-timate Challenge can visit livingwithwater.co.uk

Learn all about the fun day here in Hull.  The dates for the Hull-timate Challenge are 20th & 21st October 2018 (plenty or time to train) and tickets are available from just £5* (if you live in Hull)

Please have a look and support my home town I love it so much.  The Hull-timate Challenge can be walked or ran, we just need your support or even better if you can attend, we would love to see you.img_20180706_1258138522478401938401993.jpg

Just a few tips on, What to do if you are under threat of flooding, I learned from Rob and his team. I thought the whole world could use these tips, as i know we are not the only place who are under threat of floods.  Weirdly enough i did not know any of these things  so in a flood i would have been less that useless.

  1. You can check now, does your insurance cover flooding? and do you know how to turn off electric, gas and water?
  2. If, hopefully not, you get a flood warning, check on children, elderly family members and neighbours and pets.
  3. To stop or slow water entering your home, fill plastic bags or pillow cases with mud and place in sinks and toilets or buy and fit floorboards to your doors.

I did not know about the bags in sinks and toilets so that is my something learned today.

That just about wraps up my blog and all the information provided in this blog has come courtesy of Rob Edmond and his team from Living with Water

So thanks to them for their contribution to this blog and don’t forget show your support and make it a day out with your families.  Let me know you are coming and I will pop and meet you, we can do another blog about the event as it happens and get some of you lovely supporters pictures on the blog too.

Again thanks for reading , please support @hultimatechallenge on Facebook and @livingwithh2o on twitter.

Aah, My first helpful Charity blog… It warms my heart to help the city I love.  HULL……

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Hells Bells…… Tenerife Style

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It was one of those days when you start thinking of holidays, to be honest, there are not many days I am not thinking about our next holiday. Again comes the predicament…… Where? We did not have much time to book or pay as we had left it really late this time to book. We decided somewhere cheap and cheerful. The day before we had seen an advert from Teletext about cheap all-inclusive holidays to Tenerife. If you read my blog regularly you will know we had a great time last time we went. Although we always say we never want to go to the same place twice, sometimes you have to break your own rules. We looked into the deal they were offering and before we could say Tenerife here we come, we had booked it!. LOL!

We usually book holidays well in advance so we have longer to pay and this then allows us to spend that little bit more on a better holiday. This time was going to be different in more ways than we thought!?!? We flew from Doncaster on Ryanair. We had not flown with this company before but we got what we paid for a basic budget plane. This made me uneasy as I am scared of flying and heights and I find some comfort in traveling on the nicer airlines. I am not sure if this I based on the fact that you pay more you are flying on a safer plane or not. ( I should research that.)

Anyway, the plane was very basic and quite cramped, this meant Chris was going to be uncomfortable all the way and there was nothing to take your mind off the plane journey. It was lucky we always take some form of gadgets with us, laptop or Nintendo DS. This kept us busy for the four hours it took to get there.

We finally landed and thought how happy we were to be off that plane. We got transferred to the resort arriving around 10 ish and as you get a quick change and then out for something to eat. This is where the reality of this holiday started kicking in. We walked to the reception for directions and were shown where to go by a lovely receptionist and off we went. Happily walking along the streets with the directions we were given and Chris turned and said its a bit quiet for 10. When we go on holiday usually at 10, the nightlife is just starting.

We kept walking thinking we must be in a quiet part of the resort and would soon stumble upon the ‘wild’ life. No, we walked and walked and walked and still nothing. Then we arrived at the water’s edge, this is where the receptionist had told us to go. We thought she .just of made a mistake so stopped a local and asked where we in the right place. Oh yes, he said but everything closes around here at 8. Why? Was all that came out when I tried to reply. They just do. Was his reply we don’t get many tourists this time of year. Great, then we realised the irony of where we were the ‘ Costa Silencio’ or the Silent Coast. Was the clue in the title!?!?!?

We should really pay more attention sometimes when we book things. So there we were on the silent coast with no where open, what do you do?  All we could do was go back to the hotel and go to bed!  Great start to the holiday? Yes we thought the same!

It surely must get better than this?  But did it? Read on to find out!

We woke up bright and early the next morning, so all refreshed and extremely hungry we headed down for breakfast.  This was going to be the best breakfast ever as we remembered we had gone all-inclusive.  From previous experience of all inclusive we were in for a treat.  We almost ran into the dining room and then almost ran back out in shock!  The all inclusive we were promised was a basic continental breakfast.

Not that we don’t like a continental breakfast but when all it consists of is tea, coffee, croissants, toast and a small selection of fruit, we don’t call his a continental breakfast!!  We ate it anyway as we were starving by this point and then headed out to find something more substantial to eat.  We brought back to the room a stock of food and drink and this turned out to be the saviour of our holiday as the standard of food at this hotel was not good and was not getting better as our stay progressed.

Oh well, the foods not great let’s go and explore the hotel.  It did not get better.  I have never seen such a small beach in my life, our garden at home was wider!  I am not kidding it can’t of been more than 9 metres across.  If you happen not to believe us comment and I will give you the name of the hotel and you can go and see for yourselves.  Go on really I dare you!!  I would say we laid on the beach but we never, this was the first time i have not sun bathed at any hotel abroad i have stayed at.

We finally gave in went to lay around the pool. the height of our day was lying around the pool reading a book.  We stayed at the hotel for dinner and then drinks on the night, at least we could dull the boredom of the holidays with a few cocktails.  Yes you guessed it, no we could not?  Why? you ask, the all-inclusive consisted of, a wine tap, a beer tap and vodka! They are still drinks why are we complaining.

We were used to being spoilt on all inclusive holidays and never have had such a dreadful time as this.  I know we are spoilt but if you pay for the nice holidays you expect them all the time.  Then we remembered this was a cheap and cheerful holiday and that is what we got.  But shouldn’t all holidays have a certain standard?  No, apparently! Much to our dismay.  This was only day one of seven.  We vowed to not carry on staying at this hotel but we could not get moved, even when we were going to pay for another hotel.  We did find a way out of this dilemma though.

The bus to Los Christianos and Las Americas! and we caught it every day for the rest of the holiday sometimes twice going out day and night just to stay away from the Hells Bells Hotel (this was the comedy hotel of horrors in Carry on Abroad) Our hotel had a similar name weirdly enough.  So the rest of the holiday was the usual beach during the day and the bars and clubs of Tenerife all night.  Then and only then back to the hotel from hell.  We still had a great time (after the first day) The scenery around this area is after all spectacular.

That will be the end of this partly drastic tale of our second trip to Tenerife that did however turned out fine.

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Beverley (K)Nights…….

Winter had finally gone, Spring flew past and finally SUMMER IS HERE IN THE UK!!!! It has been so long since the last time I had been out with Chris and our friends.  All of a sudden our calendar was booked up and we were even having to ask people to rearrange so we could fit them all in.  We had been asked out by our friends to go to Beverley.  This is a historic market town about twenty minutes out of Hull. img_20180630_212211136550814110289336.jpg

It’s a quaint little place with little nooks and crannies all over the place.  There is a market place and a race course and the loveliest wooded area called Beverley Westwood.  Here the cows roam free and the kids play on rope swings and hopefully don’t fall in the cow clap! (Cow poo) LOL! There is an old ruin of a Windmill on the top of the hill.  People walk here a lot with families and dogs, kids ride their bikes, it’s a very relaxing place.

Anyway as usual I go off topic, we got to Beverley around 7:45 pm and went to a pub called The Cornerhouse on the corner (i know weird) of one of the main streets through Beverley.  It was a nice little pub with a nice beer garden at the back.  Ooh and they sold Mojito’s so i loved it and as my friend Jill calls me i am ‘Cocktail Girl’ as you can guess from the name i love cocktails.  This was brought about by our travel tales and the fact most of the places we visit have cocktail bars. img_20180630_2312483549407876775594383.jpg

I like to try different things were ever we go, drinks or food.  We had been to meet Chris’s old friend Tim’s, new partner Jane, who was lovely by the way. We found all of the tables in the garden were taken, however, one of the tables only had two people on it.  We asked if they would mind sharing?  A very lovely lady and her mother said of course and during a conversation with them we found it was the ladies mother’s birthday.  Aaaw how lovely.  We had our drinks and as you do move on the next pub!! I wonder what cocktails they will sell in the next pub! img_20180630_2053058697314536970609916.jpg

So off to the Cross Keys.  I always feel like I am taking part in the Simon Pegg Movie The World’s End (12 drinks in 12 pubs)

I always ask for a cocktail menu when we go out as I don’t drink lager and i can’t drink wine when i go out as i get drunk really quickly on wine, plus as i said i love cocktails.  Most staff in public houses have knowledge of cocktail making and what cocktails they bar they work in.  Not in The Cross Keys!  Sorry Owner of Cross Keys but you need better training for your staff.  I went to the bar and asked if they served cocktails.  Yes, we sell all sorts of cocktails, said the young barman.  Ok Great, i will have a Long Island Iced Tea please.

This is one of my favourite cocktails and I was really looking forward to it.  No sorry, he said we don’t sell those.  Ok, no problem i thought, i will have a Margarita, everywhere can whip up a Margarita, can’t they?  No sorry, we don’t serve Margarita! Ok third time lucky, can i have a Mojito then, er no sorry we don’t serve Mojito.  By this time i was getting a bit fed up, i thought you said you served all sorts of cocktails?  Why don’t you tell me what you do sell and i will choose from those.

We sell Purple Rain and…….  I stopped him there I will take a Purple Rain.  I could not stand any more to-ing and fro-ing or this guessing game of cocktails it was boiling, i was boiling and i just wanted to get out into the beer garden, into the cool breeze!  We paid for our drinks and made our way to join our friends outside.  We were chatting about what we had all been up to over the last few months as it had been a while since i had seen Jill and Keith.  I was telling them how well the blog was going and how surprised i was by this.

Two lovely young women were sat on the next table to us and joined in our conversation, thanks Amore and Nina for the interest in my blog. By the way loved the outfits! (don’t forget to follow thegotogirlsblog) I told you I would include you in my blog LOL!

We moved on to The Green Dragon, and a bottle of Blue WKD  just to keep my alcohol level down a bit.  The beer garden in here was quaint with a wall completely made up of fake greenery (an idea I might use in my own garden it looked so good.

Then to The Grapes

Pizza anyone! (just because it was there) and to a young lady with initiative.  She had just started making cocktails but…. had a sheet with all of the various cocktail recipes on it.  Although it took a while I got my cocktail and an apology off the young lady who served me for the time it took.  Obviously i said it was fine as she at least used her initiative, so thanks to the Staff of The Grapes.   I finally got my Long Island Iced Tea and a free Woo Woo.  (Buy one get one free) I did not have both, Thanks Jill for helping me out with that!

A bit disappointed they did not have a beer garden as it was still hot outside but what can you do.  Onto the Kings Head.  This was full to bursting and I had enough cocktails by this point so just a vodka and lemonade was the drink for me, poor Chris he was drinking J2O all night as he was driving.  img_20180630_2238561710106491225935521.jpg Not a bad pub, very lively and busy so it must be doing something right.  Again no beer garden but I needed a sit down by this time as my feet were beginning to hurt as i don’t usually wear heels but thought I should make the effort as i had not been out for ages.

So a dress and high heels for tonight’s attire.  It was getting close to closing so last orders of the day were to be at……. drum roll please….. only kidding.  LOL!

Back to the Green Dragon and the lovely beer garden.  Amazingly it was still warm out, this may be normal where you live but here in Hull it is not normally hot.  The final drink of the night and then a walk back to the car, as I said Chris was not drinking as he drove.  We did not want to get train and taxi to Beverley and Taxi can be costly.

I woke up this morning luckily without a hang over and I even slept in until 9.30.  I never sleep in. EVER! Chris was up late too even though he did not drink.  This never happens either.

All in all a great night and my thanks to mine and Chris’s friends Jill, Keith, Tim and Jane.  See you all again soon xxxx

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Fabrique Belgique

We had already been on holiday to the Dominican Republic earlier in the year but thought we could do with a little ‘city break’, just a few days off to relax and unwind.  Again we had no idea where.  Why would we, we always ‘fly by the seats of our pants’.  We see something, then we do it.  We hear about a place from friends, family or well, basically anyone.  So where was it going to be this time? Well we live in a port! so why not catch a boat? but where to?

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Then it came to us like a bolt of lightning! North Sea Ferries are across the city and will take us to Holland or Belgium.  So which country, at the toss of a coin it was decided It would be Belgium!  We did not know anything about Belgium so we did a little research.  There was a lot of cultural things to do visiting galleries and museums etc on one website and then there was other more relaxing and fun things.  We could not choose so we thought we would do the usual and ‘fly by the seat of our pants’ and see where the trip took us.

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We booked two nights and a day trip, this was one night on the ferry, all day in Bruges and then catch the ferry back that night.  We boarded the ferry around 5 on the Friday and set sail around seven.  We were not keen on the ferry journey as apart from a game of bingo and a really bad cabaret  act there was not much to do. To make matters worse we were given a room, when I say a room it was like a broom cupboard.  I know it was cheap but i expected more from North Sea Ferries.  I hear they have updated and upgraded their ships now so we might try them again.

We arrived in the port about eight on the Saturday and got the coach to Bruges.We went straight towards the canals as we had heard some good things to do on the coach trip.  We found a canal cruise pretty easy and for a few euros we were off down the canals.  I have no idea where they took us on the cruise, we should really pay more attention on these trips and ask more questions about where we are and were we are going.  We saw some of the most beautiful architecture of the city while coasting down the back street canals. You can see in some of the photos we took while we were there.

After we finished on the canal boat we went for a walk around the cobbled streets, it reminded me of home as back in Hull, around the old town there are lots of cobbled streets.  We followed one of the cobbled streets for what seemed like an age until we came across the most amazing plaza, the buildings around were so beautiful.  Then I spotted it, the horse and cart ride.  i love horses, when i was small i would ride any horse i could find then i grew up and bought one.

There are lots of horses where i live so it was again reminding me of home.  We got aboard the cart and then asked the driver how much usually we would ask first then board but in this case i wanted to go for a ride and we did not care how much it cost.  The boat trip was cheap so it was ok if it was a bit more expensive.  The driver took us around the city showing off his knowledge of the local area.  It was worth the money we had been on a trip of he back streets and the canal, now we were on the main streets on a horse and cart.

The horse was so well-behaved and was really well looked after too.  We had a horse break in the middle of the ride so the horse could relax for a while.  That was nice of the driver.  We like animal lovers and those who take care of them.  The day was running away from us and we only had a few hours left so we had to decided on one last stop, well i say we decided, Chris did and yes you guessed it a visit to the Leffe Brewery and it even had a bee tasting at the end of the tour.  We went into the brewery and were shown around were they brew the beer followed by a sort of museum of beer tour.  There were all sorts of memorabilia,

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beer making paraphernalia

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and a lot of old beer cans, lots and lots of old beer cans.

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LOL!

Then my worst fear, totally unexpectedly the tour guide took us to see the views of the city, from the roof!  Yes, you heard me right a beer tour guide took us on the roof, a very, very, high roof top to see the view.

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I was terrified.  But!!!!! I had Chris with me and i held his hand very tight, the same tightness as i hold it when the plane takes off or the rollercoasters are too scary for me.  He always takes really good care of me and is always there to hold my hand when i am scared. I love him for that.    Its a good job we went beer tasting after that hair raising experience.

That was the end of that trip we had to get back to meet the ferry by five and it was around four, so we had to leave and quick to get the coach.

We did not want to miss the ferry back home.  Again we got on the ferry and to our shock they actually put us in a smaller room then the one we came in!  We were astonished they could find a smaller room but this was the size of a toilet.  We were so glad when the ferry docked the following morning, we headed back home to our lovely big bedroom.

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Theo, a holiday and a leak…..

What a weekend! I was not going to blog about the weekend but it turned out to be an eventful one. It all started really good Theo came with Chris to pick me up from work on Friday,

which was great as he has been in Spain for the last week so we missed an entire weekend with him.

A quick trip to Asda to replenish Theos cupboard, drinks and treats are always needed in case he gets thirsty or peckish he can just help his self. I found this while i was looking for vouchers

He has has this since he was big enough to open the cupboard as we wanted to feel as much at home here as he does at his actual home.

We got home and the neighbours were all hanging about,

the kids were all out playing. We don’t usually have time to ” playout” lol! But as it was a nice night and we had Theo for the whole weekend we thought we could let him playout with the other kids down the street.

It brought back memories of a time gone by when his mummy and uncle used to be playing out with the last generation of kids on the street and we were the parents watching our children on their bikes and scooters.

It was amazing watching Theo playing, especially as he reminds me so much of his mummy. She was always out playing with her little friends and her brother although she did have more accidents than any other child in the neighbourhood.

I hope Theo does not follow her in this respect. We ended up staying out pretty late but as it was a one off it was fine. We are always careful not to let Theo get out of his bedtime routine but a late night now and again won’t hurt.

A couple of hours later, we sat and watched the most beautiful sunset we had seen for a while but Theo was tired so we went in got ready for bed and off to Bedfordshire (bed). I was at work on Saturday morning so Chris and Theo dropped me off and went home for a couple of hours, they love a bit of Theo and gramps time.

The morning went really quick (luckily) and before I know it they were picking me back up. I wanted to pop into the town (the city centre) to go to the travel agents to book a trip for our wedding anniversary. I can’t actually believe it but Chris and I are celebrating out tenth wedding anniversary and we are so happy about this.

Apparently most marriages only last seven years these days which is shocking to us, I hope this fact is not true and even if it is, it is not going to be part of our story. We decided to book to go away but did not know where all we knew was the dates we had booked off from work. We parked the car in Princes Quay one of the three shopping centres in Hull town centre and headed off to the nearest travel agent.

We were going to book a week in Ibiza as we had so much fun last time we went and it was ten years ago since we went just after our honeymoon.

We looked at various different trips but we were really tight on time and would of ended up flying back him and having to go straight into work on the Saturday so decided to change destination and trip length so we had a bit of time to breathe. We settled on Amsterdam, I love Van Gogh and his work ( I even have my own exhibition in our hallway at home, posters obviously) so where better to go than Amsterdam the home of the Van Gogh Museum.

The lady in the travel agent was really nice even though we were there about 2 hours as her computer kept crashing. We eventually found the hotel a couple of miles out of Amsterdam centre and a flight which takes just over an hour. That’s the shortest flight we will have been on.

At last we got out of the travel agents and went for something to eat, it is hungry work sat in travel agents. We went to a place called Wings, its an “all you can eat” multi cultural buffet. We have not been there yet and did not know what we were missing. What a mistake that was! It was amazing, Chinese, Indian, Italian, Japenese…… Chris had the great idea, he would try and eat his way through all the countries in the restaurant.

That turned out to not be a great idea. He had three out of four countries and pancakes and icecream. I really don’t know where he puts it. What he forgot was we had quite a walk back to the car and in his ‘stuffed state’ was sorry he’s ate so much. He couldn’t wait to get home. Lol! We promised Theo a trip to the toy shop as he had been so good in town, he chose a Paw Patrol toy.

This was a good choice as it has kept him quiet for hours. Finally we set off home to have a rest or so we thought!!!! We got in everything was fine until we went to turn the tv on. As I went towards the TV my foot got wet, has Theo spilt his drink when I was at work?, I asked. No! Why? Chris asked. Well the carpets wet! Ok I don’t know why. I pulled the curtain back and that was wet too.

Then it hit me! Literally a small jet of water hit me. The radiator had burst and the water was coming out all over the floor. We are not sure how long it had been leaking as the curtain was covering the hole.

Chris luckily knew what to do and turned the radiator off but the water did not stop. Chris explained to me the radiator was full of water and would carry on leaking until it was emptied so we put bowls under it to catch the water.

I called the insurance to get them to send an emergency plumber. Guess what? Did you guess? We were not covered for emergency water leak! Nooooooooooooo! But we are covered for the damage the water causes!? Great but the water is still leaking out of the radiator and we still need a plumber. Just to top the conversation the insurance man said and don’t forget your excess is £300.

Nooooooooooo! I hung up and then remembered we also have British Gas cover so I called them. Yes madam he said this is covered on your policy! Yesssssssss! I will send a plumber. Yesssssssss! Thank you so much. In the next four hours! Nooooooooo! The water is still leaking out of the radiator. Can you get them here any quicker? No sorry that’s the emergency appointment time!

Ok reluctantly I hung up. We waited and waited and waited. Four hours, five hours, six hours and now the time is midnight. The gas man is not coming now and the water is still leaking but the radiator must be nearly empty by now!? We finally gave up and went to bed leaving this scene. Carpet soaking, pointless insurance policies and a very unhappy and tired me!

We all fell asleep and woke up this morning in a panic running down stairs to check the status of the radiator. Luckily it was just dripping now it was finally empty, more or less. At this point we are still waiting for the plumber but have to drop Theo back to his mummy and daddy so will have to wait to call the plumber back and see when they will be coming. So for now I can’t tell you any more but we will update you soon on this and a few other ongoing blog posts. Again thanks for reading.

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The Day the world turned brighter…. Theo Day!

So by now you will all know how much my family means to me and you have all got to know me and my family through my blog so I thought I would share a few personal photos of the first few days of Theo’s life. I thought i could also give you and insight into why the world was brighter with Theo in it.  I was at work when I found out my daughter was in labour as I have said in a previous blog “Welcome to the world Theo” but I did not really share many photos of that day and the following few days so here are some. I hope you like them as much as we do.

 

Here is Theo literally a few minutes old. I knew the first time he held onto my finger he would be the greatest love of my life. People say the greatest love of your life is your husband or your children and don’t get me wrong I love them all but the day Theo was born something magical happened to me.

 

I can’t describe what it was but I can only say watching him being born made it all make sense. I was actually speechless and this never happens lol! When I had my children I loved them so much but I was young and had actually no idea what I was doing.

 

I ‘winged it’ for years. I love them dearly but I wish i knew what i was doing as i would have been able to bring them up better. I am not saying i did a bad job as they have both turned out great but i could not direct them like i would have liked to.

 

Does any one else feel like they could have done better or is it just me? Hopefully not just me! Anyway off I go rambling again. Back to Theo, after i got over the shock of being a granny, a young – ish looking granny lol !

 

I made a promise to myself, now I knew what I was doing i was going to make sure my daughter, son and grandson would never suffer like i did when i was young or even when i was older. I decided i was going to make sure they had what i never had when i was growing up.

 

Support, help, love and guidance. These are the things I needed and never got and i will not let my family grow up without any of those things. I do not know what its like to have all those things and only received this from my self-made family when i was older. The moral of my story is no matter what type of parent you think you are you can always improve but as long as there is love for your children you wont go wrong.

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Walking in the footsteps of our child/adulthood TV hero’s

When we were small Chris and I weirdly both liked a lot of the same things, growing up this did not change much.  We liked the same music, the same television programs.  We loved comedies, the old UK ones like Bless this House and George and Mildred. We knew the same people even though we had never met until 12 years ago.

One of the things we both love to do is going to the places where our favourite tv programmes were filmed or if they were true stories like The Krays (as you may of read in one of my other blogs) go and have a rummage around where all the drama took place.  Again we were planning what we could do in our next trip to London, i mean it’s not like you can ever run out of things to do in London.

Although it seems sometimes everything happens in London and i do wish more things would happen closer to home.  (Spoiler Alert Victoria the series is being filmed in Hull at the moment)  We were watching some of the oldies but goodies (old comedy programmes) over the last few months as it had been really bad and cold winter, remember the Beast from the East or as i like to call it the Breath Of Death.

We had watched all of the of the Carry on films and the entire set of George & Mildred.  If you have not heard of the then please go and buy them and watch if you like comedy you will split your sides laughing.  Back to the story we started looking for another series to watch and the Man about the House movie came on the tv.  We had forgotten about this little gem of English tv.  It is a sitcom about man and wife living in London.

IMG_1785The poor man  is a down trodden nagged to death by his overbearing wife downstairs from an unlikely trio of flatmates, two girls and an oversexed man but the results are so funny, check it out it is really tv gold, so we went out and bought the series. Several nights later after binge watching the entire set Chris said this is where we can go, what is? i asked Lets go and find where they filmed Man about the House!! Yes that’s a great idea, we both loved them as kids and we are actually going walk in the footsteps of TV giants.

They were very big stars in the UK or maybe even the world i am not sure as we were only kids when they were at the height of their fame.  Off we went.  We had researched obviously as we would not of known where they were filmed.  We started off on Garden Road in North West London towards Alma Square which is where the House is where the filming took place.  When we arrived at Alma Square we went to Hamilton Gardens to the row of houses and general area the sitcom was filmed.

We were beyond excited when we arrived as we could not believe this area was even still here let alone we had a chance to come here.  When we were researching some of the places we wanted to go they had either been filmed in studios or the locations had long since been demolished.  This is really upsetting as some of our childhood film and programmes were gone and we could never visit them.  Its like when you love an actor or a singer and you find out the have passed away. IMG_1796

I asked Chris to take me to see Luther Vandross only to be told he had passed away, i was devastated i always wanted to see him he was one of my all time heroes.  We walked around the area and spoke to a few people asking for directions and if they could help us with any details of the area.  One man did not even know he lived on the same street where Man About the House was filmed, we were surprised by this as if we lived in London we would probably find out the history of the area as so much has been filmed around London over the years.

IMG_1903As we were in London and we had found the area quite easily we still had quite a bit of time left so decided we would go and see Borough Market for something to eat and to kill two birds with one stone pop and see another film location of another famous film we both love, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.  IMG_1905The main street where the main characters lived next to the taxi rank in the film was set just around the corner.

IMG_1915 We have seen this film so many times i cant tell you how many but to go and stand on the street where it was filmed Woooooooooo Hoooooooooo this is one-off our bucket list.  I know what type of bucket list has film locations on it? well ours does!  It’s not all of it an there are a lot on it but we are getting through the list but that’s another blog lol! So we went to Borough Market and had something to eat from memory i thing i had Chinese food but then i have Chinese food everywhere i go as i love Chinese food.  IMG_1916Sorry i have gone off on so many tangents in this blog but writing sets my mind off thinking of a million different things and a million different places.  Try living with me LOL! It’s a lot of fun!  Back to Borough, so we had something to eat and then walked the short way down Park St to those famous green doors (just in case you ever go this is also a site which appears on another one of our favourite shows Not Going Out, another sitcom.)  We took some photos of us posing in front of the taxi rank and the flat, what surprised us most was on the film it was a dead-end street but in real life it was not as it had a train bridge at the end of it so was not a dead-end.  IMG_1909

So there we were walking in the footsteps of our hero’s on another adventure in the life, loves, family and travels of thegotogirlsblog

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Hull, Born & Bred…… Hidden treasure hunting.

Chris and I were born in Hull, Yorkshire. UK and have lived here all our lives.  Although we travel around a bit to other parts of the UK and around the world our hearts belong to the town we live in. All our families are here and we could never leave ( unless they all came with us lol). Our love of Hull got us thinking about all the places in Hull we have been and some of the treasures our town has and thought we would go and see if we could find some hidden treasures.

We were heading to a fairly old part if town which is quite run down but has some hidden beauty behind the overgrown trees and boarded up windows. The area I am talking about is called bankside, this is an area of Hull which runs along the sides of the River Hull. The beginning of the River Hull snakes off from the River Humber at the point where The Deep was built. If you have not heard of The Deep it is an aquarium looking over the River Humber with over 3,000 different creatures from the sea. It’s amazing what Alexa knows.  So glad we bought one! Further down is the Tidal Barrier, this was erected to protect Hull if and when the river rises.

As you go further down the river there are a few road bridges and then you reach bankside. A lot of the dock areas are getting redeveloped at the moment so hopefully bankside will be on the councils list at some point. We had been to drop the car off for a service and walked down Swan Street.

I never really took time to check out the architecture in these areas as they look old and run down but when you do it is a shocker as some of the buildings are really beautiful. As you can see from these pictures. As we walk around the area we come across the much talked about Banksy on an old bridge, we used to call it Scott Street Bridge, now its Banksy’s Bridge.

It’s weird he chose here to paint, although it is secluded so he would not get disturbed, as there are more prominent places he could have painted. Not far from the Banksy are other examples of grafitti, not by Banksy but maybe our own born and bred up and coming artist.img_20180303_0847296747164448143036259.jpg As well as grafitti the architecture hidden around here is pretty nice to we found these little gems hidden along the way. Some of them must have been here for over 100 years. After all Hull has been around since approximately 1193ad. WOW I just learned that I lived here all my life and never knew it was that old. I really need to do some research on the town I live in especially now I know how old it is . I am really impressed. Anyway back to bankside, totally randomly we found this old house just on its own in the middle of the street full of old warehouses.img_20180303_0845112792996574138176111.jpg I always loved finding little snickets when I was a child ( if you don’t know a snicket is a small narrow street/path usually leading from one place to another sometimes to know where but you have to go done them to find that out) I find them fascinating as when you enter them you are never sure where you will come out and sometimes they turn out to be a dead-end full of rubbish. img_20180303_0848443362741530593135602.jpgWe found this one down bankside but as we had Theo and his pram decided to return later to explore where it went. I will let you know what happens. We carried on and came out of bankside to Freetown way, this road has not been here a long time 20 maybe 30 years but as you walk along it hidden by trees we found this little hidden gem along with the building was a plaque, it made me wonder how many people would have seen this in the 21st century.

I bet it’s not many. So you see as well as Hull bring 2017 City of Culture we still have a long way to go with redevelopment of some areas but when they are complete you will be glad you visited such a beautiful place.

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