Thursday 14 July 2011

I'm Back...

Wow, it has been nearly a month since I have been on here! It's been so long that when I logged in to my blogger dashboard today it had completely changed, it has gone all fancy and swish and very orange! It all looks great but it feels a bit like when your favourite food store changes around all of its products, you wander around dazed and confused trying to find all the bits you usually buy knowing that when you get home your bound to have missed something! To prove this point I have already managed to accidentally wipe this post not once, but twice! So please forgive me if it is more pictures than words as I have lost most of the enthusiasm I started with, on typing this up for the third time!
Now that I am well and truly back in London my holiday has started to feel like a distant but very lovely memory and as I have done nothing of any great interest since my return I thought I would share some of what I got up to.

So first on the agenda was attending the Isle of Wight Festival
I went with my little brother and we had a fantastic time we listened to bands we had both been wanting to see for ages like the Foo Fighters Pulp and the Kaiser Chiefs which were all fantastic and we munched on some yummy but very expensive food like ostrich burgers!?!! 
...and took loads of silly selfies while waiting between bands.
The weather was on the other hand was just a little less than fantastic. My dreams of being all summery and floaty in my new dresses were almost lost as I only got to wear a dress on the Saturday, and due to it being really chilly, it and I spent most of the time under a jacket, woollen poncho which was topped with one of my mums beautiful crocheted blankets!   
The first two days were relatively sunny if not a bit too cold but on Sunday the weather changed to heavy rain mixed with very strong wind rendering the site a blustery mud bath.
Is it raining?? Guess which silly Blogger forgot their Wellies?!?  Note:pocket full of plastic bags as emergency shoe cover!
I have to say I had been feeling a bit disappointed that we hadn't camped this year that was until we were entering the venue on the Sunday and saw that lots of people were gloomily leaving having packed up their mud soaked items to go home early. 

We stuck it out though and found the best thing is to accept it (once your soaked your soaked it is not going to get any worse) and enjoy yourselves regardless, having said that we were in the very lucky position of being just a bus ride away from mums for a warm brew, hot shower and cozy nights sleep!
Not a good Idea to stand this close to a open flame in polyester dress
On the Monday after the festival it was really sunny so we were able to have a small barbecue in the garden, which in itself is a mini miracle as there is no power stronger than that of lighting a barbecue in Britain to bring on the rain clouds!

We even managed a few country walks, one of which we all got hopelessly lost, I blame my Mum she has lived in Wroxall for for 6 years now and convinced us she knew where we were going, but to be honest it may have been the fact that we were too busy talking to notice of the correct sign posts, and the fact my Dad was not there to keep us on the right track, either way we still had fun and got lots of lovely fresh country air.

My brother went back to Liverpool on Wednesday so the remainder of the week was spent with me and mum doing lots of Charity shopping (hurrah) whilst dodging sudden downpours.

Ryde High Street
I have to say if any of you are ever to venture over to the island the best places I've found so far for charity shops are:
Ryde - Loads, lost count, start at the very top of the hill and work down.
Newport - Try wandering down some of the back streets to find the best independent ones.  
Shanklin - Quite a few here and all close to each other.
Ventnor - Not as many but most are priced reasonably.

I'm sure this is just the tip of the iceberg as there is loads of places I didn't get to visit this time, but to be honest there were so many that I think I overdosed and haven't been in one since being back in London, though I'm sure that will all change very soon! I managed to get some bits and bobs for myself (a very 70s maxi skirt £2.99, some Glen Miller records 3 for £1 and some lovely 50's curtains for £2. plus lots more). I also found a few things for my lovely 'Faith Hope and Charity Swap' partner which should mean that the parcel should be winging its way to her very soon.

So that was my holiday I honestly don't know where the time has gone I can't believe it went so quickly. I had a fabulously relaxing time and enjoyed every minute! I'm off now to catch up on all your lovely blogs, I haven't been able comment on some blogs recently, I just can't publish the comments, Is it just me?? Perhaps it's due to the blogger facelift, I guess I might need to update my web browser? I'll give it a go, fingers crossed this does the trick!

Oh, before I sign off, I want to say a quick Thank You to Nabby and Miss Katie for giving me some lovely blog awards, which I will do a post about ASAP. Thanks, Ladies you really helped rid me of my post holiday blues!

Wendy x


  1. Lovely to have you back. I did think of you when the rain started during that festival weekend but, hey, what's a festival without a bit of rain and you still managed to look gorgeous. Foo Fighters and Kaisers are both brilliant live, aren't they? So much enthusiasm and love for what they do.
    Your BBQ dress is a beauty. x
    PS When you log into Blogger try unticking the "Keep me signed in" box, commenting should work.

  2. Despite the rain it looked pretty fun!
    And it's really great to have you back, I really like your blog! :)

  3. Great to see you back,
    very interesting post
    It's so hot where I live right now,
    I kind of miss English summer

  4. Welcome back! It looks like you had a nice time, rain and mud withstanding.

    I've had some issues with comments and decided it was the fact I was using Internet Explorer from work, not sure if that was the reason but haven't had a problem since swapping browser and job ;)

  5. Thanks Ladies for your comments and help re commenting it has certainly done the trick!!

  6. Lovely to see you back, and glad to hear you've been having enjoyable (though occasionally wet) holidays. Love your picture of lounging in the sun - looks like bliss!