Archive for August, 2012

Two mouthfuls and she’s……out for the count!

| August 27, 2012 | 4 Comments
Two mouthfuls and she’s……out for the count!

I think little Miss A, was just a little tired yesterday when we went out for a meal.





The Vampire Diaries (season 1)

| August 26, 2012 | 4 Comments
The Vampire Diaries (season 1)

vampire diaries

You might not know this, as it’s not something I mention here, but I have a bit of a ‘thing’ about vampires.

I love reading books about them, and watching films and TV programmes. For some reason though The Vampire Diaries has completely passed me by, so when I was offered to review this (amongst other titles) I knew straight away this would be my choice.

You can purchase the entire series from Amazon for £8.97 currently, not bad for 22 episodes, 990 minutes! That’s a lot of Vamp for your buck!

Well I’m only part way through so far (it’s a lot of TV you know) but I have watched the first few episodes now and I love it. You could even say addicted! It is the perfect programme to relax and escape to at the end of the day. I really enjoyed the characters, and was amazed how quickly I started to form opinions and like and dislikes on them.

Firstly there is the vampire brothers, Stefan and Damon one good and one evil. Then add to the mix a very beautiful Elena who is a dead ringer for someone whom the brothers fell in love with 150 years earlier….you can see where this is going right?

I found it funny, and a little quirky and I thought it had a great plot line. There are even a few jump out of your seat moments. The best way to describe it is compelling, you can’t help yourself wanting to know whats going to happen next.

The DVD also has so many special features, one of my favourites is the Creators/Director Pilot commentary, but there is also A Darker Truth Webisode and a Downloadable Audiobook of the best selling novel The Vampire Diaries by L.J.Smith.

Then of course there are the fella’s.

vampire diaries season 1

I think it has all the elements really! ;)

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Disclaimer: I was sent this DVD, thoughts expressed here though are my own.


Our Adventure at the Nottingham Contemporary : Francis Upritchard

| August 25, 2012 | 13 Comments
Our Adventure at the Nottingham Contemporary : Francis Upritchard

So this is the second part of my Nottingham Contemporary post., you can find the first part HERE, and the third part HERE (to be updated)

Two of the rooms of The Contemporary in Nottingham are filled with Francis Uprichard’s figures (21st July – 30th September) each one is very different. They all had a theme for me, I’m not sure this was what Uprichard was going for, but it was spirituality.

Francis Upritchard – A Handful of Cards

Francis Upritchard

The girls copying the moves. There was lots of figures doing similar moves, it almost looked like meditation.

Francis Upritchard

Francis Upritchard

These two reminded me of Mahatma Ghandi and John Lennon. I love the way they contrasted against the rug behind.

Francis Upritchard

This one, looked quite real, even though painted in strong colour sand Miss A was not so sure about it. She really looked like an old teacher I once had, I think her name was Mrs Christie, and taught RE.  It funny how these thing pop into your head as you are walking around.

The next two appealed to me the most, I liked the hippy feel to them.

Francis Upritchard

Francis Upritchard

I took this to capture the life likeness of the skin and faces.

Francis Upritchard

We really enjoyed looking around and the girls seemed to enjoy it as well. We chatted about the figures and what they liked or disliked them. It seemed unreal as we walked around from room to room, knowing that the hustle and bustle of the city was so close.

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The Nottingham Contemporary & Cafe Bar

| August 24, 2012 | 7 Comments
The Nottingham Contemporary & Cafe Bar

If you are looking for a fun way to spend a few hours in Nottingham, then I highly recommend The Nottingham Contemporary. This is exactly what we did this week, and had such a fab time.  I don’t know what it is about The Contemporary but when we go there I instantly feel relaxed, and the longer I’m here the more chilled out I feel.  I was kinda hoping that this would rub off on the girls. We have had quite a hectic summer holiday, and    I’ve felt that the girls just needed to have some time where we just sat and talked and relaxed and were not over stimulated.

Nottingham Contemporary

So what did we do?

I am going to split this into two parts, the first element of food here, and the exhibition and family entertainment available HERE.

Firstly we went for lunch, as we wanted to sample the food on offer at The Contemporary Cafe Bar. We have never eaten a meal here before just coffee and cake, which was very delicious. So we decided to have lunch, we got their fairly early and there was only a couple of other tables occupied. The menu is very comprehensive with snacks, breakfasts and lunches, both sandwiches and larger main meals. Hot and cold drinks are available also.  As you enter there is a bar area where you can order food and drinks, as well as a salad bar, which also houses the deserts.

We chose some soft drinks, and ordered from the menu.

Miss N went for a bacon and chicken sandwich with a rocket and onion relish, this was accompanied by salad and coleslaw. MIss N loved her sandwich, is was a very big portion, but she tried her darndest to finish it! The bread was fresh, and the relish was flavourful. I tried the salad, and the dressing on it was really delicious. I always think its disappointing when a salad isn’t dressed. Miss N score was 9.5/10, it only lost half a point because she couldn’t finish it.

food contemporary

I went for the spicy tomato and mixed bean burger, again with coleslaw and triple cooked chips. It was a huge portion! I loved the pickles, and the toasted bun was amazing, fresh and crunchy! The triple cooked chips were very crispy and fluffy on the inside, perfect!

Contemporary food

Miss A had Penne pasta with tomato sauce and cheese. Miss A is a picky eater, but I thought we would be safe with pasta, as tomato based sauces and pasta are her favourite.  Unfortunately when it arrived, it was more creamy that tomato-ey, so she didn’t eat it. However two other children on the next table ate it up with no complaints.

Childrens food contemporary

I thought the staff were very knowledgeable and courteous, and friendly.  The atmosphere was relaxed, and there was music playing in the background.  I loved the way it was decorated, with quite quirky things on the wall.  A long table was on one side, with colouring things and a few books. There were some funny sheets with outlines of faces, and the children could use food to make faces with. You could eat in this area if you wished to.

If you visit the site HERE you can see the opening hours, they have music every Saturday and open until 11pm.  Also the whole of the summer, Kids eat for free.

The children’s menu includes:

–       Homemade beef burger and hand cut chips

–       Sausage and root vegetable mash

–       Poached salmon and new potatoes

–       Pasta in tomato sauce

For every adult meal bought between 12pm and 3pm, a children’s meal can be picked free of charge (usual price £3.75).

Special Offers

Friday at Five End your working week in a cosy corner specially reserved for you, with free nibbles and offers on wine. Book in advance by phoning 0115 948 9754.

Family Elevenses Tots aged five and under get a free cookie week day mornings between 11am – 12pm.

I think its the kind of place, that unfortunately you forget about because its within The Contemporary, and that’s a shame as it really does have a lot to offer.

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