Southern Yacht

My little take on plus size fashion, life, travel and smurfs

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Days out - Knightshayes Court, Devon

Hello there,

Earlier this year we spent a (soggy) week in Devon - which looking back seemed to be a warning of the weather ahead for the year!

Despite that, we still managed to get out and about and one of the places on our list was Knighthayes Court in Devon. This is a beautiful Victorian gothic revival house which had been home to Joyce Wethered, regarded as golf's greatest British female player. We last visited here 11 years ago and it seems to have been on our list of `places we should go back to' ever since.

It has the most beautiful house and gardens. Perfect for history lovers and gardeners (so that was us both happy then).



Am I the only one who wishes they could stay the night in houses like this?





I need a plant like this for home for all future blog photos please.



The grounds were beautiful - and one of the best things? There were families and children enjoying it all. No keep off the grass signs, it was all to be enjoyed.



What better way to end the day?


Let's hope it's not another 11 years before we visit again.

Thanks for reading

Cathy
xx

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Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Outfit August - 9th August


Have you ever found something in your wardrobe that makes you think 'huh?'

I think I've had this checked top for years (and looking back at photos, it really is years!). But somehow, I just don't have the heart to get rid of it, so every now and then, it comes out again. I'm even struggling to remember where it's from, but I suspect Simply Be. The cardigan is from George at Asda, Jeans from M&S and trainers are my old faithful Converse.


I'm going to cheat a bit with Outfit August as with the weather lately, it's been pretty challenging to get out and about without getting blown away. So here's an extra shot of the same steps with a skirt from a few days earlier. Except that this shot didn't quite go to plan....


The perils of a windy day, lots of neighbours and a partner who loves taking photos when you're not ready!

Again, I'm not entirely sure where this skirt is from, I suspect it's M&S though.

Don't forget to check out the other lovely ladies taking part in Outfit August

Leah
Kate
Mookie
Nikki
Christy
Becky
Christie
Katy

Thanks for reading

Cathy
xx
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Sunday, 6 August 2017

Outfit August - 6th August


It's August again and the lovely Leah from Love Leah is running Outfit August. This is the perfect opportunity to shop our wardrobes and find things we'd either forgotten about or fallen out of love with (and a great way to save money by not buying new clothes!).

Today we took a trip to Portsdown Hill. This is right on our doorstep and has beautiful views over Portsmouth Harbour, look closely and you can even spot the Spinnaker Tower too.

For out amble round the fields I was wearing jeans from M&S, my old faithful Primark trainers with a TU t-shirt and kimono top from Dorothy Perkins. All perfect for a bit of ad-hoc blackberry picking.











Check out the other lovely ladies taking part in Outfit August:

Leah
Kate
Mookie
Nikki
Christy
Becky
Christie
Katy

Thanks for reading and I'll try to do as many Outfit August posts as possible!

Cathy
xx
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Friday, 14 July 2017

Star Wars Identities at the O2, London

Hello there,

I have been waiting for what seems like the longest time to visit the Star Wars Identities exhibition at the O2 in London. With myself and my partner both loving sci-fi - we decided this was a perfect double birthday treat for us.

The exhibition has been running since last year, but we decided to wait for the initial rush to die down (which was hard for an impatient person!). Finally we picked a Thursday afternoon and the timing was perfect. At times it felt like we had the place to ourselves (a good idea if busy crowds aren't your thing).


Of course, the Primark Star Wars trainers had to come out for the day!


There were plenty of familiar characters to spot,



We loved the whole day, there were props and costumes from the movies plus story boards and art work as well.




The exhibition has a continuous theme of what shapes our identity and behaviour. We each had an interactive wristband and answered questions as we went. I think if you're with someone who isn't a massive Star Wars fan it's a good way to keep the less sci-fi inclined visitors still entertained.



At the end, I tapped my wristband after answering all the questions and found I was destined to be a short pink ewok. Could have been worse I guess!



The exhibition runs until September 2017, so there's still time to visit - I'm very tempted!!

Thanks for reading

Cathy
xx
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Sunday, 9 July 2017

A trip to Godshill Model Village, Isle of Wight

Hello there,

I recently went over to the Isle of Wight for a couple of days. Now I live in Southampton so you could say the island is on our doorstop - and really, it is!

To take the car on the ferry from Southampton only takes an hour and it feel likes like you're transported back in time. This was a favourite place for day trips and holidays as a child so I love to go back whenever possible.


Now despite best laid plans and all that - our trip was cut short by car problems, but even so, in the short time we were there we still managed to visit Godshill, a beautiful village which always looks like something from a postcard.



A childhood favourite is Godshill Model Village. I hadn't visited this for years so was interested to see what I remembered and if it was as good as I remembered!






Now where else can you see dinosaurs taking a ride on a train?



Look closely, that's Father Christmas on top of there....

Was it as good as when I was child? I really think it was. I was surprised at how much I remembered like the music coming from the model churches and the model of the model of the model... And it's obvious how much care and attention the owners give to the village, the scenes were immaculate and every little detail had been thought of.


Can I go back please?

Thanks for reading

Cathy
xx
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Friday, 30 June 2017

A May and June round-up

It might not look like it - but an awful lot happened in May and June! Which explains why this blog has been so quiet lately.

Not all of it was fun - but today, I'm just going to look back over some of the nicer things that happened.

I love Star Wars - and couldn't resist the opportunity to visit the Star Wars Identities exhibition at the O2 in London.


I was also lucky enough to the be invited to M&Co's AW17 event. Such lovely people and equally lovely clothes! Definitely looking forward to Autumn even more now.


The beginning of June was my birthday, so what better way to spend it than down in Devon? One of the highlights was a visit to Knightshayes Court.


I relived my childhood at the Fairground Heritage Centre



Even managed to popped over the Isle of Wight for a quick break and saw snails in Southampton


Looking back, I'm sure I've missed something - if the rest of the year is like this, it will be Christmas before you know it (yes - I mentioned the C word...)

Thanks for reading

Cathy
xx


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Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Booking a little French cottage - our experience

Hello there,

It's that time of year when the all the adverts are full of sunny holidays and exotic destinations. Beach, activity, cultural, city breaks, you name it, it's on offer. So where to start?

About this time last year, we decided we wanted to stay in a cottage in Normandy, France - easy we thought. Nope, not quite as easy to start with as we thought.

First up, we're awkward. We wanted a Tuesday to Tuesday booking. So many places we looked at only offered a Saturday to Saturday option. Plus we wanted small, really small. There was only 2 of us and we didn't want to rattle around a cottage during a potentially chilly time of year (we wanted to go mid-October). We wanted small, cosy, petite - you get the idea.


Unrealistic? Maybe...

So on a rainy afternoon, I settled down with a cuppa and ploughed through an awful lot of holiday and booking websites (btw - this isn't a sponsored post - I just wanted to share our booking experience). I found the website French Country Cottages which offered small cottages with midweek arrival dates - brilliant! So we chose a cottage, paid a deposit, gave our details and we were booked.


It looked lovely.

And then what? We'd never booked a cottage before in France. Where do we get the keys from? When will we get the address? What do we need to bring?

We needn't have worried, the booking confirmation gave us all the details plus the option of booking a bedding and towel package (definitely a good idea - less to pack!). A week or so before we arrived, we would be given contact details to phone the key holder to arrange an arrival time/key handover.

(That bit was scary. My French is basic at best and the thought of a phone call in French bought me out in a hot sweat! Thank goodness the key holder spoke some English and had a lot of patience!)

So what was it like? I can honestly say - much better than expected. The pictures we saw online were accurate and it was the perfect size for 2 people.







We were in Cerisy-la-Forêt and staying here felt like we were staying in a real French community. It's a beautiful village with a corner shop just a few mins walk away. Locals walked past and peered in through the windows (slightly unnerving, but you got used to it), the neighbours rooster woke me at an ungodly hour each day and the house creaked like something from a Hitchcock movie.

Would we do it again? Well we've just booked again for a repeat visit so the answer is definitely yes!

Thanks for reading

Cathy
xx





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