Southern Yacht

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

Sunday, 11 November 2018

Supermarket sweep - the jumper edition

Is there anything more tempting than those hidden clothing sections in the supermarkets? Especially when you're trying to count pennies before Christmas. Surely a couple of jumpers popped into the trolley along with the Quality Sweet isn't going to break the bank - is it?

Disclaimer - yes it can! But as long as you shop wisely and remember budgets, there are some gems to be found in our supermarkets. Here's a couple of jumpers I picked up recently at Tesco and Asda.

Striped jumper from George at Asda

This first striped number is from George at Asda. I picked my normal size 20/22 and there's plenty of room so maybe size down if you want it more fitted.

Striped jumper from George at Asda

Striped jumper from George at Asda

The second jumper is from F&F at Tesco. I have a bit of a love/hate thing with F&F clothing. I don't always think they're that cheap for supermarket clothing, their sizing is a bit hit and miss and you can't order their clothing online anymore. But even after all that, this was a love at first sight jumper.

Grey striped jumper from F&F at Tesco

I'm wearing a 22 here and I think it's pretty true to size. Both jumpers are soft and snuggly and very comfortable - which at the end of the day is pretty much my number one priority!

Grey striped jumper from F&F at Tesco

Grey striped jumper from F&F at Tesco

Can I also mention my coat? This was also a purchase from George at Asda and is nearly 5 years old. There's so much 'fast fashion' around nowadays (and as a blogger I know there are times when we add to the problem with monthly hauls, purchases etc). It still fits, makes me feel good so why replace it? Even if it is tempting to buy a new coat every season, anything we can do to re-use and recycle has to be good for the environment and our purses.

Thanks for reading

Cathy
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Tuesday, 28 August 2018

You lucky thing...working from home

Hey everyone,

This a slightly different post. Not much to do with clothes or travel, more of a bit of thinking out loud.

First off I'm very lucky person. I work from home.

Ohh, say most people when they hear this. How marvellous. Then there's a few seconds thinking followed by some (or if I'm really lucky) all of the following:
  • Must get ever so lonely.
  • What do you actually do all day?
  • Ah you 'work from home' (insert jokey speech marks made with fingers).
  • Must be nice to have all that time off.
To list just a few.

I fully admit, I would probably have thought the same a few years back when I was working in the Civil Service. And I would have been envious.

And yes, I'll fully admit to having a fair few days like this:


But you know what? I love it. I love being able to go and do boring admin stuff like the Post Office and bank runs early in the weekday morning when everyone else is at work. I'm especially grateful for the flexibility it gives me to deal with hospital appointments and how I can take time out to be with friends and family when they need me.

Countryside walks

I love how I can go for a walk in the fresh air when I'm struggling for inspiration. My weekend can be in the middle of the week and as so many of my friends work shifts, I get to see more of them. Yes, sometimes I'll still be working 'till 2/3 in the morning. But it's my choice to do so. Bank Holiday weekends when everywhere is crowded will see me tucked away working.

I love how I don't have to do mid-year reviews and be answerable to middle management. I don't miss the mindless gossip, the back-biting or the constant struggle for a slice of the budget or having to justify my job/existence to every new manager that passes through.

But - don't think it's all sunshine and roses. I don't love the worrying gaps in between work. I particularly hate the middle of the night wake-ups where you suddenly imagine no work ever coming in again - ever!!! Trying to explain what you do to insurance companies and banks is a constant joy (not!). Tax returns are also an annual joyful occasion and I spend a silly amount of time chasing payments. As for spending money - I'm suddenly so aware of accounting for every penny - no frivolous spending here! (well, not too much...).

Piggy bank


But would I change anything??? No way!!

Thanks for reading

Cathy
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Tuesday, 21 August 2018

48 hours in Brussels - something a bit different

What can you do in 48 hours in Brussels?

(Ok - to be exact we actually had 2 and a half days but you get the general idea).

Grand Place, Brussels

Brussels is a city we've visited many times before, so we felt a bit like we'd done all the obvious bits already. This time around we wanted something a bit out of the ordinary, so we planned to visit The Smurf Experience at the Brussels Expo on one day and The Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and Military History on the other.

We started off by checking into a hotel which was the most centrally located we'd ever had in Brussels. We wanted the advantage of seeing the city at night while being able to walk back to the hotel (note to future self - cobblestones are a nightmare to walk on, wear sensible shoes). The Ibis off Grand Place fitted the bill perfectly, it really was just a few minutes walk to the Grand Place itself where the evenings were spent people watching, eating ice cream, drinking beer and trying to take half decent photos.

Ibis hotel, Brussels

Grand Place, Brussels

Grand Place, Brussels

It's no secret I LOVE smurfs so of course we had to do a bit smurf spotting around the city. This year is the 60th anniversary of the smurfs so there's just a little bit extra to keep an eye out for. This mural by Brussels Central Station was unveiled in June and if you don't mind hopping out of the way of busy commuters it's fun to spot the Belgium/Brussels themed smurfs.
Smurfs in Brussels

Smurf mural, Brussels

Smurf mural, Brussels

Smurf mural, Brussels

First full day - The Smurf Experience. Now I know this isn't everyone's idea of a good day out, but stick with me. If you remember watching the smurfs on tv or enjoyed the latest movies then you'll love this. I dragged the other half along and at the end he grudgingly had to admit it was better than he thought it would be! It's on until January 2019 and tickets start at 11 euros so if you want something different to keep the little people in your life happy then this is just the thing.

The Smurf Experience, Brussels

The Smurf Experience, Brussels

The Smurf Experience, Brussels

The Smurf Experience, Brussels

The Smurf Experience, Brussels

The next day was The Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and Military History. We've been wanting to visit this for years, but always seemed to be in town on a Monday (when quite a few things are closed). This time though, we scheduled in a whole day. Even then, we missed quite a lot - you seriously need 2 days to see everything here.

The building the museum is housed in was built for the 1880 National Exhibition to celebrate 50 years of Belgium independence. It's quite obvious in places that it needs a bit of care and attention but when you have collections ranging from tanks, aircraft, weapons and uniforms, it somehow just adds a bit of character!

Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and Military History

Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and Military History

Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and Military History

If you're not military minded, some of the things that might appeal include a stunning roof top view over the city, a sweet little cafe serving the best cooked lunches and the Parc du Cinquantenaire which the museum is situated in. And at only 5 euros each, it's ideal if you're on a budget or it's a rainy day.

Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and Military History

Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and Military History

That was our 2 and a bit days in Brussels. I'll skip over the bit where we drove through Belgian rush hour traffic (scary) and the joy we felt when the sat nav lost signal (many swear words used). We do love Belgium though and everytime we visit we find something new.

Thanks for reading

Cathy
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Sunday, 17 June 2018

War on the Line - a day out on The Watercress Line

Hello there,

It's no secret I love military history - it's often the focus of our holidays and even my day job. So you can imagine my delight when I was transported back to the 1940's this weekend. The Watercress Line kindly invited a group of Southampton Bloggers to their War on the Line event - a glimpse into life on a Second World War railway.

War on the Line

The Watercress Line has been one of those things I've always wanted to do and I was especially pleased to be able to bring along the other half (he even dug out his flat cap and braces for the occasion!).

War on the Line

On arrival at Ropley Station we were given a map of the station, some info about the other stations on the line and a timetable (which was essential). We had unlimited travel on the trains so we able to plan our day without worrying about being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

We were also given ID cards - woe betide anyone who lost theirs!

War on the Line

We decided to head to Alresford first which was one end of the line. This was GI Central for the weekend with live music, a military checkpoint and vehicles.

War on the Line

War on the Line

War on the Line

War on the Line

War on the Line

War on the Line

Next up we headed to Alton at the opposite end of the line. Enroute we had a stop off at Medstead and Four Marks station where you could learn about life on the Home Front and Bringing up Baby in wartime.

On arrival at Alton station we were greeted by the most amazing singer Becki Short - I could have listened to her all day.

War on the Line

We then headed back to Ropley station where we had started. There was plenty to see on both sides of the station so we headed over the bridge (just as a steam train was underneath - keeping everyone nice and warm!).

War on the Line

War on the Line

If you fancied a bit of a change, there was Pearl's Pin-Up Parlour on hand to give you a bit of pampering, plus the opportunity for a vintage photoshoot and a new hat or two.

War on the Line
Some more amazing singers entertained the crowds and a vintage vehicle display kept the other half entertained for ages.

War on the Line

War on the Line

War on the Line was on over the weekend of Father's Day, 16th-17th June. A perfect idea for a pressie if you were stuck for ideas.

A big thank you to the Watercress Line for inviting us - we had smiles on our faces all day.

Thanks for reading

Cathy
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