I got a Tattoo!!

So as you an see above, I got a tattoo. which is something I have been considering for a few years on and off and even when a few weeks before our holiday I erring on the side of getting one done, I was still going back and forth. 

However on the day I decided definitely yes, which was about 11:30am, by 15:00 it was done and dusted. I had googled previous English speaking tattoo shops in Barcelona and luckily enough there was a highly recommended one about 5 minutes walk from our hotel, namely Oxytocina here:

On arrival we had a great welcome from the owner and the consultation was easy as, apart from the fact it was done in English, they clearly knew their stuff. I took in my own design and the gave me a little advice on sizing and placement (I originally wanted it on my foot, but was advised that it might not last as long, so I switched to my arm), and then before I knew it, I was sat having it done. 

It took about an hour altogether and just 10-15 minute to do the actual tattoo. It didn’t really hurt (maybe 2/10) and I was THRILLED with the result. It’s quite a delicate tattoo, which was exactly what I wanted and I couldn’t recommend Oxytocina highly enough. 

My insta explains the meaning behind me having YNWA on my arm and do you know what’s cool. Last year (2017) M had a “Forever Stone” laid at Liverpool’s ground, Anfield which also has a similar inscription…. 

In fact, I filmed a VLOG for my YouTube Channel about it all too:

Love 

Gx 

Ready for a Break | Life Update

I am very lucky in that my life isn’t tough, I’ve a job, a house and lovely husband – things could be worse. But despite all this, I really am ready for a break. I’ve been working very hard on a massive project at work and we worked out the other day, that M and I haven’t been away together for a whole week since Portugal in 2016. It’s time.

Working without a break for an extended period really takes its toll on me and the closer I am getting to this break, the more exhausted I feel. I don’t know about you, but it can take me a couple of days to unwind when I finish work, but when I do it’s a lovely feeling. M has the ability to immediately switch off and to be honest, during holiday time, is the only time he properly sleeps!

We are actually off to Barcelona and I’m excited as everyone we have mentioned it to have said how lovely it is! My only genuine worry is eating out as I need to be careful with my Lactose Intolerance. But I think with Google Translate and an app I found called Happy Cow, (great for finding Vegan cafes) I suspect I won’t have a problem. 😀.

I would joe love to hear any tips you have for Barcelona – please do comment below with recommendations.

G x

Manchester Pride 2018 💗

Working in my day job at The Prince’s Trust, I get to do some amazing things. Today was one of those days. At work I am part of our PULSE network, which is a network of LGBTQ+ staff and Allies that support the LGBTQ+ community at PT. 

I am an Ally and so today I took  M along and we walked for The Prince’s Trust in the parade. M said that he thought that it was a life affirming day to see so many happy and joyous people out having such a gorgeous time – couldn’t have said it better myself! 

Thank GOD we live in a country where this is not only possible, but also celebrated. After all….

 💜💚💛💙💗

Love is Love

Things I realised when I turned 40 | Life Update

I turned 44 in June, so I am not sure if that qualifies as “mid-forties” but I am certainly past 40, they are all just numbers, so who cares? BUT…. it’s very true for me that I care so much less than I did what other think about me, I worry more what I think about myself. As long as I feel good about what I’m doing, then I trust my own judgement. 

So I thought I would put together a list of things that have occured to me in the last few years… can you relate? 

  • I might be 44 physically, but in my head I am somewhere in my late 20s. 
  • At a certain point in life, there is one 2 o’clock in the day. If I am seeing 2am, I am either poorly or worrying. 
  • I can ask any woman my own age for painkillers and she will fish at least one option out of her cavernous bag. 
  • And before you ask, I don’t all carry tweezers (every couple of months someone at works has some sort of tiny emergency and asks all the women if they have some 👀) 
  • I will crane my neck to have a good nosy in someone’s house when I walk past if their lights are on and the curtains are open. 
  • For a while – I became obsessed with Rightmove. 
  • I started a job recently, where my colleagues’ average age was 27 – which was the same number of years I had been working. 
  • I always grab every opportunity to go for a wee when I am out – like some sort of incontinent weirdo. 
  • I still think of 1990 was about 10 years ago. 
  • Some people in my life will always been slightly unhappy, and I will just have to deal with that. 
  • Some people will also not listen to any advice and do their own thing, no matter what. And that’s ok. 
  • I am pretty awesome, even on the days when I tell myself I’m not. 
  • It’s important to be kind to people – you really do never know what someone is going through. 
  • You don’t need permission. 
  • Swim in your own lane. 
  • Social media is all a lie – a highlight reel. 
  • Love is real. 

National Tramway Museum, Crich | Review

Oh I am a lucky girl, so lucky in fact, that my best friend Karen was kind enough to send us tickets to Crich Tramway Museum. She has been volunteering there for over 20 years and is currently the Chairwoman, I am very proud of her!

So yesterday, M and I made our way to Crich, where the museum is located and after a slight mishap (I put the wrong post code into the sat nav and ended up 16 miles away from where we should have been 😂), we arrived in just over 2 hours.

I think that when people imagine museums, they perhaps envisage lots of dusty artefacts behind glass, but nothing could be further from the truth in this instance. When we arrived, Karen met us at the gate and we were delighted to be given a map and leaflet about a special models exhibition that was happened this weekend. We were also given special pennies to pay for our TRAM RIDES! The idea is, is that you get a penny at the gate and then this pays your fare for all your tram rides throughout the day. Each time you go on a tram, the conductor gives you a ticket. 👍

 

The museum has around 4 trams running each day which go up and down a track, which I reckon takes about 10-15 minutes to go to the end of the line and back. There isn’t a timetable as such, but we never waited for more than a few minutes every time we wanted to take a tram. But we will come back to that…..

As you enter the museum you head down into the village as this is the centre of everything and leads to all the main attractions. There is a pub, tea rooms, ice cream parlour, sweet shop, gift shop, exhibition hall and several tram depots. We made our way around each area, and it was just fascinating and  Karen is a real tram enthusiast and as she showed us round, she gave us many insights into each and every artefact and with she had a snippet of information about each and every tram. 

But the best part for both M and I was riding on the actual trams. we agreed that our favourite was “the boat”, named appropriately, because of its shape…

But we did have a few more rides and each one was so atmospheric and allowed us to really feel what travelling by trams felt like. What was just amazing though, was  that the trams are driven and conducted by volunteers. Everyone we met had an obvious passion for trams and them made our rides such an immersive experience. They were happy, enthusiastic and so informative. What a credit to Karen and the museum as  a whole.

We such an amazing day we had, even stopping at the pub for a cup of tea and Rita’s Tea Rooms for some lunch. We had a perfect day and I if you are looking for a slightly unusual, but interesting day out – then I would definitely give this a go.

I found it such a gentle experience, which was honestly SOO relaxing, I can’t believe we waited so long to go. 

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Loved it! 

G x 

Barbecues and Birthdays

So today has been a day of two halves, the first half saw us in Widnes helping M’s sister to celebrate her birthday by way of a barbecue and the second half saw us in the garden catching some sun and barbecuing.

Awesome afternoon!

I felt OK at the birthday do this morning, well for a little while and I then I sort of run  out of social juice and really just wanted to come home. 

I had a nap when we got home and M went out to our local farm shop to get some meat to cook for tea  – which was delicious by the way. 

I also had to go an introduce myself to one of our neighbours as we noticed a hole in their roof! Seeing as our houses are only maybe a year old, it’s a bit of a bugger. Hopefully the builder Taylor Wimpey will fix it for them. 

Anyway, we are just watching “Into the Woods” which is musical fairytale with James Corden, Anna Kendrick and Meryl Streep. It’s quite an unusual film, a bit darker and weirder than I thought it might be. 

What will tomorrow bring?

G x 

The Day of 2 Videos

So, I’ve had quite a busy day today, having been in Blackpool this morning and Ormskirk this afternoon. As you can tell, today is a day of 2 videos,  the first one being of the view  at the top of Parbold Hill:

I saw this when I was on my way between appointments and how could I not stop?! There were quite a few people already parked up in the layby, so I think I was very lucky to get a space. Lovely. 

I got home about 15:30 and then jumped onto the laptop to do some work. I was just looking out of the french doors at the birds and I spotted a little hedgehog on the lawn who came to visit. Cue video number 2!

I didn’t want to frighten him, but he was SOO cute, I just had to go outside and have a closer look. 

Anyway, I think M and I might go out for tea tonight, depending on how he feels when he gets in. Roll on Bank Holiday weekend I say! I know I had 3 weeks off work and have barely been back a week, but lets face it, it wasn’t exactly a restful time was it? 

I still feel a bit weird about things, but don’t feel as sad, as often about mum. Dad is still struggling I think and who can blame him? They were together for 45 years and she has only been dead just over 3 weeks! I think it was a culture shock for him when we all went back to work and of course the day is very long if you’ve not got something to do, although to be fair, he is keeping himself reasonably busy. 

I myself am feeling about 7/10. I am having weird dreams and my sleeping pattern has not yet returned to normal and maybe a couple of times a day, I think about mum & start to miss her loads. Life does carry on it’s true, but I can’t help thinking about all the up and coming things that Mum is no longer going to be a part of. That thought makes me really sad. So yes 7/10.

G x 

Ashes, Breakfast & Stevie G

So today is a day where a few things are happening. We have been this morning to have mum’s ashes buried at St James (C of E) church yard in Haydock. So here’s the thing…I used to go to church regularly when I was younger, up until I was about 18, but then I discovered the pub and boys and stopped. So now the whole religious thing is really NOT my thing and I don’t hold with God, or Jesus or anything to do with the afterlife. I’m not spiritual and basically I think, once your are dead, then thats it.

But for a variety of reasons, we had to have a religious committal today, in order for mum’s ashes to be near her mum & dads ashes. It was ok and M and I really just went to support dad. I really just wanted to look around the church.

We then went for breakfast at a pub in Ashton In Makerfield and just spent a bit of time together. It is actually mum’s birthday today, she would have been 69. So if nothing else, we can remember her today and I am sure the garden of remembrance will give dad some comfort.

Steven Gerrard

Today is also a big day for M as Steven Gerrard, Liverpool’s captain, is playing his last game at Anfield. He’s played for LFC since 1998 and is a complete Liverpool legend. Michael’s mum & dad are coming to watch and Barbara is bring in a buffet for half time. What’s not to like?

Right then, before all that, I am off to Specsavers to pick up my new glasses and prescription sunglasses. Rock and roll. Rock and roll.

 

G x