19/02/2017

A trip to the French Alps to surprise our Chalet girl


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A couple of weeks ago we flew to Geneva on a surprise mission. Our daughter Emily is currently working in the French Alps as a chalet host and having the time of her life. She kept on asking us to go visit her but for one reason or another we just couldn't do it. I won't bore you with the details but things changed, we booked our flights and off we went. We decided not to tell Emily and just turn up. We'd spoken to Matt, the owner of the chalet where she was working and arranged to stay there and he sorted our transfers from Geneva, which is about 90 minutes, on a good day. We arrived at the chalet around 6pm and the look on her face was priceless. Shocked but so pleased and excited. 

Now, we've never been to a ski resort before or seen that much snow in years, so we were beyond excited and ready for Emily to show us around. 

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It was rainy, grey and miserable on our first day but we didn't let that stop us. Our visit was a short one so we had to cram in as much as we could.  Matt took us in the mini bus from their village and dropped us in the town of Chatel. Emily had her ski gear and so we headed up our first mountain in the bubble lift. Mr C and I had already decided that we were not even going to attempt to ski, firstly because time was short (and some sort of lessons would be needed) and secondly because the trip was costing a small fortune we couldn't afford the added expense! It was the experience, the snow, the mountains and the views we were there for, and of course Emily :) I'd even borrowed snow boots and a ski jacket off friends and family as I wasn't about to buy any.

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Skiing French Alps Chatel Chapelle Priceless Life of Mine Over 40 lifestyle blog

Skiing French Alps Chatel Chapelle Priceless Life of Mine Over 40 lifestyle blog

Skiing French Alps Chatel Chapelle Priceless Life of Mine Over 40 lifestyle blog

Emily went off for a little ski, it wasn't the best conditions but she wanted to show us how well she was doing. She's only been skiing once before when she went to Austria on holiday with her friend a few years back.

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We headed in to the bar to get out of the rain and ordered some drinks to warm the cockles. I had a Baileys hot chocolate and nearly choked on it when I realised it cost 7 euros 50!!! Cheap it is not.

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Skiing French Alps Chatel Chapelle Priceless Life of Mine Over 40 lifestyle blog

It got even more expensive when we went back down into the town for lunch but it was lovely and we sat for a while chatting and catching up with Em, and her telling us about her friends and what she'd been getting up to.

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Day 2 was a totally different story with the sun out and the clouds gone. Everywhere looked so different. So pretty. This time we headed to the slopes at Pré la joux. We had to take 2 buses, which we thought was great as we'd never done the journey before and it was lovely just sitting there and taking in the spectacular scenery. Poor Emily has to lug all her ski gear if she goes there on the bus but luckily dad was on had to help with the carrying. Mr C wanted to carry her skis over his shoulder to make him look like he was a skier and part of the in crowd!
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This time we had to get on a proper chair lift and I was a little nervous. I had visions of me not getting on properly and being left behind or dangling off it upside down as we headed up the mountain. Vivid imagination? 

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Happy to report all three of us got on safe and sound and it was amazing.  It was breathtaking. To the regular skier folk, it's nothing, I guess you just get used to it, but to Mr C and I it was incredible, so peaceful, bloody cold, but peaceful, being whisked up high into the blue sky to look down on the world below. 

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Skiing French Alps Chatel Chapelle Priceless Life of Mine Over 40 lifestyle blog

Skiing French Alps Chatel Chapelle Priceless Life of Mine Over 40 lifestyle blog

Being non-skier folk we were only allowed to the first platform, see I don't even know the proper terminology, only those with skis strapped to their feet were allowed on the next chair lift to the very top but it mattered none because we were blown away with the place where we jumped off although every step you took you were nearly mowed down by a skier, it was THAT busy! There weren't many people on foot, as you'd imagine really, but there was a old woman up there taking her dog for a walk! I guess taking your dog for a walk at the top of a mountain beats taking him for a walk around your local village.

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Naturally, we went in search of a beverage, or two.

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Skiing French Alps Chatel Chapelle Priceless Life of Mine Over 40 lifestyle blog

The atmosphere was magical up there, full of excitement and trepidation. Some adults taking it slow, others whizzing by, and the kids speeding along without an ounce of fear. I can see why people love it, and why they would pick this over a sunshine holiday. The adrenaline, the buzz, and everyone is so friendly, we chatted to lots of lovely people whilst just sitting having drinks.

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How can you top having drinks whilst sitting in a deckchair on top of a mountain? We sat there for quite a while just watching the skiers do their thing, and several times I found myself staring open mouthed at the snow capped mountains surrounding us. The beauty of it all took my breath away.
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All too soon we headed back down. Emily skied down and Mr C and I had to brave the chair lift on our own! We made it though, met back up with Emily and headed off for après!  Emily said we had to experience it. Ha, try and stop us.

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An outdoor bar, loud music, laughter and people generally getting off their face!

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Skiing French Alps Chatel Chapelle Priceless Life of Mine Over 40 lifestyle blog
Skiing French Alps Chatel Chapelle Priceless Life of Mine Over 40 lifestyle blog

Skiing French Alps Chatel Chapelle Priceless Life of Mine Over 40 lifestyle blog

We met some more of Emily's friends and they are the nicest people, a bit wild on occasion but then I think that's what it's all about when you're young and working away from home. I dread to think what they REALLY get up to! Emily did tell us they all loved us too, but then what's not to love?! :D

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Skiing French Alps Chatel Chapelle Priceless Life of Mine Over 40 lifestyle blog

Skiing French Alps Chatel Chapelle Priceless Life of Mine Over 40 lifestyle blog

Emily is the youngest there, most are in their mid to late twenties, some even older, yet she fits in so well and they all look out for each other. We are ridiculously proud of our baby girl, she was unsure at first, not because she was missing home, because she's fiercely independent that's for sure, it was just because of other things going on, but now she has found her feet and loving it. She's been skiing, knows her way around her village and the town, she's conquered her fear of trying to speak the language and she's having the time of her life, with some hard work thrown in. 

I love the photo below because she looks so happy and full of life and every time I look at it it feels like my heart is going to burst. 

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I'll show you guys around the chalet, the village and town a little more in the next post.


















17/02/2017

My trial of Silidyn is over so let me tell you what I think

    
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My 8 weeks are up so let's talk about Silidyn* again shall we? This tiny bottle of liquid silicon is said to provide benefits to hair, skin, nails, connective tissue and bones. You can read my last post here and that kinda tells you a bit about Silicon itself and why a supplement like this is good to take. 

Liquid silicon 

The bottle last 8-10 weeks and you take it daily, adding 8/10 drops to water, juice or even your morning tea or coffee. It's so easy to take with virtually no taste. 

As I've gotten older, and especially in the last couple of years I've noticed my hair grows at a snails pace, if at all, and my nails, well, they've always been an issue. They are so awful, they break so easily meaning they never get to any decent length and they flake like there's no tomorrow! Crap basically. 

I've also got rheumatoid arthritis as you'll see from the previous post, so was really intrigued to see if this would help my bones and joints in any way, a big ask in my opinion. 


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Results

So what you all want to know is if this little bottle of stuff actually works? My immediate answer is yes it does. However, that answer only refers to my hair and nails. You see, for the last, I'd say 6 weeks I've been poorly with a right shitty virus, cough and cold, so I can't tell you if this truly had any effect on my bones and joints because no amount of Silidyn even by the bucket load would have eased the aches and pains and general lethargy I had with the virus. The same goes for the effects on my skin. My skin has been off the scale horrendous whilst I've been ill, dry, dull, no scrap that, grey, yet with so many spots, seriously SO many spots I could have cried. Sadly, I can't give you a true verdict on the joints and skin which are the things I was hoping to see an improvement in the most :(

I can however tell you that I've certainly seen an improvement in my hair and my nails. As I said my nails just don't grow, but at around 6 weeks in to taking Silidyn I started to notice a real difference, they'd become a lot stronger and I was finding they weren't flaking or breaking like they used to and boy they've grown. If you look at my nails in the first picture you can see they look healthy and strong, some may think not particularly long, but trust me these are long for me!

My hair has grown too, not massively, but I can notice a difference in the length. It's also become stronger as well and I've not had quite as much breakage which is fantastic. My hair seems glossier and fuller somehow.


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So, whilst it's not delivered the full set of results I was hoping for, it's not really the fault of Silidyn, it's because of the rotten virus. I mean there's no saying if I wasn't poorly it would have made a massive difference to my joints and skin anyway but I'll never know, although I am actually thinking of buying another bottle and giving it another 8 weeks. 

If you're interested in Silidyn and want to know more you find that here and they still have the offer on here which is buy one get one free. 











12/02/2017

Review of The Queen's Head in Belton Leicestershire

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Friday night I was invited along to review the food at The Queen's Head in Belton, Loughborough, a quaint village pub in the heart of The Midlands. Having recently undergone a refurbishment the interior decor is incredibly stylish with a contemporary twist, but with a homely, warm feeling too and it's all been done to a very high standard. The dining areas are extremely spacious, there's no sitting on top of each other in this pub!!

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The Queens Head Belton review Loughborough Leicestershire pub food Priceless Life of Mine Over 40 lifestyle blog

I took Mr C along with me and we were a little surprised to see the place virtually empty for a Friday evening, apart from another couple on a table just behind us. They left shortly after and another party of two came in. I did ask the manager why it was so quiet for a Friday night and he said it was because their other manager was having a birthday party there the next evening so all the locals were going to that rather than coming the Friday night. Fair enough.  

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The Queens Head Belton review Loughborough Leicestershire pub food Priceless Life of Mine Over 40 lifestyle blog

So, on to the food. The Queen's Head serve well known pub classics with a bit of a twist, priding themselves on using fresh locally sourced ingredients. There's an extensive wine list and the food menu, although compact offers a good choice with something for everyone. I guess if everything is fresh and cooked from scratch you have to keep it compact to a degree. 

We opted for one of the sharing starters, baked camembert, with garlic, rosemary and honey, served with rustic bread. Delicious dribble down your chin gooey-ness, with big chunks of garlic, sweetened up with a drizzle of honey. They also added a little pot of honey on the side to add more if you felt the need. We did. 

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The Queens Head Belton review Loughborough Leicestershire pub food Priceless Life of Mine Over 40 lifestyle blog

The Queens Head Belton review Loughborough Leicestershire pub food Priceless Life of Mine Over 40 lifestyle blog

For the mains and after much deliberation Mr C went for The Queen's Head cheese and bacon burger. The patty was cooked well, just the right amount of pink and very flavoursome and the triple cooked chips were to die for, seriously they were amazing and I can vouch for that as I couldn't help but pinch one or two! The homemade ketchup was also a winner for Mr C.  

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Prepare to salivate - close up coming!!!! 

The Queens Head Belton review Loughborough Leicestershire pub food Priceless Life of Mine Over 40 lifestyle blog

Now I opted for the chicken Kiev, a retro dish I've not had for years, and the ones I did have were of the frozen variety that you just bang in the oven, so my tastebuds were excited for this one, being a big fan of garlic and all.  

I can tell you this did not disappoint in any way. The chicken portion was huge with just the right amount of herby garlic butter oozing out. Served with perfectly cooked tender stem broccoli and creamy mash it was the perfect combination. I actually had to give some of my chicken to Mr C as I couldn't eat it all but that's nothing to complain about is it?! 

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Moving on to desserts I chose the homemade waffles with cherries jubilee and vanilla ice-cream which was nice enough but lacking a bit of flavour and punch for my liking, it just needed something extra.

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Mr C had the peanut butter and dark chocolate cheesecake and as you'd imagine it was oh so rich and indulgent. The base was thick and crunchy (I hate it when cheesecakes have the thinnest base) and the filling was packed full of crunchy nuts also. If you're a lover of peanut butter then this would be your little slice of heaven on a plate.

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I'm no food critic or food writer, as I'm sure you can tell, but I know what I like and I can say to you honestly that we enjoyed the food a great deal. It's hard to comment on the service because as they were only 6 people in there they were under no pressure, so how they will fair with a busy restaurant I cannot say. The two members of staff we encountered were pleasant enough, and Walter the manager was tested a little bit by the lady on the other table who kept asking questions about the ingredients, he didn't know and had to keep trotting off to the chef to find out for her!

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We will definitely go back to The Queen's Head as it's not too far for us but I'd like to go back when it's a little busier and has more of an atmosphere as that's what it was lacking for us. They do theme evenings as well so maybe that's an option, or even their Sunday lunch, we'll see.

The Queen's Head also have 5 comfortable bedrooms and a private function room to cater for parties, weddings and conferences. 

Thank you to The Queen's Head for inviting us (all opinions my own) and we will be coming back with friends, just make sure the chicken Kiev is still on the menu!