Paladone Disney Quiz Night

Last week I’ve been invited to a Paladone Disney Quiz Night in Manchester. My husband and I managed to get there a bit late, as it happens so often, but just in time for the quiz. We’ve team up with Codie (from codiekinz.co.uk) and we were ready for the challenge. While we were in the car driving to the event, my husband and I were talking about how little we know about Disney and that we should have watched Disney movies instead of the ones we saw (including 12 years a slave, amazing film, but not very helpful at the time).

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These pictures were taken at the end, it’s the three of us with our prize. It’s huge because we’ve won the quiz. 😀

Now let’s go back to the beginning. Codie had a name for the team: Quizney Princesses, but as hubby was in the team, we said we should add & King as well. Then we had a bit of delicious food and a cocktail.

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Books, more books

This month I’ve read a lot of books, 8 in total, a cold paired with an issue with my laptop that took a bit of time to solve made me have more time for reading. It’s annoying to have problems with the laptop, especially as I wasn’t able to work.

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I finished the second series by Philippa Gregory – the Tudor court, just in time for her next book “The last Tudor” which will be launched next month.
Next month I have some pretty difficult books on my list, as I took a few psychology books from the library. I’m excited about them.

I also wanted to talk on my blog about a book my husband has read. The book is called The God Delusion by Richard Dawkings and I think it’s fascinating, a must read for all faiths or no faith. I read bits from it and we talked so much about while he was reading it that it would be pointless for me to read it.

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Hall’s Croft

Hall’s Croft is a 17th century house in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, home to William Shakespeare’s daughter, Susanna Hall and her husband, Dr. Hall. This was the last house we saw in Stratford-upon-Avon, along with Shakespeare’s Birthplace and Shakespeare’s New Place and Shakespeare’s Grave. The house can be visited with a joint ticket and it’s very interesting even if the main reason to visit Stratford-upon-Avon is to see where Shakespeare lived and worked.

 Hall's Croft

The timbered house was built in 1613. It was home to professional people before being a small school in the mid 19th century. The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust purchased Hall’s Croft in 1949 and after repairs it was opened to the public two years later.

 Hall's Croft

The house is gorgeous, like all houses from that period.

John Hall was a well known doctor. His case notes were published after his death in 1657 and they were a popular textbook for other doctors for many years. Dr Hall was a compassionate physician. He would treat both rich and poor, Catholic and Protestant patients. Some physicians at that time thought astronomy or blood-letting were good medical practices, but Dr. Hall preferred treatments made from plants, herbs, animal extracts, gemstones and rocks.

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Weekly Shopping

I saw a blog post written by Dana about her weekly shopping and I’ve decided to write a similar post, as an alternative to “What’s cooking”. It was an interesting experiment for me too as we don’t usually buy everything we need for a week in one day. As we eat a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables, we have to go shopping quite often.
I think we spent a little more this week as I bought vanilla paste, chocolate spread, snacks and honey and I don’t buy those weekly. Those would add up to a bit over £10, so we might be in the average spend category.

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This was our main shop with another couple of small top-ups. Some of the things in here will last for more than 1 week and some are not on our usual shopping list, more of an impulse purchase. The total for this is £54, considering the top-ups, it got to approximately £65 per week for 2 adults. I obviously didn’t include any alcohol and the dog’s food is not included either. That is higher comparing to the £52.20 an average household spends on food on a week (average household has 2.4 people, so the spend should be under £50 for 2 to get close to the average). I took the information from ONS, if you want to have a look.

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Frodsham

I’ve been to Frodsham, a small market town in Cheshire a few weeks ago, but only now I was able to squeeze the post about it. I mentioned Frodsham before, when I reviewed The Queen’s Head, the 17th century pub we had lunch that day. In Frodsham there are lots of lovely places to have a drink or a meal, a beautiful park to walk in and an Art Gallery.
Another interesting thing about Frodsham is that it was a filming location for Far From the Madding Crowd, a great movie I saw last year. Other movies filmed there are Hollyoaks, Merseybeat and Robin Hood.

 Frodsham

I’ve visited the gallery and I liked the pieces on display. Some of them are for sale, so I’ve decided not to take pictures inside as I wasn’t sure about the copyright. The Castle Park Arts Centre has its own parking and there is a lovely tea room.

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Outside the art centre is the park. It’s lovely on a warm day, there is a garden and a playground for children. There is also plenty of beautiful cut grass where you can have a picnic or just relax. I spotted this walnut with green walnuts in it. Some of the trees have plaques with their names, a nice touch.

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Wheatsheaf Inn Wirral

I’ve been to the Wheatsheaf Inn, an old pub in Wirral for many years, but I never blogged about it, not even a small mention. The pub was recommended to me by the guy who sold us the car and I know how strange that sounds. Locally is known as the Thatch due to its thatched roof. My husband and I were both very excited about the pub and when we mentioned it to our friends, they told us Wheatsheaf Inn is one of their favourite pubs too. In celebration of this, we went there for drinks, obviously.

Wheatsheaf Inn Wirral

The pub celebrated its 400th birthday in 2011. In the next building is the Cowshed restaurant. The restaurant gets its name from a long history of dairy farming and because it’s a converted old cattle barn, 250 years old.

Wheatsheaf Inn Wirral

This time we went during the day for coffee and a light lunch and I was very pleased with everything. We did have to wait a bit for our lunch, but I wasn’t too bothered about it. We had the time and I like the place so much that I was happy to wait.

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Witley Court and Gardens

It’s been a while since I visited a ruin, so Witley Court and Gardens was on my list of things to see. I love ruins, I find them romantic and a bit sad, but in a lovely way. Witley Court is now managed by English Heritage.

 Witley Court and Gardens

In the 1890s Witley Court was visited by the fashionable society. One of the frequent visitors was the Prince of Wales, later King Edward VII.

 Witley Court and Gardens part of English Heritage

Witley Court started as a medieval manor house and it was transformed into a substantial Jacobean mansion by 1655 when it was bought by Thomas Foley. The family started their business by manufacturing nails. Gradually they abandoned the industrial base and went on concentrating on being landed aristocrats and politicians. The 1st Baron Foley (1673–1733) enlarged the house by adding wings on either sides.

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