We stayed in Birmingham for a week, having a trade show. On Festus’s blog I wrote about the accommodation, perfect for our needs. The house was at a 15 min drive to NEC and 20 min drive to Birmingham city center, but in a small village.

I loved the local pub, we went there twice and it is full of character, with exposed old beams, nice view of an old bridge and two very friendly donkeys. Nice people, with real smiles on their faces and an employe eager to tell us the story of the donkeys, obviously very loved and well taken care of.bham_01

We had time only one day to visit Birmingham and we’ve decided to go to the Pen Museum, the Jewellery Quarter museum and the Science Museum. We’ve arrived too early and the Jewellery Quarter museum was closed. As we only had limited time, we took some pictures and decided we’ll visit it next time we are in Birmingham.

The pen museum was lovely, I made my own nib, hubby learned how to write his name in braille and we had a lovely time there. We will visit it again, when we’ll have the chance.

The guide was very helpful and the story is very interesting. I didn’t have high expectations, considering it’s a pen museum, but I was delighted with everything.



Next stop was the new Birmingham Library, opened a few days ago. A friend of mine told me about it, because she knew we were in Birmingham. It was amazing, so many books, so many people, such lovely views.






The city centre is great, nice cafes and restaurants near the canals, a lot of baskets of flowers everywhere. I loved it. I would like to visit it and spend more time just walking on the street, to fully appreciate the buildings and the noise and the people. It reminded me of London, a really great place to visit, but I wouldn’t want to live there.

The day was perfect until we arrived at the Science Museum. As the entrance fee is £12.5 per person, we thought it targets adults…. we were wrong. This museum is not even a family friendly attraction… it is a kids only attraction. The displays (that worked, not to many), were suitable for kids under 7.

The displays that actually worked were so loud that if somebody was listening to one, nobody else could hear anything from their display.

The only nice thing was the science garden… and that is free after 3pm, so mothers use it as a playground. That should be ok… if we weren’t spending £28 on entrance and parking and couldn’t see all the displays because, as I already said, it was a playground.

It was a horrible experience. Hubby and I were hoping it will be engaging and interesting like Nemo, in Amsterdam. We couldn’t be more wrong. Now we are reluctant to visit the ones from Manchester and London, but at least the other two are free.

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Kardashian shoes

This weekend I received my new Kardashian shoes!!

This is my 1st pair of gold shoes and they are lovely. I was a little reluctant to buy shoes online, especially when I didn’t have the chance of trying them on.ks_01

They fit perfect and I’m very happy with them.


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Great Orme Ancient Mines

This weekend we’ve been to Wales. This time we’ve visited Conwy Water Gardens and the Great Orme Acient Mines.

Conwy Water Gardens is a lovely place. There is duck food available to buy and the ducks are very friendly.

We arrived at 10.30pm, perfect time to see the otters. They are hungry and very active and vocal.

The lovely otter, waiting for the food.

I had no idea the otters are carnivore, so it was a surprise to see them eat small chickens and fish. Anyway, they are still lovely and cute.







The Pancakes House. It looked nice inside, but we didn’t stay to eat.

Great Orme Ancient Mine. After reading the conflicting reviews on tripadvisors, I thought we should try it. It was amazing! It was very interesting and it is such an important place for the British History.

It was discovered in 1987, when there was a plan to build a car park, and it completely changed the views of ancient people in Britain.




The safety helmets were very important, as we bumped our heads a few times.

There is still some malachite left.

The Mine can be visited only on 2 levels, from 9.


The passages are very narrow and it’s wet. But this only makes it more interesting.


Hubby was trying to see a smaller passage.


The chamber was so impressive. Unfortunately we couldn’t photograph it entirely.



After visiting the mine, we went to Great Orme.







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Home & Gift, Harrogate, 2013

This week, hubby and I went to Home&Gift trade show in Harrogate. It was a nice drive to there, even if I felt we had to spend too much time passing thru Leeds.

The trade show was as I’ve expected, different than the Jewellery Show in London, but nice. I wasn’t impressed with some exhibitors attitude, some of them were very strange…

But, beside this, I saw interesting products and nice people. I’ve met one of my suppliers and I must admit I was very pleased with his suggestions and explanations. I’m really happy with my choice.

I almost found another supplier… but the lack of interest of their employees was too frustrating. If they aren’t making an effort at a trade show with a potential client that is asking details about the products and the prices… I can’t believe I would be treated better if I place an order online or over the phone.

Also, I saw so many cute things for home. We didn’t plan to visit all the plans, but in the end we saw all the stands.

I received a lovely greeting card with a rottweiler from an exhibitor. It looks lovely, realistic and cute.

Another thing that caught my eyes was a slate stone cupcake stand. The exhibitor had a lot of items from slate stone and all of them looked amazing!

I admired a lovely vintage-style small cabinet, white with painted butterflies. Olive wood kitchen stuff looked very nice too and that exhibitor had a wide and beautiful range.

Next year we’ll visit it again.

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My name is Anca and I am a serial plant killer.

I killed my flowers/plants. I killed hubby’s citrus trees and 3 bonsai (grown from seed). I nearly killed all the plants from my office, they survived only because the cleaning lady begged me to stop “looking after” the plants.

But, I’m persistent and I want to try again and again. The fact that I could grow aromatic plants is a sign that I can grow stuff (hopefully not just what I can eat). So…today, with a little help from Festus, who has a lot of experience in gardening. I planted lovely lilies which I have from friends and ivy.f_01

My lovely lilies. Our friends brought us these flowers after our trip to Wales, idea that came up with the 6th wedding anniversary, without knowing that at our wedding we had lilies. I was so happy when I saw them and so far I didn’t forget to water them.

Ivy for the basket that’s in front of the house. I hope it will grow enough to have a basket full of ivies in the winter.

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Trip to Wales

As I said in the last post, if the weather is fine we planned something special. So, this Friday we went in Wales with friends. We didn’t take Festus with us because we weren’t sure how crowded it would be and what we were visiting next. It was a very wise choice, as our friends had a small problem with the car and we ended up going with our car half of day.

We went to Bala Lake railway for a ride with the Steam train. We made a stop in Llanuwchllyn village, where I saw a lovely small restaurant. The shops and the houses look great, old and with a lot of character, as our friends would say.

From the village I got a lovely set for picnic, pink, to match my picnic blanket (that I didn’t have the chance to use, but there is still time).

After the stop in the village, we went to the train station, we had a very fast picnic and managed to get on the train in time. These are not the real tickets:ttw_00

The trip lasted for 30 minutes and it was fun. Hubby took a lot of pictures.








At Bala station. We didn’t have time to go to Bala, but maybe we’ll visit it next time.

I was eating a chocolate cake and we’d remember that when we’ve meet I was eating something with chocolate too.


A passenger, resting after being very interested in what we were eating.

Another passenger, but he was more interested in the views.


We had a coffee at a lovely place near a lake. This is a camping site with fishing lakes and lovely views.


I’m a diva 🙂

They told us about Ruthin, a small and rustic town.


There was a sign telling us this is the oldest timbered town house in Wales.

I saw the entrance to the Castle by chance and we went to visit Ruthin Castle, that’s a hotel.







It was the first time I saw a peacock with her chicks.


The windows of the hotel rooms.


The interior of the hotel looks amazing. There are a few function rooms and I immediately thought of a small reception for vows renewals.


At the Ruthin’s Castle cafe, having a coffee.


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