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Weleda Citrus Hand and Nail Cream 21/08/2017

Weleda Citrus hand and nail Cream

Weleda Citrus Hand and Nail Cream WELEDA CITRUS HAND AND NAIL CREAM This is tee hand cream I have sitting in our little family room which is where we spend a lot of time as we have the main computer which is also one of our TVs connected to our Virgin box. I have hand cream in so many places, in the kitchen by the sink, in the sunroom, in our family room, in the car and in my handbag. My hands get quite dry and so I like to apply hand cream after doing chores and washing my hands generally. ~~~~~~~~ ABOUT WELEDA ~~~~~~~ The Weleda company was originally started as an alternative pharmaceutical company by the Swiss philosopher and educationalist Rudolph Steiner and some others in in 1921. Steiner believed in healing the body using natural products and healing the person not just dealing with the symptoms. It is all about balance, in the body and with the earth. The method of healing Steiner created is known as Anthroposophic Medicine and it aims to stimulate the healing process of the person by bringing mind , body and spirit into balance. Weleda products are also used in homeopathy as well as they are all natural plant based products that contain no preservatives or petroleum based products . Weleda continues with these founding principles to this day and create their products working in balance with nature. They always pay over and above fair price to their suppliers and also grow a lot of their own ingredients in their organic gardens in Germany, France and here in Derbyshire. Their products are 100% ...

Never Let Me Go (DVD) 18/08/2017

Never Let Me Go - they gave everything they could

Never Let Me Go (DVD) NEVER LET ME GO A few years ago I read the book “Never Let Me Go” by Kazuo Ishiguro, a science fiction novel set in England in the 1980s but a society very different from our 1980s . I found the story compelling but rather disturbing reading. I spotted this film on television a while back and was interested to see how it had been adapted for film. ~~~~~~ FACTS ABOUT THE FILM ~~~~~ GENRE: Drama, Romance, Sci Fi RATING: 12A LENGTH: 1Hr 43 min RELEASE DATE: 2010 DIRECTOR: Mark Romanek WRITERS : Kazuo Ishiguro (novel), Alex Garland (screenplay) STARRING: Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan, Andrew Garfield ~~~~~~~~ THE STORY ~~~~~~~ The film begins with titles which announce that a medical breakthrough in 1952 has permitted the human lifespan to be extended beyond 100 years......... The story is set in a boarding school and we meet the main characters who are young students and all seems normal initially but with an uncomfortable undercurrent that you just cannot put your finger on. The story develops and the students grow up, close bonds of friendship between a group develops and some fall in love. Gradually they begin to discover that their lives are not quite what it seems. ~~~~~~~ MY VIEWS ~~~~~ I found the book left me thinking and kept me in suspense longer than the film did as the major twist of the story is revealed half hour into the film while in the book it was much later on. The children seemed younger at the start of the book than they did at the start of ...

Old Mission, San Juan Bautista 17/08/2017

The Old Mission San Juan Bautista - Did I get "Vertigo"?

Old Mission, San Juan Bautista THE OLD MISSION SAN JUAN BAUTISTA 406 Second St, San Juan Bautista, California 95045 This was not a place we had planned to visit before embarking upon our driving tour last year but while on the road w always look to see if anything else of interest is on the route we are driving and this came up. We planned it as our coffee stop so didn't plan on a long visit and prior to the visit knew nothing much about the place. ~~~~~~ FACTS ABOUT THE MISSION ~~~~~ The church was built in the early 1800s and was a Catholic mission until 1835 when it was seized by the Mexican government. By 1895 the present buildings along with 55 acres were given back to the church by Federal decree of the US government. Today San Juan Bautista is the only original Spanish Plaza that exists in California. This Mission has the largest church of any of the Missions, and its architecture and beauty are considered some of the finest. The historic plaza with buildings from the 19th century are all preserved as part of a state park. The cemetery beside the church has the remains of over 4,000 Christian Native Americans and Europeans. Ascencion Solorzano who was the last pure blooded Native American of this mission, is buried in the cemetery and we found her grave has a red cross and there is also a plaque on the wall above her grave in her memory. Much of the Mission and buildings have been restored but it is a work in progress and more has still to be restored including the guard tower where ...

Hugo Boss Jour Pour Femme Eau de Parfum 16/08/2017

Hugo Boss Jour Pour Femme EDP

Hugo Boss Jour Pour Femme Eau de Parfum HUGO BOSSS JOUR POUR FEMME Time for another perfume review so while going through my fifty or so samples I have collected I chose this one to review. I love perfumes and while I couldn't possibly collect full sized bottles of every perfume I am fond of collecting samples which I either get free of buy in bulk lots from ebay. ~~~~~~ ABOUT HUGO BOSS ~~~~~ Hugo Boss was founded by Hugo Boss in 1924 in Germany and originally supplied uniforms to the Nazis!! After the war the company branched away from uniforms. In 1985 the company went public and this was also the year they created their first fragrance. These days it is a huge business with over 1,000 stores world wide. I can't say it is a brand that has ever attracted my attention and its fragrances have also never really grabbed me either but always willing to try something new I am happy to accept any free samples going even from a company with a very questionable start! Sadly their ethics may have improved slightly as thy have moved away from employing forced labour but they do test their fragrances on animals but it seems that most large companies also do the same. ~~~~~~~ PACKAGING ~~~~~ The box is a silvery gold pale coloured box with minimal text on the box. It just states the brand name and the perfume name. Inside the perfume is housed in a tall slender straight sided cloudy or frosted glass bottle with a gold collar around the spray dispenser which was covered with a clear lid. ~~~~~~ WHAT HUGO BOSS SAY ...

Kia Sorento 2.5 CRDi 13/08/2017

Kia Sorento - lots of car for your money

Kia Sorento 2.5 CRDi KIA SERENTO This was the car we had for a week while in Alaska. We asked for a small SUV but when we got there this was the car they gave us. It is not exactly small and I was quite pleased that we didn't have to negotiate small lanes and alleys that we have in Europe. We actually own a Kia C'eed and are interested in buying a Sportage so were quite happy to have this for our week's stay in Alaska. We always choose an SUV for our US trips as they are comfortable for long drives, have plenty of storage for bags and can take us on gravel roads if needs be. They are also higher so you see more from an SUV or 4x4 than from a sedan car. I do not own the car but we drove it around 2000 miles in the seven days and I had the chance to experience being a driver and passenger. ~~~~~ THE SERENTO IN ALL ITS FORMS ~~~~~ The Sorento is a mid size SUV and now manufactured in the USA and in Europe for those markets. The one w had was an all wheel drive but you can also get a front wheel drive vehicle if you don't need a 4x4. It has been given a five-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for all seating positions in frontal and side-impact crashes. It was also "Good" – its highest rating – in front, side and rear impact by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in the USA. It has had a few remodels over the years the latest in 2017 and it seems to still be selling well over there judging by the number we saw while driving around both in Alaska ...

Hozelock 25m Floor Or Wall 2 In 1 Compact Hose Reel + 25m Hose + Connectors 13/08/2017

Hozelock reel to lock our hose tidily away

Hozelock 25m Floor Or Wall 2 In 1 Compact Hose Reel + 25m Hose + Connectors HOZELOCK GARDEN HOSE REEL On this lovely sunny day I have spent the last few hours in the garden trying to tidy up things that have become overgrown and trying to find some of the new plants I put it that have become hidden under the enthusiastic nasturtiums. Annoyingly we seem to have the hot dry period of our summer when we we way and the garden dried out quite badly. Since we have been back w have had enough rain to mean that once we soaked the garden upon r return we have not needed the hose since. This hozelock reel was something we brought with us from our old house. My husband had fixed it to the inside garage wall near our 'outside' tap which was actually in the garage to keep it frost free. We no longer have that luxury and our outside tap is outside. We removed the reel from its previous home and had it in storage with many of our bits while we wee homeless for a couple of months waiting for our purchase to go through. It made a nice easy and space saving way to store the hose . Once we had moved in and unpacked my husband then set about installing this in its new position. It was not difficult provided you had the right tools such as a masonry drill bit and drill plus screws and raw plugs. It is obviously desirable to get it looking straight but that was quite easy once the first screw was in place , we then marked the position of the other screws with a pencil, undid the first one again and made the necessary holes. Then it was a matter of me holding said ...

Clarins Double Serum 38 11/08/2017

Clarins Double Serum - Is it doubly effective?

Clarins Double Serum 38 CLARINS DOUBLE SERUM I am not a regular purchaser of Clarins products as I think they are quiet expensive compared to other equally effective brands. I have a rather wealthy sister in law who has a bathroom full of Clarins products and rates them highly so I guess it is a matter of personal taste and opinion. ~~~~~~~ ABOUT CLARINS ~~~~~~ Clarins is a high end brand sold in most shops offering high end cosmetics and beauty products so you will find them in Boots or Debenhams, House of Fraser or similar shops. The company was founded by Jacques Courtin in 1954 in Paris. He was masseur and created treatment oils he used in his salon and sold them to his clients. He soon had a loyal following of high end customers and the company went from there. By 1980, Clarins was the top-selling luxury skincare brand in France and then by 1981 it found its way to the USA and by 1990 it was the top selling brand in Europe! Clarins is now sold in 150 countries around the world. Although the founder is now dead the company is now run by his sons so is still run by the same family. Clarins say they are the ones to first create plant based beauty products and some of their products are 100% pure plant oils. They call their combination of plant ingredients as : “Aroma-phyto body care—a term invented by Clarins to convey the combination of aromatherapy and phytotherapy (fragrance + the power of plants).” Clarins states they value socially responsible initiatives with their ethics helping ...

Moana (DVD) 09/08/2017

Moana - A Polynesian Princess on a mission

Moana (DVD) MOANA We spend a lot of time over at my step daughter's house helping her with the children and doing DIY and in return she cooks us a meal at the end of the day's work. We often end up watching a film with the children after the evening meal and obviously as they are only aged 7, 2 and 1 we end up watching some sort of animated film. This was a relatively new film and my granddaughter was keen to watch it so hence the reason for us watching this children's animation. We have watched a number of children's films and family films recently, it is nice to have an excuse to watch these again as somehow without children it seems rather odd to watch them! ~~~~~~ FACTS ABOUT THE FILM ~~~~~ GENRE: Animation, Adventure, Comedy RATING: PG LENGTH: 1Hr 47 min RELEASE DATE: 2016 DIRECTOR: Ron Clements, John Musker and co directed by Don Hall and Chris Williams WRITERS : Jared Bush -screenplay Story by : Ron Clements, John Musker, Chris Williams, Don Hall, Pamela Ribon, Aaron Kandell and Jordan Kandell VOICES OF CHARACTERS: Auli'i Cravalho … Moana Dwayne Johnson … Maui Rachel House … Gramma Tala Temuera Morrison … Chief Tui JJemaine Clement … Tamatoa Nicole Scherzinger … Sina TAGLINES: “The ocean is calling.” MUSIC : Opetaia Foa'i … original songs Mark Mancina … original score and original songs Lin-Manuel Miranda … original songs Being an animation credit should go to the animation team but there are too many to list. ~~~~~ THE STORY ~~~~~~~ Moana Waialiki is ...

Lombard Street 06/08/2017

Lombard Street - is it the Crookedest street in the world?

Lombard Street LOMBARD STREET When we were staying in San Francisco last year we were keen to see this street which is famous for being the “Crookedest Street in the World”. My husband remembers driving down this street back in the 1970s in a Grand Torino one of the hugely long bonneted cars which was an alarming experience as he couldn't see where he was going over the length of the bonnet! This street is not hard to find as there is always a huge crowd a the top taking photos and a queue of cars waiting to drive down. Needless to say it is a one way street so you only have to negotiate the hair pin bends. The Street runs an east–west The Presidio east to The Embarcadero going steeply down one block and in that short space it has eight hairpin bends. On either side are residences that are a few stories high, not high rise but certainly higher than a couple of stories. Each of these residences being worth multi-million-dollars and yet they have to put up with the constant hassle of tourists walking up and down the street and a stream of cars. I a not sure I would choose a place on the street to have as my home. The street has flower beds full of hydrangeas in the zigzags and so it looks quite beautiful when the flowers are all in bloom. Looking down from the top you not only get a view of the street and all that is going on down that 600 foot red brick road but also of the city beyond down to the Bay. We took the cable car to the top of the street and walked down. If you want to do ...

Burberry Brit Rhythm Intense Eau de Toilette 05/08/2017

Burberry Brit Rhythm Intense - not a dance but an EDT

Burberry Brit Rhythm Intense Eau de Toilette Burberry Brit Rhythm Intense Eau de Toilette This is not a product I would ever have gone out to buy but I am never one to say no to a sample and I was sent a couple of samples some time back. Strangely the samples are no actually eau de toilette but a rubber impregnated with the fragrance. This I have used for putting in my drawers to make my clothes smell nice. It also meant that I had to go and try a sample in the shop. I managed this a couple of times and the first was in Boots before we went on holiday and then I thought I better refresh my memory and applied it liberally in the Duty free shop in Birmingham airport which is where I began this review some weeks ago and have just re found it and thought I better finish it. (*(*(*(****ABOUT BURBERRY*****)*)*)*) I am sure everyone has seen those checked Burberry scarves and bags which have been widely copied and are very popular with the masses. That has effected my feeling towards Burberry negatively and hence I would never buy anything from this brand. The brand or company started back in 1856 by Thomas Burberry when he was 21. This same gentleman is said to have invented gaberdine in 1879 which revolutionised waterproof rain wear. They are also credited with inventing the Trench coat in 1912 which was created for the military in the early 20th century. The epaulettes were to display an officer’s rank, while the belt’s metal D-rings were used to attach equipment. Burberry was granted a Royal Warrant for Clothing from ...

VTech Toot-Toot Animals Farm 05/08/2017

VTech Toot- Toot farm for your Toot-Toot animals

VTech Toot-Toot Animals Farm VTech Toot-Toot Animals Farm This is one of the many toys that fill my step daughter's playroom. It was set up in one corner for many months but I haven't seen it there for a while. She has taken quite a few of these larger toys to a playgroup she runs in the local village hall which I help her with so I will have to check if it is there. We don't put every toy out every time so that the children get to experience different activities each visit. I remember my middle grandson loved it and I was forever re creating it as he had a tendency to be quite rough and the bits separated quite easily. ~*~*~*~*~ ABOUT V-TECH ~*~*~*~*~ This is not a company I had heard about until my grandchildren began to arrive, probably because we lived in Australia at the time and also thy have only been around since 1980 so the company probably hadn't expanded beyond the UK at that time when mine were young Vtech is an award winning company that creates toys, most of them electronic, that are durable, exciting and educational for young children. They have created the toys in the InnoTab, Toot-Toot Drivers, and Kidizoom brands. You can buy direct from the company website which offers the widest selection of VTech learning toys, games, and apps. The site also has helpful sections such as a Parent Resource Center and the VTech Club. VTech in Europe is at present base in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, let's hope it isn't one of the companies planning on jumping ship because of Brexit. The main ...

Weleda Baby Calendula Bath 04/08/2017

Weleda Calendula Baby Bath -Those orange flowers are magical

Weleda Baby Calendula Bath Weleda Baby Calendula Bath I think I have tried most Weleda products over the years and I can honestly say they are some of the best natural beauty products around and I rate the company ethics as one of the highest too. They don't pack in fancy expensive looking packaging as they concentrate on creating the best quality product by using the best quality all natural ingredients. I am fortunate and have connection with someone at Weleda who sends me samples of their lovely products and invites me to visit Weleda events from time to time in return for sharing my experience on my blog . When my latest grandson was born my lovely contact sent me samples of Weleda baby products to use on him. This was one of the products she sent in the pack. ~*~*~*~*~*~ A BIT ABOUT WELEDA *~*~*~*~*~ Welada has been around for nearly a hundred years as it was started by Rudolph Steiner who was a man ahead of his time in alternative medicine and the idea of living in harmony with nature. He started the company in Switzerland in 1921 as a pharmaceutical laboratory, with its own medicinal plant garden. Today Weleda is a world-leading manufacturer of holistic natural cosmetics as well as pharmaceuticals for anthroposophical therapy. The factory in Ilkeston near me specializes in the pharmaceuticals but they do have a small shop where you can buy most of the products made by Weleda in all the factories in Europe. ~*~*~*~*~*~ WELEDA ETHICS AND PACKAGING ~*~*~*~*~*~ I try to buy products that ...

Nativity 2: Danger in the Manger! (DVD) 03/08/2017

"Nativity 2: Danger in the Manger"

Nativity 2: Danger in the Manger! (DVD) Nativity 2: Danger in the Manger! This would not be my choice of film to watch, particularly at this time of year as it really is a family Christmas film. The choice was made by my seven year old granddaughter who was staying the night with us a couple of days ago. We did try suggesting other possibilities but she really wanted to watch this again. She has seen the first Nativity several times and this at least three times but it seems it appeal to her sense of humour and we did say she could choose. ~~~~~~ FACTS ABOUT THE FILM ~~~~~ GENRE: Comedy, family RATING: U LENGTH: 1Hr 45 min RELEASE DATE: 2012 DIRECTOR: Debbie Isitt WRITERS: Debbie Isitt STARRING: David Tennant, Marc Wootton, Jason Watkins, Pam Ferris CAST : Marc Wootton - Mr Poppy David Tennant – Mr Peterson both teacher and more twin brother, famous conductor Jason Watkins - Mr Shakespeare Pam Ferris - Mrs Bevan ~~~~~ THE STORY ~~~~ This continues on from the first 'Nativity' film. Mr Poppy, the slightly intellectually challenged nephew of head teacher Mrs Bevan is the teaching assistant of a class at St Bernadette’s primary school. Wit his usual enthusiasm and naivety Mr Poppy enters the class into the annual “Song For Christmas” nation wide competition taking place in a Welsh castle. His aunt has said 'no' to the idea as thy cannot afford to take everyone there but he has ignored this and entered. The new class teacher, Mr Peterson arrives and after initially being chased off by Mr Poppy and the ...

Golden Gate Bridge 02/08/2017

The Golden Gate Bridge a sight to remember

Golden Gate Bridge THE GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE This really needs no introduction as it is one of the most well known sites in the world. You really cannot visit San Francisco without seeing this at least from a distance as it can be seen from a number of places in the city. ~~~&&&*** A BIT OF HISTORY ***&&&~~~ The Golden gate bridge is a suspension bridge which links the city of San Francisco to Marin county . The bridge is eighty years old and was completed in 1937 after four years of construction. At the time people said it would not be possible to build a bridge across this span as it was too wide and the winds too strong. The bridge was built and stands 746 feet high and spans a width of 8,981 feet. The bridge is 90 feet wide and there are two main towers and the road of the bridge is held in place by two suspension cables which have 27,572 wire strands each. If this was laid end to end the cable would be about 80,000 miles of wire. According to the bridge engineers around 1.2 million rivets were used on the bridge. These original rivets were replaced in the 1970s with ASTM A-325 high-strength bolts dipped in organic zinc the by galvanised bolts. The Golden Gate Bridge was the longest suspension bridge in the world until 1964 when the Verrazano Narrows Bridge was opened in New York but the Golden gate is still more famous and iconic. Not only is this an iconic site in San Francisco but it is also well used by more than 110,000 vehicles daily. Since the bridge was opened in 1937 a total ...

Rochas Madame Rochas Eau de Toilette 01/08/2017

Madame Rochas EDT is not one for me

Rochas Madame Rochas Eau de Toilette Madam Rochas eau de Parfum Madame Rochas is one of the classic perfumes that I cannot remember ever not knowing about. It is one that my mother often had and is one that I kind of think of as a mature ladies scent. I put it in the same category as Chanel No 5 as a real classic standard that has lasted the passage of time. I think that perfumes and beauty products from expensive brand allow the average lady to treat herself to something from a high nd brad that is affordable while an item of clothing is usually well beyond our means. ~*~*~*~*~*~ ABOUT MADAME ROCHAS ~*~*~*~*~*~ As with many perfume creators this began as a fashion house in 1925. Rochas was founded by French designer Marcel Rochas . He was apparently the first to design shorter coats and skirts with pockets. It is still a fashion, beauty and perfume company owned today by the multinational Inter Parfums . The fashion side of the company creates garments only the rich and shameless can afford so needless to say I have never seen any in real life and will NEVER own anything Rochas apart from maybe the perfumes. Rochas was apparently favoured in the early 2000s by people with lots of money including Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Aniston, Kirsten Dunst, Kate Bosworth, Jennifer Lopez, Rachel Weisz, and Sarah Jessica Parker. ~*~*~*~*~*~ DESCRIBED BY MADAME ROCHAS AS ...~*~*~*~*~*~ “ The feeling of elegance and gentleness. A harmony of femininity ( rose, jasmine, iris) and great distinction ( exotic woods, cedar and ...
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