Thursday, 26 November 2015

Marlow On The Water

My four autumn trips of 2015 are all based around water. First I went to Brighton, then Hastings. This trip is to near Marlow, on the Thames staying with old old friend. 

Just before Christmas I go to must be the Cancerian in me, that draws me to these watery places.

My friend Tim bought this boat in the late Summer of 2015, so it will be the first time he journeys through the seasons (by the riverbanks). Must be nice watching the season change on the water.

Arriving at the beginning of the Autumn, means he has watched every leaf, fall off every tree. It's chilly but delightful time of the year.

On the Monday we had to go into Reading to find dancing shoes, as I'd forgotten to bring mine. In the evening we went to a Ceroc class. Tim picked it up really easily as he'd done it 20 years ago (so it must be like riding a bike). Everyone was friendly and I danced all night. It seemed so different (friendly) to the Ceroc meetings in London...that's London for you!

On the Tuesday we went for a drive, trying to catch a glimpse of George Clooney's house in Sonning. However, it's like a fortress for obvious reasons. Hennely On Thames is pretty, then we stopped in Hambleden for tea and I bought some locally made Ginger Preserve. 

Finishing off in Marlow and a quick look at the shops, were I picked up a hard-backed copy of War Of The Roses for £2.99.

Tim Lloyd at Hambledon Village church and local architecture.

Tim's boat is only a few years old and it is finished to a very high standard. You can't even tell you're on water! In the evening we went to the Marina pub and had a sing-a-long with the Karaoke guy. A wonderful two days seeing my darling friend Tim, on the water, near Marlowe. Any only an hour from Liverpool Street Station to Reading. I will be back as the seasons change.

Thursday, 12 November 2015

Trip To Hastings

There's nothing like a trip to the seaside...even in the autumn.

My darling friends have a huge house on the very top of Westcliffe in Hastings. It's a work in progress but it looks a treat already, and can't wait to see it progress.

I was there for the first weekend of November 2015, which was lovely and mild. Although it was lightly raining on the Friday afternoon as I arrived.

We made the best of the weather on the Saturday, even though there were only a few light showers, by working our way around the thrift and junk shops of Hastings Old Town. Stopping for lunch in a very cute cafe, where I had the best cheese scone 'ever'!

The trip back, up the very high hill, was a delight as we journeyed in the funicular railway. The original wooden carriage was charming, and the ride far to short for my liking.

My charity shop finds were six metal pudding bowls, the ones with the blue rim, for £2 each. A charming metal teapot for £2.50 and a historical novel for £1.

Mine hosts made a wonderful meal in the evening, for a 'glamour of ladies', four of us to be precise. A roaring log fire glowed whilst we enjoying show tunes played on YouTube and drank pudding wine.

I rose early on the Sunday and took myself off to the beach to watch the seagulls flying around the boats. The tall black sheds that house the fisherman's nets were somber looking with a hint of Gothic.

Later that morning I returned, once more round to the same area, but with my hosts. We ambled around then met a family who live in Hastings for Sunday lunch. The proper stuff. I had lamb with ALL the trimmings and the portion was huge. I was told the sister bar is indeed just down the road from me in London and is called Dragon. Gosh I wish they served the same level of food. It would be my 'go to' every Sunday for a roast lunch.

After and ice cream on the seafront, the trek back up the hill and was time to go and catch my train. Can't wait to go back to charming Hastings.

Miss KIM #fetishdresscodeclub #rubberonlyclub #hoodonlysite

Monday, 2 November 2015

How To Survive The Libidex Sale

Everyone wants a bargain!

The Libidex SALE is the best places to find one, as a vast majority of the items are 80% off. How do you find out? Join their newsletter via their website or follow them on Twitter or LIKE on Facebook.

I bought some rubber shorts for £5 and an amazing bolero jacket for £39. It has long puff sleeves with three poppers at the wrist, a collar with three poppers at the neck. Lots of work went into that, for the price.

Here are my tips for 'Surviving The Libidex SALE':

  1. Get there early. If it's starts at 12pm, then you really have to be there at 10.30am to be anywhere near the front. I got there at 10.50am and was number 34 :) They started the ticket system recently, as loads of people were saving places for friends thus allowing them to push in front of others who had been wait hours.
  2. Check the weather. Warm coat if it's cold. Brolly if raining. Hand fan if it's warm.
  3. Whatcha wearing? Sensible shoes that slip off and on easily. The same with clothing, just in case you want to try stuff on. Bring your own Pjur CULT dressing aim to help items glide over curves and narrow spots.
  4. It starts at 12pm, which is lunch time. Think ahead, and get there a little bit earlier and grab a sandwich. It also gives you something to do as you queue up.
  5. Hydrate...a bottle of water is a good idea. Even if you only drink it after you've got hot, trying all them clothes on.
  6. Take CASH. They have one credit card machine. You don't want to end up in that queue.
  7. Be careful not to drink too much of that free Cava...for many reasons!
  8. IMPORTANT - if you have the time and energy, pop along to their shop Liberation and find out what size you are? If you know you want a catsuit, you just need to know the size...pick it up and buy it - simples. The queue for the cloakroom, is not only very long, but folks were trying on LOADS!
  9. Have a plan. Don't just go in and wonder what you will buy. Have a good look at what you already have in your collection and fill in the gaps.
  10. There is a 'compulsory' coat and bag check before you get in. This slows things right down which is why you need to be at the front. (I had chosen, bought and left with my items before everyone got in).
  11. Take a small shoulder bag for your CC's and money, as you can't take large bags in.
  12. Organise a coffee shop rendezvous afterwards with your friends. It's just at the end of the lane. That way you don't have to wait around for folks in a busy sales area.
  13. Of course, it's always a good idea post a photo of your bargains on all your social media, not forgetting to credit Libidex with their website or Facebook page.
  14. And, if you like this please SHARE it too :)
Miss KIM x #rubberonlyclub #rubberclub #fetishdresscodeclub