Honeymoon – Capo La Gala Hotel, Sorrento

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For honeymoon we wanted the opposite to what I can imagine most people want…. Short trip away with a short haul flight!

For one I am the BIGGEST home bird, never one to be away for long (went travelling for a year, I was home in 2 months!) and we didn’t fancy a great long flight if we were only going to be somewhere for a week or so!  We both like the idea of exploring more of Europe, so we thought we would start our travels with honeymooning in Italy.

I am not very good at researching, to be honest I am absolutely terrible at it, so  I like to be given recommendations.  I thought I’d have a look on a few luxury holiday websites for Italy but really liked how clear and easy Mr & Mrs Smith was to look at different hotels.

Capo La Gala was one of their honeymoon destinations in Italy and did look just perfect for us!

We stayed at Capo La Gala for 4 nights. We flew from Bristol to Naples and booked a private car to take us from airport to hotel and back again. I don’t like using public transport in places that I’m not familiar with so thought it would be a good idea to prebook a car so I knew that we would get off the plane and straight in a car – no hanging about… Can you tell I’m rather impatient!!  We booked our car through Easy Private Taxi and it was super easy and reliable. We chose to pay cash to the driver and as I had hoped, we hopped from plane to car and were sipping prosecco at the hotel before we knew it.

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When we arrived at the hotel we were greeted by a lovely gentlemen who took our bags and a lady who took us into a welcome room with a lovely chilled glass of prosecco.  This was just how we wanted to start our honeymoon!

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We sipped our fizz and admired the amazing view of the hotel and water, and were shortly shown to our room. We were followed in by a bottle of prosecco, shown round our room and introduced to our fabulous balcony and view!

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They asked where we wanted to eat that night so we thought we would try their waterside restaurant Taverna Nerea, where we were greeted by the lovely staff and shown to our table.

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Wine poured, food ordered we could sit back an take in the most fabulous view of the calming water and lit rocks. There I had one of my favourite dishes of the honeymoon – Zucchini Parmigiana (fried zucchini stuffed with mozzarella, basil & tomato sauce) It was delicious!

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Capo La Gala is not actually in Sorrento and is about 15 minute train and 30 minute car journey, so it wasn’t so easy to explore Sorrento during lovely evening strolls. Saying that the hotel was so beautiful and catered for every need so for our short stay of 4 nights it was perfect.

The hotel offer a free shuttle car service into Vico Equense, which is the local town. This is where you can get the train to Sorrento, Pompeii, Naples, etc.  We chose to take the train to Sorrento, it was about €1.60 each and although the trains aren’t quite like ours in the UK, but they were fine and it was a quick 5 or so stops to Sorrento.

Our plan for that day was to take the train to Sorrento, hop on the ferry to Capri, have lunch and a stroll in Capri and the head back to sorrento for supper and a gentle evening stroll before taking a taxi back to the hotel… What actually happened – We took the train to Sorrento, walked down to the harbour where we get the boat to Capri, (so far so good) arrive at Capri, wonder what all the people were queuing for… follow the signs to the centre and walk up what felt like a million steps, realising those people were all queing for the funicular which would have meant we wouldn’t have arrived at the centre dripping in sweat jumping into the first air conditioned shop in site!! We did have lunch and a lovely wonder round Capri and might have had a rather large gelato! We made our way back to Sorrento admiring the gorgeous Amalfi coastline, but by the time we got back we jumped on the bus to drive us back to the centre and jumped back on the train to head back to the hotel. We were exhausted and just wanted to jump in the pool and cool down! Sadly that was our only trip out. I really did plan to take a trips to Pompeii, Positano & Amalfi but I really didn’t realise quite how tired we were after all the wedding prep and also quite how short 4 days is!

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The Great thing about Capo La Gala is because it has 2 restaurants and the Capri bar there is always somewhere different to eat. 2 evenings we just sat on the waters edge and shared one of the Capri Bar’s huge club sandwiches which was just MASSIVE!!

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The Wednesday night we ate in their Michelin star restaurant called Maxi Restaurant, we sat out on the balcony and could watch the boats pass whilst we tucked into the most delicious food. Continually being surprised with another course we weren’t expecting.

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Poolside was lovely and chilled close to the waters edge. Salvador was the lifeguard/entertainer! As soon as he saw you he would set up your sun bed with towels and pillows and would always be around to take drink orders or to move the canopy to give you more or less shade. He was also one of the nicest, funniest people we have ever met, he is a true credit to the hotel and made out stay that much more special. Saying that all the staff were very helpful and friendly and we really were taken care of.

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My overall thought of the hotel was; for a few chilled nights  it was perfect, it isn’t big but it has everything you would need and having the 2 restaurants and the lounge bar it gives lots of variety. Personally if we were to stay for a longer period of time and wanted to do the tourist things I would stay in Sorrento as it is easier to be in the hub of the city than on the outskirts, where you have to get transport everywhere.

We certainly had a very special stay at Capo La Gala and it was a wonderful place to spend our honeymoon.

Where did you go on honeymoon or have you got yours booked?

H x

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Back to it….

Hariette Lench - Wedding

So…

I kept saying: I must get back into writing my blog! Months have passed with not even a glance at the poor thing. So I told myself, and anyone else who would listen to me that after the wedding I will get back to it! So…

Hi, I’m back!

Not much has changed; still obsessed with interiors, still have Ted (albeit he’s grown a bit), still love food but, I am now a WIFE!! Eek yes I did just say it, I am married! I can’t quite believe after all the months of planning & prepping it’s been and gone, but it’s ok. Shaun and I had the best day ever and now we have the time (that was consumed by wedding planning) to focus on doing up and improving our little cottage. Yippee the next chapter of our life as husband and wife!

So, that’s it. Just a little hello and welcome back! I’m looking forward to getting back into sharing mode and hopefully I should have a few interesting bits…. I hope you’re ready for wedding, interiors and of course Ted overload & maybe the odd recipe along the way.

Will be back soon.

H x

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Christmas Wrapping

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Christmas is an art in it’s self!

Everyone does is differently… From multi coloured lights to blue lights to white lights and then there are warm white and cold white lights. It goes on and on. None of which is right or wrong it’s just what suits you, your family and your home.

For me its got to be warm white lights with simple delicate silver baubles, however Shaun insisted we had some colour on the tree so purchased some red ones. (it doesn’t look too bad but I think if I’d had it my way it would have looked better – of course!)

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I don’t know about you, but I love wrapping presents: birthday, wedding, baby shower and of course christmas I always take great pride in my wrapping.  I do like to use cellophane at any given opportunity! Whether it be a hamper or a wrapped present a crumple of cellophane wrapped round with a simple bow, before you know it you have a master piece!

Wrapped presents can give another level of style to your christmas tree and there are so many different techniques and ideas out there. Of course for me Pinterest is my go to for inspiration! Simple but effective is the style I like to go for… not too much colour (of course – Miss white lover over here) but always have a statement piece. Whether that be a huge bow, a spectacular tag, or a bauble…
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For as long as I can remember we’ve had beautiful baubles on our main present at christmas, which would then go on the tree the next year. It started with my grandma and it’s something which I will aim to continue as our family tradition…

Christmas Decorations

For wrapping paper I really like a plain, block colour. Especially brown parcel paper, which you can get very reasonably on eBay or such like. Phoenix Trading do some fabulous simple designs which are well worth checking out and I am also slightly addicted to The White Company‘s silver metallic kraft paper.

I’ve managed to get a few pressies wrapped and under the tree but still have a few more to go, might even need to pop to the shops to get some final pressies!!!!

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Hariette Lench

How are you getting on with your christmas organisation? Are you wrapped and ready to go, or a bit like me who’s pretending to be organised, when really there is still lots to get done?

I hope you’re having as much fun as I am wrapping, and if you haven’t tried it, try a spot of cellophane on your pressies… you won’t be disappointed!

H x

P.S. Here are a few wrapping ideas on Pinterest that I’ve fallen in love with…

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Christmas Wreaths!

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For the last 3 years I have soooo wanted to do a wreath making workshop and make my own creation! However I’ve never actually got round to it. This year it happened! The evening was arranged in October and I started to get excited, so naturally started hunting through pinterest for ideas!

The dark, wintery Friday evening arose, and the lovely Laura from The Pink Peony Floral Studio patiently taught us how to make christmas wreaths. Laura brought the most wonderful selection of foliage and dried extras which were to make very beautiful yet varied wreaths. I personally like a variety of foliage in wreaths and not much else other than a pretty ribbon bow, and that was just what I managed to make!!! Laura very kindly made us our moss rings so we started with a good foundation, and with her demo of how to get going, we were off!

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All furrowing for our foliage, secateurs in hand we were ready to get creative. Small, medium and large cuttings of all foliage, the wreaths were staring to take shape. Unsurprisingly Laura could make one of these in about 20-30 minutes, we were still going 3 hours later, forever wrapping our wire round our sprigs slowly admiring what was developing into something quite beautiful!

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The foliage I used in mine was: Leylandii, Blue Spruce, Ivy with the blue berries, pistachio leaves & normal christmas tree… The Blue spruce was a gorgeous addition and really gave the wreath a depth of colour. All of a sudden this beautiful circle of wintery foliage was completed and I was chuffed to bits! What with my obsession with white living I went for an ivory ribbon bow on mine to finish it off, it almost looked a little Jo Malone!!! (Don’t mind me) The only thing I would do differently would be to use a wired ribbon, so that it holds it shape!

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I know it may be a little late to make your wreath, what with christmas literally just round the corner (eek I can’t wait), but if you’re in the Bristol area and fancy a workshop of your own be sure to get in contact with Laura. We had the most fabulous evening and to top it off we now know how to make wreaths and believe me its addictive…

… The next day, I went foraging on the mendip hills with friends and the dogs and yes made a wreath, another one! This time fuelled with hot choc, a delicious bowl of homemade soup and crusty bread, quite possibly one the cosiest, winter saturdays ever!

In this wreath I put: Christmas tree cuttings, Leylandii, Fern, Ivy & berries and heather.

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We’re definitely getting into the christmas spirit and love all the magical lights and candles… Ted is also enjoying the festivities of his first christmas and is hoping for lots of kisses under the mistletoe!

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Have you made any wreaths this year?

I would love to see them if you have, I’m always looking for new inspiration for the next make!

Feel free to share them on Instagram, Facebook or twitter!

H x

P.s.  Gorgeous felt mistletoe is from Fiona Walker England!

Chocolate Brownies

Chocolate Brownie

Whenever we go anywhere I’ll always ask “can I bring anything?”

The response…

Ooo you’re brownies!!

Picnics, dinner parties, the polo, afternoon tea, baby showers, hen parties they have made an appearance at them all!

And I really can’t take any credit. They are the easiest things to bake and use all ingredients which are usually in the cupboard (no funny business!) There is nothing that annoys me more than recipes that you’ve got to hunt round several specialist supermarkets to get the ingredients. Simple but effective… That’s me!

So these brownies…

You can have them plain, with nuts, with biscuit bits, with choc chunks & anything else you fancy BUT they always take quite kindly to a white chocolate drizzle once cut!!

Your turn, give them a go and let me know how you creations go, make sure you’ve got a cuppa lined up for the tasting!

Enjoy baking lovelies

H x


INGREDIENTS

100g Cocoa Powder (I use Cadbury’s Bournville)

250g Stork

500g Golden Caster Sugar

4 Free Range Eggs

100g Self Raising Flour

100g White Chocolate (for the drizzle)

(Any extras you fancy)

RECIPE

Preheat oven to 180oC

Butter  and line your tin with parchment paper, or I use a square silicone tray which I just line with stork

Melt butter, cocoa powder and sugar in a large saucepan, stirring mixture

Once fully melted, cool slightly and add the eggs little by little, always stirring

Followed by the flour, again stirring until the mixture is smooth

Tip into your tin

(If you wish to add nuts stir into the mixture, if you wish to add chocolate chunks, drop on top of mixture once in the tin)

Place it on the middle shelf of your oven and bake for 30 mins, keeping an eye on it.

You may need to bake for a further 10 mins, I always use a cake tester and like a cake once it removes clean, its ready!

Allow to cool in the tin/tray on a cooling rack

Only remove once cool and then cut into your desired shape.

Melt the white chocolate and drizzle across

VOILA

Cuppa in hand and taste!

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A New Addition

Border Terrier

Here at Pimms & Lemonade we have a new recruit called Ted.  He is a Border Terrier and is 8 weeks old!
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Having both grown up with dogs in the home, we decided we couldn’t bare our home with out a little scruff anymore.

We had both said we wanted a small dog and both loved the border terrier breed so went on the hunt for one…

Border Terriers are a KC breed however neither of us were interested in that, we don’t want the dog to breed from we just wanted a little scruff to join our family and be loved!

Unfortuantely far too many dogs are bred and bred and bred purely for the monetary benefit of the breeder, and often these dogs are interbred causing hundreds of medical problems.

We were very lucky to find a lovely family who were local to us who wanted just one litter from their bitch and they also had the dad. Sadly far too many puppies are bought from puppy farms and such like by innocent loving people who are just unaware of the problem and cruelty.

Rescue centres and dog homes are also a fantastic place to get your pet and unfortunately these are over run with unwanted dogs and can offer a huge variety of breed and age.

 Less of the sad stories now and onto the fun stuff… shopping!!!

There are so many gorgeous dog brands out there and so much choice. Now, it is hard as puppies do love to chew so I wouldn’t necessarily go buying all this beautiful stuff straight away and will wait until he’s out of his puppy stage, but it doesn’t stop me looking and sharing!!!

Its only a matter of time before the purchases start rolling in!

So here goes…

Houndworthy

Houndworthy

MONOGRAM TWO TONE LEATHER DOG COLLAR IN CHESTNUT & OXBLOOD

from £32.00

Houndworthy

Houndworthy

MONOGRAM TWO TONE LEATHER DOG LEAD IN CHESTNUT & OXBLOOD

from £40.00

Mungo & Maud

Mungo & Maud

Mini single wooden dog bowl

£77.50

Mungo & Maud

Mungo & Maud

Stitch bone dog bowl

from £44.00

Mutts & Hounds

Mutts & Hounds

Herringbone Wool Blanket

£64.00

Coat Quilted Olive-500x500

Mutts & Hounds

Olive Quilted Coat

from £44.00

Garden Trading

Garden Trading

Small round pet bowl with tag in Flint

£12

Garden Trading

Garden Trading

Small round pet bin with tag in Flint

£28

These are just a few of the things I have fallen in love with whilst on my hunt… I’ve also made a few things myself… a few bone toys and a Harris Tweed bed!

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Harris Tweed Dog Bed

Ted is already a huge part of our family and we can’t stop kissing him, but I think thats ok don’t you?

Have you got a dog? I would love to see your beloved pets, twitter, instagram or Facebook, share away!

H x

Woof woof (Ted says Hi)