Category: Living

Only the best will do!

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Where would we be without our best friends?? I don’t have a huge circle of friends, I never really have, preferring to have a few close friends, those I do have mean so much to me and I believe are all in my life for a reason.

I’m not in contact with childhood friends anymore apart from Facebook, the girls I went to school with lived in a different part of the city so it was very difficult in Belfast when I was growing up to see most of them outside of school that much as it sometimes wasn’t too safe. Once we left school we drifted apart but now because of Facebook we can still keep in touch and I love that.

Once I moved away from Belfast I knew no one! It was so scary getting on that boat to leave ‘home’ for my initially planned 6 months and leaving everyone I knew behind but I made some good friends with the people who were also working on the ferry that season. Once my season on the ferry finished I decided to stay on the Island with a few friends and I ended up going to work in a local bank this is where I met the gorgeous Charlotte and the rest as they say is history.

I can’t even remember the first time I spoke to Charlotte, I’m hoping she might post on here and remind me! I know it was at work and we probably ended up out drinking. I just feel that she has been such a big part of my life that those early days fade away, though not the regular dancing in her living room after drinking copious amounts of vodka memories, I can still remember those nights. Though I think that they might be the cause of me not being able to recall much of our early days. Charlotte helped me get through my first Christmas away from home, that Christmas was still one of the best I’ve had living away. She also made me eat pasta for the first time when she had kindly offered to make me dinner and I didn’t have the nerve to say I didn’t like it so had to eat it. We have shared so much, we survived being away from our families, being stranded on a little rock and a pretty rubbish job by all accounts and we did it together.  She was there when I met my husband and me when she met hers. The decision to leave the Island and leaving Charlotte behind (even though she had left me first for a stint in Dublin) was so hard. Charlotte thank you for always being there for me no matter what, for introducing me to pasta (which I now love) for dancing like no one was watching and believing in me. Even though we can go months not talking I know we will pick up as if we have only seen each other yesterday!

Siobhann, I met when I moved to Scotland and started my first nursing job. She kept me sane more than she ever knows and not only with work, Siobhann knows more about my day to day life than most after listening to me on a 13 hour shift. Siobhann helped me find my feet and confidence in a ward and area that I had no idea about and many an hour were spent putting the world to rights in the staff canteen. When I decided to move jobs she was the only person I cared about leaving and I made sure I regularly made time for lunches. She was there for me planning my wedding, has listened to me without judgement when I have had moaned about so much and she was there to give me the biggest hug when I finally married the love of my life. She has since moved jobs too which makes it even harder to meet up but we still do and it doesn’t matter how long we have not seen each other we can talk for hours! She is always there for me and me for her. I only wished we lived closer to each other and could see more of each other. Thank you for everything.

Kirsty, I met when she was my mentor at my final nursing placement and we just clicked. When I found out she had a Schnauzer (I was still lusting after one) that was it, she wasn’t getting rid of me and she still hasn’t! It’s hard to say when our professional relationship (I’m using this term lightly) turned into friendship but it did and I am so thankful for it, not least that if it wasn’t for her we wouldn’t have our gorgeous dog now. Kirsty says it as it is, there is no beating about the bush with her, not in a nasty way though but she does have a way with words that took me a while to get my head around! She has a heart of gold though and would do anything for you but isn’t shy at telling you to wise up if that is what is needed too and I love that about her (ps: I’m not just saying all this as just because she dog sits Hamish!!) but that helps 🙂 She gave me the confidence to believe in myself, she made me a better nurse and taught me that humour is necessary to get us through. She is there for me when I am having a freak out and is able to calm me down, for that I am forever thankful. I am proud that she is one of my closest friends.

Thank you ladies not only for being you but allowing me to just be me. Love you all.

Claire xx

A Sunny Scottish Weekend of Fun

I have had a very busy weekend of fun this weekend and loved it.

It all started on Friday night where after work I went and met some of my twitter/Blogger friends at an adults only night at Edinburgh Zoo.


I had a great time, I had  met one of the lovely ladies before, the lovely D from Adventures of a dizzy girl I was nervous about meeting up with everyone but the other two ladies, the gorgeous Bex and Roz from Olivedragonfly fame were so nice and really welcoming. I don’t know why I was nervous about going.

I was so excited to be finally seeing the famous Pandas, Sunshine and Sweetie, they were both indoors though and sleeping! Even still it was great to finally see them and they were so cute despite the size of their claws.

My photos do not do the zoo any justice, I only had my iPhone with me, Bex was taking loads with her amazing camera so I can’t wait to see the ones that she has got when she blogs about it


Sweetie or Tian Tian the female is the one on the left and Sunshine or Yang Guang the male is the one on the right.

We had a great time exploring the Zoo and it was really nice to not be surrounded by kids trying to get a good view, it was however very funny to just hear adults cooing over the animals.



20130526-170953.jpgThe Zoo was open until 10pm but we were quite disappointed that they closed the top half of the Zoo at 9pm so we missed the lions.  It was a really good night though, they are running another one in June and if you are around the area I would recommend it.

Saturday was forecast to be lovely and sunny so off we headed to the beach for a walk in the sunshine. The forecast was only up to 16 degrees but the car was at 20 degrees for most of the afternoon and it felt very warm.


What I didn’t expect to see when I rounded the corner from the car park was it to be this busy! It was like everyone had, had the same idea and people were out in their droves, also as it being Scotland and us not normally having many sunny days there were even people in bikinis…..


It was a lovely walk along the promenade, we have not been there before but will head back, hopefully on a less busy day as it’s only 3 or so miles from Edinburgh town centre.


A little bit of Scottish humour…. sure where else would the swim centre be but in the sea?!


We stopped at Crumbs for a coffee and to let Hamish sample their Liver Cakes especially made for dogs…he loved it!

On Sunday, hubby was at the football so I decided to take the dog for a nice long walk, it wasn’t as bright as Saturday but the sun did keep peeking out through the clouds and it was still quite warm.  We ventured to a local woodland which partly runs along side the canal, we are really lucky that you can walk here from our house and by the end of the year it is going to be linked to a new park area that they are currently designing so there will be even more good places to walk.


We found bluebells, walked the toe paths, sniffed around the human sun clock and took shadow photos, Oh and if you were a Mini Schnauzer, spent most of the walk panting with your tongue hanging out.


It’s a good circular route in between the woods and canals and you can see a variety of wildlife, I was hoping to see some deer today but they were hiding.  I did manage a 3 1/2 mile walk though which I hope will burn off some of the wine I managed to drink this weekend whilst celebrating the fact we had some sun!



Unfortunately for me it is not a bank holiday today, I think it’s more the minority in Scotland who will have it off rather than the majority, I do get a bank holiday in September though to make up for it and to be honest I like that more as then they are spread out a little.

Hope you all have had a lovely holiday weekend.

Claire xx

Guest posting over at Stay At Home Mum Loving It! – New Bloggers



Today I am honoured to be part of new bloggers guest posting for the lovely Heather over at Stay At Home Mum Loving It. For the next three weeks Heather is featuring new bloggers while she is off on holiday to Florida (Jealous….much!)

I have followed Heather’s blog for a good while now and am honoured that she has allowed me to guest post.

So head on over and check out some fabby new bloggers and give them some support.

Claire xx

Liebster Blog Award



Ohh I’ve won an award! Not a fancy one that can sit on the mantle piece but one from the heart, one that shows that someone likes my blog and took the time to nominate me for a Liebster Award. Thank you to Laura from LifeLoveLaura. Big kisses flying across cyberspace for you.

A Liebster award is an award for upcoming blogs that may have less than 200 followers. I definitely fall into that category, though I am not sure if it is only me but I struggle to keep track of how many actual followers I have, my stats show that something completely different happens in comparison to my actual listed followers so I think my blog is getting read somewhere at least!

The simple rules of the Liebster Award are:

– List 11 facts about yourself

– Answer the 11 questions that I have answered below

– Nominate 11 fellow fab new bloggers who have 200 followers or less

– Go to each bloggers’ page and let them know that you’ve nominated them

– Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their page, et voila!

So here goes, 11 facts about me….

1: I’m tall, at 5′ 10″ I tower over most girls 2: Due to being so damn tall, I have huge size 9 feet! 3: I am the youngest in my family 4: I am originally from Ireland but now live in Scotland 5: I used to live in the Isle Of Man, hence the twitter handle having Manx in front of it 6: I went the whole way to the Isle Of Man to meet and fall in love and eventually marry another Irish person! 7: I have a tattoo on my lower back 8: I am a psychiatric nurse 9: I am a lover of all things apple related 10: I am known for being little miss organised 11: My 2nd toe is bigger than my big toe and looks very ET like!!

Why did you start blogging?

I blogged before when I was planning my wedding over at Scotland To Spain and really enjoyed documenting our wedding. I stopped after the wedding as I thought I didn’t have anything to blog about anymore but at the beginning of this year I had the urge to start again and decided after some encouragement from my twitter chums to lauch this blog.

If you could eat lunch anywhere in the world where would you go and what would you have?

Oh this is a hard one, I am not a foodie at all and just love a good meal. However if I am going to have to choose a country to eat that meal in I think I would go for Italy, I love Italian food and was amazed by the food on the trips that we have done to Italy. I would go for anything pasta based as I am a carb freak.

From whom, what and where does your blogging inspiration come from?

Mainly just from my life and the things that I am loving or doing at that time. I love reading other blogs for inspiration too and it helps me to think that they subject I may want to blog about may be more interesting than I think.

How do you handle a stressful day?

Through the nature of my job most days can be quite stressful so I am well used to having to de-stress and I have mostly worked it to being able to de-stress on my journey home in the car, mainly by blasting my music and singing along, though if it’s been a really stressful day and all I have done is listen to people, sometimes all I want is complete silence. I love getting out for walks with the dog too and find that they really help me clear my head and de-stress.

What do you hope your children remember about you?

I currently don’t have children but when I do I would want to them to remember me as a Mum that gave them her time. I want to be able to spend time with my kids doing things and showing them the world.

What is your favourite quote?

‘The Best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear’ Buddy the Elf

What is your favourite recipe?

Good old Spaghetti Bolognese, nothing beats it for me.

What projects are you working on right now?

I recently taught myself how to do basic crochet so I am currently working on getting better at that and making more crochet items. I am quite crafty by nature so always have something on the go or at least have plans in my head to do things.

What is the best thing about you?

I would like to think that it is me being a nice person. I have a tendency to be too nice though sometimes and that leads to me being disappointed if I don’t get the same back.

Will you follow any of the bloggers that you nominate?

I already do and love their blogs!

What makes you giggle?

Lots of things but one sure way to get me laughing is getting my dog to howl on demand, it is the funniest thing ever.

And the blogs I nominate for the Liebster Award are:


The Olive Dragonfly

Adventures of a Dizzy Girl

Siobhan Claude Van-Damme

The LaLa Diaries

This Girl is…

Stay At Home Mum – In Training

First Time for Everything

Adventures With Cake

Glasgow Mummy

Tulips and Tea

My Spare Thoughts

So there are my 11 nominated blogs, they may of course have more than 200 followers, but they are blogs that I am enjoying reading so I wanted to let them know they are appreciated.

Take part if you would like.

Claire x


Dresses, Dresses, Dresses

It is our Nieces first holy communion in May, so I am doing what any normal woman does and putting the case forward for a new dress. I need it to be a good length and also to have some kind of sleeves or a capped sleeve, for one I hate my arms and two, I thought I better be a little covered up for the church.

I already have this dress that I bought from Tesco at the end of last year, I love it but I have worn it to a family event already so I am thinking that really I would like another one. This is now reduced to £15, a steal at that price! It is a really lovely shape, has great lining and is a good length.

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I seen this one when I was in Tesco today for £16 and thought it looked quite nice, it is a really good length as well which I need. I always struggle with knee length dresses being quite tall and they end up being nowhere near my knee.



I like the look of this one too and am wondering if maybe I could be brave and wear it with a pop of colour shoes. This is from Very at £59, though I am not to sure if it will be too busty?

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Or this one from Next £24, they do a large selection in their tall range and this is one of the ones that comes in Tall, regular and petite.

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Or this one from Peacocks for £20, I like the colours going through it, but am not sure of the length so it may not be long enough for me.


After my post about shoe shopping I am really lusting after the pink shoes at the bottom and I wondering if I could make them work with any of these dresses. What are your thoughts?

Claire xx



A little bit of comedy for a Wednesday

On Monday night we headed out to a local theatre to see Jimeoin , he’s an Irish comedian who lives in Australia but is over here touring at the minute.

We first seen him at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival a few years ago. We are lucky enough to live quite close to there so we get to see a lot of comedians every year when the festival is on. We have got to see some side splitting funny ones and Jimeoin did not disappoint.

When we seen he was touring the UK we had to get tickets and boy was he funny! I mean tears streaming down our faces funny. He just has a way of describing things and his facial expressions say a thousand words.

If you have never seen him and you like a bit of observational comedy then I suggest you watch this clip, even if you have seen him before watch it and smile. A nice little giggle for a Wednesday.

He is playing again at the Fringe Festival 9th – 18th August and he is touring again in the UK October to December, dates are on his website – Jimeoin Tour Dates.

Claire xx