Monday, 29 December 2014

5 Reasons you should watch the Paddington movie

1. It's not just for kids
This is the kind of film that all generations will enjoy; from adults who grew up reading the Paddington books to their children who are getting to know him for the first time. At the screening I went to everyone of all ages was laughing along throughout the whole film.
2. There's a back story
I love that the beginning of the film is set in darkest Peru where we get to see Paddington at home with his aunt and uncle and learn the reason behind his journey to London. And the reason for his love of marmalade sandwiches!
3. They're all in it
It's one of those films where you keep going 'oh it's him from that television programme' 'and it's her from that film we watched the other day.' The stellar cast includes Hugh Bonneville, Nicole Kidman, Julie Walters, Peter Capaldi, Sally Hawkins, Jim Broadbent and even a small cameo appearance by the author of the books, Michael Bond.
4. Old fashioned slapstick and hi jinks
There's confusion over escalators, tooth brushes, bathtubs and sellotape. There are races and chases through a jolly London filled with black cabs, double decker buses and pastel coloured houses. And there's the best scene which is a whole reason in itself to go and watch the film...
5. Hugh Bonneville (aka Earl of Grantham in Downton Abbey) dressed as a cleaning lady
Do you really need any more of a reason than that!

Have you seen the Paddington movie yet? Do you want to see it?

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Travel Tuesday: Holland Park

When I was in London with my mum, we dropped into Holland Park in Chelsea. All of the gardens are really beautiful but for me the main attraction was the Kyoto Garden because before I started University I spent a year living in Japan. The garden was designed in 1992 to celebrate the Japan festival in London. It was so nice walking around the Kyoto garden, like a slice of Japan in London.
Next to the Kyoto Garden is a Fukushim Garden which was made in 2012 to commemorate the gratitude of the Japanese people to British people for their support after the earthquake and tsunami in 2011. If you ever go to Holland Park make sure you find the Kyoto Garden and Fukushima Garden, they're really beautiful and its cheaper than a flight to Japan! 

Have you ever been to Holland Park?

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Thursday, 18 December 2014

Northumberland: Derwent Resevoir and Blanchland

I'm back again! It's been over a month since I last blogged, been a bit busy with uni, but now it's the christmas holidays so hopefully I'll get back to blogging more regularly. Anyway, without further ado here are some photos from my family trip to Northumberland in October.

On the first day we went for a walk around part of Derwent Resevoir which was really nice. Then on the second day we went to Blanchland, a small picturesque village seeped in history. Many of the buildings are built with stones from the remains of Blanchland Abbey which got it's name due the French canons who lived at the Abbey and wore white habits.

There are many great scenic walks around Blanchland, we kept on walking in and out of County Durham and Northumberland because the village is so close the border of both counties. At the end of our walk we popped in to The Lord Crewe Arms, a pub and hotel dating back to the 12th century. If you find yourself in this area of County Durham/ Northumberland then you must go and get a drink from their amazing medieval Crypt Bar.

We may have been talking to the sheep to try and get them to look at the camera...

Between two counties
Do you like going for country walks when you go on holiday?

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