Sunday, 22 March 2015

TV Highlights

It has been another slow week in terms of my TV Highlights but a jam packed week in terms of everything else! My week has consisted of lots of lovely lunches with friends, a day trip to Newcastle, a trip to BBC Scotland and of course two hours watching the eclipse - I even squeezed in work and lectures!

19/3/15 - The Truth About Sugar

The Truth About Sugar was a really, really interesting food documentary which explored the relationship that we have with the sugar in our diet; we've heard that high fat and salt diets are bad but now it is sugar that is in the firing line. Scientists were on hand to help Fiona Philips explain the effect that high sugar diets have on our bodies and some willing participants attempted to cut sugar from their diet altogether. Definitely worth a watch if you're at all interested in diets and nutrition

20/3/15 - Stargazing Live

This special edition of Stargazing Live was broadcast at 9am on Friday and followed the eclipse up and down the country. There were reporters everywhere from Lewis to Newlyn ensuring that the eclipse was accessible to everyone even if there were sheet clouds where you were! I really love the way that the BBC uses it's programming to get the nation involved in important and exciting events. The coverage was supported with commentary telling viewers exactly what they were seeing depending on where they were and what was causing the phenomenon. Liz Bonnin was even reporting from a plane above The Faroe Islands where a complete eclipse occurred!

20/3/15 - Coronation Street

I love it when a really old character returns to a programme and that's exactly what happened in Coronation Street on Friday. Bethany Platt returned to the street to add some more stress to Gail's life alongside the whole Michael/Gavin story line. Bethany was only a young girl when she left for Milan with her mum but has returned as a high maintenance teenager and I'm almost certain she'll be bringing some exciting story lines with her.

Did you see any of my highlights this week?

Lots of love,

Heather x

Friday, 20 March 2015

Solar Eclipse

This totally wasn't my planned post for today, but this morning's eclipse was so spectacular that I just had to share my pictures with you. It was amazing how cold and dark it got, it was like night time in the middle of the morning!

The sky went dark and it suddenly got very cold and windy as the moon passed in front of the sun, so eerie!

A solar eclipse occurs when the moon, the sun and the Earth line up, causing the moon to obscure the sun. The eclipse that Britain saw today was only a partial eclipse - the last total eclipse was in 1999-  which meant that the sun wasn't completely blocked out. Nevertheless, it was incredible to experience and won't happen again until 2026!

Did you see the eclipse today?

Lots of love,

Heather x

Sunday, 15 March 2015

TV Highlights

Happy Mother's Day! I hope you're all treating your mums/grandmas/other important ladies well!
It's come to that time of the year where the quality of TV programming faces a severe slump: all the drama from the soap Christmas specials has long since ended, series that began at the start of the year have finished and new series are yet to get into full swing. Nevertheless, there have been a few bit and pieces that are worthy of the term 'highlight'!

8/3/15 - I Survived a Zombie Apocalypse

I Survived a Zombie Apocalypse is totally different to anything that I have ever watched before; a surreal reality TV show. I really love the fictional story line behind the show; a new survivor/potential zombie joining the team has definitely made the series gripping! Such a clever and unusual idea for a show.

13/3/15 - Comic Relief
Comic Relief was wonderful this year and I was so happy to hear that the amount raised this year took the grand fundraising total to over £1 billion! My absolute favourite part of the evening of entertainment was The Great Comic Relief Bake Off: An Extra Slice section hosted by Joe Brand. The four star bakers from The Great Comic Relief Bake Off returned with a bake to be judged by Mary Berry whilst highlights of the episodes and behind the scenes footage was shown. Joe Brand's comic timing is impeccable and she had me crying with laughter more than once!

Hope you've all had a good weekend, have you seen anything good this week?

Lots of love,

Heather x

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Mother's Day is fast approaching so I thought I'd share some ideas for Mother's Day presents and treats in case anyone is still looking for inspiration. I know that we should show our mums how much we love and appreciate them everyday of the year but Mother's Day is a lovely occasion to make your mum, or someone who is like a mum to you, feel extra special :)

1. Personalised Gifts

Like this cushion from Not on the High Street - which is what my mum is getting this year (don't worry, she won't see my blog until after Sunday!) Personalised gifts are super special and show that you've put a lot of thought and effort into the present.

2. Spa/Beauty/Experience Vouchers

I often get my mum spa vouchers for her birthday and I have  friends who've booked afternoon teas and boat trips for their mums which have gone down a treat.These sorts of things are great as you can both enjoy them together and they're a bit different from your usual gifts. Groupon, Travelzoo and Wowcher usually have deals for these kinds of presents.

3. Make a Meal (or a Cake)

Is there a better way to show your mum just how much you love her than letting her put her feet up whilst you whip up dinner or waking her up with a plate of croissants and mug of tea? You don't have to spend loads on some amazing present, I'm sure your mum will appreciate a lovingly made slice of toast and a cup of coffee just as much! If breakfasts and dinners just aren't your forte, how about a spot of baking? Homemade presents are often the best (and most delicious) kind!

4.Cinema/ Theatre Tickets

Similar to an experience voucher, how about treating your mum to a cinema or theatre trip? Again, it's a bit different to flowers and chocolates - although you can never really go wrong with flowers and chocolates - and it's something you can both enjoy together.

5. Photos

In my opinion, photos are one of the best presents that you can give or receive. They're really personal and a lovely way to relive memories that you've shared.You could arrange a whole load of photos in an album or a favourite in a frame.

Hope I've been able to give you a nudge in the right direction if you're still looking for that perfect present!

How are you planning to treat your mum this Mother's Day?

Lots of Love,

Heather x

Sunday, 8 March 2015

TV Highlights

My essays have all been submitted and I am finally freeeeee!! Well, for a week or two until exam revision starts that is...To celebrate the end of my essays, I was treated to a lovely spa day with my mum yesterday which was absolutely incredible and left me feeling very relaxed!
Not an awful lot has caught my fancy this week TV wise and my Monday evening certainly wasn't quite as exciting without Broadchurch or Silent Witness - Arthur and George on STV just din't live up to my expectations! I have however, been loving all the Comic Relief build up that has been going on.

1/3/15 - The Casual Vacancy

The Casual Vacancy came to it's dramatic conclusion on Sunday evening and it did not disappoint. The three part series had me gripped from start to finish and definitely did the book justice, although, one of my favourite characters in the book ended up being my least favourite in the TV adaptation! The ending was quite different to J.K. Rowling's but I knew that that was going to be the case and I didn't mind one bit as it was done really well - I felt it was very justifiable which is always important. My only slight grievance was that in the book, all the characters had very different back stories which were all explored in some depth however, the series only focused in on three or four of these stories so a lot was missed out. I know you can never expect everything to make it into an adaptation but a couple more episodes wouldn't have gone a miss!

4/3/15 - The Great Comic Relief Bake Off

Victoria Wood, Kayvan Novak, Alexa Chung and Chris Moyles were the celebrities in this week's charity edition of The Bake Off. I love how seriously they all take it and the extents they go to to impress Mary and Paul; Kayvan tried out a very experimental tray bake with quince jam and quinoa flour whilst Chris used a skull shaped cake tin for his self portrait showstopper cake.

6/3/15 - Graham Norton Comic Relief Special

Jennifer Saunders, David Walliams, Cheryl Fernandez-VersiniJohnny Vegas and Jack Dee joined Graham Norton on the sofa this week to celebrate 30 years of Comic Relief. A particular highlight was a clip of David Walliams returning to Kenya where he had met an orphan called Philip four years ago. David returned to see how Comic Relief had changed Philip's life using the money that we raise and donate. Philip was now happy and healthy and went to the local school. It was a really lovely piece and great to see how our money can make a difference.

Hope you've all had a lovely weekend. Have you been up to anything exciting?

Lots of love,

Heather x

Friday, 6 March 2015

Afternoon Tea for Two

Last weekend, I took my friend, Freya, for afternoon tea at the Ravelston House Hotel in Musselburgh, just outside Edinburgh, as a *very* belated Christmas present. 

It took us about 20 minutes to get from Musselburgh station to the hotel but the wintery sunshine and lovely views made the walk very pleasant!

When we arrived, we were show to our table in a lovely little restaurant and each offered a glass of prosecco (we could of had tea or coffee but it would have been very impolite to decline prosecco.)

The hotel seemed like a very popular spot for afternoon tea as a fair few tables around us had little cake stands full of scones and sandwiches which is what I was expecting. However, our afternoon tea was a bit different. 

We were both given a menu to choose a sandwich topping from. I went for garlic and chili prawns whilst Freya decided on the artichoke, sundried tomato and feta cheese option. The snadwiches were certainy not your average sandwich, they were chibattas with the top scooped out and filled with our toppings. We both agreed that the sandwiches were delicious and  looked great too.

My prawn number
Freya's vegetarian option
Following the sandwiches we were offered a little platter of cakes with a fairy cake, a mini victoria sponge slice and a piece of shortbread each.The cakes were lovely and light although the victoria sponge needed a little more jam in my opinion! The shortbread was amazing and definitely my favourite piece of the platter which is odd considering how much I love cake! 

The restaurant itself was lovely and cosy with rustic wood tables and chairs and rough stone walls. It was also relatively busy which gave the whole place a nice atmosphere.

We both really enjoyed our afternoon although there was a distinct lack of scones considering it was supposed to be an afternoon tea. The sandwiches definitely stole the spotlight and I'd make a trip back to the Ravelston Hotel for another!

Have you ever been for an afternoon tea?

Lots of love,

Heather x

Sunday, 1 March 2015

TV Highlights

How is it Sunday already?! The week seemed to go incredibly slow yet the weekend - which I spent in St. Andrews visiting two of my best friends - has flown by!

Television wise, it has been a week of awards with The Brits and The Oscars. Unfortunately I didn't manage to watch all of The Oscars but I was very happy to see that Eddie Redmayne won Best Actor and Big Hero 6 won best Annimated Feature Film when I caught up on the highlights!

22/02/15 - The Casual Vacancy

I am absolutely loving the television adaptation of J.K. Rowling's novel. Part two of three saw a dramatic dinner party in the quiet town of Pagford as the council vacancy election draws closer, there were plenty of home truths and another message from The Ghost of Barry Fairbrother. The music is perfect and gives the programme a really unusual, dark vibe which very appropriate for the story line. I'm very much looking forward to the finale tonight!

23/02/15 - Broadchurch

Broadchurch is overrrr!!! I have to say I was a little disappointed with the conclusion of the trial and Danny's murder case however, I loved the Lee/Claire story line which, if I'm honest, I've been more interested in all along!

25/02/15 - The Brit Awards

Aren't The Brits brilliant? I love a good awards show and The Brits are definitely my favourite. Ant and Dec did a great job hosting the ceremony and Ed Sheeran's performance was a particular highlight. Of course, there was also that fall which needs a mention as I am sure it will go down in TV history but I thought Madonna did an excellent job and carried on like a true professional.

Do you have a particular TV highlight from the week that was?

Lots of love,

Heather x