Halloween Inspiration: Vater & Schafer

This is one of the scariest things I’ve seen in a while: a German collectible by Vater Schafer which is titled ‘Surprised’.  It’s a match holder made in the early 1900s as a novelty item.  There are whole sets of them floating around in the Ethernet in various shapes and sizes.  I think it’s really creepy and can’t wait to get rid of it, but as Halloween is coming up I thought I’d share it!  Anyone else come across these ornaments?


Mykonos with Celebrity Reflection

Shopping Mykonos
Clothes shopping, Mykonos

Mykonos, our second port of call on our Celebrity Reflection Mediterranean cruise is a simply stunning island.  In the narrow streets, every turn you make presents a photo opportunity.  White walls, blue doors, fantastic shopping opportunities.  We even came across Petros, the resident pelican who is very friendly and allowed me to tickle his head.  I thought I’d just share a few photos with you.

Blue door, Mykonos


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Windmills Mykonos


Petros the pelican, Mykonos

We only had a few hours so we jumped on the local ferry from the ship to the town, then just immersed ourselves in the streets and had a fabulous Greek lunch washed down with Mythos beer.



Evening Chic On Celebrity: Fifty Plus Style

Some of my evening outfits from our cruise.


Dress: Phase Eight (charity shopped) Shoes: New Look (charity shopped) Earrings Debenhams.


Dress: Phase Eight Cardigan: M&S (charity shopped) Watch: Debenhams Jade Earrings: Bought in Hong Kong a couple of years ago


Dress: M&S Shoes: Alexon (charity shopped) Earrings: Bought in Tenerife last year


Top: Phase Eight Skirt: Alexon (belonged to my mother) Shoes: New Look (charity shopped) Earrings as before


Chiffon Blouse: charity shopped Trousers: charity shopped Shoes: Carvela Pearls: Bought in an antiques shop in Bridport this summer.

Hope you enjoyed this little peek into my cruise wardrobe.  Dressing up was such good fun!








Celebrity Reflection: My Favourite Places On Board

Celebrity Reflection is a whopper, so I have decided not to do a tour of the ship as we’d be here all day.  Instead, these were my favourite places to hangout.

The open deck – lots of space to sit and have a drink in the sunshine.



The solarium – a quiet place for a dip or Jacuzzi.  It houses the Aqua Spa Café where you can grab something healthy to eat. It was beautifully lit at night so you could swim in the moonlight should you wish.




The Martini Bar – the counter top is frosted ice, so you can write your name, or indeed your favourite pop group on the bar while you drink your martini.


Café Al Bacio – the best place for cappuccino, posh teas, reading in the afternoon and people watching after dinner.  The cakes were fab too!




Our cabin (6155) which had an extended balcony -perfect for watching the waves – we even spotted dolphins one day.  It was classed as ‘obstructed’ but as you can see, our view was not impaired by the lifeboats below us.



The Atrium – a huge space where there was always something going on.  The lifts were pretty impressive too.



Finally, the library – I was in here all the time browsing and picking up books to read.  I hope you enjoyed this little snoop round!


Celebrity Reflection: Eastern Med Cruise

Back from our ten day cruise in the Eastern Med on the 126000 tonne Celebrity Reflection and I have so much to tell you I don’t know where to begin!  I’m not going to offer a traditional review of the ship and the ports as you can get all that on Cruise Critic. What I am going to offer is a personal insight into our experience with posts on destinations, food, our favourite hangouts on the ship, fashion and anything else that springs to mind!  I hope you will enjoy reading the upcoming blog posts over the next few days!


As you can see, she is a massive floating hotel and it’s fair to say we have been indulged and cossetted from the moment we boarded in Civitavecchia.

This is a quick overview of ports:

  • Civitavecchia Italy
  • Messina, Sicily
  • Mykonos
  • Kusadasi, Turkey
  • Rhodes
  • Santorini
  • Piraeus, Greece
  • Naples

Just a few pictures for starters – I took so many!

Messina: the most gorgeous architecture


Naples: the scruffiest, but full of character


Mykonos: the prettiest place

Steve in Mykonos


Freezer Prep Time Saver


I do love a kitchen time saver, so I was delighted when Savisto gifted me their 3 in 1 hand blender set to review on my blog.   I’ll give you the technical specifications in a bit, but first, let’s talk about performance.


The first test was to prep some onions for freezing.  After cutting the onions into halves and popping them in the blender, it literally look a few seconds for them to be chopped finely.  This is something that takes ages to do by hand, so I was mightily impressed.


The second test was to blitz some home grown tomatoes.  We’ve had a glut this year, so I roast them with garlic and freeze to use as sauces.


Normally I blitz them in the food processor, but using the hand blender was super quick (seconds) and a lot easier to clean up afterwards.   This is going to be really easy for making soups when the cool weather sets in.



The other attachment is a whisk.  If I’d been baking along with GBBO I’d have whipped up a citrus meringue pie for botanicals week, but you know how it is!


Anyway, back to the 3 in 1 hand blender.  The parts are as follows:

  • A hand blender for soups, sauces, mayonnaise, baby food, milkshakes and smoothies
  • A whisk for egg whites, cream, sponges and desserts
  • A chopper for meat, cheese, onions, herbs, garlic, carrots, walnuts etc
  • Bowls and attachments

I’m loving it!  The colour is really fab too.  What do you think?