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Monday 29 December 2014

The Creative Adventurer Cocktail

During my Burgh Island Birthday Adventure I also completed no.2 on my 40/40 list - Have a special 'Creative Adventurer' cocktail created for me by a famous mixologist. Whoop!

I noticed on the bottom of their cocktail menu the words ‘we’d be happy to create a cocktail for you…’ Hello I thought. Here’s an opportunity. I approached the bar and spoke to Gary – the head barman and his maestro Orlando who, I discovered, has taken part in cocktail competitions around the world. Perfect!

I explained my project and the wish for a cocktail.

Of course! We’d love to do that came the reply. Now tell us what you like.

I reeled of a list of things like gin, amaretto, lemonchello, apple juice, Elderflower….it was quite a list, so they had to stop me and say – that’s enough!

Leave it with us…

Saturday came around…

After being out during the day we came back to an anonymous invitation! Ooh exciting!

We got all dressed up in our finery and headed to the beautiful peacock bar. It was really busy already. Everyone looked fabulous! As we took a seat Orlando rushed over with an envelope. For you he said!

I opened it excitedly

It was my cocktail!!!

It felt so exciting and rather exuberant! (which happened to be my word for 2014!)

Next I was beckoned to the bar so that I could make it. Joining them behind the bar was so much fun! 

Gary & I made it together and after he added some ‘magic’ it was ready to drink. It was DELICIOUS!! 

I was one happy 1930s style glamorous lady. If you ever get the opportunity to have a cocktail created for you. Do it! I’d totally recommend it!

Huge thank-you to Gary & Orlando for making it a very special experience. Something I’ll always remember.
Here’s a little film of me in action as well as the *secret* recipe. Enjoy!

The MOVIE!! If you can't see it below - click here to open it in a new window.

Hope you’ll join me (virtually) on New Year’s Eve with a Creative Adventurer Cocktail to welcome in 2015!

Here’s to 2015 – to a year brim full of Creative Adventurers!

Love to you



p.s If you want to know what the magic words are - drop me an email!

Wednesday 24 December 2014

Christmas Wishes & Stockings Full of Joy!


Wishing you and yours a wonderful Christmas. Have you been good this year? Will Santa be calling at your house!!? ;-0

If you were to write a letter to Santa now, what would you wish for? 

Why not take 5 minutes out of your day and sit quietly contemplating what you'd wish for this Christmas and on into 2015. It doesn't have to be a 'thing', it could be a feeling or an experience or something else...

What joyous things would you fill your own Christmas stocking with? 

I came across this wonderful short film the other day. And I just LOVE it so wanted to share it with you. Hope you enjoy it and maybe it will give you some ideas...It has given me some. I'm going to learn to juggle for a start!

NEVER stop PLAYING and Make BOLD Choices.

"Never Leave the playground" Stephen Jepson

Merry Christmas

Love from

aka The Creative Adventurer!


Sunday 21 December 2014

Happy Yuletide to YOU!

Happy Yuletide to YOU! As you may know, Yule or Winter Solstice marks the longest night of the year. From this point on we can delight in the nights as they grow shorter and the days as they grow longer, and winter begins to recede. This ancient festival celebrates the return of the sun, the light in the darkness.  

Colour features highly in this celebration, from the reds and greens of the leaves and berries that are brought in to remind us that green life and warmth will return to the land; and bold colour contrasts such as blue and silver or black and gold said to represent the forces of day and night. 

Today I visited The Chalice Well in Glastonbury for their Winter Solstice Meditation. It was the first time I've been to one of their events and it was wonderful. It was very busy and yet at the meditation around the well head at 12.00, there was such a feeling of stillness and peace. 

During the guided meditation we were invited to visualize returning gold to the waters. A very clear image appeared in my mind of everyone standing around me completely made of golden flowing water and as the meditation progressed threads of gold flowed from each of us in to the water and lit up the well. Wow! This was an invitation that came from a tribe who live high in the mountains of Nevada (I think that's what they said!) and they have put a call out to the world to send gold back to the earth to energize her. 

I have realised that it's much more useful for me to switch to seeing the the 21st as the longest night which speaks of possibilities as opposed to the shortest day which speaks of lack. 
This is a time of rest, reflection, renewal and planning, as well as a chance to celebrate all that nature has brought and taught us this year. 

Pause for a while. Even for 2 minutes.

a poem by: Lady Lissar

the trees 
they reach their silver arms up to the sky
hoping for a glimpse of sun 
yet the sky 
cold grey 
offers no solace
their roots are buried in frost
we crave light, they cry 
the sun cracks the sky like an egg
sunlight spills across the joyous trees 
melting into every leaf 
new life blooms

Thursday 18 December 2014

Burgh Island Birthday

The fun starts here!

Well that’s it. I am now 40. *whoo Hoo* I have officially moved down to the next set of tick boxes on a questionnaire!

To celebrate we went to Burgh Island. A 1930s hotel off the coast of South Devon. The very place that Agatha Christie used to stay and pen her famous novels, along with Noel Coward and Wallis & Simpson, to name a few. I've wanted to go here ever since discovering it a few years years ago. It really captured my imagination. It was coming to the end of my Love What You Wear Project that actually prompted me to book it.

It's a very special place. This is also no.24 'Stay on Burgh Island' on my 40/40 list!

Taking a trip on the sea tractor!
When we arrived we were picked up from the private car park by a 4x4 and driven across the sands as the tide was out. When the tide is in you are transported by a rather massive sea tractor. Of course I HAD to go on this – so later that day when the tide was in we asked the driver and he took us out on it in the rain. It was fun!

The only thing missing from our arrival was a suitably dressed Bell Boy (just like in the Poirot Episode - Evil Under the Sun - filmed on this very Island!)

The sun shines on my Burgh Island Birthday Weekend
The hotel is a bit tired in places and worn around the edges and could do with a lick of paint but to be honest the over all feel of the place was magical. All the staff and the other guests that we met were really friendly. It must be something about being on a small island together and the fact we were all there celebrating something or other (wedding anniversaries, birthdays, honeymoon) and the upcoming ‘Murder Mystery’ celebrating Agatha Christie's book Evil Under The Sun, which she wrote in the Beach House on the island.

Other than a bit of rain when we arrived we were blessed with the most glorious weather which even meant we could sit outside on the Saturday afternoon with two other couples trying to figure out the clues to open the cryptex! It was all very Da Vinci Code!

Have we got the right answer to open it?
I thoroughly enjoyed myself especially getting dressed up for dinner, playing snooker on the original table played on by Noel Coward, having a slightly drunken game of table tennis in my evening attire and generally having fun.  We also tried out the sauna which was very relaxing so think we made the most of being there!

Outfits. I'll confess. I didn't actually make my outfit. HOWEVER they were vintage. 

Friday night outfit and a Mermaids Kiss cocktail. Am wearing a long black skirt with this gold top. 

Me and my very suave looking fella Mr CA on Saturday night.

One of my favourite things was actually going down for breakfast in the mornings. Each day I chose something different and each time it was delicious. oh yes and I must mention the bed. Soooo comfortable! We were in The Mermaid Suite. Yes I had actually booked this a year in advance once I knew there was a Mermaid Suite which overlooks The Mermaid Pool (more on the pool another time!)

The everso comfortable and rather massive bed! Delicious!

The view from our Mermaid Suite. The Mermaid pool. Where Gilda the mermaid lives
It was fun, it was relaxing and it was a fantastic way to celebrate my 40 birthday as well as complete some of the other things on my 40/40 list. More on those in the next post...

A quiet moment in the Peacock Bar. I LOVE the ceiling!

Stunning Island view