Greengill House, Morland, Cumbria

Greengill House, Morland, Cumbria

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Greengill House Morland Cumbria

Just back from 2 weeks travelling through France we miss being in the van and decide to take it to Cumbria for a bit of English countryside spotting ^-^

By now it has become pretty obvious that we prefer small, quiet sites in the middle of nowhere and so we search the camping & caravanning web site for what they refer to as *certificated* sites in Cumbria. A certificated site is one that’s small and accepts just five caravans or motorhomes. Some of them also accept tents, space permitting. Most of them only offer minimal facilities – ideal for when you want to get away from it all.

Greengill House, Morland, Cumbria

When we speak to the owner to book a pitch he asks us to drop the charge for the 2 night stay through the letterbox of his house on arrival and to pick whichever pitch we like.

There is only one other…

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Great People Great Lessons and Our simple talks

Thank you to Cimplicityrockss for a great site and my One Lovely Blog Award.

As the rules go; I need to reveal 7 things about myself:

  1. Love taking photos
  2. Streetwise
  3. Enjoy hot food – lots of chillies and spice
  4. Love my dog and Timol
  5. Give back with interest at times that which I receive
  6. Soft heart
  7. Thick exterior

Now to nominate 15 bloggers for the same award:

  1. http://cimplicityrockss.wordpress.com/2012/06/22/is-simplicity-a-complexity/
  2. http://missjonesandtheelusivefoodorgasm.wordpress.com/
  3. getsetandgo
  4. Homemade With Mess
  5. omeletta
  6. See What Eye See
  7. Cristian Mihai
  8. the WALK and TALK
  9. Bucket List Publications

10. little lady, big city

11. http://petra365.wordpress.com/

12. http://ontheluce.com/about-site/

13. http://sybaritica.me/

14. http://thefurfiles.wordpress.com/

15. http://snapshootergeb.wordpress.com/

16. http://lickingtheplateagain.wordpress.com/

cimplicityrockss

Check out the menu and select what you want for the day

This blog as you see will be as simple as possible because being simple and straight makes things easier isn’t it ? If you see it interesting please read and give me your feedback or else just move on and read what you feel to be interesting 🙂
So what is this blog all about?

  • This is about great people, great lessons in our simple talks **simple yet splendid **
  • Its you and me on one hand and these great personalities and great lessons on the other hand. Its easy for a person to write from any corner of the world but it is difficult for the same to understand, learn and live what we read/write in our life.
  • I shall bring in my real life experiences relating them to everything that I come across to be great

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The ultimate personal growth guide

For a change, this post is not about food photography or travel.

However, the topic is a tool or medicine definitely needed by all three for there to be any measure of success.

Rewind: Timol, Roscoe and I are just back home from a weekend away. It was planned the day before we left.

The destination was an hour away on the Natal North Coast; a little cottage about 50 metres from the sea.

All cellular telephones, radios and televisions were turned off.

It was a weekend of beach walks, seashell collecting, fishing, reading, talking, sleeping and exploring the Old North Coast Road on the way home (with a stop-off at La Lucia to do some more fishing).

It was a good time to finish Who Will Cry When You Die? (Robin Sharma) and think about making one’s life far more meaningful.

I love a good old dose of motivation, a huge big dose on a regular basis to be more precise.

My favourite quote, or at least one of them I should say, is by Mary Anne Radmacher:

“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I’ll try again tomorrow.”

Those words are so powerful and encouraging.

And when your little voice has spoken; and you are prepared to try again tomorrow, then grow your confidence with this from source unknown:

“Every morning in Africa, a Gazelle wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning a Lion wakes up. It knows it must outrun the slowest Gazelle or it will starve to death. It doesn’t matter whether you are a Lion or a Gazelle… when the sun comes up, you’d better be running.”

Before I move out the spotlight, let me also share my top-two power tunes.

Some of the lyrics just get me buzzing with juiced-up powerful motivation.

I won’t reveal their identities in the hope that you will click, listen and also feel the positive energy:

  1. Road to recovery
  2. On the summit 

Well now that I have hopefully set the mood, please take a good look at something I can only describe as a treasure chest of personal growth ammunition.

The ultimate personal growth guide by Goodlife Zen offers, among others, the following titles:

10 Answers You Should Know Before Your Job Interview
20 Tips that Got Me an IT Promotion
How to Start Freelancing Without Quitting Your Job
How to Lose Your Fear of Being Fired
How to Motivate Others
How to Make Lots of Money During a Recession
Man’s (Career) Search for Meaning
3 Areas You Must Invest in During a Recession
Fear of Flying: Facing the Fear of Success
10 Questions to Ask Yourself About Your Job
Dead Man Working
Scaling Simplicity-Driven Entrepreneurship
Why I hope the Free Brigade is Wrong
The Business of Forgiveness
The Best Decline Letter of All-Time: Edmund Wilson
A 12 Step Strategy to Refit Your Blog to the Social Web in 2010

Click right here to see and read all 100 best posts!

I have saved the link for future use; for one day when I need that one article / idea that’s going to make all the difference.

Was it a trip an hour out of Durban or a travel adventure on the road of life?

How nice to find this post.

Timol and I are planning to pop in here if all goes according to plan.

Really yummy food to look forward to.

Licking the plate again

Well, after years of taking crazy amounts of pictures of food on holidays, food in restaurants and food that I’m cooking as well as generally liking to talk about food and recipes an awful lot, I finally listened to my friends and other half and decided to start a food blog. Maybe they think if I have an outlet I’ll stop bombarding them with so many food pictures and stories!

So, what better place to start than the trip to Istanbul I just got back from last week? I was pretty excited about Istanbul, I’d wanted to go for a long time and was very excited about the history, the architecture, the culture and, of course, the food! I sat in my dreary office in the days before leaving day-dreaming of endless mezze, fresh fish, kebabs and baklava.

The week of eating started well with a 3 course meal on…

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Cafe 1999 in Durban South Africa

On Saturday the 4th of August, Timol and I felt like spending a few extra ZAR on some really tasty food.

Cafe 1999 came up on the cards.

I did some research on their website, which revealed: “Cafe 1999 offers a dining experience to excite the senses: a vibrant ambiance, gracious service and a delectable menu in the heart of Durban’s trendy Berea. Chef Marcelle Roberts award winning contemporary Mediterranean cuisine is designed around sharing”.

Next thing, to test out this claim, Timol and I ambled over to the restaurant, after arranging a “rapid reservation”.

I was armed with my faithful Canon 550D and an FNB credit card.

We settled down to our starters below; whilst deciding what to devour as a main course.

Starters (liquid) – Barista: a good deal at ZAR 125.00

Tasted just as good as it looked on paper (once in our glasses)

Starters (complimentary) – Amuse-bouche : I needed a few more to chew on

 

A friendly waitress rapped off the specials and, before she finished, we made our choices without any further hesitation.

Timol had the large line-fish at ZAR140.00 – she loved it

 

 

I went for the seared tuna; also at ZAR 140.00 – down the hatch mate!

 

The wasabi and soy sauce was thrown in – a must of course (burnt like hell but top drawer)

 

Creme brûlée to share – ZAR 38.00: well worth it

 

Irish coffee for the short drive home (ZAR 30.00) – a genuine single shot of Jameson

A total of ZAR 570.00 for two, which included a healthy tip, for a great fine-dining experience.

Directions and telephone number here.

Read the Eat Out review.

But also give the spot a try yourself!

Dmitrii’s got a Nikon that is smoking hot!

I really got excited to discover that it was all good for me to share Dmitrii’s beautiful images as long as I draw your attention directly to his website right here and for good measure; his gallery right over here.

These two images of his really caught my eye:

Portland Sunset

 

My favourite – Seattle Coming Home

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." -Mark Twain

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